Last updateFri, 11 Mar 2016 6pm

Bread pudding festival is huge hit

Lee Hopper began visiting his father at Lake Chapala in the 1960s. Now in his sixties, the bilingual Mexican-American has returned to make the area his home and, he says, help make a difference.

In early March Hopper came up with an idea to help youngsters learn the old ways while getting different generations of families to socialize at the plaza. 

The first enormously successful Feria de Capirotada took place on the Ajijic plaza on Sunday, March 22. 

Ajijic brewer makes beer from the heart

In a small warehouse off the highway in La Canacinta, Argentine native German Schilman is making some of the best beer you’ll find in Ajijic — or anywhere in Mexico. 

Schilman – like many a foreigner who came to travel and stayed for love – made Mexico his home eight years ago and began to discover the craft beer boom. He turned his brewing hobby into a business and began selling beer in September. His Corazon de Malta one-man brewery produces about 90 cases a month of three types of light, but complex tasting ales: English pale ale, American brown ale and American wheat ale. The recipes are his and come from his knowledge of beer making, not copies of some import. Business is booming — clients routinely sell out his product — and expansion to increase production by a factor of ten is in the cards soon. 

Enjoy Schilman’s ales at a variety of local venues: Ocampo 71, The Merendero, Hacienda del Lago, Ajijic Tango, Jardin de Ninete, Licoreria La Paz and La Catrina or visit corazondemaltacom to order direct (free shipping via FedEx in Mexico).








The other day, still in an early morning daze, I dashed out of the house to do a few errands. As soon as I got to my first destination I realized I had left my cell phone behind, recharging on the bedside table.