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“Who wants eggs and soldiers for breakfast?” my Mom used to ask me when I was a kid and I always answered “I do, I do!” You may be wondering what on earth are eggs and soldiers? As I have mentioned before my parents are originally from England and from what I understand “eggs and soldiers” hail from the UK and so even though I grew up in Canada and now live in Cancun, Mexico I am fortunate enough to have been brought up eating many British food delights.

“Eggs and soldiers” are simply put soft boiled eggs that have the tops lopped off and then you cut bread into sticks (soldiers) and dip them into the runny yolk. Wikipedia explains soldiers as:

 “A soldier is a British term that refers to a piece of toast cut into thin strips reminiscent of the formation of soldiers on parade. The toast is sliced in this manner so that it can be dipped into the opening of a soft boiled egg that has had the top of its shell removed. Another belief for the origin of the name is from the childhood rhyme “Humpty Dumpty”. The bread refers to the soldiers who went to rescue Humpty Dumpty when he had his “great fall.”

Boiling the eggs

A while back I made my Mexican husband soldiers for the 1st time. We put some eggs into cold water and then let the water boil. We then set our egg timer (my Apple iTouch) for 3 minutes. While the eggs were boiling we toasted our bread. Next we buttered Cesar’s toast and made soldiers. I on the other hand am a Marmite freak https://ashlied.wordpress.com/2009/11/16/my-love-affair-with-marmite so I slathered Marmite on my toast.

Marmite Soldiers

Normally, you would then cut the tops of your eggs off and place them into an egg dish but seeing as we don’t have any egg dishes we had to improvise and use our tequila shot glasses…of which we have many…living in Cancun and all. 🙂

Finally, add a little salt and pepper to the opened egg and then dip your soldiers into the running yolk and enjoy! Cesar loved them and as always so did I. It brought back many pleasant memories of when I was a little girl and I hope one day to feed my child “eggs and soldiers” so that my MexiCanadian child will be able to enjoy some of the traditional British foods that I grew up eating and hopefully pass them onto his/her child one day too.

So I just have one question for you. Who want’s eggs and soldiers for breakfast?

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50’s night in Cancun

On Saturday night we had a 50’s theme night going away party for a very dear friend of mine, Polo. He had been staying with us for about 2 months while visiting from China. My Mom graciously allowed us to host it on her upstairs terrace. We made mini-cheeseburgers, French fries, Coke and Dr. Pepper rum laced vanilla ice-cream floats and chicken wings. Yummy! Everyone came dressed in 50’s era themed clothes which meant a lot of Fonzie look a-likes, Capri pants, leather jackets and ponytails. 🙂

The boys posing!

Cesar and I always enjoy throwing parties and entertaining in general. We love to get together with our friends especially if it means dressing up and being able to act silly. I had downloaded about 92 50’s rock and doo wop tunes earlier in the week which I was sure would get everyone up and dancing—I was not disappointed! It only ever takes one person to get up to dance and then everyone is up shaking their groove to the likes of Elvis Presley, Little Richard, The Coasters, Jerry Lee Lewis and the list goes on.

 So we ate and danced until almost dawn imagining that we were back in the 50’s- a much simpler and innocent era. That party will be remembered for a long time to come… or at least until we throw a 60’s, 70’s or 80’s party next. 🙂

What a cute 50's couple!

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I haven’t been feeling very bloggy lately and I guess that could be attributed to the fact that  I haven’t really done anything that interesting for awhile to write about here so I decided to look through some of my photos and see if anything inspired me. I came across a small file of when my husband and I and Erika and Freddy went to Las Mojarras Cenote for the day..

First of all what is a cenote? A cenote is a sinkhole containing groundwater that is surrounded by exposed rocky edges. The Yucatan Peninsula and some nearby Caribbean Islands are where you will most likely find them. Some cenotes are subterranean and others are easily accessible and above ground. Many divers explore the underground cenotes but you can also explore many of them using snorkeling gear. For more in depth information click here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cenote  Also, you can read about when we went to Rio Secreto ( an underground river) https://ashlied.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/rio-secreto   and Cenote Dzunip in Valladolid, https://ashlied.wordpress.com/2009/10/15/my-weekend-away-part-2

Las Mojarras Cenote is located at Carretera Puerto Morelos – Central Vallarta Km 12.5 Ejido de Puerto Morelos , Ruta de los Cenotes Puerto Morelos TEL: 01-998-848-28-31

Freddie, Cesar and Erika in our Palapa

We decided to go on a Sunday so after packing up our beach chairs, our cooler and bug spray (a must!) we set off in my truck for the day. Las Mojarras is about 35-40 minutes from Cancun and involves turning off the Ruta de Cenotes and onto a dirt road that cuts through the jungle in a zigzag route for the last 15 minutes of the drive. Once you arrive you are greeted by one of the owners and after paying about $12 (120 pesos – a local’s price) you are then taken to your own palapa with a view of the cenote.

 Be prepared to be eaten alive if you don’t take bug spray and insect coils that you must strategically place around your palapa and picnic table. We came packing enough bug ammo for a small army so after setting up we enjoyed a nice picnic and a game of dominoes. Then it was time to explore the cenote. Las Mojarras have a zip line that goes across half of the cenote on one side and also one that goes across the other half on the other side. They also provide life jackets for those that need them as well as floating devices so that you can lay back and float around and enjoy the afternoon sun. You can also jump or dive off a high platform if you are so inclined…which Freddy and I both did!

The Zip Line

The water was very warm which is quite unusual for a cenote so we spent most of the day swimming, flying along the zip line and jumping into the water. A young German couple were also there with their two small children and we were amazed to see how fearless both the little girl and boy were and how much they loved jumping off the high platform.

 When the sun started to slip down the horizon it was time to pack up and make our way home to Cancun. It had been a thoroughly enjoyable day and as I write this I am thinking that it is time to plan another day trip to Las Mojarras Cenote.

Las Mojarras Cenote

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My husband Cesar and our good friend Erika and I recently checked out El Muellecito located on Avenida Bonampak in Cancun. We were VERY impressed! We had passed by it several times and it always had lots of people so we thought it was time to see what all the hype was about for this fairly new seafood/bar restaurant.

Their 4 salsas and complimentary spicy shrimp broth

An afternoon at the "beach"

El Muellecito, (which means little dock in Spanish) though located in the heart of downtown Cancun, built their restaurant to resemble a restaurant on a dock. They even have a photo mural of a continuing dock over the Caribbean ocean to give the illusion that you are eating on the beach. They have a large outdoor area and an air-conditioned indoor area as well as a large upstairs to accommodate bigger groups.

Muellecito's Menu

Their menu is varied and with a focus on seafood though you can also find burgers, chicken and meat items. We tried several of their seafood tacos as well as the tuna tartar, and we shared a huge plate of crispy fries. Everything tasted great! They have 4 yummy salsas (tamarind, habanero, chipotle, and mango) and you can order drinks by the glass or by the liter. You can also order a bottle of spirits if you are with a group of friends. The prices are very reasonable and their portions are generous. There is a mix of people and varied music to create an overall fun atmosphere.

Bottoms Up-a litre beer!

Our waiter informed us that on Thursdays they have an all-you-can-eat/drink buffet for 200 pesos (less than $20 CDN) which includes a selection of dishes (which change weekly)  plus a selection of beers and spirits from 1pm until 5 pm. On Mondays and Tuesdays select beers are only 12 pesos (about $1 CDN) and finally…..if it is your birthday in June for example (mine is in June J) then every Wednesday for the month of June you can go with your friends and order a bottle (750ml) of select spirits and you just pay for the mixers. WHAT A DEAL!!!

Tuna Tartar with Mango

We spent a fun rainy Sunday afternoon playing dominos and filling our bellies with tasty food and drinks. We will definitely be going back again to try the rest of their menu and we are looking forward to checking out their buffet one Thursday afternoon. I cannot rave enough about this place—a definite 5 on the Ashlie-Scale!

"Diet" tacos with lettuce instead of a corn tortilla

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My husband Cesar and our good friend Erika and I recently checked out El Muellecito located on Avenida Bonampak in Cancun. We were VERY impressed! We had passed by it several times and it always had lots of people so we thought it was time to see what all the hype was about for this fairly new seafood/bar restaurant.

Their 4 salsas and complimentary spicy shrimp broth

An afternoon at the "beach"

El Muellecito, (which means little dock in Spanish) though located in the heart of downtown Cancun, built their restaurant to resemble a restaurant on a dock. They even have a photo mural of a continuing dock over the Caribbean ocean to give the illusion that you are eating on the beach. They have a large outdoor area and an air-conditioned indoor area as well as a large upstairs to accommodate bigger groups.

Muellecito's Menu

Their menu is varied and with a focus on seafood though you can also find burgers, chicken and meat items. We tried several of their seafood tacos as well as the tuna tartar, and we shared a huge plate of crispy fries. Everything tasted great! They have 4 yummy salsas (tamarind, habanero, chipotle, and mango) and you can order drinks by the glass or by the liter. You can also order a bottle of spirits if you are with a group of friends. The prices are very reasonable and their portions are generous. There is a mix of people and varied music to create an overall fun atmosphere.

Bottoms Up-a litre beer!

Our waiter informed us that on Thursdays they have an all-you-can-eat/drink buffet for 200 pesos (less than $20 CDN) which includes a selection of dishes (which change weekly)  plus a selection of beers and spirits from 1pm until 5 pm. On Mondays and Tuesdays select beers are only 12 pesos (about $1 CDN) and finally…..if it is your birthday in June for example (mine is in June J) then every Wednesday for the month of June you can go with your friends and order a bottle (750ml) of select spirits and you just pay for the mixers. WHAT A DEAL!!!

Tuna Tartar with Mango

We spent a fun rainy Sunday afternoon playing dominos and filling our bellies with tasty food and drinks. We will definitely be going back again to try the rest of their menu and we are looking forward to checking out their buffet one Thursday afternoon. I cannot rave enough about this place—a definite 5 on the Ashlie-Scale!

"Diet" tacos with lettuce instead of a corn tortilla

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Last week I was contacted by two women who live in the U.K. that had read a few of my blogs about Cancun and I thought that I would share with everybody what they are up to as I have never heard about anyone doing this before.It is an interesting way to help people who are not seasoned travelers or especially the elderly who may wish to travel but may be a bit set in their ways and are nervous about what could go wrong or simply feel uncomfortable about visiting new places. Below is the message that I received and also a link to where you can learn more about what these enterprising women are doing to help others.

Hi Ashlie

I came across your Cancun blog recently and wondered if you’d be interested in what we’re doing.

I’m a hypnotherapist and I’ve designed a series of hypnosis MP3s for people who are nervous about going on holiday or who want to get an experience of a holiday destination before they travel.

We’ve made an MP3 for people interested in visiting Cancun at http://www.hypnoholidays.com/cancun

What do you think? I’d love it if you wanted to mention it on your blog.

All the best

Viv
info@hypnoholidays.com

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