Que Pasa in Cabo?

April 29, 2019 Edition
BY: DAVID FLORES

Children’s Annual Party! This Tuesday, April 30, Mexico celebrates Children’s Day. It’s a school day, so they will be treated to a party at school. Then it’s customary for parents to take them out to lunch if their jobs permit it. If not, they can take them to places where public parties are thrown for them. In Cabo San Lucas, both the Plaza San Lucas (think WalMart) and the Puerto Paraiso mall hold several activities with live music, games, raffles, piñatas, clowns and the like.

Sometimes there’s some food available, but for sure fruit-flavored drinks and lots of candies and balloons. In La Paz, The Festival del Niño of the La Paz Cultural center starts at 6:00 p.m. in the center’s patio. The address is 16 de Septiembre near the corner of Belisario Dominguez street. There will be clowns, a juggler and more entertainment for children at this 90-minute family show, which is free. For more information, call 612-122-0065.

Liga MAC Knicker group update. On April, 3 Liga Mac held their 10th annual Knick NAC golf tournament at Querencia which benefits the children's scholarship program. This year they had 52 players and through green fees, hole sponsors and a silent auction, the group raised over $18,000. It is important to know that 100% of the proceeds went directly to Liga MAC.

The tournament winners of the net best ball were: Dr. Fenton Sanger, Sue Cornelius, Les Marks and Chris Marks. Men's closest to the pin was Doug Moul. Ladies' closest to the pin was Heather Allen. After the tournament winners were announced, attendees enjoyed a fantastic dinner and held a silent auction. Many members played in the spirit of Payne Stewart by wearing their "plus 4s" in cheerful color and style. We love to remember Payne - for fun, for tradition and for the children. https://www.ligamac.org/about-us/

Traffic alert! Mexico’s communications and transports ministry (SCT) will begin rehab work along the busy four-lane between Cabo and San Jose, filling potholes, repairing curbs and giving maintenance to lighting and medians’ landscaping.

Julius Caesar, the local SCT honcho, stated these works will last at least 6 weeks. At one point in some areas only one lane will be drivable, so take your time, don’t be late, and please please be careful. We’re tired of picking up bodies and wrecked vehicles every week.

Is this a conundrum? Thousands of new conundrums are being created every year in Los Cabos, due to the opening of seven to eight new hotels per year. The growth in the past few months has reached over 38%, according to Mexico’s social security institute.

Within our Southern Baja state, 7 of every 10 new jobs are located in Los Cabos. The challenge is, according to Patricia Lavoignet, president of the Los Cabos job system agency, is that many of the applicants for new jobs have none or little training. Yet, they have to be hired, as there is no more hand available. And they’re trained quickly, or could we say, half-trained?

Our other option is to import trained workers from other states in Mexico’s mainland, but that creates a second challenge, lodging. They come in hordes, squat in other people’s land, and then bring in their relatives as jobs abound in Cabo.

We hold job fairs frequently. At one of the latest ones where the Nobu hotel – co-owned by Robert de Niro – 500 jobs were available. A staggering 1,500 applicants showed up for the job interviews. Yet, we keep on growing, although the city is not up to the challenge of providing water, electricity and land opportunities to the incoming workers.

How to rate a taco like an authentic (Mexican) Pro. Are you planning to eat some tacos during your visit to Cabo? Would you like to know what to look for in your quest for the best taco? Look no more! Here’s my introduction to the 4 variables to consider in your search for the best taco you've ever tasted.

The Tortilla comes first. It must be handmade, but not only that, the taste of corn should be felt. It is important to pair the type of corn or flour with the protein or vegetable that is going to be wrapped by the tortilla.

The stew that will rest in the taco is the main actor. Whether it is red meat, chicken, fish shrimp or vegetables, they must be very properly cooked and seasoned. A taco without good stew is like a kiss without passion.

The sauce. Red, green, with avocado, acid or sweet. The combinations that can be achieved are endless. The sauce is the accent that gives power to the taco. A good sauce makes a taco sublime, a bad sauce can ruin the whole experience.

A beer. There is just no better pairing for a taco. There is not. Period. Un taco al día, la llave de la alegría (One taco per day, the key to feeling great).

If you want to learn where to eat the best tacos in Cabo, email david@gringogazette.com. He knows, and will be happy to share his taco experiences. Actually, he attended the annual taco fest at Casa Dorada last week and has learned even more about tacos.

Book reading announcement. The "Chico - Dolor Y Felicidad" (Chico, Pain and Happiness) will be a book reading with Irma Arana at The Palapa Learning Center’s library on May 12 at 5:00 p.m. Irma will read from his book the story of a local rescue dog and his successful life in Todos Santos. Wine will be served at the reception. The Palapa Learning Center is located at the entrance to Todos Santos,

La Paz celebrates its birthday. From May 3 to 5, our state’s capital city will celebrate the 483rd anniversary of its foundation. The events will take place at the Malecon in downtown, around the bandstand.

La Paz was conquered and founded by Hernán Cortés himself, who arrived for the first time in 1533. Cortes led the second visit, arriving on May 3, 1535, and baptized the city with the name of Bahía de la Santa Cruz (do we have to translate that for you Bunky?). He abandoned his conqueror’s camp 2 years later due to the lack of water and dry soil which prevented any farming. Ha! We Mexicans grow all kinds of herbs and vegetables now!

Anyhow, the celebration program goes like this: May 3, official inauguration of the Rural Products Expo, followed by a live reproduction of the Spanish ship’s arrival. About an hour later the Queen Calafia will be crowned and then live music follows. IF you are attending, do not miss Lila Downs’ performance, she is a well known and respected singer of traditional Mexican songs.

On May 4 Queen Calafia begins her parade at 6:00 pm, followed by live music and performance of several local artists. At 6:30 pm, the Pazion por el Sabor (Passion for Flavor) food fest begins (read more in the next news item), followed by live music.

Then on Cinco de Mayo a colorful folk parade begins at 4:00 from the park near the Los Arcos hotel to the malecon’s bandstand. The rest of the evening will be filled with live music.

The organizers are announcing great fanfare, including the presence of Durga McBroom, an American singer, songwriter and actress who has performed backing vocals for Pink Floyd and is a member of the house music band Blue Pearl, best known for their hit single "Naked in the Rain." At press time, they had no information about his performance date and hour. Enjoy!

Food fest in La Paz. This Friday, May 3, the 9th “La Pazión por el Sabor”(Passion for Flavor) will take place at the golf club at Paraiso del Mar from 7 p.m. till midnight. Paraiso del Mar is located on that leg of land that is visible from the La Paz Malecon. Tickets are 1,200 pesos (some $60 bucks). The event is organized by the local restaurant, CANIRAC. The price includes all you can eat of samples from 80 restaurants from La Paz, Los Barriles, Los Cabos and Mulege. Also included are soft drinks, wine, beer or tequila. Entertainment is provided by beautiful Mexican singer Kika Edgar.

How to get there: From the parking lot behind Liverpool, buses will leave regularly to the venue at Paraiso del Mar (organizers say the ride will take 30 minutes). In addition, organizers say ferries will leave from the Vista Coral dock every 10 minutes starting at 6:00 p.m. If you purchase tickets from Fundación Ayuda Niños La Paz, A.C. (FANLAP), half the ticket price supports FANLAP’s programs to help children from impoverished areas on the outskirts of La Paz. For tickets, contact Judy Peterson at jupete49@hotmail.com or fanlap@hotmail.com

Who was here last week? Much to our delight, Cabo continues to be A-List celebrities fav beach to visit, get engaged, get married, or just relax drinking Margaritas and Tequila, Mezcal or Cervezas.

Last week, Her Majesty Lady Gaga was here to celebrate her 33rd birthday, along with nearly a dozen friends. This is not Gaga’s first trip to Cabo, as she was here a few years ago and visited the Casa Hogar, an orphanage where she spent time with the kids, sang for them and left a fat donation behind.

Next, we welcomed 26-year old blonde Sophie Turner, relaxing after her season 8 premiere of GOT – Game of Thrones. For the 1% that hasn’t watched it, let’s just say that the premiere reached an audience of 17.4 million across all of its platforms, eclipsing the show's previous high of 16.9 million viewers for the Season 7 finale in 2017. Hence, we have to thank her for coming to Cabo and share her Instagram pics with her 10 million followers, making us even more famous.

And then, the U.S. Women’s alpine ski team took some time to celebrate their careers alongside their teammates in Cabo. Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso, Leanne Smith, Stacey Cook, Laurenne Ross, Alice Mckennis, and their physical therapist, Lindsay Winninger all gathered to spend some much-needed time reflecting on their careers and celebrating their successes as a team. Vonn, Mancuso, Smith, and Cook have all retired within the past few seasons.

“There are four of us kind of born around the same year that aren’t ski racing anymore. So we’ve decided we should get together and celebrate because if you follow any of us on Instagram, you know that it’s a crazy tour. We’re always busy and we never get to hang out,” said Mancuso. “Then for the last 18-20 years, we’ve been competing against each other. Most of us have been competing against each other since we were kids. I first met Stacey Cook was when … probably when I was 7 or 8. We competed against each other. So I’m 35 now, that’s going on almost 30 years. And Lindsey was really similar, I think I was 9 or 10 when we first met at ski camp. So that’s 25 years, and we never really spent any time together.”

Vonn treated the women to a stay at the Montage Los Cabos resort on the four-lane between Cabo and San Jose, hoping the time would give the women a chance to catch up as friends and reminisce on the times they were competitors.

Following the ski-racers was Miles Teller, who stars in the highly anticipated sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, along Tom Cruise. Miles went shirtless while fiancee Keleigh Sperry rocked a cheeky floral bikini on a yacht in Cabo.

He showed off his muscular upper body while tanning and wore a pair of black swim trunks with an electric red and yellow print, while Keleigh was reveling in some time off as she put her model figure on display in a tiny triangle top.

If you don’t recognize the name Keleigh Sperry by now, it’s due time to get to know this up-and-coming force in Hollywood. Not only is she a truly stunning model, but she’s also an aspiring actress. But most importantly, she’s a humanitarian. Sperry recently partnered up with Wells of Life, whose mission is to bring clean water to the villagers of Uganda. Plus, she just became the first woman ambassador and advisor to the Prime Minister of Uganda, Ruhakana Rugunda. Damn, girl!