Mexico, 2015: The One About The Food

If you are the least bit hungry you’ll want to step away from your computer right now. Seriously. Get a snack or something before you read this post because I am going to be showing you pictures of all of the fantastic food we ate in Mexico. Okay, not all of the food. I never took any photos at breakfast – although I should have since the omelets made to order are fantastic and the beautifully sliced fresh fruit is very photogenic – and I think I missed a photo of my super fish tacos and maybe another night or two but still, you are about to be bombarded by food photos.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Let’s start with this one:

beach lunch for carole knits

Lunch on the beach in front of our hotel. Please understand that I use the word “hotel” very loosely. We stay in bungalows, right on the beach. Each bungalow has 2 rooms downstairs and 2 rooms upstairs. We prefer downstairs because we like to step outside our door and right into the sand. Anyway. There is bar service and food service on the beach all day and one afternoon we ordered cervezas and sandwiches. It’s not the most glamorous food we ate but it certainly came with the best view and service.

Next up:

mushroom blue cheese bruschetta for carole knits

Mushroom and blue cheese bruschetta from La Luna. This restaurant is a short walk up the beach and the inside looks like something out of Arabian Nights. (I’ll show you restaurant photos later, today it’s all about the food.) This was a wonderful appetizer and really different. I don’t have pictures of our entrees but I had fettuccine with prawns and Dale had grouper.

Of course you know there were cocktails. This is a margarita, naturally, from Las Estrellas, also a short walk up the beach, but in the opposite direction.

las estrallas margarita for carole knits

We ate here twice and on the first visit I had this black ravioli filled with lobster and garnished with tomatoes and avocados

black ravioli for carole knits

And Dale had this amazing seared tuna. I had seared tuna a different night, at Ziggy’s, and he loved mine so much he ordered it himself at this restaurant. We eat a lot of fish in Mexico.

seared tuna for carole knits

One day we had lunch on the beach at Ziggy’s. I started with a shot of Clase Azul Tequila. It’s pricey but it makes anything else taste like rot gut. So smooth!

clase azul reposado for carole knits

And Dale had coconut shrimp

coconut shrimp for carole knits

While I had tequila shrimp tacos with a chipotle cream sauce. They were heavenly. Tacos in Mexico are pretty different than tacos in the U.S. They are smaller, for one thing, and they are almost always made with soft corn tortillas. I had tacos several times last week but these were the absolute best.

shrimp tacos for carole knits

Back to Las Estrellas on a different night where I had a flank steak with sweet potatoes and onions. So tender and rare and perfect.

flank steak for carole knits

Dale went wild and had the couscous stuffed lobster. These aren’t are cold water Maine lobsters but spiny lobsters that don’t have claws. They were grilled and very tasty – he was glad he tried them – and I was glad, too, since he’s not always very adventurous when it comes to ordering.

spiny lobster for carole knits

Happy Hour is a big deal in the area and we participated just about every day. Who can resist dos para uno margaritas? Certainly not us!

margaritas at los lirios for carole knits

Finally, on our last night, we went to Ziggy’s again. It’s hand’s down our favorite place on the beach. The atmosphere is wonderful and the food is incredible. On this night I had shrimp with passion fruit and coconut.

shrimp with passionfruit for carole knits

Dale was all set to get the tuna but the waiter suggested the surf and turf and Dale was very pleased with it. There were herb grilled shrimp and a filet of beef with a mole sauce plus – a rarity in Mexico – mashed potatoes.

surf and turf for carole knits

I saved the best for last, though. This is a photo of the tuna nachos at Ziggy’s. We get them as an appetizer every time we go because they are fan-freakin-tastic.

tuna nachos for carole knits

Three crisp wontons each stacked with fresh tuna, avocado, srirarcha mayo, onions and coriander. My mouth is watering just thinking about how amazing they are!

So there you have it – food in Mexico and not a refried bean in sight! Seriously, the cuisine is wonderful and not at all what you might expect. The Yucatan influence is strong and therefore there are lots of fish dishes, lots of sweet potatoes, achiote seasoning, limes and more. It’s all delicious and the best part is that the prices are very reasonable. Meals like this where we live, with service close to the beach (not on it because that’s pretty rare even on Cape Cod) would cost us upwards of $100 or more. In Mexico, though? Most of our dinners, with appetizers, entrees, drinks and tip, averaged $55. Factor in the no shoes thing and it’s worth even more! Sweet, right?

It’s no wonder we keep going back.

Sunday Supper: Hot Turkey Sandwiches

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We went to a friend’s home for Thanksgiving dinner this year. It was wonderful but the downside of that is that you miss out on the best part of Thanksgiving: the leftovers. So, in the spirit of the holiday, I cooked a turkey yesterday and the kids came over for dinner. And that means that tonight we get to have the traditional day-after-Thanksgiving supper: Hot Turkey Sandwiches.

Mmmmmm mmmm.

I like mine with all white meat, open faced and on white bread, with a lot of gravy. I like to have the leftover mashed potato, stuffing and gravy on the side. I like it so much I might even have two. After all, it’s only once a year.

Tonight’s supper will be served during half-time of the Pats game. Let’s hope the game score don’t give us indigestion!

Sunday Supper vs. Sunday Dinner

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When I was a kid we always had Sunday dinner after church. It was generally meat in a pan – roast chicken, roast beef, roast pork and the occasional leg of lamb. We ate at 2pm and my grandparents often joined us. It was the only day of the week that my brothers and I were allowed to sit in the living room. My parents had cheese and crackers (and cocktails, often too many) before dinner and we weren’t allowed to play in there but we were allowed to bring a book or to just talk quietly with the grownups.

Sunday supper was a whole different thing. It was often pizza, sometimes waffles or my mom’s fantastic homemade fried dough, or even scrambled eggs. It was something light because we’d had a big dinner but we had to have something to eat. And it was pretty much the only time all week that we were allowed to eat in front of the TV, often while watching The Wonderful World of Disney.

Lifestyles have changed, though, and there’s no such thing as Sunday dinner at our house now. We usually have a big-ish breakfast and often skip lunch and just have late afternoon snacks and supper. It is sometimes pizza, occasionally Chinese food, and frequently grilled cheese sandwiches. This varies with the seasons – summer is usually something grilled and eaten outside on the deck. Fall and early winter food revolves around the timing of the football game.

As for today, we are having friends over to watch the game and it starts at 1pm. I’ll be making deviled eggs and Buffalo chicken dip and I’m sure our friends will bring something delicious, too. We may eat so many snacks that Sunday supper won’t even happen.

Whatever happens on any given Sunday, whatever we wind up cooking and eating, it is always shared with love and smiles and conversation, sometimes with friends and sometimes family but more often just Dale and I. I think it’s why Sundays are my favorite day of the week.

 

Sunday Supper: Roast Chicken

 

roast chicken for carole knits

I am writing this post on Saturday afternoon and we’re about to leave to go to a cocktail party at the home of my former sister-in-law. Former, as in, she was married to my first husband’s brother. I haven’t seen her in about 20 years but we’ve been in touch on the facebooks and she invited us to this party to celebrate their home renovation and, we’re going. I’m excited and maybe a little nervous. Mostly, though, I’m really looking forward to seeing her again as we were pretty good buddies when we were in the family together. As I recall, they referred to us as “the outlaws” instead of the inlaws. That should give you a pretty idea about why we bonded back in the day.

Anyway.

None of that has anything to do with Sunday supper except for the fact that I’m using it to fill up blog space since I don’t know what we’ll be having for Sunday supper this week. There’s no football game to plan around (it’s a bye week for the Pats) and a free Sunday means we may go do something fun. Perhaps a museum, perhaps a drive somewhere pretty. Or we may just hang out at home and watch Homeland snuggled up on the couch. Either way I doubt there’s a roast chicken in my future despite what that picture may lead you to believe. If I were making a roast chicken, though, I would make it just like that one – in a cast iron fry pan with onions and lemons shoved up the chicken’s unmentionables along with fresh rosemary surrounding it for flavor and aroma. My mouth is watering just thinking about it because nothing screams Sunday supper like the smell of a roasting chicken.

What are you having for supper tonight?

Sunday Supper: Chili

chili for carole knits

In the interest of full disclosure I will tell you that this particular pot of chili is not from today but, rather, is from last March. Chili around here pretty much always looks like that, though, and it’s what we’re having for dinner tonight. I can’t think of anything better to go with football, cool rainy weather, and good friends. Well, except maybe some beer but you know that’s a given. And cornbread, which is also on the menu.

What are you having for supper tonight?

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