Monday, May 23, 2011
Where is Ziracuarétiro you ask?
We usually only go out to eat twice a week or so. But lately I have noticed that we try to do it more often.
Maybe because I am selfish, tired, don't want to clean up after myself, even though it is La Senoras job to do that, (I do all the cooking, she does all the clean up) or perhaps I am getting bored with cooking right now.
It goes in spurts, some time I love doing it, some times I loath it.
I have also noticed that it is almost always cheaper for us to eat out, than for me to buy the ingredients to make a meal.
I also have another problem. It is difficult for me to prepare anything just for two people. So we wind up with leftovers, that if not eaten or converted into another meal, get lost in the ice box until it is too old to eat and gets tossed.
Kind of a waste and expensive.
So that is why it seems we have been going out more often......or that is my story and I am sticking to it.
So last week we decided to ( sort of we ) go and look at some guitars.
But we needed Breakfast, so we stopped at a cute place in Ziracuarétiro called El Gorjeo de Las Aves En Las Mañanas de Abril.
Nothing simple like Joe's Cafe, not on your life, when in Ziracuarétiro you go all out. The place is located by the side of a beautiful little creek flowing with small waterfalls and perfect soothing sounds. In my opinion this place by far is one of the most beautiful spots to spend some quality time having a nice meal, conversation and enjoying the surroundings. The same family owns another restaurant a few blocks away, so since this place only does breakfasts the waitstaff walks over to the other place for midday meals and service.
Each time we have been here, we are graciously greeted by one of the owners, who also seems to enjoys joining her patrons in having a cup of coffee at their table. Lots of hugs and kisses are displayed as customers come and go.
If you come to Ziracuarétiro, look for the church dome and go west a few blocks and you should have no problem in finding it. It is located next to a balneario, includes a spacious parking lot and gorgeous landscaping.
The facilities will hold a couple of hundred people in several outside areas. The restaurant area where we have been seated several times is smaller, only holding maybe 50 people.one side is the kitchen the other side has a nice fountain that is on the side of the small hill.
When seated you are presented with a menu and soothing music provided by multiple songbirds both in cages and flying about the area.
I have shied away from doing restaurant reviews because last time I did that in Patzcuaro, one of the owners got pretty mad, to the point of me having concern for my personal safety, so since this place is removed about 20 miles, so hopefully I will not see any "hit men" knocking on my door....
The second we sat down we were greeted with a nice cafe Americano along with their fresh basket of sweet breads. All the items are made on site and quite good. Good to the point that La Senora asked for a bag in which to take the remaining bread home to enjoy with her afternoon coffee.
After all they do charge 35 pesos for the assortment, so she felt that she could ask for it to enjoy later.....
I ordered the same thing I did my last visit, but at my advanced age I failed to recall that until the familiar plate was placed in-front of my nose. Huevos Pavorreal, a simple yet satisfying dish.
Pretty much anything arriving hot and looking good will satisfy my breakfast craving.
Huevos Pavorreal are two poached eggs presented on top of some refried beans, on top of corn tortillas, topped with either green and red salsa, as your choose. Slices of yellow and red bell peppers or perched on the top of the eggs to make them look like rooster combs.
My wife ordered the Chilaquieles con Pollo, which looked tasty and after wrestling for a little bite, confirmed the simplicity of an old standard will always be good especially when using fresh products, like hand made tortillas made less than 30 ft way from your dining area.
Both are dishes were washed down with fresh juices, I had the orange, my wife had the Napolito infused health drink.
Compared to Patzcuaro joints this place is a little more expensive but considering the well manicured landscaping and relaxing in the jungle like atmosphere , and the whole experience , it is worth it. I can just imagine the labor entailed to keeping this place from overgrowing with vegetation. This is the kind of place that I would love to live at, but would be totally stressed out at the constant upkeep.
After this breakfast we continued to our destination of Paracho.......more to follow along with my take on another Ziracuarétiro restaurant called Los Arcos, which we used for our main meal that day.