I am optimistic that my Spanish will improve and perhaps I might even get in a few games of pool this month. Gadi and I changed the schedule now she has moved into her new apartment in Tule…and hour by bus away. Next week she will start coming in the late afternoon. It will probably be better for me too.
Thursday I met with Zoe at Cabuche for a nice Comida consisting of a very nice salad, Albondigas Rellenes y Huevos (Pork Meatballs with a quail egg inside) and coffee.
I returned home for the evening and attempted to make a Hot Pot Japanese Soup in my new casserole dish. I spent an hour chopping Yellow bell peppers, Shiitake Mushrooms, fresh Bacon, Cabbage, spring onions, fresh peas, red onions , garlic, fresh baby organic carrots, fresh ginger, all mixed in with a broth of Bonito Fish then baked in the oven for two hours…like a Crock Pot the porous ceramic pot with lid evenly simmered it perfect. BUT…though I had seasoned the pot by soaking it in water for two hours then putting it into the oven with water in it for another hour, I wasn’t prepared for what I saw when I took the lid off. There was a dark brown moist liquid secretion from the dye or stain or seal that was put on the casserole when it was fired in the kiln that came out of the ceramic. I wiped it off and tasted it but it didn’t seem toxic nor did it seep into the soup. I scooped it all out of the dish and decided the dish was not good for cooking so I will use it as a planter for my new project…Mini Cacti decor for the house. I had a small bowl and after an hour I had no poisoning so decided it was OK to eat but still lacked flavor.
I retired early since I met Gadi at 8:30 AM because she was moving yesterday, so slept late today. I felt good so quickly showered and headed for the organic market to buy some compost for my new ” casserole planter” .
|MEZCAL UNDER THE BELL JAR|
|GOOD DOG TRAINER|
I then headed for the Bakery and bought some bread had my morning coffee and a rich Blueberry Muffin.
Then off to the Importador where I ran into an event teaching and playing Mayan games to children and adults.
|BINGO WITH CORN
SPIN THE TOP WITH A WHIP
to meet Darcy for a lemonade before backtracking to the Contemporary Art Museum
then on to meet Barbara at Biznaga. She had been away for the summer in Illinois and was now looking for a new place to settle down in Oaxaca in. She just applied for residency in Mexico but still wants to return to her home in Northern US for the good summers. We had a nice conversation then I left to see a French Photo exhibit at the Oaxacan Library before taking a taxi home.
|PALACE OF THE POPES…AVIGNON FRANCE|
|NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL PARIS|
This evening there was a Violin Jazz concert at the same Library so returned at 7…took a photo, joined my friend Mike who was with Naomi…then left after the first song. The violin Jazz also included a Guitar, Keyboard and all the musicians were good but they all seemed to be playing a different loud tune.
I went to the Importador again for Vegetarian Lasagna, took some photos of a lady with fresh flowers arranged in her hair like a Tiara..looked weird from the back but nice from the front, bought a cricket made from a Palm frond, watched the world go by and returned home a very happy man.
|Cub Boy and Explorer Scouts…and Girl Scouts|
|TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HER HAIR?|
|BOUGHT FROM THE CRICKET MAN|
|TRIED TO TAKE IT TO QUICKLY SO SHE WOULD NOT SEE ME MESSED UP THE TIARA OF FLOWERS|
|ME AMIGO AND WAITER ROLANDO|
|MY NEW CRICKET|