Posts Tagged ‘Mexican cuisine’

Mexican Food in GIFs: Dining at Las Alamandas Jalisco, Mexico

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The shrimp tacos became a daily must have at Las Alamandas

My recent trip to Mexico involved my first visit to Jalisco’s Costalegre, where my husband and I stayed at Las Alamandas. We’re both fans of good Mexican food and arrived hungry and ready to eat a late lunch at La Palapa Beach Club.

Shrimp Tacos

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We were quickly served our first round of excellent (and inexpensive) margaritas and were very surprised when we saw the menu and found very little Mexican food on it. Instead selections included dishes like Asian shrimp and pasta. Who comes to Mexico to eat Asian shrimp? We asked our waiter to speak to the chef and Head Chef Alejandro Morales quickly arrived to chat with us.

Gazpacho

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Chef Alex (as he’s called) was very friendly and had no problem letting us order off the menu. He prepared chicken enchiladas, shrimp tacos, and guacamole for us. He even honored my request for no raw onions and the dishes were all muy delicioso. We continued to order off the menu for the rest of the trip, and Chef Alex had no problem serving whatever we asked for.

Huevos Rancheros

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The breakfast menu featured many more Mexican specialities– eggs a la Mexicana, Eggs Machacha with dried beef, onion and poblano chile. Chilaquiles were on the menu as well as what became our go-to favorite, the Huevos Rancheros, served with either red salsa or green. The green salsa was outstanding and Chef Alex remembered our preferences.

Fresh Fruit

Tropical fruit platter with Mexican lime GIF

The breakfast menu also had a host of other non-Mexican options, including organic oatmeal, muesli with coconut milk, French toast, pancakes and waffles.

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Coffee con leche with a hammock at La Palapa Beach club

The coffee was tasty and the views of the pacific from La Palapa were a great way to start the day. The space is beautiful and also includes a lovely hammock should you wish to hang out while you’re digesting.

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Top notch margaritas for $6 US at Las Alamandas

I don’t think the menu at Las Alamandas would work for serious foodies who are looking to explore the vibrant and happening Mexican food scene. Chef Alex had no problem accommodating all our requests, which is great since the resort is so private and isolated that there are not a lot of other options for dining nearby.

Las Alamandas Resort
Carretera Federal 200 km 83.5
Costalegre, Jalisco, Mexico

Toll Free US: 1888 882 9616
Toll Free Mexico: 1800 8366640
Tel 52 322 285 5500

info@alamandas.com

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Where to Eat in Cabo: El Marinero Borracho (The Drunken Sailor)

El Marinero Borracho (aka The Drunken Sailor)

In December I stumbled across a gem of a restaurant in Puerto Los Cabos, Mexico. I wasn’t planning on blogging about this Cabo trip, I think it’s worth sharing the word about El Marinero Borracho (The Drunken Sailor), an inexpensive and excellent low key restaurant located in a two story palapa.

The menu at The Drunken Sailor is limited and seafood centric (and heavy on shellfish), but everything we had on it was flavorful, light, and extremely memorable. I went for the falafel tacos, which featured falafel stuffed with shrimp, hummus, red cabbage and shredded lettuce. This dish sounded weird but tasted like something that would win a Top Chef challenge for being innovative and delicious. I washed it down with a refreshing and delicious Hibiscus margarita, which tasted a bit like pomegranate.

The light and flavorful panko crusted fish tacos and fish and chips also won rave reviews as did the ginger mojito.

El Marinero Borracho is also a bargain– cocktails cost about USD $6. Tacos run about USD $8 for two. Taxi fare to and from the restaurant cost more than the entire meal, but the food was vastly better than anything I ate at the nearby Hotel El Ganzo and the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos.

El Marinero Borracho

The Drunken Sailor

Tel: 624 1649025

elmarineroborracho@gmail.com

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A Peek at the Colorful & Campy Saguaro in Palm Springs

The rainbow colored paint on the exterior of The Saguaro on Palm Springs, CA

Confession: I didn’t stay at the The Saguaro during my recent trip to the desert, I did find myself drawn to the hotel’s bold paint choices and craving a margarita from El Jefe, the Mexican City-inspired taco bar & tequila lounge.

The Saguaro was developed by the same team that handled the nearby hipster hangout The Ace Palm Springs, and really shows off a bold re-design of a property that was a Holiday Inn in it’s former life. I have to admit, when I first laid eyes on The Saguaro last year, I found the color choices garish and distracting. But this time, I found the Rainbow Brite paint job someone alluring (and it doubles as a much needed landmark in the often bland landscape of neutral desert developments).

The bold color choices are said to be inspired by the desert blooms of the Mojave. While I can’t say I get that exactly (although I do find the desert’s colors at dawn and dusk one of the area’s most alluring charms). The guests I spoke to where all friendly and also admitted the rainbow color scheme was “growing on them.”

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