What was, early on, a good start to the rainy season (June - November around here) ended in time for the children's summer vacation. Sadly, the lack of rain killed the corn and many, many hectares of corn were lost. Now, it's raining so much the soy harvest is threatened as the fields are too wet to harvest. But hey, no hurricanes!
Regular gas has gone up to $13.90pesos per liter or about US$4 per gallon. Which of course means the cost of shipped-in goods rise as well. Looks like we will have to start planting more vegetables for ourselves and the restaurant. Not a bad thing, that. We already have a good quantity of laying hens and a fair number of young roosters that will be ready for the grill or pot in a few weeks. Lots of chicken specials coming down the pike at the Jungle Horse Restaurant!
Went to a restaurant last night, ordered an appetizer and a steak dinner. Steak made it to the table before the appetizer! Not only that, it seems ordering a rare steak puts the cook on edge...Mexican's typically like their meat well done, so although it was rare, it was not cooked over a hot enough fire - barely had grill marks on it. Too bad because it was a nice cut of beef.
We've done our training here. I spent some time in the kitchen with our cook, Jose. Jose is used to cooking arrachera (skirt steak) well done even if there are a few people, locals included, who have ordered it rare. We covered how to tell when a pan is hot enough to sear meat (dancing water droplets) and then how long to leave the meat on the pan for different levels of "doneness" (the finger-thumb test). He took the lesson to heart and knows what to do.
Rain is keeping the clients away so David and I are going through some basic micro-economic theory about cost of goods sold and developing price points (margins, profit, etc.) All this while building a new menu. Passes the time...productively.
Mexican Independence Day is coming up on the 16th and this weekend, if the weather cooperates, should see a lot of people out and about celebrating. "Grito des Dolores" (Cry of Dolores, named after a town, not a woman) actually was the start of the war of independence in 1810.