Browsing: Isla Mujeres

Cafe Cito 2017

May2

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Café Cito has long been on our restaurant “must visit” list.

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From its cheerful corner exterior and the lovely beach touches within, we love everything about it.

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This was where we first met Ziggy and we were delighted to have him as our server again this year.

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We were a group of four and D and Daughter #1 had the same Mexican breakfast in mind.

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Another friend loved her omelet.

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I turned out to be the “radical” one choosing a torta instead.

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We appreciated our mini fruit cups to start and Daughter #1 also enjoyed her strawberry slushy.

But let’s face it…we were all there for one thing: the banana coconut jam on toast!

Kath’s quote: “The cyclone ends. The sun returns; the lofty coconut trees lift up their plumes again; man does likewise. The great anguish is over; joy has returned; the sea smiles like a child”.-Paul Gauguin

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Love never fails.

 

 

Rooster 2017

April28

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When we first started going to Rooster, I was sure that the slick operation must have been a restaurant chain. Over the years, we have come to enjoy their consistent food and service and with the exception of one experience (the morning of New Year’s Day-not a great time to dine on the island), we have been very pleased. I have yet to enjoy “Roster on the Go” which I intend on visiting and we have had the pleasure of dining at their big sister restaurant-“Bertha’s” but I will tell that story in another post.

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This particular morning was the day of the wedding that we had come to the island to attend. I had hoped to have a small and healthy breakfast so I could fit into my dress for the wedding. Little did I know that ordering the Italian Bagel would be a substantial breakfast indeed. The artisan bagel was loaded with two eggs, Italian sausage and cheese. The hash browns that accompanied put my breakfast over the top. So much for eating light…..

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D, the Frenchman and Daughter #1 chose all chose Benedicts but there were so many on the menu and I don’t specifically recall which ones. Can you identify them?

The kitchen does sometimes get backed up and we did wait for a bit before it was our turn to eat but it was so delicious and the severs were so apologetic that we didn’t mind in the least.

Kath’s quote: “I remember, as a kid, I’d follow the rooster and the chickens and watch what type of grass they’d eat. And me and my friends would eat that grass, like that was our lunch.”-Adam Beach

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Love never fails.

 

Fredy’s 2017

April18

 

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Our family has been visiting Fredy at his restaurant since 2006 (we missed him our first year on the island). If there was one restaurant that we frequent more than any other on the island it would be Fredy’s. We even had our family Christmas dinner at his restaurant one year!

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This year we celebrated a wedding on the island and so there was a time when almost our entire family were on Isla at one time. Fredy offered to open the restaurant on a Tuesday evening just for us. We were thrilled!

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The youngest family member that was at the table that evening.

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Fredy fixed us up with some appetizers not typically on his menu.

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I had his double-boned pork chop (I always have his double-boned pork chop)! Later in our stay we visited with Fredy 0ne evening and he shared with us that he has to perform his own meat cutting to secure this special cut. We are a family that LOVES meat and the chops and his ribs got rave reviews!

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His seafood dishes also got high accolades as well. This dish is called: Frey’s Shrimp.

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We even got to enjoy the dusk sky from our sidewalk table.

I have a couple of Fredy’s recipes from a Isla cookbook that I own but I can never duplicate Fredy’s flare. I think that he cooks with a secret ingredient which if you asked him, he would brush off with a joke. I think that ingredient is love. He tries to come off as a business only, tough guy and even though he runs a great business it is not his culinary savvy that brings us back again and again. It is the tender underside of Fredy. It is the love that he cooks into his food.

Kath’s quote: “Good morning to all feel better today so lets start working and try to make nice smilles“- Fredy

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Love never fails.

 

 

 

 

Angelo’s 2017

April6

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One difference of the first half of this year’s sojourn to Isla Mujeres is that half of the family that being our son, his wife and their two little ones, had a different dining schedule than us. When we are typically planning a Happy Hour somewhere, they need to get their girls fed and hopefully maintain a similar bed time schedule to that of home. This meant that on some evenings, some or all of us, would join them for a beverage as they had their dinner and then when they headed “home” (the reason a hotel in Centro was key for this stay), we would depart for our own supper plans.

On this evening we joined them at Angelo’s.

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They graciously poured me a glass of wine, having selected my favourite varietal which I enjoyed

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as I watched them tuck into a Bolognaise with Meatballs

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and a delectable pizza. Between the poufy bread that is always delivered hot to the table

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and the extra effort that the bartender went to in satisfying a chocolate milk request, the little girls were equally pleased with their parents’ choice. We made our way to Fredy’s for our later dinner, but that is another blog post.

Later in our stay: week two, when most of the 83 people that had gathered onto the island for a family wedding, made their way home, D and I returned for our own dinner at Angelo’s. From virtually our first taste in 2005, Angelo’s has been a must visit. We are crazy about both their fruita de mare pizza and pasta. I have said it before and I will say it again here, I am not just saying that these items are great compared to other island offerings, I am saying that Angelo’s rivals dinners that we have eaten in Sicily, on the Amalfi Coast, in Cinque Terra and in Tuscany!

On this second visit, we may have indulged a little bit too much with the vino tinto before dining. While the kittens are away, the cats will play! I took one blurry picture of our pasta

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and another inadequate one of our pizza.

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Suffice it to say, the meals were as stellar as previous visits, but our merry-making made for an inadequate reporting of such. We will try to behave and do better next time.

Kath’s quote: “All is fair in love and beer.”~ Kurt Paradis

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Love never fails.

 

 

Lola Valentina 2017

April4

The selection of a restaurant to host the rehearsal part for my niece’s nuptials was a fairly complicated one, but in the end, the perfect venue of Lola Valentina’s was chosen for a variety of reasons.

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The spacious layout of the restaurant allowed us to mingle easily. As we had assembled from points all around the world and some of the bride’s family was meeting members of the groom’s family for the very first time, this was particularly appreciated.

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The bride and many members of her family and circle of friends are either vegan or vegetarian and Lola Valentina’s was very accommodating with the special dietary requirements.

The restaurant is ideally located right on Hidalgo in Centro so it was easy to locate by foot or by taxi for newbies to the island.

The bride and groom have travelled the world and are food aficionados. A pedestrian menu would simply not suit this sophisticated couple.

We started with appetizers of guacamole, fish ceviche and poblano chilies wrapped in bacon.

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The guacamole was lightened up with the clever additions of tart green apple and slivers of peppers. There were also delectable little balls of deep fried cream cheese adorning the plate.

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The fish ceviche was a nice twist from the shrimp and mixed ceviche that we typically order at the shoreline restaurants. The vegetable crudité also lightened it up and provided an alternative to scooping up the ceviche with a taco chip.

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The stuffed chilies were over the top decadent and although I could only manage a taste, the complex savoury flavours were much appreciated.

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To whet our whistles while we transitioned from appetizers to entrees, two signature drinks were served. I chose the Coconut Frozen Margarita which seemed like a heck of a good idea until we sat through 5 island-wide power shortages and the blenders in the bar were of no use.

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The bride and groom allowed us to select between the following entrée choices: Coconut Shrimp,

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Chicken Stuffed Chilies including rice and pico de gallo ingredients,

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Tamarind fish, Steak Tacos (which I didn’t get a photo of)

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and my selection of fish stuffed with shrimp in a pablano cream sauce on creamy mashed potatoes. “Heaven, I’m in heaven…”

The evening was a sticky one and the fans would konk out with the power. But everyone were troupers and stayed on through the sweaty and tearful speeches. We are a mushy bunch all right-exactly how I like my peeps to be.

Kath’s quote: “Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.”  ― José N. Harris

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Love never fails.

 

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