Monday, March 29, 2010
Mexico; Food, Happiness, & Sunshine
I would love to tell about ALL the amazing food I enjoyed, but this would be a very loooooong post that no one would end up reading. I eat a lot :P
This post will just be about Mexico; there was enough experienced in San Diego that it deserves a later post.
First, I'll tell you about Mazatlan. When we got into port, we caught a taxi shuttle to a resort where my mom and Jack had to listen to a sales pitch. But hey, we got a free ride to a great beach & free drinks, so whatevs :)
While they chatted, I bought the dress I'm wearing in the photo, from a lady on the beach. Then, I bought some fresh mango & coconut and sat on the beach to enjoy it. Listening to the waves and eating fresh, raw food while feeling the warmth of the sun...I was totally in my element. I love the sun, the ocean, and food. I'm so tempted to move somewhere warmer.
I also discovered tequila chocolates in Mazatlan. And bonus! No milk products! I was stoked to find vegan tequila chocolates. Sweeeeeeeeeet!!
Fun Fact: you know how my recipes are always calling for agave nectar? Well, it comes from the blue agave plant (native to Mexico), where we also get tequila from. Yep, it's made from agave. I've got a lot of love for that plant <3
This, my friends, is an almond. The outside of it is an edible fruit; the inside pits are dried to make the almonds we buy in a store. The fruit, unfortunately, was not ripe. I tried to eat it, but it had that pasty texture that a green banana will leave on your lips. It tasted like it would be good, but not yet...
The picture of the wet coconut is one my brother found in the ocean and brought to me. Unfortunately, I couldn't very well just eat it, but it was still cool to see. They fall like leaves in Mexico! I tried peeling off some of the skin, because it was pretty wet, but it just wasn't having it.
Soooooooooo, while the food in Mexico was amazing, so was what I got spoiled with on the cruise ship! They cater very well to vegans (though it would be cool to see more for dessert options than fruit).
The menu reads: Sliced eggplant dipped in a batter made of chickpeas sauteed & served with peapods. Guess what this tasted like? Battered fish. I was never a seafood fan, but I used to looooove fish 'n chips. This, too, is another recipe I will be re-creating :) I ordered this one twice! :)
Portabello mushroom tacos with refried beans, guacamole, rice, & salsa?? It's okay, be jealous. Sooooo amazingly yummy, I've never ever EVER had a taco that could compete! I wish I knew how they prepared the mushrooms in the sauce, because they were incredible!! lovelovelove this <3
That's all I got for now, peeps. New info on San Diego comin' up tomorrow or the next day, promise ;)
Peace, love, food <3