by Justine Schock
LOVE FOR A CAUSE EVENT BENEFITING CASA HOGAR – Diamonds International hosted a “Love for a Cause” event on February 9, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Casa Hogar. The event included a silent auction, complementary cocktails, a mouthwatering array of meats, cheeses and desserts, and raffle for a piece of jewelry. Casa Hogar is a privately run charitable organization for Los Cabos kids who are unable to stay in their current living situations. Casa Hogar strives to provide a safe and happy home for adolescent boys and girls by offering a comfortable environment with access to education, physical and emotional care. They receive no government assistance and rely entirely on private donations and funding. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend volunteering or donating to Casa Hogar. The joy you will see on the kids’ faces will be worth every penny!
WIRIKUTA – The Wirikuta is a “Mystical Night Show” that tells the ancient story of the Huichol people, set in the Wirikuta Gardens in San Jose del Cabo. Last month I had a chance to experience this magical journey for myself. Upon arriving and receiving our color-coded wristbands, we were greeted by a performer who explained the mesmerizing evening we were about to enjoy. From there
we had our faces traditionally painted, listened to drummers around a campfire, took photos with the cast and entered the Huichol market where we found jewelry, pottery, figurines and clothing, all available for purchase.
There are several options to choose from based on your budget, starting with the ‘Show Only’ option at only $70usd per person. If you would like to come early to enjoy dinner and drinks, you can purchase the ‘Dinner and Show’ package for $135usd per person. This option includes a delicious buffet style Mexican dinner including mole, tamales, chile rellanos, pastor tacos, quesadillas, churros, flan, and more and a 1-hour open bar during dinner. Everything we tried was wonderful and had us wanting to go back for more. For those who want to splurge, there is a ‘VIP Dinner & Show’ option including everything above plus roundtrip transportation, 3.5 hours of open bar and premium front row seating.
After dinner, we found a seat amid the Wirikuta pyramids and the show began. It was difficult not to miss anything with so many eye-catching sights including fire dancers, acrobats, dramatic lighting, and cultural and contemporary dancers in elaborate colorful costumes weaving throughout the stadium. But perhaps our favorite part of the night was as we were leaving the show and had a chance to interact with the performers up close and personal; clapping, singing and dancing freely without any choreography. Guests were welcomed to jump in and enjoy the fun. For tickets and information visit: www.thewirikuta.com @TheWirikutaLosCabos
METATE – Open just four months ago, Metate is the newest restaurant in Cabo that everyone is raving about. I fell in love with the place immediately upon entering. The space is intimate and well thought out, and the ambiance is romantic and inviting with colorful Mexican accents and black and white films displayed on a large wood pallet screen. I had the opportunity to take a tour with head chef Abraham Tamez and learn a little bit more about the concept behind Metate. “Metate is the dream of my grandmother and I, a Mexican restaurant with a little farm in the back, where you can get herbs and fresh products for the kitchen and bar,” explains Tamez. Metate takes pride in everything they make, as was evident after watching Chef Tamez circulate the restaurant graciously interacting with his satisfied guests. He describes his menu as “100% Mexican food with touches of different parts of the world like our Chimichurri with grasshoppers.” Some of Metate’s most popular dishes include La Catrina (grilled bone marrow topped with beef cheek in mole verde) and Tlayuda (corn tortilla with black beans, Oaxaca cheese and herbs from the farm). They also make delicious handcrafted cocktails (the margaritas were out of this world) and meats cooked in large pits right on the property. Located on Modelorama road in El Tezal. The kitchen is open Tuesday through Sunday from 6pm – 10:30pm and for Sunday brunch from 10am – 2pm. Closed Mondays. @MetateCabo
7th ANNUAL CABOHOLICS CONVENTION – to Cabo to spend a week catching up with old friends, enjoying activities and giving back to the community and local businesses. How do you know if you’re a Caboholic? Their website explains “Most people become aware there is a problem soon after their first trip to Cabo. Upon returning home, they may find it difficult to focus on work, even when they try not to think about Cabo, thoughts and images continue to fill their mind…Within a week after you return from your vacation in Cabo, you are already checking out the airfare and hotels / timeshares available for your next trip…Each time you vacation in Cabo the addiction grows. The desire for your next “fix” is much stronger than it was after your first trip.” The Caboholics organize several affordable events throughout the week including a meet & greet, boat cruise, bar crawl, benefit dinner, and ride through town on a fire truck (all of which can be accompanied by several adult beverages). They also encourage attendees to visit at least one local participating charity including El Ranchito, Los Cabos Humane Society, Feeding Los Cabos Kids or the Cabo Senior Center. And while there is no cure, I’m sure any Caboholic will tell you it’s an addiction they have no interest in giving up! @Caboholics