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Limon-Isla Mujeres by Guest Blogger: Sister #3

March28
 
Walking into Limón, located on the main floor of the home of Sergio Contreras Martinez and Charissa Gillingham’s, feels like arriving for dinner at a friend’s. Formal enough to feel special, yet casual enough to feel welcoming, this new addition to the Isla Mujeres restaurant scene is unique.  Sergio, Charissa and their 4 year-old Max, sit at a corner table enjoying their nightly meal together while still keeping an eye open to ensure their guests get the utmost attention.
 
 
We request a table in the garden and are very pleased with the ambience of the place. We are delighted with the Chef’s surprise amuse bouche of fish and shrimp dip with chips which we enjoy with a glass of Chilean red wine in honour of my dinner companion’s country of origin. 
 
 
For our mains we order the Arrachera – tender grilled flank steak served with bean and chillies and a delicious sauce with just the right heat.
 
 
We also chose the Tikin Xic – fresh fish done in a saucy rendition of this Isla classic. 
 
 
 
The only thing I thought would have made our meals perfect would have been a little potato to accompany the beef.

I loved sitting across from the BB-Q and watching the chef grill the meals to order. We enjoyed our conversation with the chef who told us lots about the varying cuisine found across Mexico. 

Earlier this year when the beach club at Playa Sol closed with no plan to reopen, I was sad to see it go and wondered what operator Sergio would do next. Well like a Phoenix, Limón has risen and Sergio looks healthier and happier than ever. It was great to see him in this location, where he can be close to his family and even tuck Max into bed everynight  

We had a really good visit with Sergio. We could see the passion he has for this place as he showed us photos of various menu items. The menu features some classics but also gets inventive featuring things like hibiscus tacos and offering a wide range of vegetarian items.

Limón is located on calle Lizeta just up the hill from the Super Epress in las Gloria.

Kath’s quote: “Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” –Voltaire

Dinner at The Grove Pub on Grosvenor

March27

D and I had both spent the day visiting our Moms.  I had plans that evening to attend a neighbourhood wine and cheese party.  In between though, D and I met for a quick supper and to watch the first period of the Jets game.

I have enjoyed lunch at The Grove Restaurant and Pub but never dinner.  We positioned ourselves side by side as couples sit in French cafes.  We were not feeling particularly romantic, we just both wanted a good vantage point of the TV screen.   The evening started with a couple of Rock Creek ciders and we had barely begun to quench our thirst when our dinner of appetizers arrived.  We were pleased with the kitchen’s timing.

The chevre and roasted pepper croquettes were milder than I imagined they would be.  I could taste a well blended bechamel but could not detect the sharpness of the goat cheese.  This was not because the pepperiness over powered the goat cheese (because the taste of a pequillo peppers is closer to a bell pepper than a chili pepper, despite their small size).

We really enjoyed the fish bites especially the haddock nuggets coated in panko flakes.  We prefer our salmon a wee bit rare and these were quite well cooked.  Happily, the accompanying curry sauce moistened the morsels for us.

The scallops were absolutely sublime!  Perfectly seared to our liking so that the surface was slightly crunchy but the inside was still almost translucent.  Topping the scallops was candied pork belly, and they were nestled upon caramelized apple & onion purée and a drizzle of lavender port syrup-oh my!

We met another Winnipeg Chef as they were leaving.  The sign of an exceptional restaurant is when other chefs choose to eat there.

The Grove Pub and Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Kath’s quote: “Scallops are expensive, so they should be treated with some class. But then, I suppose that every creature that gives his life for our table should be treated with class.”-Jeff Smith

Nanny’s Diner

March26

My last night of an almost month long stay in Thompson, I ventured out one more time to pick up more Jets paraphernalia at Giant Tiger.  This was a serious find-NHL labeled Jets sweaters in a zip up or v neck style in classic white or navy blue.  The first time I was there, I bought one for D for $15 and then when everyone back home saw them, I knew that I had to get more.  Upon my return, they were marked down further to $10 and I ended up purchasing four of them to make all the guys in the family happy.

Have you ever seen the Expedia commercials where the guy falls arm pit deep into a snow bank?  Well, this happened to me in my quest to get out shopping.  I was cutting across a field to get to the sidewalk.  The winter’s snow was covered with a thick layer of ice and then more snow.  I could predict where the bank wouldn’t hold me and was hoping that my footing was secure when-wham, I thought that the Expedia gnome was going to have to rescue me.

Needless to say, I decided to take a cab back to the hotel but before I headed out, I decided to have a quick bit of supper first.  I wandered into Nanny’s Diner and was immediately drawn to white board specials describing Newfie Fries and UPTOP Poutine (I would rename the latter-“Over the Top” Pouitne).  As I settled in, I looked at all the photographs of their home province of Newfoundland.  I have always wanted to go as I have a set of friends who have replanted themselves there as well as extended family who are from there.  Some day.

In the mean time, the Pouitne arrived.  When the helpful waitress asked me what I thought, I truthfully said “A fun taste but not something that I would want on a regular basis.”  She replied: “Yes I know what you mean-maybe only once a week.”  But I was thinking “Maybe once in my life time.”

The fries were perfect.  The gravy, not too rich or salty.  I do prefer the authentic cheese curd recipe but the shredded cheese was pleasantly sharp and plentiful.  The “Newfie Stuffing” made for an interesting taste variation and the fried baloney and onions put the dish -over the top.

Nannys Diner serve a really eclectic list of offerings from samosas, wings, and deep-fried pickles to foot-long hot-dogs and homemade burgers.  They only serve fish and chips on Fridays-cod of course.

Kaths quote: “I come from a home where gravy is a beverage.”-Erma Bombeck

 

Boston Pizza -Thompson

March20

We were feeling sorry for ourselves.  It was summer in Winnipeg and Thompson was still in the frosty throes of winter.  On this day there had been another ice storm so that roads and sidewalks were treacherous.  But we were not daunted, as we needed a destination to watch The Jets game because it was not being shown at our hotel.  We had both bought Jets sweaters that weekend for our fellas, and we decided to give them a test run.

We arrived at Boston Pizza and it was like being home.  It felt so familiar to us that we relaxed right away.  We had a great vantage for the game.  For some reason the score was caught off from the top of the screen and because we were really enjoying the game, we were the go-to resource when other tables wanted to know the score.

We had heard good things about Bostons wings and were not disappointed. We ordered the oven-roasted, naked ones and then our helpful server suggested a number of sauces including mild, hot, sesame ginger and pineapple mango that I especially enjoyed.  The wings were perfectly trimmed and cooked so that they remained moist and firm.

To round out our dinner, we also chose the Gourmet Mediterranean Masterpiece pizza.  The menu indicated that it would be topped with spinach, fire-roasted portobello mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and pesto sauce.

Here is what we thought that it would look like.

Here is what it did look like.  There were no portobello mushrooms and no sun-dried tomatoes.  This really bugs me.  But having said this, we each had a bite and the taste was really good even with the exclusions.  It is just not cool to advertise one thing and serve another.

The Jets lost but in truth, we had such a fun-filled evening that we both agreed that the game and the weather, could not dampen our spirits.

Boston Pizza on Urbanspoon

Kath’s quote: “And this is good old Boston, The home of the bean and the cod…”

-John Collins Bossidy

Riverview Restaurant-Thompson

March19

My traveling mate had an upset tummy so I was content to head down to the hotel restaurant to have an evening snack on my own.  I had enjoyed some popcorn while I finished my latest book so I had not been hungry at the dinner hour, but I sure was at 8 o’clock on a Saturday night.  Besides, the rest of the world was together, eating and having some fun.  Just because I was alone, why couldn’t I?  Drat, the restaurant had expectantly closed early for the evening.

I had driven by the Riverview Restaurant many times on my way to and from, the Thompson airport.  Their location perched on the river bank must be gorgeous in the summer, as it cozy and picturesque in winter.  I knew that they had a Chinese menu and I was really craving a feed of stir fried veggies.  I called to place a delivery order and they indicated that I should call their downtown Riverview Express location.  Undeterred and getting really hungry, I consulted their on line menu and placed my order.

I poured myself a glass of wine and was thinking about changing into my jammies, when there was a knock on my hotel room door.  The lovely lady who took my phone order had already arrived with my supper-happy days!

This was the first time that I had ever had Chinese food delivered in those little cardboard containers with the wire handle on top.  Ever since I saw Rorie & Lorelai on the Gilmore Girls, eating right out of the box with chopsticks, I have wanted to do the same.  I did not have any chopsticks, but I felt all witty and thinking very intelligent thoughts, but then when I started talking really fast, I decided to get a plate.

I am really hooked on curried vermicelli noodles ever since my brother-in-law introduced them to me, so that was a must have.  Their House Special noodles were soft and fluffy and were studded with sticks of carrot, slivers of pork, and pink shrimp which still had their tails on.  The curry was mild and appreciated as such, because I had already enjoyed a curry dish that day.  I was tempted, but resisted, adding salt or soya.

For my veggie fix, I chose Tai Dop Woey (which I understand means 8 vegetables).  Now let me see…celery, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, pea pods, mushrooms.  I can only remember six.  But I am not going to be a stickler for details because they tasted so fresh and crunchy that my body was thanking me for remembering all the vital food groups.  The sauce that coated them was very light.  Hhmm, the noodles needed some oomph and the veggies needed some more flavour.  Ta da, I ate one layered on top of the other and the combination was perfect.

You see taste is all relative-I was hungry and alone and the pleasure of the food kept me company.

River View Restaurant & Lounge on Urbanspoon

Kath’s quote: “The greatest delight the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable. ‘I am not alone and unacknowledged.’ They nod to me and I to them.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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