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It’s been a while since my last restaurant review and not because we haven’t been eating out lately but because I started to notice that for some time the majority of my blog posts were about food. Now don’t get me wrong I love to write about food especially when it is great tasting food but I also enjoy writing about other things as well specifically our little adventures.But tonight, I am going to tell you about a wonderful little spot in Puerto Juarez, right on the beach ,which isn’t exactly off the beaten path, but it is a place where you won’t find many tourists and some locals  might even turn their noses up since it is  more of a changarro rather than restaurant.

The entrance

Hubby and I first happened upon El Sol Naciente a few months ago when we were going to Rescate Malix for their monthly Dog Wash event and we decided to make a quick stop for something to eat along the way. We had often passed by the many small, thrown together restaurants on the beach but this was the first time that we decided to stop. We chose El Sol Naciente for two reasons, A) they had a spot for us to park in and B) I liked the big shark sign out front. Not the best criteria for choosing a restaurant I know but nonetheless that is why we ended up there.Once we parked an eager waiter with a friendly face (Luis) ushered us to our table in front of the water’s edge and after a great meal we knew that we would be back again soon.

Hog Fish/Boquinete

Last weekend we took my in-laws and my Mom there for a late Saturday lunch and at first we were worried about how they would react to such a place but we hoped that once the food was served that they would love it too.Now, let me explain El Sol Naciente doesn’t have any plumbing or electricity and the over head tarp look like they  salvaged it from a garbage bin but they do their best with what they have on hand. A bucket with clean water has a small plastic faucet inserted at the bottom so that clients can wash their hands. They also have a women’s and men’s bathroom, which is clean, but since they don’t have any plumbing there is a huge bucket outside and after you are done you simply fill a smaller bucket with some water and return to the bathroom to pour the water into the toilet to make it “flush”. A tad primitive but let me assure you that they were much cleaner than any port-a-potty that I have been in before.

Pelican and birds

Luis was our server again and once my Mom and mother-in law had made their way through the sand in their high heels to our table we ordered a round of drinks and discussed the menu. My Mom ordered a mixed ceviche and we ordered 2 whole  boquinetes (hog fish) fried with lots of garlic. All of their seafood is delivered fresh from the ocean that same day and you can pick out the fish that you want to eat. They also have live lobster, crab and other types of fish depending on the day.The price per kilo for fish is $130 pesos (about $10.50 CDN/kilo) and for a small ceviche that is 95%  seafood the cost is $90 pesos. They have a full bar and drinks are  very reasonable as well. Our fish was served with all the  cabbage salad, rice and marinated onions that you want and of course tortillas.

Birds

Once again the food was excellent! The fish was cooked just right. It was moist, flavourful and it easily flaked off the bones as we hungrily devoured it.After we had finished our meal we sat back and enjoyed the free entertainment that unfolded before us. While we had been eating a pelican had joined the flock of birds on the beach and children were throwing scraps of food for them and several fights had broken out as they all scrambled for the small pieces of food.I took several photos and I was particularly fascinated by the way that the smaller birds all seemed to point in one direction whether  perched on the small fishing boats tied up along the shoreline or on the beach.

The Gang

As the afternoon came to an end we ordered our bill but before we left  we saved Luis’s cell number as he had a “lobster connection”…a direct line to a fisherman who could sell us  live lobster, conch and fish at an incredibly reasonable rate…Oh joy! What an afternoon…great food, company and entertainment to boot.

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Where to start? As I mentioned in my last blog I haven’t been feeling very bloggy lately so that means I have a lot to catch up on now. Christmas and New Years have come and gone and we are already half-way through the first month of 2011. So let’s roll the calendar back to December 23rd, 2010 and begin there shall we?

Top of the Rock

 Photos…..

After the blizzard

Two days before Christmas day yours truly, hubby and my Mom were on a plane bound for New York City. It was my first time there and I was absolutely thrilled as I had always wanted to visit the Big Apple and now thanks to my Mom we were actually going and we would be spending 6 action packed days there over Christmas. We arrived on a sunny, crisp day but by the time we had to leave,  New York was blanketed in snow due to an unexpected blizzard. We took in many sites some of which included walking  along 5th avenue, visiting Rockefeller Center,Chinatown,Staten Island, going up to the observation deck on Top of The Rock, having an incredible meal in Little Italy, shopping at Macy’s, Time’s Square and of course taking in a show.We had a an amazing time and as I had always suspected I loved New York….its energy, its diversity and its people. I even thoroughly enjoyed the blizzard as it had been a long time since I had experienced snow in a city. By the time we left I knew for a certainty that I would be back again and that New York City had not seen the last of me.

Blue Parrot

Once back in Cancun it was time to focus on New Years Eve. We had a full house with friends visiting from various places and on the 31st we all headed down to Playa del Carmen to ring in the new year at the BPM Music Festival at The Blue Parrot.After, enjoying a nice meal we cracked open a bottle of champagne in our room and then slowly made our way through the crowded streets until after a lot of manoeuvering we finally got inside the venue. We staked out an area on the beach and there for the next 9 hours we danced, laughed and celebrated the end of the year until we collapsed exhausted in our respective rooms.

Barrezito

The next few days were filled with work and  spending time with our guests. We had a night out at Barrezito to kick off a friend’s birthday and then on our group of friends’ last day in Cancun we took them to Isla Mujeres where we rented a golf cart, visited the turtle farm, feasted on Tik n Chic and took in an awesome sunset before dropping them off at the airport. Once everyone had gone our place seemed so empty and quiet but not for long as a dear friend of mine, who has stayed with us while visiting from China, returned from a quick business trip in D.F. Next, we continued celebrating our friend’s birthday ( he is like me his birthday is at least a 1 week affair) with a dinner  at Rino’s and finally on Friday a big blow out at Jardin Ixchel.

Tik N Chic-before

So now,sitting here Sunday night,after reliving the last 24 action packed days I can only wonder what 2011 will bring this fortunate Canuck?

Tik N Chic-after

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Hello again fellow bloggers and readers! It sure has been awhile since I last blogged but I have been quite busy since my last post and I also just wasn’t feeling very bloggy until today. My last post I wrote about Rescate Malix and Charlotte (Charly), a stray dog that myself and some of my neighbours were taking care of for the last few months, and I had hoped to find a loving family for her.Well, I am happy to report that Charly has found a home at last! About two weeks ago hubby and I pulled into our parking spot and saw an American couple leaving some food for Charly and we all started chatting. To make a long story short Tom and Suzy volunteered to take care of Charly for a few days and when it was time to get her again Suzy informed me that even though they already had two dogs, one of which they adopted off the street,they had decided to give Charly a permanent home.I was overjoyed.

Tom and Suzy

My Christmas wish had come true! Since that day I have gone by to visit Charly in her new home to see how she was doing and to drop off some food and treats. I spent an enjoyable hour with Suzy, Tom and my Mom sipping wine in their backyard watching Charly roughhouse with Dylan (their adopted stray) and chatting about the ups and downs of living in Mexico. Tom is a fellow blogger, http://www.cancuntom.com/,who writes about being a retired ex-pat in Cancun, and Suzy, who belongs to the International Women’s Club here in Cancun, graciously invited my Mom to one of their monthly breakfast meetings. When it was time to go I gazed into Charly’s big beautiful brown eyes (hopefully not for the last time) and scratched her tummy like I always used to do when I saw her sleeping next to my truck, and bid farewell to her adopted family. Thank you Suzy and Tom you will never know how grateful I am to you both for opening your home to Charly.

Charly

Next post- Christmas and New Years….better late than never. All the best in 2011 everyone!

Charly's new pal Dylan

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