Happy New Year 2012!
This year, Susanna’s resolution is to thrive, not just survive!
This past Holiday Season, we started selling Gingerbread Houses and Holiday Cakes with Gluten Free and Sugar Free Options. Susanna’s also ventured into New Territory by producing special menu plans for various health related diets like the Gerson Diet, Gluten or Sugar Free choices and of course Vegan and Vegetarian. The latter two have always been available on Susanna’s menu, but the Gluten Free became of interest to me as I personally am trying to stay away from white starches. Susanna’s now offers our Guests’ lovely Brown Rice Pasta in both Spaghetti or Penne style for you on any of our Pasta dishes.
Very Interesting for me was creating months of daily meals following the Max Gerson Diet for several medical patients being treated in Baja. I was surprised at how many foods were not allowed because it was a mold, fat or too high in natural sugar. Colors also were a great indicator of acceptance into the Gerson principal. The fun was creating combinations of all accepted foods making them taste great and appetizing to my ill patients. I usually ate everything my patients did and loved it except for beets, Betabel in Spanish. Yuk!
An original goal over eight years ago when I first opened Susanna’s was to branch out into a commercial food line or franchise Susanna’s in other parts of Mexico or the US.
With my fingers crossed, we will hopefully be launching some of my Signature Items and Sauces to Food Retailers in the US this year, which is our Resolution to thrive!
Being in a Tourist Town with no Tourists has been a challenge to say the least. While I am an active member of the Image Committee for Baja under State Secretary of Tourism, Juan Tintos, we all recognize that this will be a very slow recuperation to bring Baja back to the thriving Tourist destination it once was and should be.
For those tourists returning, they are noticing the great improvements in our roads and highways, friendly and helpful police and a strong dollar value, currently averaging out to 13.5 pesos to one dollar.
An added incentive for Tourists is the Fastrack Lane, which used to be exclusive for Medical patients only. Guests spending over 1000 pesos(approx $80dlls) at Susanna’s now receive a fastrack pass which puts them in a private lane at the border. Normally, this puts your crossing time to under 15 minutes which is huge for our Southern California Tourist market.
To all of our clients, we wish you and yours your best year yet! We thank you for supporting Susanna’s and hope to see you back enjoying our beautiful and peaceful Baja!