VIP Club San Miguel: "The Smart Fit"


January 28, 2010


This VIP Club Newsflash is sponsored by the 4th Annual San Miguel International Cook-Off, benefiting Centro de Crecimiento on January 30, 2010, Noon to 5:30, at Hotel Real de Minas. Find out more at

"The 4th Annual San Miguel International Cook-Off, benefiting Centro de Crecimiento, January 30, 2010, noon to 5:30, Hotel Real de Minas. Please plan to attend. Music by Whitney Moore and her funk band, Maria (of La Fragua fame) and VUDU Chile, rodeo ring performances by the charros and escarumasas from Atotonilco. Several local restaurants will also be on hand selling inexpensive and delicious food. Tickets are $80 pesos if purchased in advance. "

Your VIP Club welcomes another new restaurant, San Miguel's Tex-Mex Restaurant and Bar, Prolongacion Pila Seca #55, 154-9716, formally Don Quijote Restaurant. Auxilio Trajillo is your chef, serving up dishes that are traditional Mexican with a touch that's Texas. During the month of February, VIP Club members not only get 15% off their tabs when paying cash (10%) with Credit Card, but our membership will receive a complimentary drink for them and their party, (margarita, beer, house wine or reposado tequila). Just show your card when showing up. Open from Noon 'til 9 Monday through Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 'til midnight and Sundays 1- 6 p.m. Look for notices about live entertainment and dances.

Your Club, in another effort to increase local library membership and promote reading has a great deal. Buy or renew your VIP Club membership at Biblioteca Publica during the month of February, paying standard club fee of $500 pesos for a year and YOUR Club will treat you to a library card, an 80- peso value to residents or $100 peso value for visitors. You must show photo ID and proof of residency. All cards purchased at the library will be valid until 28 Feb 2011. Cards go on sale, Monday February 1. YOU MUST SIGN UP AT THE LIBRARY since our regular outlets WILL NOT honor this deal. Also, if any member wants to take advantage of such and are currently holding a card that may not expire until later in the year, buy your new card at the Library and we will exchange your card, so members can have a free library card and they get a full year's worth of VIP Savings!

News from Member Jean Schickel: The latest trip of the International Lions Club of San Miguel is a 3 day visit to the State of Puebla on Wednesday, 10 February to Friday, 12 February 2010 (2 nights, 3 days). The cost of the trip is 1800 pesos per person double occupancy and 2430 pesos for single occupancy. (At an exchange rate of $l = 12.5 pesos, that is $145 or $195 US). The price includes transport on first class buses, 2 nights at the Hotel Colonial, breakfast, tips, taxes and a donation to the Lions Club International to help cover the rent of our clinic at Correo 6. Wednesday, 10 February. Meet at 7.30 at 56 Jacaranda, La Lajona 1 where continental breakfast will be provided. We leave promptly at 8.00 am for Puebla and should arrive in time for lunch (not included).

We will be staying both nights at the Hotel Colonial, 4 Sur 105, Puebla , PUE 72000. Tel 222 246 4612, Fax 222 246 0818 There will be a cocktail party each evening.

  • The Lions provide ice and munchies; please bring what you want to drink. Things to see in Puebla ( include the Cathedral (featured on the 500 pesos bill), Museo Amparo, ex-convento de Santa Rosa which houses an extensive exhibition of Puebla State handicrafts of indigenous costumes, pottery, onyx, metal etc, Museo Poblano de ArteVirreinal, the Iglasia de la Compania where supposedly an Asian princess is buried beneath the altar, and don't miss the Casa de los Munecos just to see the outside with its caricatures of the city fathers.
  • And there is more, plus there is always shopping. One of the best talavera places is expensive but they sometimes have seconds. Don't miss the big market and there is also an antique section. We will also visit the African Safari (there is a charge for entry). Here, at one of Mexico's best places to see wild life, you can see over 3000 animals in a natural setting, including lions, tigers, giraffes, buffalo, rhinoceros, etc.
  • Also included in the trip is a stop at the Templo de Santa Maria Tonanzintla and the Templo de San Francisco in Acatepec.
  • We will also visit the grand pyramid in Cholula which, by volume, was said to be the largest pyramid in the world until the discovery of The Danta Pyramid at El Mirador in Guatemala. However has the biggest base although to look at, it is a grassy hill topped by a Spanish chapel. It has many tunnels underneath – not recommended for claustrophobics. ( - lots of photos if you scroll down to end of the web page – also page 2)
  • Reservations must be made by January 27 for this trip. Please call Janice Page 152 5541 before 22 January, or after that date, Jean Schickel on 152 0934. Email Jean Schickel on

There's a Valentine Day Gift Fair this Sunday, January 31 from Noon 'til 5 p.m. at Instituto Allende. Special gifts for that sweetheart available at the shops inside Instituto Allende plus 20-some other artists will sell their wares.

VIP Club participating establishment Black and White, operated by Marcia has moved off Loreto to Calle Margarito Ledesma #1. For fashionable items including clothing visit Marcia.

Also on Calle Margarito Ledesma #6A is VIP participating bakery Panderia Casanova offering 10% off to VIP Club members when purchasing at least $100 pesos off baked goods. Just to let you know freshly baked Sour Dough Bread is back on Mondays. All week long Alicia and her merry band are humming in the bakery coming up with whole wheats and multigrain. Gluten free items are on the horizon. For more info call Alicia at 044-415-114-6071.

Oliver's has moved. One of San Miguel's favorite burger joints run by Jesus and Elizabeth are relocating to Zacateros #12.

VIP Club participating Restaurant, The Restaurant, Sollano #16, has chosen Wednesday evening to give off 1/3 of the price on all bottles of fine wine. The Restaurant has whipped up a new lunch menu too.

Is it ever past 9 or 10 p.m. and you're hungry for a tasty meal served late. Don't forget Berlin, Umaran #19. A great German line up of traditional dishes plus much more.

Don't forget about Harry's New Orleans Cafe and Oyster Bar's fantastic Saturday and Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. 'til 2 p.m. The menu is diversified and well priced, one gets along with their order, a mimosa, fruit plate and freshly made breads. Harry's offers free valet parking every night.

Super Bowl happenings:

  • Longhorn Smokehouse with mouth watering BBQ opening especially for Super Bowl.
  • Gozo's, chicken wing headquarters and other eats, and we want to mention that your local
  • Rotary Mid-day association is having a special Super Bowl party at Real de Menas Hotel. Congrats to VIP Club member Enrique Olivares who now is Rotary's president.

VIP Club members, Fran Rowe and Tom Frazee, want any member who might have thespian aspirations, that's thespian, to think about auditioning to play in Tennessee Williams' stage play, "Suddenly Last Summer." Jerry Phalen will direct. Performances will be March 16-28 at Teatro Santa Ana. Roles are open for Catherine (the lead) age (18-30 years), George (18-35), Mrs. Holly 40-60, Felicity 30-70. Auditions to be held at Gloria Grant Room at Santa Ana Theater, Tuesday February 2 10:30 to 1 p.m. Rehearsals to begin Monday Feb 8. For more info call Tom Frazee 152-4310.

Like to eat Italian? Remember your Club's robust line up of red gravy joints. Antigua Trattoria Romana, Bacco, La Toscana and Vivoli Cafe. For more info addresses, phone, hours of operation etc. Go to VIP Club Restaurants

Recently reopened VIP Cub participating restaurant Fenicia, our local MIddle Eastern style restaurant on Zacateros #73, has a special Mezza plate with baklava $90 pesos.

Restaurant Ole-Ole has chosen to drop out of the Club. We wish to thank them for their past generosity and wish them only the best in the future.

Good News: Many have inquired about the condition of long-time sanmiguelense, VIP Club member and brother to many, Don Clay. We are thrilled to report Don will be returning to San Miguel next week while convalescing nearby and able to receive company.

Your Club just can't help itself sharing this story!

Here's a truly heartwarming story about the bond formed between a little 5-year-old girl and some construction workers that will make you believe that we all can make a difference when we give a child the gift of our time.

A young family moved into a house, next to a vacant lot. One day, a Construction crew turned up to start building a house on the empty lot.

The young family's 5-year-old daughter naturally took an interest in all the activity going on next door and spent much of each day observing the workers.

Eventually the construction crew, all of them "gems-in-the-rough," more orless, adopted her as a kind of project mascot. They chatted with her, let her sit with them while they had coffee and lunch breaks, and gave her little jobs to do here and there to make her feel important.

At the end of the first week, they even presented her with a pay envelope containing ten dollars. The little girl took this home to her mother who suggested that she take her ten dollars "pay" she'd received to the bank the next day to start a savings account.

When the girl and her mom got to the bank, the teller was equally impressed and asked the little girl how she had come by her very own pay check at such a young age. The little girl proudly replied, "I worked last week with a real construction crew building the new house next door to us."

"Oh my goodness gracious," said the teller, "and will you be working on the house again this week, too?"

The little girl replied, "I will, if those assholes at Home Depot ever deliver the fuckin' sheet rock..."

Kind of brings a tear to the eye - doesn't it?

Thank you for your continuous and loyal support.

Your San Miguel VIP Club


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