Ole-Mexico travel blog

Seafood paella making demonstration right on the beach

Finished product awaits eager diners


Great chair!

Cindy said the chairs were comfy

Military dog display was impressive

He looks quite content not to have to walk

This little girl was thrilled to have her first zip-line ride ever!

El Fogon was our first restaurant on the food tour

Taco with cactus and radishes as sides

Tiny food market with lots of fruit. If the fruit gets too...

We had some interesting choices of juices - things we would never...

The menu at Two Brothers Taquiria, written on the wall, offers beef...

Taco served on a covered plate keeps dishwashing at a minimum

Eating soup and drinking our juices

We had authentic husk-wrapped tamales cooked right on the sidewalk

Our guide Francisco getting his tamale

The tamales were so big Cindy and Terry shared one

Lots of ice cream choices at Michoacana

This raspberry ice cream was wonderful!

Buzo's was another small open-air eatery, specializing in seafood.

Francisco pointing out the fresh clams

Francisco explained all the menu items to us like "octopus in love...

This was our seafood volcano - there was LOTS of stuff in...

Tequila glass was rimmed with a "candy" coating - incredibly sour!

We got to end the night with chocolate!!!!!

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico Today was a celebration of food. There has certainly not been a lack of food here at the resort and all of it beautifully presented, but today we branched out a little. We attended a demonstration of seafood paella making. It includes 3 types of peppers, lots of spices, shrimp, octopus, mussels and whatever else the chef wants to include. Since the class was held on the beach, there was an extra element of fun. Then we ventured into Playa del Carmen for a food/history tour. It lasted over 4 hours and was very thorough. We were to meet our guide Francisco at City Hall. This proved to be a bit challenging as the Army and Air Force were celebrating their 100th birthday and had closed down the street for a big festival. We checked out all the displays and watched a demonstration of some extremely well-trained military dogs before finding our tour. Jim had hurt his feet and was not up to extensive walking so there were only 5 of us. We went to 7 different restaurants and had way, way, way too much food and drink. For the most part, these restaurants were very small mom-and-pop type places with real Mexican food - none of that Tex-Mex stuff. Francisco told us a lot about the history of the area and the people. Although he had pre-ordered food for us, he also went over the menus with us, giving us an explanation of the names of the items and told us of the preparation process. We covered a lot of territory, both geographically and in variety of food. We tasted a lot of things, 99.9% of which we would never have ordered on our own.

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