VIP Club San Miguel: "The Smart Fit"

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Tuesday, September 14, 2012

This VIP Club Newsflash is being brought to you by Sierra Nevada's classic Andanza Restaurant, Hospicio # 35, 152-7153, open seven days a week, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Along with its intimate, off-to-the-side, Bar Azul with Chef Martinez at the helm of Andanza offering an array of national and international meals fit for a king. Their famed park location is now open for tapas and drinks Fridays and Saturdays 6 - 11 pm.(See the below attachment for September happenings at Sierra Nevada).


We want to give out a very big muchas gracias to the staff at Sierra Nevada Hotel for hosting and providing for Your Club a bombastic cocktail party! Special thanks to food and beverage manager, Martha Alfaro, and senior executive, Karla Galvan and Chef Jose Martinez who all couldn't do enough to make the party a success.

Also, Your Club was thrilled to have almost 200 VIP Club members, looking as if they were having a nice time, along with a number restaurant owners and business owners who also support Your Club. David Garza strummed guitar and it was a thrill to meet many members for the first time. Thanks to all and hopefully we can do it again.

Sweeptstakes winners: The sweepstakes asked those who entered to try and guess, as close as possible, what the visitor count would be on the VIP Club's webpage at 23:59, August 31. Two-hundred and eighty five entries were submitted. First prize, a week at the beach in Oaxaca: Claudia Shiuh, 177,263, (the actual count at 23:59); Second Prize, dinner for six at Hank's including wine; Enrique Oveneros, 177,254; Third prize, dinner at Berlin with wine for two, Robert Dulaney, 177,277; Fourth Prize: A complimentary VIP Club Card, Elenita Duelo, 177,246! Thanks to all especially our gracious sponsors: Detlev Kappstein, Viajes San Miguel/Go7, George and Luada Fields, Hank's New Orleans Cafe and Oyster Bar and Berlin Bar Restaurant.

Your VIP Club welcomes Suenos, (location formally Dila's) Ancha de San Antonio #31, 154-6340. Hugo Torres is your host at one of San Miguel's newer restaurants. Suenos has been getting great reviews for their fabulous breakfast but also offers a full menu for lunch and dinner. Lunch specialties by the chef, including panninis and sweet-and-sour crepes. Their complete menu can be read at:, open Sunday through Thursday 8 am. - 10 pm, Fridays Saturdays and Sundays 8 am. until midnight!

Big news and saving more money for members! Providencia Gas has increased their discount to VIP Club members for propane gas by 25%. Providencia is so pleased by the incredible support of VIP Club members they are going to increase the VIP Club discount from 30 centavos off each liter to 40 pesos off, 1000 peso minimum! Look for a second Providencia truck on the streets of San Miguel come December. Get the number to call off the front page ad on Your Club's webpage: We also have coupons for money off for those who employ portable cylinder gas tanks. We need your help! Members, please stop flashing your VIP Club card if you are using the other companies! This action by short memory members is cannon fodder for potential problems.

A major shift in management has taken place at VIP club participating restaurant bar, Berlin, San Miguel's bellwether German style rathskeller. The Kappstein family has sold and handed the reins of Berlin over to Carlos Ordonez! At first, not all that much will change with the same tasty meals and good time bar atmosphere will still be maintained under the leadership of Carlos. Detlev will take a break while merging of his Viajes San Miguel, joining with the transportation junta Go7. Wife Dagmar says thank you San Miguel, as she is presently working in Germany with an aeronautical firm doing business with Mexico. Son Joe is studying in Berlin and young Moris is now in Germany also in high school. Detlev will continue to promote, as a partner at their beach resort in Oaxaca. Thank you, Detlev and good luck, Carlos! (see attachment with Detlev and activist Daniel Ellsberg at Berlin Summer of 2011)

Hopefully the mix up at La Gruta has come to an end! Ten pesos off each entry price for a party up to four and 10% off the restaurant. Some staff didn't get the notice that Your VIP Club Card has been reinstated at La Gruta hot springs and pools.

San Miguel's best: Arts and Crafts Fair this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Instituto Allende!

NFL football is in full swing. at VIP Club participating Longhorn Smokehouse, Salida de Celaya #6, now open Sundays especially for NFL football. Special grid-iron menu, fellowship pools with prizes so come root for your team. Todd Carmody is honchoing Sundays and he and Longhorn's cracker-jack staff keep you in the mix of things and Todd wants all to know Your Card is still honored on Sundays!

Also, at VIP Club participating La Casa de Habano, in centro, Cuna Allende #7, a restaurant bar too subscribes to NFL Ticket with the complete slate of games in English and Spanish. Smoke Cuban cigars, enjoy the full bar, plush sofas, meaty hamburgers and root for your team. Rene is your host.

Manolo's too, inside Casa Payo, on the corner of Pila Seca and Zacateros, too has the line up of games showing.

Cafe Rama, aka: Barrio Bistro, Nueva #7, 154-9566 has gone through operating management changes claiming to now be new-and-improved yet the same core management promises a yeoman's effort to remain a top-shelf San Miguel eatery. Steve DeWing, now co-manages along with chef and senior partner, Jaime Shelley, as both strive to maintain excellence with a national and international menu. New hours, open daily 11:30 to midnight for late night dinning and the now expanded complete menu will be available during all hours opens

New and extended hours for Cafe Etc. aka: Juan's Cafe, Relox #37, with a great and unique menu and also your DVD movie center! Now open from 9 am until 6 pm. Monday through Saturday, and now, OPEN SUNDAYS 11 am. til 3 pm.

Garafu, an Argentine style VIP Club participating steak house, Canal #15 near Hernandez Macias, has had us post on an attachment about corkage nights. (see attachment)

The renowned Gil Gutterez performs and plays his sweet guitar delighting audiences every Friday evening at VIP Club participating, Mi Casa restaurant, inside Instituto Allende, all through September! Show starts at 7 pm.

See some of the seafood treats offered at VIP Club participating Serena Gorda/Manantial. (see attachments)

See Los Senderos' Bistro's attachment showcasing their after work garden. (See attachment)

Consider atending San Miguel's "Street Food Festival" and help out a most worthwhile charity Feed The Hungry! It's the 2nd annual, on Ancha de San Antonio, Saturday, September 22, 5 - 8 pm. Tickets beforehand $75USD or 1,000 pesos at La Conexion or Solutions. $85 USD at the door or 1,100 pesos.

Your VIP Club is pleased to report that VIP Club participating restaurant Cumpanio, corner of Correo and Recreo has been chosen as the official caterer and restaurant at the prestigious Otomi Grand Prix, September 20 - 23. Km. 2 Camino a San Miguel Viejo,

The International Lions Club of San Miguel celebrates 25 years! The Lions Club operates a clinic, open Thursday mornings, 2nd floor of Patronatus Pro Ninos' Clinic at Avenida Reforma 75C, Fracc.Ignacio Remeniz. Free diabetes testing at 8:30 and the eye clinic open from 9 a.m. when glasses and testing are available for the needy. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Christine Eyre at 154-5081 or Kip Palmer at 152-3240. On the first Thursday of the month, there is a social lunch meeting at 12:30 at Vivoli Cafe and Restaurant on H. Macias #66. All are welcome.The Lions are known for their fund raising trips around Colonial Mexico and also for fun rubber bridge every Wed. and Friday at 12:30 at Vivoli's for kid's glasses. For information, contact Jean Schickel 152-0934.

Report your card if lost or misplaced here!

Heal up: Patrice Wynn

R.I.P.: Alexandra Blackburn

R.I.P.: San Miguel's Chili Cookoff and Charo

Thank you for your continuous and loyal support.

Your San Miguel VIP Club

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