Photographic Adventures in Paradise
This is another great restaurant from the packages we bid on at the International Women’s Club charity auction a few months back.
Manyee donated the certificate which had a value of 500 pesos to the women’s club event.
Cancun is full of small restaurants like this one. That is one of the pleasures of living here. This restaurant is located on a curve at the intersection tee’ing into Bonampac across from the Hospiten hospital.
We arrived at 8pm and chose a table outside. It was a weeknight so they were not crowded. A nice warm early November evening perfect for a light dinner outside.
The building and the restaurant are new and the atmosphere was very nice.
The view of the boulevard in front of the restaurant’s terrace seating area.
Here we are soon after arriving…….can you believe it’s NOVEMBER????? and we’re outside……
The Manyee “artesanosdelagastronomia” menu
These are light meals mostly wraps, quiches, fondues, soups, and salads….
This is their tortilla soup…….the small bowls were full of avocados, cheese, and croutons…….
this is one of the best bowls of soup I’ve ever eaten. After each spoonful I kept repeating “I don’t believe how good this soup is.”
Suz ordered the spinach salad with fresh tuna …….which was more than she could finish.
It also had chunks of cheese,apple and candied pecans with a Balsamic dressing.
I had a prosciutto wrap with Gruyere cheese, tomato, avocado, lettuce, garlic and parsley……..yum, yum very tasty
Our condiment selections
Vino tinto of course……
More of the building from our table
We had 4 glasses of wine, 2 soups, 1 tuna topped salad and the prosciutto wrap all for 650 pesos (approx. $53 USD) not including the tip. This is a very nice place and we will go back again. The service was very good and so was the food that we ordered.
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The following are pictures from my experience in seeing the bullfight at the Plaze de Toros in Cancun, Mexico, Friday November 19, 2010. This was a charity event will all proceeds going to The City of Joy (Ciudad de la Alergria) in Cancun. This is a place that takes care of the elderly that cannot afford care as well as many other needs of the people of Cancun.
The 4 matadors were Manolo Espinosa (“Armillita”age 72), Eloy Cavazos , Eulalio Lopez (“El Zotoluco”), and Fernando Ochoa. Each of the matador’s fought one bull each.
one of the 4 “THE LONELY BULL’S”…………
From Wikipedia………(with edits by CancunTom)
Spanish-style bullfighting is called corrida de toros (literally “race of bulls”) or la fiesta (“the festival”). In a traditional corrida, three matadores (“killers”), each fight two bulls, each of which is between four and six years old and weighs no less than 460 kg (1,014 lb) Each matador has six assistants—two picadores (“lancers”) mounted on horseback, three banderilleros (“flagmen”) – who along with the matadors are collectively known as toreros (“bullfighters”) – and a mozo de espada (“sword page”). Collectively they comprise a cuadrilla (“entourage”). It is often called a blood sport by its detractors but followers of the spectacle regard it as a fine art and not a sport as there are no elements of competition in the proceedings.
Before the Paseillo, the Alguacilillo enters on horse back, salutes the Judge, picks up the symbolic key and delivers it to the gatekeeper to release the bulls when the time comes.
The modern corrida is highly ritualized, with three distinct stages or tercios (“thirds”), the start of each being announced by a trumpet sound. The participants first enter the arena in a parade, called the paseíllo, to salute the presiding dignitary, accompanied by band music. Torero costumes are inspired by 18th century Andalusian clothing, and matadores are easily distinguished by the gold of their traje de luces (“suit of lights”) as opposed to the lesser banderilleros who are also called toreros de plata (“bullfighters of silver”). On this particular evening the traditional clothing was not worn. This was a charity event so more subdued clothing was in order.
The bull enters the ring to be tested for ferocity by the matador and banderilleros with the magenta and gold capote (“dress cape”). This is the first stage, the tercio de varas (“the lancing third”), and the matador first confronts the bull with the capote, observing the behaviour of the bull while performing a tanda (“series of passes”) to impress the crowd. The bull is closely watched by the matador so he can determine it’s tendency’s.
Next, a picador enters the arena on horseback armed with a vara (“lance”). To protect the horse from the bull’s horns, the horse is surrounded by a peto—a protective mattress-like covering.
At this point, the picador stabs just behind the morillo, a mound of muscle on the fighting bull’s neck, weakening the neck muscles and leading to the animal’s first loss of blood. The manner in which the bull charges the horse provides important clues to the matador about which side the bull favors. If the picador is successful, the bull will hold its head and horns slightly lower during the following stages of the fight. This ultimately enables the matador to perform the killing thrust later in the performance. The encounter with the picador often fundamentally changes the behavior of a bull, distracted and un-engaging bulls will become more focused and stay on a single target instead of charging at everything that moves.
In the next stage, the tercio de banderillas (“the third of flags”), the three banderilleros each attempt to plant two banderillas, sharp barbed sticks into the bull’s shoulders. These anger and invigorate the bull who has been tired by his attacks on the horse and the damage he has taken from the lance.
In the final stage, the tercio de muerte (“the third of death”), the matador re-enters the ring alone with a small red cape, or muleta, and a sword. It is a common misconception that the color red is supposed to anger the bull, because bulls, in fact, are colorblind. The cape is thought to be red to mask the bull’s blood, although this is now also a matter of tradition. The matador uses his cape to attract the bull in a series of passes which serve the dual purpose of wearing the animal down for the kill and producing a beautiful display or faena. He may also demonstrate his domination over the bull by caping it especially close to his body. The faena is the entire performance with the muleta and it is usually broken down into tandas, “series”, of passes. The faena ends with a final series of passes in which the matador with a muleta attempts to maneuver the bull into a position to stab it between the shoulder blades and through the aorta or heart. The act of thrusting the sword is called an estocada. If the matador doesn’t step backwards when the bull passes the crowd yells “OLE”. To step back is regarded as an act of cowardice.
If the matador has performed particularly well, the crowd may petition the presiding dignitary to award the matador an ear of the bull by waving white handkerchiefs. If his performance was exceptional, he will award two, and in certain larger rings a tail can be awarded. Very rarely, if the public or the matador believe that the bull has fought bravely, they may petition the president of the plaza to grant the bull an indulto before the tercio de muerte. This is when the bull’s life is spared and allowed to leave the ring alive and return to the ranch where it came from. Then the bull becomes a stud bull for the rest of his life.
Plaza de Toros “Cancun”
The wall plaque in the backstage area…….
The Plaza de Toros “Cancun” arena
Some “backstage” pix………Matadors Eloy Cavazos and Manolo Espinosa (“Armillita”)
A moment alone for “El Zotoluco” to pray………
Matadors Eloy Cavazos, Manolo Espinosa “Armillita”, my friend Noel Cahill, and Eulalio Lopez (“El Zotoluco”)
Matador Fernando Ochoa
The evening placard that Noel asked the 4 matadors to sign……
The pre-show festivities……
The Toreros enter the arena…..
The 4 matadors are introduced and acknowledge the applause….
A bull is released and begins to circle the ring, charging anyone that moved…..
The picador enters on horseback with his lance
The picador lances the bull….
The banderilleros each attempt to plant two banderillas, sharp barbed sticks into the bull’s shoulders
The banderillero goes in for his attempt….
he was successful….
” El Zotoluco” takes command……..
the bull is weakened by a series of passes…………
“El Zotoluco” struts his stuff……
Dominance of the bull by the matador is everything…..
here he puts his hand on the beasts forehead….
and now he turns his back to the bull……after throwing his sword and cape to the ground….
he walks back over and kneels in front of the bull and lowers his head looking him straight in the eye…
completely unprotected against a charge but superior in his dominance of the animal.
“EL Zotoluco” aims his killing trust
Victorious with his blade glistening with the bulls blood…..
He is presented with the both the bulls ears and because the beast put up an extraordinary fight, he also is presented with his tail…..
“El Zotoluco” celebrates….
The man in the blue shirt is the owner of the ranch that provided this bull. Because the animal put up a valiant fight he was given the high honor of being invited to share in the matador’s victory inside the area. Flowers are being tossed to “El Zotoluco” as he walks around the arena by all his fans.
The very proud matador …….”El Zotoluco”
I’ve concentrated my narative and photos on this particular matador. I took many more pictures of the other 3 as well. In the interest of brevity I chose “Eulalio Lopez “El Zotoluco” to feature.
Thanks to my friend Noel for inviting me to go along to see the bullfight. This was a first for me since living in Cancun. It was a very special treat to be introduced to the matador’s by him before the performance. Noel is a long time fan of bullfighting and patiently explained everything to me. This aspect of the Mexican culture was new and revealing to me.
This isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. There were animal rights protesters picketing the area prior to the start of the event.