Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Okuma Sushi in the Centro Laguna Mall

They deliver.

Okuma Sushi is across the street from Walmart and next door to Dr Candy's office. She is my dentist and I highly recommend her. On the other side is the electronic store, Steren.  

They have pretty good prices and about anything you need in electronics.

Inside of Okuma Sushi. On the opposite wall is a mural, which is partly shown in the next photo.

The waiter, bringing me the trimmings. I ordered the same thing I always order, California Roll. 

This is a fairly large place but only three other people were in it. The boy behind the waiter had ordered the sushi in the next photo. They didn't mind that I took pictures of their orders.

This was his order. Those yellow things are bananas. It is stuffed with Octopus... It looked good. He said it was delicious but I am not quite that adventurous. 

The one above was covered in Avocado. That looked good. 

Above is my California Roll with trimmings of hot peppers and small slices of green onion. This place is a little more expensive than Senor Sushi which is also closer to my house. It was good. I may try another sushi place soon. I went swimming yesterday and somehow hurt my knee. I can barely walk today. So I will stay home. A perfect day for making more sushi. It is overcast today. 

 I get focused on one food and will eat it for months until I can't stand the sight of it anymore. If my son is reading this, well, David you KNOW about how I do this. I remember when he was growing up and he was such a particular eater that when I finally found something he liked, chicken pot pie, I started cooking it for him every night. For a long time. Finally he told me that he liked it but not EVERY night......   But for now I can eat sushi EVERY night.....   Maybe it is the seaweed that my body craves.....

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sunday at the Laguna Centro Mall

Once again I was at the mall but this was a Sunday. What a difference. I was there most of the day, sitting around and visiting with a friend. Our movie had changed to some kid's movie and so we sat and talked in the food court. It was interesting for me to see how many people go there for the afternoon on Sundays. I have gone to the Ajijic Plaza on Sundays and it is also crowded but there seems to be more of a mix of Expats and Mexicans. At the mall yesterday I only saw a couple of other expats the entire time I was there. They didn't stay long.

  It seems to me that the Mexicans like North of the Border atmosphere and the Expats like the South of the Border atmosphere. Here are some photos from yesterday. My friend and I were mostly ignored except by this exuberant little boy who noticed that I was taking pictures of him jumping the pond. The first three are of him, making the jump and then smiling at the camera.

His sister is standing behind him, afraid to try it.

This is the landing.

He is smiling at me. I showed him the pictures and he was very pleased with himself.

A proud grandpa.

Almost every table was being used.

Two more older kids, messing around that water fountain. It is popular with them.

For me, sitting in that food court was like being back in the United States, in any typical food court in a mall. For some reason, I have been missing the USA.  Maybe because it has been three years since I have crossed the border. Yesterday was a boost for me, like being NOB except for the fact that my friend, Carolina, and I were only other expats hanging out there. Who needs more than one friend to talk with at a time? That is a social occasion. Two friends at once and I become quiet.  I am a real introvert. But I love watching people. There were a lot of people to watch yesterday. 

  I noticed that the Mexicans dress up and it is a big social time for them to have lunch in this mall. I liked seeing that. Next time I go there on a Sunday I should do that too, except that I have no more nice clothes. I can't find clothes here my size and the quality at Walmart leaves much to be desired. So I will keep on wearing my old shorts. No one noticed me yesterday except my friend and the little boy jumping the fountain and he wasn't noticing me, he was noticing the camera. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

My Homemade Sushi

I spent several hours making my first batch of sushi, plus all the cleaning up. They look rough but taste good. I know they won't keep very long so I am going to have to eat them as quickly as possible. This will most likely be my last batch too. It is so much easier to walk the block to the sushi restaurant, eat a fresh batch that someone else made and cleaned up with no pressure to eat more than I want. And spend a few bucks, a lot less than all the ingredients I bought for these rolls. But I tried. That counts for something. Now I can really appreciate the restaurant. Here are photos of the rolls and one cut up.

I wrapped them up to try to keep them fresh.

And this is the mess of the first roll cut up. It is not easy to make good looking sushi. But it was fun to have a kitchen and be able to try. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Yesterday's lunch at the Sushi place near my house

I eat at this place at least twice a week. I hope I can learn how to make sushi as good as theirs.

This is where it is located. Above El Toritos.

This is the California Roll. Costs fifty pesos, including the cucumber salad. 

Ajijic Wednesday Market part 2

Now I am getting to the bottom of the market where there are things I CAN eat on my new diet. Avocados are supposedly very healthy but they are also very expensive here now. 25 pesos for one small avocado. But you can see the mixed vegetable bags and the little bags of Nopal cactus

The woman is chopping up the nopal cactus into smaller pieces. I find that they keep longer when they aren't cut up first.
I bought a roll of artifical crab meat. I am going to attempt to make sushi later on today once I rest. Check out those knives. Very sharp.

I like fresh flowers but by the time I have all my food I don't want to have to carry them up the hill too.

He is playing for tips.
He is playing for tips.

He is singing for tips.

I liked this hairless dog. I think he was looking down at Chico.

This fruit and vegetable stand is already running out of supplies.

People resting at the bottom of the hill.

And this is what it looks like at the bottom of the market where all the more inexpensive fruit and vegetable stands are located. I could hardly get back through the crowd.

Now I am finally back at the top of the hill and resting with one of my favorite foods. Shrimp tostado. I haven't been to this place for a few weeks and when I got my shrimp tostado I noticed there were only a few small pieces of avocado slices on top. Usually there are lots of slices but I understand. Avocados are expensive.  Chico likes this place too because I give him little bites of shrimp.
This is a blurry photo but unfortunately the only one I took . I wanted to just eat it.

Chico is waiting for a piece of shrimp.

I snapped this photo of myself while waiting for my tostado. I am so sweaty from the humidity that it looks like I just washed my hair. Sweat is also running down my face. It is hard to shop and walk in this weather but also better than the rain. 

I finally made it back up the hill to my house. This is how I looked. Time to rest and really take a shower. And one more photo. I took it at home.

This is NOT Vodka. Well there may be a LITTLe vodka in it. The woman who sells it to me saves the biggest bottle under the counter for me. ANd I bring back the empty bottle for her. She said there was some alcohol in it. Not much, but enough to smell and maybe it is tequilla. I have read that a little tequilla is healthy for our bodies. Good to know. But it is really a bottle of pomegranate juice. I have to filter out the seeds when I get it home and put it in smaller bottles so it will fit into the frig. Pomegranate juice is very healthy but I don't like having to squeeze it and deal with the seeds. there are only a few seeds at the bottom of this bottle. You can see them if you look closely enough. I drink that much in one week. So another market day is over for me. And I am resting at home now. Chico is resting too.