Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
I love Mexico, especially the Mayan Riviera. The locals are friendly, the weather is hot, and so is the food!
My last visit to Mexico was to Cabo, on the Baja Peninsula. B joined me there in July 2010, where we found plenty of heat….just not on our plates. That region’s cuisine is built around seafood, using milder chilis than the meatier dishes of the Yucatan Peninsula. We feasted on lobster, prawns, and fresh fish with plenty of excellent guacamole.
But I missed the fire of habaneros. Fast forward to this Valentine’s week in Cancun. Ironically, a rare cold front kept temperatures in the 70′s, but that didn’t keep me from putting on a bikini and drinking margaritas by the pool. The Westin Lagunamar’s casual restaurant, Viento, serves simple Mexican fare and Americanized snacks. LC and I had a chance to sample both during our stay.
Viento was our first stop when we arrived as our kickass villa was being prepared. We took in the view of the Caribbean Sea as we ate a light meal of carne asada tacos, guacamole, and chips, which were very thick….good for scooping up the guac, but not my favorite type. Soft corn tortillas wrapped the beef, grilled peppers and onions in real corn flavor. Pure joy! We added appropriately hot hot sauce, salsa fresca, jalapenos, and guacamole to the tacos and washed ‘em down with the first of many margaritas.
A couple of days later, we found ourselves in need of a snack to soak up the excess tequila we had consumed. I ordered fish tacos but neglected to request the corn tortillas, so they came rolled in flour tortillas. LC didn’t have to twist my arm to agree to the fried jalapenos stuffed with cheese and served with fries….totally greasy and completely American.
We ordered a couple more margaritas for dessert then headed back to our villa for a siesta!