Monday morning, we go somewhere totally different for breakfast…just kidding, we are back to Chicago Deli and Pancake House and everyone gets their usual breakfast. We are mostly creatures of habit for breakfast.
Today is the first day of the money exchange closures and we are not finding any of them open. We decide we better go to the bank rather than run out of pesos. I wait in the cart watching the road construction, while Joe waits in line at the bank only to discover that we need our passports and travel itinerary to exchange US dollars for pesos. We run back to the hotel to grab the necessary documents and ask Butch & Kay if they need any. Back to the bank to wait in line again, good thing I decide to go in this time & also brought my passport, since they were limiting the exchange amount per person. We finally got our pesos, but it took a good chunk of the afternoon to accomplish. On the way back to the hotel, we pick up a rotisserie chicken (we call it rollo pollo) to share between the 4 of us.
Dinner that night is at Brisa Mexicana, Butch orders the Hawaiian hamburger and tries their special carrot soup, Joe and I both order the arrachera steak and Kay decides to try the arrachera fajitas…they always have excellent steak and good food in general. The atmosphere is always buzzing as well, from the very personable & fun wait staff, to the people watching, and the latest street performance from the Mayan warriors or fire dancers, there is rarely a dull moment. After dinner, Joe and I head back out to Miguels for a few more drinks & some music from the band, and then end day 10 pleasantly buzzed.
Tuesday morning finds us back at the French Bistro for our usual breakfast. It is a bit cloudy and colder today and the four of us hang around playing 500 in the hotel room until things clear up a bit.
Later in the afternoon, three of us decide we want a little bit of lunch so Joe and I make a run into Aqui Estoy. We really like that you can place an order up to 3 toppings on one of the round pizzas and only have to wait around 10 minutes until it is done. Joe got a pepperoni pizza, I ordered pepperoni and green olive, and we got a Hawaiian for Butch. We brought them back to the room to eat.
Tonight for dinner, we are back to Comono for the tempura and garlic shrimp…yum! Normally we do not order dessert, but I really want to try the chocolate sausage that I have heard people rave about. We place an order for one chocolate sausage and one apple tempura to share between the 4 of us. The apple tempura is pretty good…but the chocolate sausage is to die for!! After dinner we head back to the room, but Joe and I decide that we are not ready to turn in yet and want to take a night trip on the cart. While driving around, we remember that I had wanted to try the tamales they have in the evening at Kash Keken Chuc. So we drive down there, but it is not tamale day today and instead they have a menu of tacos etc for really inexpensive prices. I decide to try a chicken taco for about eighty cents and it was so delicious. We drive around a while longer and discover that La Bruja is still open…breaded grouper anyone?! We split an order and it as good as ever, even late at night. Roberto gets a big smile on his face every time we walk in, he knows Joe is addicted!! We end day 11 very well fed & happy.