Shrimp ice cream?
Yup. Cheese, guava and tequila too. They're all good - well, maybe not the shrimp so much - in this city known for Talavera ceramics, ice cream, pork rinds and revolutionary announcements. It was another high spot in our Mexican travels.
On the night of Sept. 15, 1810, Father Hidalgo and Ignacio Allende, who had been plotting a revolution, learned that their plans for insurrection had been discovered by the royalists.
The following morning, Father Hidalgo rang the church bell for mass and made the call for freedom from the atrium of the parish church.
The two men marched their ragtag "army" of followers to San Miguel, Celaya and Salamanca, gathering more insurrectionists at each town until it reached 20,000 and arrived at Guanajuato.
The rest, as they say, is history. Dolores became Dolores Hidalgo, the cradle of freedom; San Miguel added de Allende to its name and Mexico finally won its independence from Spain in 1821 or 1824. (Nothing about Mexican history is simple as you learn within seconds of dipping a toe into the past.)
Tip: There are a few easy steps up to that cradle of freedom church.
The small church, inside and out, is quite pretty and side streets around it are intriguing.
We left without trying and seeing a lot else though. No time, said our guide, as we were en route to San Miguel de Allende. There are museums to see, including Father Hidalgo's former home, as well as a number of Talavera pottery artisans (Father Hidalgo, one of the rare priests who cared about the natives, taught them to make these beautiful, Majolica-like ceramics.) I would have liked at least a day here.
As we say sadly and too often during our travels, "Next time."