New Lakeside Hospital in Ajijic, Lake Chapala

The proposed new Lakeside Hospital breaks ground and lays the first stone Sunday, September 10 at their location on the Carretera Chapala – Jocotepec directly across the road from the Chula Vista Golf and Country Club.

 

The ground breaking ceremony was attended by a large crowd of doctors, government officials and local residents.

 

The privately operated health-care facility and medical complex is being built on a 6,400 square meter lot.  The estimated time frame for completing the fist phase of construction is 13 months.  The projected opening date is November 2018.

 

The hospital blueprint show a layout for an emergency room, three surgical theaters, laboratory and radiology diagnosis units, and out patient consultation area, hemodialysis and chemotherapy treatment units, a delivery room and neonatal ward and 8 private inpatient rooms.

 

The complex will also house commercial modules for diverse medical services and ample space for off-road parking.

 

Chapala’s current administration is lending its full backing, including approval of the construction permit.

 

Chapala Mayor Javier Degollado joined renown high-tech medical diagnosis specialist, Dr. Carlos Ramirez Aldrete in sharing the honor of setting the hospital’s first cornerstone .

 

Speaking at the ceremony Mascaras Medical Director and project point man, Dr. Carlos Diaz del Castillo reflected on the partnership of a group of up-and-coming physicians that began 25 years ago and eventually evolved into establishing the clinic situated at the east end of  Riberas del Pilar.

 

Noting how their vision expanded to bring  “first and second tier medical attention the residents of the Lake Chapala shore” he added with obvious pride and joy. “A modern hospital is born today, designed to withstand the present and short term future demands.

 

 

 

 

 

Pasta Trenta in Ajijic, Lake Chapala

Most of us love pasta and I thought this pasta restaurant was definitely worth a mention.

 

Pasta Trenta is located on Constitucion #33A near the corner of Ramon Corona.  Their phone # is (376) 766 1121 their email address is:  pastatrenta@gmail.com, and they are on facebook – Pasta Trenta.

 

Their appetizers are:  Soup of the Day, Antipasto, Bruschetta, Caprese and Garlic Bread with cheese.

 

Their salads are:  Trenta, Nicoise, Caesar and Spinach.

 

The pastas are many of our old favorites and many others.  They are:  Amatriciana, Bolognese, Frutti de Mare, Arrabbiata, Pesto Verde, Pollo Primavera, Gorgonzola, Carne e Funghi, Alfredo, Al Prosciutto, Oleo e Aglio, Polpette, Caprese, Neopolitano, Pollo e Funghi, Pollo e Funghi Rosso, Alla Puttanesco, Quattro Formaggi, Chorizo, Cozze, Molluschi, Gamberoni Rosso and Gamberoni Aglio.

 

Pasta Trenta also has excellent desserts.

 

Pasta Trenta opens at 1:00 pm.

 

It is an Italian restaurant and they take reservations and welcome walk-ins.  They serve dinner and provide take put and home delivery services.

 

Buen Gusto!

Pizza Disco in Ajijic, Lake Chapala

There is another new Pizza place in Ajijic, Lake Chapala and it is called Pizza Disco and is located on the Carretera Oriente # 58 B (across from Jara Hardware Store) and their telephone # is 766-4797.

 

They have a selection of salads and soup of the day which comes with toast and butter.  The salads are Bruschetta, Caprese,Antipasto for 2 or 4 people, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Pizza Disco Salad and Ceasar with bacon or chicken. The salads come in two sizes.

 

The Pizza’s are Pammy, Burger, Mashed Potatoes, Florentina, Hollywood Hills, Pollo Alfredo, Hunter (meat lovers), Taco, Kari, Garden and Quattro Stagioni.  The Pizza’s also come in two sizes and vary from $140.00 pesos to $120.00 pesos for large (12 inches).

 

You can also create your own Pizza 12 inches for $120.00 pesos for 3 ingredients and $70.00 pesos for 9 inches. Each additional ingredient is $10.00 pesos.

 

The ingredients available for Create your own Pizza are:

 

Pineapple, olive, ground beef, mushrooms, spinach, cherry tomatoes, basil, cucumber, asparagus, tomato, artichokes, dried tomatoes, jalapenos, ham, chicken, pepperoni salami, bacon, clams, tuna and peppers.

 

They deliver for $20.00 pesos and it is not extra for Ajijic, Riberas and San Antonio.

 

Buen Provecho!

Pesky Computers in Ajijic, Lake Chapala

I have known for a long time that computers, laptops, ipads, tablets, cell phones etc. all have a mind of their own.  On any given day they will decide whether or not to co-operate with what you are trying to accomplish

 

Yesterday, however, my laptop was even more temperamental than usual. For some reason three of my sites which have had the same passwords for years decided that these passwords were no longer going to work.

 

First they ask you if you have forgotten your password, if you know your password but it is not working or if you suspect someone is trying to access your account.

 

If you answer that you know your password but it is not working this will cause you no end of trouble in trying to reset a usable password.  If you say that you think that someone is trying to access your account this too will cause you no end of trouble.  Embarrassing as it is, it is better that you say you forgot your password whether you did  or didn’t.

 

You then just have to give them another email address to which you have access and they will send you a code to this email address and you can easily reset your password.

 

I had changed the passwords for all three sites but today for some inexplicable reason none of them worked.  I proceeded to try  to reset my passwords again and they said they would send me a code with which to proceed but no code was sent.  Of course, there is no way of communicating this to them so I kept trying the same thing expecting a different result which I understand is the definition for insanity.

 

At the end of my rope I rechecked the email address again where the elusive code should have been sent and, for some reason, it was in the deleted file.  I can understand this happening by accident once but several times seemed unlikely.

 

Another thing they find amusing, to make sure you are not a robot, is to ask you to cipher some awkward letter compilations which are not as easy as they would seem to be to solve  You then have the choice to try another puzzle or have them read it aloud to you.  This, of course, is designed to make you feel like an idiot as it is not bad enough that you had to admit to forgetting your password.

 

After several frustrating attempts I managed to follow all prompts and have three new passwords for the three sites in question.  One more interesting fact is that one of the the new passwords I chose was, in fact, the same as the old one.  This further proves to me that the entire exercise was just to f… with me.

 

I now can access all of my sites but who knows what tomorrow will bring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jitomate Gourmet in Ajijic, Lake Chapala

We went to a new pizza place in the west end of Ajijic on Saturday for lunch with friends and thought we would share it with you.

 

We went there because my husband had heard good things about them and especially the Pizza with Artichoke Hearts which is delicious.

 

They have starters of a cheese plate, mushrooms in garlic, portobellos with brie and Mediterranean panela.

 

They also offer lunches of pork leg, panela, queso Oaxaca and calabacita (zucchini).

 

Here is a list of their sourdough pizzas:

 

Marguerita, Vegetarian, Amore mio, Marinara, Mushroom, Heart of Artichoke, Anchovy and Black Olive, 4 Cheese, Salami, 4 Stages which has 4 different flavors (Shrimp, 4 Cheese, Vegetarian and Heart of Artichoke), Pepperoni and Shrimp.

 

Also every day the have Chef’s specials.  Jitomate Gourmet used very fresh ingredients and their tomato is fresh too.

 

The excellent Chef is Gerard Militello and he can be reached at 333 597 3076.

 

Jitomate Gourmet is on facebook – jitomate gourmet

 

They do not deliver yet but they are working on that.

 

Jitomate Gourmet is located on the Chapala – Jocotepec carretera # 976A in west Ajijic just past the old Anchor Restaurant.

 

All four of us very much enjoyed our lunch of delicious sourdough gourmet pizza and cold white wine.  The pizzas come in medium size and we ate three.

 

Buen Provecho.

Drinking and Driving in Ajijic, Lake Chapala

Sunday July 6th squads of agents from Jalisco’s Traffic Department (Secretaria de Movilidad or SeMov) swooped down on lakeside to trap drunk drivers. Breathalyzer were administered to 798 drivers at checkpoints set up simultaneously at the east end of La Floresta and on the Chapala-Guadalajara at Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos.

 

The agency reports that officers snared 23 or more individuals who reportedly tested above the legal limit of 0.41 mg of alcohol per liter of exhaled air.  An additional 16 drivers were ticketed for minor infractions.

 

The law says if you are 0.41 or over you can be arrested and taken to jail in Guadalajara and your car confiscated with steep fines in place to get them back of about $3,200.00 pesos.

 

The operations like the one on July 6th are to continue on a permanent basis, rotating to different locations on week-ends.

 

No one, including this blogger, is promoting drinking and driving and we all want safe roads.

 

Many restaurants are worried how this will affect their businesses, including further worries about decreased tourism but one restaurant, rather than wining has come up with a wonderful plan which will, indeed increase their week-end business.

 

They want their customers to continue to come to enjoy dinner out on the week-ends and have wine with their dinner if they wish..  This restaurant has committed to drive anyone home by their staff if needed.

 

This restaurant is El Jardin de Ninette, Carretera Oriente # 52B in Ajijic.  (376) 766-4905.  They are open 12 noon until 8:00 pm and are closed on Mondays.

 

I think is an elegant solution and I applaud Ninette for their innovative thinking.  They will continue to enjoy my custom.

 

Well done, Oscar.

 

Buen provecho.

 

 

Elegante Restaurant in Ajijic, Lake Chapala

Last night we went with a friend to a relatively new restaurant in Ajijic, Lake Chapala.  It was called Elegante and had come highly recommended from other friend’s whose good taste we trust.

 

It was delightful but not cheap.  It is a very French menu with Caesar Salad, House Salad and Baked Brie with a rather nice coulis and several other items as appetizers.

 

Mains were US Flet Mignon, Fish, Pork, Lamb Chops or Wild Salmon.  All beautifully prepared and presented with very interesting sides.

 

First you get the drink or wine of your choice and a delicious basket of hot popover type bread.

 

We shared the Baked Brie and Caesar Salad and House Salad and we all had the lamb which was delicious, tender and juicy.  It was served with mashed potatoes with goat cheese and snow peas and everything was cooked perfectly. We feel confident that the other entrees would be just as spectacular.

 

The restaurant itself is black and white and, like it’s name, very elegant.  There is an outdoor area too.  It is small, nicely appointed and the food is definitely above average.

 

There was a list of desserts which we did not look at as we all had Spanish Coffee for dessert.

 

Elegante is located on Constitucion # 59 just West of Javier Mina in downtown Ajijic and the phone # for reservations is (376) 766 1066.

 

The service is very warm and attentive.

 

Bon Appetite.

 

 

St. Remy du Lac by Pierrot in Ajijic, Lake Chapala

St. Remy du Lac by Pierrot is a wonderful restaurant which used to be in Tres Leones Bed and Breakfast but has now opened in a different location.

 

When it was in Tres Leones we enjoyed a delicious brunch and a dinner or two.

 

We have been to the new location twice now for dinner and the last time was quite memorable. The first time was very good too.

 

There were six people and we started with three appetizers to share.  Wonderful buttery pate de foie gras with cranberry coulis, mussels in a white wine sauce and escargots.  We also had a lovely Amuse Bouche of cherry tomatoes and goat cheese.

 

The mains were Canard Confit with hericots verts Boeuf avec Quatre Poivres Sauce, Potato Lasagne and Carrots and Scampi with Capellini.  All mains were absolutely delicious and very well prepared and presented.

 

We had baskets of wonderful rustic warm bread and a cheese platter for dessert.

 

We washed this excellent meal down with lots of French Chablis  Rusty Nails and plenty of after dinner drinks, such as Ricard and Port.

 

The restaurant is in a beautiful outside setting in a lovely garden with good parking.

 

The service is very warm and professional.

 

St. Remy du Lac is located on Calle San Antonio 10B in downtown Ajijic and reservations can be made by calling (376) 766 0607.

 

They categorize themselves as a European/French restaurant and their web site is: www.st.remy.mx

 

The general manager is Piotr Dhainaut and they do catering as well  You can also reach Piotr by email at: piotr@st.remy.mx and they take credit cards but not American Express.

 

For a special evening with friends or family St. Remy du Lac is an excellent choice.

 

Bon appetit.

The Bee and Thistle Guest in Vancouver, B.C.

We have been away at our niece’s wedding in Vancouver, Canada and everything was spectacular from the wedding itself to the sushi, the scenery and our wonderful family to name a few things we enjoyed.

 

After an exhaustive search we decided to stay at The Bee and Thistle Guest House in downtown Vancouver.  It is located on 1842 Parker Street, Vancouver, B.C.  V5L 2K9 and their telephone # is (604) 669-0715.

 

This was an outstanding choice and we enjoyed our time there very much. Every detail had been meticulously attended to and we were delighted.  The queen bed was heaven with sheets of at least 1000 threads with 4 lovely fluffy pillows with the same soft linens.  It was one of the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in.  They do not do breakfast but there is a fridge in your room with water, pop and snacks of all kinds and every day there were two large home baked delicious cookies at the end of our bed which were a different flavor every day.

 

Our room had a fireplace and Shaw TV.

 

For breakfast we were very near Commercial Drive which had lots of lovely places for decaf lattes and delicious bagels with a variety of fillings.  There are other quaint places to eat and shop within walking distance.

 

The antique armoire contained not only hangers but also an ironing board and iron and 2 umbrellas.

 

The bathroom was beautifully appointed with every product you could possibly need including make-up remover wipes.

 

The shower had the wand and rain shower and the water pressure was wonderful.

 

We had a lovely view of the mountains from our bed and all in all were very happy with our selection of Molly’s Room and the rate was $191.40 CDN per night.

 

There were two other rooms on our floor, Florence and Ivy and we had a peek in and they both looked lovely too.

 

My husband noticed a plaque on the house saying it was one of the top ten guest houses in Canada in it’s day.

 

Their email address is: yourhosts@beeandthistle.ca and their web site is: www.beeandthistle.ca

 

The owners are Lynn and Michael.

The Rainy Season Appears to be Here.

The Rainy Season appears to be here. Late but here nonetheless.  The Rainy Season is traditionally from June 15th to October 15th.

 

Although this is good news and the temperature has dropped 10 degrees which is most welcome and soon everything will look and smell wonderful, the rains do increase the risk of Dengue Fever.

 

Last year there were 240 confirmed cases in Ajijic, Lake Chapala.  These statistics were confirmed by the health authorities in the municipality of Chapala and high incidences were also detected in other Lakeside communities.

 

I thought I would take a moment to help you with some tips of how to avoid Dengue and what the symptoms are.

 

The Chapala government and local branch of Jalisco’s Health Ministry are expected to launch a community Dengue Fever prevention campaign within the next few weeks.

 

The program will involve getting rid of household junk and open containers that collect stagnant water where the mosquitoes reproduce, as well as neighborhood fumigation patrols to eradicate the insects.

 

Dengue is caused by any one of 4 different but related types of virus.  It is transmitted from sick persons to healthy individuals by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.  The  genus is distinguished  from other kinds of mosquitoes by white stripes on its legs and a distinctive lyre-shaped marking on the thorax.

 

Symptoms of Dengue commonly begin with an onset of a high fever occurring 5 to 7 days after infection.  The disease is sometimes referred to as ” breakbone fever” because it causes intense joint and muscle aches along with extreme fatigue.  Other symptoms include swollen lymph nodes, headache (especially severe pain behind the eyes). a red rash on the body, increased skin sensitivity, nausea and vomiting;  Blood testing is required to confirm diagnosis.

 

There is no specific treatment for the illness which normally lasts for a week or more, provided there are no complications. Patients require bed rest and sufficient intake of fluids to prevent dehydration  Aspirin is usually prescribed to relieve fever and discomfort.

 

A more severe form of the disease can strike those who have had the disease before so see your doctor asap.

 

Personal protection measures to reduce the risk of infection  include the use of bug repellents, insecticides, appropriate clothing, window screens and bedroom netting to limit exposure to insect bites.

 

There is a private vaccine that works against 4 types of Dengue which was introduced last September in Mexico under the commercial name Dengvaxia.  The recommended prophylactic strategy is 2 doses every 6 months over a full year and is available at a cost of approx. $1,500.00 per dose.  Ask your doctor if you are interested in going this route.

 

Buena Salud.