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  1. Yesterday we received, from our bank, on a wire transfer, an exchange rate of 23.75 pesos to the USD. Do the math and be thankful and realistic about where you are: 80 pesos = $3.36USD; 60 pesos = $2.52; 180 pesos = 7.57USD; and so on and on and on: 129 pesos = $5.43US A Big Mac meal average price in the U.S. is $5.99 plus the relevant state tax. Sometimes (or often) long timers here have, over time, completely lost their sense of reality.
  2. The point is....SO FAR, NO BINDING DECISION HAS BEEN MADE as it relates to enforcement of restaurant closings. However, it might happen and might OFFICIALLY BE ANNOUNCED!
  3. We drove by El Fogon de Charlotte at exactly 6:30p.m. Wednesday evening and it was definitely open but not all that many people present. My wife commented on how few people were there as lately they've usually been pretty busy, at least on the exterior patio.
  4. Why on earth would anyone go to a restaurant now? It's understandable though if they don't have a t.v., computer or family! Yes, you could say that it's necessary to patronize the establishments to keep them open but.......if you're dead it won't matter. My local insurance agent informed me that the only testing facility for the virus currently is at the Puerto de Hierro Hospital in Guadalajara and the cost is $5,000.00MN. Information changes daily so that might now be out of date. A local lab has indicated that they will soon (maybe) have the tests and the cost will be in the order of $4,500.00MN. Expats will not be given "free" tests anywhere. The majority of hospitals in Mexico will insist on payment for services "up front" and you will be expected to deal with your insurance yourself! My doctor, a well known and respected medical practitioner in Guadalajara told me this past week that Mexico is unbelievably ill-prepared for what might occur and sadly the 1000's of migrants sitting south of the Mexican/U.S. border will be the first to die. Good hearted Americans who have been crossing the border daily to help the migrants (example: Southern California to Tijuana) could easily have no symptoms but could be carrying the virus. Soon, nobody will care! So, be as careful as you can.
  5. There's coffee and there's coffee! What coffee do you drink at home? Is it just everyday black stuff or is it a worthwhile coffee that costs a few bucks. Twenty three years ago when we first came to Mexico, I would freely estimate that 90% of the coffee being served in restaurants was instant. (There were no specialty coffee places except perhaps in D.F.) Be realistic, a worthy cup of coffee today at 35 pesos (if that's true, but according to other posts you're wrong!) with refills is only $1.59USD. And, can you get a refill at Starbucks? Of course not...you'd be laughed out of the store. And, at Starbucks, to get your coffee you're going to have to actually walk up to a counter and order and then wait and stand in line where you run the risk of inhaling the fart from the guy in front of you. Sounds like you just like to gripe! I feel sorry for your wife! Here's a possible solution: Go into El Torito, buy a jar of Nescafé and then go into Scallions and order some hot water.
  6. Speak to the manager as that doesn't even sound plausible!
  7. Peter, if you have the burger, be prepared for a "big" lunch......and you won't want or need dinner.
  8. The posts yesterday that drew attention to both Casa Fuerte in Tlaquepaque and Pancho's in Riberas addressed how great Casa Fuerte is and always has been in virtually every category that one would want in a great restaurant and how terribly inconsistent Pancho's Deli in Riberas del Pilar, Chapala has been since the day it opened. Casa Fuerte excels while Pancho's generally disgusts. However, closer to home we have Scallions which is located in Plaza Bugambilias next door to El Torito. The restaurant, for those who don't know, is the totally renovated space previously occupied by the cafeteria style restaurant, of many years known as Salvatores. Salvatores was a breakfast/luncheon establishment serving simple fare at low prices. Nothing extraordinary. Scallions however is a very welcome addition to the restaurant scene at Lakeside. Much improved facility. Uncrowded layout, great washrooms, exceptional well designed kitchen, knowledgeable bar staff, friendly experienced wait staff, wide ranging aggressive menu that most restaurants would never dare attempt but...Scallions does it well. Excellent value and some of the best food, consistently, that's available at Lakeside. Erik Sanchez the owner manager is originally from Ajijic and returned here with his Italian wife after having been many years away from Mexico. Unfortunately his brother who also returned to Ajijic and was intended to be the primary force behind the restaurant, died just weeks before the scheduled opening. That caused some early hiccups for sure! Test: Try it for breakfast but ask to read a menu for later in the day. I should mention to those in the community who so frequently talk about searching out the best burger. There has never been a burger offered at Lakeside that even remotely compares to Scallions! Nuff said perhaps but we have too many restaurants in the Lakeside communities. Many are doomed from the day they open. When a good one comes along we should do everything to support and encourage them!
  9. As a result of the glowing opening post, we made a reservation for last night and were pleasantly surprised when we arrived. This, obviously, fairly new restaurant is very attractive with a small interior dining room but a significantly larger covered terrace adjoining. When we arrived at 7 we were the only clients. In the next 20 minutes the exterior room where we were seated became increasingly populated with Mexican families. The menu indicates that the majority of offerings as being Italian but....... the pizza we ordered looked wonderful just like their website pictures we'd seen prior to calling for the reservation, the pizza we received, while looking great, simply wasn't remotely close to a "real pizza". The pizza crust tasted mostly of flour and was more like a biscuit than pizza dough. Not pleasant and definitely not Italian. The three of us had planned on sampling the pizza and then ordering our "mains" afterwards. However, the very disappointing pizza made us cautious of what else we might find to be disappointing so we politely asked for our bill, left a normal gratuity and left. However, very pleasant young staff, low prices, meticulously clean establishment......but the location might be a little difficult to find for many of the expat crowd who aren't familiar with Chapala but.....we really wouldn't return. The other diners, all Mexican, appeared to be quite happy with what they were eating so maybe it's just that they've become, over time, accustomed to the Mexican version of Italian. We have not!
  10. MARIO'S, on Ramon Corona in San Antonio Tlayacapan, which is, just like Ajijic, a suburb of the City of Chapala, is a truly Mexican restaurant. It has a multi-year history, managed by a very capable Mexican family. The bonus: Excellent food; excellent service and excellent prices in a clean, well run and well respected local eatery. It would be very difficult to find another Mexican restaurant, as good, anywhere else locally!
  11. Any comments? Good, Bad or Indifferent? Frequently looks crowded despite the noisy location.
  12. Carnivore


    Where is Niisa's?
  13. My wife and I ate there the other night (taco special Wednesday - 3 for $95 pesos). I didn't want to be totally unfair, hence my opening post, but each of the two responses to the post support my own conclusion - which was totally supported by my wife who simply said: "Please let's not waste another evening out.....this restaurant isn't a restaurant and was totally ridiculous!" Overpriced tacos. Cold tortillas and only warm innards with totally insufficient sauces and the expected "dressings" that one expects in Mexico. Worst tacos we've experienced in our many years in Ajijic. Almost no customers and the slowest service in town. (Almost 1/2 hour waiting for our tacos). No management present. Wine: $60 pesos for a 4 or 5 ounce glass of Italian Merlot that's almost always available at Costco for $60 pesos a bottle. $30 pesos for what was to have been lemonada but it simply consisted of mineral water and ice cubes in a totally unsuitable 8 ounce highball glass with a thin slice of lime. Conclusion: Must be seeking the Guadalajara crowd on the weekends.....hence the totally Spanish website. Would never return under any circumstance. Almost any of the taco stands that operate in Ajijic in the evenings offer far better tacos at half the price! (Tacos on a scale of 1 to 10.........maybe a 2!) If this restaurant survives it will require a miracle! Note: I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that the younger of the two floor service staff present definitely tried hard.....but the kitchen and the lack of assistance from the older of the two (who might have been the manager) worked against his efforts! (At one point, when I went to the washroom, I noticed that a woman who, from her dress, appeared to be from the kitchen was on her cell phone in the parking lot behind the restaurant.) With the obvious lack of staff she might have been the only kitchen employee........ hence the ridiculous delay in delivery of our food.
  14. Located next to El Barco. Any reports good, bad or indifferent. Operated by the owners of Gosha's. Website entirely in Spanish which is somewhat curious?
  15. https://www.chapala.com/lake-chapala-towns/san-antonio-tlayacapan
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