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Proud Canadian in Ajijic, Lake Chapala, Mexico

Vancouver 2010

These last two weeks were a very exciting time to be Canadian. The Olympic Games in Vancouver were very enjoyable to watch and winning the most number of gold medals ever for a host country was extremely gratifying. The icing on the cake was the gold medal hockey game yesterday Canada 3 – US 2. It was a very exciting game to watch and a real nail biter as it were. But Canada won nonetheless which was swell bringing our total of gold medals to 14.

Our Canadian athletes did a wonderful job and we are very proud of all of them.

Yesterday also was the last day of the Mexican Chili Cook Off in Ajijic, Lake Chapala.

I have not attended this event for a couple of years but went this year as my sister was visiting here from Canada and I thought she might enjoy a little local color and my daughter’s restaurants were competing in the Chili Cook Off itself and, of course, we wanted to be there to support our girls.

I was so happy we went. It was terrific this year with lots of things to see and do.

This year the arts and crafts and jewelry booths were much improved with more high end goods available for sale.

Also the knives from Sayula were a huge hit.

Real Estate Companies were well represented and there was clothing for every member of the family.

Home cooked food was available from ribs, to hamburgers and, of course, chili and drinks flowed.

There were special Chili Cook Off t-shirts and aprons for sale and were offered at half price towards the end of the festivities on Sunday.

The entertainment was non-stop with lots of raffles and winners.

The winner of the best decorated booth was Number FOUR Restaurant.

The third place prize winner for the chili on Sunday was Hector from Manix Restaurant.

The second place prize winner was Ismat Jivani of Number FOUR Restaurant and the first place prize winner was Greg Couillard of the new upscale bar and restaurant in Ajijic – Chili Bang Bar.

On Saturday Casa Angel won for non-professional chili and Chili Bang Bar won on Friday in the Salsa competition.

Many people voted for the winners both ex-pats and Mexicans and it was truly a bi-cultural event which everyone enjoyed very much. All the proceeds go to various local charities and everyone connected with this year’s Chili Cook Off in Ajijic, Lake Chapala should be congratulated on a job well done.