LUNCH AT HALINA’S – DRINKS AT MIKE’S- DINNER AT LOS DANZANENTES

        Helen, Lisa, Chris and I were invited to Halina’s place about 15 minute walk from our Los Nogales.

OK WE WILL HAVE TWO OF THOSE AND TWO OF THOSE AND TWO OF THOSE….

 We arrived after Lisa suggested we stop at Quincy Bakery for a cake. Helen and Lisa picked out four or five assorted gourmet pastries to share after lunch.

VIEW FROM THE ROOF

      Halina showed us around her room, shared kitchen, beautiful roof-top terrace and the open patio on the ground level where we shared a nice lunch.  Halina brought out a sardine salad and guacamole with crackers to nibble on along with a nice homemade vegetable soup.  We visited for a couple hours then around 4 pm returned home.
     Chris and I were to join Richard and Beth at Mike’s house around 6 pm for Cocktails prior to have dinner at 7:30 at Dazanante’s Restaurant on the Alcala.
On our way to Mike’s we encountered Beth and Richard who were so engrossed in conversation, they had walked right by Mike’s place.  All four of us were greeted and treated by Mike at his beautiful, large apartment.  We exchanged backgrounds on  growing up and our lives before heading out for dinner.

COMPLETE WITH FIREWORKS

       Our table was waiting when we arrived.  Saturday night brought out a crowd. We ordered Wine and our dinners.  Dazanantes is noted for excellent gourmet food and small portions.  We left after dessert and returned home.

       Sunday morning Chris and I took the Bus a block a way to Talacalula for the Sunday Market.  It is about 45 minutes out of town and a huge market where indigenous people from surrounding villages come to sell and buy.  We walked around for about two hours and after Chris bought some clothes for herself we hopped a “Collectivo” back into Oaxaca.  The Taxi dropped us right where we left from and we walked home.

       That evening we visited the Zocalo and had dinner at Grandma’s  La Casa de la Abuela. We then had an after dinner drink at Gozoba’s roof top near by before retiring early.

GRANDMA AND CLAN
MIXED GRILL

CHICKEN MOLE

 Monday I was to meet Bill, my computer guru, at the library to assist me in downloading his slide presentation of Oaxaca onto my Samsung Tablet.  Chris and I waited 45 minutes at the stop along with a lot of people trying to get to work, before we realized there had to be a blockcade by protesters so took a cab.  The whole downtown area was blockaded but once we arrived at our library street it was no problem.  Bill did what he could to load up the slide show but I have not been able to open it so I think all  our efforts were wasted.  We returned OK without any problems.MY OAXACA

       6 pm we were at Casa Oaxaca having Seviche when Halina showed up to join us for Mezcalini’s then dinner at Viajo Lira.

SEVICHE IN GREEN PEPPER WITH MANGO AND FRUIT COULIS

MEZCALINI’S AT CASA OAXACA

PIZZA AT VIAJO LIRA

 We got home around 8 pm.

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