Mar 14, 2019

It never gets old

You might say it was a day of lasts.  The last time we were going into Mazatlan to shop and all that that entailed.

As we walked to the ticket office at the Embarcadero I was surprised to see these packages sitting in the sun.  They were full of raw meat and chicken.  Hopefully they will be picked up sooner than later.

This was a very large boat and this tiny panga was motoring right next to it.

Then my nose caught the odour of hops being brewed.  As you can see by the smoke atop the buildings,  beer was being made this morning at the Pacifico plant.

Street art. This one was signed and dated 2017.

Lovely roof top cafe. The structure beside it is going up very fast. Just across the street to the left is one of the Michael Gallery stores where I did some serious gift shopping this morning.  Of course I managed to add a few items for us as well.

The mercado sits on a full city block and all the way around on the outside are dozens of tiny shops.

Because of the floor construction inside we now walk around the outside to get to the entrance we need.  At one of the entrances I had to stop and take this photo.  There are three of these lights hanging from the ceiling just past the chicken area.  Beautiful lights.  I wonder if this is is a new thing or a one of.  Very pretty.  My title for this post is ” It never gets old”.  There is always something new to see even after nine winters here.  I love it.

Once we got our Chihuahua cheese and tortillas we moved on to our favourite produce booth.  The lady to the right of middle, in black, saw me taking the photo and waved.  She has actually visited Osoyoos, BC, not far for where we live.  So sad to say adios to our friends at the market today.  I kept thinking that I should bring something back to them next November but I have no idea what a momento of Canada might be other than Maple Syrup.  Any thoughts??

Colin missed out on a shrimp burger last week so we stopped after several hours of shopping.

Between us we had eight full bags, three of which I could not even lift.  Just in case you need to go, I usually slip away to Panama’s to use the toilet while they start our food prep.  Today they had run out of shrimp and had to get some from one of the fish vendors.  It was a great burger 🙂

Our fishmonger.  We got some snapper for us that will give us left over fish tacos for lunches  and some shrimp to enjoy back home.  I also picked up extra snapper to make a pot of chowder for my friend Libby.  It is her favourite and this will be the first time she has fresh fish in it, which I have frozen until I get to Lake Havasu.  It was so sad to say hasta Noviembre to her.  She could not believe that we were leaving so soon.  She is also someone I would like to bring a small gift to. But what?

I never tire of riding in a pulmonia. They have regular cabs now but we refuse to use them.

Adios shrimp fleet. Thanks for all the fresh shrimp we have enjoyed week after week.

I cleaned and froze our shrimp to enjoy back in Canada as a shrimp stir fry.  The first bowl of water holds the shrimp just as I bought them at the mercado.  I then peel each shrimp into that purple bag in the sink.  These shrimp were already beheaded so I didn’t have do that today:) Next I slice the back of them and pull out all their poop and put that on the paper towel. They then go into bowl number two and then bowl number three. I really like them clean and if they are salty from the ocean this helps reduce the salt.  I towel them off and put them all in a ziplock and into the freezer ready to use as needed.  Nine years ago I taught George from ‘Our Awesome Travels’ how to clean and devein shrimp.  I bet he now has a better method!  I am still using the same one.

So ended another day on my beloved Isla.  I often get teased about the number of sunset photos I take but you know, ” it never gets old”.

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16 Responses to “It never gets old”

  1. George Yates says:

    Love that Mercado we enjoy wandering there many time while we were there. And of course the pulmanias are a fun way to get around town. I still clean the shrimp in a similar way and love them when we can get them fresh down here.

  2. Bryan Seaton says:

    I love going to that Mercado also. Looking like the tourists we are getting “attacked” around every corner by vendors selling their wares. Have yet to buy any food there. Next time for sure. Then the long pulmonia ride back to our condo on Sabalo Cerritos. Yep, love it.

    • contessa says:

      Happy you are enjoying Mazatlan. But there are so many good things to buy in the mercado, be sure to next time.

  3. Rae says:

    Contessa’s shrimp are better than Tony’s. 🙂

  4. Gene Siesky says:

    You need to get yourself a collapsable wheeled cart so you do not have to carry so many bags. When I was a child, my mother bought one since we had no car. We used it to carry groceries home from the store as well as laundry to the laundramat.

    • contessa says:

      Yes they are a great idea but too cumbersome to put into a pulmonia and then again onto the lancha to the Isla. Plus they would be difficult to pull down the roads here. You always see the little old ladies weighed down with lots of bags.

  5. Linda and Russell says:

    You’re making me sad…I hate to see you go but I know you have more adventures in store for us.
    Enjoy your last few days in Paradise!
    I hope we’ll see you there next year…

  6. Laura says:

    These photos sure bring back memories of walking through the mercado with you both and meeting the ladies working in these booths. And how about Tony’s shrimp burgers, the best!!
    Time flies when you are having fun.

  7. Always hard saying Good Bye to anyone you call a friend.
    A Bottle of Made in Canada Maple Syrup might make a nice gift.
    We are still in Quartzsite. Maybe as you are heading to Parker we could say hello.
    Be Safe and Enjoy.

    It’s about time.

    • contessa says:

      I was thinking about the Maple syrup but not sure that it would be appreciated. Have to think on that one. YEs it would be nice to chat for a bit. We will see how our timing is.

  8. ARIZONA GAL says:

    WOW. I WAS VERY SURPRISED TO READ ABOUT THE FRESH FISH CHOWDER CONSIDERING WHAT IS GOING ON IN YOUR RV ON THE 25TH!!! I FIGURED WE’D GET PIZZA OR CHINESE. OH BOY. I KNOW I WILL BE ENJOYING THE “GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING” FOR ABOUT 4 DAYS. CAN’T BELIEVE IT. IF YOU WANT TO DO IT OVER HERE THEN RUN OFF FOR ERRANDS, I’LL BE CERTAIN NOT TO SAMPLE IT ALL DAY AND LEAVE YOU SOME. -:)

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