Que Pasa in Cabo?

May 14, 2018 Edition
BY: DAVID FLORES

No olvidar! This May 19 and 20, the 7th annual Gastrovino Baja Wine and Food festival will take place in the quaint town of Todos Santos, just 45 minutes north of Cabo on the road to La Paz.

The festival will benefit the Padrino Childrens Foundation and the festivities open with a blind wine tasting on Saturday May 19 from noon to 1:00 pm. Cost: 530 pesos, or about $30 bucks. Yikes! For one hour of wine? They better pour fast. We can drink fast. We need to work this as a team.

This will be followed by a GastroTour around town starting at 6:00 pm. The tour will take you to 10 local restaurants, where you will be treated to a different food and wine tasting at each place. Cost: 530 pesos, or about $30 bucks. 10 glasses of wine for the same price? Good deal.

The main event takes place at the town’s square, in front of the church on Sunday, May 20 from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. There will be food stands from 25 different restaurants and wines from 16 Baja wineries.

This event will also feature live music, dance, art exhibit, special prices on wines, and a silent art auction. Tickets go for about 40 bucks and include 5 wine and food tastings from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

This is an event not to be missed, trust us. Tickets are available at the Tecolote bookstore, La Gitana Galeria in Todos Santos, Galeria Pez Gordo in Palmilla San Jose, Café 12:40 in La Paz and the Wine Market in Cabo San Lucas. More information: www.festivalgastrovino.com

See you there! Well, if you go, you will see me there.

Surf’s up! Los Cabos Open of Surf is coming back to our shores, this time washing up on the beach at Costa Azul, in front of the Soleado development. This is a professional surf and music event since in 2013.

Soleado Beach & Spa Resort is the host where all the surfers can enjoy Soleados´ areas to relax like the pool and juice bar. Also the local people can lounge at the beach to enjoy great hits of surf and to watch the action. 

Date: 11 - 17 June

Los Cabos Open Party at El Merkado: June 15 (tickets now on sale)

Hits starts at: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Finals 8:00 - 2:00

How are we doing? Crime wise? Quite well, actually, From March 1 to 31, 2018, 133 reports of vehicle theft were reported, petty theft against businesses was down 23%, even though that was 191% higher than the national average. Well, maybe we aren’t doing so well. There were 198 injuries due to domestic violence, 1% more than last year. That’s never going to go down, because the police won’t do anything about it when they are called.

There were 24 cases of homicides during March, a 50% decrease compared to the same period of 2017, remaining 5% below the national average. That’s due to our sailors, as the Navy has taken over our security. Atta boys!

Regarding the issue of extortion, there were 10 reported, 3% above the national average, although at the local level this figure has dropped by 54% compared to the same period last year .

Meanwhile, in the narco world there were 44 incidents, which represent a decrease of 58%, compared to 2017, 16% below the national average.

Finally, in the case of home burglaries, there were 172 capers, a decrease of 12%, 11% below the national average, the report said.

Well, it’s nice, but….According to the Daily Express in the United Kingdom, the Rooftop at the Cape, a Thompson Hotel just out of Cabo San Lucas, is among the top ten rooftop bars in the world. We are listed among rooftop bars that are in Thailand, France, Chile, and Spain.

Their reporting reads “The bar is Cabo San Lucas’ only rooftop bar, yet with such a beautiful view overlooking the ocean it is hard to see why more bars haven’t opted for such luxury. The al fresco sky garden hosts sweeping views down towards Cabo San Lucas and El Arco.”

Whoever wrote the report clearly missed the rooftop bar at the El Ganzo hotel in Puerto Los Cabos and The roof bar in the Cabo marina, upstairs over La Casa Country restaurant.

The Asians are coming! Victor Carbajal, the director of economoc promotion for Los Cabos, dropped by the Embassy of Indonesia in Mexico City, and came back with good news.

Carbajal was invited by Indonesia’s ambassador to Mexico, and was also welcomed by the ambassadors from Thailand, The Philippines and Malaysia.

The idea is to hold the first Asian Cultural and Gastronomy Festival in Los Cabos this year, and share with us their countries’ culture. Carbajal is currently in talks with the Los Cabos Hotel Ass. and the Los Cabos Tourism fund to get support and get it going. Hmmmm…..”support” sounds like “dinero”.

Auberge possibly not Auberge. Or so they say. After a US doctor was assaulted in her room at the Auberge resort, management would do nothing, not call the police and not fire the freak. So she sued them in the United States.

But California-based Auberge Resort, despite claims on its website and marketing materials, doesn’t actually own or operate the ritzy titsy Esperanza on the fourlane just outside of Cabo.

The hotel, which has hosted President Obama, Hillary Clinton and Jay-Z, has been using third-party companies to perform the basic functions of vetting, hiring and training employees, her lawyer alleges. Now her suit for justice includes fraud, misrepresentation, and false advertising.

“Auberge intentionally deceives the public, outsourcing to a series of foreign entities, so it can disclaim any responsibility when a guest is harmed at one of its hotels,” according to the complaint filed in state court in Marin County, California.

Auberge says in press releases and on its Web site that it “owns and operates a portfolio of exceptional hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs.” But in reality, the Esperanza is owned and operated by other companies and Auberge merely provides its hotels with “compliance and branding standards” but does nothing to ensure that its hotels are in compliance, according to the complaint. Auberge declined to comment for this story.

Stand by for road changes. The recent accident involving a couple of drunk foreigners who clobbered their vehicle into four other cars has prompted authorities to do something. The dangerous area is the overlook at the vista point in Costa Azul, at the entrance to San Jose.

It’s dangerous because it is a badly designed curve, and also because at night it’s the place to meet for parking lot drinkers, who then drive away under the influence. It is also a stinky place, as drunks urinate there at night after drinking a lot of cold Pacificos. During the day the scenery is gorgeous.

Under pressure from business organizations, the federal police and the ministry of communications and transport (SCT) have stated they will “take a look” at a solution to the problem.

The area is a constant scenario for car wrecks, vehicles that literally fly over the small curb and down over the precipice, tumbling down to the sea. How many deaths have taken place there, who knows, but it’s a lot.

The SCT is thinking of placing a bunch of Bott’s Dots, the round reflective raised pavement markers. Botts' dots may also be called turtles (Washington and Oregon) or buttons (Texas and other southern states) and “Tortuguitas” or small turtles in Mexico. In many parts of the US and other countries, Botts' dots are used, along with reflective raised pavement markers, to mark lanes on highways and arterial roads. They provide tactile and auditory feedback and a tickle in your ass when moving across designated travel lanes and are analogous to rumble strips.

Botts' dots are named after Elbert Dysart Botts, a California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) engineer.

Just last year, hundreds, if not thousands of Bott’s Dots were removed from the fourlane between Cabo and San Jose after numerous complaints from drivers. They were glued down in front of the Pemex station at Cerro Colorado in the vain attempt to get people to slow down and pay attention to people pulling out of the station in front of them.

The current solution to that is they’re building another station on the other side of the highway. They need to seal up that island, but you know H hospital and the Koral Center are going to scream bloody murder. They should have paid developer fees to finance an overpass for themselves, but this is Mexico….

Hospitality changes. The Marriott corporation has acquired four Mexican resorts to the tune of $4.7 billion, including our very own Westin Los Cabos Resort Villas & Spa.

U.S. based Marriott Vacations Worldwide acquired the also U.S. based ILG, which operates resorts under Vistana Signature Experiences (formerly Mayan Palace) and Hyatt Vacation. The transaction is in process, said their spokeschick, and includes The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas & Spa in the Mayan Rivera, the Westin Resort & Spa Cancún, and The Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta.

New luxury resort opens. Aren’t they all luxury these days? This May 30, the Montage Los Cabos, on Santa Maria Bay on the fourlane between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose, will hold its ribbon cutting ceremony. Oh, you didn’t get an invite? We are sorry for you, but we got ours.

Montage is on the site where the legendary Twin Dolphin hotel operated many years ago. The 39 acre area is now dubbed “the master-planned Twin Dolphin community”. Featuring 122 rooms, suites and large homes.

See you there. Ooops! You didn’t get an invite! So sorry. Stay tuned for our review, if we survive the cocktails.

Caesars does Cabo. Not the Emperor and not the Caesars’ salad, but the hotel. With no gambling, sigh. A 500-room hotel will be part of the 2,000-acre Puerto Los Cabos development, just north of San Jose.

It is expected to open next year, with a 40,000 square foot convention center, (who needs our Los Cabos International Convention Center? It’s old news now), a 25,000 square foot spa, three restaurants and poolside cabanas. Guests will have access to two nearby golf courses, which is currently one, but they have plans.

The developer is Grupo Questro, Los Cabos’ biggest developer, whose other Los Cabos resorts include Secrets Puerto Los Cabos, Dreams Los Cabos, Cabo Real, Casa Dorada, the ME by Melia and Casa Del Mar Suites Golf & Spa Resort.

It will be built by Grupo Questro and then Caesars Entertainment will manage the $200 million property, under a licensing and management fee. It is set to break ground early next year.