Apr 16, 2006, 11:37 AM
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Re: [jerezano] Visit to Patzcuaro - Questions
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The chef at Cha Cha Cha, who is a native of Patzcuaro, spent some time in India and Thailand and is a huge fan of Thai food. The night we were there we noted both Thai shrimp soup and Thai shrimp noodles on the menu. The place was crowded and they were out of these dishes that night. While, ordinarily I would be leery of ordering Thai food in a place such as Patzcuaro where the food is rather bland in my opinion, if he is still around next year, I will definitely try these dishes.
This guy is an innovative chef. Since he was out of the Thai dishes, we tried pasta in a cream sauce with zucchini flowers - a boring sounding dish - but, as it turned out, a quite good selection with complex flavors. I had the pork in raisin, prune and apricot sauce and felt it was also quite good. His Aztec Soup, however, was dull in my opinion.
We also had lunch at the restaurant at Casa Iturbe and my food, which was supposedly of the region, was bland. I believe that that was simply my misfortune and I would definitely give that place another try.
I had to taste the local famous ice cream on the square and also was disppointed in that. Too bad I didn´t try the shrimp ice cream in Dolores Hidalgo for comparison´s sake.
We stayed at the Casa Encantada B&B which I recommend if you don´t mind the $100USD fare. Unfortunately, their coffee is American swill and their breakfasts uninspired.
It seems clear to me that Patzcuaro real estate is a bit overpriced. There seems to be some speculation going on there. If I were looking about for a home in Patzcuaro, I would proceed with caution. On the other hand, if you look about in the country you may find a deal.
To me, as I have stated elsewhere, Patzcuara is a somewhat melancholic place offering few diversions outside of depressive reflection. If you insist on a mountain town, I suggest Tapalpa, Jalisco where, once you have reflected to excess you can escape to nearby Guadalajara for a few hours and go to a movie or something.
(This post was edited by Bubba on Apr 16, 2006, 1:03 PM)