July 19, 2011
Guest Blogger: Heather Eats Her Way Through Tulum
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In my newlywed-ed opinion, Tulum is the ultimate honeymoon spot for a number of reasons (many of which I described here). But let's be honest—I really travel for culinary adventure. When I think about the trip, my first recollection is of the taste of a perfect margarita or the experience of eating freshly caught fish while staring at the Caribbean. Here's what Alex and I ate as we honeymooned in Tulum (note to brides-to-be: Don't read this if you are on a diet and/or cleanse).
1 When we weren't starting our day with yoga and freshly baked bread, cheese, and preserves, we indulged in a traditional Mexican breakfast of chilaquiles. Fried eggs rest atop a bed of tortillas smothered in red sauce and dotted with queso fresco and sour cream. The ones from Ana Y Jose (http://www.anayjose.com) were dynamite.
2 We spent many a lunch feasting on fish tacos, ceviche, and chunky guacamole at the rustic oceanside restaurant El Tabano. Between the lush gardens and the homey dishes, this little gem quickly became one of our favorites.
3 I didn't go to Mexico looking for great Italian food, so I like to think that Posada Margarita (www.posadamargherita.com) found me. Working in a small hotel on the beach, the cooks make each strand of pasta from scratch the moment it's ordered. This taglierini with shrimp and zucchini was some of the best pasta I have eaten outside of Italy.
4 The highlight of our day trip to the colonial town of Valladolid was lunch in the courtyard of the beautiful historic Hotel El Meson del Marques (www.mesondelmarques.com), where we sampled the local specialty, cochinita pibil, served with a basket of piping hot tortillas. Eating this dish made me feel like I was tasting food from another era.
5 Following a tip from a local, we sought out down home Mexican food at a casual spot in town called El Camello Jr. This place was endlessly satisfying thanks to its $2 beers, cheap plates of fried local fish, and grilled squid sauteed in a mojo de ajo (garlic sauce).
6 If I had to pick one spot that takes me right back to that honeymoon feeling, it's Hartwood (hartwoodtulum.com), owned by husband-and-wife team Mya Henry and Eric Werner. Hartwood—with its wood-burning brick oven, a locally sourced menu that changes daily, and a sound track of Bob Marley and Bob Dylan—was our home in Tulum.
When I think of this magical week following our wedding, a memory comes to mind that sounds straight out of a romance novel: Alex and I would walk home from Hartwood on the beach with bellies full of tropical-inspired desserts (piña colada cobbler or mango crisp or coconut cake drizzled with Mayan honey). The moon was so incredibly bright, and the crashing waves felt so good on our itchy, mosquito-bitten feet. We felt lucky to be young and married, and happy to be experiencing something so powerful.
Do you have any delicious honeymoon memories?
Los Angeles-based Heather Taylor owns Taylor De Cordoba, a contemporary art gallery. She publishes the blog LA in Bloom and writes a bi-monthly column Chef Speak for The Huffington Post.
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