What do you do all day?.....well we have been through this before, three or four times a year at least we wind up on the coast.
We go when it is cold in the mountains. That's the perfect time to go visit the beach, mingle with the shivering Canadians who swell the coast starting in November.
See the prices jump up for the season.
We have noticed a decline in the number of visitors on the coast the last year or so.
Must be the economy or probably global warming, nice and toasty warm in Calgary.....?
Anyway we enjoy Mazatlan for a week or two, sometimes a tad longer depending on what and how many books I have to read.
No internet, unless I drag the computer to Starbucks or some location with free wifi.
After a day or two, I don't even miss it.
I love the change of regional food as we travel around. The great Sonoran Meat, nice fish if your on the coast, great fruit as your head further south, super delicious from the jungle areas between Lazaro Cardenas and Zihuatanejo......almost makes me wish we lived there.
But the reason we love Mazatlan is because of one fellow. I am his best friend, at least that is what he says until he greets his next customer.
I am talking about Mr Shrimpman.
Each morning around 7 he starts walking the beach in front of some of the hotels and condos yelling in a mumbled accent, " Shnip......Fresh Shnip."
Yeah I know that we can get shrimp at Mega and tons of other places, but I am a loyal shopper.
We have been buying Shnips from him for about 10 years now, long enough to get a discount.
You would think.
I don't mind, I rather support the independent Shnip man. After all walking around on the beach with a heavy bucket filled with shrimp and melting ice is not an easy job.
He sells two sizes. large which would be 21-30's those go for 70 to 80 pesos a kilo, and the grandes which would be 16-20's those go for about 120 -140 a kilo. They are the same size as the restaurant for gringos sells for 45 Dollars a kilo , ready to eat on a plate, boiled.
Sorry, I can boil my own , thank you!
During our stay I buy enough to eat, make shrimp rolls, shrimp ceviche, and freeze couple of bags for the cold mountain house.
In Patzcuaro our frozen Shnip markets don't sell the grande ones, so I stock up!
And support my local Shnipman.......ok Maestro de Camarones!
( Check his picture out and you will see evidence of both the shrimps and my previous post topic)