The MOST DELICIOUS Food
18 May 2008 | Santa Rosalia
Left Bahia Concepcion and started to sail immediately because water has invaded my engine oil. So now I have to sail my SAILBOAT no matter what. I will only fire up the engine when setting anchor or entering a marina. The first day I made it to Punta Chivato and dropped the hook at the base of a luxurios hotel. Dinners there are $47 per person and the entree is whatever they are cooking that particular day. I heard all this from a fellow cruiser who took his wife to dinner there. The next morning I took off for Santa Rosalia and had a nice sail, even though I had to tack a few times and the wind died about a mile from the marina, so I fired up my milkshake machine and motored in. The next day at my Singlar marina slip I changed my oil and filter 4 times and pickled my oil cooler so no more water will seep into my engine oil. SUCCESS! Santa Rosalia is not a real touristy type town although there are a few gringo tourists who stop by to check out the museum(copper mining) and the town. The French started the copper mining in the early 1900's. The copper mining and refining has been closed for years and they just started the operation again because it will be profitable because of the prices for copper now. There is also an island that sits a couple of miles off and they mine gypsum there. As I sailed past, you could see large clouds of white dust as they were digging it up. This stuff is shipped worldwide and that is where our wallboard comes from. As I start to check out the town I went to a place I stopped and ate at about eight years ago while driving down to La Paz. It was just OK and a little pricey. Then the next day I decided to stop at a place I have bypassed before because it was just a little too cutesy and I thought was too expensive. Boy, was I ever wrong. I ordered Mexicana fish filet which is red sauce style. When they placed the dip and corn chips there was a choice of 2 dips just like Miguels in San Diego. So I got brave and tried the cottage cheese looking stuff because I've had every variation of the regular salsa. My eyes rolled to the back of my head and I quickly consumed the whole bowl. I asked the waiter what it was and he informed me it was smoked squid. This is the squid capitol of Mexico. They catch giant(up to 30 feet) Humboldt squid right out front of Santa Rosalia. My main dish was delicious. I went back the next night and had barbecued chicken half with mashed potatos and cole slaw and french bread fried in butter like you do garlic bread. DELICIOUS. The next night I tried the Swiss style enchiladas and needless to say they were delicious. Each night I'm consuming this squid dip also. My friends Chuck and Elaine on Boomerang showed up in Santa Rosalia and guess where I took them to dinner.....yep, my little gem, Terco's Pollitito. They also enjoyed themselves there and I discovered a new dish that night. Of course all this delicious food would not be complete without a stop down the street for an after dinner ice cream for 5 pesos. With my engine fixed and my belly full, I think it's time to head across the Sea of Cortes for San Carlos/Guaymas area.