Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Merry Christmas Happy Hour On The Beach

Carol and Richard organized a park happy hour and group picture to celebrate Christmas at the beach.   Many people in the park never go to the beach….and we think that’s a shame!  We, like Carol and Richard are on the beach most afternoons for a couple of hours.   Eric and I sit, walk and even swimming if the water is calm enough.  Just good for the soul.


People started arriving by 4pm.


Obviously the colours of the evening are red and green.


What an opportunity for one of the beach vendors.   This young man had a very large selection of silver jewellery and the ladies were happy to have a look.


That’s Sandi looking and Nancy, Pam and Carol in front.


I think he did quite well this evening.  As we sit on the beach most afternoons the vendors get to know us and don’t bother to approach us. 


Klaus and Karin from Germany and Doug from Canada on the right.


                        Nancy, Carol and Jeannette.


By the time we were ready for the group photo a lot more people had shown up.  A nice young French Canadian man offered to be our photographer and he did a great job.  That is one fine looking group!

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Carol, Kathy and Richard.   Does my hair look better now Joy?


The weather was cloudy, a bit breezy and not too cool….what more could you ask for.




A really nice shot of Rocky and Nancy.


Sandi and Jeannette chat.


Frank and Richard chat.  That’s John in front.  I must say that Richard’s get up was pretty great.  He has a lime green ball cap under his Santa hat and it even matches his shorts.  Pretty snazzy! 

I left at 5 to go home and put supper in the oven and finish up happy hour with Eric.  He is sick and stayed home. 

It was a great idea and everyone had a good time. 

Good idea Carol and Richard!

Time for a haircut and pedicure at Gaby’s Beauty Shop

I was off to catch the bus to the Golden Zone at 8:30 this morning.  I am still fighting the cold (10 days now) and am still quite tired.   P.S. Eric did get the dreaded “man cold” so he will be sick over the next week!  Remember men are always get way sicker than women!!


Looking back through the trees to the park while I wait for a bus.  I took today’s pictures on our little Iphone 4s.


While I was getting my hair and feet done Frank came in for an appointment.  He snuck a picture of me and then emailed it to me later.  I do admit I look pretty tired here.   Rosie is cutting my hair and one of the girls is cleaning up my feet.  Cost for today was 200 pesos.  I gave each of them a 50 peso tip so the it was about 300 pesos or $21 Canadian all told.  Pretty cheap by any standard.


When Rosie was finished cutting my hair I moved so Frank could get his cut and my pedicure could be finished.  I took some pictures of him and emailed them to him later.  We both thought we were sneaky!  You can see a baby on the right in one of the ladies arms.  The baby is one of Rosie’s daughter,  Gaby’s three month old twins.  Gaby is working in the shop and all the young women are happy to play Auntie to the little girl and boy.  They have another room where the babies can go to sleep and have quiet time and I think Gaby’s mother-in-law helps out as well.  


This is Juany’s niece folding tin foil.  It’s used when they d0 highlights.  You can see in the picture of me the women next to me was getting foils. 


Frank is all handsomed up for the Christmas season!

Frank is a carver and he brought a small hand carved figurine of a young girl praying and gave it to Rosie.   Too bad I didn’t get a picture.

I should once again mention what a humanitarian Rosie is. She is heavily involved in giving back to her community.   She got a helping hand many years ago and she has never forgotten.  At this time of the year the many gringos that patronize her shop are raising money and bringing in donated goods to help her out.  These donations are given to the poor in the colonias.  A lovely lady!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Angelina’s Kitchen for Ladies Lunch

Today we were thirteen for lunch so Jeannette ordered a couple of aurigas to take us downtown.   The buses don’t get close to the restaurant and we could have walked from the market but….we didn’t.  On that note apparently the buses are once again picking up behind the market so you can catch a bus home.  The street behind the market was being redone and is now finished.  Many, many streets downtown have been torn up and redone over the last year. 


25 pesos each for a ride to the restaurant….peso up everyone!


It’s 11:30 and the trucks are ready to go.


Everyone pays and ….


we’re off.  The truck behind us doesn’t know where we are going so he stays tight behind us.


Look…they’ve finished a bit of the new malecon construction just south of Valentino’s.  As you can see there is a sidewalk, two lane bicycle path, a curb and two lanes of traffic.   No parking in the middle anymore.  Unless you can park on a side street and cross over four lanes of traffic to get to the sidewalk you will be taking the bus!  I’m guessing the restaurants on the beach aren’t going to be too happy.  In the past you would see carloads of Mexican families parking in the middle and walking down to the beach to eat….what now?


We are at the very south end of the malecon where we will turn left (east) and go up the street to Angelina’s Kitchen.  They have redone the sidewalk area up this way but I wonder if they plan to tear up this end too.


Heading up the street and the truck with the other half of our party is right behind us.


Made it!


We are seated at one table of six and one table of seven.  The light isn’t good but you get the idea.  Jeannette and Sandi are looking at the specials board.


Perusing the menu.


They have a very extensive bar in this restaurant.  It is also very colorful and and has lots of artwork on the walls.


Wow….look at Marilyn’s drink.  Doesn’t that look special.


Bonnie just got her mango margarita and she seems to be looking at it suspiciously!


That looks very tasty….and it was.


Many different things were ordered…this is a Greek salad along with another mango margarita.


Sandi ordered clam chowder and it arrived in bread bowl.  A meal in it’s self.


I took a quick look in the kitchen where Angelina’s chef was busy preparing all 13 meals.  Luckily we were the only people in the restaurant so he could concentrate only on us!  When I went to Angelina’s cooking course last winter Carlos did the cooking.  See Feb. 8, 2017 post for a look. 


That is Angelina’s daughter and the chef’s helper.


Everyone has a drink and Sandi and Cathy are eating clam chowder.


Fish and chips….and not just any old ones.  Home cut fries and dorado for the fish.  It was apparently yummy.


Anita had a shrimp pasta and she was hungry.  By the time I got a picture half of it was already gone.  It must have hit the spot.


Connie looks sad….where is her food?


Sue and Robyn both have fish and chips and Pat and I are still waiting. 


My lunch.  Tuna carnitas on a guacamole covered tosdada.  I thought I couldn’t eat it all but I did!  I am a sucker for tuna and will always order it if I can.  Delicious but a bit salty. 


Happy Connie!   She has her tacos.


Looks delicious.


Pat was the last to eat and she had a stuffed poblano.  (I almost ordered that.)  It was stuffed with vegetables and cheese with a red pepper sauce over it.  Pat said it was very good.


While we finished eating the flower vendor tried to sell calla lilies.  Very beautiful and a couple of bunches did go home with a couple of the ladies. 


I think I’ve taken pictures of this beautiful old building across from the restaurant before.  Imagine it in it’s glory days!


Some of the ladies drifted off after lunch to do this and that and the rest of us went home in one truck. 


Back down towards the malecon….anyone need a tattoo!


A lovely ride home and once again you can see part of the newly renovated malecon. 

So…a good time was had by all.  Food got a thumbs up and everyone was happy. 

Next week…..?   Stay tuned as the cruise director a.k.a. Ruth will be in town tomorrow and we will pass the reins to her. We thought she should get to choose where we go next week. 

Stay tuned.