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Bakeries in the Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco).

Rocky Point has several bakeries selling a variety of products. Bread is sold but not eaten the same as in America, tortilla are more of a consumed staple. Bakeries offer a wide selection of cookies, cakes canejo's pasteries or churrros. If your looking for donuts, there are several shops to fill your desires. Check out our page for all the bakeries and donut shops in town. Be sure to check out the area coffee shops to complete the enjoyment

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Buying Fish in the Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco).

Buying Fish in Rocky Point is "Muy Facil" (very easy).  Rocky Point, once a small fishing village, is located og the upper Sea of Cortez.  The Sea of Cortez boast a large variety of fish and seafood.  With the large variety, comes seasons.  You can get fresh fish all the time, however if you want a particular variety, you have to wait for the season.  In this section we have pictures of the different types of fish, information on filleting fish and many more fish stories.....

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Coffee Houses in the Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco).

Do you need your early morning cup of Java?  Rocky Point has coffee shops galore!  We have a complete list of all the coffee shops in the area.  Check it out as there is one close to you

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Convenience Stores in the Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco).

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Mexican Recipes in the Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco).

Mexican Recipes in Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco) Mexico.
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Grocery Stores in the Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco).

Rocky Point has many different types of Grocery stores.  One can shop at a local fruit stand, all the way up to a U.S. style grocery store.  No only are there different degrees of the size of stores, there are meat markets, fruit & vegatable stores and candy stores.  We have information on local food products, list of the availble grocery, meat, fruit & vegetable and candy stores

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Ice Cream Stores in the Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco).

Ice Cream Stores Information in Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco) Mexico.
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Liquor Stores in the Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco).

Liquor Stores in Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco) Mexico.
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Tortilla Shops in the Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco).

Tortilla are a staple of life in Mexico. Many of the Mexican's eat the corn tortilla, whereas the Gringo choose the "harina" flour style.  You can purchase fresh tortila off the machines immediately.   There is nothing better the a fresh, hot tortilla with some shrimp, cabbage, onions and peppers for a seafood taco.  We have information on the differences between corn and flour tortillas.  Check out our list of tortilla shops around Puerto Penasco and you learn where to get yours!

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Water & Ice Stores in the Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco).

Don't drink the water! This is "old Mexico", as now they have rclean drinking water & ice.  You can get water and ice from the many reverse osmosis water stores.  More importantly, the restaurants now have "good" ice also.  Rocky Point has many stores in which you can purchase bagged ice for drinks, and we have their information for you.

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Bakery Information
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  1. Is Mexican bread subsidized or price fixed?
  2. What are Coyotas?
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Coyotas - round, flat crispy pastry

What are Coyotas?

So you seen coyotas in the bakery shops, but how much do you know about them?  A coyota is a dessert originating in the state of Sonora, the southern part of Hermosillo called "Villa de Seris". This round, flat crispy pastry is filled with brown sugar and other delights has become a big desert item in this northern area of Mexico.  As legend has it, the origin is that an angry husband ordered his wife to make him something to eat.  The wife taking this as an order, threw a plain pastry onto the griddle.  Lucky for the husband, there was left over brown sugar in the pan. These have become quite delicous treats for those throughout the State of Sonora.

So while your enjoying your Coyota, the question we have, How did it get it's name?

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Buying Fish Information
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  1. Is it best to peel shrimp prior to cooking?
  2. When is fresh shrimp in season?
  3. When does shrimping season begin & what determines it?
  4. Fish farming and keeping a plentiful supply of seafood..

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Is it best to peel shrimp prior to cooking?

This can be rather personal, however it also depends on how you are cooking the shrimp.  If you are cooking them then you may want to cook them with the shell on.

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When is fresh shrimp in season?

According to traditional rules about buying seafood, especially shrimp, there should be fresh shrimp during the months with an R in them.  This means September - April.  However, the waters are still a little warm in September.  Expect the shrimp that you're buying in the off season to be frozen.  As far as fish is concerned, at different times of the year, different varities of fish are in season.  See our Fish in season section for information of those fish.

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When does shrimping fishing season begin & what determines it?

The shrimp season does not have a set date every year.  The shrimping industry & the agency called CRIP monitor the shrimp life cycle to determine this date each year.  This process involves the monitoring of the growth development and size of the shrimp schools.  CRIP begins the investigation each year in May throughout August, in a variety of locations near Guaymas & Kino Bay.  These areas are checked twice a month during this period to register the growth rates and other statistics to arrive at a start date for the shrimping business.  So as the life cycle of the shrimp goes, so do the shrimp boats.  May we have an abundant & healthy harvest each and every year.

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Fish farming and keeping a plentiful supply of seafood.

The local state & federal government are working with groups to support programs that assist in the development stages of early marine life.  One such organization is the Center of Scientific Research & higher Education of Ensenada (CICESE).  At these centers, the research & development of the Marine fish, shrimp, oysters, scallops and/or mollusk larvae are overseen.  The University of Arizona & Sonora have had similar projects in the region.

With additional support from Larry D. Large, this organization is moving forward to assist in assuring a consistent supply of seafood to meet the ever increasing demand.

These private/public associations help maintain the existing marine life in the Sea of Cortez, while keeping our shrimp cocktails full.  Good job to all those involved!

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Coffee Houses Information
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  1. Are there any breakfast buffets to eat at?
  2. Can we get our dairy creamers in the grocery stores in town?
  3. c
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Can we get our dairy creamers in the grocery stores in town?

This question may sound trival to some, however if you are a coffee drinker and you like your creamer, it's not.   For some reason, the only creamer available in town (that we are aware of) is powdered creamer. If this is important to you, you may want to bring your own down.  We have asked merchants and are told they can't get it.  So stop by a U.S. grocery store before coming.

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Convenience Stores Information
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Mexican Reciepes Information
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  1. Tell me more about chiles in Mexico.
  2. What is chipolte?
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Tell me more about chiles in Mexico.

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Grocery Stores Information
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  1. Is it O.K. to buy food in Rocky Point?
  2. What kind of products can we expect in these stores?
  3. Do they accept credit cards/debit cards?
  4. Do I need to tip the parking lot attendants?.

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Is it O.K. to buy food in Rocky Point?

Yes, In the recent years, Rocky point's grocery stores have improved termendously.  The addition of several markets have added on termendous amount of products.  Rocky Point boast many meat markets as wells as vegatable and fruit stores.  You can buy just about any general item found in a U.S. grocery store.

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What kind of products can we expect in these stores?

Rocky Point has many grocery stores, however it is the sizes of the stores that many times limit their product selection.  You can get the basic staples at many of the stores, but many of the products cater to the Mexican diet & food.  We have not found a problem finding many of the general items.  However, if you have a receipe that requires an unusual item, we recommend bring it from the U.S.

 During many times of the year, we receive much of our produce from Mexico & many of the big companies (ie. Del Monte) have products on the grocery store shelves.  So we suggest that you enjoy the total experience & shop in town.

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Do they accept credit cards/debit cards?

At this time, we are aware of only Super Ley accepting credit cards.  We have purchased items and have them hit our account several days later (this may have changed).  I believe hat the purchase is in peso then converted to dollars.  We also believe that there is a transaction fee. Most of all the other Grocery stores, meat markets & vegetable stands all work on a cash basis.

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Do I need to tip the parking lot attendants?

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Ice Cream Stores Information
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  1. Do they offer more then ice cream?
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Do they offer more then ice cream?

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Liquor Stores Information
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  1. Are there deposits on beer bottles?
  2. Can we bring our own liquor into Mexico?
  3. What are the drinking laws in Mexico?
  4. How much liquor can we bring back from Mexico?.

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Are there deposits on beer bottles?

Mexico has two types of bottled beer. Most of the bottled beer requires a deposit, while some do not. Those bottles that do not, state on the label "No Returno" meaning that they do not require a deposit and should not be returned. For the rest of the bottles, whether they are sold by the case or liter, require a deposit. The deposits are paid at the time of the purchase, and is stated in the receipt that you receive. Most liqour stores require that you have the reciept inorder to get your refund. One way beer is sold in cases of 20 bottles, which generally require a $7.00 deposit.

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Can we bring our own liquor into Mexico?

Yes you can bring alcohol from the U.S.  You are allowed to bring in 3 liters of alcohol and an additional 2 liters if you have another adult passenger (total of 2 adults).  When you get to the border, there is a store called U.T.E.A.  They sell top shelf alcohol, perfume, cigarettes and other items at duty free (discounted).

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What are the drinking laws in Mexico?

The laws regarding drinking & driving in Mexico are no much different than the U.S.  One difference is that the drinking age in Mexico is 18 years old.  It is Illegal to drive while intoxicated or to have open containers in the car.  It is very expensive to get a DUI ticket in the U.S., it can also be in Mexico.  Your Mexican insurance is void if you have been drinking & have an accident.  If there are injuries and complications, you have just enter the Mexican legal system.  Mexico has it's own set of laws.  You are guilty until proven innocent.  Quite the opposite from the U.S.

So we suggest you do your drinking at the house or pool side and DO NOT DRINK & DRIVE.  Use the designated driver method of safe driving as used in the States. Make your vacation one with good memories.

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How much liquor can we bring back from Mexico?

You are allowed to bring back 1 liter per person over 21 years old (every 30 days), you must declare all alcohol at the border.  If you have more than your limit, they will dispose of the excess.  If you re-enter the U.S. and you don't have any alcohol with you, you may purchase your limit in the U.T.E.A. store and cross over into Mexico & re-enter the U.S. (there is a foot walking re-entry path).

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Tortilla Information
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  1. Flour vs. Corn, Which are better? Which do the Mexican generally eat?
  2. Are there better times of the day to purchase them?
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Flour vs. Corn,  Which are better?   which ones do the Mexican eat?

The answer lies in your own taste buds & what your desiring to make. In general, the corn tortillas are smaller ( ) whereas, the flour can range in size depending on what your making. Corn tortilla are used in fish & carne asada tacos. Flour are generally used in burritos and chimchangas. From the mouth of many venders, Americans like the flour and the Mexicans like the corn.

Corn Torilla

The average (6-7 inch) corn tortilla contains approxiamtely 60 calories, a gram or so of protein & fat, 12 grams of carbohydrate and 44 milligrams of calcium. they are an ideal bread alternative for those who are gluten intolerant, since they are made exclusively of corn flour and contain no wheat gluten, . But most of all, they are good.

Corn tortillas are the foundation of classic Tex-Mex dishes like enchiladas, gorditas, quesadillas, tacos and tostados. Mexican cooks have been patting them out for millennia; tortillas are the bread of Mexico.
The ingredients for tortilla making are incredibly, and somewhat deceptively, simple. There are only two: corn flour and water. don't confuse corn flour with corn meal. Corn meal is made from a completely different process, and it simply won't work for tortilla making.

Flour Torilla

Flour tortilla are a simple mixture of flour, fat (lard or vegetable shortening), salt and water. Despite what you may have read, flour tortillas are NOT made with a tortilla press. The dough is too soft and sticky and will not flatten without the assistance of skilled hands or (for the rest of us) a rolling pin (palote).

Flour tortillas are from the northern region of Mexico where wheat is grown rather than corn. Many skilled Mexican woman can toss the dough from hand to hand until it is almost 20" in diameter and paper thin. The tortillas are then heated on a hot comal the folded twice to form triangles. The folded tortillas are then eaten for either breakfast or the midday meal.

Lard

Even in Mexico the proper "fat" is controversial. Some say pork lard makes the best tortillas and more contemporary cooks say vegetable shortening. A combination of vegetable shortening and beef lard makes a flavorful combination.

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Are there better times of the day to purchase them?

There are better times of the day in which you can get "Hot & Fresh" tortilla's. The local shops usually make batches in the morning and another in the evenings. To know for sure, find out what the general rule is for you favorite store.

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Water & Ice Information
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  1. Is the drinking water & ice safe in Rocky Point?
  2. Where can we buy block ice?
  3. Where can we buy dry ice?
  4. Tell me about desalination..

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Is the drinking water & ice safe in Rocky Point?

Yes & no, it used to be a problem in the past concerning water purification, but those days are long gone.  We do not recommend drinking water out of the faucet, however there are solutions.  Rocky Point has been in a boom over the last 10 years.   During this time, many business have grown or sprung up.  Amongst them, are Ice & Water purification companies.  This has improved the ice and water situations for many of the local eateries. Unless you have special health concerns, do not be afraid to order a glass of ice water.

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Where can we buy block ice?

At this time, we know of only one place to get block ice.  This block ice is non-palatable water (not for consumption).  The place where you can get the block ice is located on Constitución Avenue near Super Ley grocery store.  Just a few blocks south of Leys', you will see on a street corner an elevated shack with a man standing outside.  The shack is about 8'x10' and is an ice house.  The gentleman will cut the ice to your needs.  He generally will sell it in large chunks to fill an ice chest.

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Where can we buy dry ice?

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Tell me about desalination.

All the southwestern U.S. & northern Mexico continue along their termendous growth rates, with this the ample supply of water for various uses is becoming a greater concern for all.  Rocky Point intends to include desalination in this solution.  New developements are including it in their construction plans.  Desalination plants number in the thousands throughout the world with a large number of them in the middle east.  Rocky Point's environment is very similar to that of the middle east.

The process of desalination is the seperation of the water from the sea minerals, salts and particulates.  There are two process of desalination, each with their own advantages & disadvantages.  One process involves heating the water then condensing it to produce your "clean" water.  The other process involves the use of reverse osmosis.  This process involves the continous pressure on permable membranes to keep the sea minerals, salts & particulates out.  In both processes there is a "waste bi-product".

What is done with this bi-product is extrememly important the the health of the environment.  An increase in saline to the waters & land will cause the death of many flora & flauna.  One solution to the waste is further seperating of the this bi-product into table salts, mineral supplements & other commerical products. As the middle east has learned, the mishandling of this outfall can cause tremendous environmental concerns.

In addition to the bi-product, the water intake lines must also prevent the impingement & entrainment of the marine life.  Both the front end & the back end of this process needs to be well thoughout to preserve the beauty we all come here for.  On the other hand, with so many of us coming to our seaside resort, the need for supplement water is vital.  Las Conchas is in the process of desalination water as well as several other resort around town.  We congradulate those who are looking ahead for solution, even though there are problems along the path to most solutions.

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