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Wednesday, June 13, 2012
ENSENADA BLANCA - This is Cesar. He runs the palapa bar on the beach of Ensenada Blanca.
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There is no written menu and only three meal choices: Fish Tacos, Ceviche, or Clams. When you order the clams you better have some time to sit back and enjoy a cerveza because after bringing your drinks Cesar will don his fins and snorkel and dive into the ocean to dig them up. Talk about fresh!
Getting ready to get some clams
After about 20-30 minutes he comes back with pockets full of clams
Fresh chocolate clams (spanish: almeja chocolata) from 4-8 feet of depth
Cesar gets the knife just between the shells to up open the clam
My picture taking must have made him nervous because he sliced his finger while opening clams
Chocolate clams inside
Rinsing and scooping the clams out of their shells
Cesar then sautés the clams in lard (!) and garlic
And then he spoons the cooked clams back into their shells for presentation
Enjoying clams with some cruising buddies