Thursday, January 20, 2022

lunch at F.I.S.H.

 Yesterday were a small group of seven.  FISH doesn't open until noon and we arrived on the bus right on time.

Seated and ready to order drinks.

This is the lovely Helene who is joining us for the first time this year.  Helene and husband Hal were our neighbour's for many years in Las Jaibas.

Marie, Pat, Marilyn hiding and Linda in front.  Everyone but MarMabel started with clam chowder.  We have two Marilyn's who are sister in laws so hence the MarMabel which is her facebook name.

MarMabel had fish and yam fries. Yum...I almost ordered that.  A very generous four pieces and half went home.
The very delicious clam chowder.  Pat, Marilyn, Linda and I each also had a fish or shrimp taco and Marie had ceviche.  It seems I was a bit tired yesterday and missed taking  a bunch of photos!  The food was excellent and the service  was a bit slow but there was only one waiter working to start with.  Mazatlan seems to be struggling for staff just like everywhere else.

After lunch Linda and I were off to MegaSoriana and then the Gran Plaza. 
Next week Agatha for lunch...Helene's choice and a favorite restaurant.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

First trip to Teacapan in two years and Otto's Japonesa restaurant is no more😪

 Yesterday we were off on our first road trip since the winter of 2020.  Frank and Sandi are off on a small holiday from their winter holiday and Frank kindly loaned us his Jeep.  Eric took them to the airport and will pick them up a week from Wednesday.  Where to go, where to go?  Well we have always enjoyed a trip to Teacapan and a Japanese lunch at Otto's restaurant and Ian and Linda were up to go with us.  

On the road and heading out of Mazatlan.  I have a new cell phone Samsung A52 and it's camera is very good.
Heading through Villa Union. 
South on the free road.
Downtown Escuinapa  and it was busy for a Monday morning. 
Hard to take pictures through a tinted window!  The inland waterways heading to Teacapan.
Lots of cattle grazing in the fields by the ocean.
Before we came through the gate into Teacapan we had a little look see at the houses down the road on the ocean side.  Not many people around and we only saw one gringo walking his dog.  This house was for sale but I'm really not sure what you'd do with yourself all winter.  
Here we are parked in front of Senor Wayne's for lunch.  Sadly when we went past Otto's restaurant it now looks derelict.  I did ask our waitress who spoke a bit of English if Otto had died but she said no.  It was unclear from her English and my very limited Spanish if he was actually still in Teacapan.  A very nice man and family and we hope they are okay.

This photo is from Feb 2010 on our first motorcycle trip to Teacapan with Sam and Rita.  Otto is on Eric's 1997 Harley heritage soft tail. Lookk at the grin on Otto's face!

Lots of fishing going on here and the frigate birds are soaring overhead.
Eric being a frigate bird....
.....and Ian too!
We were the only people in the restaurant and we got quite a few looks from the street.  There are never many gringos wandering around Teacapan and now there appears to be none but us.
Linda, Ian and Eric.  We did have a couple of young boys come by with buckets of fresh empanadas filled with bananas.  Ian gave one 50 pesos and said he actually didn't want one.  I took one and ate it was delicious.  The boy said he didn't have cambio or change and I said the extra 40 pesos was a tip or propina.  He was surprised. 
My half eaten lunch.  I forgot to take pictures!  Ian and Linda had egg dishes and Eric and I had fried fish with rice, beans and salad.  Ian very kindly paid for our lunch and Eric paid for the gas.  Even Steven!
A big vegetable truck arrived and huge sacks of cucumbers, limes, potatoes etc. went into the restaurant so I guess they are really busy at some time.  This mother and little girl got what they needed. 
Panga coming in with fish and the frigates are circling. 
After lunch we went out to sit on the malecon wall and take some touristy pictures.  An absolutely beautiful day!
A very lime green iguana sunning himself.
Eric and I.
Ian and Linda.
Eric's chuckling about something!
The Jeep parked in front of Senor Wayne restaurant.  I think it was happy to get out of "Dodge" too!
Absolutely beautiful!
Time to head home. 
Bye bye Teacapan.  We'll be back next year...hopefully on the motorcycle.  It was almost 100 miles each way and we were all tired by the time we got home.  A really good day!

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Ladies Lunch at Angelina's Kitchen..always a winner!

Heading up the street to Angelina's Kitchen which was Sandi's pick and unfortunately she was sick this week and couldn't come. 
Cathy and I came with Pam in her car.
Marilyn and Marilyn took the bus and walked to the restaurant and they got here first! The last to arrive were the ladies in the Auriga or red truck.
This is Marion's last lunch with us for now as she and Fred are heading home on Friday.  However if everything works out she and Fred intend to fly back to spend another month in Mazatlan at the Luna Palace.  They are long time RVing friends from the Las Jaibas RV park. 
The kitchen  is wide open and you can see your food being prepared.  This is a very clean restaurant. 
Jeannette is perusing the menu.
At bit of an odd look on Ruth's face as she snuggled up to Marion and her strawberry margarita!
The waiter is very efficient, funny and speaks good English.  I asked him how long he'd been working here and he said 6 years.  If anyone remember "Fawlty Towers" with John Cleese this guy is a clone for Manuel on that series.  " My name is Manuel and I am from Barcelona!" Too funny. 
This is Pam's pizza and it is called a ....well it sounded like she said "Booby" but maybe it was actually Bugi...with spinach, mushrooms, pepperoni, goat cheese and caramelized onion...yum!
Christine had pasta Alfredo and she said it was delicious.
Well I don't know his name so let's call him Manuel over picking up our food.
Marion had the Portobello burger with spinach, cheese, tomato and caramelized onion between two mushroom caps.  I almost ordered that!
I had fish tacos and they were exceptionally good.  Pickled red onion on top and the fish was very tender...I ate all three!  My first Mojito to the left. 
Cathy had shrimp tacos and she ate all of hers too!
Ruth had Tapas Espanolas with Goat cheese, roasted tomatoes,spanish chorizo,olive tapenade,garlic mushrooms and spanish style tuna....I think.
Jeannette had a burger that she said was slightly underdone so it was returned for a tune-up.
Marilyn had Manzana salad with apple, pecans, goat cheese, roasted tomato pesto with a honey mustard vinaigrette with bread on the side.
Is it done Jeannette?
I believe Marilyn is having an Ay Mamita pizza with Italian sausage,bell pepper, red onion and black olives.  Of course half of that went home with her!
Isn't that pretty!  Linda's Greek pizza with lettuce, spinach, red onion, tomato, olives, goat cheese, dried tomato, pesto, honey mustard vinaigrette,and a balsamic glaze.  As good as it looks and again....half went home.
Lots of different drinks were served too and I almost forgot to take a picture of my first ever Mojito which I really liked.  Ruth orders them so I thought I'd try one and...I'll order one again. 
When lunch was done everyone went their own way.  Some went home with Pam in her car and the rest of us wandered back up town to shop and catch the bus home.  
Coming through the Plaza Machado for the first time this year.  Now that Christmas is over it is much quieter and I'll have to come downtown for another wander.  
Marion and Linda having a peek inside a restaurant....Allegro I think.
As Eric didn't get to bring his motorcycle I took this picture for him.  Wrong color and make but it is a motorcycle! usual Angelina's Kitchen was top notch and everyone had a very good meal and a good time.  Worth a visit any day of the week.  Open from 12 noon to 11pm.