Photographic Adventures in Paradise
Last night my wife and I went to dinner at the “mb Restaurant” in the Aqua Hotel, Cancun. Due to travel, we didn’t have time to properly celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary earlier this month, so this was our celebration dinner.
The “mb” is inside the Aqua Hotel located on Blvd. Kukulcan, km12.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun. It is right across the street from La Isla. The entire hotel has a Zen like ambiance, including the “mb”. Everywhere you looked was a treat to your eyes. The moment you enter the facility you are greeted by a courteous and helpful staff, as well as aromatherapy, which fills the air.
“mb” are the initials of it’s world renown chef Michelle Bernstein and this is her signature restaurant.
We had purchased a “mb” dinner certificate at the International Women’s Club Charity Auction a few months earlier. We chose to be seated in their outdoor terrace because it was a warm but pleasant night with a very gentle breeze. We had the entire terrace to ourselves. It was a Wednesday evening and the restaurant and hotel were not busy. We were treated to a special menu by the chef, which gave us various items from their normal menu, so that we could experience a wider variety of their selections. This was fine with us, as it relieved us of the task of making choices.
We ordered a Cadillac Margarita and a fusion drink called Caipiroska de Uva. Our waiter Jorge, recommended it to my wife in place of the Mojito, she thought she wanted………..she was happy with the change and asked Jorge to write down the name of the drink, so we could make it at home. It is made with vodka, smashed grapes, simple syrup, and other ingredients. Suz loved it! We also ordered a large bottle of Perrier Sparkling water which was presented in a table-side iced bucket.
Our first course was presented after we were offered 4 choices of freshly baked breads.
It was a delicious Watermelon Salad they called “Ensalada de Sandia”.
The salad was topped with crumbed feta cheese and very thin slices of cucumbers and a mild balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Yummy!
Our second course was “Croquetas de Queso Font”, deep fried cheese sticks made with a combination of 3 different cheeses and served with a sweet jellied dipping sauce: (Sorry I had already attacked it before I remembered to photograph it).
The chinaware used for each course presentation was perfectly suited to Zen-like atmosphere of the “mb”.
The third course was “Boquinete Crujiente”. The was crispy red snapper with pickled ginger and basil accented by heat from the kimchi and the punch of the fish sauce. Topped off with several thin slices of Mango. It was a spicy and very tasty delight. Something different and something good.
Our 4th and final course was “Pollito de Leche Deshue”. Roast chicken legs served with thinly sliced scalloped potatoes, wilted lettuce, and soy marinated figs.
We passed on the desert menu and instead we ordered a second glass of champagne for myself and pinot grigio wine for Suz. Our waiter Jorge and his two assistants gave us exemplary service and the ambiance was superb.
Item of note: The list of menu choices are presented in order of expensiveness.
World renown chef dinner, (6) drinks, (hey! it was our belated anniversary dinner), large bottle of Perrier, including a large, very well deserved tip: 2,240 pesos / 13.2 = $170 USD
5 Stars for sure ! The ambiance, freshness and quality of the food, it’s presentation, and service, were all top notch. This all made it a very special night to remember.
We found this closed up bar in Ouray, Colorado. We had heard about it from Suzie’s son whom lived nearby in Ridgeway. It was a very popular place. It had only one way in and the same way out, so eventually it was closed by the Fire Marshal. Keith told Suzie that it was a huge cavern inside with several bars.
If you look closely, you can see two windows that were closed with cement cinder blocks. The one on the right has partially collapsed. The property has a huge gravel parking lot and must have been a jumpin’ place in it’s day. I wish I could have seen the inside.
You can also see what’s left of the electrical feed for the bar to the upper right hand side of the door. I don’t know if it had been a mine shaft at one time or what. I haven’t been able to find out anything about it. Keith said he went there several time for a drink or two and it was a fun place to party. I can only imagine what the inside of this most unusual place was like.
Christmas in July…………..what a concept! It is actually celebrated quite heavily in Australia and in parts of Europe. It’s a way to forget about the heat and sweat and let your mind drift off to cooler places and thoughts. It is believed to have been started by a group of Irish tourists that were vacationing in Blue Mountains near Sydney in July of 1980. They were surprised to find snow and someone got the idea to ask their hotel manager to put on a celebration and they called it “Yulefest” . It turned into a huge success has continued every year to this day. It spread throughout Australia and now many businesses have special events, discounts, and even a special annual catered menu for the day. It is believed by some that by celebrating in the warm season would ensure a strong, happy winter Christmas season. So we Cancunians can’t let the Aussies have all the fun…………..COME ON EVERYONE……..REPEAT AFTER ME…………..MERRRRRRRRRRRRYY CHRISTMAS !!!!!!!
Needless to say Santa Tom is going to have a verrrrrryy Merry Christmas in July!