Dhamma Vihara

Buddha en Mexico A Conversation between Morgan Zo Callahan and Bhikkhu Nandisena Jilotepec, Veracruz, Mexico It’s been an enjoyable two visits (April, ’08 and April, ’09) to Dhamma Vihara Monastery where I conversed with the abbot, Theravada Buddhist monk and teacher, Venerable Nandisena, and some of his students The retreatants at Dhamma Vihara practice both

The Unofficial Protocel Diet

Protocel is a non-toxic alternative cancer treatment. It works a bit differently than other alternative treatments in that it does not work by trying to strengthen the immune system so that your natural immune system can fight off your cancer. Protocel works directly on the cancer cells by starving them of ATP, (adenosine triphosphate,) which

Permaculture and Mezcal in Oaxaca, Mexico

A few years ago I was leading a group of travelers to the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca on a mezcal educational excursion. Mezcal is the agave based spirit produced in Mexico dating back to anywhere between the 1500s to over 2,000 years ago, depending upon to which theory of the history of distillation one

Is the Craft Beer Rocket Ride Fizzling Out?

Craft beer is still growing as a segment of the total beer industry. Like wineries, there is a craft beer brewery in all 50 states. Craft brewing, as a category in the alcohol beverages industry, has only been around for approximately four decades; however, there is no specific event to delineate an official genesis of

Hooray for Jackie Robinson! Activism and Volunteering

Hooray for Jackie Robinson! Activism and Volunteering Not being reactive is not being passive. It’s not a kind of stupidity, holding back or being uninterested, removing oneself from the world. Real equanimity isn’t indifference. It’s the capacity to be present with your whole being and not add fuel to the fire.–Jack Kornfield I had my

Warehouse Artist Studios

An artist/bohemian type working for themselves is perceived in a variety of ways by the general public. A lot of the perception has to do with a combination of the artist’s cashflow and apparel strategy, as opposed to the stirrings of their soul. Strangely, as a young man, people often saw me as a responsible,

Ice Size Matters When It Comes To Tasty Cocktails

When it comes to ice size really does matter. Size, density and ice clarity are the intangible part of any good cocktail recipe. The shape and size can impart the proper dilution and chill that make a cocktail better tasting than one made using the same recipe but inferior ice. Large cubes especially ice spheres

Culture Shock in Public Restrooms – Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca is a haven in many rights… beautiful valleys, delicious food, exciting tours, ancient Zapotec ruins, colorful traditions and warm, friendly people… but eventually you’re gonna need to go to the bathroom! Now if you are in places that cater to international tourism, there is no culture shock involved when you 1 and 2. You

Craft Beer History Is Impressive

Ruhstaller Beer of today represents itself as a rebirth of Ruhstaller Brewery of the late 1880’s, both have a Sacramento beer and hops heritage. But the similarities continue between past and present with the strong commitment to locally sourced ingredients and quality. Today’s Ruhstaller’s has a California sourced ingredient list which almost exclusively showcases California

Growing Up With Cards and Games

Summer and games go together for me. When I was a child, my family had a cottage on a small lake in Northern Minnesota. It lacked both electricity and plumbing which was fine with me; I liked the feeling of camping but still having a comfortable bed to sleep in at night. The only drawback

Your Health Going Forward

So, is this you today??? Or this??? OK! So You’re not 25 (or even close?) Anymore So what do you do about it? Sit back in your chair and just accept you’re getting older? Nothing you can do about that anyway (shrug) right? Or! – Make each day Count! Fine! – And how the heck

The Lager Debate – Lager Vs Ale – Which is Better?

Most of those who are “born again” into the flavorful world of ale often become bitter (no pun intended) to the ale counterpart, lager. I experienced this first hand when a close friend introduced me to home brewing, and the rich flavors in a variety of ales. I decided that lagers were not worthy of

A Kitchen Rooster Brings You Luck

Throughout different cultures the rooster has been a symbol of many things one of the most predominant is luck. Having some form of Rooster in your kitchen is said to bring you luck and could just make you feel good. Here is a little more information about Roosters and Rooster folklore. First a little bit

How To Say Hat In Spanish, The Correct Way

Is the Spanish lesson you will learn how to say the word hat in Spanish. I will also want to tell you about a common mistake that English speakers make when speaking Spanish. But first I will begin with how you really say the English word “hat” in Spanish. One thing that used to really

Woodcarver in Oaxaca Transitions to Mezcal and Agave

San Martin Tilcajete is one of three villages in the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca known for carving and painting fanciful figures popularly known as alebrijes; mythical dragons and other animals, pieces with cultural or religious imagery, and more. Typically the men carve the figures out of a soft wood, copal, and the women paint.

Five Great Guatemalan Desserts

Every country has its own sweets and desserts. Sometimes they are known mainly only in their country of origin, and sometimes they become quite popular through exposure in ethnic restaurants. Some Guatemalan desserts are similar in nature to ones in other countries, as with their Borracho cake. Many cultures have cakes that are soaked with

Genesis Of Satan From Jinn Race: Satan’s Spell Continued In Humans

God’s purpose of creation is implicit by the things which God has made. In order to gravitate toward Truths behind our existence, human enquiry demands attention into “profundity of God’s Words” that surpasses the narrow limits of human knowledge. God guides humanity with the ‘root ideas’ – so that pertinent spirits of human enquiry may

How to Grill the Perfect Beer Bratwurst

Grilled Beer Bratwurst Everyone has their own secret perfect bratwurst recipe. Not being from Wisconsin, I can’t tell you if this recipe is perfect or not. What I can tell you is this recipe has produced for me some very delicious bratwurst. I have heard people say the Secret to great bratwurst is to simmer

Some Basic Vocabulary For Brewing Beer

Now that I’ve brewed my first lager, I’m venturing into the land of all-grain brewing. There is a lot a vocabulary between the grain and the beer that I have gotten confused a number of times. I thought that it would be advantageous for me to put my ducks and a row and figure out

Health Benefits of Oregano Oil, the King of Essential Oils

Oregano is a member of the mint family. The whole herb extract has over 30 active compounds; the most active compounds being carvacrol and thymol. I consider Oregano Oil to be the king of essential oils because of its many beneficial healing properties. Oregano oil is a potent and effective antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic and

Well Known for Addiction Relief, The Hitt Wellness Center in Tijuana

“The future of medicine will be boosting the body’s own healing powers. We are already there.” Jane Hitt The clinic is the outgrowth of a World Health Organization grant given to its founder, the late researcher Dr. William Hitt and renowned Mexican Psychiatrist Dr. Velazquez Suarez. The grant allowed Dr. Hitt to continue his pioneering

Mezcal, Methanol, Moonshine and Myth

It’s hard to separate fact from fiction from fear-mongering, when trying to understand the relationship between the Mexican agave-based spirit mezcal, and methanol poisoning resulting in blindness or death as the worst case scenarios. The purely physical science treatises are in large part beyond my level of comprehension. At the other end of the spectrum

Typhoid – Mary Mallon

She was an ignorant, ill-tempered woman, but an excellent cook. However, Typhoid Mary Mallon’s refusal to accept the fact she was a healthy carrier of the deadly typhoid bacteria helped cause of deaths of at least three people. Mary Mallon was born in 1869 in Cookstown, County Tyrone, Ireland, (now Northern Ireland). She emigrated to

Education and Artisanal Mezcal Production in Oaxaca, Mexico

A characteristic of growth in the global wine industry for some decades is slowly creeping into artisanal mezcal production in the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca. That is, small producers are using their new-found disposable income to educate their children, with a view to increasing manufacture in a sustainable fashion while at the same time

What’s Lurking Under Your Fingernails?

In the spring of 1997, I spent a wonderful day with Dr Omar Amin in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr Amin is one of the most respected and sought-after parasitologists in the world and runs the Parasitology Center Inc in Scottsdale, Arizona. He gave me a copy of his paper ‘Understanding Parasites’ in which there was a

Travel Vs Vacation

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between travel and vacation? These two things seem pretty similar but I think there’s a big difference. I think that when someone is truly traveling they are experiencing a whole new culture not simply living at a resort for a week. When I say experiencing a whole

Interview With Machete Star Danny Trejo

The Danny Trejo Interview (*Pre-Interview Note- Before starting the interview I tell Danny that I try to ask some different questions than he may be used to, to which he replies “that’s cool, but if I don’t like the questions…” and he picks up a knife on the table we were sitting at and makes

Mexico’s Mezcal Receives Exhaustive Treatment in Holy Smoke: A Book Review

In less than a decade, mezcal, Mexico’s iconic spirit with a history dating back at least over 400 years, has emerged from the doldrums, finally garnering a reputation as a quality sipping spirit. Until now its history, nuances, regulation and innumerable incarnations has been essentially ignored in English language popular non-fiction literature, in favor of

Smart Drinking – Forget the Hangover

There is no doubt that everyone has heard several ways to prevent or cure hangovers, but who knows better than a college student. All the ins and outs of smart drinking come with a price; firstly someone has to buy the alcohol and, let us just say, it would save everyone some time if my

The Chicken Tastes Like It Was BORN in the Sauce

When people ask me to think of my favorite restaurant off the top of my head, for some reason I inevitably think of Gardens of Taxco first. I don’t go there very often, really only for special meals, but my memory just won’t let go of all the colors and flavors this amazing West Hollywood

Staycation – Is it For Me?

According to the pundits, this year is the year we all decided to forego the delights of abroad and spend cheap holidays in the UK. The word ‘staycation’ has entered our vocabulary, whether we like it or not! So, is staying at home the new going away? There is a strong case to be made

Unique Champagne Food Pairings

Without further ado, let me introduce a few off-the-wall champagne pairings that will show how well it holds up against some of the world’s strongest foods. The caveat here is that the use of the word “champagne” is totally incorrect, I’m actually also referring to sparkling wines including cava and even prosecco, but Google thinks

Mexico’s Secret Meringue Recipe

SISAL IS A FORMER SPANISH colony on the north-western tip of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. It’s a poor place. A lost place. But definitely not a lonely place. We pulled in at midnight after a five hour car trip across the peninsula with friends. They wanted to introduce us to their home. We wanted to see

Where Did Turkey Chili Originate From?

Chili is a stew composed of mainly meat and sauce of a viscous nature, with some onions, a handful of beans and spices but it is not limited to that, there are more great versions of chili for instance, the turkey chili recipe. There is still speculations about where chili came from or where it

Puebla’s Mesones Sacristia Cooking School & Mole Recipe

Puebla is frequently referred to as the gastronomy capital of Mexico by many Mexicans. As a result, it was a priority for me to experience. Its cuisine is the result of a strong culinary heritage, a wide variety of spices, and delicious dishes and sweets. Mole is one of the state’s most important dishes and

Living With a Pet Serval

Some sources seem to indicate that living with a serval is no more challenging than feeding your pet goldfish. At the other end of the extreme spectrum, many sanctuaries and animal rights activists paint servals and other exotic cats as unmanageable creatures that no ordinary mortal could hope to deal with successfully. As is usually

Five Dollar Buffets in Las Vegas

Let me tell you that, if you are in Sin City, buying a local newspaper or going through local magazines will reward you with offers from a few buffets. If you are not sure, you can often read or hear about those offers even before you go through the papers. Once we found coupons for

Some of the Best Cooking Books That Need to Be in Your Kitchen

Having just graduated from university, cooking books have a firm place on my kitchen shelf. From disastrous attempts at making barely edible dishes, my time as a student has exposed me to many cooking books. Here are the top ten of the best cooking books that are invaluable to any wannabe Masterchefs out there. Ready…