In November our manager, Efrain (Jin) Ceballos, and his brothers Andres and Freddy, opened a fabulous new restaurant, El Sabor de Mexico, on the main boulevard of our adorable little town. Charming decor and great tasting food with the flavors of Oaxaca, the foodie state of Mexico. Stop and give “The Taste of Mexico” a try. Authentic Oaxacan hot chocolate and spicy Molé sauce just to name two.
Thank you to Michael Maurus, the very talented photographer in Puerto Morelos, for his fabulous new photos of Casa Anita. Here is a teaser of just two of them. More coming soon and they will be uploaded to our website as soon as our web guy has time. Michael will also be doing new photos of Abbey del Sol One and, next summer, after the high season and we get some more renovations done, Abbey del Sol Two.
Many of you will recognize our new, part-time office staff, Fernando Mendoza. Fernando lives in the little house next to the Abbey Two back building that has been affectionately called “Abbey Tres” for many years since guests occasionally stumble into his front yard looking for Abbey del Sol. Fernando has lived in our town and the Cancun area for over 30 years. He is a gifted massage therapists that Abby sees regularly when she is in town.
In October we asked him if he would be willing to join the staff as a office fill-in for Nancy when she goes to lunch or has her day off. Since he is so familiar with the town and area and speaks excellent English he has been a welcome addition to our staff.
Returning guests to Casa Anita will notice a nice, new, much more comfortable sofa bed in the living room. We moved the pretty but not so comfortable sofa bed that was there into #4 at Abbey del Sol One to replace the elderly futon that was the spare sleeping spot in the front hall. The custom made woodwork on the former Anita sofa looks just lovely in the hallway of #4 and it is in a place where people never use it to sit on.
The new, comfy sofa bed at Casa Anita
The former Anita sofa looks lovely in its new place in the hallway of #4 at Abbey One.
Since so many of our guests LOVE the day long cooking class at The Little Mexican Cooking School I wanted to introduce the new Chef, Alfonso Lopez de Alba. Alfonso’s first lesson was his favorite Oaxacan menu, with an awesome mole dish assembled like Lasagne. He is busy writing up new menus for the winter’s classes. Even if you have been to the School before you should go again. Alfonso is a whole new view of Mexican cuisine. Chef Pablo, the former chef, can be found at his restaurant next to the bookstore, El Nicho, with all his wonderful flavors and dishes.
Catriona Brown, the owner of the school, and her new chef, Alfonso.
We added the pretty paving blocks to the back patio at Abbey One. No matter what we did we just couldn’t get the grass to grow. It is much easier to walk on and keep clean now. Jin is busy figuring out the flowers and plants to add. We’ll have some professional photos taken in a few weeks.
See the post below for the new look in apartments #1 and #2. Here are my (not so great) photos of #3. The color is greener and the fabric is a lighter brown on the bed runner but at least you get the idea. It looks so nice and modern now.
Thanks to our talented friend and interior decorator, Ivonne Rebollar, we now have fresh and updated second floor apartments at Abbey del Sol One. We added extra counter space with an electrically dispensed bottled water mechanism underneath; a new sofa bed and a new side reading chair is coming soon. #3, the cute studio also on the second floor, has also been redecorated in a nice green, photos to follow. The back patio has also been redone, photos to follow. All of you Abbey One Regular Guests…ENJOY!
Every autumn, when the town is so quiet and we are dodging the tropical storms, we start the freshening up of our properties. This year Abbey del Sol One will get refurbished second floor apartments so those of you who are regulars in #1, #2 or #3, you will find some appreciated upgrades. I will post photos once it is all done. Ivonne Rebollar who is the talented decorator who did Casa Juanita for us is coming up with a new, updated color scheme, new sleeper sofas, refurnished wood furniture, better wall décor, and new flat screen TVs.
In Abbey del Sol Two there will also be some fun changes. Most of the apartments will have flat screen TV’s. There will be some new décor and in #9, new kitchen cabinets. Check back in late October for new photos.
We have installed custom made lounge chair cushions made from a much more durable and waterproof foam that is much more comfortable to sit on than our old ones, and they won’t flatten out so quickly over time.