La Santisima. Meds finally. Trip cancellation process.

Santa Muerte
A painting of Santa Muerte from the restaurant walls.

Sharlene Froberg found a Mexican restaurant she thought we should try so a group of us headed there for supper tonight. La Santisima Gourmet Tacos near N 59th Ave on W Glendale Ave in downtown Glendale. And while they have a great selection of tacos, they also offer burros, fundidos, and other dishes as well. Their food is in the Jalisco style – Guadalajara is the capital of Jalisco. The decorations in the restaurant also mostly come from Guadalajara, and Santa Muerte (Holy Death, as in the Angel of Death) is featured in statue and paintings. Santa Muerte generally appears as a skeletal female figure, clad in a long robe and holding one or more objects, usually a scythe and a globe, and is associated with healing, protection, and safe delivery to the afterlife by her devotees.

group at dinner
Agnes Volk, Dave, Elaine, Sharlene Froberg, Pete Petersen, Donna Volk.

Back to the food: Elaine, Pete, Donna, Agnes, and I all had tacos of one flavor or another. Elaine had one with shredded beef, I had a Oaxaca Black Mole Chicken Taco, Pete had fish tacos, Agnes had a variety of three different tacos, but I don’t remember what Donna ordered. Sharlene had a beef burro of some type. The tacos Agnes ordered were street taco size – 3-inch or so in diameter. The others were maybe a little larger. I heard good reports about all the tacos; Elaine even ordered a second one! I had a bite of Sharlene’s burro and it was delicious. On the front of their menus they proclaim “Arizona’s Best Margaritas”, so Elaine, Pete, and Donna ordered one. Elaine’s was their classic while Pete and Donna had mango margaritas. Yes, the margaritas did taste good, but Elaine and Pete said they prefer my margaritas and Donna said she thought hers were as good or better.

They have an extensive salsa bar. They deliver the tortilla chips to the table but you go to the salsa bar and select which one(s) you want, putting them in small plastic tubs. I think those at the table brought back about a dozen different salsas.

Good food; I would go back!

I finally got my antibiotics around 12:30 and started taking them. What an ordeal! Yesterday the doctor’s office sent the prescription to Walgreen’s but had conflicting info; in one place it said two per day, in another it said every six hours (four per day) and the pharmacist could not fill the prescription without clarification. They sent a fax back to the doctor’s office but got no reply. I called the doctor’s office when they opened at 9:00 this morning and got bumped to the voice mail of a medical assistant who may or may not be the one for the doctor I saw. I waited an hour for a call back and receiving none I called back and asked for the practice manager. I explained the situation to her, telling her it had now been almost a day since the doctor had told me to take the antibiotic but I had not been able to. She said she would take care of it, and she did. About an hour or so later I got a call from Walgreen’s telling me my prescription was ready. Grrr!!!

I got with Delta Vacations today and canceled our Missoula trip arrangements. No problem. I had paid for trip insurance so we should get back all but the insurance fee. From Delta I got the contact info to put in a claim and went to that web site to start the claim process. There is a seven-page form, about four pages of which were filled out online. At least two of the others need to be filled out by my doctors, since they were the ones who said we should not take the trip. I’ll let you know how it works out.

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