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Las Hermanas Valentine’s Day Brunch Reminder

Just a quick reminder that Tuesday, February 14 is the annual Las Hermanas Valentine’s Day Brunch.  Start time is 9:30 a.m.  Same place as always:  Crones’ Cove, EDR, Los Viajeros Norte, #31-13 off of Rd 23.  Bring yourselves and your appetite.  Sharron will be tending the Bloody Baja Bar.  If that’s not your cup of tea…bring your own tea. heart Get in touch with one of the gals from LVS or LVN if you have any questions.

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RAFFLE TICKETS

This year we will be selling RAFFLE TICKETS to help support the new HOSPITAL that is underway in LOS ARCOS area.  Tickets are $5 or 100p each.  We hope that everyone will plan on purchasing at least one ticket for the cause.  Prizes are HUGELY terrific.  Probably the best prizes on the Baja.  Many, many people will tell you that they are.
You will be so happy if you win one off these prizes:

A gas stove (perfect for a solar casita),

A low-energy electric refrigerator (perfect for a solar casita),

A low-energy television set (perfect for a solar casita).

 

 

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😉 Please help the women of the Los Arcos area by supporting this cause.

 

LVS & LVN Host Valentine’s Day Brunch

rainbow-valentine2Set your sites on  Tuesday, February 14!  The sisters of LVS and LVN will, once again, bring you a morning of good food and camaraderie to celebrate V-Day! Start time is 9:30 a.m.  Same place as always:  Crones’ Cove, EDR, Los Viajeros Norte, #31-13 off of Rd 23.  Bring yourselves and your appetite.  Lynda and Sharron will host the “Bloody Baja” table, so, if that’s not your cup of tea…bring your own tea. heart Get in touch with one of the gals from LVS or LVN if you have any questions.

PS Some gals have indicated that they want to contribute something to the feast.  If you have something special you would like to prepare, great!  But, if not, no worries!  Just bring yourself!

Donations– This year we will be taking donations to go toward the San Felipe International Hospital.  Local sources report that six women from the Los Arcos area died in childbirth last year because of insufficient local medical care.

Mark Your Calendars for TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14! 

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Not Bannon

Postcard Avalanche To Oppose Steve Bannon Is Scheduled For 11/26; Here’s How To Participate

A group of activists are planning to deluge Trump Tower with an “avalanche of postcards” opposing the appointment of white supremacist Steve Bannon as Chief Strategist.  
From the “Postcard Avalanche” Facebook page:
** IMPORTANT – Don’t mail your card until NOV. 26th **
1. Get a postcard from your state – any picture that represents your state.
2. In the message section, write this simple message: NOT BANNON!
3. Sign your name if you wish
4. Address it as follows: Donald Trump
c/o The Trump Organization

725 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10022

5. Affix a stamp – you can use a 35 cent postcard stamp, or a normal letter stamp.
6. Take a picture of your postcard that you can share on social media on Nov. 26-28th
7. Drop it in the mail between Saturday, Nov 26th and Monday, Nov. 28th to create a concentrated avalanche of postcards. 

8. On Nov. 26-28th, Tweet and share the heck out of your photo using the hashtags #postcardavalanche #stopbannon
Isn’t it a great image, the denizens of Trump Tower slip sliding on postcards, and then wading ankle deep, and then knee high…

Las Hermanas Dinner at Casa d’ Luna Supper Club

casadlunaThe Cogley’s finally got back, so I made reservations for Monday, March 23, at 5 PM.  The owners are Luis and Irene Cogley and the restaurant is in their home.  You eat surrounded by Luis’ colorful paintings and end the dinner with a short piano concert by Irene.  The price is usually $20.00 per person (once $25) and includes bread with real butter, a fresh green salad (sometimes soup too) an entree with a side dish, and dessert (Flan or the best tiramisu ever)  You bring what you want to drink so there is no bar bill.
Directions:
To get there, turn right at the glorietta and go south toward the airport.  When you leave town there is a Pemex on the right.  Approximately 1 mile past the Pemex you will see an OXXO on the left.  Take the road to the right across from the OXXO.  There is a very short block on the right and the road curves to the left.  The second road to the right has an empty lot for sale on the corner.  Turn right there.   Casa de Luna is first house on the right.  It is a two-story beige house with a “Studio” sign on the side and front, an iron gate, and artwork everywhere. 

I’m sorry this is such short notice, I wanted to go there before some of the snow birds headed north for the summer.  Please let me know by Sunday afternoon if you will be able to attend.

Kip

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African Photo Safari

lionCome join us for a free trip to Africa!

On Friday, March 20th from 2:45 until 4:30 p.m., we will share a fabulous DVD of our Kenya and Tanzania trip. In our 1 hour show, you’ll experience the essence of an African Photo Safari   through wonderful photo images and great music.

Popcorn and ice will be provided.  Bring your beverage of choice, a glass if you need one for your drink, and a pillow to sit on in case the 3 couches and 6 chairs are filled.

FRIDAY March 20th…..2:45 to 4:30 at Kip and Nell’s.gazelle

For more information email us at thewoodducks@msn.com.

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How to get to this event:  Enter El Dorado Ranch at the farthest North entrance… This is called the Paseo del Sol entrance. Soon after entering, take the first right at the Y, you will be following Puerto del Sol Avenue. At the stop sign (Alto) turn left. In two tenths of a mile, the road splits, take the right hand lane, then in another two tenths of a mile stay left and continue to follow Puerto del Sol Ave. In another two tenths of a mile you’ll come to a street named Cda Nopal Rastrero, turn left. They are the second house (also it’s the last house) on the right.   It is a golden-brown color, and there’s a motor coach in the RV-port.

 

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.  😉


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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

In addition to seafood, Mexican micro brews will be available. And, there will be local music and craft demonstrations.
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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 bajasisters@gmail.com, or, list them in the comment section below.  Thanks.

 

Saint Pat’s Day Bash

shamrock.flagsWeather permitting, Susan and Alice will host a St. Patrick’s Day get-together starting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17 at their place in Palos Verde South, EDR. Bring an appetizer (Preferably something “green”…. but, don’t everyone bring guacamole!), your beverage of preference, and a chair.  A bonfire is planned if winds are calm. More information pending, or, contact Susan or Alice.

 

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Equestrian Center Tour Rescheduled

horsesSusan has reschedule our tour of the “Centro Ecuestre Caballerizas Paraiso.”  On Wednesday, March 18 we will meet at 3 p.m. at the northern most entrance to EDR (Hacienda del Sol) for a caravan to the facility.  The originally scheduled BBQ has been cancelled.  We will only be taking the tour. Once again, please leave your dogs at home.prohibidoperros

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Community V-Day Brunch Brings Out Good Group

group.small1This year’s Las Hermanas del Desierto Valentine’s Day Brunch was well attended by some 25 women from the San Felipe area.  The weather was perfect for an outdoor event: periods of overcast turning to full sunshine and temps in the mid 70’s. There were a few women friends who couldn’t make it this year—you know who you are, and, you were missed!

LVS’s Sharron and Lynda set up the bar and served their famous Canadian-style “bloody Caesars.” MUCHAS GRACIAS, gals!

lineupfoodThe brunch spread included pancakes, bacon, corn bread, fruit salad, Meg’s famous quiche, apple-walnut bread, and Lisbeth’s heart-stopping oven baked French toast. Big thank you to all the gals from LVS an LVN (and guests) for the great brunch: Liz, Kathy, Carol, Jayna, Meg, Lisbeth, Donna, Karen, and Pamelid. It is doubtful that anyone went away from the table hungry. Good job North and South LV-EDR neighborhoods!

This year’s brunch also marked the initiation of Lisbeth and Linda’s new screen room.  Great shade and a comfortable place to escape the flies!

havingadrinkSusan and Alice set up their “No-Bad-Days” T-shirt concession for all of us to peruse before brunch.  Great bargain basement prices, I might add!  Most of the proceeds will go to help the San Felipe women’s rowing team and V.I.V.A., the SF dog rescue/spay/neuter program.

Once again, our community V-day brunch was a wonderful chance to get together, relax, and catch-up as the 2014-2015 winter season begins its downward swing.

Thanks everyone, for making it so special!

Tour of the Cheese Caves

macelo-cheese-caveFor a culinary Baja adventure, set aside Thursday, February 26th to visit the Cheese Caves of the Baja.

Here’s a little sample of what to expect:

Traveling in Mexico is always an adventure. Signage is, as they say, not so much. After reaching kilometer 43.5 off of highway 3, continue down the paved road until it turns to dirt and drive another 3 kilometers and follow the signs for Cava de Marcelo.

You won’t see any signs that you have arrived,  so continue past the cows and milking facilities until you see a grass area with a wooden structure and picnic benches. You’ll be greeted and offered coffee or tea. If it happens to be chilly you’ll also be offered blanket for your lap or shoulders.

The guided tour begins with a short walk to the cheese making facility. This includes a visit to the Halston cows, milking areas and explanation of the process of the art of making cheese. During this part of the tour, you’ll have a chance to try a few butters and fresh cheeses.

Next, a walk to the cheese cave building. The interior is dimly lit with just a few windows on the entrance level and is decorated with photos of the many generations of the Romenetti family. They have been making artisanal cheeses by hand since 1911 and use a recipe from Uruguay that dates back to 1750. They currently produce 6 tons of cheese a month.

chees-cave-cavaHead downstairs to the cave where you will find a dim room with café style tables. The walls are encased glass shelves with cheese in the various stages of the aging process. In fact there are up to 10,000 cheeses in the cave that see no natural light. The cave’s humidity, temperature and darkness are what create the ideal temperature for the aging process. Now for the really fun part. Take a seat at one of the many tables and prepare for a cheese and wine tasting. You’ll taste cheeses aging from 5 months to 3 years accompanied with green apple, homemade jam and bread.

After the cheese tasting make your way outside to the picnic tables for lunch. Cava de Marcelo serves a full lunch –most prepared on an outdoor grill. Enjoy sangria, beer, lemonade or another glass of wine. Start with the Grilled Portabello Mushrooms with melted basil cheese or roasted tomatoes with fresh basil served with bread and habanero chili. The grilled sardines with a ricotta sauce made up of tomatoes, cactus and raspberry vinegar and topped with spinach and cracked chili powder are amazing. Also delicious is the smoked marlin served cold on bread with capers and onions with an accompanying salad. These are just some of the delicious choices.

To truly enjoy the Cava de Marcelo experience plan to spend about three to four hours.

The group will line-up for a caravan to Cava de Marcelo at the Pemex station (by the Crocodile) at 9:45 a.m.  The caravan will depart at 10 a.m.  It is an approximately three hour drive over there.  Please bring $10 to tour the facility and $$ for the BBQ.

RSVP:  email:  thewoodducks@msn.com, or, catch Diane & Beck.   

Car-pooling is encouraged.

DOGS: If you bring your dog(s), we do not know if they will be allowed to walk on leash on the premises. So, be prepared for them to sit in the car.  AND, it is imperative that you BRING A LEASH, POOP BAGS, WATER, WATER DISH, SHADE CLOTH OF SOME KIND AND TREATS should you have to bring the pups along.  Remember that leaving dogs in hot cars, kills.  Be prepared to make sure they are comfortable.

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*This Activity is limited to Las Hermanas del Desierto Members.

 

 

Disclaimer:  The following poll is anonymous and informal.  It may or may not reflect accurate numbers interested in attending.

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