Ceviche and Sunsets on Isla Mujeres

Work is fiiiinally starting to slow down, and I’m back to share some more of my adventures with you guys! Two weeks ago, Jorge and I got to go to Isla Mujeres with some friends for a fun Sunday afternoon. The other two couples with us weren’t as familiar with the island as we were, so we got to show them some of our favorite spots.

We also stayed until dark, which is something we’ve never done before.

First was my favorite part: the ferry ride! Seriously, for the absolute best Caribbean Sea views, grab a camera, get a seat on the top deck of the Ultramar ferry and thank me later.

 

Next was a little walk through downtown Isla Mujeres. I love all the different kinds of island transportation.

 

And of course, I tried to get a few pics of the downtown Isla Mujeres lifestyle. I’m working more on getting pics of people and things instead of just scenery and alcoholic beverages…..

 

For lunch we went to my favorite place: Jax! Upper story terrace with ocean views. Sadly I only got 1 pic because I was too busy stuffing my face with a Coke float and ceviche. (It was ridiculously hot that day.)

 

After lunch, of course we walked up the street to Playa Norte (North Beach). I really need to stop going to Isla Mujeres on weekends. So. Many. Boats.

 

We spread out our sarongs in the shade of a palm tree and took turns going into the ocean to cool off. As the conversation flowed, we found out that one couple used to live in the same apartment the other couple lives in now. (It was the first time the two couples had met.) Cancun is really, really small.

 

A few of use bought some ankle bracelets from a vendor walking along the beach. Here’s mine (still wearing it now)!

 

A few hours later, we saw the sun going down over the water and moved closer to shore. This is really sad, but I had no idea that you could see the sun set from Playa Norte. Cancun sits on the eastern coast of Mexico, so we can see sunrises but not many sunsets. Isla Mujeres is an exception.

 

Once it started to get dark, we walked back downtown to one of Jorge’s favorites: the delicious and super-cheap Los de Pescado, a fish taco and burrito joint right by the main square. Then it was back to Cancun on the ferry, where we came within inches of crashing into a pirate ship. (I can’t really elaborate much more on that story… it’s exactly what it sounds like.)

Hasta luego, Isla Mujeres!

 

 

Yucatan Seafood: Ceviche de Chivitas

When we visit Jorge’s family in the fishing village of Chabihau in the Mexican state of Yucatan, we mostly eat at his aunt’s house by the lagoon. “Tia Lili” has her own mini-restaurant, specializing in freshly caught seafood.

My personal favorite thing that Tia Lili makes is fried fish, but second on my list is ceviche de chivitas.

I’ve been trying to find information online about chivitas so that I could out how to translate it to English for you. I had to do some very creative Googling, only to find 3 webpages with tiny tidbits of info on this type of seafood. Here’s what I found out:

-The best way to describe chivitas in English would be as small river snails.

-I can’t confirm this 100%, but they seem to only live in rivers/lagoons on the Yucatan Peninsula.

Chivitas translates literally into “little goats”. Why? Wish I could tell ya.

Anyway, the same evening that we went searching for flamingos, 2 of Jorge’s uncles took a rowboat out onto the lagoon to catch chivitas. They came back with HUNDREDS. That same night, Jorge’s uncle steamed them on his large outdoor stove.

The next day, I wake up, walk to Tia Lili’s house, and see my in-laws and Jorge’s uncles extracting the chivitas from their shells.

They use long, thick needles to get them out. Once they’ve been steamed properly, they seem to come out pretty easily.

*This might look kinda gross, but I swear it’s soooo good!*

On the left side of the board are the beautiful shells. On the right side are the chivitas.

a closer look

Konan maxin' and relaxin' under the table

They filled up an entire bucket with shells. I asked to keep them for decorating the house later (after a thorough bleach cleaning, of course)

Final product: Ceviche de chivitas with tostadas... great appetizer! and what Mexican meal would be complete without a glass of Coca Cola?

Show Me Your … Parrot Eating a Tomato??

Today on Show Me Your… I’ll be killing two birds with one post 🙂

The Drama Mama asked to see my fave hangout in Cancun, and my bff from elementary school, Catie, asked to see my favorite food since moving to Cancun. So, today’s post will be about one of me & Jorge’s new fave restaurant in Cancun, “Va Que Va”.

Va Que Va  is a seafood restaurant located in downtown Cancun. Since it’s soooo far out of the way (on the opposite side of Cancun from the Hotel Zone) you’ll never see tourists here. It’s located in an average neighborhood, but you have to drive through quite a few sketchy neighborhoods to get there. It’s worth it though! Here’s why…

The entrance, hiding the restaurant from the street with foliage.

va que va!

4 out of 5 guys at my table drank micheladas

Jorge drank 2 of these! (gross?) Micheladas are basically beer mixed with Maggi steak sauce, worcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce, and lime juice, with salt and sometimes chili powder on the rim. Very popular in Mexico! Here at Va Que Va, they cost about $3 USD each for a liter. For $4 USD, you can get it with a skewer of shrimp in it.

I ordered a shrimp ceviche ($5 USD... that's the SMALL size!) and a frozen lime-ade.

4 of the guys split a platter for about $20 USD, which I believe included 4 kinds of shrimp and fried fish filet (you can pick and choose what you want the platter to include)

A parrot eating a tomato. Why not?

Why, hello there!

A mariachi band showed up...

...and spent the next half hour serenading the table next to ours.

We discovered this restaurant a few months ago and LOVE it. It’s always packed around lunchtime (1 – 3 pm here in Mexico). I think it’s impressive that I have seen no publicity whatsoever for this place, and yet it’s huge and fills up quickly. Just word-of-mouth, I guess.