Food Musings

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

Captain’s Table

December5

How do you feel when you walk into an empty restaurant? Are you excited that you get your pick of tables or skeptical about what is coming out of the kitchen? I was pleasantly surprised by the fare at the Captain’s Table Fish and Chips, 1823 portage Ave. in spite of the restaurant being completely empty on a Monday evening. The helpful server told me that they are very busy at lunch and later in the week so keep this in mind if you plan to visit.

The restaurant was decorated in a quaint nautical theme so there was a lot to look at as I waited to pick up our dinner to go. When they handed me a brown bag full of food, I thought that I was getting someone else’s supper. I had ordered the Captain’s Combo with a salad/fries side as I thought that it would be the best way to sample a variety of their offerings.

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The sautéed jumbo prawns were perfectly prepared and still hot and firm when I got home. The breaded shrimp were fun to plop into cocktail sauce and pop into our mouths, having first removed the tail of course. There were two pieces of fish on the platter and I tried my best to determine which was cod and which was haddock, but failed to do so. The fries didn’t do very well on the short car ride home. They had cooled and needed to be reheated.

I must confess that I am a fish and chip snob, ordering them wherever we travel to compare the world’s to my favourite Winnipeg’s versions. The secret to delectable fries is the right potato and a two step frying process. The best fish in my humble opinion explodes with a crunch when you bite into it. How does the Captain’s Table fare to these exacting standards (I am being facetious here)? They missed the mark slightly on quality but I give them top marks for value-the $20 dinner fed two of us!

The Captain’s Table is locally owned by Garry Swain who I understand I had just missed that evening. They are open Monday – Saturday from 11 am – 9 pm. They have an all day menu with a special lunch only section and a take out menu available. The front door has one step which might prove difficult for persons with mobility issues.

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Kath’s quote: “Look at that sea, girls–all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.” ― L.M. Montgomery

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Love never fails.

 

Isla Mujeres Trip Report-Day 8

December1

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The next morning was very windy with no sunrise. D finished his book and then we packed up for our move to Luna d’ Miel. There was an absolute cloud burst, then we thought it had cleared for our 11 am check out. Unfortunately that was only the first of a number of cloudbursts and we got soaked to the skin walking the sort distance to Roca Mar for a cab and then unloading at Luna d’Miel.

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Our apartment was still occupied so we headed to D’Luisa’s where we had cappuccinos and dried off.

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We still had another 3 hours until check in. As you can see above, I spent much of the time beachcombing.

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We walked through Colonias but stuck as close to the water as we could.

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We love staying on the airport strip where our neighbours  have million dollar homes along side the simplest of structures.

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We arrived back at Luna D’Miel about 1:30 and after a five minute wait for the floor to dry, we were home.

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D immediately took up permanent residence in the hammock and I ventured out a couple of times to beach comb and then it rained again, another time to read in the sun and then it rained again.

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We both felt much calmer and more relaxed at Luna D’Miel. We can’t explain it though.

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We arranged to have Bro #3 & L pick us up on their way to Casa de los Suenos. We were disappointed that there was no sunset but the staff were great hosts. We shared a cab home to listen to the Winnipeg Jets game and read our books.

Kath’s quote: “Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.” ― Vladimir Nabokov

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Love never fails.

Isla Mujeres 2016 Trip Report-Day7

November30

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There was a cloudy sunrise with a strong south wind.

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We knew that our time at the wonderful Villas San Miguel was coming to an end and so I kept taking pictures of it, to permanently remember how great our time had been.

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We made cucumber, cheese, mayo and cilantro on tortas for breakfast. We use fresh tortas from the super market, lime mayo, manchego cheese and lots of salt and pepper on the cucumbers. It is one of my favourite things to eat on the island. When I walked out our second floor door, the wind caught the cilantro and it landed in the swimming pool!

We had a visit with new neighbours from Alberta before they left. They loved Fredy’s pork chop and special shrimp. Then we read for a while around the pool

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and then off to my little spot for sea glass. D joined me and we walked home for Tino’s ribs for lunch.

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Afterward we researched a place for 2017 and ended up at the beach for a visit with the gang.

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We rarely make it to Playa Norte without first stopping in on our dear friend Hortenzia. Sometimes we just wave “hola” but typically we have a play with whichever grandkids she is watching over. She does so and runs her successful business at the same time-all with grace and patience.

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Then it was home to Villas San Miguel for a shower and drinks out by the seawall.

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We went shopping for supper ingredients and saw a partial sunset by the old Brisa Grill docks. We cooked fish, eggplant and rice at home and then went out to Pita Amore for flan.

Kath’s quote: “…vicinity to the sea is desirable, because it is easier to do nothing by the sea than anywhere else, and because bathing and basking on the shore cannot be considered an employment but only an apotheosis of loafing”. ― E.F. Benso

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Love never fails.

Isla Mujeres 2016 Trip Report-Day 6

November29

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This cozy scene drew me as soon as my eyes were open. I had to put on a hoodie and warm my hands by gripping to my coffee cup, but it was perfect none the less.

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There was only a mini sunrise from our beautiful balcony. But it was still lovely.

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Before we knew it, this was the view from our bedroom window at Villas San Miguel. We have learned to enjoy every moment on Isla because you never know when the sky will change. I think that is a good life lesson too.

S & D came to see our second suite at Villas San Miguel-they were very, very impressed!

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We had breakfast with the gang at Bally Hoo with the gang including Margaret & Andy who were leaving with Dona and Sister #3.

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I enjoyed an amazing Italian omelette with cheese, sausage, ham inside.

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One of our many traditions on Isla is taking pouty pictures of people (and ourselves) as they are waiting to leave on a departing ferry.

And just like that…they were off.

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We joined Jean and Rich for church and then went to see a house by Medina Luna.

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They told us to come back in an hour so we visited with Bro #3 & L on the beach.

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That afternoon we joined them (and eventually Jean and Rich) at the baseball game.

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The Isla team had already played and were enjoying lunch in the stands.

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They insisted upon sharing their simple meal with us. Another of thousands of reasons why I love the Islanders.

Since it was in the vicinity we walked over to see our friend Hortenzia’s house being built. Then we went and saw Sandra & Tim’s rental. I am not sure that I got the name of it but it was the complex owned by the Gomar family. They loved their stay there.

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We arrived home for a Happy Hour coconut/kahlua/banana shake with Bro #3 & L. I walked to the shore for sunset and met Gloria and Huw. They told us that we weren’t expected at Luna d’ Miel until Tuesday and they were right. Keith of Villas San Miguel generously made arrangements for us to stay one more evening .

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That evening we were out for dinner at Jardin de Maya with Jan and Bruce. I enjoyed the garlic fish.

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I think D ordered the Mole.

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Jan or Bruce chose the pulled pork.

A wonderful way to spend a Sunday, feeling more and more like I live on the island.

Kath’s quote: “Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Love never fails.

Sardinian Smile-Isla Mujeres

November24

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The biggest and most pleasant surprise while enjoying all the amazing food that Isla Mujeres has to offer was eating at Sardinian Smile Restaurant. We had walked past it on the south end of Hidalgo numerous times and rarely saw a full restaurant. This absolutely mystified us, as the food was nothing short of sensational, equal to the dinners we enjoyed while traveling through Tuscany!

On the evening we dined, delicious bruschetta arrived as one starter and then a basket of homemade bread served with olive and parmesan for dipping.

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Our first course was Octopus & Beef Carpaccio with truffle oil! I can imagine the taste right now…..

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Our pasta course was artichoke ravioli with tomatoes, lobster ravioli, mushroom ravioli and four cheese ravioli (the latter being the traditional Sardinian version). All these delectable packets had been pinched by hand.

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We can’t remember the name of this dish but it was as sensational as the rest of our meal.

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Dessert was absolutely not necessary, but we enjoyed it nonetheless.

Sylvia the owner of Sardinian Smile was so passionate about the ingredients she brings over from Italy, the dishes they serve and food in general. We hit it off immediately and I would love to spend more time with her. Her staff, many of whom are her relations, share her passion and their service is warm and efficient.

We are planning a very special dinner at Sardinian Smile in 2017 when we are next on the island.

Kath’s quote: “Cooking is at once one of the simplest and most gratifying of the arts, but to cook well one must love and respect food”. –Craig Claiborne

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Love never fails.

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