I am taking inspiration from a French blogger whom I have been reading regularly in the past year, Frédérique from Vialbost, to introduce you to our Mexican diet.
Although I was a bit annoyed with the pushy timeshare saleslady who kept on insisting that as ex-New-Yorker/Londoners, we did not know what real Mexican food was, I have to say that we were quite delighted by Mexican food during our stay. It is true, before this week, we very rarely ate Mexican food, and this week at a high end Mexican resort pushed us to finally take a strong stand about it: it is delicious and I would eat it everyday of the week if I could. Which is exactly what we did last week.
To be honest, we were not expecting much of the resort’s food. This may be why we did not try to push our luck and spent the first few days sticking to the Mexican restaurant, cheaper, more casual than the others and, frankly, very decent although the menu was by far too extensive to make anyone believe it’s all made fresh. We stayed away from the Japanese restaurant as well as from the high-end Italian one but once tried one called Havana Moon because of its beautiful setting. We were however slightly confused to find that the once again very extensive menu was mostly Asian inspired, with pad thai, steak stir fry and other oriental concoctions taking a good 90% of the menu. Hence, that was our only foray in non-Mexican food and the next time we went high-end, it was in Playa del Carmen where we sampled delicious Mayan specialties on a quiet side street – or rather picturesque, since there was merengue music blasting from a neighborhood bar and kids running around in the street.
So, to follow in Frédérique’s footsteps, here is our menu of the week for the week of June 16-23 2009:
Tuesday night: margarita, guacamole and chips, tlayuda clasica, Modelo Clasico
Wednesday breakfast: fresh fruits, whole grain toast with apricot jam
Wednesday lunch: squid, shrimp and marlin ceviche in red sauce, nachos, Modelo Clasico
Wednesday night: imported Floridian snacks, Pennsylvania pretzels – the one and onlys, really – vegetarian pizza from room service, bloody Mary and cuban cigars, followed by Gentleman Jack’s for D
Thursday breakfast: huevos rancheros, bacon, coffee and fruits
Thursday lunch: guacamole and traditional nachos, Modelo Clasico, Pacifico
Thursday night: chips and salsa, margarita, Modelo Clasico, skirt steak tacos, cochinita tacos, chocolate cake
Friday breakfast: coconut yogurt, peach yogurt, sunscreen
Friday lunch: traditional nachos, Modelo Clasico
Friday night: Bloody Caesar (yes!!!), margarita with golden tequila, garden salad, seafood quesadilla
Saturday morning: yogurts
Saturday lunch: chips, salsa of raw onions, few chili peppers and two pieces of tomato with the best Dos Equis in the world in the beating heat of Tulum
Saturday night: margaritas and homemade local tasting menu at Yaxche in Playa del Carmen including chips with a pumpkin seeds spread and sour cream, traditional tamales, ceviche, Edam cheese stuffed with pork, anchovies, olives and almonds, chicken and zucchini in a chipotle and tamarind cream sauce and cochinita with pickled red onions. Later on, great Mexican wines bought at… Wal-Mart!
Sunday morning: Breakfast buffet, we sampled all of their Mexican dishes including both red and green chilaquiles, churros con chocolate, fresh fruits, tostadas, chicken enchiladas and cochinitas
Sunday lunch: fish tacos, pina colada
Sunday night: steak tacos with cheese, tlayuda clasica
Monday morning: chilaquiles in bed
Monday lunch: fish tacos, Modelo Clasico
Monday night: room service ham and asparagus pizza
Tuesday morning: pina colada yogurt (gotta enjoy it while it lasts!)
Tuesday lunch: junk-ish but still good airport steak tacos and cochinita
Did I also mentioned that we ate at Crema in New York before we left?
So it is with the feeling of having fully taken advantage of Mexican food that we are now leaving North America and as we are writing this on our flight to Hong Kong, we can’t wait for tomorrow’s breakfast: ramen soup!