Beautiful British Columbia on Caffeine

Everette and Mitchell are once again in BC working their buns off….and try and take time to visit family and a few friends.  Driving up island Everette got a visit in with his sister+  and then yesterday he was able to meet his mom and niece, Tasha….and if I say so myself, Grandma J looks happy to have some of her Boys around!  Everette is her only son; Mitchell, her eldest grandson….actually, our 3 boys are her only grandsons!

Johnsons

They picked a picture perfect day today for traveling BC Ferries to the mainland.  Work, and more work.  And then off to Portland and back to us.  Busy week for the guys.  But an hour+ of quiet on the lazy ferry, Everette gets his Canadian/ferry treat…..a Coffee Crisp.  However, I have a suspicion he’ll be a bit too jittery to just sit and read that Branson book!!!

ferry

Have I told you recently, Everette and Mitchell, how much we appreciate ALL you do for us?  All of your hard work  (and God-awful hours) to provide for us…..a Life We Enjoy!!  THANKS!!!!

Tequila Dinners

When my sister and brother-in-law (the Lewis’) moved to town and Everette had gone north for work, the three of us were scouting out rental places, looking for a vehicle, getting them familiar with their new surroundings.  We found ourselves going out to eat nearly every day of the week.

Our repertoire of eateries has most certainly increased 100-fold since early March for which I won’t complain….its been a luxury we couldn’t afford up north, but something doable down here….and it brings us great pleasure.

We’ve found some real treats….and some not-so-good.  Of course that goes with the territory.  There is safety in frequenting what you’ve already proven to be of your liking, of both food/service quality and cost.  But I always wonder if my Favourite might just be one more experience away, and so that urges us on to try a new place.

Joanne, Kevin and I stopped in at Hacienda de Don Pedro for lunch one day, surprised to be given a shot of house tequila each.  Joanne and I, not much into hard liquor, took a sip and then poured it into our limeades.  Kevin though, loved the stuff.

We met Don Pedro himself, who spotted our empty shot glasses and ordered us another round.  We tried to decline but with no success….so Kevin ended up with about 4 shots all to himself.  Good thing he wasn’t the driver.

I’d never seen this side of Kevin– loose and happy.  He laughed lots, and talked big with his hands, and it brought happiness to both Joanne and I.  He bought a bottle of the tequila right there and then, and proudly displayed it in front of him, looking longingly for his dreamy-enjoyment.  I claimed dibs on the bottle, once its empty.

don pedro tequilla

Happy with our food, we didn’t order dessert but found ourselves served a cafe liquor which was delicious.  We sipped away, giggling about how wonderful it was to be living this lifestyle here in Mexico.  No busy schedule, nowhere we had to go….except that French bakery just across the courtyard.

And so we did, with  Kevin delightfully ordering in French.  Our lunch finale….perfecto.

So it was not surprising that I wanted to share this wonderful experience with Everette when he returned home.  We made a Date Night with Joanne and Kevin, and with Tom and Jan (managers of Hotel Perico) to actually celebrate Lewis’ wedding anniversary.Collage  Don Pedros

The six of us had a delightful evening.  Food was delicious.  Those that had the daily special of Steak and glass of wine thoroughly enjoyed the steak, very tender and flavorful.  The rest of us had savory foods, too….and were treated to the cafe liquor as dessert.  Yummm!

Well, when Everette spent the day with Sandy and Danielle learning about their tequila business, they warned about even purchasing tequila from Don Pedro as it supposedly isn’t legally made nor sold.  Tequila is a coveted and highly regulated item, along every step of the process from growing/harvesting/transporting plants with their ‘passports’ to distilleries and the following labeling/etc.

For now, I’ll just admire the gorgeous aqua bottle when I get possession of it.  Hopefully it isn’t illegal to have possession of an empty bottle that I never even purchased.