Posts Tagged ‘Reillys’

yeah, it’s rolled around again but the afternoon/evening rains have stopped (so far)….Piano Mike Chrisman rolled in, as has Moriah and Bobby Darling…music, somewhere..Rich and Maria have sold their house,packed and are heading south…waaaay south…this puts a spike into the ‘little theatre’ group, amoungst other things…amoungst?  sple chuck time!

Reilly’s La Esquina on Sunday afternoons? the place to be….80-100 folks there last Sunday, swilling beer, bbq….Christophe doing the cooking? yep…looked that way..

incoming, one way or the other…Mike D, Reid…Canadian mike in the park this week…the bounced Czech? still doing his weird shit around town..Concept 13’s new sand on the floor, hammocks on the patio?   f$#@! dumb/stupid….let’s see..this is a Spanish Colonial town and you ‘re trying to do a beach theme bar? sand…how about cig butts, broken glasses and cat shit?

yeah…HBT’s  right foot is better..he drove today and has a cane…doc says it’s a ‘hairline fracture’…..La Taverna is slowly picking up local biz….other bar owners and assorted riff-raff..it’s a hide-out,ok?

I guess, that with the departure of Rich, that the sunday’s at the race track are over..the first few times were fun, the spandex babes xlnt but the noise…nah…over with….changes…it is what it is..get over it..

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no more parades, drums and noise, porfa…no more crowds, closed streets and….traffic. I finally lost it and got outa town on Friday, driving with the imitable HBT…the Cougar was running fine, despite a rusty radiator and the rain kept going until Puerto San Jose. Yes, the usually off limits dive bar yielded (El Taslisman) a surprise and a map…’can’t talk about the ‘surprise’ but the map,after we got the Cougar nearly sunk in a foot deep flooded hidden chuck hole….christ..heart attack time: it’s a friday afternoon in PSJ and we’re stuck/flooded? well, there goes the weekend..

not, fortunately…a few prayers and the Cougar got out of the spot. And yes, thanks to a map, we found the ‘Club San Diego(not the Las Vegas, as my faulty memory repeated)and the Club Millenium….next time, another trip, another crew of misfits…nah, not misfits…’adventurers’….

So, off to Monterrico and the most xlnt Hotel Del Fin….room #13 waiting, a bottle of Botran, a glass of ice, coke and all was good…so, who would we run into this time? it’s impossible to go anywhere in this wacked-out country and not run into someone who you know (is it not?)…hello! Travel Agent Alice (40’s)and her boyfriend of six months….anniversary time!  he’s just turned 18, btw….ok…the night went on, the….Johnny’s place, of course…Juan of the Del Fin had a grand opening next door for a bar that he’s revived…’Animales Desconocidos’….HBT reportedly was dancing there later…

a parade in town, two paralyzed Canadian travelers in the back of the Cougar(HBT drives, inhales and the beer is always cold but you knew that…they didnt’)back to town, the crowded Calzada and it’s been more insane since then….i blew off going to Sobremesa’s special brunch, the ‘corn-hole event at La Esquina today and my only excuse….with the perfect weather(temporary) at monterrico…, 70’s and so on, i chilled out in the pool and heard great stories from Dan of the Yukon….drilling, mining, wacko shit….ask me about Chevy engines or core drilling in Colombia…

maybe Copia Fiel will step up tomorrow…maybe the sun will rise…fer sure, dude, this holiday is over..

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You probably don’t want to look up the definition….ah, the rains, the buses of kids brought into town, the crowds…and this is just the beginning of a LONG holiday weekend…get to the bank/atms now, before the money is drained and you’re sucking by Monday (money-wise, that is)

if and I repeat if, the reported number of registered ‘sex workers’ (234)in Antigua alone(I asked that specific question)is valid and…and there’s another group of….uh, free lancers, are they tuning up for the festivities?

discounts, ‘specials’…again, I’ve been told that around the evening,  Burger King and the hotel across the street, plus the little park between Antigua/Joco…well, you tell me…I’m busy…screwing with the so-called printers in this town, who don’t answer…’yeah, I’ve got copies of your last book cover and yes, I’ll sell them’….right…how about a price, dipshit?..o gee, forgot to include a price…

Per Neil of Micho’s there’s a storm blowing in from the Pacific side, thru Sunday…o fine..perfect for tomorrow’s little overnighter in Monterrico with HBT (with side trips to special places only he knows about)…right, no camera, for this trip..

Sobremesa/Pappy’s BBQ teaming up with the Mimosa Mamas for a two day brunch blow out…11-2, Sat/Sun..expect me there for Sunday, assuming that HBT doesn’t get me thrown in jail for whatever…and 3pm, sunday, Reilly’s La Esquina for a photo shoot of ‘Corn Hole’…whatever that is but I’m loading up with fresh batteries..’went by early for a look at Fusion/Nido Antigua’s art exibition….spel chuk..exabition? exibition…screw it…showing, ok? ah…ok, but not great..no prices, no red stickers for ‘sold’ marks…gimme panza verde, ok?

and yes, another triumph of  ‘hope over experience’….that little cafe spot around the corner from…corner of 1ist calle-6th avenida, the scene of many disasters…? yep, new faces, looking at signs(not good) and dreaming of making it big in Antigua…and another vain attempt, next to the perfume shop on 5th calle, across from organica? more dreams waiting to crash…

and yes…mold, again? yep….


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Coming soon, to a town near you: Sept 15th, Independence Day,, Guatemalan style. Sobremesa, in cahoots with Pappy’s BBQ, is doing a two day brunch thing, involving bbq this/that, with eggs and I think Alex mentioned mimosas…I’ve quit bbqing…ok, ‘grilling’ to be exact, since i can’t beat/top/outdo Pappy’s products. If only I could get there before he’s sold out.

La Taverna, the new bar inside the La Fuente plaza on 4th calle? becoming a ‘hang out- for other bar owners…Travel Menu used to fulfill that function except they’re becoming more popular….Cap’t Gerry and his music are attracting a following, per Jerome…and even with their own website….actual marketing in this town? shocking concept, eh?

Papas and Beer finally gave up the ghost…the vacant place in front is rumored to maybe…nah, not even maybe, given the talent of the supposedly new players (no talent)…

yeah, I had to boot Frener Printers yesterday….another week of lame excuses, lies and so on…it was like pulling teeth to get the covers for the latest, ‘A Year of Driving Dangerously’ and then getting the first print run of 25 out the door and when I came back for more abuse….after 18 months of  ‘working’ with me, one would think that another publication (and a 3rd one in the works)that he/they might want to continue making a little bit of money…no…

so, there’s a new twist at Reilly’s La Esquina (no, not her)…on Sunday afternoons they’re playing something called ‘corn hole’….yeah, that scared me also…Earth Lodge first brought it to my attention, so I guess it’s legit…I’ve gotta go by and Sunday and see just what the hell ‘corn hole’ really is…

Either way, I’m getting outa town this week…some beach, somewhere, some how…hopefully Copia Fiel will give me a decent quote on printing my dumb little books and I can put this behind me and chill out in margarita-ville for a while. Yeah, various friends have said that this is how things work(or don’t work)in Guatemala…as in, ‘get over it’….after 18 months, I thought that maybe…..no, wrong (again)

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whew…never, ever ride home in a tuk-tuk with a full bladder(unless you’re wearing Depends)…so, La Taverna’s grand opening? lightly attended at 5:30 but it was great to see Dave Hoffman and Sara aka Pinky(thanks for the shot of Ilegal Mezcal)…Dave says they’ll open at 12 or so…soon..a local bar owner on deck, being coy about his involvement in La Taverna…also said that the existing joint aka bar on 6th Ave will stay open..also mentioned another opening…from the looks of the improvements, ‘someone’ spent some money, like the make over at Micho’s..(now dying a slow death)…was that really his  ‘new girlfriend?…she was hot..even without my glasses on, but if they were, they would’ve fogged up…;some said that Dave is part of La Taverna…’heard this late, can’t comment..

Laurel, recently/long time bar person at Reilly’s here and there, behind the bar at Ocelot and doing just fine, thank you…a  pro, in other words…Fusion’s seemingly slow action might be per Alex’ desire to work less per kids…i get that..

Karmen G! long time no see!…at Travel Menu, interviewing subjects for a new study…Allan doing fine, Capt Gerry and crew set up to play..Rich and Maria, there to listen/eat…their new burgers(TM’s)are getting good comments and thanks, Rich et al for the good remarks re the latest publication of ‘A Year of Driving Dangerously.’…HBT and i are going to the City next week and I’ll introduce him to the owner of Sophos as the ‘main character’…’should be good for chuckles..yeah, my printer? come by at 5:30…so I i did…’call me tomorrow at 11..’ hello, Guatemala!

Tanya Hughes, my favorite full-sized woman, left us yesterday…alas…what eyes, what a body..come back, soon, eh?

yeah, starting on the next book…there’s a stack of great firewood, a superb pot of chili heating, the rains have quit(I hope) and half a bottle of whiskey..is this heaven or what?

and yes, Jon Mellen of Epicure, astounded to hear of ‘234 registered prostitutes in Antigua’…yeah, me too but if I hadn’t interviewed the doctor, etc…i suggested some ‘field research’ for a great ‘in-depth’ article but he laughed..c’mon…Antigua needs’ good press’ , no? probably of this kind..ok, fine…volunteers?


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this just in…Dishualded aka Dishwater,is quitting…various factors added up…not a big surprise…and Laurel Baker of Reillys? going to work at Ocelot Wednesday night?

‘Action’ Jackson, good pal/roadtrip buddy, is playing his unique brand of roadhouse music at Travel Menu, Fri-6:30, Reilly’s La Esquina, Sun-3pm and Cafe No Se, Mon 9:30 or so…drop in or by…

‘funny how certain holidays in the US come/go without any sense of personal involvement…had I been ‘up there’ by now, the bbq would be underway, maybe the talk of school starting, the renewal of a football season or the trading stories of what our children are doing. Here, in Antigua, there’s little, if any of that, to remind us of the changing of the seasons, yet again.

About all we have here is the monthly go-around of closing restaurants, newly opened places of hopes and dreams and yet again, another tale of ‘WTF’ were they thinking….the Cargo Room is gone, space taken over by a friend of Jim O’s….the new guy supposedly has a degree from the Cordon Bleu(pronounced blew)in cooking,,,as i recall, Lex had this dinky 4 burner gas range which might not encourage fancy cooking….Lex? pulling shifts at Ricardo’s Tabacos y Vinos on 5th ave norte…Marbel, working at Reilly’s La Esquina and I heard that the previous incarnation at Dos Mil is about to expire..for a number of reasons, of course..

Travel Menu now doing burgers…heard that they’re good.  What was Caffe Opera on 6th Ave norte is now some kinda spanish paella place….opening night was dismal and their signage is, like Punto Zero, made of vinyl banners…not conducive to a sense of permanence or  optimism.

the 2nd edition/local print run of ‘A Year of Driving Dangerously’ is ‘under way…Frener says 2-3 days, except he didn’t say  ‘which’ 2-3 days…I’ll know more on Wednesday night about this…yeah, the first run sold out, Sophos, the big book store in the City wants some ($$) and the beat goes on..more little ‘hole in the wall’ coffee shops opening around town…hoping against hope, that somehow they will be different..Monica’s jungle Party expanded, into a deli/small restaurant…great idea! capture those hostile…no, hostel people before they leave the premises and take even more of their money…how much long can Pan y Fantasis keep the doors open? that $$ deli on 3rd calle, that was Deliciosa…count the freezers/refrigerators/electricity-sucking devices and multiply by a few thousand quetzales  per month and then count the foot traffic…um, damn little..and there’s a new frenchy kinda restaurant in Fusions’ mall…Fleur de Luis?  no, Lis! in what was Rafa’s Bistro(and they’re sucking for biz also…this is a tough town, baby…four or five restaurants have a lock, four or five bars lo mismo and if you think  you can buck that, go right ahead….buck away, buckaroo!

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in this case , referring to tattoos…so very very ‘late 1900’s’ kinda stuff….why folks still get ’em is a mystery….’tit’? take that anyway you want…just trying to keep you  abreast of  things, ok?

yeah, I went to Dishwater Saturday night for Nelson’s final performance…Piano Mike’s last event was last night (Sunday) and both of them leave us this week..a big hole in the Antigua music scene, which gets smaller every year…where the hell is Adan, the great Cuban pianist?  speaking of Cuba, Denise the superb server at Ocelot, leaves  us Wednesday and goes back to  medical school in Havana…how cool is that? I’ve never known any  medical students from Cuba and she’s fabulous…I’m  mention Havana more but with all this NSA stuff, I’m not..

Dishaulded has a new tenant in the front space…looks like some kinda performance art, here and there…looks….nah, go see for yourself: I recommend some kinda medication  first.

What was Caffe Opera  on 6th Avenida has been rented and they’re  repainting the interior. What was Restaurant Panchoy on 6th Ave sur is  still under renovation, as is what was Riki’s on  4th Ave…..whew..Bob Chocolate! got the semi-full story on his chocolate process (his brand, IxCacao, is my favorite, btw)….Joe M and HBT on the patio  for happy hour…yeah, we’re cooking up plans for   ‘field research’ of the nasty/naughty kind…hey…this is in the interest of science, ok? 

not sure why, but the new Reilly’s La Esquina had two guards at the  door on Saturday night…I chose the first door(on the left)and was told that it was the exit door….I’m dressed better than 99% of the town and I can’t just walk in? nope….screw it…Travel Menu let me in and took my  $$$…again, the interior of the new place is killer….Steve Wintershaw outdid himself…ok….i opened the  door by using the word in the title…here’s an old friend from ‘Vegas


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