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MEGA shopping in La Cruz, Mexico

I would get fresh poblano and guajillo peppers / tomatoes / onions / and various fruit. Make a couple different types of salsas. Find some freshly made chips and fresh corn or flour tortillas. Maybe some fresh shrimp for Chili Rellenos? Queso Fresco Cheese. Slow roast pork with dried guajillo powder/onions for burritos or enchiladas..SO MANY GOOD OPTIONS.

Feb 27, 2015
Maggie19 in Mexico

Isla Mujeres Eats

For anyone heading to Isla - don't pass up Tito's The Rib Man ribs.. On Ave Matamoros behind a wall in an open courtyard, you'll see the smoke and smell the ribs. Only open on Sundays - grab a bag of ribs and head to Playa Norte...

Feb 20, 2015
Maggie19 in Mexico

First Trip Ireland

When in Doolin, don't miss McGann's Pub. Really excellent live music and very decent pub food. Just up the road from the cliffs...

Feb 16, 2015
Maggie19 in U.K./Ireland
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Costco-January 2015

Kirkland Albacore canned tuna.

Kirkland EVOO

Organic Blue Agave sweetener

Kirkland whole peppercorns

Gedney dill pickles (gallon)

Organic frozen chicken thighs

Boneless pork chops

Fire roasted canned tomatoes

Large A1 Steak sauce bottles

Jan 28, 2015
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Valladolid trip report

Nice review - the Cochinita Pibil sounds fabulous. Love that little town. Stopped there once for lunch and did some shopping - while on the way to Chichen itza.

Jan 22, 2015
Maggie19 in Mexico

Anybody stayed in Zihuatenajo lately?

Thanks for the info - can't wait to hit the markets and take some back to the room. They sure do look like heirloom tomatoes.

Jan 20, 2015
Maggie19 in Mexico

Anybody stayed in Zihuatenajo lately?

Can you tell me more about the 'tomates criollos' ?? Are these unique to the area or are you talking about hybrid 'Creole' tomatoes??

Jan 20, 2015
Maggie19 in Mexico

Anybody stayed in Zihuatenajo lately?

Did you find any places for that cost?

I'm staying just off La Ropa in a couple weeks - and found a room with a patio kitchen for $85 US per night.

Jan 19, 2015
Maggie19 in Mexico

Cancun February 1 for eight days staying in time share with no food plan...where to eat?

That looks great - I don't believe they were in business the last time I was on Isla. There are many good to great restaurants all over the downtown area, beach areas, and down on the south west side of Isla... If you go - rent a golf cart and cruise the whole island.

Jan 16, 2015
Maggie19 in Mexico

Cancun February 1 for eight days staying in time share with no food plan...where to eat?

On Isla ---- When you get off the ferry head to your left and right on the beach are a few cocktelerias...Justicia Social and Minino's come to mind. Only the freshest seafood served at both places. Really great ceviches for example. Not fancy - beach bars with your feet in the sand type of places. Ice cold beer to boot.

Jan 16, 2015
Maggie19 in Mexico

Cancun February 1 for eight days staying in time share with no food plan...where to eat?

Head downtown for many great options. One day, take the ferry over to Isla Mujeres for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Jan 14, 2015
Maggie19 in Mexico

The Secret Ingredient for the Best Stuffed Bell Peppers

I do stuffed peppers all year round on my Weber. I like to add diced jalapeno to the mix before stuffing the peppers. A homemade enchilada sauce instead of a plain Jane tomato sauce also works well.

Jan 09, 2015
Maggie19 in Features

Soy Sauce: Dark vs. Light

Try Pearl River Bridge soy sauces .. My go to is PRB light - but I have to tell you that I'm really enjoying PRB Mushroom for the past couple of months.. PRB dark is also excellent but mostly used to finish off a stir fry, not so much for marinating.

Jan 09, 2015
Maggie19 in General Topics
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Is Chowhound dead?

Not expecting Mexicans to be on CH. My point is that in the past the Mexico Board was alive with Q's from folks heading to Mexico on vacations... That drop off from these posters is what's strange.

Jan 05, 2015
Maggie19 in Site Talk

Is Chowhound dead?

Well the 'Mexico' board is dead. Hardly any activity. Which is so strange.

Jan 02, 2015
Maggie19 in Site Talk

Progresso Chili...opinions?

Agree about the Hormel comment - however - I believe that their canned tamales are edible. I take them camping and with some Queso Fresco crumbled on top, and a decent (Cholula) hot sauce - it's pretty ok -for camping :)

Dec 30, 2014
Maggie19 in General Topics

Best in Cancun?

Can't help with the hotel zone for high end restaurants. Having said that I'd suggest you cab it downtown for a greater selection of local options. Here are 3: Julia Mia - La Habichuela - and for a very festive atmosphere - La Parilla.

Dec 29, 2014
Maggie19 in Mexico

Good Cheap Food in Cancun: All-Inclusive or Hotel?

Also -- if you are a 'bargain hunter and enjoy inexpensive local spots or street food' why are you booked at 5-star all inclusives near Playa??

If you were to have booked something on the beach in Tulum or even in the town of Tulum - that's where you can still find those bargains - street food - and small excellent hotels.

Dec 17, 2014
Maggie19 in Mexico
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Good Cheap Food in Cancun: All-Inclusive or Hotel?

Skip Cancun and take the ferry (from Cancun) over to Isla Mujeres. Excellent food from street vendors to small seafood cafes. Much much cheaper (food and rooms) than the Cancun Hotel Zone. Check it out - you'll be glad that you did.

Dec 17, 2014
Maggie19 in Mexico

Going back to Zihuantanejo

Thanks for the tips. I'm a semi regular on ZihuaRob's board so I'm getting some good info there as well. El Murmullo still has an active website so I'm guessing that they are still in business. Street food is high on my list. Bad things do happen everywhere - I've felt safe and sometimes not safe in many parts of the US and Mexico.

Nov 12, 2014
Maggie19 in Mexico
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Tulum recs

That is a really great production.

Nov 12, 2014
Maggie19 in Mexico

Sezchuan Spice

My 'go to' meal there is Boiled Beef in Szechuan Hot Sauce. Excellent flavors, with the red chiles floating on the sauce. Also, their Hot Sour soup is very tasty with a high level of rice vinegar, compared with other H/S soups in the area. Hope they do well and become a fixture in the Chinese restaurant scene near Lyn/Lake.

Nov 11, 2014
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Guiness Blonde American Lager

I've yet to try it - but I'm more concerned with how it tastes. Thanks for your opinions but after enjoying a 6 pack of Fulton American Pale Ale over the weekend, it's hardly a "Crap Beer Market."

Nov 11, 2014
Maggie19 in Beer
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Going back to Zihuantanejo

after a 5 year absence.. Staying just off Playa La Ropa, Feb 1st- 10th. Have been reading a few TA restaurant recommendations and I'm asking for more from fellow CH's.

So...what are you thoughts regarding Carmelitas Cafe & Ell Murmullo? Both seem to be getting nice reviews... Over the years have been to Coconuts (thumbs up) and Tamales Any (two thumbs up) so if you care to share other suggestions both in Z and on or off La Ropa - go for it. Las Gatas is another beach I plan to hit with the multiple beach bar/restaurants. Lastly, La Barra (fishing village) is also on the list... Suggestions are welcome.

Nov 05, 2014
Maggie19 in Mexico

Tulum recs

In town -- don't miss Pollo Bronco for the best grilled chicken to go (take to the beach) ... Also, Ell Camello for the fresh seafood meals -- not fancy and kind of loud -- but really great seafood. Next -- the tamale/taco street carts are easily the best deal in town and some of the tastiest meals I've had in Tulum.

Nov 05, 2014
Maggie19 in Mexico

SF Alternative to Slanted Door?

Boulevard is in the neighborhood.

Nobu

Nobu 20 year anniversary -- Morning Joe coverage --

Nice history of Nobu and his first restaurant (in Alaska) to his next in LA and then meeting "Bobby." Wondering (only been there once) if the quality and innovation has stayed consistent over all these years?

Oct 17, 2014
Maggie19 in Manhattan

Your favorite canned vegetable and how do you eat it?

3 Bean Salad w/lot's of cracked black pepper and a shot of rice vinegar. Recently have been finding a very good deal on 2 packs (jars) at Costco for $2.97.

Oct 13, 2014
Maggie19 in Home Cooking

United Noodle - reboot worked!!!

I just wish their website worked for shipping out of town. Tried again and again last week as their website wouldn't add in my various items to the checkout ... Finally gave up!

Oct 07, 2014
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Playa del Carmen Bachelor Party Dinner

Check out Xaxche or Luna Maya - both on 5th Ave - central core of Playa.

Oct 02, 2014
Maggie19 in Mexico