An excellent way to keep the heat off the boat is by taking the no-cook idea to it’s ultimate conclusion. I’m not talking about eating everything raw although I suppose that really is the ultimate conclusion to “no-cook”. No, I’m talking about eating out. We realized the other day that we only have about 2 weeks left in La Paz before we return to the US for couple months. So, if we’re going to eat at all the places we want to, we need to get busy. With that in mind, we’ve been trying to eat out every 3rd night or so lately.
A couple days ago, this plan led us to the Calypso Restaurante:
This place is new since the last time we were in La Paz, a year ago and that, combined with the colorful decor led to our decision to give it a try.
There’s apparently a seating area inside which is probably air-conditioned. But it was so comfortable out on the patio, especially after our waitress aimed a fan at our table, that we never even ventured inside.
As is the case in every restaurant and bar everywhere that we’ve been in Mexico so far, there were the obligatory TVs running, showing (usually) a soccer match. The nice thing about the Calypso was that the volume was turned down so you could listen to the music instead. And, the music was likewise played at a pleasant volume rather than blasting as is so common. The music was Mexican, which is fine, but with a restaurant named Calypso, it would have been nice to have a little more calypso/reggae style music.
The menu isn’t really extensive but they do cover all the bases. Lulu ordered “Pasta Hulk” which was fettucini, pesto, scallops, squid and Parmesan cheese ($120 or about $8.88 USD).
Lulu declared this dish the best thing she’s eaten off the boat since we’ve been back in La Paz. Pretty heavy praise. She gave me a taste and I must admit that it was really good.
I ordered El Dotado which was a poblano pepper stuffed with shrimp and melted mozzarella cheese, covered with a tomato-chile sauce and served with rice (also $120). It was good but not stupendously good. I would have preferred the sauce to be a bit more chile-based as the tomato definitely dominated.
Like I say, it was good but it definitely was not the best thing I’ve eaten off the boat since we returned to La Paz. I’d happily return to Calypso and try something else, though.
Before our meal was served, a waitress brought us a plate of appetizers. We didn’t order them, they just brought them. It consisted of little quesadilla bites and something that can best be described as a cross between a mini chile relleno and a jalapeño popper. It was a jalapeño pepper, cut in half lengthwise and filled with cream cheese. But it had a battered crust on the bottom as if it had been deep-fried and then sliced in half, which it probably was. It was served cheese-side up with a sprinkling of parmesan on top. There was a bowl of chopped fire-roasted chiles to spoon on top of everything and it was all excellent.
Here’s a little something for all the beer purists out there. In Mexico beer is served very, very cold. But, in the heat of the summer, unless you just chug it down, it doesn’t stay cold for long. Here’s how we drink beer in the summer in Mexico:
I would prefer my beer ice cold and right out of the bottle but, in order to really enjoy it that way without it getting warm, you have to drink a bottle in about 5 minutes. Not that I don’t enjoy that every now and then. But I just can’t keep that sort of regimen up for too long. So, iced beer will do just fine, thank you.
In case you’re in or near La Paz and you’re wondering, dinner prices at Calypso were from 90 to 150 pesos (about $6.67 to $11.00 USD) unless you go for the lobster which will set you back $250 (~$18.50 USD). It’s located across from the malecón, just up the street from Bismark-cito.