I chose the spicy chorizo fried with three scrambled eggs with refried beans, rice, homemade salsa, and flour tortillas ($11.95). What a way to start my day!
If you have the patience, The Pancake Cottage is worth a visit.
Bellies full, we headed to our next activity. On the way, we passed a fountain and a somewhat awkward-looking wedding set-up.
Catalina Island Conservancy for our Jeep Eco Tour.
Having lived on Catalina for 46 years, Fred was not only well-versed in the island's history, but he also knew every single local we encountered. Fred taught us a lot about the island's colonization, flora, and fauna.
Afterward, we explored some more on our own.
We went back to the hotel to rest awhile before we embarked on our evening adventure -- a nighttime Santa Catalina Island Company undersea tour.
The inside of the semi-submersible was disco-like.
Day One was like going to the zoo (i.e., the wildlife was abundant and right in front of us), the nighttime tour was like going on safari. We had to hunt for California spiny lobsters on the ocean floor. Tougher but still fun! The only drawback was that it was practically impossible to capture this with my camera. Alas.
Here is a poor-quality video from my point-and-shoot, complete with a crying child and an excited Mr. Monkey rattling off every creature he sees.
Spotting lobsters in the dark made us hungry. Mi Casita was our next stop.
Jamaica and lemonade. Frequently refilled.
We started with an appetizer of grilled panela cheese topped with grilled chorizo, tomatillo sauce and tortillas ($8.95).
This was my favorite part of our meal. Muy delicioso.
Our meals came with a choice of soup or salad. Here's the mediocre creamy chicken tortilla soup I had. Bland. Not hot enough.
Mr. Monkey ordered the pork ribs slow-roasted and marinated in adobado sauce accompanied by frijoles de la olla, fire-roasted corn-on-the-cob, tortillas, salsa, and tomatillo sauce ($18.95). This was fairly tasty. The ribs could've been more tender, but their flavor was enjoyable. The corn-on-the-cob was the standout on the plate. Charred and sweet.
My chicken flauta and beef taco combination ($13.95) was just sad. Flavorless. It was really too bad because the food's texture was perfect. It just didn't taste like anything. Boo.
I don't recommend Mi Casita. You can do better, even on Catalina Island.
Believe it or not, there is still one more Catalina installment to come. Stay tuned.