Bienvenido, loyal reader. Please join Bruce and Mary as they celebrate good times with good friends!
After a direct flight from Seattle (wonder what those are like) Phil and Di meet us at the Sea Monkey, right on the beach, here in Old Town, Puerto Vallarta. Phil and Di laugh at us as we feel a little chilled by the sea breeze. Maybe we have gone native.
The next day we welcome our good friends Reg and Larry. They are fresh in from DF and spending a week before heading back to their home in Progreso, Yucatan. We’d also invited our PV friends Pablo and Scott to this little happy hour as tomorrow they are leaving their beautiful casa across the street and journeying back to their home in VA.
Mary set out some appetizers: crudites, guacamole, chips, salsa, chicharo and garbanzo bean mix and cheese, crackers and polenta with guacamole.
Here are some of the beautiful plants and flowers that Pablo and Scott donated to us before their departure. And yes, those are orchids on the left.
Here we are at Miel Fusion. Phil and Di have insisted that they treat me to a belated BD dinner. You know me, my arm can be twisted.
My Pollo Miel is absolutely sumptuous.
Phil is quite pleased with this succulent Ribeye.
The Carbonara absolutely lives up to Di’s high Italian standards.
Mary’s Pasta el Pesto. Mary loves all the pasta dishes here. BTW: Reg and Larry fell in love with this place.After our meals at Miel Fusion we are relaxing with cocktails on our deck. I think you can tell that I just got busted for a tall one.
We’re busing our way to La Caipirinha near Pitillal and Reg and Larry are telling us of their day trip into Mismaloya yesterday. These wild and crazy guys, on the spur of the moment, did a zip line tour taking them over 100m above the jungle floor!
We’re at La Caipirinha and we’d invited Phil and Di to join us. Coincidentally they are staying at Hotel Posada Roger in a room adjacent to Reg and Larry. They all soon become good friends.
Mary and Larry are playing with his new Samsung smart phone. Their pic is on FB before our food arrives. Larry tells us that he used to be critical of people who are always fiddling with their smart phones but now, he says, “I’m one of them!”
Our Ribeyes have come, done perfectly, as usual. Phil and Di are going to check out the all you can eat buffet.
Starting with a huge plate of sides, this Brazilian buffet continues with skewer after skewer of meat, chicken, and sausage until you say, “No mas!” Which takes a while as Di has one of those metabolisms that allows her to pack it away and still remain very slender. I wish I had one of those.
Once again Oscar has been our wonderful server.
On our way back to the bus stop we come across this sterilization clinic at Los Mangos, the English Library in PV. BTW: Reg was spotted on the street here in PV by someone who recognized him from his Merida English Library Admin days. Small world, Reg, eh?
We’re gathered at Cafe Bohemio, it is Reg and Larry’s getaway night and we won’t let them leave without experiencing this wonderfully eclectic Bistro.
Our food arrives, this is Di’s Huachinango, Red Snapper. It is as good as it looks.
On my recommendation Phil orders the Paella. He is not disappointed.
Larry is impressed not only with the preparation of these mussels but also the sheer number of them.
This is Mary’s veggie chile accompanied by a monster salad. She never tires of this dish and who can blame her?
Reg has the Liver and Onions. He offers me a sample and man, it is as good as mom used to make!
After completing our meals we linger getting up to speed with all the latest in Merida and Progreso. Then we all walk the few blocks back to Hotel Posada Roger to say goodbye to our good friends. Thanks for visiting Reg and Larry, it was great getting caught up with you guys!
We are in pueblo Mismaloya. In the future Phil and Di are going to start splitting their time between Seattle and Mexico. They have checked out Merida and we have convinced them that their due diligence of PV would not be complete without checking out the southern portion of the Bay of Banderas. BTW: These kids insisted upon being in a pic and then demanded to be paid for it! But they are so cute Mary anted up a peso apiece.
Now we’re on the beach. I have just taken a dip and the water is warming up!
And this? Well this is just a cute pic of Mary and Di on the beach.
We’ve had a wonderful time exchanging stories on the beach and now it is time to head out. We’re at the bus stop and Mary is trying to save us bus fare.
We want to have one last meal with Phil and Di before they fly back to Seattle and it appears that Cafe Bohemio is our default for such occasions and really, why not?
Di’s meatloaf arrives and not only is it tasty the portion is huge! But don’t worry, Di makes short work of it.
Phil is a Mole fan and this Pollo Mole hits the spot.
Mary has the Penne Marinara and cheap date that she is, I get to finish it. It is delicious.
We were hoping for a Sol sighting but alas, owner Sol is avoiding Semana Santa in PV at his Palm Springs home but no problem, our favorite server Skinny Alex is providing plenty of entertainment.
We have finished our meals and we are lingering, wanting to extend our time with our good friends when Di surprises us with a gift package of Tajin. When we were at Toños, Di had laughed when Mary dug a Tajin shaker out of her purse to season our botanas. Di wants to make sure Mary never runs out. Also, more directed at me, they got us a bunch of cigars from our man Rogelio, only these are a definite upgrade from the cheap ones I usually buy. Thanks a lot Phil and Di!
We settle our bills and leisurely walk Olas Altas back to Hotel Posada Roger (and on the way we see, at a sidewalk cafe, a small Pug standing on a table eating off a plate next to his owners’, I really don’t know what to say about that!) and finally we part with hugs and kisses and hopes that they will decide on PV for their Mx part-time home. Cheers!
Thanks for visiting, gentle reader. If you’re curious, it was this blog that helped influence Phil and Di to visit Merida where we first met them and instantly bonded and also why they decided to check out PV. Bruce and Mary have found that one of the unexpected joys of writing this blog is the opportunity to make such good friends with such fine people. Hasta proxima Domingo!