Bite And Brew

April 12, 2013

Seafood, Jewelry and Happy Hour Specials

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During a recent visit to Nuevo Progreso, Mexico, with some friends, I had the opportunity of going back to visit Anthony’s Jewelry. I was very impressed with the selection of fine silver jewelry they offer.

They have the traditional classic designs, plus new modern styles. Sparkling cubic zirconia, bright opals and amethysts, mother water pearls, turquoise and so much more; Anthony’s has it all. It has been a very long time since I’ve seen such a large collection of good quality silver jewelry.  The staff is friendly, and always willing to negotiate a price that will satisfy their customers’ needs.  A very nice collection of decorative pillows from Guatemala really caught my eye, along with some embroidered hand bags that I can see would be great with any summer outfit.

Just one note of caution: if you are planning on paying a visit to Anthony’s Jewelry, do so before you hit the bars, or else you will find yourself buying the entire shop. The jewelry is irresistible, and the prices vary to accommodate all budgets, so one feels like buying everything!  The store is located on one of the eastern corners of this popular border town. The address is Avenida Benito Juarez – the main drag – #102 in Nuevo Progreso – commonly referred to as just Progreso, Mexico.  It is the town that is just across the border from Weslaco, Texas.

Not far from Athony’s is the Red Snapper Seafood Restaurant offering two for one drink specials. I go there often, and this time my friends and I sat outside in the balcony overlooking the street. The weather was ideal, a picture perfect day to visit Mexico.  I ordered the Camarones a la Diabla – Shrimp Diablo- which tasted fantastic. The plate looked a bit sloppy because of the generous portion of the chipotle pepper based sauce. The dish was accompanied with white rice and a really good side of creamy mashed potatoes wrapped in aluminum foil.  I have to go back to the sauce because it was not hot as the name “diablo” would imply, it is just the right amount of spice and that smoky flavor that characterizes chipotle peppers. My friend ordered “Shrimp Molcajete,” it was so much she had a hard time eating it all, but it was so good that she actually did. I tried her dish and it was shrimp on a tomato based sauce with cilantro and onions; it was also very good.  The prices are very accessible, and the ambiance of the place is very relaxing due to its tropical decor. During the weekends, they have live music or DJ serenating English and Spanish ballads.  My friends and I agree that a visit to Progreso disconnects you from the real world of deadlines and transports you, even if just for a brief moment, to a place far, far away. 

Shrimp Diablo

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Tapia - Gonzales
La Vida Valle is where I write about "la vida" living in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Life, art and culture, poetry, prayers, travel, and camping! yes, that's my new thing. I blame the heat and high humidity for the madness. Contributions and comments are always welcome .


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