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Pan-Asian Flavor Arrives in Merida (Finally!)

Until we moved to Yucatan, I don’t think we fully realized exactly how much Chinese and Thai food we ate on a weekly basis. I’m not talking authentic Chinese cuisine, with its soupy combinations of animal feet in a stinky broth, or chicken heads lovingly skewered and roasted over an open flame in the back [...]

3Jun2008 | | 17 comments | Continued
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Baseball in Mexico: Saturday Night with the Merida Leones

Think baseball isn’t a big deal in Mexico? Think again. The country-wide championship win of the Merida Leones in 2006 made Merida’s hometown AAA team nationwide news. It has also made tickets harder to come by, so we were very fortunate to have some friends score us some tickets for Saturday night’s game versus the [...]

20May2008 | | 5 comments | Continued
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At Tamba Juice in Progreso, the Customer is King

The dearth of good things to eat and drink in Progreso has prompted many a ranting post on this site. The weather’s getting sweltering, and that too contributes to our huddling in the office, grumbling and sticky. Reader and fellow Brooklyn refugee Missy suggested that we to try the newest spot in Progreso, Tamba Juice, [...]

5May2008 | | 7 comments | Continued
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No Direction Home

It’s a very simple question, or it should be, and the answer was always automatic. Perhaps you pause before you state your age or invert the last four digits of your home and mobile phone numbers, but your home address you don’t forget. We’ve lived in Mexico for a year and a half and I [...]

24Mar2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Building Community with the New Yolisto

About a year ago, we launched a website called, “Yolisto,” which aimed to be a kind of Craigslist-inspired community classified advertising website for residents of the Yucatan. The initial response was quite positive, earning us a few posts and even a shoutout on Yucatan Living. The site worked well, and people seemed happy to have [...]

4Mar2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Another Hungry Mouth to Feed in Progreso

We live at the beach and work in a funky little port town. While Merida is cool and cosmopolitan, and capable of satisfying almost every base consumer desire, out here you have to be craftier. If you’re looking for random foodstuffs from home, such as Skippy peanut butter, Almond Joy bars, Heinz cocktail sauce, Chunky [...]

20Feb2008 | | 6 comments | Continued
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La Tratto, Dehydration, Star Medica, & You: A Cautionary Tale

This article was supposed to be a review of La Tratto restaurant, the hip Italian eatery that makes up part of the trifecta in the Trotter family empire of restaurants, so let’s start there and pretend that the evening progressed normally. La Tratto is located at #479C on the Prolognacion de Montejo, between the glorieta [...]

12Feb2008 | | 10 comments | Continued
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Gringos Restaurant Closes Doors: What Went Wrong?

Gringos Restaurant opened in Chelem in February of last year, with an advertising blitz and the announcement, “Finally… American food in Chelem.” The restaurant appeared to be doing everything right. They had the menu, the spectacular beachfront location, and the much-needed community events and features, including nightly movie screenings on the beach, karaoke parties, huge [...]

29Jan2008 | | 10 comments | Continued
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Dropped In Featured in Guadalajara Reporter Newspaper

We are honored to have been featured in both the online and print editions of the Guadalajara newspaper, in an article entitled, “Expat bloggers add fresh perspective to Mexico.” In it, reporter Meredith Veto covers the explosion of expatriate bloggers who are documenting their experiences in Mexico online. They’ve even got our picture at the [...]

18Jan2008 | | 11 comments | Continued
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Progreso’s Facelift Nears Completion

In the beginning of December, the town of Progreso took the very unexpected move of suddenly ripping up nearly all of the city streets, without any advance notice or warnings to local area small businesses. At the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, and for small stores and shops without the highest profit margins in [...]

18Jan2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Introducing DroppedIn: The Magazine

Something just wasn’t sitting right about our last redesign a few months ago, and I couldn’t figure out what it was. After staring long and hard at the site for the last couple of days, it finally hit me: our intentions and our content had outgrown the blog format. After living here in the Yucatan [...]

17Jan2008 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Zen and the Art of Combi Riding

With our Jeep in the shop, anxiously awaiting new tie rods to be shipped from the United States, we have found ourselves making our Chelem to Progreso commute on combis. Combis are a kind of community shuttle, usually a white van that explores the full spectrum of maintenance from sleek, air-conditioned new models to older, [...]

17Jan2008 | | 1 comment | Continued