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Old 07-20-2012, 12:13 PM   #9196
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Is the one in Reynosa worth my time ?
If you are nearby maybe ;)

They have several varieties of house beer. And it's a very nice place. But frankly it reminds me of an upscale Appleby's (and that's not a slight - I regularly hit the Appleby's en Nuevo Laredo) whereas I am happier sitting somewhere else and drinking Indio.

But it's whatever turns your crank. I would take a wild guess and say that it's very Americanized and that appeals to upscale Mexican folks in that part of town. The shopping center next door has a Rolex dealer and I once almost got run over in the parking lot by a young lady in a Turbo Porsche Cayenne who was talking on her cell phone.

Let's put it this way. Their food is pretty good but once again it's upscale Mexican Appleby's (I think Appleby's en Mexico tend to be nicer than the ones in the States). And if you want to meet a genuine Zeta commander this is the place to go - there have been a couple of shoot outs here.

I would Iike to try one of their locations en Monterrey the next time that I get down that-a-way.

So it's hard to say. As much as I love Mexico I used to "depressurize" from 2-3 week trips by hitting the Appleby's en Nuevo Laredo and getting a US-type New Yawk strip steak en Mexico. The Sierra Madre en Reynosa is a fine place but I just don't see it as being the slice of Mexico that most people enjoy. Then again I am a gear head and enjoy the extremes and have hit things like the BMW and Land Rover dealers in Monterrey just to chat and get some understanding of both ends of the social spectrum.

As a brew pub by US standards it's mediocre to good and the Reynosa location doesn't brew on the premises. As a US restaurant it's quite nice. As a slice of life en Mexico it's decidedly modeled after US brew pubs and in that regard they did a pretty good job considering the location. As "authentically Mexican" (whatever that means)it is an anachronism.

I will say that it's on the main road to Monterrey so it's easy to find.
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Old 07-20-2012, 12:35 PM   #9197
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Thanks PJ. I think I'll pass.
Kind of reminds me of a trip in Mexico one time when a lot of the restaurants were playing American disco music. It just about made me nuts. As I told my wife; Mexico has a great musical culture, why play this crap ?
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:36 PM   #9198
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... Probably at the Teatro Ricardo Castro in DGO.




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Very similar to the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica with the exception of the gables.
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:03 PM   #9199
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Mexico has a great musical culture, why play this crap ?
Revenge for Taco Bell?
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:33 PM   #9200
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Good answer !
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:57 PM   #9201
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I was reflecting on Trice's amazing summation of risk management regarding Mexico and then, suddenly, I came across this:

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man spotted dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats in the mountains of northern Utah has wildlife officials worried he could be in danger as hunting season approaches.
Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Friday the person is doing nothing illegal, but he worries the so-called "goat man" is unaware of the dangers.
"My very first concern is the person doesn't understand the risks," Douglass said. "Who's to say what could happen."


This is very interesting because the expert, Douglass, has as his first concern that the individual doesn't understand the risks. My first concern is some poor SOB is going to get a real surprise in their barbacoa....!!
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:00 PM   #9202
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I think it would make a great ride. Lets go here sometime in the Fall.

Sign me up ! Como dice Ruth., get on the bike and go refresh my thoughts

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Old 07-21-2012, 06:18 AM   #9203
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Old 07-21-2012, 06:23 AM   #9204
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Walking in Oaxaca...... a quick question

Greetings all!
Mods, if this question doesn't fit here, please feel free to move it. But it seems the most knowledgeable people hang out here.

I'm finally getting a chance to take a break from playing in the sand box and I'm wanting to head south. I originally thought I was going to have about 5 weeks of time off, but I'm only getting 3. I was planning on doing a ride down with my wife, but I'm not going to have enough time to do that and get everything I need to do at my house done before I head back over.

So my thought was to just fly down instead. It would be myself, my wife and my oldest boy (17).... I was thinking about taking her to Oaxaca. There are a couple of cooking schools there, plus all the art and everything else.

So my question is, for those that have been there.... Is getting around town easy enough to do on foot or taxi, or is it worth renting a car? We don't mind walking..... it's the only way to get around here..... but how spread out is everything there?

None of us has ever been to Mexico before, and I have no issues with going.... (I know first hand that a few violent people don't represent an entire country). My wife is a little concerned, but is willing to go..... and my boy just wants to hang with his old man.... (I haven't been home in a year )

Also, any suggestion on what to take in while we're there? Planning on a full week....
Oh, and this will be in late August....

OR..... would there be someplace else you all might suggest that might be better for a first trip?

Thanks for the help!

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Old 07-21-2012, 06:32 AM   #9205
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Believe it or not, a huge percentage of the population of Mexico do exactly that.
They walk or take taxis.
Learn the local rates for taxis, don't tip as it really is not required unless they are handling a huge amount of luggage or venomous animals etc... you get the idea. Taxis can be found anywhere...unless it is Mexico City DF in a downpour LOL!
You'll be fine, backpackers from all over the globe do Oaxaca on a daily basis. In most cities and towns you'll be likely to spend a lot of time in the zocalo (town square) area, anyways. Try some websites like the Lonely Planet, they have a lot of the back packer walker taxi taker tribe.
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Old 07-21-2012, 12:43 PM   #9206
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Any of y'all been to this guitar festival? Thinking about heading there next time. And just to keep things on topic, is it safe?
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:00 PM   #9207
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Thanks PJ. I think I'll pass.
Kind of reminds me of a trip in Mexico one time when a lot of the restaurants were playing American disco music. It just about made me nuts. As I told my wife; Mexico has a great musical culture, why play this crap ?
Mexican culture is like US culture. It's a melting pot of many influences - US, Spanish, indigenous, French, German, maybe even a little Irish.

Monterrey has a radio station that plays US 80's rock and roll en English. Everyone knows that my Spanish sucks so I tend to enjoy listening to those guys.

On the other hand sitting out here in the Tejas oil fields I pay extra to get Bandamax (think MTV for Banda music) on the satellite TV. Think that Banda is Mexican or even Latin US? Listen to it sometime. Those accordions. That's German polka music Mon!

Anyway, it is what it is. I hope to get to Reynosa in 4-6 weeks for some R&R and may make a point to hit the Sierra Madre just for grins and giggles;)
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:32 PM   #9208
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Good old country cooking. Puerco asado con Frijoles Mantecosos, mmm.
You know, some governments are trying to outlaw food like that. LOL!
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:15 PM   #9209
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You know, some governments are trying to outlaw food like that. LOL!
And you won't find those governments south of the border. Why that Coke would be illegal if served in a glass in New York City.
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[QUOTE=MikeMike;19179836]Stop thinking when you ride! Go Zen now! LOL![/QUO

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