Food Musings

A Winnipeg blog about the joy of preparing food for loved ones and the shared joy that travel & dining brings to life.

Ruben’s-Isla Mujeres 2018

April4

Another of our must visits is Ruben’s. We were delighted to try Chilito this year and wish Ruben much success. Here are some of our previous visits from the Food Musings archive:

2016

2017

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Ruben’s is so well situated in Centro that we sometimes stop in on the way home from the beach as we did one day for his shrimp omelet. I dream about the omelet when I am not on the island.

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On another evening we were strolling Hidalgo near the end of our stay and realized that we had only had ceviche one time. It had been made with white fish not the shrimp version that we prefer. So we decided to walk over to Ruben’s for a night cap and an order of shrimp ceviche.

Kath’s quote: “Never trust a skinny cook” –Unknown

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Love never fails.

 

Fredy’s-Isla Mujeres 2018

April3

What can I say about Fredy’s and his fabulous food that I have not already said.

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2016,  2016 Mel & Alda’s

2017

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Once we understood his quirky sense of humour we were fast friends. More recently we have gotten to know his wife Ana and his kids as well.

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On this occasion we completely depleted Fredy’s pork chop supply (there were 8 of us). We could hear him apologizing at another table that he was completely out.

Things are changing on the island. It was most noticeable on this trip. Many of the reasons why we love the island is because of people like Fredy and that I am sure will never change.

Kath’s quote: “The more things change, the more they are the same.”- Alphonse Karr

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Love never fails.

 

 

Angelo-Isla Mujeres 2018

April2

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One of our many fish and shellfish meals in Portugal.

I have always stated that the food at Angelo’s rivals pizzas and pastas that we have enjoyed in Italy and now that we have traveled to the Algarve in Portugal, I can claim that they are as excellent as the fishing villages on the Mediterranean coast as well.

Here are some Angelo posts from the Food Musings Archives:

2012

2013

2014

2015

2017

On this evening we were hoping to check out the Jets game so we stopped at Nash’s. We were going to share some nibbles there but there were smokers next to us, a couple of different games on and then a jazz trip started to lay. Even though we claim to be rabid Jets fans, that was a little too much chaos for us.

So four of us wandered down Hidalgo to see what might tempt us all. The aromas wafting out of Angelo’s quickly got our attention so we picked a table on the sidewalk and settled in. Icy cervesas and vino tintos were quickly secured while we perused their extensive menu. R & M were trying to decide between seafood pasta and pizza and so were we so we ordered two of each and shared it all among the four of us.

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I can’t quite put my finger n what makes the seafood pizza so good. The wood fired crust is excellent as are the sauce and the liberal use of cheese but I think that it is because the shellfish is placed raw on the pizza and allowed to baked as part of the overall process. This means that the natural juices of the seafood, seep out and meld with all the other delectable flavours.

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I predict that the fruit of the sea are steamed together and then tossed with the fettuccine. This also means that the natural juices are a part of the overall taste along with what I suspect is plenty of garlic and a good quality extra virgin olive oil.

Since we were still enjoying the arrival day of our friends, there was still much to get caught up on as well as the necessity of an early evening.

Kath’s quote: “Catching up with old friends is like reopening a favourite gift“.-Author unknown

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Love never fails.

Bally Hoo-Isla Mujeres 2018

April2

We have a tradition as soon as we get off of the ferry on Isla. We immediately (with suitcases in hand) head to Bally Hoo. This year it didn’t work out as I arrived late in the day and the rest of my entourage was waiting for an additional ferry to arrive. When D stepped off the ferry a week later it was late in the evening so that didn’t work out either.

Here are some previous visits from the Food Musings Archives:

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2012

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2014

2015

 

The day after D’s arrival though, we were meeting a couple of old friends who were about to spend a week with us on the island. They arrived at lunch time and were hungry. When we asked them where they might like to go for lunch, they immediately said-Bally Hoo!

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It didn’t take them long to decide what to order: one of them chose the shrimp tacos and the other the fish ones so that they could trade and share. They were happy that they selected tastes that are so entrenched in why we all love the island. We had just been to Mango’s for breakfast so unfortunately we couldn’t partake. But we happily got caught up with them as we sipped ice cold cervesas.

We would share a meal with them almost every day of their trip but this first one was very special with the excitement of just arriving on the island and the reuniting of four very old friends.

Kath’s quote: “To reminisce with my old friends, a chance to share some memories, and play our songs again,”. -Ricky Nelson

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Love never fails.

 

 

Pollo’s Mango Cafe-Isla Mujeres 2018

March30

One of our many Isla restaurateur friends is Pollo. We met him years ago but only see him occasionally now as he is a hands-on Dad, a compassionate disaster fund-raiser and entrepreneur. Here are some Mango meals from the Food Musings Archives:

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2016

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We had watched his Facebook posts over the summer to see the building of his rooftop space and outdoor patio garden. Not surprisingly, it was the first place D wanted to go when he joined me on the island.

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This beauty met us as we made our way from the restaurant to the patio. He/she simply wanted to play and we were happy to indulge him/her en route.

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We were drawn to a large live edge plank table and benches. Luckily the table was open and we comfortably settled in.

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One thing that Mango has always cleverly done is place an urn of “help yourself” coffee in their dining spaces. This way even if a server doesn’t make it over to you right away, you are content to sip coffee and imagine what beautiful culinary concoction you will select on this visit. You will notice that the patio is covered with brightly coloured tarps. I don’t know if they keep out the rain, but they certainly shield you from the sun. Strategically placed jumbo fans also get the air moving.

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There were requests for stuffed chilies all around except for one order of their amazing French toast which I have so many pictures of, I chose not to add another and…

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the Mayan scramble which I ordered. Oh my goodness, I was over the moon! This delicious mound of sauteed veggies and eggs sparkled in my mouth. The tastes were clean, fresh and absolutely addictive. I always order the stuff poblano but no more.

Service was as attentive as they could be with a full patio and restaurant. Somehow sitting on that patio, we didn’t really notice how long the food took.

Kath’s quote: “Food is for eating, and good food is to be enjoyed… I think food is, actually, very beautiful in itself”. -Delia Smith
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Love never fails.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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