VIP Club San Miguel: "The Smart Fit"


Wednesday, September 08, 2010


     Lots of news and lots to cover.

     VIP Club official headquarters at the Re/Max office, off the jardin has moved. Re/Max has relocated to Recreo #14. They may not be fully functional just yet. Phone #s remain the same. It's best members with inquiries, praises, complaints, lost cards etc. contact Your Club by emailing us back here. Re/Max, Your Club's official sponsor since day one, will continue to handle some of the club's business once they are fully operational. Good luck to Lane and Becky at their new location.

     New memberships can be purchased at Border Crossings, La Conexion, Solutions and Coldwell Banker. Renewals should be requested directly through the club at this email address to take advantage of the grandfather clause.  

     Your VIP Club welcomes BLUE IGUANA, previously Cerveza, one Km. past Fabrica Aurora, 154-7888 open daily. Blue Iguana serves an array of pizzas and hamburger. Their menu includes salads, fish and chips, nifty appetizers, and special desserts. Their full bar features home-brewed beers, drawing rave reviews, and now they serve the only root beer for miles around -- also home brewed, including delicious root beer floats! Try their India Pale Ale, hard to find anywhere in Mexico. Blue Iguana's patio is pet-friendly. Blue Iguana loves dogs; they are the home of the famous "Dog Day Afternoons" when they especially invite all dogs!  The next one is October 3. Easy, free parking:  FREE CAR WASH SUNDAYS. They wash your car while you dine! Your VIP Club Card is now welcomes at Blue Iguana, 10% off (cash only).

      VIP Club participating restaurant La Toscana (Tuscany), near the corner of Hernandez Macias and Umaran, is offering mouth watering specials just for September: Quail with mole poblano and white rice with roasted pumpkin seeds; Spaghetti with chile poblano creamy sauce; Filet Mignon with chocolate and chile guajillo sauce and fussilli al burro! VIP members will be given free with each of these dishes: Tequila Shot, Margarita or a glass of house wine. Also remember members that we have Margaritas and House Wine 2x1 every day. (Thank you, Otto).

     Speaking of other red gravy joints: Longhorn Smoke House, Salida de Celaya #6, brings back the past with Romanos night each Wednesday. Dick Weber, former founder of Romanos prepares one dish each Wednesday off the old Romanos menu. Here are the kickers, nobody knows which dish it is until Wednesday and the meal is a fat 89 pesos. Plus, big shout out to Keith Thompson! His generosity extended toward Ojala Children's Project in San Miguel Viejo for the 50 plus children. Keith sent out hamburgers and chips for their after class snack! 

     Don't forget other red gravy joints in the VIP Club, like Vivoli Cafe, Bacco and Antigua Trattatoria de Roma. Almost everybody loves Italian, "Momma Mia, that's a spicy meats-a-ball!"

     VIP Club member Joanna Francis has a Yoga Studio. Members can take 10% off her class prices. Workouts are held at Casa Bonita, El Cardo #10. Call for more details at 154-7229 or email

    Think about other VIP Club workout centers like Fitness International, Lori's pole dance lessons and pilates. VIP Club member, writer and photographer, Lulu Torbert, shows her dramatic photos at Art Print, San Francisco 11. Special reception, Friday, September 10, 7:30 p.m. Her exhibit will show through October 23.

     VIP Club member Jennifer Hamilton's send in:

"Biblioteca's House and Garden Tour celebrates the Bicentennial during this month - all original Colonial homes, many of which are not normally viewed by the public. Of special note is next week's tour, September 12th, when we will be visiting 4 properties including the Salón de Cabildos in the old Presidencia, all in and around the jardín.  The tour includes the "secret room" where Hidalgo, Allende et al plotted the revolution.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see both those properties as well as two other original homes around the jardín.   We hope you will join us!  Tickets are available in La Biblioteca's Tienda Monday through Friday 10A-7P, and also in the jardín on Fridays and Saturdays from 11A to 1P. And of course you may purchase them next Sunday at La Biblioteca. We are not accepting complimentary tickets for this tour. The rest of the month we are also showing only Colonials. ¡Viva México! Saludos, Jennifer."

    VIP Club members Allen Vallejo and Jorge Ferriera have provided some attachments (below) regarding a Bernal Hacienda and winery and a September 16th happening.

     Sent in by VIP member, Patrice Wynne, who initiates her new campaign: "Local Es Mejor/ Local Is Better" at her boutique Abrazos on Zacateros 24, begins with local writer Kathy Kenny presenting her book on her grandmother's life, an immigrant woman who left Ottoman-ruled Bethlehem for pre-Revolutionary Russia, then to Mexico during the Mexican Revolution, and settling in Los Angeles, changing the life of her family forever. On Tuesday, September 21st, at 7pm, 50 pesos deducted from store or book purchase. FREE with VIP card. Wine Reception included."

     Sabrina Surviving, of VIP Club participating business establishment, 7th Heaven, is sponsoring a dance to try and help Biblioteca craw out of its financial hole. It's a dance at Las Bovedas, Tinjitas #24, Col. San Antonio, October 2, 8:00 p.m.

    Some of you might be thinking about a get-away during the winter. VIP Club members: consider a special package from Bahia del la luna down on the beach in Oaxaca! From San Miguel,  Fee per pax 560 - USD for a 5 day stay, no single supplement,  Includes all land transportation San Miguel to airport, airport to hotel, flight Mexico City – Huatulco – Mex., continental breakfast.. Not included : meals & drinks. No high season, like Christmas, Easter. Flying from someplace else the fee is #320 for five day stay.

     More on get-aways: VIP Club member Hans Brouwers is offering VIP Club members a 10% discount off of our listed prices on minimum stays of 3 days or more. Here are the links:

1- Posada de los Raqueros on Troncones, featuring two two story bungalow, one two bedroom house and 2 large suites.  Details on

2- Condo on Zihuatanejo's famous Playa La Ropa,  Condo is 2000 sq. ft, features 3 large bedrooms each with private shower and bathroom.

3- Condo in San Miguel, One large bedroom, private elevator and newly designed rooftop garden, providing 360 degree view of San Miguel and surroundings.

     VIP Club member Hailey Nicols is looking for projects. Her credentials and what she can do for people are attached here . . . Perhaps Hailey can help you?

     Unfortunately, El Viejo Topo Cafe Teatro is closing the door. Their coffee roasting operation will relocate at Orizaba #16, San Antonio. Hats off to Isaac for his yeoman like efforts to entertain and educate. We sense we haven't heard the last from Isaac. Only the best to you, My Man!

     That spit fire Marcia Dolce, owner and operator of Black and White, formally Tonino, a VIP Club establishment featuring travel clothing is now at a newer location Margarita Ledesma #12, Col. Guadalupe, 121-0118

        Bekka Designs, formerly Ren Ellis Leathers and formerly John Adams Designs, headquarters for leather design is now located at Recreo 10-1, 152-1275 

      Need a will? VIP Club member Joanie Barcal, business woman and Hospice advocate, wants to remind locals that during the Month of September, notarios offer wills at half price. Plus menu type cards that list ALL of San Miguel eateries are for sale at the major mail centers. They cost 50 pesos and all proceeds go to Hospice. 

    Your VIP Club tries never to forget old friends, so famed painter Carlos Caban sends a wave to old buddies here and he's having show in NYC." Break a brush, Carlos!" Here's the link:

     VIP Club members, artists Mary Jane Miller and husband Valentin Gomez, creators of Byzantine-style icon paintings you'd expect to see in a centuries-old Mediterranean or Russian church, rich with color, silver and gold, are now on exhibit at The Museum del Ciudad, Queretero till October 17th. More info;

     Nelli Lorenzo at Border Crossings, a VIP Club outlet, wants members to know about some of her other services:

     NFL football season starts this week. Your club has a couple of fellowship games going, a fantasy football league set up for sanmiguelenses and a game called Pick 4, where players choose four NFL teams for the entire season. If you like action and good fellowship and are a sports fan Email back for details before season begins.

     Finally VIVA MEXICO! VIVA MEXICO! VIVA MEXICO! 200 years of freedom from a king! We are all hip to the problems our host nations faces. Hope or pray, whatever works for you, that the turmoil will subside and all freedom loving people will have the opportunity for peace and prosperity. Ya!

Prayers for Neal Hayes

R.I.P. Christian from La Palapa

Thank you for your continuous and loyal support.

Your San Miguel VIP Club


Web site Questions/Corrections, contact Lou Christine

VIP Questions, contact the VIP CLUB

 Visitors So Far: