I think that this is Sister #3′s final Isla installment for a bit. But fear not for she is off to Montreal and NYC this summer!
“When I am on Isla Mujeres for my winter vacation I tend to eat a lot of fish and seafood. But once in a while a girl has gotta get her meat fix. While the chicken is lovely and finding a decent piece for beef is to be celebrated, the pork is a sure bet and always outstanding. Here are a few memorable pork meals from this trip.
A weekend favourite is a stop at Tino’s for ribs. Once only known as “the Rib Man,” this place went for years with no signage. It is on a side street, a bit off the beaten path, but if you follow your nose you’ll find yourself at Matamoros and Medina in front of Tino’s. It is only open on Saturdays and Sundays and stays open while supplies last. The ribs (I like to order the boneless variety – oxymoron I know) are BB-Q perfection.
Served with grilled onion, rice, pico de gallo, lime, and hot sauce that you stuff into soft tortillas, these are perfect to pick up and go. This year I started my week flying solo on the island by stopping to pick this up for lunch. I got the smallest portion available and it fed me lunch for three days.
Walk down Hidalgo and you will come across the owners of Asia Caribe handing out samples of their sticky ribs to passers by. I went to sample an Asian inspired noodle dish this year but could not resist ordering the appetizer size of the ribs, half of which came home with me for lunch the next day.
Monday nights feature Jamaican BBQ at Mango Café and this year I sampled the pork. I am never disappointed with the delicious food at this mid island destination and the meat was tender and tasty. This year I ate at Mango three times and next year I need to go back to sample the chili rellenos.
And finally, the pièce de résistance- Fredy’s famous two rib pork chop! Fredy will tell you that he doesn’t think it is the best item on his menu, which just speaks to how amazing his menu is! These chops are huge and the meat is perfectly seasoned and literally melts in your mouth!”
Kath’s quote: “Was I catching the contagious enthusiasm of this Canadian? Was I truly euphoric at the sight of fresh-grilled pork?”
-Professor M. Aronnax in Jules Verne’s ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’
Love-that is all.