Feb 2, 2005, 12:58 AM
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Re: [Carol Schmidt] What's the Worst Advice (and Best)You Ever Received? (about Mexico, that is)
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I sure wish we had brought our fancy kitchen utensils, pans and knives. We've rebought pizza peels, good can openers, kitchen scales, all kinds of stuff down here and are still looking for a good cookie sheet. Finding comfortable furniture here took six months.
Best advice I didn't get: bring everything that's special to you. If you don't care if you can only find a wobbly can opener, leave that $15 one that fits your hand just right behind. If you don't love your wok, or your well-seasoned heavy black cast iron pan, .
Well, now I have a nice list of gifts to get from the Family Dollar store to take to my in-laws. Cookie sheets, huh? Never thought of that, but OTOH, I rarely see any of my in-laws using an oven. Usually, they use it for utensil storage.
Woks are great for making chiles rellenos.
If you can't find decent muebles, you're not looking in the right places. My brother-in-law Fidel (Not THAT Fidel) does a good business in Edomex peddling furniture made in Cd. Hidalgo, Michoacan. I've met numerous Mexicans who have their houses well fitted with comfortable Mexican made furniture. There's even a magazine, "Muebles y Decoraciones" dedicated to the Mexican furniture and interior decoration industry.
Last time I went to a Wal-Mart in the DF, they had electric can openers. But no decent teapots. The type of electric teapot used in the UK would be a swell gift, if that utensil worked on 120 instead of 240 volts...
Ned Carlson Triode Electronics Chicago,IL USA
Fighting bad sound and electronic ignorance since
1985 (sorry, folks, it's taking a little longer than I thought)