¡Bienvenidos a Mexico!
Ok, enough of the Spanish, but I am still on Mexican time after having just returned a couple days ago from the land of sun, sand, clear skies and clear blue-turquoise waters. Oh and HEAT…did I mention the HEAT? If not, let me assure you, there was HEAT! Much better than this minus crap we have been having in arctic cold Canada.
Holidays are a great time to clear the head, enjoy the company of your loved ones, experience awesome food, great scenery and to laze around and do nothing but expand your waistline (paying for it now though). Hubby and I spent a week at the El Dorado Royale Resort in the Mayan Riviera with my daughter and her husband, whom were experiencing Mexico for the very first time. Sorry kiddos if you caught the Mexican travel bug, but you probably knew you would after listening to your mother prattle on about the place all these years.
We had the best time there and one of the things that the El Dorado (our second visit) is known for is that the food being served in all their restuarant’s is absolutely fantastic. We did not have one lousy meal, even our vegetarian daughter had plenty of choices. Every meal was drop dead delicious and left us drooling for more. The buffet breakfast featured the traditional North American fare of eggs, bacon, pancakes, roasted potatoes, sausage, muffins and breads to platefuls of fresh fruit and cheese, but also featured a well stocked omelet station manned by Alejandro who can deftly make an omelet in under 1 minute.
The newly added Mexican breakfast items of tamales, chicken tacquitos, cheese quesadillas, churros (these were OMG material) and a huge pot of Mexican hot chocolate served in traditional clay pots were a nice touch and I for one ate cheese quesadillas and tamales every morning. Lunch (if you were indeed hungry after devouring half the buffet) featured a pizza joint down by the beach bar as well as an outdoor buffet for those not wanting to sit inside a restaurant for lunch. Dinners were a sit down affair with extremely friendly and attentive “meseros/as” or “camareros/as” that spoke English for those not speaking Spanish and made you feel like royalty. Dinners were Top Chef caliber and if you ever get to the El Dorado, you must try the Dinner Theatre at the Fuentes restaurant. Trust me, you will not be disappointed. I will not go into detail here as it would spoil it for those wanting to try it as it is a fabulous experience.
So this brings me to today’s post. Now that I have returned from Mexico, my tastebuds are still stuck there. So for the next couple weeks, I will be featuring some really yummy Mexican recipes either for breakfast, lunch or dinner that will transport you back to the clear blue waters and warm sunshine of the Mexican Riviera.