In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Comitan De Dominguez,
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
We have been visiting
now for several years. It's a great stop off between the countries of
it's warmer and less touristy than
San Cristobal de las
One of our favorite things
to do is to visit Camino Secreto, a family oriented restaurant that has a
marimba band and an unusual happy hour.
The lighted sign on the
outside of the restaurant.
Camino Secreto means Secret
Stepping down into the restaurant
It gets crowded at Camino Secreto, so there
are places to sit until a table opens up.
Colorful posters advertise the thrilling
offerings of the Mexican state of Chiapas.
Inside the restaurant
Camino Secreto offers breakfast, lunch and
dinner. Marimba music is played every evening. To the right of the photo is a
play area for children - a miniature playground with a jungle gym, a soft place
to jump around and miscellaneous plastic slides and toys to ride.
What is unusual about Camino Secreto is that
the beers are 46Pesos, about $2.50USD and the food comes for "free." The price
of the beers are about double what you would pay outside in another restaurant,
but the food they bring is amazingly tasty and worth the extra price of the
Here you see what might look like a sparse
appetizer plate, but it is only the beginning! Some "morning" cheese or "day"
cheese is at the top, guacamole, stuffed tortillas, salsa and refried beans.
Really, really flavorful.
"Morning" or "day cheese" is a light,
cottage cheesy type of cheese that is made fresh every morning. You can eat it
alone, sprinkled on salads, spread on a tortilla or toast, fried in a batter or
in just about any dish where you might want some extra protein. You can find
morning cheese all over Mexico and Central America.
The Marimba band
Marimba is a common sound heard in these
parts of the world. The percussion instrument is a type of xylophone made with
wooden slats and wooden resonator tubes just underneath to create the tones. The
two men here go vigorously at the wooden slats with their mallets and at a fast
pace. It's a musical thumping that is contagious.
They create their own musical world which is
fun and uplifting.
The first course
With your first beer, you are offered a
selection on the beginning tier of foods. Billy ordered a seafood cocktail with
a mixture of shrimp, octopus and crab in a cold tomato-y sauce with raw onions,
avocado, lime and parsley.
Consommé de Mariscos
I went with a seafood soup that was
exquisite. Shrimp and crab in a broth that was outrageously good. Crispy
tortilla chips were served on the side.
In Mexico and Central America, seafood is
often served with the tasty shells still on them. Locals eat the shells and all,
or you can break open and remove the outsides. Either way, it's really full of
Chamorro pork shank
With our second beer we
were allowed to choose from a second tier of food (this was all the further we
could go, as we were so full after eating this wonderfully rich dish!)
If you have never eaten
Mexican Chamorro, you have not lived.
Slowly cooked pork shank
with achiote pepper sauce (not spicy) and marinated carrot strips. The pork
falls off the bone as a perfectly cooked pot roast pulls apart.
Melt-in-the-mouth heaven, for sure!
We absolutely destroyed
that baby. There was nothing left!
As you can see, we were only charged for our
2 beers each with the total coming to 184Pesos, which - with the current
exchange being 18+Pesos to $1USD - was just over $10USD.
Of course we left a tip and our waiter was
most happy. So were we!
We had live music, beer and food to die for!
If you ever visit Comitan, you really must
make a stop at Camino Real. We hope you enjoy it!
1a Calle Norte Poniente,
#48B Comitan, Chiapas, Mexico Tele: 963. 632. 5863
Open Monday through Sunday
9 am to 8 pm Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Specialties of meat and fish. Marimba
every day. Email: Camino.email@example.com
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