I really feel like the title of this post should instead be called “what we didn’t eat in Mexico”….everything was SO delicious and fresh! I don’t even want to know how many pounds of chips, salsa and guacamole I consumed over the course of four days…or how many margaritas I drank (it always gets a bit fuzzy after the first one, right?).
First of all, the food at our resort was great! A few people on TripAdvisor said it was just so-so, but I was incredibly impressed with everything. I don’t think I ate one thing I didn’t care for the entire time we were there (well, except for the twenty dollar Mexican chocolate I bought at the airport on my way home…but that’s another story completely). The service was also wonderful. Each morning around 6:45 (yeah, I don’t sleep in on vacation!), I would come down in my pajamas and Carlos would give me some delicious hot coffee even thought they didn’t “officially” start serving breakfast until 7am.
Speaking of breakfast, my favorite at the resort was freshly squeezed watermelon juice and “Mexican delight”, which was just scrambled eggs with tomatoes, chilies and cactus with refried beans and cotija cheese on the side. The resort made a KILLER salsa verde, which we proceeded to dump on everything.
The egg burrito was also very tasty! Don’t you just love the little tortilla chip cups that the beans are in?! And that random huge sprig of rosemary?
On Friday night, we stayed and ate dinner at the resort because they were doing some sort of fun poolside fiesta. There was a huge buffet full of delicious treats, but my absolute favorite thing was the tortilla soup!! It was the very best tortilla soup that I have ever had—I need to get the recipe because mine pales in comparison.
The tortilla soup had a thick base—almost creamy!—and had excellent spice. It was loaded with fresh chunks of avocado, crispy tortilla bits and cheese.
It was so good that I ordered a bowl every day while we were there. Along with those fish tacos…and pina coladas. Yum.
It was all delicious….and I won’t even go into the fact that after two tequila shots, Adam convinced me to enter (against my will!) in a poolside dancing competition that we lost at the last second to an older couple who had some serious moves.
However, I have no photo evidence of this miraculous event so we’ll never know if it actually even happened.
All I can say is what happens in Mexico stays in Mexico.
We ate out in downtown Cabo three times while we were there and I have the names of the restaurants we tried at the bottom of this page in case you are planning a trip.
Everywhere we ate was great, but most notable were the $16.95 lobster tails and grilled shrimp at Maro’s Shrimp House (seriously!), the giant margaritas at The Office, and our entire meal at Puerto Vieja (where the above photo was taken). We ate there the last night and it was so close to the resort that we walked instead of paying for another taxi. Adam and I both agreed that it was the best dinner date we had ever been on together.
At Puerto Vieja, we shared the most delicious grilled asparagus with goat cheese to start:
And I had the catch of the day, which was sea bass, topped with a creamy verde sauce. Adam had lobster, shrimp and lamb, which was fabulous as well. Unfortunately my meal arrived after the sun set so I couldn’t snap a photo but I DID snap a photo of this….which we are still talking about:
And that, my sweet friends, is a little thing we like to call Mexican Coffee. It’s a magical combination of tequila, kahlua, espresso and melted vanilla ice cream with a burnt sugar rim. At Puerta Vieja, they will make a big production out of it and light the drink on fire at your table. Highly recommended.
But be warned: it will make you do crazy things.
Not that I know from experience or anything….
What happens in Mexico stays in Mexico.
We had such a fabulous time in Cabo and I can’t wait to go back again someday. Our resort also had free wifi (which was faster than the wifi at my own house), which made it easy to blog on location…it also had a lovely fitness center with ocean views that we never made into.
I’ll say it sure looked nice from the outside though!
Here’s the lowdown:
Where we stayed: Sirena del Mar (we stayed in a regular room because of the Groupon deal, but next time would probably opt to stay in a villa and split it with another couple—the villas had hammocks on the balcony, full kitchens and two bedrooms with king-sized beds—perfect for going with another couple or taking kids!)
Excursions we went on: Cabo-Adventures Whale Watching Trip and Glass Bottom Kayaking around The Arch (the trip included snorkeling but we opted for hiking instead because the water was a bit on the chilly side still! <— I’m a thin-blooded Floridian/Californian wus)
“Beachy Wave” Scoop: To make the “beachy waves” in my naturally straight, limp hair, I wrapped individual sections around the barrel of a 1 1/2″ curling iron, held for 10 seconds then released and sprayed with hair spray. I’m pretty sure they make fancy shmancy curling irons that are suited for this specific thing and that don’t involve burning the tips of your fingers off, but oh well. After I had wrapped each piece of hair around the curling iron (wrap, don’t clamp!), I ran my fingers through the waves and sprayed with more hair spray. It seems really time consuming, but only takes about 10-15 minutes for me to do my whole head.