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This blog post should have been a follow-up to my previous post about Becoming a Mexican. I have been working on it since last week and it is called “A Survivors Guide to Becoming a Mexican Citizen” Essentially it deals with the nitty gritty of submitting your citizenship application with helpful tips so that others will hopefully have a much smoother experience than I did. BUT…..Life happened (as it so often does) before I could complete that post.

So tonight’s post is about seizing the day or carpe diem! I am all about sucking the marrow out of life whenever I can and I especially believe in spontaneity. These types of opportunities seem to present themselves less and less as the sands of time seem to slip away faster and faster. Today; however, was one of those glorious days when an unexpected opportunity fell squarely in our laps.

A lot of my work deals with social media marketing and today while I was scrolling through my Facebook updates I came across a post by Grupo Cenacolo saying that the first person who sent a message via inbox to reserve a table for Monday (tonight) would receive a free degustation of their new menu (drinks not included ). Of course, I jumped at the opportunity….it was a foodies dream come true. Miraculously we won (I never win anything)! After several messages back and forth with Daniela, the social media manager for Grupo Cenacolo, we booked a table.

Hubby at Cenacolo Mare

From the get go we had a wonderful experience. Daniela, in advance had advised the restaurant that we were coming, so we avoided the potentially uncomfortable situation of having to explain that we there because we won a free meal. We were greeted warmly by Karina (the hostess-it was her second night on the job). She took us to a table lagoon-side and introduced us to Israel, who would be our server for the night. We were thoroughly impressed with the décor of the restaurant. The lighting was soft and inviting and as we were seated we caught the remnants of another beautiful Cancun sunset. We ordered a bottle of wine…recommended by Javier…the wine expert and sat back with eager anticipation for what was to come.

View of the restaurant from our lagoon-side table

What came next was a true foodie extravaganza! Six small plates of exquisite seafood dishes that included lobster, seared tuna wrapped in prosciutto, squid, white fish bathed in black squid ink, and Carpaccio. Then two dishes of succulent meat prepared two ways. One of which was covered in a silky, pale yellow, rich, melted cheese. Oh my!!! Thank God we didn’t skip our Pilates class today! Then Chef, Mauro Amati, stopped by our table and graciously sent us a divine glass of red wine to accompany our meat dishes.

Seared tuna wrapped in proscuitto and white fish bathed in black squid ink

Our final dish provided a perfect ending to a marvellous meal. A martini glass filled with a mixture of assorted fresh berries folded into an impossibly smooth mascarpone cream. Truly a dessert fit for the gods. We washed it all down with a sweet anise and ordered the bill. It had been a thoroughly enjoyable evening especially since our plan for Monday night had been to work –out and then channel surf. It was an unexpected, spontaneous night and it reminded me that though my life may seem more ordered and tame these days that there are and still will be many more surprises in my future!

The view form our table–we just missed the sunset

**** I would like to thank all of those responsible for making tonight possible—Daniela (Social Media Manager), Karina (hostess), Israel (our server), Javier (wine expert) and Chef Mauro Amati. GRACIAS!!! And I almost forget to mention the freshly baked Foccacia bread….amazing!!!

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I was recently asked by Go Overseas to write a post about Mexico.They are a great site that provide  valuable information about  either teaching, studying or volunteering  abroad. They also feauture many interesting blogs about expat’s experiences living in numerous exciting locations.

I was asked to give a short blurb about Mexico’s background, a few helpful tips and recommend some of my favourite places in Mexico. It was the first time that I have been a guest blogger and I really appreciate Andrew Dunkle (Senior Editor) giving me the opportunity to contribute. I must admit that I found it somewhat challenging writing a structured post and it reminded me of my school days. 🙂

Check out their site and if you are interested check out my post: Travel With a Purpose-Mexico

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I have just added a personalized banner to my blog. What do you think? I enlisted the help of my very talented and creative cousin Graeme who also has a blog–go check him out at http://marvellemedia.wordpress.com/

I wanted my banner to show that I am a true Canadian at heart even though I have chosen to make Cancun, Mexico my home. I believe it is possible to be born in one place, live in another place and have your heart belong to both places.

I shot the image of Vancouver on a cloudy day around Stanley Park seawall and the other at Isla Blanca, just outside of Cancun. The shot of me with my camera is thanks to Erika (an American who made Cancun her home as well).

I want to thank my cousin for putting all the images together and for understanding my vision and for patiently doing it over again and again until it was perfect.:)

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OK!!! After playing around some more I think I am starting to get the hang of wordpress (some what 🙂 )I can see how this whole blog thing could become very addictive. My cousin has offered to help me customize my theme now all I need to do is a) find a good picture of me and b) think of something creative.

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So I am reading a manual on WordPress and getting more and more confused aaarrgh!! I think I will just try to learn about it first by playing around with it and then go back to the manual.Even though I love learning new things I do get frustrated if I don’t “get it” immediately. Let’s just say that patience is a virtue and I don’t have any.

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