We need to get out of the house every few days, So we fill the gas tank up, pack a little ice chest with some drinks, point the car and go.
Sometimes we do this on the weekends, sometimes not.
Weekends are the days when Mexicans also get to the road, cram the family and mother-in-law, maybe a few neighbors and see how many people can fit into a 4 door Nissan pick up truck.
You can usually spot the families going somewhere especially if you get behind one of those overloaded vehicles. You've seen them before, the bed of the truck is usually about 8 inches off the ground, maybe something to do with having 7 people inside and 8 in the bed of the pickup.
Mother-in-law usually sits in the back with the kids, it so appears.
If you have noticed before, we don't enjoy hordes of crowds, especially on the weekends.
Something about screaming kids running around you, sneezing on your space, you get the picture.....
So why not venture out during the weekday.
10-15 years ago it use to take several hours to get to our fresh water pristine lake called Zirahuen.
Now it's only about 25 or so minutes. The Autopista has an off ramp and the potholed dirt road is now now lined with concrete stones.
Easy...relatively fast, a nice jaunt.
There are some nice restaurants perched around the lake. Some are fancy show off places, that are only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.......we told you about one of those awhile ago. Nice view but no concept of service, so we won't give them our pesos....sorry.
But there are some common folk places around the municipal pier. (Pier is a very nice description of the structure jetting out into the water)
We go to those. They are nothing fancy, cheap, decent attention to service, ok food and have cold beer.
My kind of joint.
We wound up there.
Patzcuaro is know for it's deep fried fish. We tried some years ago and were not impressed.
They are called Charales.
In Patzcuaro they are usually 4 to 5 inches long, over cooked, dry, greasy and semi tasteless.
Kind of like eating a dried up old french fry that stayed in the bottom of the bag and dried out.
You need to drink a lot of beer to rehydrate those babies.
Not so at our dive joint on the lake.
Where else can you sit lakeside, have a cold beer, stuff your face with a plate of little Charales, that have taste some moisture and flavor for less than 4 bucks?
And we were there at 1:30 or so and had the place to ourselves for the first half hour.
It just doesn't get any better than that.
Well it does, I also had the Mojarra for my main dish and my wife had the Flor De Calabazas which were both decent and tasty. More to follow......