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Food

Food in Merida…

When I was looking through my 1,000 photos, I was pretty disappointed that I hadn’t taken more pictures of food.  The the ones I DID take were primarily of breakfast.  I think it’s because I just snacked around on food the rest of the day after eating a big breakfast.  I discovered this place which is just around the corner from the hotel where I was staying on Calle 60…about 2-1/2 blocks from the main square.  “Cafeinosense”…cute name.  They just opened a few months ago, so they’re in the process of gaining a clientele.  I would highly recommend them and only regret that I didn’t try lunch or dinner there.  Here’s what the front looks like…


And the inside…very nice…and it’s kind of nice to be able to see the chef working inside the kitchen.  He would wave through the window every once in awhile.


A little bar area in the back…


And a little patio out the back door.  They told me that in the evening, water flows over the stone wall on the right.  I wish I would have seen that.


I’m showing a few pages of their menu because I frankly couldn’t believe the prices.  Huevos Motulenos for $40.00 pesos!  Unbelievable…I’ve never paid less than $50.00.


The menu was huge…both in size and offerings…


Here is Roman…a VERY friendly and courteous waiter.  Both he and the chef came over frequently to make sure everything was okay.


Of course I had to have the Huevos Motulenos…especially at that price!  Absolutely wonderful!


This was a cheese omelet.  I didn’t know it came with potatoes, so I ordered a side of hash browns.


So these came after I was served my omelet.  They were to die for…

And this was Huevos Divorciados.  Another wonderful breakfast…


Finally, I tried the Molletes.  These are a Yucatan dish which I’ve never had before.  Maybe kind of like a Mexican version of bagels.  Again…VERY good.


I would highly recommend a visit to this fine little restaurant if you get to Merida.  Everyone is extremely friendly and helpful, and they truly want to please their guests.  Here’s their website:  Cafeinosense

On another note, these are the Huevos Motulenos I had at the little restaurant that sits right across the street from the hotel where I stayed (Luz en Yucatan).  It was good, but I have to say I liked Cafeinosense better.


For something different, I tried some pizza one day.  After I’m in Mexico for a few days, I get a craving for non-Mexican food and this placed filled the bill.  Put simply, this place is just a tiny little hole-in-the-wall with no frills.  It’s open to the street with no air conditioning, but it was worth it.


I think that pizza oven has been around for awhile…


Filling bags with shredded cheeses…


Pizza’s ready!


Yum!


Some sweet treats from a neighborhood bakery…


These guys are so photogenic…


And I had to get a shot of this from a table next to me on the square.  Wow…does that look decadent or what??  Unfortunately, I never have much of a sweet tooth when I’m in Mexico, but I bet this was delicious.


And last, but certainly not last…you got it…Bimbo dogs.  And, yes, I had one…delish!


I will do one more short post on my hotel in Merida before I go on to Isla Mujeres.  Stay tuned!


Eating my way through Mexico…

Eating in Mexico is a culinary delight.  It seems like every dish offers an experience that can’t be matched in the U.S.  This is a long post…but worth it.  Enjoy.

Huevos Motulenos – Alexia & Geovanny’s, Isla Mujeres…excellent…one of my favorite places for huevos motulenos.

Mexican Style Eggs – Rolandi’s, Isla Mujeres…just okay.Mexican Scrambled Eggs – Mango Cafe, Isla Mujeres…excellent.French Toast – Mango Cafe, Isla Mujeres…excellent.

Lobster – Velazquez, Isla Mujeres…very good.

Crabs – Minino’s, Isla Mujeres…okay…not very much meat and you had to fight for it.

Grilled Garlic Fish – El Viejo Pescador, Puerto Morelos…excellent.

Lemonade – Cafe Cito, Isla Mujeres…very good…and I love the tables.

Fried Eggs and Potatoes – Cafe Cito, Isla Mujeres…just okay.

Cheese Tamales – The Little Mexican Cooking School, Puerto Morelos…very good…especially since I helped to make them myself.

Mole del Olla – The Little Mexican Cooking School, Puerto Morelos…excellent.

Veggie Pizza – Pizza ‘n Love, Puerto Morelos…good, but a little on the doughy side.

Garlic Shrimp Skewers – (can’t remember the name of the restaurant), Puerto Morelos…good taste, but they should have removed the shells from the shrimp before cooking.

Chicken Tostadas – El Tio, Puerto Morelos…okay (I should have chosen something else).

Maple Fruit Crepes – French Bistro, Isla Mujeres…very good and VERY rich and heavy.

Ham and Cheese with Poached Egg – Cafe Cito, Isla Mujeres…very strange…not a combination I would put together.

Huevos Motulenos – Bucaneros, Isla Mujeres…very good.

Bimbo Dog – Food cart on Isla Mujeres…excellent (but you have to love this sort of food to appreciate it).

Chicken Enchiladas – Old Sawn Restaurant, Nuevo Progresso…good.

Chicken Tacos – El Fogon, Playa del Carmen…excellent.  This is just a dive sidewalk place that is extremely popular with great prices.  This isn’t the greatest photo, but it sure was good.

Scrambled Eggs with Chorizo – Hotel San Clemente, Valladolid…horrible.  This is the only dish I’ve ever gotten in Mexico that I couldn’t eat.  Between the dried out bread, the margarine and packaged jelly, I took two bites and walked away.  Maybe the egg dish is an acquired taste, but I wouldn’t be acquiring it any time soon.

Cochinita Pibil – Hotel el Meson de Marques, Valladolid…very good.  This is a Yucatan dish which is also an acquired taste.  It’s definitely different than anything I tasted, but I liked it.  I need to try it again at different restaurants.

Huevos Mexicana – La Hacienda, Playa del Carmen…okay…all their breakfast dishes seemed to look and taste the same.

For the life of me, I can’t remember what this was…but I do think it was at La Vagabunda in Playa del Carmen.

Vegetarian Enchiladas – El Pirata, Puerto Morelos…excellent.

Shrimp Cocktail – Pelicano, Puerto Morelos…very good.

Club Sandwich – Lol Ha, Akumal…average…but the view made up for it.

Spiced Brownie with Whipped Cream – The Little Mexican Cooking School, Puerto Morelos…WAY excellent…the chilies in the brownie mixed with the whipped cream was absolutely wonderful.

Garlic Shrimp – Justicia Social, Isla Mujeres…okay.

Huevos Divorciados – I can’t remember!  I know it’s on Isla Mujeres…maybe at Alexia & Geovanny’s??  Not sure…anyway, they were very good.

Huevos Mexicana – M&J’s, Isla Mujeres…very good.  This was at their old location next to the Hotel Rocamar.

Garlic Fish – Justicia Social, Isla Mujeres…okay.

Asparagus Casuela – M&J’s, Isla Mujeres…excellent.

French Toast – Brisas Grill, Isla Mujeres…lame.

Cheese Pizza – Brisas Grill, Isla Mujeres…average at best.

Huevos Motulenos – La Vagabunda, Playa del Carmen…excellent…one of the best.

Garlic Shrimp – Justicia Social, Isla Mujeres…average.

Fish Soup – La Bruja, Isla Mujeres…WONDERFUL.  I didn’t think I’d like it, but I ate everything and was a mess when I was done.  I think it was about 100 degrees when I had it…needed a shower afterwards.

Garlic Fish – Sergio’s, Isla Mujeres…excellent.  I ate the whole damn thing.

Can’t remember exactly what this was…some kind of mushroom fettucini – Rolandi’s, Isla Mujeres…okay.  Normally, I really like Rolandi’s, but this was just average.

Shrimp Cocktail – Playa Maya, Playa del Carmen…excellent.  I especially liked all their dressings of avocado and lime.

Pico de Gallo – Picus, Isla Mujeres…excellent.

Close-up…

Shrimp Cocktail – Picus, Isla Mujeres…excellent.  They also served a complimentary fish soup that day.  It was good, but not as good as La Bruja.

Shrimp Cocktail – Justicia Social, Isla Mujeres…very good.

Shrimp Cocktail – Cafe del Mar, Isla Mujeres…lame…tasted like tomato soup poured over shrimp.

Garlic Fish – Picus, Isla Mujeres…great.

Tortilla Soup and Enchiladas Mole – Sancochos, Isla Mujeres…below average.  I’ve heard good things about this restaurant, but the enchilada mole was dry and tasteless and the soup was just okay.

Huevos Motulenos – Tacostumbras, Isla Mujeres…great…definitely a top contender for huevos motulenos.

Grilled Shrimp – Minino’s, Isla Mujeres…great.

Chicken Enchiladas Verde – Hotel el Crucero, Tulum…excellent.

Fish & Chips – BallyHoo, Isla Mujeres…excellent…and a great view.

So, that’s it.  My wish is to add many more dishes to this menu.  I want to experience many more culinary delights in Mexico.  Stay tuned.