The New Year has certainly kicked up to high gear and does not seem to be slowing down. The hotels are doing well and the restaurants are doing a steady business. The government reports a 9 percent increase in tourism, which brought us over the 1 million annual visitor mark last year.
Granada is getting prepared for the 7th Annual Poetry Festival which brings in poets from all around the world. The festival begins on Feb. 13 with events and poetry readings planned throughout the week. Don’t miss out on the burial of “Miseries and Poverty of the Soul,” a cultural, folkloric parade and “funeral procession” that will fill the streets of Granada the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 16.
Another fun event is the Chocolate and Wine Party celebrating Valentine’s Day in the Centro de Arte. The party is Friday, Feb. 11 from 6-9 p.m. There will be a blind wine tasting as well as a blind chocolate tasting. The entrance is c150 ($6.80) per person and prizes will be award to the one with best taste buds!
I am so happy to report that “Jimmy Three Fingers” Alabama Rib Shack is once again serving up their delicious food. Jimmy has moved to the end of Calle La Calzada, just across from the Guadalupe church. He has great outdoor seating, but the inside also offers a great ambiance. If you are looking for ribs or a great meatloaf, Jimmy’s is the place.
If you have not tried Claraboya Restaurant yet, stop by and try their Robolo in Gorgonzola Sauce. It is fabulous and actually on the light side. They specialize in grilled foods and have great empanadas as well.
The Puedo Leer Children’s Library has started a Saturday reading in the park program with stories for children from the hours of 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and again at 2 to 4 p.m. Many of these children have never been read to and the hope is to create a love for reading. The program is looking for volunteers to read. If you are interested, please contact Carol Rea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A fun event in the works to benefit the Children’s Library is the First Annual Gran Sultana Chili Cook Off. It is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be music, cold beer, hot chili, arts, crafts and more. If you would like to participate and enter your favorite chili, contact me at Janicegal@gmail.com.
There will be prizes for the Best Chili and the “Almost Best”. So don’t miss it.
Don’t forget about the book club in Granada. We meet each month, the second Tuesday, at 5:30 p.m. at the restaurant El Garage. Men are welcome. We try and read a variety of classics as well as best sellers. Please contact me for more information.
Granada has had several new people move to town and I get phone calls about where to find this or that. The most frequent it seems are about food!
So, here in my opinion, are some of the best things in town. Best Burger and Fries: Road House; Best Mojito: Nectors; Best Steak: Jimmy’s; Best Guapote: Las Colinas Sur; Best Margarita: Tequila Vallarta; Best Pizza: toss up between Don Luca and Mona Lissa; Best Fried Chicken: Doña Chilo’s across from the cemetery; Best Desserts: Mirna’s Specialty Desserts.
Hope that helps some of you new comers and if you disagree, let me know what you found better!