Eating Out In Puerto Aventuras, Mexico

Eating Out In Puerto Aventuras

Recently someone posted a question on Tripadvisor asking for suggestions for a nice family restaurant in Puerto Aventuras.

In reply to this, here’s what some travelers had to say:

Eating Out In Puerto Aventuras - Suggestions for a nice family restaurant in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico

Eating Out In Puerto Aventuras – Suggestions for a nice family restaurant in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico

Paparazzi Pizza’ is one amazing family restaurant in Puerto Aventuras. On the menu, you will also find authentic Nepalese pizza, which is baked in a clay oven! Another good restaurant that children would love is ‘Hippo’. The ambience is great and they can cook up any dish that you like! Plus, since it is located on the marina, you can view the dolphins as you pamper your taste buds. Another good option is to take a taxi and head few minutes north of Puerto Aventuras, into Playa del Carmen. Playa del Carmen has a lot of nice family-friendly restaurants to choose from, but if you prefer a more quiet setting, then Puerto Aventuras would be a better bet. You can also go to the restaurant page of TripAdvisor, select your destination and choose something that fits your requirements.

Photo of Eating Out In Puerto Aventuras Paparazzi Pizza is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Top 8 Safest Places To Visit In Mexico

For all of those living in Playa del carmen or Cancun, Mexico seems to be a perfectly normal and safe place to live. But after news of drug related violence in the country in the recent years, a common question posted by travelers is: ‘Is Mexico a safe country to go to?’ The answer is yes, if you know where to go and do your research well. So before you dismiss a vacation to Mexico this year, take into account our list of the 8 top safest places to visit In Mexico (there are quite a few other contenders as well!), in terms of safety, charm and attractions. Also, none of these 8 Mexican getaways feature on the US State Department’s warning list.

Mexico City

Catedral Metropolitana, Mexico City

Catedral Metropolitana, Mexico City

Loaded with entertainment, plentiful cultural offerings, a bubbling street life, history and an year-round spring-like climate, there is no doubt that Mexico City is one of the most fascinating cities in the world! Twenty years ago, the city was regarded unsafe, but successive local surveillance, like a widespread presence of police and security cameras, has made it safe for residents and visitors. With an increasing population of over 8 million, Mexico City is considered to be the cultural, political as well as the financial capital of Mexico. The tourist attractions of this city are quite different than those offered by the country’s beach destinations. This ancient city has Aztec canals (Check about Xochimilco Cancun Park), pyramids, revived colonial buildings, elegant eateries and a whole lot more. The downtown area, known as Zocalo, is the best place to take in the historic sites and it gives you an idea of the essence of the city. Palacio Nacional (The Presidential Palace) lies on the east side of the Zocalo whereas the Catedral Metropolitana is located on the north. Government offices are located south whereas the west side of Zocalo is lined with jewelry shops and extravagant hotels. The streets are full of vendors selling all sorts of knick-knacks. A conventional Mexican night begins at 10pm, and keeping up with this tradition, Mexico City parties until the wee hours of the morning.

Oaxaca

Mazunte beach, Oaxaca

Mazunte beach, Oaxaca

Though it encountered severe political disturbances in 2006, the city of Oaxaca has recovered completely and today is regarded as a safe area for travel. Oaxaca has the vivacious vibe of a small Mexican town coupled with a rich cultural history. Visitors can expect to be pleasantly surprised with the spontaneous fiestas on the streets. Oaxaca also offers stunning Pacific beaches with world-famous surfing opportunities, an acclaimed art scene, beautifully designed laurels and an interesting shopping scene. For some exceptional finds, head to the street markets of Oaxaca that sell everything from unique crafts and artwork to mouthwatering Oaxaca chocolate and mole sauces! The city also boasts of an impressive range of cuisine and accommodations, from classic and economical to contemporary and stylish.

Merida

Paseo de Montejo, Merida

Paseo de Montejo, Merida

One of the safest and cleanest cities in Mexico, the colonial city of Merida is located four hours inland from Cancun. With its many hotels and restaurants, hidden courtyards, tropical gardens, cultural attractions and lively shopping scene, Merida is not just an underestimated additive to a beach vacation, but is a destination in its own right. The city looks and feels the best on weekends, when the historical center – a setting of 17th-century cathedrals made from Mayan bricks – shuts out all vehicles and transforms into this lively place with open-air stages, taco stands and much life. Merida is encircled by world-famous Mayan ruins, including Chichen Itza, which is 74 miles to its east, Uxmal, which is 50 miles southeast and Dzibilchaltun, which is just nine miles away.

Todos Santos

Surfing in Todos Santos

Surfing in Todos Santos

Near the southern tip of Baja California, the tiny Mexican town of Todos Santos is a haven for surfing, fresh seafood and ravishing scenery along the Pacific Ocean. There are a good deal of places here to have a drink in a laid-back sort of a way, so enjoy your beer against the gorgeous setting of golden sand beaches and the serene, turquoise waters. A couple of hours from Cabo, this easygoing, little beach town also has a thriving art scene. With splendid beaches and tiny taco stands, Todos Santos is safely secluded from any sort of crime or violence negating the question, “Is Mexico safe?”. For your next Baja trip, if you wish to escape the crowds, live off the grid, have the most genuine experience, but still be on the beach, Todos Santos would be worth considering.

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende

Located in Central Mexico, San Miguel de Allende is a stunner, without any traces of drug violence. A Unesco World Heritage site since 2008, the magical town of San Miguel de Allende does not have gorgeous beaches like the other popular Mexican resorts of Cancun, Cozumel, or Los Cabos, but has that something to make tourists fall head over heels in love with it! So much so, that most visitors decide to revisit the place while many others plant to settle here permanently! No wonder then that expats contribute to 20 percent of the town’s population.

This irresistible city, famous for its rose-tinted turrets, is full of pretty guesthouses, handicraft shops, 17th-century churches and botanic gardens. San Miguel de Allende’s snug lifestyle, cobblestoned appeal, splendid restaurants, perfect weather, intriguing architecture and a healthy art scene make it extremely easy for newcomers to settle in also contribute to making vacationers have a fantastic time.

Puebla

Puebla, Mexico

Puebla, Mexico

A 2-hour drive from Mexico City is Puebla, a colonial wonder city, long known as one of the safest cities of the country. Loaded with cathedrals, monasteries, forts, battlefields and a magnificent museum displaying ancient artifacts, Puebla is famous for its culinary contributions and its ‘talavera’ pottery. History- lovers will be delighted to visit the city’s architectural marvels. The publicly accessible bell tower of Puebla Cathedral, at 226 feet, is the tallest bell tower in Mexico and is filled with historic frescoes and offers an extensive view of the city. Other colonial churches to visit in Pueblo’s center include the Temple of San Francisco and the Temple of Santo Domingo. Must-see museums include the Museo Amparo and the Museo Poblano de Arte Virreinal. (for more museums in Mexico, click here)

Playa del Carmen

Undeniably the most chic and popular spot on all of the Yucatan Peninsula, Playa del Carmen is most famous for its beaches, shopping and nightlife. Quinta Avenida or the 5th Avenue is this touristy town’s main street and is lined with shops, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, entertainment, take-away tacos and vendors selling souvenirs and knick-knacks. Just a short walk from the main beach, this area bounces back to life after sunset. You can dance the night away in one of Playa’s nightclubs, have a quiet drink in one of the lounges, bargain with the vendors or just stroll around doing some people watching. The reefs of this town are excellent, and offer good diving and snorkeling opportunities. The town is conveniently located and allows easy access to Cozumel, Tulum, Coba and other praiseworthy destinations.

Guanajuato

Museo de las Mumias, Guanajuato

Museo de las Mumias, Guanajuato

A small and safe colonial city with a thriving cultural scene, Guanajuato is brimming with character. 30 minutes from León’s Bajio Airport, Guanajuata is a ravishing hill town featuring magnificent 16th-century cathedrals, brightly colored homes on steep hillsides and tree-lined plazas. This city is best known for its Festival Cervantino – a 3-week long international arts festival held every October, featuring world-class opera, music, dance, theatre, orchestras, mariachis, street performance, visual art and films. Another must-see in Guanjuato is the Museo de las Mumias, a museum at the city cemetery, which exhibits approximately 100 mummies.

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New Taqueria in Akumal

For all the food lover, Mexico is one destination which is not to be missed. Mexico has a rich and old tradition of exotic foods which are famous the world over. We had previously covered top 15 dishes of Mexico.

El Comal Akumal

Recently, chef Daveed, has opened El Comal Akumal, a new taqueria (Mexican restaurant specializing in tacos) in Akumal. You can partake delicious authentic Mexican tacos and tortasmade with home-style recipes from his grandmother’s kitchen. Guisadas (taco and torta fillings) change daily. So if you’re in Akumal for vacations in November then don’t forget this taqueria.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/elcomaldeakumal

Eat Your Way Around Mexico – 15 Best Mexican Dishes To Try

Known for its diverse flavors and spices, Mexican cuisine has a predominating Spanish influence, with a twist of European, French and African, thanks to the history of Mexico.

Mexican cuisine, which has evolved over thousands of years, has produced exceptionally rich and spicy dishes that are popular throughout the world. No wonder then, that in 2010, UNESCO included the Mexican cuisine in its lists of the world’s ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage

What is different about Mexico’s cuisine is that it varies by region. Northern Mexico offers varieties of beef, goat and ostrich dishes. Central Mexico is a mix of the influence of other regions of Mexico, offering carnitas, tamales, and barbacoa. Southeastern Mexico is known for its varied use of spices, with a little Caribbean influence. There is also a wide use of fish in areas near the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Ocean.

Corn and bean-based dishes are prominent in Mexico – prepared in various ways – think hot quesadillas, nachos, spicy beans and crunchy tacos!

Today, Mexican restaurants are found all over the world, and anybody can try the tacos, salsa, tortillas or the fiery enchiladas topped with hot chilli sauce. But to get the real taste of Mexican cuisine, you must taste it when it’s been freshly prepared and served in Mexico! Its incredibly delicious and you will absolutely relish it.

With so much variety available its almost impossible to mention all the amazing lip-smacking dishes that Mexico has to offer, so here’s our list of the top 15 Mexican foods that you must try if you ever visit Mexico:

  1. ENCHILLADAS – This is the star dish of Mexican cuisine! To put it simply, an enchilada is a tortilla wrap which is filled with a whole lot of tasty ingredients. The fillings normally include a combination of meat, cheese, beans and vegetables with seafood and sometimes even potatoes. The enchiladas are then baked with grated cheese and topped with  some delicious and fiery chilli sauce. A delight to the tastebuds!

    Tortillas

    Tortillas

  2. TORTILLAS FRESH OFF THE COMAL: Tortillas are made from flour or maize and were traditionally used by Mexicans as bread. The Aztecs used tortillas to wrap around food, but today, tortillas are rolled and baked in enchiladas, fried for tacos or grilled for quesadillas. The comal is a round, clay Mexican grill, on which fresh hand-pressed tortilas are heated. When the tortillas puff up a little they are flipped to heat the other side. When they’re firm and cooked, they are filled with mushrooms, squash flowers or pork to make quesadillas, empanadas, or memelas. Don’t be surprised if you end up downing a lot of them!
  3. CHILAQUILES: Tangy and creamy defines this dish. Chilaquiles are toasted tortillas covered in green or red salsa, shredded chicken, raw sliced onions, epazote (a Mexican herb), white cheese and sour cream. Red chilaquiles are made with a blend of tomatoes and dark purple and red chilles while the green chilaquiles are made with the sharp, seedy goodness of tomatillos. Chilaquiles are served sizzling, in a clay pot, with the green or red sauce and the white cheese bubbling. Mmmmm!

    Mexican Food - Tacos

    Tacos

  4. TACOS – Tacos are fresh, handmade tortillas stuffed with small chunks of grilled beef rubbed in oil and sea salt, then covered with guacamole, salsa, onions, cilantro or just about anything else that you prefer.  It’s quite interesting to see chefs carve out generous portions of hot chicken or beef from a spit and pile it into a fresh warm corn tortilla which is then folded into a half moon shape and flavoured with guacamole, chilli sauce and fresh coriander (cilantro). The best place to enjoy this classic dish is to buy it from one of the street stalls just like the locals do. It’s the perfect dish for breakfast lunch or dinner. A classic that’s a big hit!
  5. MOLE – Pronounced as “mole-ay”, this is a one rich, tasty and complicated sauce which is made of a very unique combination of various spices, tomatoes, garlic, chillies and chocolate! Yes chocolate! Usually served with turkey, but its not unusual for it to be served with pork or chicken too. It also tastes superb over enchilladas. Try it once and you’ll be hooked!
  6. ESQUITES/ELOTES: – Esquites are a delicious snack consisting of grains of corn which are boiled in salted water and then sautéed in butter with some more salt, onions, chopped chillies and epazote (a native Mexican herb). This flavourful concoction is then served in small cups and seasoned with lime juice, mayonnaise and chilli; the perfect snack to eat whilst you’re out and about on the streets. Elotes are the same thing but served as corn on the cobs instead of in a cup. This is one tasty treat that just should not be missed!
  7. TAMALE: This is a traditional dish of Mexico that has been around for thousands of years, but even today, is loved just as much! Like the sandwich, it is a very versatile dish in terms of the fillings and flavors. The dish consists of a corn based dough which is wrapped in a plantain leaf and then steamed or boiled (with the leaf being discarded before eating). The dough is usually filled with meats or fish, cheese, vegetables and spices, the most popular fillings being chicken and pork and is served with mole or salsa. The tamale, swaddled in banana leaves or cornhusks, tasting of moist maize and meat and slow-cooked sauce, is the heart of all things Mexican.Replace the meat filling with fruits, sweetened raisins and some pink food color, and it turns into Tamal De Dulche, a mouth-watering desert!
  8. POZOLE – This is the traditional soup of Mexico. It is made from hominy and stewed for hours with chicken, pork, or some other type of meat. After everything has been cooked and simmered for hours, you dish it up and put lettuce, radish, onion, lime, oregano, and chile on it and plenty of lime juice. Pozole can be clear broth, or green (with green mole) or even red and spicy. Nothings better than a steaming bowl of pozole to boost up your energy levels!
  9. BARBACOA – Barbacoa is a method of cooking meat from which the term ‘barbecue’ orginates. Barbacoa is made by roasting a whole sheep or lamb in a pit dug in the ground. The meat slow-cooks for days underneath the cover of maguey leaves. No marinades or sauces are used. When the meat is tender, it is taken out of the pit and served with a variety of sauces, guacamole, and lime. Traditionaly, this dish was used by Mexicans for festivals and weddings.  A must-try for all meat lovers.
  10. SALSA: Salsa, a Spanish word for sauce, is uncooked and often pureed until chunky or smooth. Salsa is a staple in Mexican cuisine for many generations. Modern methods of making salsas incorporate red and green tomatoes, onion, chipotles, avocado and cilantro. Salsa is served as a relish or dip to accompany a meal.
  11. GUACOMOLE – Guacamole is a dip or garnish and is one of the most famous Mexican food items.  It is made with mashed avocados blended with onions, chilles and cilantro and lime juice. Adds that zing to any dish!
  12. FRUTA CON CHILE: This is a unique combination of some seasonal fruit, like mango or jicama or cucumber, doused in lime and topped with some chili powder and sauce. So quintessentially Mexican and so tempting, it’s just impossible to resist a bite.
  13. TACOS AL PASTOR: This is made with pork or other meats, that are seasoned and cooked on a spit and then stuffed into tiny little corn tortillas. They are served with a little pineapple, onion, cilantro, lime, and maybe a little salsa. Yummy!!
  14. CEVICHE: Ceviche is prepared by marinating raw fish in lime juice. The acids produced by the lime juice cook the fish lightly. Ceviche is a fresh fish delicacy which is usually served on the beaches of Mexico and is delightful as an appetizer.
  15. TORTA CUBANA: Torta Cubana is the greatest mexican torta. It is filled with a lot of ingredients – all kinds of meats that you can possibly think of plus cheese, potatoes and sometimes even some thick pickles. Tasty indeed, but its quite big and filling, so is only meant for people with a big appetite.

Mexican food has no match…try some of these dishes and you will know why I decided to settle in Akumal!