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Help my friend not get screwed over by lawyer in recovering bank account

Please help my friend not get screwed over by his own lawyer in recovering dormant bank acct funds.
Here was my last ask metafilter question. For my friend who had his Mexican HSBC bank account closed, and Someone me-mailed me and recommend he find a lawyer on the US Embassy site which he did. It seems HSBC closed the account because it was dormant (something similar to this situation maybe?). The lawyer said he thinks this was illegal, and that the lawyer has contacted top executives at the bank and that the lawyer can recover the funds if my friend can give 30% of said recovered funds to the lawyer as a fee (this fee seems exorbitant). Half to be paid now, and half to be paid upon obtaining the funds in the dormant account. This seems like a huge fee, for which the funds that are probably legally available to my friend by some other simpler means. My friend can't go to mexico for at least several months, and when he calls HSBC in Mexico they say they can't give him any more specific information about his account unless he comes to a branch in person, in Mexico. Any advice on how can pursue this without getting hosed for 30% of his own money?
posted by lijiaxiaoniu on Mar 10, 2014 - 34 answers

Where to find huge flour tortillas in Brooklyn

Recommend me a specific place to buy huge (12"+) flour tortillas in Brooklyn [more inside]
posted by saladin on Jan 13, 2014 - 1 answer

Looking for vegetable recipes to go with tacos

Foodies of MeFi: I need new side dishes to make for taco night! Difficulty: vegetables, but not corn, beans, green salad, or squash. [more inside]
posted by Janta on Nov 7, 2013 - 29 answers

How should I measure dried epazote?

I have a bag of dried epazote for beans. Two problems. First, it's a mix of coarser, stalky material and leaf matter of varying fineness. Should I run it through a food processor to make it uniform (like, say, dried oregano) before measuring? Second, how much (processed or not) should I use to a pound of beans? I've seen everything from 1 tsp to 2 tbsp. One tsp of coarse would be nothing like 2 tbsp of fine, for example.
posted by obiwanwasabi on May 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Delicatessen for Dilettantes & Greenhorn Cuisine

Please recommend outstanding recipe books and resources for clueless cooks! [more inside]
posted by byanyothername on Feb 26, 2013 - 11 answers

Take-out / Foodcart tacos in Chula Vista?

We're staying in Chula Vista for a month. Please suggest a good Mexican style take-out for lunch?
posted by jorlando on Feb 5, 2013 - 8 answers

¿dónde están los tacos de pescado en la playa?

Mexican restaurant on a beach in southern Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Jan 3, 2013 - 7 answers

Southwest Christmas jazz?

I just heard a recognizable piece of music at a Christmas event, but can't name it. [more inside]
posted by dhartung on Dec 25, 2012 - 3 answers

Bring the spice!

Summer is coming and I'll have a lot of time on my hands. What are some of the tastiest spicy foods you've ever had? I'm thinking Indian, but Cajun, Mexican and so forth are all possibilities. I'm after interesting, involved recipes that can be spicy, but are above all TASTY. What should I make? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Oct 25, 2012 - 25 answers

Help me replicate this smooth, spicy salsa

How can I replicate this amazing smooth, spicy salsa when all I can find are chunky salsa recipes? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Oct 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Fish tacos: Intersection of quality and ocean proximity in San Diego

Best fish tacos closest to the ocean in San Diego? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Oct 4, 2012 - 12 answers

i'll let you be in my dream if i can be in yours

help! a quick quote on love from greek poetry and mexican poetry for a wedding toast. [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Aug 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Moved back to the Netherlands, and I'm hungry.

Mefites of Holland! Send me to your favorite ethnic grocery stores and trattorias in de Randstad. Bonus points for North Holland (esp. Haarlem-A'dam-Alkmaar), and you win 1,000 internets if you know of a real Mexican, Thai or Indian grocer anywhere within 250k of Amsterdam.
posted by digitalprimate on Aug 15, 2012 - 14 answers

Louis habla Espanol?

The comedian Louis C.K. is Mexican, having grown up in Mexico with Spanish as his first language. His family is still in Mexico too. Can anyone help me find audio/video of Louis actually speaking Spanish?
posted by vacapinta on Jul 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Good Mexican / Tex Mex in Orlando

Good Mexican / Tex Mex in Orlando [more inside]
posted by jseven on May 9, 2012 - 8 answers

How do the non-gentry feel about gentrification?

Opinions on gentrification from a gentrified neighborhood's non-gentry residents? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Apr 29, 2012 - 15 answers

Assume I know nothing.

For various reasons, I've become interested in Mexican history. Can you recommend good books that cover the pre-Colonial and Colonial eras (or any other interesting period)? I want something that's reasonably entertaining, if it exists. Interesting histories of Brazil would be cool too. Thanks!
posted by chaiminda on Apr 11, 2012 - 13 answers

Good Mexican food in Redwood City

My husband will be in Redwood City (attending this event) for work over the next fortnight and wants to take his team to a good Mexican restaurant there. Any recommendations? Walking distance would be good but not crucial.
posted by tracicle on Jan 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Merry Christmas in Mexican Spanish?

I've drawn a colleague with an interest in Mexican wrestling for an office secret santa. I've got this person a book on the subject, and now I'd like to write an appropriate inscription - in Mexican Spanish. How would I say something akin to "To [name], merry Christmas, with love from the secret santa?" [more inside]
posted by Ted Maul on Dec 10, 2011 - 8 answers

What do I do with a 20lb bag of raw unrendered mixed pork fat?

Say hypothetically, that you had half of a pigs worth of unrendered and raw pork fat trimmings in your freezer, apparently about 20 lbs, that your butcher handed you when they returned the rest of your, now disassembled, half pig. What would you do with it? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Nov 16, 2011 - 19 answers

We're light years beyond the Goya aisle here.

We're light years beyond the Goya aisle here. [more inside]
posted by availablelight on Aug 11, 2011 - 37 answers

Help a gringo out.

What genre(s)of Mexican music is/are exemplified in the first three minutes of this song? What albums and musicians are hallmarks of this genre?
posted by Philipschall on Jun 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Spicy recipe ideas for stale cornbread

What should I make for dinner? 'A second life for stale savory cornbread' edition. [more inside]
posted by crackingdes on May 4, 2011 - 11 answers

No Support from Family

My friend needs some advice on how to handle family that is not supportive of the positive changes she is making in her life. [more inside]
posted by mungaman on May 1, 2011 - 6 answers

Mexican Side Dishes

Good ideas for vegetable-based side dishes to go with Mexican food? (other than beans) [more inside]
posted by rossination on May 1, 2011 - 23 answers

What's the best Mexican cookbook!

What is your favourite authentic Mexican food cookbook? [more inside]
posted by geodave on Jan 28, 2011 - 14 answers

Looking for a Mexican restaurant in Milwaukee that hand take reservations.

Are there any Mexican restaurants in Milwaukee, WI that take reservations or can otherwise handle a group of 10-20 on a Saturday night? A search of previous questions turned up Cempazuchi but I'm looking for more ideas. [more inside]
posted by PSB on Jan 3, 2011 - 4 answers

I Love LA (pending these really specific requirements)

I'm a New Yorker in Los Angeles for the next 24 hours, for the first time ever. I'm looking for some very specific things. [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Nov 21, 2010 - 13 answers

Flour tortillas at home?

How do I make decent (but preferably great) flour tortillas at home? [more inside]
posted by pianoboy on Oct 11, 2010 - 12 answers

Last minute tacos

Los Angeles filter: Good, cheap Mexican food near LAX? [more inside]
posted by bluejayk on Oct 4, 2010 - 6 answers

Mexican Architecture Contract

Mexican Architecture Contracts As American Architect looking to do work in Mexico, I would like to be more familiar with standard contracts used. (Maybe the equilalent to AIA?) Can anyone share experience w/ either 1. A translated standard contract 2. A split/associated contract between a US Architect and a Mexican Architect? I realize that there is no one-fits-all form, but anything related will be helpful. Obviously personal information should be deleted. And anyone w/ personal experience who might have a story to share is welcome to add in.
posted by ebesan on Jul 13, 2010 - 0 answers

grathias :D

Mexican Spanish to Castellano! Help me migrate :D [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Jun 4, 2010 - 17 answers

Not the religious kind, the kind with pork.

I need a great pastor recipe! Anybody got one? [more inside]
posted by pdb on May 7, 2010 - 7 answers

Easy Mexican rice?

Is there a recipe for good, easy Mexican rice? Good here equals strong tomato flavor, peas and carrots (I'm not interested in strict authenticity). Bonus points if I can just dump the ingredients in my rice cooker and be done with it. [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe on Apr 12, 2010 - 17 answers

What are these orange and green decorated shops in Chicago?

Over the past year or so, tons of shops have opened up around Chicago that all are decorated in orange and green, have no signs, are run and patronized exclusively by Mexican-Americans and seem to be either juice cafes or vitamin shops. What are they exactly? [more inside]
posted by danb1 on Mar 16, 2010 - 10 answers

Easy carne asada recipes?

I need a carne asada recipe that's easy and stove-top friendly. [more inside]
posted by mullacc on Feb 3, 2010 - 11 answers

Quiero Queso!

What is a traditional Mexican Cheese to go with Black Beans in Burritos and where can I get it in London UK? Also where can you get Tomatillo's in London? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Jan 20, 2010 - 19 answers

VegetarianFilter: Give me your best veg taco recipes and tips!

VegetarianFilter: Give me your best veg taco recipes and tips! [more inside]
posted by pghjezebel on Dec 19, 2009 - 32 answers

Mexican music!

Can you recommend music for my Mexican restaurant? [more inside]
posted by einarorn on Dec 1, 2009 - 23 answers

Where can I buy this hot sauce?

Where can I buy this hot sauce? [more inside]
posted by tucsongal on Nov 1, 2009 - 7 answers

or is it a child's half-remembered, lunatic dream?

In the early 70's there aired a kid's after school program. Simple to identify, right? Course not, this is where you come in. [more inside]
posted by Allee Katze on Aug 17, 2009 - 0 answers

Help me identify this sushi smoky, potentially Mexican-inspited, hot sauce

Help me identify this terrific hot sauce my local sushi bar offers. What makes it unusual is that it is not creamy, much darker than sriracha, has a thick marmalade consistency, and has this deep sweet, slightly smoky flavor, while still being hot. And in it are darker tiny bits of somewhat grainy/crunchy red specs. Also, I definitely see some sort of oil as part of the mixture (you can see the oil in the crevice under the top in the linked pic above). I frequent sushi places and have not found another place that carries this. One thing that occurred to me: The head chef at this place is of Mexican decent - so there is a chance he created/brought in with him something from Mexican cuisine that I am not familiar with - not sure if that helps anyone. Would love to figure out what it is and be able to but containers/make some of my own!
posted by cha4 on Aug 9, 2009 - 15 answers

Where can I find these tortillas?

At a Walmart in Missouri, of all places, I found some pre-packaged, refrigerated tortillas that were very, very thin pieces of uncooked dough stacked together. You just peeled one off, put it in a pan to quickly cook it, and ended up with a delicious, home-made-tasting flour tortilla. Where can I find these in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on May 9, 2009 - 19 answers

Any recommendations for recordings of traditional Mexican ballads by female singers?

Any recommendations for recordings of traditional Mexican ballads by female singers? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Jan 26, 2009 - 6 answers

Why is the Mexican Nesquik cheaper?

Why do items in my grocery store with similar items on the Mexican food aisle cost more at my grocery store? Why does Mexican Nesquik cost less? [more inside]
posted by Barry B. Palindromer on Jan 14, 2009 - 17 answers

Arepas in Manhattan?

Desperately seeking arepas in Manhattan [more inside]
posted by Cogito on Jan 2, 2009 - 8 answers

Rice, Rice baby

What's the secret to making delicious, restaurant-quality Mexican rice at home? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith on Nov 11, 2008 - 17 answers

I Can Has Spicy Hot Mango Candy Pleez?

Where can I find spicy hot mango Mexican candy online? [more inside]
posted by RobotVoodooPower on Nov 5, 2008 - 4 answers

Some Like it Hot

Where can I buy La Guacamaya hot sauce with lime juice in the Seattle area? [more inside]
posted by Tube on Oct 27, 2008 - 8 answers

Kill me with spice.

Hot food suggestions. This question got me thinking. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Oct 27, 2008 - 17 answers

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