50 Best Hispanic Restaurants

Hispanic Magazine has listed their top 50 “hispanic” (aka “Mexican”) restaurants. I guess referring to this type of food as “Mexican” may be offensive to those in Mexico. What is the criteria for being on this list?

we once again present our picks and our readers? picks of the top 50 Hispanic restaurants in the United States, including Puerto Rico. All of the restaurants honor the cuisine of the Americas in traditional or innovative ways, whether they are fancy or casual dining establishments 

So they are light on details. From the data it looks like they choose based on population. But this isn’t a competition after all. At least New Mexico had more restaurants than all the other non-most-populous states.

I do have to admit that I’m not one to run out and try new resturants. Someone has to take me there for me to discover it. I’ve never heard of Casa Ruiz Church Street Cafe, Barelas Coffee House or Restaurante Rancho de Chimayo but I would have added Gabriel’s (just north of Santa Fe) and El Pinto (located in Albuquerque).

 

 
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I’ve received a few of these emails, people inviting me to link to them because they linked to me. Them being businesses who are looking for google page rank increases (I’ve had very little, and I mean little popularity), I guess I show at the top of a few google searches.

I checked out their site and didn’t see my site in the links sections anywhere. I did learn that this Christian ISP blocks sites and seems to be quite proud of it. I do not agree with the concept of ISP blocking and for that reason I cannot return the link (note I didn’t actually include any links in the message). Not to mention that they refer to my site as forthehellofit when my site is For The H*ll Of it. What’s ironic is that the word hell might actually be filtered by them or the very concept of the word “hell” my be offensive to their clientele.

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Follow Up to Dog Attack

Here’s a follow up to the dog attack that happened near my house and showed up on national TV.

A police report concerning the dog that apparently bit off a man’s genitals says that the man may have been using force against the animal. Rudolfo Ramirez, 25, might have been trying to forcibly open the pit bull’s mouth. The report also said Ramirez was wandering the neighborhood in only in boxer shorts. … “As soon as he hit the dog, the dog yelped and the guy got up,” Chacon remembers. “He was still alive but his inner thighs, genitalia, and lower stomach was all ripped away.” … The dog at the focus of the story remains at an animal shelter, as the search for its owner continues.

There was a point in which we thought the guy was sexually assaulting the dog.

Praying Mantises Having Sex In The Garden

I found these two getting it on in the green bean vines the other day. My hope was to catch on video the final moments when the female eventually eats the male (something my Girlfriend, who was really pissed at her ex at the time, wanted to see).

Unfortunately they were at this for hours. I even set up my video camera on a tripod and left it out there. In a hour I would come back, they would be in the same position, I would rewind the tape and do it over. I couldn’t find any info on how long they take. It was getting dark and the sprinklers were scheduled to come on so I gave up on them. 

Color Changes

I made some tweaks to the stylesheet, just colors no layout. Let me know what you think and if there’s anything unreadable.

[Update:] As it turns out there’s not a whole lot of colors that go with grey, except maybe blue. I’m also trying to determine the best way to add rounded corners. This certainly matches my preferred “industrial” style but it’s still not quite right. Too dark me thinks. 

The Magic Roundabout

What kind of evil genius thinks up a traffic nightmare like this? Apparently it works but I can’t imagine this working in the US. I’m getting dizzy just looking at it.

The new roundabout (see picture) was the work of the Road Research Laboratory (RRL) and their solution was brilliantly simple. All they did was combine two roundabouts in one – the first the conventional, clockwise variety and the second, which revolved inside the first, sending traffic anti-clockwise.

 

The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa

Since I will be starting school next week I thought it would be a good idea to make a another trip back home before it starts. As my Girlfriend and I were planning the trip we got a “invitation” in the mail to The Weston in Scottsdale for about $250 for 3 nights. Their rooms usally go for around $300 a night. What was the catch? We had to listen to a 90 minute time share sales pitch.

Westin Resort, Scottsdale, Az

The Westin isn’t just a Hotel it’s a double fancy hotel, full name is “The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa”, located in the center of fancyville Scottsdale. Putting the “Resort and Spa” at the end of their name means that they can charge for everything and charge a lot. For example there was a refrigerator with booze and soda in it. They also had a little basket with snack foods (and no vending machines anywhere in the hotel). The Snickers bar in that basket was $4.00. They left a list of all these things so we could check off what we used and at the bottom the not only wanted us to included Arizona’s 8.1% tax but a 21% gratuity. We choose not to use any of their stuff. The whole hotel was pretty much like this. The spa was overpriced, the restaurants were over priced. We ended up not spending much time a the hotel for this reason.

The hotel was huge, we were on the 7th floor. Our room wasn’t very big was never the less very comfortable. The bathroom was very nice, the shower was separate from the bathtub and there was plenty of water pressure. The shower was clogged but they came and fixed it quickly after we called them. They also have what the call their “Heavenly Bead”, it’s the most comfortable hotel bed I’ve ever slept on and it’s almost as good as our own bed. Apparently you can buy this bed online but I couldn’t find the link.

If your in to golfing (which I’m not) they have a massive golf course. It’s very green and pretty. They also had a bike trail if we do ever stay there again we may find a way to bring our bikes.

Now for the sales pitch. I have to say that they had very compelling offer. The time share is sold by the hotel, they call it “vacation ownership“.

Here’s how it works:

  • You purchase a condo style room at a home site, in this case it’s the Scottsdale Westin.
  • You purchase so many days a year (in our case they were trying to sell us 7 days)
  • Since it’s with the Starwood resorts you can use the days you bought at any other Starwood resort or
  • You can trade the time with a service that deals with this sort of thing and use your time at a non Starwood resort, the cost the quoted us was about $150 to do this or
  • You can buy hotel time at any Starwood per night for $99 per night. That includes any of their properties including the W Hotels where presidents and other famous people stay. I can say it costs much more than $99 a night at these places though it wasn’t clear which rooms we would get.
  • You get a deed to your property and you pay a mortgage. That means you can write it off as a second home and once it’s paid off your done.
  • The cost for our “deal” was about $10,000, 10% interest and about $150 a month for 120 months.

The cost was certainly some we could afford but had I been in the market for such a thing (as I told the sales guys right at the start that we were not) although I would have talked them down on the interest rate and some of the other details. But lets face it, we went for the cheap hotel room when we were already going to spend that money somewhere on a hotel and for the chance to stay at a fancy hotel.