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PAULA & HONZA'S NEW YEARS WISH TO YOU

It’s been a few months since I wrote a blog. Why? There simply wasn’t alot to write about.

El Jardin survived the slowest months of the year. This period gave us the opportunity to add a few artistic details to our decor.

Before

Before

After

After

Close up

Close up

Other side of the bar

Other side of the bar

Kitchen with a selection of decorations

Kitchen with a selection of decorations

The decorations at the entrance you're familiar with.

The decorations at the entrance you’re familiar with.

Now with the addition of a sign and a menu of the entrance door.

Now with the addition of a sign and a menu of the entrance door.

Our new sign

Our big new outdoor sign

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Our new menus.

Our new breakfast menu

The rest of the menu.

And here are a few artistic mobiles created by the Dutch artist Anna Liz Spann.

Mobile created by the Dutch artist Anna Liz Spann

2 Mobiles hanging at the stage

This period also gave us the time to find the right people to strengthen our team.

Anna, Marce, Carlos and Emiliano in the background with his sister helping him out.

Anna, Marce, Carlos and Emiliano in the background with his sister helping him out.

Chef Emiliano is now assisted by Elvis, who is expecting his first daughter this coming January.

Emiliano & Oscar

Emiliano & Elvis

Our waitress Anna is now assisted by Oscar, a young yoga teacher who knows how to charm the ladies, and who blended  just perfectly in our family with his quirky sense of humor, and like Anna; an equally original sense of clothing.

Anna & Oscar

Anna & Oscar

Nevertheless, El Jardin’s ‘Noche de Divas’ has been an ongoing success throughout the low season. Divas have left our stage; new divas have appeared, and surprisingly talented I might say.

I always love to sing classical repertoire with the talented soprano Victoria Carpio

Daniel Villareal made his debut last Friday and we’re planning many more duets.

Feliz Navidad was a great song to get everybody in the Christmas mood. But so was Eartha Kitt’s famous ‘Santa Baby’. I feel sorry I don’t get to sing it until next year. Ni modo.

Then a blogger called Janicita posted a video and wrote the following about last Friday: “In Playa Del Carmen, while you can enjoy readily the sun, sea and sand, there is not much of an arts and culture scene in this beach town. But one night, what a surprise discovery of live jazz and cabaret in a magical garden! Janicita is proud to present to you the ‘Divas of El Jardin”, live every Friday evening from 7-9pm!”

The only thing that disturbed our peace was the arrival of our new neighbours. When we signed the lease we accepted the fact that during the winter months a retired Canadian couple would stall their motor in our patio. Canadians and a motorbike; what’s not to like? Except when that bike doesn’t have 2 wheels, but 5. And… when it comes with a Spiderman design. And…  when those 2 Canadians refuse to speak English, because they are from Quebec. We peacefully ignore and avoid each other.

Spiderman vehicle

Spiderman vehicle.

Spiderman in full glory.

Spiderman in full glory.

Pedal in the shape of spiderweb.

Pedal in the shape of spiderweb.

We're not sure of Jesus believes in Spiderman.

We’re not sure of Jesus believes in Spiderman.

Talking about Jesus, it’s the time of year where we celebrate Christmas with our loved ones. We hope you are all having a wonderful time during these festive days, filled with joy and laughter.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Making my husband beautiful

Applying the final touches.

You look so beautiful.

You look so beautiful.

Merry Christmas to you all.

Merry Christmas to you all.

Not only do we want to wish you Merry Christmas.

We also have a wish for you for the New Year:

BE HAPPY!!!

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And we have another wish for you for the New Year:

RECLAIM YOUR FREEDOM!

It’s time that you free yourselves from the shackles of this prison planet. It’s time for Disclosure. It’s time that you demand the truth from your governments. The truth about historical and ongoing visitations from highly intelligent extra terrestrial races. And the truth about extensive Secret Space Programs where every imaginable technology is available; technologies that can help us heal our planet and heal ourselves.

For many of you this all may sound strange (to put it mildly) but I have been studying this material for well over 20 years. The evidence out there on the Internet is overwhelming.

The website of David Wilcock, called www.divinecosmos.com, is an example of one that Honza and I have been following for a long time, and we’ve read all his books. He’s a brilliant researcher, lecturer and author, and the reincarnation of Edgar Cayce, the sleeping prophet.

Another website of interest is www.spherebeingalliance.com, where you can find more information on the Secret Space Programs and the Sphere Beings that have visited Honza earlier this year.

For people who are relatively new to all this matter there is an excellent video that takes you through the rabbit hole from the start in a visually very clear way.

This planet and humanity is going through a very difficult time. But realise that we are part of the solution. And the 1st step towards a peaceful world is knowing the truth. The truth about who you are, where you came from and why you are here. Give yourself some time to inform yourselves. Please.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

CHANGES, CHANGES AND MORE CHANGES

The biggest change in our lives was the visit of Honza’s 2 sons; Marnix aged 19 and Floris aged 17.

Marnix (right) & Floris (left)

Marnix (right) & Floris (left)

When Honza and I rekindled our love 8 years ago we had spent a wonderful summer in Prague and in Honza’s summer house, his chalupa, where I met his 2 sons.

Marnix (right) and Floris (left) aged 9 and 11.

Floris (left) and Marnix (right) aged 9 and 11.

Immediately they fell in love with my dog Guapo.

Immediately they fell in love with my Mexican dog Guapo.

Water biking on the Moldau with Guapo in the background

Water biking on the Moldau with Guapo in the background.

Enjoying lunch along in Prague along the Moldau. (check the light spot above Honza head)

Enjoying lunch  in Prague along the Moldau. (check the light spot above Honza’s head)

Father and Son.

Father and Son.

Father and Son.

Father and Son.

We got along pretty good.

We got along pretty good.

The following year we spent another beautiful summer in the Czech mountains.

Marnix (left) and Floris (right) 1 year later.

Floris (left) and Marnix (right) 1 year later.

Preparing the nightly bonfire in front of our chalupa.

Preparing the nightly bonfire in front of our chalupa.

Hours and hours we talked around the pile of flames.

Hours and hours we talked staring into the flames and towards the stars.

Resting on a bench at the village of Vrachlabi.

Resting on a bench at the village of Vrchlabi. (Marnix calling  his mom and Guapo came along again the 2nd year)

Father and Son.

Father and Son.

Father and Son.

Father and Son.

We always had so much fun!

We always had so much fun!

Honza & Paula happy.

Honza & Paula happy.

The Boys playing around.

The Boys happy.

This summer we simply picked  things up where we had left them, nearly 7 years ago.

At the family table of El Jardin.

At the family table of El Jardin.

We truly had a  wonderful time getting to know each other again.

At Isla Mujeres enjoying a beer in crystal clear Caribean waters.

At Isla Mujeres enjoying a beer in crystal clear Caribean waters.

Eating pizza at WahWah's after a long day at sea swimming with whalesharks.

At WahWah’s after a long day at sea swimming with whale sharks.

Seeing dad at work during a Noche de Divas at El Jardin.

At El Jardin seeing dad at work during a Noche de Divas.

And the kids got a little drunk (including Paula), but dad got us home safely.

At Rick’s birthday party at beach club Zenzi where the kids got a little drunk (including Paula) , but dad got us home safely.

In other words… we had a incredible time, and they’ll be back next year!

Good Times!

Good Times!

Better Times!

Better Times!

Another change was the decision of our Cuban soprano to choose a future that did not involve the family of El Jardin. A week after this photoshoot she decided not to return.

Getting in the mood to sing like Carmen.

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When this door closed, many new doors opened. Every week we offer more variety and more singers at the stage of El Jardin, and my dear old friend Ted Rhodes and newly discovered soprano Victoria Carpio perform with me every single week. We even offer an open mic after the 1st set and so far we’ve been surprised by a very lovely Argentinian soprano.

Ted Rhodes and in the background Victoria Carpio singing a duet.

Ted Rhodes and in the background Victoria Carpio singing a duet.

Magic.

Magic.

Proud of the singers on our stage.

Proud of the singers on our stage.

Singing.

Singing.

Performing.

Performing.

Another change involved our chef.

Chef, paula en Honza

We had appeared in another great food blog from Buy Playa.

Nevertheless, his uncontrolled alcohol consumption was affecting our business, so we had to let him go.

Within a week we had found another Mayan chef; young, talented and creative. His steady boyfriend of 3 years doesn’t drink, so chances are little we’ll encounter the same issues.

We also found the waitress we had been looking for all this time; a young woman with no experience, but a natural in this line of work. Together with our faithful Marce our team is complete to receive the high season.

Our new waitress Ana, with Marce in the background.

Our new waitress Ana, with Marce in the background. 

The last and maybe most important change is that we’ve found a new home. After 18 months moving from one noisy condo to another we’ve found a house in a quiet neighbourhood at the outskirts of Playa del Carmen.

Bamboo trees rustling in front of pur bedroom window.

I’m sure that, with a large private rooftop, we’ll do some star gazing and maybe… we’ll receive another visit from the Sphere Beings that Honza recently experienced. Hundreds of them. Here’s more information on this subject. 

Honza said they look a little bit like this:

Oh, and 1 more change: Honza will be celebrating his 65th birthday this coming Wednesday, August the 26th, at El Jardin.

Honza 65

No way! 65 Already?

Lots of yoga and lots of sex with Paula will do the trick…

Anyway, you know we like our parties early, so we’re starting at 4pm at El Jardin with our well known DJ Greco for some sweet dance tunes. Chef Emiliano will prepare a generous Mexican buffet, and the bar will serve all beers for $20,- Pesos, and all wine and tequila for $40.- Pesos.

Can’t miss it!

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HOW A CUBAN SOPRANO BECAME THE STAR OF EL JARDIN

Faithful followers of my blogs may have noticed that the month of April went without a written report on our adventures. The reason is simple: starting a restaurant is a challenging and time-consuming business.

So, what are the latest developments at El Jardin?

We’ve been receiving raving reviews in EverythingPlayaDelCarmen (http://everythingplayadelcarmen.com/el-jardin-restaurant)

And in The Playa Times (http://theplayatimes.com/2015/05/15/el-jardin-community-center-and-restaurant-paradise-found/

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And in The Foodies Guide to Playa del Carmen (http://theplayatimes.com/2015/05/15/el-jardin-community-center-and-restaurant-paradise-found/

In other words, we’re doing well and our guests are happy and keep coming back.

People are also coming back for the Noche de Divas. The 1st night was great fun and the place was packed.

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We even have a little recording singing Hit The Road Jack.

Instead of a monthly event we decided to turn it into a weekly concert with a more classical theme, allowing our Cuban soprano Mayret Rosa Alvarez to shine and sing her classical repertoire like Puccini’s ‘O mio Babinno Caro’. If you are not familiar with this world famous aria, here’s a taste.

And now I could explore the classical repertoire I had been studying for many years myself. One of those arias was turned into a duet, and now Mayret Rosa and I sing together. Here’s an impression of that song.

Many people have asked me how I’ve found this lovely and talented Cuban soprano. The truth is; she found me.

But let’s first go back in history, the time when Mayret Rosa was born on the 9th of November 1987 in a small town called Media Luna in the South West coastal region of Cuba.

Media Luna

Media Luna

Media Luna Bay

Media Luna Bay

Mayret began her musical career at the age of 7 when she started with guitar classes and eventually added piano classes as well.

Mayret at 3 years already showing her talent to entertain.

Mayret at 3 years already showing her talent to entertain.

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Singing Mayret

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Mayret's Cumple 15 with her parents.

Mayret with her parents.

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At the age of 18 she graduated from the Conservatorio de Musica Jose White with a degree in guitar.

It wasn’t until she had finished 3 years obligatory social services, where she worked as a teacher in musical history, that she started to study voice. After 5 years attending the ‘Instituto Superior de Artes’ in Holguin she graduated at the age of 26.

During those 5 years she first worked with ‘Ojare’, a group of musicians who presented traditional music of Cuba, then with the ‘Teatro Lyrico de Rodrigro Prats’ and eventually with a band called ‘Grupo Velas al Viento’, with whom she traveled to Playa del Carmen.

Then one night Mayret Rosa found herself at Le Lotus Rouge with her band, ready to play the keyboard after the performance of a lady she had never heard of before.

Natasha, the lovely and eccentric owner of the international restaurant and art school Le Lotus Rouge, had asked me to perform for the 3rd anniversary of her place, which fell on Valentine’s Day. I had prepared a beautiful romantic repertoire for her audience, and right after my show this little Cuban girl walks up to me and almost desperately asks, “Donde se puede cantar lyrico?” (Where can I sing classical). I smiled and answered, “Well, with me at El Jardin! But how do you know that I study classical voice?” She quickly replied, “I can hear from your singing technique.” The following week we met at El Jardin and talked about how we could study and work together. That’s when she told me about her personal living situation. The band with whom she had traveled to Playa had changed name and leader and from then on Mayret’s career went downhill. She got paid the equivalent of $60.- USD a month, no matter how many nights she played. She slept in a room with 2 men, not allowing her any privacy. But worst of all, they had taken her passport. You can all imagine my reaction when she told me all this, resulting in that Mayret opened her mouth demanding her passport back. The Cuban mafia, as Mayret called them, didn’t like a smart girl who starts talking and asking question, so she was basically kicked out.

Before we realised it she had found herself a small room and friends had already donated a table, 2 chairs and a few kitchen utensils. When I shared Mayret’s account with our audience they felt so touched by her story that more donations from our fans started pouring in: a bicycle, a refrigerator and even financial help. A week later she got married to a Mexican friend and her biggest fans were her witnesses. In other words; we kind of adopted her.

Since this wedding picture Mayret calls Honza a giant ET.

Since this wedding picture Mayret calls Honza a giant ET.

Admiring Mayret's wedding pictures.

Admiring Mayret’s wedding pictures.

Having & feeling home.

Having fun & feeling home.

For 2 months now we’ve offered the Noche de Divas to our Playa community and every week we receive a nice group of people who enjoy listening to opera, boleros, chanson and jazz. Some faithful fans never miss a concert.

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We even bought a long gown for Mayret, the standard dress size when singing classical, because all her long dresses are still in Cuba. Since I’m studying Habanera from Bizet’s opera Carmen, I thought that this red one was a good match with Mayret’s coral.

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We even sang Schubert’s Ave Maria as a duet on a special Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at El Jardin. That was a dream come true. Glowing after our performance…

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Mayret and I have also been pretty busy with our various voice students. Young girls, women my age, men in their sixties, we have students from all ages and all walks of life. We try to inspire and prepare them to join us on our stage.

Noche Paula

 

Noche Mayret

And soon a few of our voice students will join us on our stage, so stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IS EL JARDIN REALLY OPENING ITS DOORS?

It certainly looks like it, but let’s go back to where we left off and share with you what we’ve been up to.

Before we could throw a good party we needed to create a dance floor. We had found a few Mayan workers who copied Paula’s design and creatively finished this sun.

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Hours before the party started the tables and chairs that we had made by our carpenter were delivered.

5. Chairs delivered

Paula’s 50th birthday party was the biggest party we’ve thrown so far. It’s good to know that for future events we can easily host 100 people. Here are a few shots taken at the party.

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Here’s a link to more pictures.

With the birthday party our filmmaker Martin was able to shoot the last shot in order to finish the promotion video and here is the result. (The party starts at 2.10)

Needless to say that the day after we were finally able to rest and enjoy, and that’s what we did with quite a few mimosa’s, which we plan to offer at El Jardin.

8. Day After

But soon after we continued with the renovations of the kitchen.

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The old floor went out.

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A truck with construction materials was driven into our kitchen

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The new floor is in and a new part of the bar is constructed

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A new sink is being constructed

13. Cocinita

And there is our new ‘cocinita’.

Except renovating the kitchen we also had  a solid floor placed where there used to be gravel.

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And we had a waterfall with a little river constructed.

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Then it was time to go shopping for a stove and pots and pans.

14. Shopping

And before you know you have a fully equipped kitchen

15. Kitchen ready

Remember how we started?

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And this is what we have now.

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Now what’s a restaurant without a good chef? And where do you find one? As a true siren Paula had lured one in with her voice when she was practicing her Mexican boleros. Back in November last year chef Miguel stopped to listen to Paula’s songs and had asked if we needed a cook. Paula had answered, “Maybe in January we will need somebody.” Guess what? By the end of January he came back! But the best news is that Miguel turned out to be an excellent chef, more than we could have hoped for. Here we are checking out a new color ‘filipino’.

23. Miguel

We also found a truly lovely waitress. Karla had been our yoga student for a few weeks, and one morning we asked her if she was looking for work. Guess what? Not only was she looking for work, she also had some experience.

21. Karla

For a week we practiced with a breakfast menu, which we serve all day, and next week we’ll add a lunch menu.

1st lunch

Harold & Julie

So, El Jardin is really opening it’s doors from Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm for breakfast and lunch. What kind of food do we serve? Comida YucaCheca! What’s that? It’s the famous Yucateca kitchen from the peninsula Yucatan with a twist from our Czech chef Honza, hence YucaCheca.

So for breakfast you can expect typical plates like Enchilladas and Chilaquiles with all the sauces. Of course we serve organic coffee from Chiapas with organic milk, freshly squeezed orange juice and fresh coconut water. But we also have fresh fruit with organic granola or a variety of German breads with organic jam, and of course any style organic eggs.

For lunch we offer a typical Mayan plate called Tikinchic, which is fresh grouper served in a banana leaf.

24. Fish

Of course we serve a real Mexican chocolate mole made from scratch by our chef Miguel, and we have a vegetarian dish with eggplant, nuts and seeds.

Honza will take care of the daily menu, offering you a variety of his well-known dishes like the Czech goulash called ‘Segediner’, or his famous pork roast with red cabbage.

Unfortunately the liquor license is taking it’s Mexican time, and we keep hearing, “Mañana.”

We hope to welcome you soon at El Jardin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAULA'S 5Oth BIRTHDAY INVITATION

It’s no secret that 2014 has been a rather interesting year for us. We gave up our home and business to bring Amarte Maroma  back to life, only to be kicked out after 3 successful months.

Oh well, c’est la vie.

For the next 3 months we were homeless, our belongings stored at too many different locations and bodega’s, trying to make sense of it all. Finally, at the end of the summer we found a new home for ourselves and shortly after a new business opportunity presented itself: El Jardin.

The Universe works in mysterious ways. As you may remember, we had made a New Years wish; asking the Universe to help us find a bigger place and one a bit closer to the sea. The Universe gave us a little detour, because if it wasn’t for the experience in Amarte we never would have seen the value of El Jardin, and at this moment in our life that’s where we need to be.

Then sometimes these lyrics from Bob Marley pop into my head:

“Don’t worry about a thing.

Cause everything little thing gonna be alright.”

So what’s happening at El Jardin?

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We’ve moved the weekly local market to the Saturday afternoon, offering people an opportunity to do their local shopping in the weekend. And we moved the monthly Bazar to every 1st Sunday of the month. The atmosphere is always great, old and new friends meet and I sing a few songs. Here’s an impression of those afternoons.

Taking pictures with a tablet

Taking pictures with a tablet

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We’ve renovated the existing construction that held the pump, gas and water tanks that took up a lot of space, and moved the equipment up, creating an area for sinks and storage space. I know it looks scary when you suddenly find an enormous pile of construction material in the middle of your beautiful garden, so Honza was happy to only see the end result and that was shocking enough for him.

A big pile of construction material

A big pile of construction material

Starting to mount the walls

Starting to mount the walls

Last finishing touches.

Last finishing touches.

We’ve improved the stage even more and had the existing wood treated and the result is marvelous.

The existing wood removed for treatment.

The existing wood removed for treatment.

The treated tropical hardwood starting to be replaced.

The treated tropical hardwood starting to be replaced.

Don Jorge's son learning the trade from his father.

Don Jorge’s son learning the trade from his father.

The floor is finished and we are tired and dusty, but happy!

The floor is finished and we are tired and dusty, but happy!

The same talented carpenter created a beautiful addition to our existing table, so we could fit more than 10 people on our table.

The reason why we needed to expand the table is because we were booked for an event, and that is one of the core businesses of El Jardin. A group of 13 French people had booked the table for a sit down dinner to welcome the New Year. They were familiar with Honza’s cooking skills and my French repertoire, and they were not disappointed.

Our carpenter created a seamless addition.

Our carpenter created a seamless addition.

Paula singing to her French speaking guests.

Paula singing to her French speaking guests.

The only eventful situation that presented itself that night was a power outage in the neighborhood, but within a minute the lights went back on. Except in the house, which we have promoted as a vacation rental. Our guests would return to a dark house with no running water. The next morning I assessed the situation. Nothing a seasoned property manager couldn’t handle. Except when it’s the 1st of January. I was so tired from working 2 months straight getting our place ready for guests, and the previous day having worked from 7 in the morning till 2 at night, I just broke down in tears. Oh well, shit happens. We gave them back their money and they left with a smile.

Another event we hosted was the yearly Christmas dinner for our company Star Condos.

Instead of choosing a fancy restaurant Honza insisted on cooking for our Mexican family and they were thrilled, cause Honza’s typical cuisine is well known with our team.

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Honza's famous caserolas

Honza’s famous caserolas

And Paula sang a few Mexican Boleros.

And Paula sang a few Mexican Boleros.

The last event we hosted was one for the charity organization Good Intentions

They teach English to Mexican children and offer them possibilities to develop themselves creatively and spiritually by giving art and yoga classes. Of course Honza cooked up a storm for 50 children. Giving back to the community feels good. Here’s an impression of that afternoon.

On their way to El Jardin - community center.

On their way to El Jardin – community center.

Creating art, pictures and drawings.

Receiving instructions for the art class.

A beautiful drawing.

A beautiful drawing.

And another one.

And another one.

Yoga class.

Yoga class.

Honza ready to serve the buffet.

Honza ready to serve the buffet.

My fellow yoga teacher.

My fellow yoga teacher.

Soaked from a tropical shower.

Soaked from a tropical shower.

So what’s planned for the near future? Since we’re still in the process of obtaining our licenses to legally open our doors, we can’t tell you when we’ll be able to serve you your 1st glass of wine. But we can tell you that Wednesday the 21st of January we’ll open our doors to celebrate Paula’s 50th birthday. We’ll be using the formula that has always worked in the past: Honza cooks an enormous buffet and you bring your favorite beverage of choice. Of course you can count on our famous DJ Greco to heat up the dance floor. And you know we like to start early, like 4 in the afternoon.

I had an idea for a picture for my 50th birthday invitation, but so far I’ll share with you the one that our friend Gary Wendt created for me 10 years ago.

The famous original from 10 years ago.

The famous original from 10 years ago.

Sometimes Honza and I feel overwhelmed by the idea that we’re opening a restaurant, as we both know from experience what that entails. But then I think:

“Don’t worry about a thing.

Cause everything little thing gonna be alright.”

We're back in business.

We’re back in business.

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT PAULA AND HONZA’S NEW PLACE?

Flowers panorama

First of all, we have a new name with a new logo.

TARJETA

Second, this Sunday the 30th of November 2014 we’re hosting our 1st event. It’s a monthly Bazar, an alternative to the annual Andale Bazar, where you can rent a spot and sell old and new stuff. We’ve decided to introduce an extra Bazar on Sunday the 14th, giving people the opportunity to shop local for their Christmas presents.

El Jardín BAZAR(derecha)

Third, starting the 4th December we’ll be hosting the weekly eco-market. Every Thursday between 11 am and 1 pm you can buy local and organic products at our community center. As you can see the weekly markets have become a well-established tradition in Playa over a short period of time.

Shop Local

So, what else have we’ve been doing at El Jardin? Well, mostly cleaning, sorting out stuff, and taking care of the maintenance of the house. We needed to get ready for the high season. At times I felt like a construction worker, hauling and moving heavy stuff, my body achy and tired after a hard days work, but always with a big smile because there’s nothing more satisfying than shaping up your own business. The real fun part was redecorating the house, and some of you will recognize artwork and objects from Hacienda El Sol.  Here are some before and after pictures, so you get an idea what we’ve done so far.

Entrance before

Entrance before

Entrance now

Entrance now

Podium Before

Podium Before

Podium Now

Podium Now

Bridge Before

Bridge Before

Bridge Now

Bridge Now

House Before

House Before

House now

House now

We still need to apply a few finishing touches to the house and then we’re going to shoot a few professional pictures, cause those tablets and phones are limited.

Is this all we’re going to do in El Jardin? Of course not! We’re continuing with the ‘vivero’ or plant nursery that the owner has set up, and in time we will expand this activity with an organic vegetable and herb garden and subsequent workshops.

11. Vivero

And last but not least, we will soon open El Jardin as a place where you can enjoy your breakfast and lunch. You know our concept: fresh, local and organic when possible. In other words: Healthy but Tasty. We don’t have much of a kitchen yet, but this is a small start.

Kitchen

We’ve created a Facebook page for EL Jardin – Community Center with more up to date pictures.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Jardin-community-center/1569165733319404.

We’re really happy in our new place, and we know you will too when you come and visit us.

Happy Couple