VIP Club San Miguel: "The Smart Fit"

June 07, 2008


Tonight, June 7, participating VIP Club restaurant, La Princesa, on Recreo is having a farewell party. Owner operator Maru Riba and her son, Raul have decided to close the doors of La Princesa for the time being. The party begins at 9:30 p.m. VIP Club members will still get their 20% discount tonight plus the first drink is on Maru! Your Club wishes Maru and Raul all the best in future endeavors yet we suspect we haven't heard the last from them or this 70 year old establishment.

The restaurant business in this town has stiff competition. It's a jungle out there as The Thirsty Monkey, on Canal, has closed their doors. Your VIP Club thanks the management for their generosity and wishes them the best of luck in the future.

Members, remember the generous deals stemming from Bugambilia, on Hidalgo with them celebrating 25 years at their present Hidalgo location. They've been serving top notch meals in San Miguel since 1945. During the month of June, Bugambilia will offer VIP Club members and all in their party the first drink on the house, in addition to their regular, year-round 15% discount to the membership. Members' must show their cards when first arriving for the drink. We have some egg on our face when we blew it in our last VIP Club newsflash when we misspelled Bugambilia's name. A thousand apologies to Senora Mercedes.

Also, during the month of June, Villa Mirasol Hotel Restaurant, Pila Seca #35, is offering VIP Club members an extra five percent off breakfast and lunch, over their normal 10% discount, and if reservations are made in advance, a complimentary glass of red or white wine will be offered to members. (152-6685)

Mark Wednesday, June 11, 7 p.m., for a special event at El Viejo Topo, Stirling Dickinson 28, Colonial San Antonio, 154-8701. Local singer and guitar player, Stephanie Turner will be singing her heart out to help raise money for C.A.S.A., a school and hospital that specializes in midwifery. They want to purchase a couple of Doppler fetal heart monitors, an essential tool that can save lives. BTW: Stephanie, a great pal, is with child herself, due in June. Good luck to Steph with her worthwhile show and forthcoming blessed event!!!

Gabriela Green, owner operator of participating VIP Club Restaurant La Fonda Rosa, San Antonio Abad, #17, where Grandmama Maa and Gavai's original Mexican food recipes still run strong, wants members to know that Friday night is Japanese cooking, food night each and every Friday.

More food stuff: Cooking School, headed up by Kris Rudolph of Buen Cafe and often Mercedes Arteaga of Bugambilia, both conduct a number of day-long cooking classes enabling future master chefs how to put together dynamite recipes, some old fashioned ones and some avant garde. We hear it is good fun and good eating. Check out their webpage for the summer schedule, prices etc.

Ladies! Ladies! Ladies!: VIP Club member Laura Preciado and owner of VIP Club participating establishment, Stilo Lamps, on Calzada de La Aurora #8, has scored over 300 name-brand bathing suits in all sizes. Laura says these high quality suits sell in Macy's in the U.S. for almost $100US and she will be marketing them until June 15 for half that, plus VIP Club members get another 15% off the already marked-down price. 'Tis the season. Suits can be seen each day 10 a.m. til 2 p.m. or 4 - 8 p. m.

There's more for the gals! VIP Club member Darla Nordstrom, of VIP Club participating establishment Darla's, Recreo and Correo, is bombing out much of her inventory for 50-70% percent off retail, VIP members are often offered extra consideration above and beyond Darla's deep discount.

More good stuff: 3SENORES horseback riding and camping offers VIP members 20% off. (four person minimum) Our friend Mauricio Magana is one of the honchos. He sits on the board of Amigos de los Animales. A good percentage of the money raised from the horseback riding activities has helped rescue 70 homeless dogs this year! He works with local vets Alma, Tulio and Jose Estrada from PETVET 152-2341. They board the dogs they care for with the vets until they are adopted. Want to know more or how to how to help or hear more about their fabulous horse riding and camping adventures, call Mauricio (Good English spoken) 044-415-101-4976 or

There's more folks: Participating VIP Club Restaurant, Gustos, who share the building with VIP Club participating, Milagros, on Relox #17, has some top shelf events occurring in their air-conditioned, up and downstairs restaurant and smokin' dog bar. There's the June special: One Bell Burrito and Beer for 50 pesos. They have a bombastic shindig scheduled for their anniversary party, Saturday, July 5, where they are importing a hot female songstress from Dallas, Kathy Corbin, who will rock the house. Reservations and ticket sales are happening now. Better act fast for the dinner and show. Also, Gustos publishes a monthly "What's Happening" that's titled, "By the People For the People." If ya'd like to get their monthly notices e-mailed to you contact Laurie at:

VIP Club participating establishment Tienda de la Piel, (The Leather Shop) on Umaran, across from Mama Mia's is for sale. They've been in business for 11 years but the owners, Jesus and Alma have relocated in The Dominican Republic. Serious inquiries only, call 152-8679 or email:

VIP participating bar, Limerick Pub wants members to know that if they are into soccer or futball (watching paint dry) lol, they will be showing, on their big screen all the European Cup games from June 7 until late June. Also Limerick's has 2 x 1 from 5 to 9 p.m.

It's Clint Eastwood week, as actor and director all week at the Alex Phillips Theater, inside Market Bistro. We did not have the line-up at this printing but there are some great flicks showing.

Romanos, next door to Market Bistro has live music Wednesday through the weekend.

Planning a New England trip this coming summer? VIP Club members, Shari Alexander and John Bills, innkeepers of "The Red Maple Inn, in Spencer, Mass want to offer the membership 10% off their nightly rates.

Goodbye Jenny, Berlin's ex happy-face bartender.

Happy Fathers Day. Remember any male can be a father but it takes a real man to me a dad!

Thank you for your continuous and loyal support.

Your San Miguel VIP Club

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