Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Kung Fu Panda moved

I never went to this place probably because it was at the far end of Villa Obregon and the streets there are usually a mess.A Number of people liked  their food and in it's new location I'm more likely to try it. The new restaurant is on Taco Row but in the second block away from the plaza. Not nearly as big as their old outdoor spot but there's 4-5 tables inside and probably a few out front.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Crevalle Jack - Good eating?

Crevalle Jack
Jureles, Pámpanos, Jurel Toro or just Toro in Mexlico

Four guys in a boat way too small for them brought this in in front of Serenitas restaurant in west Melaque yesterday. They said it was out by the rocky point and I'm sure they didn't go around the point into the swells in that boat. First one I've seen up close and was surprised by the dark read meat. I've heard that most red meat fish are too strong a flavor and usually only made into ceviche. Not so with this article though he talked a real chef into cooking it for him.

Ask anyone who disparages the flavor of crevalle if they ever have eaten it. Likely they are just passing on a rumor started by some fish lover long ago, so he could have all the jacks for himself.

The first thing Vollen (Chef) did was appraise the fish for texture, noting the flesh was very dense, not unlike tuna. He deboned each already ribless fillet by cutting out the pin bones almost all fish have running down the center from the head end, toward the tail. The bones are more easily felt with a fingertip than seen. For a whole-fillet presentation, the pin bones can be cut out, leaving a V-shaped notch. Or the fillet can be cut in half lengthwise before the bones are sliced away. Vollen notched two fillets and cut the others in half.

Each piece of fish was seasoned with sea salt and white pepper. The first then was dredged in flour and sautéed for a minute or two per side in vegetable oil that was just beginning to smoke from high heat. In compulsive chef fashion, Vollen also threw in some smoked tomato meats and roasted red peppers, which of course were absolutely delicious, but which did not appreciably alter the flavor of the fish. Then with a big glug of white table wine (a California chardonnay), he lit up the whole mess like Disney World on the Fourth of July, deglazing the dish until the liquid was reduced to a glorious sauce.

You are of course saying sure, the last thing the cat dragged in would have tasted good if it was gussied up like that. That jack sure did, even by Vollen’s standards, but that was not the half of the experiment.

The next fillet was simply tossed on a 90,000-B.T.U. grill that etched dark brown crisscrosses into each side, while leaving clear juice in the center. There was no stopping Vollen and his sauces, one of which was purée of prickly pears he had plucked from a cactus patch outside his back door. The artfully drizzled sauce was as vibrant to taste as it was brilliant to behold, but it served as it should have—a mere complement to the delicious flavor of the grilled jack, which we agreed was even better than that sautéed.

I ate the whole fillet without coming up for air, as I had done the first, after allowing Vollen a taste. For his finale, he deep-fried the remaining pieces after they had been dipped in egg wash and breaded in cornflakes.

“Like everyone does crunchy grouper,” Vollen said, “everyone” being the competition in his tier of the restaurant trade.

With the crunchy jacks he provided two dressings—a homemade rémoulade and a mango mayonnaise—either of which was to die for if your arteries were not up to the task. Fortunately, I was too stuffed to do more than taste the combinations, both of which were splendid, as by that time we expected. What was unexpected was how unbelievably good the remaining seven pieces of fried jack were after I doggy-bagged them and ate them cold, one by one, straight out of my refrigerator over the following two days.

Eat that Jack Article

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Yogurt price test

LALA Yogurt Sin Azucar

Since nobody here or Cihuatlan carries the Alpura brand any longer I discovered LALA without sugar has a very similar taste. That little bit of sour that good yogurts have.  About a week ago I tried the two stores where I usually buy plus another ... and they were all totally out. Not only what I wanted but just about all large yogurts. That left me with only the dreaded Super Hawaii to try and sure enough they had it. I wasn't going to go searching for a few pesos so I paid the 28 pesos marked on the container.

That's higher than I've ever paid before and it's (different brand) usually 22-24 pesos. Today I went looking again and the LALA truck was in front of Parisani loading the coolers with everything. Their price for LALA Yogurt Sin Azucar was 25 pesos. That 3 pesos is over 20 cents and is way out of line. At least now I have a real price comparison rather than just saying Hawaii is a rip off which it is. They are all about taking advantage to people that don't know any better and especially Snow Bird Gringos.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Beautifying the Neighborhood

Well kinda - it does look better than tired old unpainted brick
Seals it a bit and will reflect the heat of the sun better
Think maybe there's an election coming up?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The 50 foot ketch is in our area offering rides

Not cheap - I think 1000 pesos

In Melaque - but not the same boat

Somewhere in Baja

Rides are from here to La Manzanilla this Friday and Sat, Sun, Monday cruises from La Manz to possibly Tenacatita.  

Contact Pitt at 
We will sail with one, we are full with 6. We don't like crowds. 
We would like to sail Saturday, Sunday and Monday. 
Anyone interested in sailing from Barra de Navidad across to La Manz on Friday should also contact me at the above 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Best seafood in Melaque

But you have to cook it
Across the highway from Ferrepacifico

Home Delivery

That's a live fish tank on the left

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Beautiful 50 foot Ketch in La Manz

He's been offering sunset cruses for 1000 a head but is now looking for a Honda 2000i generator because  his went over the side and his sail winches are electric. Not sure he's going anywhere for awhile

Sail boat somewhere in Baja

Here in La Manzanilla

Monday, January 05, 2015

CAM Special Needs School Fundraiser

January 23rd at 3PM there will be a live auction, artistic performances by the students of CAM, food and much more. Entry is 60 pesos. Really a great school with great teachers and administration. Alvaro Obregon near Villas Camino del Mar, Villa Obregon, Melaque
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