Finding Paradise

Feb 5, 2014 by Sandy Spain

Happy New Year

I hope all your holidays were wonderful and you were able to spend them with friends and family. It seems this is always the time to make resolutions and I did make three for myself for 2014. They are: 1) remember to take care of myself so that I can be of service to others; 2) find more opportunities to be of service to my community and 3) take at least one trip to foreign lands.  I hope you’ve made yours and good luck as you work on them.

 

More Guys

Last year I wrote about 3 of my favorite guys who have worked for me at my house doing everything from clean-up and handyman services to new construction and remodeling.  If you need help along these lines, contact me and I’ll be happy to give you their names and numbers. I’m happy to say that all 3 still work here from time to time as I can find the money to do projects. Now I’d like to introduce you to two more of “my guys” – food related this time.

 

Federico

Federico originally from Mexico City has been in Puerto Peñasco for 30 years. He and his wife have a son and daughter and four grandchildren. He has been in the fish selling business for twenty-five years, originally located on the Malecón, in 2007 he moved to his current location at the southwest corner of Blvd. Sonora and Constitution. He receives fresh items every day. He as a variety of fish, clams, shrimp, mussels and squid. He will also clean your shrimp for you. Something you might like to try is his campechana. It is cooked mussels, octopus, shrimp and squid. Federico suggests you add clamato and vegetables for a delectable dish. I asked him what he likes best about Peñasco and like so many of us, his answer was the beach. I asked him if he ever went fishing on his day off and he said not often.

 

Pescaderia Federico     Federico on the right and Greg, a happy customer

 

Martín

In the same group of shops, 2 doors down from Federico is Martín, owner of Pollo Papago. Martín moved to Puerto Peñasco from Mazatlan in 1997. He had worked for restaurants and wanted his own business.  He found he could start with less investment in Puerto Peñasco than in Mazatlan. His wife was in favor of the move in order to be closer to her family in Caborca. This is his fourth location in town for his rotisserie chicken business. Martin and his wife have two sons, their oldest is in college. You really get a great meal when you buy your chicken from Pollo Papago. Along with the chicken you get two baked potatoes, tortillas, salsa, cabbage, chiles and marinated onions. You can also get beans with chorizo. You can eat there or take it all to go. I always take my chicken whole, but Martin will also cut it for you. I’ve even seen him help his customers curbside. He also has a paperback library on the premises and cold soft drinks are available. He says he loves living in Peñasco because it is smaller and nicer than Mazatlan.

 

 

Indoor and outdoor dining at Pollo Papago     Martín, the very friendly owner

 

Nice Guys

I am so glad to be able to tell you about these two really nice guys and I encourage you to join me in supporting their businesses so we can keep them in working in town for a long time to come.

 

Speaking of Food

There’s been a recent change at Brother’s Pizza (corner of Constitution and No Reelección). Bob and Penny have taken on partners and they are Carlos and Michelle from CS Foods. Yes, CS will stay in business at its current location while they take over the operation of Brother’s Pizza. Bob and Penny are returning to Phoenix and their son returns to Denver. We’ll miss the Rabicoff family, but look forward to what new things are coming. The first of the new things are 4 burgers. Not all beef! They have added a ground turkey burger, an Angus beef burger, a portobello mushroom burger and an eggplant burger. All with great accompaniments and served with shoestring french fries. I’ve had the Portobello and it comes with pesto, roasted red bell pepper, and mozzarella cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion. I ordered their fabulous salad instead of fries but could not pass on the best onion rings in town. So stop on by and try out these new menu items.

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