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  1. Hmm, the local place that immediately comes to my mind is St. Rémy du Lac -- though La Mision Restaurante and Armando's Hideaway might also offer what you are seeking. However, if I were in your shoes, I'd take my bride of 50 years to one of the several top-end restaurants in Guadalajara. You can hire a driver for the evening to take you there and back, or better yet, stay the night in a fancy hotel. After all, you did say cost was no object . Congrats.
  2. I completely concur with your assessment, Bisbee Gal, and it is unlikely that I will return. On the other hand, I do wish the proprietor well, as he is clearly earnest, the food is at least fresh tasting, the serving portions are generous, and the meal prices are more than reasonable. If his gringo-ized recipes find favor with the local customer base -- and it seems that they have -- I say welcome to the restaurant scene and more power to him.
  3. If I could turn back time . . . I would have stuck with studying/learning Spanish at an earlier age.
  4. My experience was pretty much the same as bournemouth's when I withdrew pesos from the HSBC ATM two days ago.
  5. Well, I'll be flying to the U.S. tomorrow with my laptop in tow. It shall be interesting to discover what sort of additional security hassle I might encounter as a result. I'll update this thread if it is anything out of the ordinary. In the article linked by the OP, I did not see any specific mention that carry-on laptops were being "banned" on flights to the U.S. from Mexico. I believe the title of this thread may be a bit misleading.
  6. Having tried the restaurant last night based on jrod's initial writeup and endorsement, I fully concur with his comments. My dining companion and I both ordered the duck dishes -- she the duck fillet and I the duck breast. Cooked rare at the server's suggestion, these were some of the most succulent pieces of protein I've ever tasted -- way more flavorful than any steak dish I've enjoyed in the area. While the bill for our shared appetizer and dinner salad, 2 main duck courses, a shared dessert, a bottle of wine, and sparkling water came to a somewhat-whopping 860 pesos, exclusive of tip, I'd say the value was there based on the overall quality of food and dining experience. The place stays open until 10 pm. Make sure you bring cash, as credit cards are not currently accepted. Tel: 3335706084
  7. BP Launches Global Entry Enrollment on Arrival at 5 International Airports Release Date: July 7, 2017 Program launches at airports in Houston, Austin, San Francisco and Vancouver WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection launched Enrollment on Arrival at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) for conditionally-approved Global Entry applicants to complete their interview, the final step of the Global Entry enrollment process, while clearing CBP processing. The program will shorten enrollment wait times for travelers at some of the busiest enrollment areas and will expand to additional airports in the coming months. “Global Entry continues to be one of CBP’s most successful and popular programs with application volume steadily increasing over the past several years,” said Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. “With Enrollment on Arrival, we are adapting and innovating our process to meet the program’s demands by providing flexibility and additional options for travelers who need to complete their Global Entry interview.” Once a traveler is conditionally-approved, instead of scheduling an interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center, the traveler can complete the enrollment interview during CBP primary inspection at a participating airport. Upon arrival, travelers will be directed to a primary booth designated specifically for Enrollment on Arrival. A CBP officer will conduct both the primary processing and Global Entry interview and collect the traveler’s biometrics to complete the enrollment. The traveler will then be cleared for entry into the United States and will be a Global Entry member.
  8. Go with Global Entry, as it also allows access to the TSA Pre Check lines. I have absolutely no regrets parting with the USD 100 for this service. To me, if you hate lines and travel in/out of the US regularly, it is totally well worth it.
  9. Great review, jrod! It definitely inspires me to give the place a try next week. Thanks for sharing.
  10. I greatly appreciate all of the responses. Concerning the advice to select the hospital of the Lakeside-attending physician’s referral, I think this is logical IF you have a "trusted" physician making the referral. However, based on an experience I had with a recommended local physician last summer, I must admit I am no longer so trusting. It’s a long story, but in a nutshell, acting on the Lakeside physician’s referral upon seeing her about some painful breathing episodes, I found myself unnecessarily (in my opinion) admitted to Hospital San Javier and racking up USD 2,000 in questionable charges that my health insurance company has so far balked at reimbursing me. I simply want to be better prepared for my stay this summer by knowing and working within my insurance plan’s network of affiliated hospitals in the highly unlikely event of my encountering some sort of medical emergency. Again, many thanks for everyone's input.
  11. My U.S. health insurance provider has arrangements with the following Guadalajara Hospitals for covered, inpatient medical care: -- Hospital Bernardette -- Hospital Mexico Americano -- Hospital Santa Maria Chapalita -- Hospital Terranova, S.A. In the highly unlikely event I may require hospitalization for a medical emergency while residing in Ajijic this summer, I'm thinking I probably should know in advance which of these hospitals I would choose. Unfortunately, I haven't a clue. For anyone with insights into these hospitals, I greatly would welcome your thoughts as to which one of these four facilities is best equipped to handle emergencies and provide top-notch medical care. Conversely, I'm wondering if there are any hospitals on this list that should best be avoided? Many thanks.
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