Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Get your 2010 calendars now (and some green chile, too)

How do you know it's December? Not just by the holiday lights popping up all over town.

No, you know the end of the year is near because as you exit your favorite Mexican restaurant -- El Tejado, Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe, Mexico City Lounge -- you get a calendar, usually one with some illustration of a bare-breasted conquistator with a lovely senorita.

But this year, Mexico City has gone with a portrait of the restaurant 2115 Larimer Street itself. Like the neighborhood around it -- which now boasts Marco's Coal Fired Pizzeria a few doors away, Twelve up the block, the Ginn Mill and Scruffy Murphy's down the block -- Mexico City has been spruced up lately.

Some old traditions remain, though. The hot green chile, for example, which is sweat-inducing this season.

And the Christmas calendar.

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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