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Isla 2014-Hosting a Birthday Dinner Party

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Isla 2014-Hosting a Birthday Dinner Party

I slept in on this morning. I state this with disappointment because sunrise is my favourite time on Isla. I had stayed up later than my 10 pm bedtime the night before, watching over the Wee One and my husband was exhausted from his day in Chichen Itza. He actually does not recommend picking up the tour package on Isla. They had to be on a 6:30 am ferry ride to Cancun and then after waiting at rendezvous points and collecting other tour members at their hotels it was 1 in the afternoon before they began their journey to the ancient site. The reverse was true as well, they were the last to be dropped off at the port after all the hotel guests had been escorted home. I do not know their exact arrival time back on the island but they were absolutely pooped by the heat and long and tedious day.

After a good night sleep, I was gung ho to get to Chedrui to start planning for the Newbie’s birthday. I researched my recipes and made my grocery list, just like home, but got kind of stumped on a couple of items. Lucky for me, I ran into Ziggy from Monchi’s and asked him for his assistance. Turns out that baking soda is not available in the grocery aisles but in the pharmacy. Even the staff members that tried to help me, did not know this.

After buying shrimp for Ceviche, chicken breasts for Coconut Chicken, fruit and chocolate sauce for fondue dessert and a selection of wine, beer and juices for cocktails, I spent about the same amount that I would have at home. This surprised me. I thought that because avocados, tomatoes and limes were so inexpensive that my over-all bill would be smaller. You never know, until you live like a local.

Ziggy’s advice was opportune once again when I tried to figure out where to purchase a piñata. He described the location perfectly-on the corner of the street that the restaurant supply store was located on (the name of the company escapes me right now). I would never have known that they sold piñatas at this store, in fact, I didn’t even know that it was a store!

There were a number of paper mache characters and animals that could have been used for girl’s parties but I thought that I only had one choice for a male. So, a Zebra accompanied me home in a cab. Luckily I found a taxi that would take me to the shop and wait while I ran in to make my purchase. Who knew that piñatas came without the treats inside? Lucky for me Smy sister was able to find exactly what we required in Centro.

I am struck over and over again by the beauty of this part of the island. While I prepared my left over Fredy’s pork chop torta for lunch, I was able to gaze at the bay of Cancun through our living room window. I was on my own for lunch because Doug and the gang had gone on a snorkeling tour with mixed reviews. The boat ride was extremely rough and they were all a bit queasy from the journey (and the fun that was had the evening before). Let me just put it this way: there was some extra fish food deposited over the edge of the boat on the trip to the snorkeling site. On a positive note, their included lunch was at Brisas Caribe and everyone agreed that the abundant fried fish was sensational!

Since I missed out on sunrise, I made a point of taking extra time to savour the sunset that evening. In addition, it was one of the only times that I actually was not walking into Centro at sunset.

Back to our party plans: My sister came through again by contributing her authentic guacamole. She is also a whiz with pico de gallo and Doug poached the shrimp in a broth and mireproix. We simply combined the two and enjoyed a fabulous ceviche. Not authentically made, but very, very good.

No one else was staying at the hotel the evening of our party so we spread out and used the cement terrace for appetizers. Our son set up the bar and manned the blender!

I thought that I was so resourceful by putting out the pink glass tea cups that were in the kitchens of Luna d’Miel. This way guests could take a couple of scoops of both the quac and ceviche, throw in a couple of chips and they wouldn’t have to sit next to the appetizers the entire duration of Happy Hour. The pink glass plates also made the dining table look lovely with the assistance of additional props from the kitchen of La Brisas. The electric fry pan from the casa was also put to good use for the chicken that evening.

So the table was awaiting us. We supped on freshly baked baguette, rice pilaf, cauliflower topped with aioli and queso fresca, coconut chicken and mango salsa. We improvised a little bit when we ran out of coconut. My sister held the tongs with the chicken and substituted with broken tortilla chips. Both choices were absolutely fabulous.

You may think: “You were on vacation and surrounded with a bevy of amazing restaurants. Why did you prepare all day for a supper when you could have just gone out to a restaurant?” The answer: It was absolutely our pleasure because for us, food=love and we LOVE The Frenchman and wanted him to know so.

Are you wondering about that piñata? The warrior ensured that it lost his head and the treats came crashing down.

If you are interested in seeing the photos that accompany this post, please feel free to check out foodmusings.ca/isla-mujeres/…

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1. Re: Isla 2014-Hosting a Birthday Dinner Party

Sounds like a great dinner and your table looks lovely :) I totally get wanting to make the dinner yourself. And everything looks delicious!

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2. Re: Isla 2014-Hosting a Birthday Dinner Party

This made me smile. Thank you so much for transporting me to my favorite place. You have such a way with your reports. What a beautiful family!!

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3. Re: Isla 2014-Hosting a Birthday Dinner Party

Thanks Traveller New York and Jetsgirl. Writing these takes me back to Isla too.

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4. Re: Isla 2014-Hosting a Birthday Dinner Party

I only found out 2 yrs ago that you buy pinatas empty....what a surprise.

The trip to Chichen Itza sounds awful. We went on our own in 1998. Took the bus, etc. wasn't near as much of a pain, but it was a long day.

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5. Re: Isla 2014-Hosting a Birthday Dinner Party

We went from Merida to Chichen (by car) and it was still a very long day. I couldn't even imagine it from Isla.

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6. Re: Isla 2014-Hosting a Birthday Dinner Party

Another wonderful report! I absolutely feel transported to the island with your descriptions and pictures :)

Reading these make me even more anxious ( didn't think that was possible, lol) for our upcoming trip in 6 weeks

You have a beautiful family- thanks for sharing them and your adventures!

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