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[Original size] Dark Blue and Yellow Professional Real Estate Promotion Email Newsletter by Kyle Wood

Posted in Newsletter
Jan. 18, 2024

Why do we have leap year?

Leap YearFebruary is the shortest month of the year, even with 2024 being a Leap Year. 

February is also has many fun international holidays.

 

February 2024 Holidays

Feb. 01: St. Brigid’s Day (Ireland)

Feb. 02: Groundhog Day

Feb. 02: Día de la Candelaria (Candlemas day)

Feb. 09: Brazilian Carnaval

Feb. 10: Chinese New Year (2024 is the year of the Dragon)

Feb. 13: Mardi Gras

Feb. 14: Lent Begins

Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day

Feb. 19: President’s Day (US)

Feb. 29: Leap Day

 

February is most famous for and synonymous with Valentine’s Day. 

Valentine's Day in Mexico is known as Día del amor y la Amistad, which means the day of love and friendship. The day is focused on celebrating friends and family as well as romantic love. February also sports an extra day this year because it is a Leap Year.

 

Why do we have a February 29 every four years? I had never given it much thought, so I looked it up. It turns out that adding an extra day every four years keeps our seasonal calendar aligned with the astronomical seasons. Now what is an astronomical season? The astronomical calendar is formed by the natural rotation of Earth around the sun, in which we define seasons with two solstices and two equinoxes. Meteorological seasons are based on the annual temperature cycle. If we didn’t have a Leap Year every four years the astronomical calendar would eventually un-sync with the meteorological weather; it turns that over a period of about 700 years our summers in the northern hemisphere, would begin to occur in December! Crazy to think about, however the idea of seeing the seasons actually rotating intrigues me. But alas, it is not up to me, and most of us probably won’t live 700 years to see this phenomena run its course … and so this year we will have 366 days instead of 365. Which is an extra day to do something fun, like come to Rocky Point!

 

Here are some Leap Year facts, legends, and folklore …

  • A Leap Day is the extra day in the leap year.
  • Babies born on Leap Day are called Leaplings.
  • The odds of being born on February 29th are 1 in 1,461. Being born on Leap Day is rarer than being born with 11 fingers and toes (the odds are 1 in 500).
  • According to Irish legend, St. Brigid struck a deal with St. Patrick to allow women to propose to men and every four years on February 29. 
  • However, in Greece, getting married in a Leap Year is bad luck.
  • Superman’s birthday is February 29
  • The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts (1620),
  • Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning is electricity (1752),
  • Gold was discovered in California (1848).
  • The Titanic sank (1912).
  • In February 1988 the town of Anthony, Texas, declared itself the Leap Year Capital of the World" and an international Leapling birthday club was started.

 

 

Leap Day Numerology

Leap Day occurs on February 29. In terms of numerology, 29 is broken down into 2 + 9 = 11, a number of powerful spiritual awakening

 

There is even a Leap Day Cocktail, which is a version of the martini, invented by bartender Harry Craddock at London’s Savoy Hotel in 1928. According to the Savoy Cocktail Book, it is said to have been responsible for more proposals than any other cocktail ever mixed!

Recipe:

2 ounces gin

1/2 ounce sweet vermouth

1/2 ounce orange liqueur (Grand Marnier)

1/4 ounce lemon juice

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the gin, sweet vermouth, Grand Marnier, and lemon juice.

Stir well.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with a lemon twist.

Cheers!

 

Enjoy your extra day this year and remember life is better at the beach!

 

Rocky Point Steph

 

Posted in Holidays in Mexico
Dec. 20, 2023

Lola's Story

Lola’s Story

 

 

Sometimes a vacation can change your life! We found our dog Lola on Highway 8, halfway between Sonoyta and Rocky Point. We don’t know how she got there, or why she was on that deserted stretch of road, but we believe it was fate. It was Saturday, June 11, 2011, and we were on our way to Rocky Point to enjoy a weekend at the beach as usual. Suddenly this little black dog crawled out from the side of the road, right in front of our car, and just sat down in the middle divider line of Highway 8. We stopped without hesitation and picked her up. She sat in our backseat on a pillow pet while we gave her water and Ruffles (the only food we had with us). Our Saturday relaxing at the beach plans changed in an instant. We stopped at the pet store coming into town and got directions to a veterinarian office. We were pleased to find the veterinarian’s office very clean, professional, and modern, and equivalent to any vet in the States. They gave her an exam and some shots and estimated that she was four weeks old.

 

The veterinarian office also offered grooming, so we had her groomed and then brought her back to our condo and the beach. She quickly became part of our family. After much deliberation as to what to name her, our daughter said the name Lola. As soon as she heard that name, her tail started wagging and she ran right over to us! Lola was named! Our awesome Mexi-Mutt just turned five this June and we can’t imagine life without her. She is currently the Alpha to our two other rescues (we joke it’s the street dog in her) and best friends with the cat. She enjoys napping the days away in luxury and earning her keep as a ferocious barker.

 

Rocky Point has a large stray dog population.  Everywhere you go in town you see dogs of all varieties, in all conditions. Some of these dogs have homes, but many do not. There are rescue shelters for dogs (and cats) in Rocky Point that work year round to give these animals food and medical attention. The next time you’re ready for a new addition to your family, we encourage you to visit one of the shelters here in Rocky Point to adopt. Why buy a dog from a breeder when there are so many awesome dogs that need homes?

 

Information on the two main animal shelters in town, AACORP and Barb’s Dog Rescue, can be found here in the RP Times. You can also follow them on Facebook for all the latest dog photos and updates. These women do amazing work! Both shelters are always in need of food and donations.  So, drop off some food, stay to pet some dogs, and maybe take one home. Also, if you are a vet, or know one, there are spay/neuter clinic one to two times per year and they are always looking for volunteers.

Posted in Pets in Penasco
Dec. 5, 2023

Morning in Mexico-Rocky Point

Monday Morning in Mexico

What I love about Mexico. This morning I woke up without water pressure. That’s right, no shower, no flushing the toilet... Last night the water pressure was really low, which is not totally unusual after a busy tourist weekend. But it’s Monday and I have to work today. So it’s 6:15am and I call down to my condo office and I’m told that the water line to our entire complex broke but last night, but it’s fixed now, no worries, they’re just waiting for the glue to dry! (I know nothing about plumbing, and this may or may not be the way water lines are fixed, but I love it!) I am assured the water will be working again by 7am.

The American in me is figuring out how I’m going to get cleaned up and other necessities if I’m out of water – baby wipes, baby powder, deodorant, perhaps a quick dip in the pool or ocean...  However, then thankfully the Rocky Point gal in me takes over. No worries, I’ll just enjoy my morning coffee watching the waves and feeling blessed I get to wake up in such a gorgeous place. Also, I can always take a quick dip in the pool and there’s always baby wipes, baby powder, and deodorant right!

So I relaxed with my coffee, enjoyed the view and at 7:15 (always like to give a little wiggle room for good luck) the water pressure was back on as promised.

The moral of the story...relax, don’t worry...everything will work out ok.

Later that day....

So after hard days work of showing clients around Las Palomas, (fun productive day, but HOT and humid); I decided to treat myself to a nice late lunch at Citron. Ordered a glass of chardonnay and Salmon in lemon sauce with pesto pasta. A while later, the server brings my food, a white fish in cream sauce with a salad. I ask, is this the salmon (knowing it isn’t) he says, yes. Ok, I haven’t eaten all day, it’s 3pm, I’m hungry, no worries, I’m not complaining, I’m eating this fish! It’s delicious! About 5 minutes later, I hear a lady in the next room over say, This is salmon, I ordered the flounder, I don’t want salmon, I wanted flounder. My mouth is currently stuffed with very delicious flounder. Oops! I just figured the kitchen messed up my order, and I didn’t want to make an issue, I didn’t realize it was someone else’s meal. A short time later the manager comes over and asks if I like my dish, yes I do. I think I’m eating someone else’s food though. No worries, as long as I am enjoying it and am ok with the mix up.

While all of this is going on....

There is a 20-something dude at the bar, telling a tale of woes to the bartender. He is apparently stranded in Rocky Point. He came down with his buddies for the weekend. They were partying. Went to the strip clubs. Friend who was driving got a little more out of hand than anyone else. Procured some non-legal refreshments. Everyone ended up at the Puerto Peñasco jail for several hours while it all got sorted out. Said friend thought it would be a good idea to try to drive back to the states before he was legally sober to do so. Smart young man decided he’d rather stay in Mexico than risk his life with intoxicated driver. He was now trying to convince his sister to come pick him up, it was not going well.... suddenly security entered the restaurant letting him know that his friend had returned to get him. Dude paid and left the bar. I am hopeful, they returned to the U.S. safely.

I ordered another glass of chardonnay, enjoyed my wine and my fine fish, and then walked back to my condo to relax and watch the sun set over Sandy Beach.

It was a good day...

Oct. 26, 2023

An Ode to the Mango

An Ode to the Mango....

 

Mangos on the beachMangos ... a perfect food. I know I’ve spoken before about our love of the simple mango. Sweet, orange, perfection. To quote the famous Dr. Suess...”I will eat them here or there, I will eat them anywhere!” We eat them for breakfast, as a snack, and for dessert. I like them plain. I like them fully loaded with lime, chili, and chamoy sauce. I like them on a stick. I like them in a cup. My kids love them. My three year old will sometimes eat two in a day, seriously a three year old, will eat a healthy fruit, twice in one day...it’s like nature’s candy. We have photos of mangos thru the years in Rocky Point. The Mango is one of those foods that seem mysterious and exotic in the States. I don’t think I ever even had a mango until my first visit to Rocky Point. I was sitting at the beach and everywhere people were eating these delicious looking “flowers”. I had to try one, and I’ve been hooked ever since. For years I tried to replicate the flower at home. The beach vendors make it look so easy, cutting your mango with ninja like skills. I’ve watched with awe, taken photos, taken videos. After nine years, I’ve finally mastered some basics, so when I’m in Phoenix and they are in season at the store or farmers market, I can actually cut one up that’s edible and not a mangled mess of mush. But nothing is the same as a mango on the beach.

 

Sometimes they are sold by the “Mango Man” pushing his wheelbarrow with a cooler. Now, in front of some resorts, you can find the snack carts with mangos and many other botanas (snacks). Both mango vendors will usually have a line during a busy weekend and they typically cost around $3USD.

 

mangoNot only are mangos delicious, they are also super healthy. They have 100% of your vitamin C requirements. The also have Vitamin A, B6, K, Calcium, Folate, Potassium, Iron and Copper. And fiber! We all know that’s important.

 

Here are some fun mango facts I found on Mango.org (yes a whole website dedicated to the mango, just awesome):

            Mangos are the most popular fruit in the world. 

            Mangos were first grown in India over 5000 years ago.

Mangos are a symbol of love in India and a basket of mangos is considered a gesture of friendship. (You can be my friend for a basket of mangos!)

            The shape of the mango was the inspiration for the paisley pattern.

            Mangos are related to cashews and pistachios.     

There are hundreds of mango varieties, but 6-12 main varieties found in the US and Mexico, and you can find an in season mango year round.

Don’t judge a mango by it’s color, the test of ripeness is the in the feel, it should give slightly like an avocado.

 

So enjoy a mango or two or five on your stay. They’re muy delicioso and good for you too. 

 

Bon Appetit!

 

 

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La Propina, or Tipping in Mexico

 

You’re on a fabulous vacation in Puerto Peñasco...the beach, the sun, the friendly and exceptional service of the resort staff, the servers at the restaurant, the guy who helps you find a parking space and keeps your car safe while you shop. What a wonderful culture. So how do you tip all of these lovely people so willing to help with all the day-to-day needs of your perfect vacation? You’re probably tipping properly if you’re a good tipper in the US, tipping is basically equivalent in Mexico. However, there are a lot more opportunities to tip and it’s helpful to know what is customary. It’s also helpful to know what to do with all of the loose change you acquire or pesos you get in exchange for dollars while shopping. This article is not all inclusive of every tipping situation, but you’ll get the gist...

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Sept. 28, 2023

Tipping in Puerto Penasco Mexico

La Propina, or Tipping in Mexico

 

You’re on a fabulous vacation in Puerto Peñasco...the beach, the sun, the friendly and exceptional service of the resort staff, the servers at the restaurant, the guy who helps you find a parking space and keeps your car safe while you shop. What a wonderful culture. So how do you tip all of these lovely people so willing to help with all the day-to-day needs of your perfect vacation? You’re probably tipping properly if you’re a good tipper in the US, tipping is basically equivalent in Mexico. However, there are a lot more opportunities to tip and it’s helpful to know what is customary. It’s also helpful to know what to do with all of the loose change you acquire or pesos you get in exchange for dollars while shopping. This article is not all inclusive of every tipping situation, but you’ll get the gist...

 

Most service people in Mexico, as in the US, rely on “La Propina”, or tipping to supplement their minimal wages. At restaurants, tipping 10-15% of the total bill inclusive of IVA (tax) is customary. If the IVA is broken out on the bill (16%) you can use that amount for the tip. Of course if you’ve had exceptional service you can always tip more. If you’re at Happy Hour, remember to tip on the full price. If you’re paying by the drink, leave $1-2 per drink as a tip and if you’re running a tab, 15% of the tab as a minimum. Also, if the establishment accepts credit cards, be sure to ask in advance if you need to leave a cash tip.

 

Bellboys/Porters - $1-5 per bag depending on how many and how heavy the bags. Spa services 10-20% of the bill. Hotel maids $1-5 per night per bedroom, depending on how messy you leave your room. Bathroom attendants, leave some change in the tip jar. Gas station service, you can round up to the nearest peso or dollar, or give an extra dollar, especially if they do something extra like wash your windshield. Street musicians or performers is at your discretion, however, we’ve learned to ask the Mariachi band if they charge a set fee before they start playing. Same with the car washers.

 

Tours or fishing crews, typically give 15-20% of the cost of the tour. Give it to the boat captain or lead tour guide to disperse. Also use your judgment based on the cost of the trip and the service provided. 

 

It is not customary to tip taxi drivers, just pay the agreed upon rate. However, if you feel it’s appropriate you can round up the fare for a tip.

 

Car parks are the guys at the grocery store, or fish market who help you find a free space and often help you navigate into or out of that space and keep an eye on your car while you eat or shop. It’s customary to give $1-2 Pesos as you leave. At the grocery stores there are often kids who will pack and carry your bags to the car for you, it’s not mandatory, but a small tip is very appreciated, they are working and not paid any wages. Please don’t tip with US coins, as they really have no value, use your collection of Mexican coins, small bills, or even $1USD. Side note: if you’re out and about in town when you pay with USD, you’re likely to get change in Pesos. Often as a tourist if you pay with a larger bill, say $20, you may get change with a lot of coins instead of bills. This can be frustrating because what the heck are you supposed to do with coins you can’t make heads or tails (ha-ha) of? The answer of course, is to use it for tips. Or, keep it for your next trip down.  We probably have a hundreds dollars in Peso coins floating around our house – I keep checking on the Coinstar website hoping they’ll eventually get to Mexico...

Sept. 14, 2023

Morning in Rocky Point Mexico

Monday Morning in Mexico

 

What I love about Mexico. This morning I woke up without water pressure. That’s right, no shower, no flushing the toilet... Last night the water pressure was really low, which is not totally unusual after a busy tourist weekend. But it’s Monday and I have to work today. So it’s 6:15am and I call down to my condo office and I’m told that the water line to our entire complex broke but last night, but it’s fixed now, no worries, they’re just waiting for the glue to dry! (I know nothing about plumbing, and this may or may not be the way water lines are fixed, but I love it!) I am assured the water will be working again by 7am.

 

The American in me is figuring out how I’m going to get cleaned up and other necessities if I’m out of water – baby wipes, baby powder, deodorant, perhaps a quick dip in the pool or ocean...  However, then thankfully the Rocky Point gal in me takes over. No worries, I’ll just enjoy my morning coffee watching the waves and feeling blessed I get to wake up in such a gorgeous place. Also, I can always take a quick dip in the pool and there’s always baby wipes, baby powder, and deodorant right!

 

So I relaxed with my coffee, enjoyed the view and at 7:15 (always like to give a little wiggle room for good luck) the water pressure was back on as promised.

 

The moral of the story...relax, don’t worry...everything will work out ok.

 

Later that day....

So after hard days work of showing clients around Las Palomas, (fun productive day, but HOT and humid); I decided to treat myself to a nice late lunch at Citron. Ordered a glass of chardonnay and Salmon in lemon sauce with pesto pasta. A while later, the server brings my food, a white fish in cream sauce with a salad. I ask, is this the salmon (knowing it isn’t) he says, yes. Ok, I haven’t eaten all day, it’s 3pm, I’m hungry, no worries, I’m not complaining, I’m eating this fish! It’s delicious! About 5 minutes later, I hear a lady in the next room over say, This is salmon, I ordered the flounder, I don’t want salmon, I wanted flounder. My mouth is currently stuffed with very delicious flounder. Oops! I just figured the kitchen messed up my order, and I didn’t want to make an issue, I didn’t realize it was someone else’s meal. A short time later the manager comes over and asks if I like my dish, yes I do. I think I’m eating someone else’s food though. No worries, as long as I am enjoying it and am ok with the mix up.

 

While all of this is going on....

There is a 20-something dude at the bar, telling a tale of woes to the bartender. He is apparently stranded in Rocky Point. He came down with his buddies for the weekend. They were partying. Went to the strip clubs. Friend who was driving got a little more out of hand than anyone else. Procured some non-legal refreshments. Everyone ended up at the Puerto Peñasco jail for several hours while it all got sorted out. Said friend thought it would be a good idea to try to drive back to the states before he was legally sober to do so. Smart young man decided he’d rather stay in Mexico than risk his life with intoxicated driver. He was now trying to convince his sister to come pick him up, it was not going well.... suddenly security entered the restaurant letting him know that his friend had returned to get him. Dude paid and left the bar. I am hopeful, they returned to the U.S. safely.

 

I ordered another glass of chardonnay, enjoyed my wine and my fine fish, and then walked back to my condo to relax and watch the sun set over Sandy Beach.

 

It was a good day...

 

Sept. 8, 2023

Staying Fit and Beach Ready in Rocky Point

Staying Fit and Beach Ready in Rocky Point

 

Swimsuit season is officially upon us. The holidays and failed New Years resolutions leave many of us with a little extra fluff. It’s really easy, while enjoying life on the beach, to overindulge in cervezas, margaritas and local dishes cooked in oil - and can we just say ... tortillas. However, it’s pretty easy to counteract that with very little effort. Luckily Rocky Point is one of the best places in the world to stay beach ready. You have an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh seafood, and staples like frijoles y arroz. Not to mention, you can literally exercise barefoot.

 

Of course, for the healthiest eating, you’re going to have to prepare your own meals. A trip to the local market will get you the most fabulous produce. Fresh fruit doesn’t even require cooking – maybe just some cutting or blending. You can eat it plain for breakfast or take it with you to the beach for a cool refreshing snack. I love smoothies, you can easily blend up a tropical delight of seasonal fruit for a portable meal. Fresh vegetables - lots of them don’t require cooking either. There are plenty of veggies that can be chopped up and taken with you to eat throughout the day

 

My absolute favorite way to cook vegetables is to roast them in the oven. I can’t stand two of the most nutritious veggies, broccoli and cauliflower; however, roast them in the oven until they’re browned on the top, and I’ll eat the whole pan. I just tried asparagus in the oven, WOW, it was the best! In the summer if it’s too hot for the oven, roast your veggies on the grill. To keep it super healthy, just use a small amount of cooking spray to keep the veggies from sticking to the pan. I usually just stick to salt, pepper, and garlic for seasoning. Beans and rice are Mexican staples, they’re inexpensive, filling, and when cooked without any added fats, totally healthy. And don’t forget the eggs! You have all those great veggies to make an omelet (awesome easy dinner). 

 

After the market, stop by your favorite seafood vendor for shrimp or fish and bake it or grill it without oil. I keep my spices pretty simple, but sometimes I’ll add hot sauce to my shrimp for “buffalo shrimp”. If I’m eating out, I stick to ceviche (seafood cooked in lime) for a light, super fresh meal with no added fat.

 

When I need to cut back on those cocktail hour calories, my favorite “mocktail” is Topo Chico mineral water with ice and lots of lime (vodka/soda, hold the vodka please!) or spicy V8 juice.

 

Exercise is really easy – just walk – you don’t even need shoes. Just head to the beach, get your toes in the sand and go. Not only are you getting great exercise, but the sound of the ocean, especially combined with early morning quiet, or a sunset stroll, and any stress that you’re feeling just melts away. 

 

So as you can see, Rocky Point, has all of the best elements for a healthy lifestyle: fresh food + fresh air = physical and mental fitness. 

Aug. 31, 2023

One Tequila! Two Tequila! Three Tequila! Floor!

One Tequila! Two Tequila! Three Tequila! Floor!

 

What beverage immediately comes to mind when you think of Mexico? Tequila of course! Aside from all of the great times you may or may not remember…tequila has a rich history and is a unique product of Mexico. 

 

A fun activity, that I highly recommend making the time to do in Rocky Point, is to go tequila tasting at the Tequila Factory. You are guided through the history and making of tequila by Fernando, who also pours samples of each tequila as he educates. First, Fernando is awesome! It doesn’t matter if there is one person in the Tequila Factory or a tour bus full; Fernando entertains, educates, and pours samples –a smidge, a sample, or a “crawl out” shot depending on your preference. You can come in to sample one, or a few tequilas, or you can sample the entire inventory. I won’t give you his whole presentation, because it’s definitely something to experience live, but I’ll give some highlights so you can appreciate what you are drinking from silver to supremo tequila.

 

Tequila is made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the state of Jalisco. Mexican laws state tequila can only be produced in five (5!) states: Jalisco, Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit and Tamaulipas. Tequila is recognized as a Mexican designation of origin product in most countries. The process of turning the agave plant into tequila is a centuries old art form that is unchanged and remains largely a manual effort passed down through the generations. Jimadores are the workers who cultivate the blue agave plant and have to know when to harvest the piñas, or hearts (corazónes), of the plant (usually around 8-10 years). The piñas are cooked in ovens for 30-40 hours until the blue agave is caramelized into sugar. This sugar is fermented and distilled for varying amounts of time to produce different tequilas: silver or blanco tequila is the youngest member of the family. Young being relative, since it took almost 10 years of manual labor for that bottle of blanco to be produced. Next you have Respado, which has been aged in a wood barrel for at least 3 months. Then you have Añejo, which has been aged for a minimum of 16 months. Finally, there is Supremo, which is aged for at least 36 months. 

 

At the Tequila Factory you get to taste the unique differences in these distillery processes. Manny’s Beach Club tequila, their signature brand, comes from Jalisco. In addition, tequila can be mixed with flavored extracts to create liqueurs. Tequila Factory offers flavored tequilas: coffee, caramel, chocolate, mint, piña colada, almond, raspberry, apple, pomegranate, watermelon, and peach. Fernando has created signature shots layering flavors and a dash of “silver” which are crazy delicious! If there is a mixture you love but don’t want to buy multiple bottles, he will mix a custom flavor for you to take home… that’s customer service! 

 

In addition to their signature brand tequila, they sell other local brands including Tequilito, which was a house brand served at Mickey’s restaurant in the Old Port. When Mickey passed away, his customers would come in asking for it, so Tequila Factory was able to track down its origins and sells this piece of Rocky Point history as well. You can also buy agave syrup, souvenirs made from tequila barrels by local artists, and actual small barrels full of tequila. 

 

Now what are you going to do with your tequila?

You can sip it “neat” and chilled. My aunt and uncle mix tequila, lime, ice and Fresca for a low carb margarita. My favorite margarita is the Barefoot Contessa’s “Real Margaritas” which combines fresh lemon, lime, white tequila and triple sec. (I usually substitute Blue Curacao for triple sec because who doesn’t like a blue drink) and it doesn’t have any added sugar, so a splash of agave syrup would be a perfect touch. I also favor a Bloody Maria (tequila instead of vodka) over an everyday Bloody Mary. 

And of course...there’s always the tequila shot... Arriba! Abajo! Al Centro! Pa’dentro!