PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO FOOD: NEW YEAR’S EVE 2012

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grande cappuccino at cafe fresco de grano
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Cheese Rolls from Babe’s Noodles and Bar: mozzarella, roquefort, and cream cheese with a lime-mint sauce
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Pad Thai from Babe’s Noodles and Bar

ImageLast day of 2012, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO: FOOD AND DRINKS IN MEXICO

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a lovely cappuccino at La Amancia cafe in Puerto Morelos
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Poblano creamy soup, La Vagabunda on 5th Avenue
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cappuccino from Fusion on Playa Del Carmen beach
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Shakshuka Fusion from Fusion on the beach
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close-up of the Shakshuka Fusion: two poached eggs in a tomato sauce with some spices
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cappuccino, fruit cup, and toast at Mi Pueblo on 5th Avenue
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Enchiladas (egg) in green sauce, Mi Pueblo on 5th Avenue
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Chips and Salsa, La Parrilla on 5th Avenue
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“Real” shrimp fajitas, La Parrilla on 5th Avenue
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Chilaquiles from Le Petit Paris, Playa Del Carmen

DEC12. Instagram various aspects

 

COZUMEL, MEXICO: SAN GERVASIO RUINAS

San Gervasio Ruinas: The Mayan sanctuary of Ixchel, the goddess of the waters, the earth, and the moon. This site is considered sacred to Mayans and their pilgrimages here are equivalent to what we know of pilgrimages to Rome, Jerusalem, etc.

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Riding a motorbike around the island, I stopped for a bite to eat at a cool little restaurant situated on ‘Naked Beach.’

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Breakfast: Shrimp fajitas overlooking Naked Beach

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Before the conquistadors tore it down, El Cedral was the largest Mayan site on Cozumel. Not much is left, just a remnant of a temple, which you can see below. It may no longer be the largest, but it is the oldest on Cozumel.

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Cross from within the small Catholic church now standing next to El Cedral.

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Sculptures and centerpieces on the main Cozumel drag:

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Saying goodbye to Cozumel:

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The return to Playa Del Carmen:

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27DEC12. Cozumel, Mexico. Canon 550D,Lens EF18-135mm

FOOD & DRINKS IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN 2

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Eggs Benedict at La Vagabunda, the same restaurant I went to yesterday. http://jacquelinemhadel.wordpress.com/?s=food+in+playa&submit=Search$139 pesos, orange juice, and endless refills of coffee

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I’ve finally found my favorite non-Mexican restaurant here in Playa Del Carmen: Babe’s Noodles & Bar. Images of classic pin-up girls fill the place, the food is fresh veggie/Asian fusion. Practically every meat dish can be substituted with tofu. There are Thai curries and Indian curries. Spring rolls. Soups. Specialties. Owned by a renowned Swedish chef and her husband, I think. She makes everything fresh in the mornings, so she doesn’t have to stick around at night. 😉 So, no, I didn’t get to meet her. But I’ll be going back. I had a blueberry margarita and jumbo coconut shrimp with rice.

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24DEC12. Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Instagram Sutro and Valencia.

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO FOOD: LA VAGABUNDA & SUSHI CLUB

Walking down 5th Avenue, passing a lot of restaurants…this one finally caught my eye. La Vagabunda. 5a Av. Norte entre calles 24 y 26 Norte. http://www.lavagabunda.com. I ordered the burrito deluxe for brunch. Eggs, sour cream, and veggies.

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Sushi Club: 6p Sake Nigiri, $135 pesos (about $10 usd)

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Mint lemonade at Sushi Club. I didn’t order it. The bartender comped it to me. It is delicious!

23DEC12. Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.