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  1. They are using Traitte to deliver.  LOVE that service!  Great on your phone. It shows all the places they deliver in your area. You select Garlic Brothers and get to see their whole menu, make your selection with a running total on the side. You can even choose to pay with credit card (if you choose that option they bring out the credit card scanner with your delivery)  So easy. Fast and super professional  https://www.traitte.mx

  2. On 8/31/2018 at 10:14 AM, luvsdawgs said:

    Not wanting to hijack this, however do wish to relate a similar experience. On Tuesday I called Viva Mexico and requested a reservation for four at 6 O:Clock Thursday,  The person I spoke with had perfect English. When we arrived last night we found closed doors. They are closed on Thursdays are always closed on Thursday, yet the man took my reservation and repeated it back to me and it was correct. So reservations don't always count for anything. We drove all the way out there for nothing and it will be a long, long time before I go there again.

    I have heard a lot of people say (for one reason or another) they will never go back to a particular restaurant ever. You are going to run out of dining options very soon. Shit happens and my rule is everyone one gets 3 chances. 3 Strikes and you are OUT .... for a month or so  LOL   Welcome to life in Mexico

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  3. Ajijic is getting more sophisticated. Look forward to seeing the finished product. Just like the new Argentinian restaurant on Colon is a wake up call for Tango; this one might be a problem to nearby Alex's Pasta Bar. Hopefully there is enough business for the old timers as well as the newbies. Restaurant scene lakeside is evolving

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  4. 18 hours ago, Xena said:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Ssssssh. No matter what you talk about never, ever mention the dreaded DIR (Dogs In Restaurants) or you doom the thread. It may already be too late.

    Xena Did I just step in a pile of pet poop? I know people lakeside LOVE their dogs and most are well behaved. But seriously even if you view them as your fur babies, I do not want to go to a nice restaurant with a baby at the next table (2 legged OR 4 legged).

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  5. The housing market is based on supply and demand. Last year there was a big increase in demand and prices soared. Houses that had been on the market for a few years sold overnight and bidding wars became common. This last year in response there has been a lot of new building and I think a lot of people will be surprised when their houses will not sell for what they might have a year ago.

    Like all real estate it is about location. In villages like Ajijic and San Juan Cosala there is not a huge number of houses in the village and you pay a premium for them because of that. The increased real estate market also has meant increased traffic and that has resulted in a shift of desirability away from the growing west end to Riberas and Chapala where you do not have to wait thru the bottleneck of traffic in Ajijic.

    Gringa gals advice to rent is a good one because part of living lakeside is the discovery that what you think you want to own might shift as the daily reality of life here sinks in. The problem is now to find a rental. The rental market has shrunk as people have sold their rental properties because of the increased property value and a chance to make a good profit. Many homes were being offered for rent in the past just because that particular house had NOT sold. That has now changed.

    A home is a very personal thing. Some people think they want to live in the village but the noise and inconvenience during fiestas can change that. Some people think they want a gated community but the reality of lack of privacy and being isolated from the Mexican experience might shift that too. Some people think they want a small house with no yard to maintain but discover that this is a community where almost everyone entertains and a large garden is a pleasant oasis that is much easier to maintain than it is up north because of inexpensive gardeners. Come and visit, rent, make friends and figure out over time what it is you really want to own. If you can not do that then buy something with an eye to rent-ability or resale. Mexico is not for everyone and if lakeside living is not what you thought it would be, you need to have an exit strategy.

    The demographic is also changing lakeside. Tapitios (People from Guadalajara) have traditionally had second homes on the lake, the latest trend is to have their principle home here and more and more are wanting to escape the city and commute from the lake. That is driving up prices and desirability in Chapala and San Juan Cosala and Jocotopec (as they are easier to get into the city than Ajijic).

    This last year after a decade of renting we decided it was smart to own and while we had very strong ideas about what we wanted, found that the boat had sailed for us in Ajijic and prices were inflated and not condusive to resale in the future. It was a similar situation in San Juan Cosala where prices are now almost as high as Ajijic. We eventually bought in Chapala but even with us living here and knowing the area it took us about 3 months of looking at a LOT of properties to find the one we love.

    My advice is make a list of what you want in your house, prioritize that list. Get yourself a GOOD real estate agent who will understand what you are looking for. One who can take you around and show you neighborhoods. One who as they show you properties understands what you are looking for and can be your eyes and ears while you are up north. My personal recommendation is Michaela Sirbu of Lake Chapala Real Estate https://choosechapala.com/agent/michaela-sirbu/

    Hope this has helped

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  6. I want to keep this positive. Had a horrific experience with a dentist in Ajijic that resulted in a major infection and 8 weeks of pain, antibiotics. I V s, hospitalization and surgery to drain 3 infected abscesses . It was not major dental work that was done; it was a routine replacement of two old fillings. Please do your homework, get recommendations and be proactive in asking questions when what your dentist is doing does not seem right to you. Most dentist in the US now require you to be on an antibiotic 24 hours before even a cleaning. Not a bad idea I think. After over $40,000 pesos of medical attention we then had to have the original work redone because she covered an infection inside a tooth with a filing, resulting in the need for a root canal. Please be careful. I highly recommend Dr Jose Moreles at Dental Bright. Professional, dedicated, conscientious. One of the few dentists who talk to you before working on you, asks important questions, takes x-rays and digital imagery before work. Pain free. Actually knows how to give an injection. Two injections with him vs 9 at the previous dentist (do some "water down" the Novocaine? I don't know). He brings in a specialist from Guadalajara to do root canals who was AMAZING.

  7. 36 minutes ago, tomgates said:

    4 of us dined there on Monday. Really nice experience for all of us. Cowboy rib-eye for me and the prime rib-eye shared by 2 in our party. Mine cooked properly and the prime was too rare so sent back for more time on the grill, then perfect. Creamed spinach and fries rounded out the meal. My wife had the small salad and was perfect. Grilled onions and peppers accompanied the steaks. Nice chimmichuri and salsa came with the assorted rolls. Bottle of LA Cetto Cabernet for $260, a bit more than double retail price. Some higher end items too. They made a good gin martini. 

    Some t-shirt and shorts clad gringos with a dog on leash detracted somewhat from the elegant surroundings. They went to the garden area out back. 

    I love dogs but do not enjoy them in Restaurants. In my opinion it speaks to being inconsiderate of others. Casual cafe dining maybe.... Take you doggy for a walk and stop for a coffee and a salad   ok .... but in a restaurant like this that is obviously not just a casual drop in someone made a conscious decision that imposing their pet on people they do not know is ok...... As to t-shirt and shorts you just have to resign yourself that most gringos don't dress and Tapatios many times look at us askance and perhaps with pity  LOL

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  8. Nice to see an upscale restaurant Lakeside. I think it is a sign of the evolution of the community that they are not marketing to expat retirees. Lake side is rapidly becoming a bedroom community to Guadalajara. It is faster to drive in from the lake than drive across the city. With better air quality, climate and schools we will be seeing more restaurants and coffee shops as well as housing marketed to upscale Tapatios. The new condo tower in SJC and the mixed use development next to Walmart are examples of this. Times are changing folks. The good news is we have restaurants for every budget and taste. It will be interesting if Tango (who have a big tapatio clientele on the weekend) suffers as word spreads of this more upscale option. Time will tell if they are ahead of the curve and there is enough of a market yet.

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  9. re price and the food he posted this on the restaurants facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LaTerrazaAjijic/


    When I decided to come out of retirement and open another restaurant lakeside my first thought was what kind of restaurant it was going to be. Ironically there are very few Mexican Restaurants in the Lake Chapala area and even fewer Mexican Restaurants that offer fine dining. I was immediately drawn to this very obvious void in dining options. But I did not want to just do Traditional Mexican Food. I wanted to be enlivened and excited! I wanted to be challenged.

    I have been following one of the HOTTEST food trends in both Mexico and the United States for some time. Mexican Modern gives traditional Mexican Food a Twist and a Modern Take on Old Favorites. It embraces the trend California Cuisine began in the 1970's of using seasonally fresh ingredients and "lightening the tone". So...just as an example if mango's are in season..... maybe instead of a typical pico de gallo salsa... you serve a mango salsa. It also embraces the idea of blurring the lines and combining cultures together. As a lunch time special....instead of an old US standard like Sloppy Joes ....you kick it up and make a Sloppy Jose with a bit of a Mexican flavor to it.

    It is the concept of coloring outside the lines and blending cultures and ingredients and flavors that are not traditionally associated with traditional dishes.

    Mexico City and Guadalajara have some outstanding restaurants which are embracing this trend but their price points I thought were a little high for regular dining in a retirement community like Ajijic.

    The challenge if i was going to go for this was to offer upscale dining, innovative cuisine and still keep it affordable. I think I have succeeded.

    I have taken my French Cooking Background. I have mixed it with my 40 odd years in Mexico ... I have added the unique connections I have developed in the Greater Guadalajara area for the best purveyors of seafood and meat and fruits and vegetables... adding some creativity and wrapped it all in a casually elegant package with linen napkins, glassware ... a full bar ... and friendly attentive servers.

    I hope the LOGO says it all


    Bobby's Terrace facebook cover v3.jpg

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