Texan Scuba Divers and Two Cans of Hormel Chili come to Mahahual

I had a real interesting week last week here in Mahahual.  It seemed like every day there were some of my blog readers in town.  It all started with a blog reader who showed up with his wife, and another couple last Tuesday.  Eric Dahlen is from Longview, Texas, and has made several comments on this blog.  He and his wife are avid scuba divers and decided to come for a visit to Mahahual to check out the diving here.

He sent me several messages and comments concerning how to get here, where to eat, and things like that.  He also read my story where I was hankering for some Hormel canned chili from the USA, and he sent me this response.

“Stewart, August through September being the dog days in Mahahual, is it going to hard to find restaurants that will be open. My wife and I, and 2 friends, will be there for a week in the middle of September for some scuba diving. (Namely, bucket list of Banco Chinchorro). I have to admit we didn’t look too hard into much else besides a place to stay, and a dive operator. I’ll trade Hormel chili for advice. (If I can get it on the plane, or at Chedraui’s in Tulum, on our way there, hahaha.)”.

Well they showed up last week, and I met them for lunch, and we talked, and I answered a lot of questions about life here.  And yes, Eric showed up with my Hormel chili.

Me, with my 2 cans of chili muled down from the USA.

Me, with my 2 cans of chili muled down from the USA.

We had a great lunch on the beach at the Tipsey Turtle, and we had the beach all to ourselves.  We had fresh caught hog fish and cerviche.  They told me about their dive to Banco Chinchorro, and the next day they were scheduled to go to Xcalak for a dive. These guys are accomplished divers, and have dived all over the world, so they decided to give Mahahual, and Costa Maya a look.  It was their first time here, and I think they liked the area here.

Fresh Caribbean monk fish.

Fresh Caribbean hog fish.

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This is how they serve whole fish here.

This is how they serve whole fish here.

Eric eying his monk fish platter.

Eric eyeing his hog fish platter.

Enjoying our lunch.

Enjoying our lunch.

I had a great time and an enjoyable lunch, and I always like spending time with my blog readers when they come to town.  Eric and his wife, Jenny, and the other couple Bill and Renata DeHaven are nice people and I enjoyed meeting them.  That is what is great for me living in Mahahual, I get to meet nice people from the USA all the time here.

Eric and Jenny Dahlen on the left from Longview Texas, and Bill and Renata DeHaven from Falling Waters, West Virginia on the right with me in this photo on the beach.

Eric and Jenny Dahlen on the left from Longview Texas, and Bill and Renata DeHaven from Falling Waters, West Virginia on the right with me in this photo on the beach.

One more thing, I had a bowl of my Hormel chili on Saturday watching the Gamecocks play, and man it was good. I had it with crackers and Tabasco sauce, just like home. I have not had Hormel chili in almost seven years, so thanks Eric for bringing it down to me. I will have the other can tomorrow night while I watch the Clemson-Ga. Tech game.  Now if I can just get someone to smuggle down some country fried steak with mashed potatoes and gravy, corn bread, collard greens, fried okra, and banana pudding, I will be set.

I got more later on last week coming up in a couple of more articles, it was a busy week for me.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

5 thoughts on “Texan Scuba Divers and Two Cans of Hormel Chili come to Mahahual

  1. Steve Heide says:

    Stewart, you are killing me here in Texas. In the US/Florida Keys, those fish are called Hog Fish or Hog Snapper. Whatever name they are given, they are delicious cooked whole and not filleted. In Tulum, El Carmella Jrs serves them and they are called Bocanetti, not sure about Mahahual. Don’t tell anymore gringos about that fish, word will get out and soon the price will go up or there won’t be anymore or at least they will be scarce. I didn’t know about the Hormel Chili but I think we can find room in one of our bags for a few cans. See you the end of next month! Save some frio cerveza and bocanetti for us please

  2. It was a good time, Stewart, thanks for the write up. It was great to meet you, and I’m glad you enjoyed the chili. The Tipsy Turtle really loaded up the dish, didn’t they. Yeah, I call them hogfish, too. To me, much better than the grouper people try to push. They had some nice hogfish, for sure. We had a great time in Mahahual, even if we didn’t find any ‘square fish’. It’s a beautiful place. I think you are going to carve your niche out in Mahahual. Just hang in there: Good times always follow hard times! Remember your friends when you get rich and famous!

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