The Secret is Out

FoodSaturday, we went to the Mercadito Craft Fair at the Iglesia Todos Santos (All Saints Church). It was better than I expected with a combination of food vendors mixed with jewelry and other crafts. We bought a couple of food products from two different vendors and a bottle of IPA beer from a third.

Nordica Beer offers free delivery when ordering a 12-bottle case. We may follow-up on that deal before we leave. Their IPA was quite tasty.

As we were standing near the wall, watching the ground, we met Bernie Hemingway of Bernan’s Home Canned Foods. Bernie is an older US American who runs this business with his wife Nancy. We chatted for a hearty amount of time. He offered the name of his attorney here, which he and his wife have used extensively, if we ever need one for immigration.

Later in the evening, we had reservations for Joe’s Secret Garden. The menu for the evening was Joewhat you see in the picture to the right.

This was our first time without Mike and Howard joining us. Ron went out to socialize while I ran around the empty rooms to take some photos of the wall décor and the rooms.

Fortuitously, we ran into some people we met last week and they introduced us to others. Our seats Joe's Secret Gardenhappened to be with two couples, both from Toronto, who did not know each other. One couple came here on vacation and within three days, bought a house. The other couple is here on vacation for two months; this is their third trip, but have no intention of moving. They will be in Budapest later in the year at the end of a river cruise.

Joe's Secret Garden

The conversation was lively and interesting, so we had a great time. Aside from the salad, dinner was excellent. Anyone who wanted a second helping had a lucky night as they had extra portions. This was the first time we had Beef Wellington, so it was a treat, though we both agreed the pastry 20160213_180553did not add much to the dish. Unless it served to keep the meat moist, we missed the point of it.

Toward the end of the evening, the older Joe played the piano. Our table was right behind the piano forcing the conversation at our table to come to a halt.

Overall, it was a great day, but we did miss Howard and Mike.

After completing my Ed.D., the frustration of finding a teaching position where I was willing to live, led to Ron and I leaving the country. We intended to travel for a year before settling somewhere in MA or RI. We left the US without any credit card debt, no car payments and our house mortgage paid by renters. We had $10,000 in the bank to make our way through a year.