Painting Days and Eating Chicken... organic on a budget.
Today was a fun day, I got to start a painting, take a Spanish class and eat chicken for the first time in 20 years. Recently, I was invited to show my paintings alongside many other local painters in the famous Parque Juarez on Saturdays. Many tourists and residents come to peruse and purchase small pieces of artwork to take home with them. What a gift to leave San Miguel with something made by the artistic quality that is engorged in this city. I myself find inspiration and love in all the doors and antiqued walls here in San Miguel for many reasons. These unique doors texturize the city with secret mysteries concealing walkways and indoor gardens. All the magic of San Miguel lies behind the doors, these seemingly tiny homes and what you don't see but just imagine. So I have decided to do a tiny series of door paintings.
As for the Chicken part of my day, well that carries the long story of how I started eating meat again. However, to make it short and sweet, it is hard to find beef here that is local and organic without being crazy expensive. I am a person that believes that health is most important alongside making sure you always feel ethically good about what you are doing. When those two factors are in sync with one another,generally, the body and spirit respond positively. To put it more literally, when you are eating healthy you're conscience is clear and you're body is energized. Today I made home-made curry chicken tacos with apple cider vinegar slaw and mango cream. It was delicious and exactly what my body needed, plus I got to realize I make some pretty awesome chicken tacos!
There is a lady in every town area that sells home-made tortillas for less than a dollar a kilo so you can seriously live on all sorts of fancy tacos. I found it is best to cook the style of food of the country you are in, otherwise you are looking for ingredients that may be cumbersome. The organic markets are surprisingly great where Asian, South American, and middle-eastern food seasonings easy to find. Some good places to buy are: Bonanza, Luna y Queso, Via Organica, Natura and the Saturday organic farmer's market. On the other hand, but there are a few things that are just way too expensive: red meat, quinoa, maple syrup, and crackers made of rice. So if you plan on coming for a long visit bring these!
Well, goodbye for now! I will write tomorrow!