Casa Tortuga

22 Dec

YAY! We found a new place to live and we are set to move in on the 29th of December to the Casa Tortuga!  It was an amazing deal for a big house in a nice neighbourhood.  We just signed the contract and put up the rent so we cannot wait to move in and post pictures of the place!  In between house hunting and taking our cats to the vet for their check up and shots, we have been hanging out with our friends and trying new restaurants.  A couple days ago we went with Daryl, Nakita, Chris and Tati to a place called Las Nopales (The Cactus).  This restaurant is now one of my favourite places.  They are well known for their cheese and cheese related dishes as well as their cactus dishes.  They use a mild and and super stringy Mayan Oaxaca cheese on everything and it is just amazing!  I sampled the Queso Fundito and a few Pastor tacos con queso with the Nopales cactus on both.  I was so full or I would have ordered more!  After dinner we found the room for a nice ice cream treat at a place Daryl recommended.  In Mexico they have unique flavours of ice cream (like BBQ sauce) as well as the classics.  I had some liquor flavoured ice creams with pistachio, and Liz had some kiwi and strawberry sherbet (it is not actually sherbet but similar). For all 6 of us to get large bowls of ice cream it was 72 peso (5.60 CAD) total, take that Marble Slab and Baskin Robbins! Yesterday Daryl and Nakitas friend Jakeem(not shure of the spelling) took us out to his favourite cantina El Pescado or “The Fish”. This cantina is like a bar but it had almost a family restaurant feel to it.  It has an open concept with 30 foot high ceilings and skylights.  As you order rounds of drinks (25 peso each) the food comes out for free! It is like Mexican tapas, only with way better food than I have experienced in any tapas place.  There was everything from basic dishes to exotic ones but they we all seafood related.  We had around 13 different dishes while we drank away the afternoon.  The ones that stand out were, prawn soup, conch salad, flautas, the different vegetarian dishes, caviche, and a full fried fish!   We were plenty full of good food and beer when we left so we socialized the day away at our apartment.  Today we head out with Jakeem to get PADI certified.  We will be diving for the next three days straight and after we will be certified for our Christmas present to ourselves.

Kitty trying to escape her carrier.


The Vet's Puppy.




Nakita loves the local queso!


Merry Bill-mas!


5 Responses to “Casa Tortuga”

  1. Nicole December 22, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    Merry Xmas Liz & Tim (oh and Kitty & Bill) Hope you enjoy your tropical xmas. I know I found it weird when we were in Costa Rica, missed the snow (kinda) mostly missed the
    friends and family!

    • Cozumel-O-Muerte December 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

      we have been keeping in touch through the video phone. also a lot of our friends and family are coming here this winter! This island is huge into christmas so it will feel close to home, minus the snow.

  2. Helmut December 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    Hey Tim and Liz

    Congrats on finding new digs. Looks like you are settling in just fine.
    Helmut and I would like to wish you both a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Keep on sending the cool pictures and adventure notes.

    • Cozumel-O-Muerte December 25, 2011 at 11:31 am #

      Merry Christmas Guys! Thanks for reading the blog and taking care of Chantel and Paul while we are gone! Happy New Year!

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