VIP Club News February 2020

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This VIP Club Newsflash is being sponsored by Pro Musica,
instrumental at bringing an array of world-class classical
musicians to San Miguel.

Pro Musica Opera presents THE CORONATION OF POPPEA

Pro Musica, the marvelous organization bringing the finest in classical music to SMA, would like to encourage you to attend a unique occasion on February 25th or 26th. The event is “The Coronation of Poppea,” a Baroque opera by Claudio Monteverdi.  The event will be held at Bellas Artes at 6:00 pm. and will include a 13-piece orchestra and English and Spanish subtitles. This opera was one of the first to use historical events and people, and has never been staged in Mexico, so this will be its premiere nearly 400 years after it was written! It tells the story of how Poppea, the Roman Emperor Nero’s lover, becomes his Empress. There will be murder, revenge, betrayal and a coronation, everything a good opera should have.

Tickets are $200, $400 and $500 pesos and can be purchased online with no booking fee at or at the Bookshop in the Biblioteca and at the door of the performance venue, 45 minutes before the performance. This opera will be very entertaining and we hope you will attend.

(Sponsoring a VIP Club Newsflash is available to individuals or businesses for 2000 pesos with the flash going out to almost 2000 local email addresses).


I don’t want to think I spoke too fast telling the powers at Feed The Hungry that VIP Club members would fully support an endeavor to help fund an impoverished community’s FTH kitchen in need of a financial boost.

For 25 years I have personally marveled at the herculean commitment and feat that Feed The Hungry takes on giving a hot meal to 5000 children a day.  When I projected our members’ support I sensed our Club will come through. Silly me, the optimist, went and rented Angela Peralta and as stated in past posts, “I’m swinging for the fences,” to fill the house, on Tuesday evening, February 11th.

Figuring I can’t sing or dance but I am a writer and I do have a collection of past-published essays. LOL, I realize it’s just a “reading” but I’m hoping I have enough literary firepower to relate to those “our age” and those who reside in Mexico; the East-coast nasal accent comes for free. At the same time, I’ve soberly summed up does writer, Lou Christine, boast drawing power? Well… we’ll see?

The theme of the evening is “All True Artists Must Eventually Expose Themselves.” We’re trying to make the evening all it can be. I rarely, if ever, mention my name in these posts. I am Your Club President, Lou Christine, and personally asking members to consider supporting this event.

All proceeds go directly to Feed The Hungry to help feed school children!

Tickets at La Conexion, Hank’s and Angela’s Box Office. 150 MXN General Admission, 200 MXN Reserved Seating, 250 MXN Box Seats.

Our Cristina, of Vivali Café, is chipping in on the effort and will buy you a drink before the performance at her restaurant up the block on Hernandez Macias!

BUT HOLD ON! With your ticket stub, for the next two nights after the performance, Our Jose Luis, of El Manantial Cantina, celebrating its 100 years, will honor each ticket stub from the performance with two complimentary margaritas on El Manantial and Feed The Hungry.

Any and all supporters are welcome and if any of you can’t make the event and still want to help we have a special PayPal account set up at:

Your VIP Club welcomes  SAN MIGUEL MOTO, providing motorcycle rentals, guides, scooter rentals, and leases. San Miguel Moto provides motorcycle rentals and tours to people visiting San Miguel de Allende.

For contact and info 

Mexico:  52 415-145-5333
U.S.: 011 415-531-6851 Website: VIP Club members receive 10% off.

CATHRINE BYRNE (Today & Tomorrow)



Dinner Party Menu

Baked Baby Potatoes with Crème Fraiche and Caviar
Shrimp Sushi with Plantains and Eel Sauce
Tuna Sushi with Go Dough and Spicy Avocado
Smoked Potato Slice with Tapenade
Pistachio Crusted Cherry Tomatoes on Brie Cheese Crostini
Baby Spinach Salad with Prosciutto and Manchego Cheese, Quince Dressing
Reggiano Ossobuco Cannelloni with Truffle Béchamel and Parmigiano-Reggiano Gratin
Loin Roll with Dates, Ginger and Red Chili, Green Beans and Port Sauce
Chocolate Obscuro Coffee Butter filled Almond Biscuit with Coffee Infusion and Dark Chocolate
Tasting Menu is Optional. A la Carte Menu Available




THE RESTAURANT (Sollano #16)

Valentine’s Dinner Menu
Glass of Sparkling Wine * * * Tomato Soup with Cherry Tomatoes Confit in Lavander and Rosemary & Grilled Brie Cheese Crostini * * * Artichoke Salad with Toast Almonds, Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese, Mint Parsley Mix and Hibiscus Vinaigrette * * *Roasted Salmon with Rose Wine Sauce, Saffron Rissotto, Edible Flowers and Brussel Sprouts * * * Three Chili Braised Short Rib with Orange Zest and Plum Sauce with a Guava Chutney and Baby Carrots * * * Grilled Figs with Marscapone Cheese & Honey Cream with Plum and Rose Water Glaze and Amaretto Biscotti $1,400.00 pesos per person + 15% service
Menú Vegetariano Disponible Vegetarian Menu Available


From the West Coast of Canada, the 25-member Sooke Chamber Players y Amigos will perform for the third time in SMA on Wednesday, February 19 at 5:00 pm at Auditorio Miguel Malo, upstairs at Bellas Artes (Centro Cultural “El Nigromante”) on Hernández Macías #75.
Tickets are all $500 pesos with all proceeds going to El Charco del Ingenio, Botanical Garden.
For Sale at: Camino Silvestre stores on Correo #43 and Zacateros #46, and at the office of El Charco del Ingenio
Soloist cellist Pamela Highbaugh Aloni from the Lafayette String Quartet, playing works by Robert Volkmann, Victor Herbert and David Popper. 
Directed by Israeli Yariv Aloni, the program includes Telemann’s “Don Quixote Suite,” Mendelssohn’s “String Symphony #4,” Joaquín Turina’s “Bullfighter’s Prayer,” Percy Grainger’s “Mock Morris” and “Molly on the Shore” and Edvard Grieg’s “Norwegian Melodies.”



VIP Club member Susan O’Neil has a property, the Oasis San Miguel Guesthouse a newly opened Moroccan style B & B at the top of Los Frailes which offers a large heated pool, portable sauna, meditation garden, rooftop covered dining area, fully equipped outdoor kitchen with grill, plus numerous garden seating areas– not to mention five luxurious guest rooms all with private bathrooms—three located in the main house and two guestrooms poolside.  Abundant street parking across from a beautiful park and fountain. You will feel very much “at home”. Price—most of the rooms cost $125 per night, two-night minimum.  Come be enchanted!  Relax with pool and palms! The Oasis San Miguel
US Vonage 480-664-3200, MX Oasis 415-688-1189

Busito Shopping Rates by Retno:
415 106 5496. VIP card prices for a Ride to Costco or any other store in Celaya $350 per person.
 I do the shopping: 11% of the total cost of the bill with a minimum of $1000 pesos shopping.
Normal prices: Ride to Costco or any other store $450 per person.

I do the shopping: 13% of the total costo of the bill with a minimum of $1000 pesos shopping.

OLIO FINO (83 A Zacateros, 415-152-3946 (Home of enhancing oils, vinegars and fine wines!)





Tea Lovers, Hojas de Te, now presents classic, diverse and original teas from around the world. VIP Club members get 10% off when ordering a minimum of 500 grams. For example, a 250-gram bag goes for $240 MXN (50 cups). Call Ana at 415-114-0710 for free delivery or email
Sarah Ash will host two different, free seminars in February. One to cover Expat Health Insurance with the General Manager of Guardian Insurance, Antonio Trejo, as the guest speaker and the other event will focus on SkyMed Medical Evacuation Plans.
Space is limited at both seminars. Please RSVP for the event that suits your needs. Not sure which is right for you or can’t make the seminar? Please contact me for a private consultation.

Expat Health Insurance Seminar with GM of Guardian Insurance:
When: Thursday, Feb 13th at 10:30 am sharp
Where: La Casona Convention Center, Salida a Celaya #77, San Miguel

SkyMed Medical Evacuation Seminar:
When: Monday, Feb 17th at 12 noon sharp
Where: Buen Dia Cafe, Hidalgo #42, CentroRSVP to: Sarah Ash
EMS: Expat Medical Solutions, Mexico
SkyMed Team Leader, Mexico

Attendance is limited. For reservations call Mx Cell: 415 125 3537, US Cell: 928 255 0220.

Don’t run out of propane Gas!
Gas Providencia offers members 60-centavos off each litro of propane providing a minimum order of 1000 pesos. Gas Providencia will take your major credit cards and still provide the discount. Call the truck direct and talk to Eduardo at 415-109-5357 and they should be there shortly, time permitting.


If you’re gonna go, BajioGo is the way to Go!
VIP Club members and their family, guests or parties, pay just $18 USD. per person, for a door-to-door airport shuttle, Leon or Queretaro, when reserving beforehand and paying upfront.

Democrats Abroad SMA will again open an office at Ancha de San Antonio #10 for the remaining Saturdays in February. We will be open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm to offer assistance to people who wish to register, request a ballot, or ask questions about returning ballots from abroad. Democrats Abroad SMA offers this service as a non-partisan effort to help voters overseas.

The full VIP Club lineup 24/7,

Please report lost or missing VIP Club Cards here for immediate replacement.

R.I.P. William Shannon (Celebration of life, today, 2/8/20, 4 – 9:00 pm, Soledad #9, Bario La Aldea)
R.I.P. Murray Frost
R.I.P. Jon Sievert
R.I.P. Steve Rude (Feldman)
Heal up: Bob Remak

Thank you for your continuous and loyal support.

Your San Miguel VIP Club

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