Happy Sunday amigos! On this edition of Sunday Snapshots I want to share just a few photos of the food we’ve been enjoying since arriving in our Mexican paradise. But before we get to the yummy food pics I want to thank you. Your sweet comments and well wishes regarding our move, from Europe to Mexico, made both my husband and I smile. We are super excited and it’s going to be great sharing our adventure with you.
(Please excuse the not-so-great quality of the photos; they were shot on a limited point-and-shoot.)
As you can imagine being in the land of our favourite cuisine has meant making up for lost time…eating lots and lots of food. The food is out of this world delicious and in all honesty, that’s all I’ve been thinking about — what I’m going to eat next. I’ve been trying some foods I’ve never heard of as well as enjoying those I grew up eating and have myself cooked while living in Europe. We’ve begun carrying a small point-and-shoot camera to capture and share some of these mouthwatering foods with you. Of course it would be better if you could see and taste it rather than just look at a photo, wouldn’t you agree?:)
Last Sunday we stumble upon the annual Taste of Playa International Food Festival. The festival is held in the Parque Fundadores just footsteps from the sand and with views of this beautiful statue (pictured above) and the turquoise water.
By the time we arrived the festival was already bustling with people searching out their next taste of the mouthwatering food being offered. All of the booths had super friendly people ready to answer your questions and tell you all about the yummy foods they were offering.
We couldn’t stay long but we did manage to squeeze in stirred blueberry daiquiris and tamales cooked in banana leaves that were filled with black beans, meat and topped with a spicy red salsa. This was the first time hubby and I have eaten tamales cooked in banana leaves, and they taste just as scrumptious as ones cooked in corn husks.
The concept of the Taste of Playa International Food Festival is a great one. You not only get to taste the international flavours of this amazing city, but also proceeds are “used to assist a not-for-profit food or clean water program in the area.” Isn’t that wonderful? I’m already exciting for next year’s festival, in fact I will be looking into a VIP pass to better document and fully taste the event.
The following photos are from different days and places.
These mouthwatering cebollitas (grilled onions), nopales (cactus paddles), sliced radishes, cucumbers and lime wedges were side-dishes to our grilled steak tacos a few nights ago. The restaurant that serves these is excellent and I’ll be doing a full writeup on them soon.
Okay, this next one really makes my mouth water. Have you ever eaten conch? I have but never ceviche style. Ceviche is a dish made from raw seafood (of choice) that is “cooked” by marinading it in fresh lime juice, onions, tomato and cilantro. We each ate these huge plates of conch ceviche, or ceviche de caracol, at an excellent seafood restaurant off the tourist path. It was only locals there so you know the food is going to be fantastic.
The ceviche de caracole was served with homemade corn chips and saltine crackers. You really can’t see it in the photos but, we were also served a super spicy green habanero salsa that just blew our tastebuds aways. I’ll try to ask for the recipe and share it with you.
I love conch and now I think ceviche style is how I most prefer to eat it. Washed down with an agua de jamaica (hibiscus drink) this meal was unforgettable, also seeing the waiters bring out one gorgeous seafood dish after another just made the meal even tastier.
We munched on our ceviche as a couple of young locals serenaded the restaurant with their guitars and Mexican music. From the patrons to the staff and passersby, everyone had a smile on their face. The sun was shinning and there were some amazing smells and gorgeous food, how could that not make one smile. We can’t wait to go back and try other foods!
This not so little guy isn’t food, he’s one of the “pets” in our building. We saw him while on our way to the beach; there he was looking into the front door — maybe trying to look at his reflection?
As we were leaving the beach these dark clouds rolled in. They poured big rain drops over us for a few minutes, all while the sun was still shining. Tropical rains are beautiful!
Have a great day! I’ll (really this time) be back with a recipe soon.