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What am I Doing? Arrachera

Well I am cleaning. Doing the laundry and then do my workout and after that I will have a shower. Gregg went out yesterday to the local butcher up the road and ordered some skirt steaks that I have to pick up tomorrow. I am planning on making a Mexican meal for Valentine’s Day. Your probably wondering what I plan to make. Well let me tell you.

When we were in Mexico, we noticed a steak that was served almost at every restaurant. Its called “Arrachera” which means flank or skirt steak. Its actually a simple meal. I think its all about the spices and how long it marinates. Anyways, we really enjoyed it. So now I am going to make it for us. We drove into Vancouver on Saturday and stopped by a Mexican grocery store and found the spice we need.

The recipe is very easy, all you do is marinate the meat in the spices for 1 day. Then grill and serve.

Season both sides of meat with GOYA seasoning and lime juice. Cover entire meat with lime and season lightly.
Once the meat is limed up and seasoned you roll it up, like a sushi roll, nice and tight and place all of the meat all rolled up in rolls in a deep dish and pour beer on top making sure it gets all over. If you marinate your meat with beer and you don’t roll it up, you wash off all of your seasonings.
Cover the meat with plastic wrap and leave it in the fridge over night, but 2-3 hours works just as well.
Then just grill each side for like 5-6 min less if you like it medium. The meat will be tender, juicy and full of flavor. Enjoy

I’m really curious if this will taste the same. I hope so! I have been wanting it for a while now. Here is a picture of what we had in Mexico at H&C restaurant/butcher. You get the steak, a baked potato, half an avocado and lime and a hot green pepper. Gregg and Glen both gave me their avocados.

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And with steak you must have a tasty beer to wash it all down.

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The only problem with this, is that I can’t get Leon Beer here. It doesn’t get exported out of the Yucatan. So Gregg will have to have something else. A cold glass of diet coke with a twist of lime on ice sounds good.

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Halloween Memories

Last year Gregg and I and his dad Glen spent our Halloween in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. We had such a great time. We met so many fantastic people. So I am sharing so pictures from the parties that night. I wish we were all there again. It was the best!

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To see all the other pics click here

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October – Mexico

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Image by The Gordons via Flickr

Can you believe it? Its already October. Wow! This year has flown by. Soon it will be Christmas and then a new year. October is one of my favorite months. Yes its my birthday on the 27th, but its more than that. I have always loved October. Even when I was a kid. I love the fall weather. The leaves turning colors and falling to gather around the trees. The crisp air in the early morning as the sun peaks out thru the fog. Yup its a beautiful time.

Its also a reminder that its been a year since our last trip to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. It doesn’t seem like its been a year. I so wish we could go back again. I miss the beach. The sound of the water as it hits the sand in the evening. Or walking along 5th Ave and finding a cafe to sit and have a drink while we people watch. I miss all the friends we made. I really enjoyed stopping by La Ranita everyday for our afternoon beer. There was always someone there to sit and chat with.

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Image by The Gordons via Flickr

We will miss the Halloween party, but we will be watching all the local webcams. That was the best party I have ever been to. We all had so much fun. Glen’s black eye went well with his pirate costume…lol. All I had to do was add the line around his eye so he had a patch.

I hope that we will be back there for the next party in 2009. It could happen.

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Some Changes

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Image by mbonocore via Flickr

As you can see, I’ve been doing some changes to my blog theme again. I really like this one. I think this one will be the one for some time. I like that I can put my own photos in the header. Yes, all the different headers are pictures Gregg and I took. At the moment they are all from your last trip to Playa del Carmen. They might change on special days.

Other news… Gregg is finally job hunting. He is out there spreading his resumes all over Abbotsford today. I hope that he gets a responds. I’ll let you know how it goes when things start to happen.

Tomorrow its ladies lunch once again. We are celebrating my Aunt Anny’s birthday. Its also my brother’s birthday, but he isnt invited. I think he would look a bit out of place at one of our hen parties…lol

Also, Heroes starts this evening which I have been waiting for. There are bunch of shows all starting this week. So I won’t be online in the evenings.:)

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Peanut Pet shelter

There are some amazing people down in Playa del Carmen working very hard on raising money to build new kennels for the Peanut Pet Shelter. If you can help please go to the website and make a donation. Or you can go to Heather’s site and read more about helping out. Every penny counts!

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