This past Sunday a delightful new friend who is a native of San Miguel, took me to lunch at a lovely place el Vergel Bistro and Market about 5.5 Km outside of San Miguel, for a delightful lunch. The place promotes itself as a French Country Bistro composed of the restaurant and a market which sells all sorts of things such as cheese, wine, bread and produce. One might think that a French Country Bistro in the Mexican countryside wouldn’t fit in but after a short ride along the Highway to Dolores Hidaglo we turned off onto a narrow dirt road which seemed in the middle of nowhere through fields of low shrubs but presto-there appeared the delightful el Vergel. We dined al fresco on a pleasantly warm day in the afternoon. I chose a duck confit with scallop potatoes and green beans and my friend chose salmon with vegetables. You can see the photos of our selections. We shared a perfect apple tart with vanilla ice cream for dessert. For all of being in the Mexican countryside, we might have been in the French countryside! Both dishes were perfectly prepared and the wait staff was suitably attentive and bilingual in Spanish and English.
As we drove back toward San Miguel after lunch I noticed a body of water off in the distance and immediately my friend asked if I would like to visit it. Of course, I did! Located southwest of San Miguel is the Presa de Allende or the Allende dam on the Rio Laja River and behind the dam is the large lake/like body of water which is a haven for all sort of water birds, fish, and wildlife. I was so amazed that this enormous lake was there in what otherwise appears to be a rather arid landscape. With no commercial development, the lake is popular for sport fishing, hiking, bird watching and picnicking. As the sun went down and the temperature cooled down I really enjoyed the lovely scenes as we drove along the southwestern shore of the lake and thus I found another of the jewels of the fantastic region of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. It is the kind of place that I could easily see myself spending a lot of time in the near future so you will certainly be reading and seeing a lot more of San Miguel. I hope that you enjoy it!!