I have a friend who says life is like a roll of toilet paper – when we are young time moves ever so slowly (think about waiting for Christmas Eve or your birthday when you were a child), but as you get older time just flies by! It’s been two months since my last blog and I can tell you that time has really flown by since I now have two jobs!
When we last visited, I was about to launch a new pintxos (the Basque word for tapas) bar with my Spanish friends and now business partners. Gerníka Pintxos opened for business on August 21, 2018 and was immediately the talk of the neighborhood. I knew it was a good idea but was humbled and flattered by the immediate success and praise, especially among others in the business.
We received visits our first week not only from family and friends, but also other restauranteurs, bar owners and other people in business wishing us the best success. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Now open just a little over a month, we are ironing out the kinks in the armor, trying out new ideas and getting ready for what looks to be an amazing high season.
The rains are almost over and restaurants and other businesses that have been closed for vacation have started to reopen. I am seeing more and more snowbirds coming back to town – the early snow in Western Canada has likely encouraged early returns! We have also had a very mild summer as far as the heat goes, so the weather is really nice and the town is still “empty” enough for one to enjoy before the hordes of tourists descend upon us.
In just two weeks or so we will be celebrating Halloween and Día de los Muertos. There is always something going on in Vallarta, and things haven’t slowed down a bit for me. I have a third gig in the works that will keep me hopping.
The owners of Los Muertos Brewery, friends as well as clients, have asked me to emcee their anniversary party this year on November 3rd. As we get closer to the date I will include more information, but it is a street party in front of their restaurant/bar, which is at the corner of Constitution and Lazaro Cardenas. They will provide beer and food specials all day long and free live music beginning at 1 p.m. and going until 11 p.m. It should be fun, so if you’re in town, come join the party!