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Old 03-04-2009   #211 (permalink)
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Day 15 - March 3 - Tuesday

When I got up this morning, I thought, “With what little we have planned for today, I hope I can find enough to at least post something.” Things change.

Usual brekky “in.” Fruit. Toast, and I really hope this is the last of that bread. It’s some sort of organic abomination consisting of about 123 unrefined grains, with some added twigs, peat moss, and tree bark. It’s like spreading peanut butter on a handful of wheat. Then there’s the marvelous Yoplait yogurt. Beautiful stuff. I love tropical fruit, and I’m not talking about the black guy/gal you see just about every evening walking down 5th. You know the one. Filmy, airy. flowing outfit, gold lame flip flops, Grace Jones look-a-like. Spooky. But I digress.

The ladies headed for Kool.

I undertook to go in search of chicharrones (pork rinds). I love those things. Used to buy great big bags of them in bulk form at Chedraui. I had heard of a place across the street from the original H C de Monterrey, between 20th and 25th, on Calle 1 Sud (south) that apparently had them, so Ben and I hit the road. Sure enough, there it was, just as advertised. These are not the Old Dutch or Frito Lay type pork rinds, mostly air and dried up, and looking like construction material. Sort of like a porcine potato chip. While this place had those as well, hanging across the front of the stall, the real treasures lay beneath them in a glass-fronted display case. Trays of chicharrones, moist and meaty, and deadly, and a couple of other products I couldn’t identify. I expressed my interest with a pointed finger, and unbidden, the fellow behind the counter chopped off a sample and passed it over. Ambrosia. With my two hands, I indicated a quantity somewhere between the size of a softball and a soccer ball. He hauled slabs of these meaty delights out of the case, and commenced to hacking them up with an impressive knife. (“Cuts through soda pop cans, shoe leather, and slices meat so thin your relatives will never come back.”) You can imagine trying to do that with commercial pork rinds. They’d disappear in a cloud of dust. And fresh! The commercial stuff has so many preservatives in it that the “Best Before” date is sometime in 2013. These chicharrones were the product of oinkers who had been snuffling and rooting some time in the last couple of days. I ate a few on the way back north. Based on the recommended daily intake of fat, I should be able to have some more about....h-m-m-m-m...August, I think. Enough chicharrones to give about 8 people artheriosclerosis cost 100p. Thank God for socialized medicine.

Managed to make the trip to and from the butcher shop mostly on sidewalks. I try to do that, when I can, avoiding the roadways. I’d rather not be a hood ornament if I can help it. Bit of a challenge in spots. Power/telephone poles tend to appear in the sidewalks, making it a tight squeeze from time to time. On a couple of occasions during this trip, I don’t think the scooter would have made it if it had another coat of paint.

So, Ben and I made our way to our part of the world, stopping off at PG’s Sandbox for some lunch. I thoroughly enjoyed my shrimp tacos, first of the trip. I had the breaded ones, and think I’ll try the grilled variety next time for comparison. No Pacifico, so I was forced to choke down a few Modelos. No hardship.

Home to await the ladies, for a planned shopping run to Mega. YWG Don & Deb dropped by for a visit. Visitors are always welcome, the bar is open, and I’d love some company. Royal Palms condos, on 26th Norte, between Ave1 and Ave 5. Hit the #11 on the security pad at the door and I’ll buzz you in. Take the elevator around on the left to the third floor. I’m generally home, unless I get cabin fever and get out the chariot. I may be out for lunch too. If you're at liberty about lunch time some day, and want to grab a bite, I usually head out about 1:00ish, and you're welcome to join me. Anyway, Don listened to the tape, and agreed to accept the mission to see if we can locate that rumoured parking area behind Bad Boys which may allow me access to the place. It’s supposedly on 2nd, but I’ve been up and down that road several times, and I can’t find it. If it does indeed exist, the resourceful Don will find it. Hopefully he can give me some good news when we see him at Manne’s tomorrow night.

Off to Mega. My first ever trip there. I was favourably impressed. Their selection seems better than Wallmart across the board. They have a decent variety of wine and liquor at prices that are dramatically better than Wally World. Gran Centennario anejo and Don Julio reposado both at 288p. Much less than I paid at Walmart. Bought a rotisserie chicken. 91p. Back home, they put them on the spits “as is”, but here, they “butterfly” them and roast them on the rotisserie. It makes the bird look disturbingly like road kill, but the seasoning from both sides really enhances the flavour. Dinner “in” was the chicken, leftover pastas and leftover steak. Enough chicken for at least another meal.

Mrs. B and I decided to take a bit of a walkabout after dinner. It had gotten pretty darned cold by this point, so I donned my sweats. First long pants I’ve had on since we got here. I took along my fleece hoodie, just in case it got even colder, and we were only about 10 minutes out the door when I had it on. Downtown was pretty much deserted. What few folks who were out and about were poking along with their arms wrapped around themselves, shivering. I mean, it wasn’t “cold” as we know at home, but it was still cold by standards down here, where you’re just not expecting it, or dressed for it.

Stopped at Au Cacao for coffee, hot chocolate and pastries. Tried their chocolate cake, which was good, and carrot cake, which was quite horrible. Dry and flavourless. Didn’t even finish it. I guess Mrs. B's superb carrot cake has spoiled me for anybody else's.

There are two units here on the third floor of the Royal Palms. We both have private terraces with spas and tables and chairs on them. The other penthouse is currently occupied by two couples. After dinner every evening, they sit on the terrace playing some sort of card game. While we can’t really see them, they’re enthusiastic, loud, exuberant, and vocal players. Can’t say if there is liquor and articles of clothing involved, but I wouldn’t be surprised. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

On the Playlist: American Graffiti,Best of Styx, Abba’s Gold
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Enjoying your trip report, read it daily, as we have only been back home for a little over a week now, it makes me feel as if we were still there. Regarding that entrance to Bad Boys via 2nd, you should also have a look at 4th, as we were staying at the Mim Del Mar, right next to Bad Boys, there did seem to be access off of 4th to the back of both the Mimi Del Mar and Bad Boys. Hope this info helps. Enjoy.
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I undertook to go in search of chicharrones (pork rinds). I love those things. Used to buy great big bags of them in bulk form at Chedraui. I had heard of a place across the street from the original H C de Monterrey, between 20th and 25th, on Calle 1 Sud (south) that apparently had them, so Ben and I hit the road. Sure enough, there it was, just as advertised. These are not the Old Dutch or Frito Lay type pork rinds, mostly air and dried up, and looking like construction material. Sort of like a porcine potato chip. While this place had those as well, hanging across the front of the stall, the real treasures lay beneath them in a glass-fronted display case. Trays of chicharrones, moist and meaty, and deadly, and a couple of other products I couldn’t identify. I expressed my interest with a pointed finger, and unbidden, the fellow behind the counter chopped off a sample and passed it over. Ambrosia. With my two hands, I indicated a quantity somewhere between the size of a softball and a soccer ball. He hauled slabs of these meaty delights out of the case, and commenced to hacking them up with an impressive knife. (“Cuts through soda pop cans, shoe leather, and slices meat so thin your relatives will never come back.”) You can imagine trying to do that with commercial pork rinds. They’d disappear in a cloud of dust. And fresh! The commercial stuff has so many preservatives in it that the “Best Before” date is sometime in 2013. These chicharrones were the product of oinkers who had been snuffling and rooting some time in the last couple of days. I ate a few on the way back north. Based on the recommended daily intake of fat, I should be able to have some more about....h-m-m-m-m...August, I think. Enough chicharrones to give about 8 people artheriosclerosis cost 100p. Thank God for socialized medicine.
*throwing on flips flops and heading over for chicharrones*
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I am enjoying your report, Bumper. See you soon!
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yes wonderful trip report
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On a couple of occasions during this trip, I don’t think the scooter would have made it if it had another coat of paint.
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Anyway, Don listened to the tape, and agreed to accept the mission to see if we can locate that rumoured parking area behind Bad Boys which may allow me access to the place. It’s supposedly on 2nd, but I’ve been up and down that road several times, and I can’t find it. If it does indeed exist, the resourceful Don will find it. Hopefully he can give me some good news when we see him at Manne’s tomorrow night.

"I have been to the mountain top... And I have seeeeeeeeeeennnn.... the Promised Land! I may not get there with you..."

Oh wait! That one's been used already. But, it seemed so suitably dramatic given the mission (impossible) introduction to this assignment.

As promised I undertook a full reconnaisance (fancy Canadian French word meaning "look see" for everyone else) down the beach barefoot this afternoon (some days I'm not the brightest bulb in the string) and found what we are looking for. Barefoot proved to be a poor choice but I soldiered on anyway. I did indeed find the secret passage with a little help from a server I clearly must have over-tipped last week not knowing I was greasing the skids for this expedition at the time.

I have traversed it from end to end and I have pictures.

Bumper, I'll deliver my report over ribs at Manne's.
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hi bumper if your looking for that entrance its on 4th and its a black gate, big enuf to get a car in, i see dave coming out with his atv alot, he can drive right up to the back of the place......but thats an atv. its right across from the dive shop, there is a light colored wall there about 7 feet high and a garbage dumpster, cant miss it...
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Put some vaseline on the sides, it helps a lot.


Just for Peep's information, a chicharron looks like this:
Oh my.....will be trying a chicharron...looks like about a 4 beer endevour? Thanks for this, maybe 2 lipitor the day before cuz that looks like a vein clogger!
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Just for Peep's information, a chicharron looks like this:

Between Bumpers description and the photo - I'm thinkin not!
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Wimps! What the heck, you want to live forever? Besides the chicharrones I picked up are small, moist, bite-sized delights, not the huge insulation material type pictured. Not that those weren't available, just another form of the product. I think I'll go have one right now. I believe I can feel my arteries unclogging, and we can't have that. P'raps I'll bring some to the Peep Meet at PG's on Friday.

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Day 16 - March 4 - Wednesday

The usual AM routine.

Womenfolk off to Kool, or at least that’s where they say they go every day. I’m taking their word for it. For all I know, they might have part time jobs at a massage parlour. E-w-w-w-w...that calls up a mental image that could spoil your whole day.

It would appear my shameless, pathetic, bleating, and transparent appeal for sympathy yesterday was effective, as I was graced with some company today at Casa Bumpers. The charming Zelda (Lori) dropped by in the late morning. I have no illusions though. I know she only loves me for my chicherrones. Chicharrones just don’t work without beer, so we forced down some of that as well. Lori expressed the opinion that up until that point, she was convinced that the single most unhealthy food item in the world was the skin on Kentucky Fried Chicken. Unquestionably a valid notion, but the Colonel takes a back seat to chicharrones. The reason they don’t sell chicharrones at fast food restaurants is because customers would be causing back ups in the drive-thrus as they die on the spot. Now there’s another kind of clogged artery. We decided to adjourn for some lunch, and made our way to Carboncitos. Been coming to Playa for years, never got to Carboncitos once, and now I’ve been there three times during this trip. Enjoyed their terrific frijoilles charros, and a “gringa”, which is pretty much a quesadilla with arracherra meat and cheese inside. Dropped Lori at her digs, and returned home to rest up for this evening’s festivities.

Certainly the high point of the day, and pretty much the trip so far, was Rib & Suds Night at Manne’s. YWG Don & Deb did an outstanding job of setting up the event, with a capable assist from Manne & Suzie and their efficient and friendly staff. Don will undoubtedly be giving you a run down on what went on in the Rib & Suds thread in Peep Stuff. In a nutshell, a whole lot of folks showed up, a significant number of refreshments were indulged in (including no less than three tanks full of the establishment’s special tequila), several pigs gave their lives in a noble sacrifice, civilians were turned away at the door (sorry, Manny), I didn’t spill any red cabbage on the special red shirt I had worn for the occasion, songs were sung, dances were danced, a closet "party girl" was outed, an incredible number of pictures were taken, marriage vows were renewed (at least for the night), friendships were made or re-kindled, etc. If you were fortunate enough to be there, and didn’t have a good time, you have no concept of what a good time is. Thanks large to Don & Deb for your efforts. I think there may already be a date set for next year’s event, but that will be some time in emerging. (Even Mrs.B was a tad tipsy, a rare occurrence indeed)

One of those ultra-light aircraft just passed over towing an advert for some club, or event, or something. Too far off to see what it was flogging. I’ve swatted mosquitos significantly larger than that back home.




Today’s Musical Offerings: Reba McIntyre, Righteous Brothers, Four 80 East

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Awesome trip report...I am really hoping you find a way into Bad Boy's
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Lovin' the report Bob!! See you at PG's tomorrow night!
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