Monday, August 5, 2013

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Monday August 5 The Afternoon Edition

..This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte



The "Morning Edition" has translated headlines &  newspaper photos.

This Afternoon Edition has  translations of the articles,  Daily Events & Live Music Schedules  & the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section including photos & info from individuals & local businesses ....Daily In Isla Mujeres. There are always links to the original articles in Spanish.



Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Downtown hotels: Empty during holiday season
It is not true that hotel occupancy is 70%

Hoteles del Centro, vacíos en plena temporada vacacional

Domingo, 04 de Agosto de 2013 21:20

Mienten quienes dicen que llenos hoteleros son del 70 por ciento

ISLA MUJERES, 4 de agosto.-. The President of the Tourism Advisory Council, Gerardo Magaña Barragán says the two and three star hotels have an occupancy rate around 20%, and would benefit from more promotion. This was discussed at the last meeting of the Fideicomiso de Promoción Turística de Isla Mujeres. It was also noted that the Promotional Video made nearly three years ago was released recently after the state paid its bill, but it does not appear to be in  use for promotional purposes.
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External audit of public finances 
'Sindico' designated for the next administration 

Auditará finanzas públicas un despacho externo

Domingo, 04 de Agosto de 2013 21:19

Informó síndico designado de la próxima administración

ISLA MUJERES, 4 de agosto.-Fidel Villanueva Madrid has been chosen to oversee the accounting during the changing of administrations., when there is likely to be a 20 million peso deficit passed along. The article discusses the legal differences between owing money as a loan and owing money as unpaid expenditures & my ability to focus  wandered off...
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Vendors make sunbathers uncomfortable
The beaches are a mix of domestic & foreign tourists 

Tozudez de ambulantes incomoda a los bañistas

Domingo, 04 de Agosto de 2013 21:16

Se mezclan en playas entre propios y extraños

ISLA MUJERES, 4 de agosto.- .Most visitors at the beach yesterday were Mexican tourists, with a few foreigners and dozens of islander families, with the only downside being the peacefulness was disturbed by the mobile vendors.The reporter complains about the vendors from Chiapas who have children with them and "do not seem to take no for an answer."  Restaurateurs and other business owners complain that they are losing business to the mobile vendors who sell snacks & drinks as well as souvenirs.
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 Tvisla Mujeres


Noticias de El Quintanarroense

.Eduardo Victoria Peña: Memories of Doña Ofelia
Eduardo Victoria Peña: Los Recuerdos de Doña Ofelia
Fidel Villanueva Madrid.

Noticias de  Quequi......

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

 Alert for illegal foreigners



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Fights caused by alcohol

Riñas a causa del alcohol

This weekend there were two fights associated with alcohol use At 9:30pm in Miraflores some people were drinking when Virgen María Noh pushed  Leonardo Cab Barredo, who fell from a height of two and a half meters (8+ft). He suffered a head injury and was taken to Cancun for medical attention and she was detained. The other situation occurred in the vicinity of the soccer field where Gabriela Palma Burgos accused her brother of hitting her and a 12 year old daughter while drunk, but he went into his house so there was no intervention by authorities. aunque llamó a las autoridades no pudo ser detenido debido a que se metió a su casa
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Ferry arrivals peak

Llegadas a "tope" en ferrys

I.The vehicle ferries are very popular with the hundreds of tourists crossing to Isla Mujeres because they are less expensive at a cost of 38 pesos for adults, with children ten and under riding for free. According to official statistics, these ferries brought an average of 2500 visitors  on Saturday and Sunday and between 1800 and 2000 on Friday and Monday.
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Summer vacationers throng to the island

Abarrotan la isla turistas veraniegos

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Asking for more frequent garbage collection

Piden aumente la frecuencia en la recolección de basura



Diario La Verdad
Diario La VerdadTourism peaking in Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres, hasta el tope de turistas

 por esto

Tourism is booming in Isla Mujeres
Auge turístico en la isla+] Ver mas

Heat fuels sales of cold drinks
Se dispara la venta de aguas frescas+] Ver mas

More tourists and also more trash
Aumentó el turismo y también la basura[+] Ver mas

Hospital gets crowded with patients
Doctores no se dan abasto ante tanto paciente . [+] Ver mas
The reporter visited the hospital yesterday and noted several patients waiting to be seen and "learned that the hospital has been very busy due to the summer season, generating crowds & making it difficult for the doctors to attend patients efficiently." The reporter expressed the opinion that the General Hospital lacks sufficient staff and space to serve the residents, much less the tourists, and s/he hopes the  New Hospital will be completed soon.

  If you would like to be included in our business directory, or want information about your business or services included in this blog or our in Restaurant Guide, contact me at 

      We don't charge any fees or expect any special considerations, but there are some restrictions. Generally, we don't feature other rentals. Photos with a link for specifics are preferred over a lot of text.  The main criteria is to be of interest for the readers, current (or historical) & not too redundant. For example, tourism service providers befriend me on Facebook & give me permission to use their photos. They post photos of things above & below the sea, sunsets, views around the isle, etc & I post the ones I like, crediting the business & including a link. 

     I am very grateful to the individuals who allow me to repost their pictures! Please email me if you are interested in sharing yours. I could especially use some help gathering menus & food photos...there are so many restaurants!

  My latest project is the Daily Specials feature of the Restaurant Guide.  My favorite part of this project is looking up the recipes of the Daily Specials & sharing information about each dish...adding photos & explaining seasonings. The link is always at the top of this page....and HERE

This is my third summer of sharing Isla Mujeres news with you. I'm still learning new things about the island and its culture, cuisine, community, & history. And my Spanish comprehension and vocabulary are improving sloooooowly. (This is my daily Spanish lesson). 

Thanks for reading!

 And an big Thank You to The Neighbours who are letting us use their WIFI!!. And a grand AURGH to Cablemas (o menos) who disconnected service to this section on Monday A WEEEEEEEEK AGOOOOOOO. I complained then and they "took the report". Then I sent my SSFOTP to the office a coupla times last week. (Spanish Speaking Friend On The Payroll.) On the phone this morn, I was given an appointment for a tech on Aug 13, and told they'll call me if s/he comes sooner. They are installing a new line to our north. After The Neighbours repeatedly visited the office, a tech showed up and spent ~20 minutes hooking them up to the line going south.   My SSFOTP went to the office for me today, but they stuck with "The 13th" and "It's a big job being done by the Cancun office". So if ya appreciate having The Daily News In Isla Mujeres this week & next....feel free to buy The Neighbours a cold beverage when ya see 'em! HERE is their blog.

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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe or Monchi's,shop at Chedraui or visit restaurants, bars, & beach clubs; minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a pharmacy and variety of other stores and small local restaurants


Critter events...
It is currently the season for swimming with the whale sharks, and turtles are mating offshore & nesting on the eastern beaches. The mating is visible by day, especially off Punta Sur, the South Point. The nesting happens in the wee hours, and there are Tortugranja personnel, volunteers, and Naval staff monitoring the beaches to prevent people from disrupting them, and to gather and transport the eggs for incubation.
       By far, most of the turtles nesting in Isla Mujeres are Green turtles (called Blancas in Spanish), and the second most common are the huge Loggerheads, and there are some Hawksbills.  The Green turtles take ~60 days to hatch and are held in the water tanks at the Tortugranja until the hatchlings are released by the public at events at dusk on Media Luna or Guadalupana. These events will occur periodically until early October and are usually announced a day or two in advance. They are rescheduled if the sea is rough.
    Lately there have been many rays, in addition to many whale sharks. From MVC, we have been seeing dolphins from the balcony,  and some large fish while snorkeling offshore. Lotsa mama turtles visiting our beach lately! 

 There are small red crabs that migrate to & from the sea in July-August, watch out for them at night on the coastal road at the southeastern part of the isle.
  Lobster season began July 1 and continues until the end of February. 

LIVE MUSIC In Isla Mujeres 
 Scheduled for TODAY / TONIGHT: MONDAY

Early                         Time
 The Joint                     1-4          Marco (Reggae)  LINK
Casa de los Suenos  4-7          Banda Sin Nombre  LINKLINK
Sunset Grill-                Dusk       keyboard/vocals LINK


Faynes-                        8-10          Raul Alexis   LINK
Cafe del Mar-              8p            ?  LINK LINK
Comono Roof              8:30-11     La Guera & Willys Blues LINK

Faynes-                       10:30-12:00     ? LINK

 John Cain's schedule is
  Tuesday- Cafe Del Mar, 8-10, solo guitar & vocals

Wednesday- Bally Hoo, 7-9, Sol Rockers band
 Friday- Iguana Bar-7-9, solo guitar & vocals
  Sunday- Bahia Tortuga- 7-9, Sol Rockers band  

 Ken Wanovich

Tue 8/06 - Bahia Tortuga, 6-8pm.
Wed 8/07 - Mamacita's, 6-8pm.
Thur 8/08 - Brisas Grill, 5-7pm.

More information on how to spot them:

 On the internet in the past 24 hours...

Día soleado. Sunny day

Our friends Pam & Jose got married at MVC B&B last weekend...

Pamela Haase changed her profile picture. — with Gabriela Beatriz Cauich Gongora
They had the civil ceremony and reception here, and the church ceremony at the nearby Capilla Guadalupana. This picture is special because Pam is an artist who paints versions of this Virgin of Guadalupe....and of course it is also special because she is so happy and beautiful on her wedding day! It was a wonderful celebration & we were honored to be a part of it!

Isla MujeresNuestro sol  Our sun. Photo shared by Vicky Lesiak

This is from last night...they are usually closed on Mondays (and sometimes Sundays). It says..No joke..we have the best quality, prices, and a lottttttta flavor.  Now Now Now..order from service. Very tasty
Ibette de Alcocerposted toMerca IslaNo es broma, somos uno de los mejores en calidad, precio y muchooooo sabor!!
YA YA YA!! ordena en Bufalo, AHORA!! 2 74 70 03 Y 99 81 86 32 42, Servicio a domicilio! muy rico!
By: Bufalo

Cheryl : After being on island time 8 days of no makeup and no fixing the hair. I could get use to this thing called island life

From today's blog post about Daily Specials (which was available ~8 hours ago...there's a tab a the top of this blog)

Every Monday at Soggy Peso: 4 lobster tacos ~85p Breaded, chipolte mayo on side  West Side ~mile south of town (This is a gluten free version that Freddy made especially for me...and the plate was prettier before I started eating it. I have better photos somewhere but for now....

Menu & info link  

*FRIJOL CON PUERCO  Yucatec style pork & black beans
*POLLO ADOBADO  Chicken in a roasted chile sauce
*BISTEC A LA CAZUELA  Steak in a sofrito sauce
-POC CHUC   Marinated grilled pork slices
-MILANESA DE POLLO O PUERCO  Parmesan breaded, fried chicken or pork cutlet

  Delivery: 9982433776   
A few steps down from the Guadalupe Chapel (by Mango Cafe) , east side ~2 miles south of town at Salina Chica/Meteorologica

Yucatec style pork & beans is made with black beans, pork, epazote*, chiles, and onions.

Pollo adobado is made by marinating chicken pieces in sour orange & achiote, while roasting onions, peppers & garlic; then cooking them together in broth with tomatoes & a bay leaf.

Steak Cazuela
First you make a "Sofrito" with oil, onions, garlic, pepper, oregano, cumin, bay leaf and tomato sauce, and then you add the steak & cook for a couple minutes, then add potatoes, cooking wine, olives, salt, enough water to cover, and cook.. one recipe adds a packet of sazon Goya. Some recipes include green pepper, some leave the steaks whole. Details in English HERE    Photos & recipe in English from Cocina de Nathan

Poc chuc is grilled pork slices, marinated first with sour orange* & seasonings that may include garlic, onions, achiote ricado*, & black pepper.

Pork or Chicken Milanesa:  Similar to  "Chicken Fried Steak" and "Chicken Parmesan";  a seasoned, breaded,  fried cutlet Photo from MexicoFood&more 

*Epazote ("eh pah ZOH tay") is an herb traditionally used to flavor black beans whose name is is derived from Nahuatl: epazōtl. It is believed to reduce the flatulence caused by beans, and has a mild distinctive flavor that you will recognize if you've eaten bean soup in Isla Mujeres. You will see it in most gardens or in containers on patios and roofs around the island.. It grows about three feet tall with tiny green flowers and a weedy appearance. ) 

*Recado: spice paste with some combination of cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, oregano, cumin, garlic, coriander, vinegar, and sour orange. Comes in many variations, of which the most common is achiote recado.

*Achiote: from the seeds of the annatto plant, used for flavor & color in some recados, tikinxic (grilled fish), pibils, poc chuc, & many other yucatec dishes. Sold in cakes & often combined with sour orange to make a paste or marinade.

Achiote is used in most traditional Maya cooking
Annatto ( English), 
Achiotl / Ku'u up (Maya), 
Achiote (Spanish),  
Native to Mexico, now grown in many countries for its great taste and natural coloring qualities.

 Su'uts' pak'aal (Maya) 
 Naranja-Agria (Spanish)
Green, with a thick bumpy skin, often used in sauces; tastes like a combination of lime and orange.

From Food In Isla Mujeres (link)
 "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam:  LINK  

  Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres   

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