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Jan 22, 2012 - Day 2

By: JoeRocket2 (View Profile)
Date: 3/4/2012

After a good night’s sleep, we are up and ready for our day. We have enjoyed going to French Bistro for many years and usually like to have our first breakfast of the trip there. Unfortunately, the week before we left we had read about Victor’s wife passing away… she had run the restaurant along with Victor for many years. When we arrive we are glad to see Victor doing well and staying busy as usual, which I am sure is keeping his mind off recent events.

After we get seated we are pleasantly surprised to see a waiter we recognize… Max has always been a very friendly, courteous waiter that we have encountered working in various places on Isla over the past 15 years. Most of the group is really looking forward to ordering their favorites, so Butch decides to order the French toast and Joe gets the French toast with a side of bacon. Kay has to have her Beach Special with the eggs scrambled, and Victor even remembers from prior years that she likes onions added to her eggs….what great service! I have to be different and try something new, so I decide on the Chorizo and Queso Omelet. Of course they are all pleased with their usual choices and I really enjoy my omelet.

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Joe and I spend the afternoon exploring on the golf cart. On our way past the airstrip, we discover a new boat-type sculpture under construction along the main road a little ways past the car ferry dock.

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While on our trip, we drive past Chedraui and decide it will be a good time to go in and check it out. We cannot believe the size of the store and everything they have available, from an eye doctor to scooters. Their prices are reasonable as well… we find brooms for $1.00 each. Here are a few of the pictures of the inside…


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When we get back to the hotel, we find that Butch and Kay have had a snack of chips and guacamole on the beach. Since we are a little hungry as well, Joe and I run back into town for a slice of pizza at Aqui Estoy. On the way back to the hotel to relax, Joe and I catch a glimpse of Spiderman racing down the sidewalk…

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Later, we drive in for 2x1’s at Brisa Mexicana and start discussing dinner options. We decide that Victor’s Cuba Libre sounds really good, so after a couple drinks we walk down to Victor’s. Last year, when Butch and Kay ordered a Cuban sandwich, I thought it looked so good that I wanted to get one this year. Butch, Kay and I each decide to order a half Cuban sandwich with various side dishes. Butch has the fried bananas and Creole rice with his order, Kay has the fried bananas and French fries and I have the rice and beans and toasted plantains. Joe, who is going to grow gills again this year, decides on the breaded grouper with fried bananas and French fries. I am extremely happy with my first Cuban sandwich at Victor’s and will definitely get it again. The rest of the group enjoys their selections and are very satisfied.

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After drinks and dinner, Butch and Kay are ready to turn in for the night. On the way back to the hotel we make a quick stop to pick up a caramel and banana marquesita for Butch… he has been craving them since last year. After the cart ride back to the hotel, Butch ends up with half of the caramel on him and the cart… he decides that caramel may not be the way to go next time.

After dropping the folks off back at the hotel, Joe and I head back into town to Miguel’s Moonlite for a couple pomegranate margaritas for me and rum punches for Joe. The Band, commonly known as Tips or Sex, is playing tonight… these two brothers have played at Miguel’s for years. Joe & I spend the rest of the evening sipping our drinks and enjoying the entertainment.

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