I had one of the best meals of my life at Viva Mexico last night and the best company one could ask for. Fred and Christina from Gabriola Island in Canada, Lach and Becky who were friends in Boulder Creek who came to visit and ended up moving here and my long-time good friend Gloria. Here are photos. looks like I concentrated on the food. Both of these dishes were the culinary masterpieces thought up in the mind of Agustin.
Becky’s chicken salad.
Me, barely reflected in the Xmas tree bulb in the courtyard.
Antonia, Agustin’s wife and head Chef.
Most of the rest of us had this succulent pork special.
Click on any photo to enlarge all.
With my friends Sandy, Harriet, Paul and John, I combined a birthday celebration with an Independencia buffet and mariachi concert at Agustin’s restaurant Viva Mexico. Fun, fun.
Do you prefer eating foods with nuts or no nuts? Nuts over nuts. I even put them in salad.
Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? Closed, by long habit, beginning when I was five. For the obvious reasons.
Are you usually late, early, or right on time? Right on time. I think it is rude to be early. I’m always running running at the last minute and when guests arrive early, it throws me off. For the theater or a restaurant or appointment, I’m always a big early.
What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.
I had a house concert at my house with friends Becky McGuigan, Larry Kolczak and Agustin Calvaro Vasquez and family, each doing a set. It was so much fun. Here are some views of goings-on. (Click on any photo to enlarge all.)
Click on any photo to enlarge all. Enjoy. Wish I could let you hear the music.
For Cee’s Share Your World prompt.
The new president of Mexico is Andrés Manuel López Obrador. If you don’t know who Agustin is, read below:
This is my friend Agustin whom I have featured in a number of stories on my blog. A wonderful man.
And here are two more stories about him:
Day one of Campamento Estrella (Camp Star) In San Juan Cosala, Jalisco, Mexico was a huge success. The point of the camp is to make each child feel like a star, and this year the counselors seemed to feel pretty happy as well. Art, poetry, dance, games, studying about the history of their town and how to improve it, kind treatment of animals and health and hygiene are all stressed this year. Friday will culminate in a performance and refreshments for parents and other family members. This is our third year for this camp. Thanks once again to Agustin for playing such a vital part as well as providing the garden area of Viva Mexico for us to use for the camp.
Click on first photo to view all and read caption.
Lost contact? Nope. “You put your whole head in!” The Hokey Pokey was a huge success, as you might have discovered while looking at these photos.
Today was wild, with rain that caused huge waterfalls off the roof of the tent in the courtyard and caused squeals of joy from the kids, all huddled in the middle. First a visit by a dental assistant who talked about dental hygiene. I had found little kits in the states with a toothbrush, toothpaste and toothbrush holder as a gift for each child. Lots of noise later as they made bracelets and earrings and then little decorated gift boxes in case they wanted to give them to grandmas or mothers. Looked like most planned to keep them themselves. More dance, selection of whiskers for the dog and cat masks, a delicious lunch where, surprisingly, all of the kids at my table ate their vegetables first!!! Agustin thought he’d over extended himself when he bought two kilos (four pounds) of tortillas, but they all vanished. Never underestimate the capacity for tortillas of any local!
Once the kids went home, I asked the Mexican counselors to stay to practice a poem I’d written for the parents. We’re doing a show for them tomorrow, then another show on Saturday for the crowd at Agustin’s restaurant. The other counselors drifted over to sit around the table with us, Agustin opened a few bottles of wine, and we had a great time trading knowledge of local slang and laughing over Audrey’s hilarious retorts. I’d repeat them, but you had to be there. I decided to have a party for all of the counselors, Agustin and the kitchen staff who have been feeding us. Thursday’s the day and the menu is Mexican! You’ll probably be invited along as well.
Here are my very few photos from today: Click on them to enlarge and read the captions.
The choice was very pale or very ruby red due to the reflection off the tent canopy, so the dental hygienist looks very nursey indeed.
Agustin regaled us with hilarious stories and Audrey quipped back The wine by the way, was great! If you can read the label, try it out. The best Mexican vintage I’ve tasted.
If you ever come to San Juan Cosala and want to pass as a native, just utter the word, “Uta!” Karen will roll her eyes, but Maria will get a kick out of it.
The kitchen staff must have been chosen for both looks and talent.