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Pizza and a More-Opening Night on Hidalgo 2020

March17

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One of the many things I (Sister #3) love about Isla Mujeres is how it attracts people from all over the world. This trip alone I have met people from Germany, Netherlands, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Spain and of course plenty of Americans and Canadians. This international flavour not only floats through the air in a variety of languages of overheard conversation, it also shapes the restaurant scene and has for many years. From the nouvelle cuisine of Belgian born Lolo Laurena, to the gang making authentic Israeli food at the Green House. Restauranteurs from across the globe have made Isla home and brought their delicious recipes with them.

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One such transplant to the island is Mateo, owner of Pizza & a More. Originally from Rome, he, and his wife (from Milan), and his Mom and Dad serve the best food this side of Italy. On this night, we caught a glimpse of the newest addition to his family-a sweet faced little one carried in Mama’s arms.

Previously located on Carlos Lazo, just down from Poc Na hostel, Pizza & a More recently took over a location on Hidalgo which was until recently vacated by Nash’s Sports Bar. We visited on their first night open after the big move, and the food was superb. Mateo didn’t miss a beat. K and I shared a pizza and a fettuccine as suggested by Mateo.

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Our “primavera” pizza was simple with a tasty tomato sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, rocket (arugula) salad and cherry tomatoes. The pizza crust was crisp, light and flavourful and the fresh tastes of the toppings were a good counterpoint to the rich pasta that we also shared.

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Freshly made fettuccine cooked to a perfect al dente and tossed with cream, blue cheese and a generous amount of speck (Italian smoked Serrano ham).

We also snapped a few photos of the food on our neighbours tables.

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Vivian, a Cuban transplant and former owner of Cubano restaurant, and her New York friends were enjoying a lovely salad served in a pizza crust bread bowl. The gentleman from the table declared: “I am from New York and this is the best pizza I have ever tasted”!

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The table to the other side of us happened to be our brother and his wife, true pizza lovers, enjoying the “Chorizo y Cebolla” pie, featuring Mateos Mother’s homemade Italian sausage and plenty of onions.

The menu currently only lists their pizza and calzones, but your server will tell you about the salad and pasta options which are new additions to the previous menu.

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You can also pick up Mateo’s thick crust variety of by the slice pizza on your way to the beach at his kiosk further down Carlos Lazo almost at North Beach. We had a couple of occasions to sample it and it was filling and deeply satisfying.

I’m so glad that such a diverse community of people call Isla home. Each of them bring the best from their country and further enhance this place that is already so full of rich traditions, culture, beautiful food, and wonderful people.

Kath’s quote: “When the moon hits your eye….”. You know the rest.

Thanks to Sister #3 who penned this piece.

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Pita hearts shot in Italy.

Love never fails.

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Guest Blogger Sister #3-Loncheria Nicol, Isla Mujeres

September4

Each year, when I get back from my trip to Isla Mujeres, the thing I miss most about the food is the ability to pick up a wide variety of unbelievable yummy items to go. Sure, in Canada we can order a pizza, or drive through for a burger, but I miss the corner taco stand, the churro cart, the rotisserie chicken shops. One thing that is becoming more abundant in my home city of Winnipeg is fried chicken. Gone are the days when the option of KFC or maybe Chicken Chef if you happened to be in the right neighbourhood. Recently we have welcomed Jollibee, Mary Browns, and Popeyes. But the best fried chicken I’ve eaten recently was from a little Loncheria in Isla Mujeres called Loncheria Nicol.

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Owner Luis moved six years ago from Akil, a small community in the Yucatán, to Isla Mujeres where he opened Loncheria Nicol. Named in honour of both his Father-in-law Nicolas, and his niece Nicol, this little take out joint has become a new favourite amongst locals and tourists alike. Located on Avenida Jesus Martinez Ross beside the Comex in the Meteorologico neighbourhood, it is pretty central for those in the colonias, but fear not if you are not close by, they deliver all over the island!

This year, on our last day on the island, we thought we would order some deliver to our hotel for a light snack while we packed up our belongings and got ready for the next day’s departure. We ordered from Loncheria Nicol and our delicious food was delivered right to the door of our hotel, fast and hot. So nice after a long day at the beach.

There was much more than we needed for our snack, so we decided to pack the leftovers in a cooler bag to tote to the airport. The time between breakfast on the island and dinner at home once you land is a long one and airport food is supper pricey, so we are in the habit of taking leftovers to enjoy as we wait. I think ordering from Nicol’s will be a tradition from this point forward. The Asian noodles were scrumptious served cold, as was the rice, which was full of tomato flavour. We ate all the potatoes the previous day because they were so amazing and would not have been as good cold as they were hot. The pieces of left over fried chicken were still crunchy and tasty, but my favourite was the BBQ chicken which was glazed in a slightly sweet and sticky sauce. The roast chicken was also really good, juicy and succulent. Luis is an absolute delight and made sure we had everything we needed and was so gracious when we sent him our praise for his wonderful food. It you are on Isla now, be sure to pop by or place a delivery order. If, like us, you won’t be back till next winter, be sure to add Loncheria Nicol to your “must do” list.

Kath’s quote: “Everyone loves fried chicken, Don’t ever make it. Ever. Buy it from a place that makes good fried chicken”. -Nora Ephron

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Love never fails.

 

Guest Blogger Sister #3-Breakfast at Sesso Loco’s, Isla Mujeres

July31

2018 was my first visit to Sesolocos when I visited them for dinner, which was delicious.  Here is the link to that blog post if you want the details.  This year I tried them for breakfast and I have to say that based on my previous experience, my expectations were high.  We arrived and were warmly greeted by owner Jesus, AKA Seso.  We started with coffee, really good coffee.  You know the stuff, strong but without a hint of bitter.

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We decided to have the banana coconut French toast and the chilaquiles.  Typically the French toast is made with big crispy slices of baguette, but the morning had not gone exactly as planned for Jesus and the bread was not available so it was made with regular sandwich bread.  The results were still great.  The bread was soaked in egg and cinnamon, stuffed with mashed banana, fried to a nice crisp doneness and topped with toasted coconut.  It was served with fresh melon and small dollop of whipped cream.  Overall not to sweet, just right for breakfast.

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The highlight of breakfast was the chilaquiles.  Chilaquiles are tortilla chips with red or green sauce topped with shredded chicken or fried eggs.  Sometimes they can be kind of dry and unexciting, depending on the quality of the sauce and how it is distributed on the chips.  These were fare from boring!  The corn tortilla chips were lightly fried and then cooked in a savory red sauce to the point of being soft but not turning to mush.  We were offered the option of green or red sauce and on the advice of our server went with the red.  The sauce was full of tomato flavor and just the right level of salt.  We topped ours with over easy fried eggs.  The finishing touch of creama and a sprinkle of queso fresco completed what I have to say are the best Chilaquiles I have ever had.  I’ll be back for more next year.

We enjoyed ourselves so much that we preordered a number of Sesoloco pizza to be delivered to us for that evenings dinner on the beach with our Mexican family.

Sesoloco is located on Av Rueda Medina down island a few blocks before Chedraui.  They are open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for breakfast and lunch, and then again at 5:30 till midnight or 12:30 for dinner. Don’t forget their pizza delivery service.

Kath’s quote: “My Mexican specialty is chilaquiles. I make tortillas from scratch, then add garlic, onions, eggs, chopped-up carrots and peppers, Jack cheese, and salsa”. -Sara Ramirez

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Love never fails.

 

Isla Mujeres Trip Report-Day 16

July29

When I woke up that morning I thought that I was leaving the next day at 1030 in the morning but it turned out to be that night! Needless to say I was too busy for the sunrise. I got all of the details of my departure sorted out then started the frenzy of packing knowing that my case was going to be overweight and I had guessed correctly. So I repacked everything and then tried to settle in and enjoy my last day.

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There were so many people that I needed to say good-bye to. I started with our dear friends Jan and Bruce.

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These two look like locals but they are my younger brother and sister! They take after my Mom’s side and I take after my Dad’s-fair-haired, blue eyes and freckles!

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Can you spot the Mexican?

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I was so enjoying my last day on the beach, when I spotted these two.
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I understand that they patrol the beach so that the tourists feel safe and looked after. I was wondering why I was coming to a place that requires to put on this kind of show. I booked for 2020 while I was still on the island but sometimes I wonder what I am doing recommending this place to so many people that I love.

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Spotting a Madonna on my way back to the hotel made me feel a bit better.

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I started realizing all the things that I had wanted to do but never had a chance including sampling the tortilla stand almost next door to the hotel.

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One of the many things I love about Xbulu Ha (besides the reasonable price) is the communal balcony right below my window. I love the view of the water even though I am separated from the sea by a parking lot. On this evening I enjoyed my last bag of popcorn with a glass of wine.

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I hadn’t seen Javi on this trip, let alone taste his scrumptious food! We met Javi years ago and cannot be on the island without spending at least some brief time with him.

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But I had to keep the family tradition of dining at Fredy’s for my last island meal. We love Fredy and his wife and family and I just could not depart without savouring another of Fredy’s pork chops.

Brother #3, my SIL and Fredy are all pictured with me here. Fredy was dressed like a cowboy that evening! I was not sure where the rodeo was. My family walked me to the ferry and then with a poof, another visit was over.

Kath’s quote: No llores porque ya se terminó, sonríe porque sucedió.”-Gabriel García Márquez  “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”.

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Love never fails.

Isla Mujeres Trip Report 2019-Day 15

July25

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Up for sunrise

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and then to beach which I enjoyed completely by myself.

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The lovely ladies at Dulzara (see link here) wanted me to taste their ravioli-OMG!

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I was running out of time and I had so many pics of Centro to take.

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I strolled to Jax to meet up with old Luna D’Miel friends Peggy and Kelly as well as LD’M neighbours Hew & Gloria. The sunset that evening was absolutely incredible from the second floor of Jax.

Kath’s quote:

Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.”
― Jack Kerouac

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Love never fails.

 

 

 

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