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Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! My friend Cheryl and I went to Brucemore Mansion for a free tour. I have only been there one other time, and it was with a group of girl scouts. As you can imagine, this time was much more relaxing:) I was not in charge of controlling the old man that kept leaning on antique chairs, or making sure that the children did not touch the hand crafted books in the library. I just got to walk around and enjoy the tour.....priceless!
This is Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.....
I think we only saw about 10 of the rooms in this HUGE house. To see the Master Bedroom, and probably more, you need to come back and pay for the full tour. I would love to go back during Christmas when the house is decorated and each of the rooms has Christmas Trees, that must be absolutely beautiful!
We walked around the grounds and took some pictures of the fascinating things that we came across, like "The Lake". I believe it was the second owners that added the pond to the 26 acre property. There are ducks floating in the pond.....
and turtles hanging out on a log.....
and what mansion would be complete, without a pet cemetery.....
there are 15 dogs buried in this cemetery. The Halls' always had two German Shepperds at a time, and they even have statutes of their beloved dogs.....
The Hall family was the third family to live in the mansion. They did not have any children, but they had three different lions that were all named Leo. The first Leo was the son of the MGM movie studio lion Jackie.
These are the gardens that are right in front of the mansion.....
with another one of those strange animal statutes, and lots of pretty flowers that are starting to bloom.....
and wouldn't you love to have a garage this big? This is the Carriage House that is now used as the Visitor's Center/Gift Shop.....
It wasn't your typical Cinco de Mayo, but I had a blast!!!
How to make Fish Tacos with Papaya mango Salsa:
Place all of the salsa ingredients in a bowl, and stir to combine. Cover, and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Turn on oven broiler. Prepare a pan to use in the broiler.
Place your fish on the prepared pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with chili powder and ground garlic pepper.
Place under the broiler and cook for 3 - 4 minutes. Flip fish over and cook for an additional 3 - 4 minutes.
Place fish on a cutting board and slice into strips.
Heat tortillas in the oven or in a skillet on the stove.
Place fish on the tortilla, then pour some of the salsa over the fish and serve.
When I lived in Hawaii, there was a restaurant that served chicken tacos with papaya mango salsa and I knew I had to recreate it when I moved back to the mainland. For some reason I always seem to make these tacos with fish and not chicken, but why mess with a good thing?
More delicious Mexican recipes:
Fish Tacos with Papaya Mango Salsa
For the Salsa
- 1 ripe mango peeled and diced
- 1 ripe papaya peeled and diced
- 1/2 cup red onion diced
- 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder any chili powder will work, or use 1 diced jalapeno
- 3 Tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
For the Tacos
- 1 pound white flesh fish cod, tilapia, snapper
- 2 - 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon chipotle chili powder any chili powder will work
- garlic pepper a few turns of the grinder
- 8 corn tortillas I used white corn
- Place all of the salsa ingredients in a bowl, and stir to combine. Cover, and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- Turn on oven broiler. Prepare a pan to use in the broiler.
- Place your fish on the prepared pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with chili powder and ground garlic pepper.
- Place under the broiler and cook for 3 - 4 minutes. Flip fish over and cook for an additional 3 - 4 minutes.
- Place fish on a cutting board and slice into strips.
- Heat tortillas in the oven or in a skillet on the stove.
- Place fish on the tortilla and pour some of the salsa over the fish and serve.