We started out with the excellent Fresh Fish Ceviche which comes with pickled red onions, radish, salicornia (grasswort), and a chaya and sour orange sauce. Love that in lieu of tortilla chips this ceviche came with sweet potato chips as well.
For my main dish I got the Chemuyil Lamb, a slow roasted hunk of lamb dressed with a leek puree and a roasted tomato and avocado sauce. Simple but so, so good. I could eat this forever.
And for the dessert we all shared this Burnt Milk Cheesecake ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼which came with a banana ceviche, mint, and a walnut praline. Half of our table adored this and could not get enough of this super rich cheesecake and the other half was less fond of it. I was firmly in the omgrukiddingmeYES camp.
They also made the bride-to-be (at the time, as of this past Saturdays she is officially a wifey) this elaborate free drink that was on fire. I didn’t take any pictures of it but its in the Playa del Carmen video diary I’ll post sometime.
The next morning we did breakfast at Regina’s again (of course) and then some of us decided to go visit one of the many cenotes in the area. Cenotes are created from sinkholes, the soft limestone ground collapses and exposes crystal clear groundwater underneath. They are common in the Yucatan peninsula and you have your pick of quite a few in the PDC/Tulum area. When deciding which one to go we just asked the cab driver which one was the most beautiful. Unfortunately that one was a bit far so we settled for the second best one.
The cenotes usually charge about 100 pesos (roughly $10) as an entrance fee. As far as getting there if you do not have a car you can take a taxi and arrange a set fee for the cab driver to take you there, wait in the parking area and then take you back. For us this was 600 pesos or $60 or so for the 45 minute drive there and back along with waiting for us for maybe 2 hours. This was probably one of my favorite activities of the whole trip. You can just sit around and chill in the water, snorkel, swim around, admire the scenery or work up the courage to do some cliff jumping. No fishing though :)
The water is a bit chilly but given how hot it was after a minute or two it becomes a great swim. The cenotes can get a bit crowded so if you can get there earlier in the morning you can have more room to yourself / prettier pictures. Not gonna lie, I definitely erased a person or two from my pictures. What are you gonna do ¯_(ツ)_/¯
After the cenotes we went back to our AirBnB and just hung out by the pool and made margaritas. Followed by more margaritas at Regina’s. We then took our party to the beach to watch the sun set.
Our last dinner plan was for Maiz de Mar, a taco bar by chef Enrique Olvera, the same chef behind the critically acclaimed Cosme in New York. This was also the site of one of funnier moments of the day. As our friends who spoke Spanish left earlier in the day I was tasked with ordering in my made up Portuguese-Spanish (Portuñol). So after 2 agonizing minutes of “quieremos uhhh…margarita de tamarindo….mas tienes una grande como um pitcher? E lo pulpo es frito ou….grelhado. Wait is grelhado the same in Portuguese and Spanish??” And so forth the waiter nods, smiles and says “Um. I’m from Chicago”
The tamarind margarita was excellent (and yes did come in a pitcher). I also got a drink with mezcal and cucumber that was quite nice. The crispy octopus was indeed fried and although I prefer grilled octopus, these were tasty tacos. I think out of the tacos I tried the carnitas were my favorite. And the guacamole was one of the best I’ve had, it’s definitely a must order.
After dinner we decided to stop by one of the bars to watch the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. We found a bar with a spare table and with flower crowns on our heads and with bellies full of tacos and margaritas we sat and watched the most boring fight in the world. Luckily after 20 minutes we decided it was ok to stop trying to pay attention and go back to more lively pursuits (namely more margaritas). I had a 7 am flight to catch so I woke up quite early to catch a cab back to the Cancun airport. But I heard they had breakfast at Regina’s the next day…