VIP Club San Miguel: "The Smart Fit"

November 7, 2009

This VIP Club Newsflash is sponsored by Viajes San Miguel, 152-2537. Earn free shuttle trips to and from Leon's airport. 


Your VIP Club welcomes VITAL SPA as a participating establishment. Located inside Hotel Vista Hermosa Taboada, Cuna Allende #11, 154-5167, Vital offers a full array of beauty and health treatments: Facials; (deep cleansing, deep hydation and Hypercromias), Massage; (relax, deep tissue, lymphatic and refelexology), Manicure, Body wraps. Chakra alignment, Bamboo sticks massage, Hot stone massage and much more. VIP Club members may take 30% off Vital's priced services when employing the VIP Club card "weekdays only."

Vital is part of a drive to offer additional health and beauty products and services to the membership. Other VIP Club participating establishments offering health and beauty services are: International Fitness, SABE (formally San Miguel Health and Fitness Center), La Gruta Hot Springs and pools, Moonrise Spa and Health, Bambu Day Spa, Tres Cielos and Patricia's, all with great offers and discounts to members. Supplements and vitamins are also available at these locations. VIP discounts apply. To find additional information about their services, hours etc., go to the VIP Club Health and Beauty page.

Despite Your Club providing its members its share of the hallmark restaurants the Club boasts a number of good restaurants that fly somewhat under the radar. Take for instance:

Villa Mirasol Hotel Restaurant, Pila Seca #35, that normally offers 10% discount to VIP members, now, for the months of November and December, they will generously enable Club members to take an additional 10% off during weekdays, Monday to Friday, with a $100 peso minimum off breakfast and lunch having the VIP discount add up to 20%.

VIP Club member Isaac Topek who has Topo Viejo, Coffee Shop and showplace, 154-8701, wants members to know that on Friday and Saturday, November 13-14, 9 pm. presents Rosalia Nanas Urbanas, a Spanish songstress renowned in Spain and nationally respected for her poetic songs and poignant lullabies. Plaza Pueblito, Stirling Dickinson # 28 Admission $150 pesos.

VIP Club participating La Puertecita Hotel Restaurant offers members a bottle of sparkling or red or white wine, along with your VIP Club 20% discount for a party of four having dinner at the hotel's restaurant for the month of November. Erik, your host and food and beverage manager, wants members to know they have a new menu where as the diner can order for lunch: Sandwich, salad and soup $110 pesos. It's an up on the hill Happy Hour, 2-8 pm. plus a Sunday national brunch from 1- 4, $195 pesos, includes national drink.

Brunch anyone? Sundays, Buen Cafe has a New York style yummy brunch and Harry's serves up a full menu of tasty brunch specials Saturday and Sundays. They're diversified and fairly priced. BTW: Free valet parking is back at Harry's!

VIP participating restaurant Woolis Kaban 1, San Francisco #25, offers folk music on Wednesdays sung by Whitney Moore, and Fridays it is Vudu Chile, Woolis Kaban, Yucatan food, specials: Fridays, New York steak (300g) with baked potato for the special price of 99 pesos. Wednesdays they host a shrimp festival: chipotle, garlic, white wine, and skewers also for 99 pesos.

Some other lesser publicized restaurants in the VIP Club, but nevertheless serving excellent food with friendly service we'd like the membership to consider:

Alfredo's inside Posada San Francisco, along with Posada's San Francisco's bar and curb side restaurant, Casa Blanca, Cafe Etc., Cafe Montenegro, Cafe San Antonio (Russian specialties), Divino's, El Asador Catallan (Paella and pork dishes), El Manantual, El Tomato (eat healthy), Fenicia (middle Eastern), La Crepe, La Toscana, Meson de San Jose, Mi Casa (original Mexican recipes), Tapas & Tinis, Ten-Ten Pie (both locations) Woolis Kaban (Mayan influenced). Many of these establishments have specific items on their menu you can't get anywhere else. For specifics, hours, days open, addresses, phone #s and description go to this website#s restaurant page

Looking ahead: Buen Cafe, Friday, Nov. 13th, Casa del Diezmo, Jesus 36, Owner and chef Kris Rudolph invites all to a Noche Cubana dinner dance, featuring Kimani y Gabriel Hernandez Sr. (top notch local Cuban musicians) including complimentary Salsa dance class, 6:30-7:30, 450 pesos per person includes a 3-course Cuban dinner with mojitos, limited seating, reservations required, 152-5807. And then further in the future, what's become a San Miguel tradition, Kris' dynamite Thanks Giving spread and buffet, November 26th---1:00, 3:30, 6:00. Tickets are now on sale, 295 pesos per person, limited seating, prepaid reservations required

VIP Club restaurant Dila's, Ancha de San Antonio, serving tasty and spicy South Asian cuisine created with meats, fish and some downtown, tasting noodles, has been told by the city that the street out front will be dug up for six weeks! That dig makes it tough on Dila and his crew . . . Consider spicing up your pallid and helping my man Dila out by dropping in while the dig continues.

Since we are talking about FOOOOD!, there's been some public talk on the local message boards about hamburgers, now a staple world wide. There's a lot of contriversery and opinions about burgers. Most restaurants in the VIP Club serve up burgers but some participating restaurants have absolutely outstanding burgers and they are: Berlin, Harry's Longhorn Smokehouse BBQ, Oliver's, Tio Lucas, Ten-Ten Pie, The Restaurant (gourmet and beyond) and Woolis Kaban 1.

The Restaurant, Sollano #16 desires members to know about new items on their menu: Herb gnocchi with calamari Bolognese, Mushroom and leek stuffed loin of Rabbit with butter braised carrots, Brussel sprouts and house cured bacon, Roasted chicken quesadilla with avocado and grilled red onion salsa, Grilled pork chop with white bean and over dried cherry tomato ragout with garlic confit and lemon gremolata, Red wine risotto with mushroom marmalade, leeks and local parmesan cheese, Dried fruit bread pudding with Wild Turkey Creme Anglaise. Plus know The Restaurant will be opened through Christmas and New Years, with special menus, so make reservations at 154-7862.

VIP Club member Cynthia Price, who operates Casa Quetzal Hotel, desires members to know just what is going on at the hotel these days so why not check out her blog.

We're breathless here cranking out the above info. For the sake of brevity we're going to wrap up this newsflash. Shortly be able to share with the membership shortly about some additional restaurants and services in the near horizon.

Report lost or misplaced cards here for immediate, no questions asked replacement.

Are you grandfathered in? If you have been a past member and want to renew for $400 pesos a year rather than the present $500 peso dues, YOU MUST CONTACT US HERE FOR RENEWAL BEFORE NOVEMBER 30.

Many, and we mean many who receive news flashes from around the world, have inquired about the condition of charter member and long time friend, brother Don Clay. Don has been moved from the VA Hospital and is in a therapy center in San Antonio. There has been slight improvement from the effects of the stroke. Sorry at the moment we can't paint a rosier picture but we're keeping the faith for our buddy. Send your healing thoughts or prayers Don's way.

Thank you for your continuous support.

You San Miguel VIP Club

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