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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.

Balboa Pizzeria

Mexico City, Mexico

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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Our hotel room in Mexico City was in a GREAT location.

We had restaurants, shops, street food and markets all available to us within walking distance.

Balboa Pizzeria

This pizzeria was just a few steps from our room, and we passed by it every day. Popular at lunch and dinner times, we decided to give it a try. There were several restaurants to the right of Balboa, including a Japanese place, and several restaurants to the left of Balboa as well.

We had our choices!

Inside Balboa


The Balboa had indoor and outdoor seating, and since it was a corner restaurant, it had two street front outside seating areas.

Cocktail menu

Balboa had a nice selection of cocktails to choose from. Here you see the Miles Davis cocktail at the top.

From the outdoor seating looking in

Balboa was a very social place for eating. It seemed to draw a crowd every day during the week at lunch and dinner. On weekends, it was surprisingly quiet here in our area, and the restaurants were less populated.

We figured that since we were in the embassy district, lunches and dinners during the working week were filled with office workers and business people. Then on weekends, they'd all return home to the suburbs and fill up the restaurants there.


The selections of pizza and beer were numerous. One could order draft beer, a bottle of Mexican style beer, or choose a boutique beer. Prices of beer ran from $1.25 USD for a draft to $9.50 USD for 740 ml of Amber Lager.


Pizzas were sizes Medium and Large. The pizza of the house, the Balboa, is made with blue cheese, figs, nuts, a red wine sauce made with Malbec, and topped with Mozzarella cheese.


Chicken Cannelloni with Chipotle Sauce

 Billy decided on a Chicken Cannelloni with a Chipotle Sauce. It had wonderful taste and came to the table piping hot!

The sauce was to die for, but Billy would have preferred his chicken to have been shredded instead of ground to give the dish more texture.

Spinach Raviolis with Estofata

I ordered the raviolis, as you can see here in the photo. When I asked what "Estofata" was, the waitress said, "Well, it's Estofata. You know, Estofata."

Unfortunately I didn't know what that was, so I just asked her if it was good and she said it was. So I decided to take a chance.



The Estofata was a delicious, melt-in-your-mouth beef pot roast. There was plenty of meat here for me to share with Billy, and we were yumming and mmmm-ing all the way through our meal.

Our bill

With four beers and our two meals, our bill came to $18 USD, without tip.

As we were sitting and eating our meal, two large, buffed-out men in dark suits came into the restaurant. They had listening devices in their ears and the curling cord ran down the backs of their necks. Their muscles were so big, I thought they might rip the sleeves of their suit coats.

One man was shaved bald (and let me tell you, not one hair was out of place!) and was completely focused on his digital device. The other had his back to us, so it was hard to tell much about him without making ourselves conspicuous.

Not long after they left, we saw both a stretch Hummer and a stretch limousine that could easily seat 15 people pull past our table on the street.

These bodyguards were not messin' around!

Just another night in the Big City. 

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About the Authors

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on

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