Category Archives: 2016

Comité Rio Copalita Defends Its River

By Julie Etra

On November 29, 2015, the Comité Rio Copalita held a fund raising and awareness benefit to highlight the destruction of a reach of the river that flows through their community. Three sand and gravel contractors are dredging the river between the pueblo and the northern boundary of the Parque Eco-Arqueológico Copaalita, apparently without any permits and with no environmental oversight by government agencies charged with environmental protection agency (La Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente, PROFEPA) or overseeing natural resources (Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, SEMARNAT). Continue reading Comité Rio Copalita Defends Its River

Sustainable Building

Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 10.52.20 AMBy Julie Etra

Montecito Beach Village is a 5- hectar residential development on the outskirts of La Bocana, the outlet of the Copalita River, just east of town. Our tour was lead by the affable and knowledgeable Stephan Seidel, Executive Sales Assistant, and included an overview of the site, as well as visit to one of the villas. Continue reading Sustainable Building

Just for Fun: What Book Would You Take to a Desert Island?

By Carole Reedy

January is a healing month: time to start again, correct mistakes, renew promises. For readers, it brings the joy of new books by favorite authors and newcomers alike. It’s also a time to reflect and ponder favorite books from years past. I asked a diverse group of people to do just that: What book would you take to a desert island? In other words, what book could you read over and over? Continue reading Just for Fun: What Book Would You Take to a Desert Island?

More than a Roof

By Leigh Morrow

While architecture may be described as an affair of the eye, buildings of grandeur also speak to our hearts. Architectural wonders like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, are like the frames we choose to accentuate our cities’ faces. Sleek and modern, like the Sydney Opera House, or the ornate gilded Palace of Versailles, are good examples of what architecture can elicit besides providing us four walls and a roof. Just sit, as I have, on the edge of the moat surrounding the largest religious structure in the world, the Capital Temple at Angkor Wat, and watch the sun rise behind this magnificent achievement. You cannot remain uncaptivated. Even monks wrapped in exquisite saffroncoloured robes paled in comparison to the colour of the sun’s early rays hitting the temple’s top, architecturally designed to take full advantage of the winter solstice and spring equinox, as is, say, Stonehenge. Authentic architecture truly reflects a country’s persona, its national identity manifest in rock, brick, stone, steel, whatever the choice of building materials of the day. Continue reading More than a Roof

Rent, Buy or Build in Oaxaca

By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D.

We didn’t have millions in the bank when we decided to retire early and move permanently to Oaxaca. But we did have some savings and we sold our Toronto residence, which gave us the option of buying a home or building one in the state capital. We opted for the latter. On the other hand, many snowbirds and expats of reasonable means elect to rent. While the rules for foreigners buying on the coast are generally different from those inland, I’ll treat it as a non-issue, something which can be explained by a competent local notary public. Continue reading Rent, Buy or Build in Oaxaca

You Have the House—What Now?

By Deborah Van Hoewyk

Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 10.12.57 AMSo, you’ve just joined the ranks of Huatulco’s expats. You rented or bought a house or a condo, and supposedly it came furnished—but not so much. You sank all your pesos into your abode, so now what do you do? It probably didn’t come with a lot of gorgeous tilework, or natural wood beams, or carved window screens, or any of the other delights that show up in the halfdozen high-end Mexican shelter books. And it definitely doesn’t “look like a million bucks” coastal-modern. Continue reading You Have the House—What Now?

Chile-Rubbed Wings

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  • Vegetable oil, for greasing
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 pounds chicken wings, split at the joint, tips removed


Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly oil. Mix the chile powder, cumin, coriander, cloves, 2 teaspoons salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Add the wings and toss to coat.

Spread the wings, spaced apart, on the prepared baking sheets. Bake, turning once, until browned and crisp, about 40 minutes.

Hot: Ancho chile powder gives these a slightly smoky kick; serious wing lovers will want to step up the heat.

Hotter: Put 2 jalapenos, 1/2 cup cilantro, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, the juice of 1 lime and 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a food processor and finely chop. Toss with the wings; marinate 2 hours. Brush off the marinade and rub and bake as directed, omitting the black pepper.

Hottest: Marinate the wings in the jalapeno mixture (see above), then rub and bake as directed. About 5 minutes before they’re finished baking, brush with a mixture of 3 tablespoons each honey and Sriracha sauce (hot Asian chili sauce).

Recipe from The Food Network