What a fun night!  We rode our bikes into town early Friday evening to attend the Saga Humane Society's pasta cook-off at Mojito's Bar and Grill on the San Pedro beachfront.  These monthly events, featuring a different food theme each time, support a wonderful cause, and really, who can resist pasta?  In addition to pasta, there were special prices on "Meow-itos" (mojitos), "Bark-aritas", and other drinks.

We met our friends Robert and Maureen there, and were early enough to get a great table.  We were supposed to meet our "virtual friends" Bill and Debra (Taking Belize blog), whom we've been corresponding with for quite some time, as they were arriving in San Pedro this very day to begin their retirement dreams here in Belize.  Unfortunately, unlucky Friday the 13th struck them, and they missed their original flight out of Houston due to difficulties returning their rental truck, so they arrived on the island too late to join us.  

The four of us enjoyed some mojitos and great conversation and bought some raffle tickets from the darling local children circulating around.  When we brought our pasta dinners back to our table, we had fun discussing our favorites.  With nine delicious entries, it was really hard to decide!  When it came time to vote, Robert chose the chicken parmesan fettucine, Barry and Maureen picked the pork lo mein, and I chose the spicy bowtie pasta.

When the winners were announced, Robert's favorite came in third place, and Barry and Maureen's pick came in first!  My favorite, unfortunately, did not place.  I guess some folks just can't take the heat.  :)

We were all getting a little tired by this time (hey, we're retirees!) so didn't stick around to see who won the raffle drawings.  I am assuming we would have gotten a call by now if we had, so I'm not holding my breath.
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Drink specials with cute pet-related names
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Barry with our bikes
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Mojito's
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Mojito time for Maureen and Emily!
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The sun sets on a beautiful evening here in San Pedro
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Who can resist cute kids selling raffle tickets?
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Robert talking to Saga folks at the donation table -- all donations were matched tonight by a very generous anonymous donor!
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Setting up the food line
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Lots of outside tables were set up for the occasion
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Maureen and Emily
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Barry, Maureen, and Robert
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Maureen, Emily, and Barry
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We were disappointed to see that prancing wasn't allowed (See rule 5).
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Now this is a pasta meal. Yum!
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The winning chef, Sharon Metcalfe, for the pork lo mein!
We used our headlamps again to ride home on a beautiful dark and starry night.  The road from Reef Village up to Grand Caribe had just been re-graded, making for a smoother-than-normal ride.  There's honestly nothing much more fun than night riding.  Kinda makes you feel like a kid again! 
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Riding home
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Over the bridge -- it's really dark once you get north of here.
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Toldja it was dark!
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Not much traffic tonight either!

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