I've been there several times now and finally had the chance to bring the Missus up there for a day of R&R. We had a great time and will return again regularly. To get there we catch a local cab to the Bacalar Taxi Terminal in downtown Chetumal. These cabs are generally going all the way to Bacalar but we get off just past the small village of Xul-Ha for a whopping 35 pesos (US$2.70) per person. Pretty good for a 15 miles jaunt! On the way home we walk across the highway and wait for a cab heading back to Chetumal. The few times we've done that now we've not had to wait very long at all.
Here on our little ranchito, the yard work that had been put off for so long is now being tackled by Freddie, a young man who is a hard working and even speaks a little English. Wifey has a long list of items he's going to be tackling one day a week during this, the wet season when everything grows so well and quickly.
Saw the first game of the World Cup the other day at our friend Zorro's joint, "Burger Time", in downtown Chetumal. So far I've managed to miss every other game but will not miss today's Mexico vs Brazil match. Guaranteed there's more than one local bar that will be showing the game and I'll be sure to wear my green shirt so as to blend in.
PapiSays is moving along nicely and the website is starting to come together. Looks like we might have some projects coming up that will keep me busy in other areas but I'll continue pressing along. Meanwhile, don't forget to check out PapiSays on FaceBook.
I haven't been doing much in the kitchen of late as it's difficult for me to stand in one place for very long. I'm hoping that will improve over time so long as I don't push it too hard. Or should I be pushing it harder? Anyway, that's my excuse for the lack of new culinary masterpieces to share. A few days ago we had some delicious sushi rolls at Darrin & Debbie's and last night we practiced making our own. Sushi isn't anything to be afraid of - it's actually quite easy to do and you can make some delicious combinations of foods with or without seafood. The trick is finding the primary flavor and using other flavors and textures to complement. Remember, sushi doesn't have to have raw fish or any fish for that matter. Some finely julienned vegetables and cream cheese make a fine crunchy combination for the sushi rice and nori (seaweed) wrap. Sushi FAQs is a pretty good website if you are a beginner and want to learn more.
Back to that first football match at Burger Time...Several local gringos met up for the game and our friend, Douglas, brought along some amazing ribs...fork tender, melt in your mouth deliciousness. This isn't his recipe but it is one that makes for tender ribs, finished on the grill I'm sure you'll like!
Slow-Cooker Grilled BBQ Ribs
1 rack of ribs
3 1/2 cups pineapple juice (reserving 1/4 cup for later)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
16 oz of your favorite BBQ sauce
Spray the slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray and add ribs cut into 2-3 rib sections
Put 1/4 pineapple juice in BBQ sauce and let sit in fridge.
Mix the remaining pineapple juice and brown sugar and pour over the ribs. Cover and cook on HIGH for 7-8 hours or LOW for 10-12 hours.
Remove ribs from cooker and grill over medium heat, brushing with BBQ sauce until you have a thick, sticky coating.