Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Beach Buzz: Weather, Xochitl's Cholla Cafe, CEDO and more

-by La Huerita

Let's start out today with Xochitl's Cholla Cafe, a much loved fixture in Cholla Bay for over 3 decades. Pronounced "So-cheet's" but generally just called Sochie's, Sally Dalton and Jennifer Hudson have been running this rustic little restaurant since 1994. They named it after the previous owner, Xochitl, in gratitude for all the help she gave them when they took over, even though she was very ill. Originally it was just called Cholla Cafe, and many still call it that today. I always think of it just as Sochie's.

Well, all good things must come to an end-- but not Sochie's, exactly. It's true that the old restaurant will be closing down, but only because a new one will soon be opening its doors. Ground was broken for the new restaurant last December, just a block and a half from the old location, and the grand opening is expected August 1.

For those people who are concerned that it will go all fancy and lose its rustic charm, relax: Everything will stay pretty much the same, including the cooks, but with parking, a bay view, and outdoor seating off the main street PLUS working toilets and light switches! You can’t miss it as you drive into Cholla Bay. Look for the bright pumpkin-colored building at the speed bump on the only paved strip in Cholla Bay. So if you're in the area next month, be sure to drop by for a breakfast burrito or lunch enchiladas and show Sally and Jennifer some love. You know they love you back.

~Also in the Food category, Roberto at Rocky Point Talk informs us that the Candy Cake Bakery has opened a new establishment next to Mary's Cocteleria in the Malecon. I assume they are serving their usual fare, a full service espresso bar, frappes, cappuccinos, a variety of cakes, doughnuts and more, and there is a second level deck for relaxing. Show them and yourself some love by picking up something sweet and delectable to devour while you people watch on the weekend.

~Kudos to CEDO, a tad belatedly. On June 5, in a ceremony to commemorate World Environment Day, CEDO received the Award of Ecological Merit (el Premio al Mérito Ecológico) from the president of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT). CEDO was selected as a winner in the non-formal environmental education category, in recognition of all the education projects CEDO has undertaken and lead for nearly 30 years.

~And finally we get to the Weather. You know, the subject Mark Twain said everyone complains about but no one ever does anything about. Well, when you live in one of the driest places in North America a bit of a storm is something to talk about, and Rocky Point had one on Friday night, July 17. Not that it should be a huge surprise, since it is monsoon season after all. But even in monsoon season what we get is mostly just very hot very humid days. The kind that only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in, to paraphrase Noel Coward.

So a bit of a squall began to roll in during the late afternoon, with some rain and a really fine audio/visual show of lightning and thunder that lasted for several hours. It was quite beautiful, really. First everyone got to watch the show from a distance as it moved up from the southeast, blowing up some dust in town as a harbinger of things to come. It blew into Rocky Point after dark, around 10:00PM, and shook things up a bit with its tumult. It was the kind of thing locals will talk about for days; hope you didn't miss it!

And that's all the Buzz on the Beach for today.

Peace out...

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