31 January 2011 | Barra de Navidad
This bubbling Mexican stew is called a Molcajete (pronounced Mocahetty) and is absolutely the best stew I've ever eaten (except of course Ian's Oxtail Stew). A Molcajete is actually the lava rock bowl which the stew is served in. They heat the bowl very very hot and put the stew which is not spicy hot but kind of tangy, and they put the Mexican cheese on top of the stew and serve it to you bubbling hot in the hot lava bowl. Comes with your choice of chicken, seafood, beef or pork. I just LOVE it.
Most of the restaurants here in Barra seem to serve it so I may just have to sample my way around town!
Barra is a laid back place and we are enjoying it. Yesterday there was a fund raiser in the town square and it was a Chili Cook Off. You bought tickets for Chili tasting at 5 pesos a ticket which is less than 50 cents. There were about 20 different booths with Chilli and Salsa which was also in a contest. We managed to taste about 5 places and then we were full. You got a small bowl for 1 ticket. During all of this there was raffle draws, live music and after the cook off there was local dancers from the village in their beautiful costumes. Still later there was a band and a dance. We didn't quite make it that late. But it was a very fun event and we hoped they raised lots of money for the local charities. It was very crowded so I'm sure that they did.
Today we took a long walk around the very posh golf course that is part of the Grand Bay hotel here in town. I don't golf and if I did, that would be a nice course to try but I believe I heard prices start around 2 hundred dollars to play and you have to hire a caddy, cart and tips so your probably looking at 3 hundred dollars to play. YIKES. At least it was free to walk around.