A fabulous day at Quinta Mazatlan

LOCATION:  In our tiny house in Mission, Texas
WEATHER:  Sunny and cool.  High 62

STEPS:  12,500
CLASSES:  Chair yoga.  Water aerobics canceled as it is too cold/cool!!!

We decided to make today an “outing” day.  First we drove to Progreso, on the US side, to replace a martini glass made with Mexican glass.  We had bought 2 glasses a few weeks ago, and discovered one was broken when we opened up the package.  (Photo at bottom of page).

Then, we looked for somewhere for lunch.  Usually, we see a taco place on every corner, but we couldn’t find anything on our route.  We stumbled upon a coffee shop that didn’t look too promising, but it was a very pleasant surprise.  George had a hamburger and I got a breakfast taco.  Great wifi and delicious-smelling coffee aromas.

The highlight of the day was the afternoon spent at Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen, just about 10 miles from us.  They call it a “mansion with a mission”.  It is a 10,000 square foot adobe mansion with a lot of outbuildings that was built in the early 1900s by a world traveler, a man who had fought with Lawrence of Arabia.  He did a lot of the adobe work himself.  It was then purchased by another couple, and then when it came up for sale again around 2000, the city bought it to prevent it being demolished.  It is an oasis of nature right in the middle of the city.  The mission is to showcase the Valley’s natural trees, flowers, birds,butterflies, and animals.  The weather was perfect for strolling around the massive natural gardens. It is used a lot for weddings and other events.

We were first greeted by this spectacular row of bouganvilleas…

Then, we spied a poinsettia Christmas tree.  As we were taking photos of each other around the tree, a lady approached us and offered to take a photo of the two of us.  It turns out that she is the Director of Quinta Mazatlan and lives in Retama Village, where we live!

First we toured the mansion.  We asked what Quinta Mazatlan means.  Quinta in Spanish means “country house” and Mazatlan is the name of a town in Mexico.


The white-painted adobe walls, massive wooden doors and windows, and the tilework are all magnificent.

There is one room with local artisan work.

The original bathroom with a beautiful, deep, tiled bathtub was interesting…

This is the view from the back

Then, we walked around the grounds on the gravel paths. 

They have placed interesting artwork and sculptures among the plants

There were a few birdwatchers with their huge camera lenses.  We spotted a green jay and 2 raccoons.

When we got home, we washed our new glass and I made myself a nice margarita to  celebrate the purchase.

DINNER:  Another non-Jacques Pepin meal (more leftovers to use up). 

I made Italian flatbreads with some naan I had in the freezer.  I spread some leftover ricotta, tomato sauce, and Italian herbs on top of the naan.   Then, I sauted some scallions, red peppers, leftover turkey, and garlic with more Italian herbs and put that mix on top of the sauce.  Finally, I sprinkled Parmesan and mozzarella on top.  They were very tasty!  These were individual naan breads (like pitas) that are handy to keep in the freezer. 

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