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SACRED BLISS, DREAMS, AND SPHERE BEINGS

Today Honza and I celebrate the amorous fact that exactly 9 nine years ago we threw ourselves in each other’s arms, after an absence of almost 30 years. Romantic souls as we are, we’ve been honouring the 19th of each month as a special day, just for us.

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Needless to say that we soon figured out that we’re actually celebrating 108 months of marital bliss. The number 108 is a sacred number in many Eastern religions.  The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. And according to yogic tradition, there are 108 pithas, or sacred sites, throughout India. There are also 108 Upanishads, sacred texts, and 108 marma points, or sacred places of the body. I could fill an entire blog on the sacred meaning of the number 108, but I’ll leave that for another time. Maybe.

Here are a few images of our 1st summer together, where it all started.

A romantic lunch in Prague

A romantic lunch in Prague

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P1010242At Honza’s summer house in Horni Kalna, with mom visiting.

P1010715What we still do best: Drink wine and laugh!

A few weeks ago we moved from our emergency studio to a sweet condo just a couple of blocks from our restaurant. About the why and how you may read in my 4th book coming out the end of this summer.

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The very 1st night at our new home I had an extremely powerful dream.

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Honza and I had begun walking down a jungle path, similar to a trail at Pueblo Sacbe , heading towards a lake, when we realised that heavy rains had turned the track into a small river.  Then, out of nowhere, a jaguar appeared in front of us. Naturally, at first, I was scared of such a wild animal, until the creature set its eyes on me, and I was hypnotised with its gaze. Then this elegant wild cat turned around, forcing me to observe a ferocious wild river with a giant white serpent sliding through its waves. I didn’t see its head or tail, but this is what it looked like.

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Image of the feathered serpent, the Mayan deity Kukulkan or Quetzalcoatl.

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Any comments about the meaning of this particular dream are more than welcome.

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In previous blogs I’ve reported about the night that Honza was visited by hundreds of extra terrestrial Sphere Beings. If you’ve missed it, here is a video that gives a good impression how these Sphere Beings look like.

I’ve also written about another extra terrestrial race, one of the 5 races within the Sphere Being Alliance, who are called the Blue Avians.

Blue Avian, one of the races of the Sphere Being Alliance

Blue Avian, one of the races of the Sphere Being Alliance

Sphere Being Blue AvianNow recently I’ve come across an article where the ancient Egyptian falcon headed god called Horus, appeared blue. Only 5 years ago, when the Egyptians had restored the ceiling and had removed the layers of black soot at Denderah, it was discovered that Horus was actually blue.

Horus with a blue head.

Horus with a blue head.

Is there a connection?

Furthermore, the Sphere Beings are mostly seen with a blue hue. That’s exactly what Honza had reported. Those blue spheres are also used as transportation vehicles, a Merkaba.

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In that same article a connection is made  between Jesus Christ and the blue spheres. Is it a coincidence that Jesus Christ was portrayed with a blue sphere around him, the vehicle of ascension?

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Enough talk about Jesus, serpents and aliens.

It’s time to party!

This coming Tuesday, the 21st of June, on the summer solstice, we’re throwing a big dance party with our famous DJ Greco, to celebrate our 9 years (or 108 months) of marital bliss. We’re offering a generous Mexican buffet, free of charge of course. So, put on your dancing shoes, and we’ll see you around 5pm, cause we like our parties early.

 

 

El Jardin’s 1st Year Anniversary Invitation

Can you believe it?

This coming Wednesday March the 16th El Jardin is celebrating its 1st year anniversary!

Needless to say that we’re throwing a big party with a large free Mexican buffet and DJ Greco will join us for some dance tunes.

You know we like our parties early and you know where to find us.

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We’re happy to share with you that  El Jardin is doing well.

From Tripadvisor we have been receiving (almost) nothing but 5 star reviews. Here’s a nice one titled:

“A PERFECT ANTIDOTE TO FIFTH AVENUE”

Great food, charming hosts and an oasis in the busyness of downtown Playa del Carmen. El Jardin, located behind thick stone walls and amidst towering palms, a tricking stream and small gardens is an extraordinary treat. The food is fresh, delicious, well-portioned, but the real treat is the live music on Friday evenings. Paula, one of your hosts at El Jardin has a stunning voice and repertoire–ranging from blues, to Jazz to soft rock and sentimental favourites. She also mentors local singers and regularly features local divas and the occasional divo. A night to remember and repeat.

We also receive much clientele from the site www.everythingplayadelcarmen.com.

Seth, the owner of that site, is a big fan and recently he even taped a short video.

We were also featured in a video made for PlayaPalms Condos and this clip gives a nice impression of our Noche de Divas, and some of our food styles. Yes, when the video was taped it was cold, hence the turtleneck.

Another big event in the history of El Jardin was the recording of an episode of Chef Rick Bayless’ ‘One Plate at the Time’, one time winner of Top Chef. On a Friday morning a crew of 16 people entered El Jardin and set up their stage in the kitchen of our Funky House. At the end of the day we received a signed copy of one of Rick’s cookbooks and in return he received a copy of my yoga DVD.

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Guess what? He’s an avid yoga practitioner

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He has a great sense of humour too.

Here’s a 1.30 minute ‘behind the scenes’ video clip of that specific day. They’ve edited it in such a way that it appears I’ve completely ruined Chef Rick Bayless’ recordings with singing Edith Piaf in the background.

All in all it was a great experience, but the only thing that we were rather disappointed with was the fact that the production team never told us that they would be entering our property with a professional production team to film an episode of a very famous chef. They booked our airbnb ‘Funky House downtown Playa’ without mentioning what is was intended for. Both Honza and I have had experience in the film production business, and we both know that a contract is presented before hand, and not after the filming. We also know that the price for a location is slightly more than an economic airbnb. In short; we felt cheated. And no matter how famous you are, this is simply not done. Period.

 

Blue Avian, one of the 5 races of the Sphere Being Alliance

Blue Avian, one of the 5 races of the Sphere Being Alliance

Last but not least – and I’ve mentioned this before – I want to bring to your attention again that Honza was visited by hundreds of extra terrestrial sphere beings last year.

In one of my previous blogs I’ve posted a video that gives a good impression how these sphere beings look like. If you’ve missed it, here’s the video:

Within the Sphere Being Alliance there are 5 different races.  The actual sphere beings are one these races, and so are the Blue Avians, of which I have placed an image. The Sphere Being Alliance is playing a very important role in the current transition process of planet Earth moving from a ‘war zone’ into a free, thriving and peaceful planet.

If you’ve missed the documentary Thrive, here’s another chance.

The technology to heal every single person from any imaginary disease is at our fingertips. So is the technology to clean our water, our air and the earth crust. And so is the technology to free ourselves from the control of the petrol industry and subsequently the financial tyranny of which we have been slaves.

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So where is all this technology? As you may very well know, I’ve been studying these matters for many, many years. Countless books I’ve read, and Honza and I have been following certain scientist, journalists and bloggers  for many years. A little over a year ago we started reading about whistle-blowers who – with fear of their own lives – were reporting about Secret Space Programs; Colonies on the moon, Mars and other locations that had been operating since the ‘50s.

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The reason why these space programs were secret is because without this knowledge we could be controlled much easier.

Don’t you think you have a right to know where your taxpayer money went?

Don’t you think you have a right to know what kind of technology they have developed with your money?

Don’t you think you have a right to access to that technology, for which you paid?

Don’t you think it’s time to ask questions?

You know you’re too smart and too intelligent not to start asking questions.

Many of your questions will be answered in the following article, which gives an insightful overview of the history of this solar system, and the history of the Secret Space Programs, and which role you can play in the liberation of this planet. Here’s a link to that article. It takes about 2 hours to read.

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 Don’t you think it’s time to reclaim your freedom?

Remember… you are part of the solution.

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It’s time for full Disclosure!

 

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.

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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.

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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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LOVE, SPIRIT, AND SINGING DIVAS

Yes! We finally received our liquor license. And that event called for a party. Honza had calculated that on March 16 we were to celebrate the fact that we rekindled our love 7 years, 7 months, 7 weeks and 7 days ago. So, that’s the day we choose to officially celebrate the Grand Opening of El Jardin.

Happy but tired

Happy but tired

Inauguracion todos

Needless to say El Jardin was absolutely packed.

With a liquor license come a few goodies like a few nice umbrellas.

Full house

And a new Sol sign.

Sol sign

We have updated our logo with Comida YucaCheca, which is a combination of the traditional Yucatecan food from this región and a few touches from our famous Czech Honza, in Spanish a ‘checo’. Hence YucaCheca!

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And we have updated our flyer with our new openings hours and a daily menú for $80.- Pesos.

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So every morning I write the daily menú choices on the sandwich board.

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And place it outside in front of the bike rack we had made.

Outside

We’ve received many friends already at El Jardin, and it’s very promising to see that they all keep returning.

 

The owner of the property, Karen, honored us with a visit.

The owner of the property, Karen, honored us with a visit.

We’ve also met a few new friends and these 2 lovely ladies had a ball as you can see.

Deb & Pat

Doing what we’re good at… entertaining guests

Entertaining Guests

We’ve also received a professional photo shoot of the house and here are a few impressions.

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Here is a link to the rest of the photos posted on Airbnb

We’ve also worked on the área that we now call the Gallery, anex office space.

This what it looked like before

Gallery Before

This is how it looks now

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The work of the ‘Wedding at Cana’ is a massive oil painting by the late-Renaissance or Mannerist Italian painter Paolo Veronese. It is on display in the Musée du Louvre in Paris, where it is the largest painting in that museum’s collection. At El Jardin you can take a close look at this copy, where Jesus turned water into wine.

We only wished…

The last thing I want to share with you is that I’m finally able to make one of my (many) dreams come true and that is starting a choir. The Cuban soprano Mayret approached me after my performance at the 3rd anniversary of Le Lotus Rouge and asked me where she could sing classical repertoire. I answered: “At El Jardin with me!” We’ve started preparing a classical repertoire for weddings and special events at El Jardin, and she assists me  when I teach my students. Within a few weeks we had gathered a sweet group of girls, beautifully singing in harmony.

Tomorrow evening we’ll present our 1st concert, including 9 talented singers, an event we plan to offer once a month at El Jardin.

Noche de Divas

See you all tomorrow evening!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?

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

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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.

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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

Life after Amarte – What’s next?

Let me be blunt. Moving all your personal belongings in one single day and storing them in 3 different locations is not an easy thing. The details over why it was crucial to move everything in one single day I will divulge in my next book. And then, moving our tired selves to 3 different house sitting addresses over the next 3 weeks wasn’t effortless either, and that’s putting it mild.

But finally we’ve found a temporary sanctuary of peace and tranquility for two entire months. As dog lovers we were even more thrilled when we found out that this safe haven came with 2 gorgeous canines; a white King Poodle and a brown mix of some undetermined race. The owners of the house – old Playa friends – had recently renovated their home-to-be, but for the summer they had planned to spend some fun time their 2 young children in Canada, visiting family and summer camps, so for the both of us it was a win-win situation.

This is Jelly. She likes to pose, as you can see.

This is Jelly. She likes to pose, as you can see.

This is Ritva. As soon as I took the picture she tried to pose like Jelly.

This is Ritva. As soon as I took the picture she tried to pose like Jelly.

After one week the pressure pump broke down, so the faucets and showerheads produced nothing more than a few drops of water. Since the owner had insisted that we use his maintenance guy (and we are the kind of people who respect those wishes), we hopefully waited 3 weeks before we finally decided it was due time for our own Star Condos guy to buy $51 Pesos (some 4 dollars) worth of material and fix the problem temporarily.

Sure, we used the garden hose to wash ourselves, because it was connected to the street and had normal pressure. It actually made us feel as if we were vacationing on a camping site. A refreshing shower next to a banana tree while waving to your friendly Mexican neighbours, I think there are worse things in life.

Our temporary shower under the banana tree.

Our temporary shower under the banana tree.

We moved into this house on the famous day that went into the Mexican history as: “No era Penal.” If you don’t care about soccer, like us, you have no idea what that phrase stands for, but for some reason we had been caught by the World Cup fever this one year, so this is what it was about. http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/28082629

That morning we went dressed in orange pants and green shirts to watch the game. It was close to 11 o’clock in the morning.

Dressed for the Mexican Dutch soccer game. May the best win!

Dressed for the Mexican Dutch soccer game. May the best win!

Three minutes before the game started a police officer screwed of the plates of my Beetle that was parked perfectly in front of the Dirty Martini, but nevertheless along an illegal yellow curb and gave me a ticket. No matter how much I pleaded and proudly showed my green Mexican shirt, it was to no use. How could I expect anything else from a female cop? In fumes I drove home and changed my shirt to an orange one. Guess what? We won!

We Won! That will teach them to give me a ticket!

We Won! That will teach them to give me a ticket!

Party at Zenzi!

Party at Zenzi!

As an author I’m always looking for a good story, and when you see the humor in any given situation it gives enough juice for a funny twist on any chapter. Honza and I thought of a couple of funny before and after pictures.

Pool Before

Pool Before

Pool After

Pool After

The road to our house Before

The road to our home Before

The road to our home After

The road to our home After

So now, after one month of relative rest, it looks like we’re getting our life back on track.

We’re teaching the morning yoga classes at Palapa Suuk from Monday to Friday 10.30 to 11.30.

One of my old students telling me how happy she is that her favourite teacher is back.

Catching up with one of my old students.

We’ve been able to score ourselves a regular gig at La Cantina 38; every Tuesday I sing my favourite Mexican Boleros.

La Cantina 38

La Cantina 38

Singing Besame Mucho

Singing Besame Mucho

Honza filmed everything and I’m in the process of creating a video for my YouTube channel, but iMovie received an update, so this will take me some time.

AND… We’re preparing ourselves to open a restaurant!

Where…? What…? How…?

Next time!

HEALTHY BUT TASTY – PREPARING THE MENU FOR HACIENDA AMARTE

I’ve always said: “Never, ever in my life will I run a restaurant.” I grew up in one and I know what it takes; you are married to your restaurant. My father owned 3 successful restaurants, so I am quite familiar with the business.  I know what I’m talking about.

Restaurant Charcoal

Restaurant Charcoal

Restaurant Bajazzo

Restaurant Bajazzo

Playa peeps have gotten to know Honza’s cuisine over the past five years and often have said: “You should start your own restaurant.” Then we would look at each other and delicately smile, meaning: “No way!” Honza too has had his own bar/restaurant, and subsequently managed 5 grand café’s/restaurants/ bars with 118 employees, for nearly 20 years at the downtown hotspot of our hometown The Hague; The Grote Markt.

Grote Markt Den Haag

Grote Markt Den Haag

Well guess what? We’re opening a restaurant! Not because we have to, but because we want to with all our heart. Hacienda Amarte; the eco boutique hotel and holistic retreat center we are bringing to life includes a large restaurant that can easily hold 100 seats. Pfff!

Rehearsal with Professor Mary Grogan

Rehearsal with Professor Mary Grogan

Our vision is to create an haute cuisine menu with a Mexican-Mediterranean flavour, and the ingredients will all be fresh, local, and organic if available. Healthy but Tasty, is the slogan Honza came up with. Of course we’ll add a few of Honza’s famous specialties to the menu. ChecMex food! The idea is to produce a few products ourselves, like tomatoes and cilantro. We already have been using the fresh herbs from our garden for our menu.

The herbal garden behind the restaurant.

The herbal garden behind the restaurant.

Eventually we want to set up connections with local Mayan farms that will supply us with their fresh and organic products, like chickens and eggs, but also supplies of pork and beef. Just because we offer you organic ingredients and a variety of vegetarian dishes doesn’t mean that we won’t serve you a good pork roast. Let’s be clear about that!

One of the biggest gifts we have received from the owner of Hacienda Amarte – who we will call ‘El Arcitecto’ from now on  - is chef Mex, a simpatico Mayan man in his early thirties from a little village near Chichen Itza.  For many years he has worked with the French chef Guillaume of the restaurant ‘Pavo Real by the Sea’, also owned by ‘El Arcitecto’. Check it out, it’s pretty good.

Restaurant Pavo Real by the Sea

Restaurant Pavo Real by the Sea

Chef Mex has learned the trades of the ‘haute cuisine’ by years of experience. I like that. I may be entitled to call myself an environmental Engineer (got the diplomas), but all the other stuff I’ve learned by practice, just like our chef Mex. And then chef Mex called for an assistant. A bright Mayan boy called Canek from the colonial city of Valladolid joined our team. He is in his early twenties, and even had all the appropriate diplomas.

The colonial city Valladolid

The colonial city Valladolid

 Honza and I explained our visions; fresh and local produce, and organic when available. The chefs prepared a menu and we picked a few dishes we thought would offer a good presentation for the grand opening. On Wednesday we went to the weekly organic market in Puerto Morelos and got our supplies of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The organic market in Puerto Morelos

Chef Canek & Chef Mex

Markt

Choosing produce at the organic market in Puerto Morelos

 We consulted with the local fisherman coop. Then we crossed the highway and got the rest of our supplies in the other part of Puerto Morelos. Chicken and eggs and lomo.

Chicken 'recien matado'.

Chicken ‘recien matado’.

Ordering fresh lomo.

Ordering fresh lomo.

We have received the contacts of the ranchos that supply these little stores and we intend to visit these farms and verify if they are Amarte worthy, and we’ll keep you posted on the proceedings.

And then the yummy part started: tasting after tasting of exquisite food preparations. The presentation was an absolute art. This was so much more than we could have hoped for.

For the 1st tasting we had chosen the cucumber gazpacho with tomato compote, Hierba Buena sorbet and roasted almonds, followed by Grouper filet served on Hoja Santa, accompanied with Jasmine rise, spinach and a variety of local organic vegetables.

Cucumber Gazpacho

Cucumber Gazpacho

Fresh Grouper on Hoja Santa

Fresh Grouper on Hoja Santa

For the 2nd tasting we had chosen the melon soup with mint, and roasted chicken breast with rosemary potatoes and a variety of local organic vegetables. Let me tell you that Mary Grogan, who I lovingly have introduced as the Opera Diva the moment she entered the lobby of Hacienda Amarte, was very impressed.

Melon Soup with mint

Melon Soup with mint

Grilled Chicken Breast

Grilled Chicken Breast

For the next tasting we had chosen the Amarte salad and lomo filet with coffee sauce, and the crème brûlée.

Amarte Salad

Amarte Salad

Grilled Pork loin with mushroom potatoes

Grilled Pork loin with mushroom potatoes

Creme Brulee
Creme Brûlée

Then there were 2 more menu options left that we needed to try out for the grand opening menu, and that was the fish ceviche with mango and the Eggplant Gratin, our vegetarian option. We had no doubt whatsoever that these dishes would be just as tasty as all the previous ones and we were right.

Fish ceviche with mango and crispy bananas

Fish ceviche with mango and crispy bananas

Eggplant gratin

Eggplant gratin

I can tell you that everything we’ve tasted is far beyond we could ever have hoped for. We can write history with these 2 Mayan chefs!

Tomorrow is the grand opening of Hacienda Amarte. I don’t even know how I found the time to write this blog, but I needed to share this food porn with you. I gotta run. See you mañana!