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Eating our way around the Island


When I was going to Isla Mujeres in 2014, I researched things to see and do, but really the bulk of my reading was on the places to eat. I found a food critic writer from PA that seemed to have been just about everywhere on the island over the years and had something to say about them all. I could tell from his writing and reviews that he was not a snobby eater, he just liked food, so much of what I learned for that trip was from http://www.hollyeats.com/IslaMujeres.htm

I made a hand written list of the possible places I wanted to go and BA, Syd and Jen indulged my desires to eat my way around the island.

Just before this trip with Dev, I found my well used list that had been on the first trip. It evoked such good memories looking at the extra notes I had added.
My travel companion for this trip historically has not been on the adventuresome side of testing his palate but did show beginnings of trying new items and spices in the past six months or so. There was hope.

Mikey hates everything
I have to say that he did me proud and tried and liked all that we  had and loved most of it. Showing true lineage, he said that the most fun was thinking where the next meal was going to be! My boy! Loving the culinary adventures along with me.

There was a major déjà vu day though. When I was on the island the first time, I had resisted ever ordering a dish called enchiladas suiza as while it was highly recommended, it looked a bit mundane. I learned my lesson on that trip as we went to Renee & Rene’s for lunch and I ordered the recommended shrimp tacos and BA and Syd split the enchilada Suiza. After tasting their dish, I knew I had missed out on a truly awesome plate of food that was beyond what I could have imagined.
So on this trip, I told Dev I needed to go to R & R and get this dish that I had never gotten for myself. He was in the mindset that he wanted to fill his seafood quota and opted for the shrimp tacos. I laughed aloud when our plates came and he tried mine and had that Holy Wow look on his face and knew that even without tasting his own, there was slim chances that his dish could surpass the flavors of mine.

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I laughed because, as after all, I had been at the exact same table and had the same realization less than two years ago. We shared, but he wasn’t going to be satisfied waiting until his next  trip and soon was only talking about going back and getting it for himself.

There lies the problem. Only so many meals to eat and so many restaurants to try. He fit another trip to Rene and Renee’s in between two of our other meals.

My last trip, the only spot we went to twice was La Bruja for the best seafood spicy stew ever.

La Bruja seafood stewIt is still an incredible bowl of awesomeness that we had once again on this trip.

For someone who hadn’t tried much spice until recently, Dev certainly leaped over any previous threshold he might have had on his scoville scale.

A few times, he had a bit much and paid for it when eating (always eating it all for he never wanted to leave the good food even if it was fire breathing) and sometime a little later too.

Here is what hot looks like when your still involved in consuming it.

Dev on fire

Dev would finish off every evening with a stop at the Churro shop that was only open from 7-11 pm and made the best home made churros ever.  On the nights it was closed (and even on some that it wasn’t) he would have a dessert of a marquesita from one of the street vendors.

Our last night we shared a lovely seafood combo plate followed by of course the Churro’s – plain and filled for the last night treat.

Seafood at dobi's

All in all, the island has the best food consistently I have ever found in one area. You should try it.

Love, Sally

Good Dates to Go part 2

04/10/15

Isal Mujeres wedding beach

This was, I think, the first time I was anywhere without family of my own to care for for more than a week.  Once more, I was surrounded by women for 12 days whereas I’ve been living with only men and boys for 25 years.  Syd’s husband was around, but it was mainly my friend and the 24 year old funnier than anything young women.  They had grown up in a home without men, so privacy was a concept not a practice.

Isla south end

Every day was filled with exploration, fun, laughter and great food.  My favorite day was probably the worst one in regard to the weather.  It was rainy and windy. We had a golf cart that day and went to the south end of the island (above) as well as many other stops.

La Bruja

The food blogger had recommended the restaurant shown above in blue and red with the laundry hanging above on the open second floor.  He said to go on Sunday and get the seafood soup that is only made on that day.  It was so ramshackle that had I not already been adjusted to seeing eateries in part of someone’s home or so small that they only had two or three tables and not been so impressed with each recommendation thus far, I probably would have opted to drive on by.

seafood soup

It was the cold and rainy day, so we all decided to try the soup.  It was the best bowl of heaven I have ever had.  Lobster, conch, shrimp, squid, fish in the most delectable broth.  I know it doesn’t sound all that great, but it was the only place we visited twice while I was there (there are more great places to eat than anywhere I have ever been) so we only wanted to keep trying more places and they totally let me choose day after day.  I am positive I have never in my life gone so long without making a meal and they were all great meals.  At home, we tend to not like to go out as most times we eat better at home than can be found in the restaurants.  Not the case on the island.

first night whole fish

We had whole grilled fish fresh from the boat caught that same day.

ceviche

Incredible ceviche.  When everything is fresh that day, it just takes seafood to a whole new level.

stuffed pablano

A Poblano pepper stuffed with eggs and potatoes for brunch one day.  Breakfast was usually eaten in the hotel as part of our deal.

enchilada suiza

Enchilada Suiza’s from Rene & Rene’s cafe.  One of those small places with maybe 4 tables and the best host on the island.  Rene made everyone feel welcome and well cared for.

tacos

And of course we tried tacos from several places – each different and all fresh and tasty.  The garlic cream sauce in one of them is something I have been working on creating for friends here as it is oh so yummy.

dock hand fishing

We would sometimes go to the docks in the evening where the local men would fish with nets to catch small fish near shore and bait their hooks with the small fish and throw their lines out and fish for barracuda  and larger fish.  They had no poles, they would swing the line out like a lasso as far as they could and pull it in by hand.  One evening, the gentleman in the photo above pulled in a tuna-like three foot long fish that was so strong he had to beach it to bring it in.

isla mujeres evening at the dock

I probably thought I was going to be spending a decent amount of time on my own so they could all just have family time uninterrupted but we had such a great time all together that I really did spend most of my time with them.  They never treated me as an intrusion and was allowed to share freely in all activities, conversations, stories and food.  They gave me flack when I did something ridiculous and took it back when I was on the giving end.

snorkling

We snorkeled around the island many times and saw really great fish and sting rays, but when Lalo took us out with their diving company to the reef, it was truly amazing.  We saw sea turtles and gazillions of different fish.  It also didn’t hurt that the guy who was part of the couple that went out with us looked just like Fabio from romance novel fame.

We really did have just the most amazing time and there are so many little stories that I can recall.  Had I had this platform then, you would have all been regaled with tons more stories.  It is great when you come back from such a trip and there are a myriad of words and phrases that are now attached to fond memories.

Thank you B, J, S & L for showing me around, letting me hang out and being your wonderful selves around me the entire time.

The photo below is another reminder and fun story for another time.

karma cafe

Love Betty