The bad words that were going through my mind because I couldn’t find my glasses began with F.
F. F. F.
I looked EVERYWHERE in the room, about ten times. Nope. I called the concierge to see if maybe they had been turned in. Nope. Karen told me to go look where we had been sitting on the beach. Nope. I was beside myself about losing them. They are progressives. Yes, progressives. I am an old chica. I need progressives. I can’t see well. I can’t hear well. But I can still wear 4 1/2 inch stilettos. When I can’t do that anymore, I will know I am really old!
They are progressives and they are made of titanium, so they were freakin’ expensive. Worth a really nice pair of shoes. I was starting to feel very sad about it. Karen told me to go look where we sat on the beach again. “Take a flashlight.”
They did not have a flashlight at the concierge desk. (Try asking for a flashlight when you don’t speak Spanish. Just imagine the hand gestures!) I had my iPhone and it has a flashlight, so I used that. When I got out to the beach chairs, I realized the first time I had looked at the wrong chairs. I went to the correct chairs and there they were! In the sand! I had taken them off, put them on my lap and then must have stood up and they fell on the sand. OMG! I was so happy to find them! So, so happy!
Now, I would have a good time tonight!
I went back to the room and Karen and I left for dinner at Toni’s.
There are people waiting. We check in with the hostess. She asks us to come back in 15 minutes. Ok, this is new and different, but I knew they had squeezed us in. I asked if we could have a drink while we waited and she said sure, give her a few minutes and she would get us one. We went in to the restaurant waiting area. Within 5 minutes Hugo (Toni’s manager) is seating us.
This place (the Grand ) rocks!
We are seated by the window. We order wine, which is good. We order the seafood selection app, which is good.
It is served with three different sauces (I only remember the cocktail sauce), and wash cloths (in case you ate it with your hands).
I ordered the Rib Eye. I have had this several times in the past. It is thin, but usually delicious. Not so much this time. Chewy.
Karen had the Surf and Turf with the Double Cut filet. The filet is good, but the lobster is not.
We both have the Caesar Salad.
The presentation of the Caesar Salad is different if you order it as a side, as we did tonight, than if you order it as an appetizer. (Check back for tomorrow’s dinner for a pic of that).
After dinner we go to………the Lobby Bar!
Karen chats with a young (really young) couple sitting next to us at the bar. I am feeling very antisocial, so I don’t participate. Instead I watch Daniel make me a chocolate martini. Someone on the internet said he made a really good chocolate martini. So, I needed to try his and compare it to Humbeto’s.
Daniel put on a really good martini making show.
Is he not adorable? I just DO NOT understand why his girlfriend broke up with him.
Status update: They are back together now.
He is adorable, AND makes a damn good chocolate martini. But I felt like I was cheating on Humberto.
Humberto showed up and took one look at Karen’s chocolate martini and dumped it out and made her the one the way she likes.
These guys are so cute, but a little competitive when it comes to chocolate martinis. They both make awesome chocolate martinis. Humbeto has Karen’s down. I am more flexible. I love them both.
Karen gets done chatting with the toddlers and shortly after we go back to the room. Or maybe it was awhile after. I can’t remember.
What I DO remember is that we got in a HUGE argument about whether you should tip in pesos or dollars. I say pesos. I base this on researching it from the forums and asking the locals and expats. Karen says dollars. She bases this on having asked a couple of the staff. She is convinced she is right, as am I.
My rationale is that, while they are thrilled with any tip, if you tip them in the national currency, then they don’t have to take time on their one day off, exchanging money, and paying exchange fees. I’m pretty sure they pay their rent and for their groceries in pesos. Karen’s thinking is that the dollar is more valuable.
It was quite the heated discussion. I said we had to agree to disagree on this one. She was not ready to let it go. At one point I was worried we were yelling so loud that our neighbors might complain. I kid you not.
I always say, just freakin’ tip. But don’t for a minute think that they are ever going to refuse a tip if it’s in dollars. And to say that that proves that dollars are just as good is stupid. Some people say that…”I’ve never had them refuse it.” Well, DUH! And don’t tip in dollars only because it’s “easier” for you. You’re on vacation. you can take a couple of minutes to exchange money. And DON’T whine about the exchange rate at the hotel (it’s actually decent). This is what got us started on this argument in the first place. The toddler couple was complaining about the exchange rate offered by the hotel. It’s a hotel. It’s not a bank. They have to take their time to get pesos for you to exchange, so it’s not going to be as good as if you went to a bank. Quit your whining. Be thankful that you can afford to go to an awesome place like the Grand on vacation and tip the staff, who make your vacation so awesome, generously.
And tip them in pesos!
Ok, yes, I feel strongly about this.
In the morning, Karen apologized for being obnoxious. I agreed that she had been. But on the peso vs. dollars issues, we continue to agree to disagree.