Homes with lights galore and oversized Santa’s in the front yard are awesome. Homes with garlands and ornaments hanging from staircases are beautiful. And homes with kitsch holiday display towels in kitchens and bathrooms make me super happy. However, I’m not one of these people.
I’m not a scrooge, but I can only handle so much holiday decor in my house for so long before I get an OCD flare up. I minimally decorate a few key zones and I’m good to go.
A wreath on the front gate of course.
Another wreath and small vignette outside the front door. These shiny wreaths are my favorite.
The entry way. I found this simple tin tree at Walmart and I think it’s kind of perfect.
Some tartan flower napkin holders as decor.
My dining table centerpieces. This first pic is my normal centerpiece. What makes it holiday is the items I choose to feel the teak bowl with. This season it’s pomegranates and pomanders.
Here’s the downstairs table centerpiece. I wanted this to be bigger with 3 berry wreaths and more reindeer, but money constraints prevented it. It will be next year purchases for sure.
Another recent purchase is this reindeer. I’m still working out where his best location in the house will be.
And yet another, smaller, shiny wreath along with a light up JOY sign on the bar…very appropriate.
A poinsettia or two strategically placed at the front door and inside the house. (Any comments about the plant in the head? I can’t decide if I like it or not…)
Last, but not least, a tree. This year it’s lights only and I love the way it looks.
Most Mexicans leave their Christmas decor/lights up through January 6th, Dia de Reyes (Day of the Kings). I might live in Mexico, but I’m still a “It all comes down the day after Christmas” type of gal.
While on the hunt for a Christmas tree, we stopped off at Churros Toño. The vendor was making his first batch of the day and I was all too happy to watch the process. Churros are the best!
Based on what I saw, he started off with boiling water in a big steel pan and then added flour, vanilla, and some more water. It was time to mix. This was not an easy task. I know because he let me try to do it. A lot of arm strength is required.
When the batter no longer sticks to your fingers, it’s ready to fry. It’s a strange contraption they put the batter into to push out the long tube shape into the oil.
Next, you let the churro fry until it turns a golden brown.
Cut into pieces and drag through sugar. Happiness in a bag!
As I’m searching online for an end table with a Black Friday deal attached to it, I also came across this: blackfridaydeathcount.com. Egads. This website tallies deaths and injuries that happen during Black Fridays.
It made me think: what happens in people’s minds between being with their families and feeling grateful to less than 24 hours later pushing and shoving others for a bargain…
Coqui Coqui boutique hotels are simply the epitome of boho chic. There was one in Tulum, but unfortunately it closed. I made it a point to visit Coqui Coqui while in Merida and I knew immediately I had arrived when the wonderful smell of perfumes and candles took hold.
Coqui Coqui Merida includes a hotel, boutique, cafe, and a dining room area you can rent for small parties. I love everything about this place. Look at the courtyard cafe, and boutique below.
I wasn’t able to go into the hotel, but I found these pics below on the internet.
Sadly, it’s our last day in Merida before our plane leaves this evening. It’s also two days after the Day of the Dead and all of the Pan de Muerto is gone. I’ll have to wait until this time next year to have another bite.
We did some shopping, but much of what Merida sells is also available in Playa where my beach condo is. I didn’t buy much. For other visitors, Merida is the home of the guayaberas. If there is one thing a tourist should purchase from Merida, it would be this.
As we were walking around, we unexpectedly landed at La Negrita. La Negrita is a very popular bar/restaurant in the Merida. We sat at the large outdoor space with a bucket of beers and unlimited tapas. The tapas were tasty! When I asked if they were hot, the waiter said “poco”. He returned with french fries and ketchup for me. A very thoughtful gesture, but the fries were no comparison to the other Mexican deliciousness on the table. By the way, 6 beers and unlimited tapas cost Sr. Elizondo and I a whopping $10.
We then walked a couple of blocks to Hermana Republica. It had a more sophisticated vibe and sells only craft beers. We chose the pilsner.
What to do after drinking some beers at a couple of bars? Have some gelato of course. Pola has some yummy and crazy flavors, such as Blue cheese and apple (which wasn’t actually bad).
We were in desperate need of walking which at this point. We went to the Lucas de Galvez market. This is a huge market for the local people and it sells everything. It’s an experience to see. If you are smell sensitive, you might want to pass on the meat warehouse area.
Then a quick visit to the hotel to pick up our luggage and we were off to the airport.