Tastings in Tulum

I spent the last week in Tulum, or rather, Akumal, a small town 15 minutes North of Tulum (South of Playa del Carmen and Cancun) in Mexico. The attraction, of course, wasn’t the food, but rather the scene, the surf, and the sights. The food was simply an added bonus.

Here are some samples of what we ate:

Starting the morning off right with an açai smoothie with granola from Turtle Bay Café in Akumal:

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Tacos and Mixed Seafood Ceviche from Los Aguachiles in Tulum:

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I actually preferred El Cammello Jr., which is just down the block from Los Aguachiles in Tulum. The restaurant was less tourist-y, the servings were larger, and the seafood seemed fresher. Unfortunately, I have no photos – contrary to popular belief, I don’t take photos of everything I eat. This time around, I regret this fact.

Dinner at La Cueva del Pescador in Akumal (this is my recommendation for dinner in Akumal):

Octopus cooked Veracruz style. The octopus was more tender than any other octopus I have tasted, and the flavors were simple and fresh. This was the best dish.

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Mixed seafood – fresh, and simply seasoned and grilled:

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A refreshing Jamaica (Hibiscus) Agua Fresca:

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The scene at La Buena Vida in Akumal, where we sat on swings to enjoy Happy Hour:

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One of the local Mayan dishes, Cochinita Pibil, slow-roasted pork colored with a sauce made red by annatto seed:

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Homemade Flan. Perfecto.

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And finally, CHURROS. For those who know me, you may also know that I have been obsessed with churros since I was a small child. Everywhere I go, churros seem to call out to me. These were by far the best churros I have ever had. Surprisingly (to me, at least), they were from the local supermarket, the Soriana in Playa del Carmen. The churros are freshly made and laid out for customers to douse in cinnamon-sugar themselves. Thin, and perfectly crunchy on the outside. Pure heaven.

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Adios, Tulum. It’s been real.

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