Saturday, May 24, 2008

Eating Los Cabos

I'm baaack, from a wonderful adventure in Los Cabos, Mexico! We enjoyed the sun and the surf and the activities, but you know me, the best part was sampling the local cusine. And that, we did plenty of!

Unfortunately, i didn't get a photo of every meal devoured, i WAS tipsy for most of the time, that tequila is no joke, lol. But I did remember just about every place we ate (or drank) and remembered to snap photos when i didn't have my face in a margarita. ;) So here you go, great places to eat (and drink) in Los Cabos!

Pepe's Taco
Lázaro Cárdenas S/N, Col. Centro,
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, CP 23410 Mexico.
Phone: (624) 143-4810
Small open air restaurant, quick and inexpensive. Good Tacos Pastor, but i liked the chorizo tacos better.

The Corner Cafe & Cantina
Matamoros and Lazaro Cardenas,
Cabo San Lucas
Home of the world's largest margarita! We opted not to have it, but the one i did share was still huge and it was the best classic margarita on the rocks i had the whole trip.

Mama's Royal Cafe
Hildago y Zapata
Cabo San Lucas 23410 Mexico
52 624 143 4290
Mama's made a killer breakfast, but self-proclaimed 'best french toast', in my opinion fell a little flat, but the chilaquiles and the fresh oj were delicious. And this is the only place in the world where i've been serenaded at breakfast! Nice touch! ;)

Mango Deck
Located on Médano Beach, Cabo San Lucas
Phone: 52 (624) 143-0901 / 143-6777
We rented wave runners right next to the place, walked over to the deck for a free shot and ended up taking another shot from a man with a giant sombrero. He had the best tequila shots in town. After tasting various other kinds of tequila around town, i now suspect it's cause it was watered down. Whatev, it was GREAT!

Mi Casa
Avenida Cabo San Lucas, corner Lazaro Cardenas
Cabo San Lucas, BCS México
Ok, so i know i said the other place had the best margarita in town, but i specifically meant CLASSIC, ON THE ROCKS, cause THIS PLACE had the best FROZEN MANGO margaritas. lol. The food was amazing as well, all v. traditional.

Corredor Turistico Km. 10 Lote D, Cabo del Sol
Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S. México
52 624 145 6126
This is a popular restaurant for something a little different, it's Pacific Rim cuisine, a slight touch of Indonesian flavors. V. nice meal, everything was beautiful and delicious, which admittedly, the photo of the lentil soup looks vile, but it was amazing, with every bite was a new taste sensation.

Girasoles de la Hacienda Restaurant
Corredor Turistico Km 10 Lote D, Cabo del Sol,
Cabo San Lucas 23410, Mexico
52 624 145 6126
Beautiful views from way up here, the Mexican coffee is an after dinner drink AND a show! We stayed at this hotel (Hacienda del Mar), so we returned to this restaurant for breakfast one morning (more chilaquiles, woop) and lunch (amazing fish tacos) another, both we delicious, fresh and local.

Billygan's Island
Paseo del Pescador on Playa el Médano.
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
(624) 143-4830 or 144-3908
Smack next to The Office, they offer you beach loungers and umbrellas for FREE, all you have to do is drink there, and we did, all day long, listening to cheesy club music circa 1990. For me it was a blast from the past and a fun day at the beach singing old tunes, nothing really authentic here, but a GREAT location on the sand.

The Office
Playa El Médano,
Cabo San Lucas, BCS México
52 624 143 3464
Live Jazz playing, toes in the sand, enjoying the crashing waves, the sun setting and the amazing FRESH seafood. Life is good at The Office!

La Golondrina Restaurant
Paseo del Pescador (next to City Club),
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Huge open air restaurant, Huge Menu, Huge portions, Huge amount of food that comes with what you order! lol. Big fun at La Golondrina!

Friday, May 9, 2008

More Slow Cookin'

Though i LOVE to cook, in the middle of the week i feel brain-dead in the kitchen. Luckily, i've found another great set it and forget it recipe!

Cuban-Style Pork and Sweet Potato Slow Cooker Stew

1 large sweet potato(es), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 1 lb)
1 pound lean pork loin, cut into 1-inch pieces
14 1/2 oz canned diced tomatoes, with green chiles
1 medium garlic clove(s), minced
1/4 cup orange juice
2 medium scallion(s), chopped (green parts only)
1/2 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp cilantro, fresh, chopped

Place potato, pork, tomatoes, garlic, orange juice, scallions, salt, cumin and pepper in a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker; cover and cook on low setting for 7 hours.

Stir in lime juice and cilantro; cover slow cooker and cook for 5 minutes more. Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving (including some cooking liquid.)

I honestly don't know how Cuban this is, 1/4 tsp of cumin doesn't really make it Cuban, but whatev, it was really tasty and super simple to throw together! :)

Monday, May 5, 2008

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I'm about to go out and get a margarita to celebrate, but i first wanted to tell you about a place we re-discovered this weekend, T-Mex.

We were craving tacos, so i went to yelp and people were raving about this place, T-Mex. What the heck? Ok, lets do it!

2 steps into the restaurant, i realized, i've been here before, one drunken nite long ago! lol.

The thin and crispy tortilla chips are homemade, the ground beef for the tacos was seasoned perfectly, the beer was cold and the guac was creamy and delicious, can't ask for much more then that!

Definitely a little gem on the beach, but why the name change, is it still as good as San Loco? Apparently, it's better, T-Mex IS San Loco, only a little greener! And green is GOOD! :D

235 14th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 538-3009