VIP Club San Miguel: "The Smart Fit"

January 17, 2015

This VIP Club Newsflash is being sponsored by "Olimpia Zuniga Auto Services," Salida de Celaya #68, 152-4459,

Olimpia Zuniga has an exclusive promotion for VIP Club members good until February 28 , . . . . The "Road Ready" Package! . . . Have you recently driven your vehicle to Mexico from the States or Canada? . . . Are you planning to drive to the States or Canada? . . . Are you planning a motor trip through Mexico? . . . Don't get stuck someplace you don't want to be! . . . Make sure your vehicle remains road ready! . . .

Consider an exclusive "Road Ready" package from Olimpia Zuniga, aka Omar's.

For $400 pesos, Omar will check and align your vehicle's front-end alignment, balance your tires, check-and-change your oil or other lubricants coolants and fluids, inspect hoses and belts, tune it up and either rejuvenate or ready your vehicle for a long trip. Better safe than sorry.

Omar will offer VIP Club members 10% off items needed and labor including other services like full paint job and body work. Omar and his crew know their stuff and do great work.

(Attention business people: Any business or individual can sponsor a VIP Club newsflash! We send out almost 2000 emails to our members once-to-twice a month. Cost to sponsor a flash is 1500 pesos.)


Your VIP Club welcomes Aperi, located inside VIP Club participating B & B, Dos Casas, on the corner of Umaran and Quebrada, 152-0491, Wednesdays to Mondays lunch and dinner: 2:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Breakfast: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Aperi has been open and serving a few months but has already captured the interest of local foodies. Master chef, Matteo Salas, who's at the helm. All foods coming out of the kitchen carry Matteo's special epicurean signature! Nothing served is said to be ordinary! Appetizers such as: Artichokes, Foie Grs, Ceviches and Squid are available! Items such as Suckling Pig, Sea Bass, Short Ribs and Duck and Barrata stand out. Italian: Tagliate and Raviolis. Those with a sweet tooth won't be disappointed. VIP Club members may take 10% off when paying cash. (see attachments)

Dos Casas B & B, remains very much also in the VIP Club. (see attachments)

Just down the street from Aperi, also is Gaia Restaurant, Quebrada #41, open Wednesdays through Sundays 9 am. - 4 pm. in a quaint setting for breakfast or lunch. Magali is your host.

It's been a tumultuous time for many of us and many businesses in San Miguel recently. Your Club regrets to report that Longhorn Smoke House is no more! We equally regret reporting Los Faroles is no more. Number 43 Deli has closed its doors and working on moving to a new location!

We wish our old buddy Keith Thompson nothing but the best and hope he doesn't become a stranger! Thank you Keith for being a light in that darkness and so generous for so many. At the same time you can't find a nicer guy than Ignacio Marrujo, from Los Faroles, however Ignacio will be able to cater and duplicate his great BBQ meats by calling 415-149-6450. Kyle and Eric Hernandez will shortly be back open with their deli. Thank you all for your great contribution to our fine Club and our fine town.

Consider attending Instituto Allende's Arts and Crafts Fair, San Miguel's very best, Saturday and Sunday, January 17 & 18th 10 am 'til 6 pm. Live entertainment and an array of foods. Well behaved children and pets always welcomed.

From VIP Club participating restaurant Sabores Y Salsas and Chef Maria Auxillo Trujillo will be offeringg cooking classes Saturday January 24th, 9 am till Noon. "I will share two favorite dishes. I will teach chilaquiles with fresh epazote. After enjoying your sit down breakfast I will teach you Chiles in Nogada and Pollo in Chile Ancho with fresh Tamarind...this you enjoy over a bed of rice...I will also show you my method. Enjoy these exotic tastes with a glass of wine or a beer...all included. The price for this class is $750 pesos or $55US"

January 31st, 9 am 12:00 noon: "Back by popular demand...this class is all about what to do with chiles and how to used them to make Salsas and Dips the grand finale ends with learning Shrimps in Tequila.

Again you will start will a great cup of coffee and learn to make a Mexican breakfast dish. Sit down and enjoy the food with a glass of wine, included.

The price is $750 pesos or $55US again please call me or drop by to make your reservation. Classes are held at my restaurant, Sabores y Salsas, Salida de Celaya 71a. Let me know you are coming or call me at 185-89-79 or call my cell 044415-1137539

or 1523374 Let's enjoy some NO FEAR cooking together! Send me an email if you want for other class menus?"

Your Club heard from VIP Club participating restaurant de Temporada Farm Restaurant on the right, inside Rancho Trinidad, heading toward Otomi, 415-151-0673. Liliana says: "We have many new things happening, Board game night, book club, talks, plus sunrise kayak and other events with Amigos de la presa. Please follow us on facebook or send me an email to : hola(at) Also, THANK YOU for believing and supporting us in the hard work that we do everyday specially after the chef left almost two years ago. We try to improve everyday, change the menu, play with new ideas, have a warmer and better place for you to enjoy. We always have something new and creative. We are not perfect however we try to give you the best quality, local, seasonal ingredients, fun food ideas, more color and all that we can to serve you better.

Our pita bread is from Genesis health shop (the oldest in San Miguel) Some example of present and past menus:
Fresh tuna salad sandwich with arugula, dill. Served on pita bread
Soup: Black bean with ginger.
Sandwiches: felafel's , Chicken salad , Bruschetta with real bacon, tomato, red onion.
Meat: Pork belly with lentil salad, spinach and apple sauce.
Pasta: Fussili with tomato and eggplant
De temporada salad, Lettuce wraps with veggies
A wide variety of french style ice cream. Ask for flavors. Pannacotta, Best, Iliana"

From Soni Diaz a VIP Club participating business: "Nationalizing cars at the border now requires you to have an IFE meaning you must be a Mexican citizen. I can nationalize any one's 2009 and older NAFTA cars, SUV's, RV's, motorcycles, trailers and classics with no driving required. VIP members receive a 500 peso discount.",

VIP Club participating business, Herb Wilson Tax Consultants, has a new office: Number 10, Anotonia Villanueva #102. Email, (See map attachment)

We heard from VIP club member Christina Ruckel and she would like many members to know about their B & Bs. at

Looking ahead: Patrice Wynne, owner of Abrazos on Zacateros 24, a VP Club participating business, invites you to visit the Artists and Artisans Marketplace at the San Miguel Writers Conference, February 11th to the 15th. At Hotel Real de Minas. Located next to the Conference Bookstore with new English and Spanish language books for sale, the Marketplace and Bookstore are open to the public daily from 9am to 6pm. Patrice has curated the Marketplace with designers from Guanajuato, Oaxaca, Michoacan. VIP discount applies at Abrazos always with cash. For more information,

And looking even further ahead, be on the look out for the most famous detective in the world at Bajo Reps stage presentation: "Sherlock Homes's Final Adventure" a play by Steven Dietz, February 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 pm, February 28, 2 pm and 7:30 pm, Teatro Angela Peralta.

Please consider joining Biblioteca Publica! If the entire expat community joined that would cover all their immediate expenses. Even if you don't read it's any easy way to be part of an expat community that supports education in San Miguel. Enlightened people realize the only way out of the world's mess is through educatioon!

Our close San Miguel community recently lost who can be perhaps best described as someone who exemplified the very best of what San Miguel is all about: Maria Teresa Frazee! A fitting pot-luck memorial will take place this Sunday, January 18th, at 2 pm. at the home of Roger and Roseana Jones, Faroles #3, Atascadero.

R.I.P. Maria Teresa Frazee

R.I.P. Merle Howard

R.I.P. Herb Tolpen

Please keep Matha Ackerman in your thoughts

On the mend: Andre Pascal

Thank you for your continuous and loyal support

Your San Miguel VIP Club


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