I spent a most lovely evening with a dear friend last week sitting outside for dinner at Barrio Bistro in Versalles. There is something in the air beside the enticing aromas of Memo’s cooking that encourages conversation. Maybe it’s the neighborhood; it’s quiet, rarely does a car pass down Calle España. As we waited for food and caught up on months of not seeing each other, we decided we could not have picked a more charming place for dinner. Barrio Bistro recently won Best New Restaurant in the Vallarta Tribune’s annual People’s Choice Awards. Owner Memo laughs; he’s been open four years! It is out of the way compared to downtown but worth the travel time.
Another place that’s great for food is Co-Exist Café in the El Rio Hotel. (Bronwen?!) I just finished having leftover pizza from there for lunch! So good. I was there three times last week for various meetings, including one with entertainer Dwight Blake! He is putting on a huge, Vegas-style show at Teatro Vallarta in February, right before Valentine’s Day.
Vallarta’s own – and San Miguel de Allende’s loss – Lady Zen will join Dwight onstage along with Denita Asberry. Motown music celebrates 60 years, and Dwight is choosing the best couple of hours of those decades to bring them to you. An orchestra, of course, back-up singers and dancers and a surprise guest or two. Stay tuned on who else is coming as we get closer to the date.
Next week, on Thursday, the 14th, my friend Alan Kelly is giving a free seminar starting at 7:30, at the IFC Clubhouse. If you are over 50 and have moved to paradise and finding out retirement isn’t quite what it’s cracked up to be, drop by and have a listen.
The City of Vallarta really outdid itself this year with all the Day of the Dead offerings. The altars around the Presidencia were lovely as always, and there were more this year. The adopt-a-palm-tree-for-your-Catrina was also more significant this year.
And, for the first time ever, CPS Media (the Vallarta Tribune’s parent company) had an altar right in front of the Los Arcos amphitheater. I had to go check it out and leave my offering for the Mother Company, gently laying a stack of old, dead issues of the Vallarta Tribune at the foot of our own tombstone. Kinda creepy but also sweet.
Day of the Dead was alive and well for the Mexican Premiere of playwright Georgina Escobar’s “Noche de Alebrijes.” Inside Art VallARTa’s newly refurbished theatre was the stage, and the cast was flown in from various parts of the U.S. If you love Mexican folklore, particularly the customs surrounding the Day of the Dead, run to see this play. You will laugh, and you will cry.
Without giving away the ending that will leave you breathless with its simple sweeping kindness and love, join this gifted cast before the run finishes this weekend. If you loved the movie “Coco” and wished it was real, guess what? It is, and it’s performing live at Art VallARTa on November 9 and 10 at 7 pm.
Season has arrived. Take care of our tourists and help them whenever and however you can. Enjoy our markets, the theaters, the beaches, and the people that live in this amazing piece of the world. That’s it for me, From Here.