Archive for February, 2009

Hunting for Tacos

Monday, February 23, 2009

We’ve passed by so many taquerias in the last few days that we decided the only thing to do is try as many as we can. We started with the one across the street from our hotel, El Hospital. They only serve one type of taco (10 pesos each), a pork taco, and some kind […]

Hot Baking Company

Sunday, February 22, 2009

We wanted to a change for breakfast today so we hopped around the corner to Hot Baking Company. Lon started with a Orange Strawberry Mango Smoothie with Yogurt, that tasted mostly of orange juice. I had a cappuccino that was really weak. So far, all of my coffees and cappuccinos here have been surprisingly weak.

Our […]

El Fogon

Sunday, February 22, 2009

After an afternoon of naps and margaritas by the pool, then another nap, we headed out to El Fogon for dinner. The friendly waiter (maybe owner), Miguel, is on high powered over drive, with a whacky sense of humor, that’s hard to understand through his Spanglish. He zig zags back and forth like a bumble […]

La Bamba Jarocha

Saturday, February 21, 2009

After checking out Mega and DAC Market, we headed over to La Bamba Jarocha, another Rick Bayless recommendation.

The chips are served with a nice spicy sauce.

There were a bunch of bottles on the table, all sauces probably house-made, living in former catsup and habanero bottles. We had no idea what was in each one […]

Mega and DAC Market

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Rick Bayless is known for his cookbooks, cooking shows, and restaurant, Frontera Grill, all of which are accredited for popularizing Mexican cooking in America. So when it came time for us to visit Mexico, we immediately checked his web site for recommendations and Playa Del Carmen happens to be one his favorite places. Today […]

Blue Lobster

Saturday, February 21, 2009

It’s always hard when you’re traveling to know which restaurants will be good and which will be bad. It’s a bit of a crap shoot, honestly. My preference is to ask locals and to wander around and try to figure out which places are good or bad. It’s kind of random, but […]

Pizza Pazza, Gelato Factory, Tamale Street Vendor, and Ah Cacao Chocolate Cafe

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Friday was a long day of sampling, our favorite activity. We did sit on the beach for a little bit but lunch started calling to us and we couldn’t wait to start knocking places off our wish list. Ordinarily, we wouldn’t come to Mexico to eat pizza but so many rave reviews for Pizza Pazza […]

El Bistro

Friday, February 20, 2009

We arrived in Playa Del Carmen pretty late last night so by the time we got to our hotel, La Tortuga, it was close to 10pm (which is 11pm EST). Starving (shared a sandwich on the plane) and tired, we decided to just hit the hotel restaurant. During our check-in, while sipping our sweet, mixed, […]

Sun Ming Jan – Meat Candy

Friday, February 20, 2009

My mom took me to Sun Ming Jan Sun Ming Jan, a maker of many salted and dried meats. They are mostly a wholesaler but also sell their goods out of a little window in front. It’s amazing to think these salty dried meats were originally made as a form of preservation and considered poor […]

Dramatic Brussels Sprouts

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I was preparing a somewhat last minute lunch for our friend Marcos and I needed a vegetable side dish. I stared at the brussels sprouts for some time, not knowing what to do with them. I looked around at the stuff in my kitchen, glancing past the pile of stuff that is always strewn across […]