As the turquoise tide rolled in this past week, it brought with it my dearest friend of forty years and her charming, twenty-something daughter. When guests arrive, the rhythms of my daily life change, as I focus my gaze on sharing the rich spectrum of activities, culture and food that Isla Mujeres has to offer… which can be a challenge in only a few days. As expected, my friend and I giggled like teenagers, as we reminisced about times gone by and the unforgettable memories that our two families have made together over the years. Her daughter, my goddaughter, filled with a wonderful old, bohemian soul, laughed as hard as we did, and interjected new perspectives on our old ones. She is an aspiring young chef in Houston, with a keen eye on the paleo lifestyle also, defying the imagination in her all paleo kitchen and keeping me on my toes in the cocina! Follow her on Instagram, @stower!!
While we DID artistically express ourselves with a few seaside delicacies in my cocina, I wanted to give them a sense of the dishes that the island chefs were cooking up. Needless to say, we dined in a few of my favorite haunts, where I felt my guests would find the ultimate examples of fine dining on the island. Enjoy the picturesque examples of the food we enjoyed during their stay. This fresh fare was found at Mar-Bella Fish Market, Lola Valentina, North Garden and La Playita. Buen Provecho!!! —E