Full Calendar of Coming Events
Friends in the States often wonder how we spend our time here on the Baja. The following is a partial list of some of the flyers for upcoming events in our area. No bad days, and, no boring days! 🙂
First up: The 13th annual Paella Festival– Saturday, March 14th.
If you have never been, it is a must for your calendar. It’s like a giant paella cook-off. It is held at the Hotel El Cortez overlooking the beach, and, includes wonderful Mexican entertainment–from Mariachi bands to folkloric dancing. Ticket required. Take extra pesos for drinks and a t-shirt! Get there early if you want to get a table. For the uninitiated, paella is a traditional Spanish dish. It was originally developed for picnics and outings in Spain. Each region of Spain creates its own version of paella depending on what foodstuffs are available locally. It’s primary ingredient is a special RICE which is grown only in certain parts of Spain. However, these days all of that has changed. Some chefs will use whatever rice is locally available. Saffron is the second most important ingredient. It gives the paella rice its distinctive yellow color and flavor. A really good paella focuses primarily on the rice, the ingredients are secondary. Traditionally the most savored part was the bottom of the pan where the rice has become crispy. Nowadays, more focus has been given to the ingredients added into the rice. This is probably due to the American influence of piling on the meat. These ingredients often include: chicken, sausage, locally available seafood, artichokes, green beans, peas, and hearts of palm.
Should you decide to go, get yourself a good table to sit at first. Then, spend time walking around observing the different chefs apply their magic to the large paella pans! The Hotel Cortez has by far the LARGEST paella pan I have ever seen, and, I’ve seen a lot of them! When the paella is done, the judges will get first taste. Then, it’s time to choose the three or so paellas you would like to sample. Old hands at the Festival can give advice on where to go. It is often fun to split up from your friend or partner and each of you get different ones that you can share. Then, sit back and enjoy the Sea and the beautiful setting.
If there is any interest, I would be happy to take an afternoon to do a paella cooking demo at our place. 😉
Next: The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mexican Naval Station hosts a monthly breakfast to which the women of San Felipe are invited.
This is a FORMAL affair, i.e. dress up. Don’t show up in shorts and a t-shirt, or, you may feel very out of place as you are escorted by naval officers in full dress uniforms! They ask for a $100 peso donation. If you are interested in attending, contact Lucy Torres at least five days before the event. This month they are having a fancy hat contest. The prettiest and most original hat will win a prize.
Next up: March 18–Saint Patrick’s Day Casino at the EDR Pavillion from 5 until 9 p.m.
Ten dollars (or, $140p) will get you 100 tickets for the casino. Fifteen dollars or $200p will get you into the Texas Hold ‘Em tournament which starts at 6 p.m. There is also a silent auction going on at the same time. All proceeds go to support the San Felipe Men’s and Women’s Rowing Teams.
Next up: If you like tequila and you enjoy mariachi music, you won’t want to miss the Tequila and Mariachi Festival to be held April 10 through the 12th in San Felipe.
Next up: May 22nd and 23rd is the Seafood Festival and Brewfest to be held on the Malecon from 1 p.m. until 1 a.m.
I know I’ve left off several others: Tutti and the Girls this coming this Monday at the Pavillion, and, the Blues and Arts Festival, also at the Pavillion. But, I didn’t happen to find any posters for those events. If anyone has the details for those events or other events, please pass them on to firstname.lastname@example.org, or, list them in the comment section below. Thanks.