To paraphrase Britney Spears, “Oops, we did it again!” That’s right, San Miguel de Allende went and got themselves plastered all over the international media—this time from the New York Times—just for being the best place on earth to live.
We’ve all seen the Times weekly travel article: it’s always 36 hours in some exotic locale. This time the piece was titled 36 Hours in San Miguel de Allende, and was written by ex-resident and lavender farmer, Jeannie Ralston, who once consulted with one of my favorite local non-profits, The Lavender Project.
Jeannie’s 36 hours are tamed down, so as not to frighten the reader into believing that we’re really “San Manhattan”—as my Hollywood fashion designer friend calls it—and leaving viewers fearful they would have no time to rest. What Jeannie calls a 36-hour itinerary is often experienced in half the time with those of us who live life to the fullest here. We’re always living in a holiday mindset!
Jeannie mentions our newest hit in town—the Peruvian cebicheria La Parada—but gives homage to long-time favorites like La Sirena Gorda, La Azotea, El Rincon de Don Tomas, and Via Organica. Hotel Matilda’s revamped restaurant, Moxi—they claim Salma Hayek as a customer—is now under the supervision of world-famous Mexican chef Enrique Olvera, whose Mexico City restaurant Pujol has been mentioned in these pages many times. Oh yes, newcomer De Temporada—Iliana is a San Miguel native, husband James is a gringo—indeed proves a great choice for the green papaya and octopus salad, as your blogger can attest.
But why spend 36 hours in San Miguel when you can spend the next 36 years here? Take a look at our homes in Los Senderos, build your own Veranda with a View, and settle in to a New York Times lifestyle year round!