El Diezmo in San Jose Iturbide

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Cornerstone for El Diezmo, opened January 31, 2003

I contacted my friend, Enrique, to let him know that I was in San Miguel and to see if we could get together while I was in the area.  Enrique manages a hotel in nearby San Jose Iturbide.  Enrique, along with his father, Francisco, are the ones who introduced me to tunas and atun ice cream mentioned in the last entry.  Enrique invited me to lunch at the hotel he manages, El Diezmo.

El Diezmo means one tenth.  It is named that as it was formerly the site where members of the Catholic Church in the area brought their 1/10th tithe to the church.  It originally had an office, a granary, stables, and storehouses for the tithed goods brought in by the church members.  When it was no longer needed by the church, Enrique's grandfather purchased the property and made it into his home.

View from El Diezmo Courtyard toward San Jose Iturbide main square
  The family maintained the property as it was when the grandfather passed for several years, and then in 2003, it was developed into a hotel and restaurant.  I had been here several times before with Enrique and his family over the years.  In fact, the last time that I had been here was in 2003 for Enrique's wedding.  It was nice to be back and see it again.

The hotel property has a beautiful new swimming pool since the last time I visited.  Too bad I did not have time to try it out!   Enrique's assistant gave us a tour of the older parts of El Diezmo that are not open to the public.  Foo loved the kitchen and the dining areas.  The original art from the days when it belonged to the church are still on display there -- an amazing look back into history.

We had a great lunch at the restaurant at El Diezmo and I got to see Enrique, his wife and their two children.  As our lunch was about to wrap up, Enrique's parents came for lunch as well.  I introduced them to Foo, and we were then invited to have dinner with them the next night at their home.  Foo insisted that she be able to bring the food and prepare a Thai dinner for them, which Enrique's parents enthusiastically accepted! 

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Cornerstone for El Diezmo, opened …
Cornerstone for El Diezmo, opened…
View from El Diezmo Courtyard towa…
View from El Diezmo Courtyard tow…
Foo and Juan
Foo and Juan
El Diezmo pool
El Diezmo pool
New Pool at El Diezmo
New Pool at El Diezmo
Original part of El Diezmo
Original part of El Diezmo
El Diezmo
El Diezmo
New Hotel Constructionand 200+ yea…
New Hotel Constructionand 200+ ye…
Grounds
Grounds
Hibiscus (Jamaica)
Hibiscus (Jamaica)
Yellow Hibiscus
Yellow Hibiscus
Foo and old tree trunk
Foo and old tree trunk
Foo in kitchen in original section
Foo in kitchen in original section
Ceilings in original section
Ceilings in original section
Dining room in original section
Dining room in original section
Original Art from El Diezmo
Original Art from El Diezmo
Original Art from El Diezmo
Original Art from El Diezmo
Original Art from El Diezmo
Original Art from El Diezmo
View from the Grounds
View from the Grounds
Marriage Tree -- originally two …
"Marriage Tree" -- originally two…
At the Marriage Tree
At the Marriage Tree
Juan and Foo at the Marriage Tree
Juan and Foo at the Marriage Tree
Room at El Diezmo
Room at El Diezmo
Hallway at El Diezmo
Hallway at El Diezmo
Pato!
Pato!
San Jose Iturbide
photo by: TYoungTX