February 24, 2009

Dining in the street - and fishing on Tenacatita Bay

LA MANZANILLA, Jalisco, Mexico - We took a vacation from The Pink Flamingo in Arroyo Seco for a few days this week, going to the big city of La Manzanilla where we had dinner Monday night at the restaurant owned by the grandmother of our God-daughter, Devani.

Irma and our God-daughter's mother, Mimi, put on an incredible meal for us at a price of about 55 pesos per person. And the nine of us loaded up on chile rellenos and pozole.

For most of the folks - from Hector, New York and Boston - it was their first experience sitting street-side while having dinner.

Crowd at Irma and Mimi's in La Manzanilla
Dinner at Irma's, a half-block from the church

The traffic was quite cooperative, however and though people sitting in the outside chairs flinched a few times when the trucks rolled by, it didn't diminish the meal a bit.

The three bottles of wine on the table might have helped with anxiety, too.

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After the good chow Monday, two of our amigos from the East Coast of the U.S., (Karl and Mike), went out fishing early Tuesday morning, stocked with sunscreen, hats and a small quantity of beer to stave off dehydration.

Oh, and they took fishing gear too, in a panga with the three local Mexican fisherman who took them out.

When Karl and Mike came in four hours later, they swore that they had not caught a damn thing.

Not true it turned out. Not true at all.

Part of the catch - red snapper
Bucket of red snapper

Karl holds his prize skipjack tuna
Karl shows off his skipjack tuna

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In our other travels before heading to the big city, Admiral Fox and I did make a foray out to Playa Chica in Arroyo Seco Sunday morning to check on the status of the surf - and surfers.

The waves were large and some of the surfers were having a great time, even with a relatively short break in the surf.

I was able to grab one photo of a fellow who appeared to be trying to surf sans a surfboard.

Amazing things happen here in Arroyo Seco.

Barefoot surfing in Arroyo Seco
Barefoot surfing?

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