Around Town

Around Town provides a daily recap from Marcia Blondin, Vallarta Mirror Editor. Blondin, a Canadian expat who has lived in Puerto Vallarta for over 30 years, spends her days extolling the virtues of the city she loves. She is an environmentalist in her lifestyle, artistic endeavors, the clothes she wears and the love she shares.

  • The Raicilla Flowed; Calm and Serene Vibe
    Congratulations to OPC (Oficina de Proyectos Culturales) on their 10th Anniversary. The Gallery was beautifully appointed – as it always is on an Opening Night. The raicilla flowed, commemorative artisanal bottles were on sale, and the rooftop garden was humming with dozens and dozens of artists and art lovers. A…
  • Gloria Fiona’s Burlesque: Gutsy and Fearless
    She wanted to do something different, so curtains were hung over the windows making La Catrina Cantina pretty much pitch black in the early evening. The sold-out crowd whooped, hollered, whistled, clapped and shouted as Gloria Fiona’s Burlesque brought the house down in a thunderous standing ovation. Gloria is gutsy…
  • Mexican Health Insurance and a Canadian Passport
    Yesterday was my annual visit to the offices of IMSS to pay for my Mexican health insurance. When I began the process more than 15 years ago, it took the entire day. An hour or two in one line for one thing, and the process repeated until I was paid…
  • Brunch at Langostinos and ‘Art Convention’
    I had a wonderful brunch yesterday with Chiara at Langostinos. Of course, I didn’t take photos of our food, but trust me – the vegetarian omelet (cheese and chile poblano) was superb, with fried potatoes and an abundant fresh fruit salad. FYI, it’s available until 1 pm only. Seeing Emilio…
  • Lunch at Coco’s and a Show at Act2PV
    Pride Week starts today – it’s going to be great! Pool parties, bar hopping, lectures, fashion shows, doggie walks, beach parties, and the best, most joyful parade ever. Selena Luna and I met at Coco’s Kitchen for lunch last week. We put on our “Waldorf and Statler” hats and discussed…
  • Bogie Roams
    What a day I had with Humphrey Bogart! He was so justifiably upset when I picked him up at noon. His litter box, food, and toys went into the taxi’s trunk, and he, in his carrier, rode with me in the back seat. He stopped crying immediately; maybe the motion…
  • Scrabble and Bingo Wins and Losses
    Scrabble and Bingo yesterday – some wins, some losses at both. The only thing I can concentrate on is my new kitty, Bogie, who I will pick up in three and a half hours. But who’s counting! I have one meeting this morning, then the rest of the day will…
  • My Adoption of Bogie
    It’s 7 am, and the day already looks spectacular. May and November are the best months in Vallarta – cool nights and mornings, hot days, and not a lot of humidity. Enjoy while you can! A million thanks to all of you who have extended condolences about the passing of…
  • An ‘Unauthorized’ and Delightful Evening
    Last night, a delightful evening was afforded all up the hill at Art Vallarta Theater. Singer Kevin Anthony showed off his comedic talents and put his voice to work as narrator with one solo and a duet with lovely Patriz. This “Unauthorized Christina Aguilera Story” was written and produced by…
  • Goodbye to Miri; Sade at The Palm
    It’s hard to write this morning. I spent Mother’s Day saying goodbye to my last kitty. Miri was 19 and failing and was ready – we were both ready, for her to join her two sisters, Diani, who lived less than a year, and Dulce, who was my darling for…

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