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Jan 23, 2012 - Day 3

By: JoeRocket2 (View Profile)
Date: 3/11/2012

Monday morning we are heading to another of our favorite breakfast locations, Chicago Deli and Pancake House. We see Cesar working this morning… he is a very friendly waiter who always greets you with a big smile on his face. He is hustling as usual to cover all the tables. We decide quickly what we want and order Sunnyside up eggs with American sausage for Butch and Mexican scrambled eggs for Kay. Joe is not too hungry this morning and goes with a side order of bacon only, and I have the American sausage and cheese omelet… my favorite! It is pretty rare to get American style sausage on Isla, so we tend to order it when at Chicago Deli. We all clean our plates and everything is excellent.

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After breakfast, we need to get more dollars exchanged for pesos at the bank. Now that we know the new process for exchanging money, we come prepared with our passports in tow. Once at the counter, we discuss that we are allowed to exchange more currency per person per day than last year, which is much more convenient. On our way out we notice a most wanted poster hanging on the wall in the bank and have to take a picture…

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On the way back to the hotel, we drive by a pharmacy and are surprised to see the “Dancing Pharmacist” out giving suckers to the kids. The first time we ever saw him it was 10:00 at night, the music was blaring in the streets and he was getting his groove on entertaining the kids.

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We make a quick stop after that for juice at the “Corner Juice Lady”, which is kitty-corner to the cemetery. We just love the juice here so we picked up a large orange juice and a small container of watermelon juice. I have heard people raving about the watermelon juice and want to give it a try… I really like the watermelon juice and it’s quite refreshing! Unfortunately, the orange juice is a lot pulpier this year though, and we are not into pulp.

After hanging around at the hotel for a while, we go back out on the cart for more exploring. There seems to be a never ending supply of “new” streets to survey. I decide it might be nice to take a turn piloting the cart for a while in order to get a break from Joe’s style of driving. The combination of Joe not being used to riding backwards (not to mention the loss of control) and me getting used to the sloppy steering and handling of the cart made for the following pic…..

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We are able to get a few really good sunset pictures tonight on our way in to town for drinks & dinner…

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As usual, we first stop at Brisa Mexicana for our first 2x1’s while we decide where to go for dinner. Since the weather is a bit warmer tonight than the last two days, we feel that it would be a great night to take a ride out to La Bruja in La Gloria Colony. This is our favorite restaurant on the island, Roberto and his family go out of their way to welcome and take care of you. Butch is really hungry for steak so he orders the arrachera, Kay decides to go with the garlic grouper, and I am craving the enchiladas suizas. Joe continues his quest for gills and orders his favorite breaded grouper on the island. Roberto laughs as he remembers this trend from last year! My enchiladas suizas are on the appetizer section of the menu, but the portion is enough for a meal. Butch and Kay each try a bite of my meal, and I think I might have gotten Kay hooked on them as well. The service here is fabulous, the food outstanding and the price VERY reasonable.

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On our way back to the hotel after dinner, Butch gets a craving for a marquesita so we make a stop at the cart in the square for dessert. Remembering his caramel incident the night before and still wearing evidence on his shoes, he chooses a banana and nutella version this time. He loves it and keeps his shirt clean as well!

After dropping the parents off at the hotel, Joe and I drive back into town headed for Miguel’s and arrive just in time for 2x1’s… nice! We settle back to listen to the band and enjoy drinks for the rest of the evening. After the band packs it up we head out and make one last stop at our favorite location for late night tacos, Tacqueria Medina. We each get two tacos al pastor on flour tortillas, they are heavenly as always!

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