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yes, great start- looking forward to this!

Where is Era Ora? We love Italian, but haven't come across that one.
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Oh Chris, you are making me so HUNGRY! This girl loves her some El Fagon!
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yes, great start- looking forward to this!

Where is Era Ora? We love Italian, but haven't come across that one.
it's on 1st Avenue between 12th and 14th. the food is really good. going to eat there again in May!!
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Great start, Chris!
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I can't believe that we did not eat at Era Ora, as we were staying right above the place for most of the week
Although as usual, I pretty much lost most of my appetite the whole week But that's pretty much what happens when drinking and in hot weather! Poor Jay, he's one that could probably eat 10 times a day!
You were closer than we were! It was hot, and we didn't eat as much as we usually do, but we sure drank more!

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So glad to see your TR! Although I think my hungry stomach would prefer I not read it

Can't wait for more!
Oh there will be more, thanks for reading

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those samples are my favorite tequila. so glad you loved La Azotea!!! woo hoo!! can't wait to read this report from beginning to end!!!
Obviously we like it too

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yes, great start- looking forward to this!

Where is Era Ora? We love Italian, but haven't come across that one.
Yep, what Andrea said. We actually ate at La Famiglia later in the trip and it was outstanding as well. So many places!

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Oh Chris, you are making me so HUNGRY! This girl loves her some El Fagon!
Mmm, I could eat some of that queso pepper quesadilla right now!

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it's on 1st Avenue between 12th and 14th. the food is really good. going to eat there again in May!!
Josh tried the fillet for the first time and it was excellent. AND it had a porcini mushroom sauce on it-I know you like that girl!


I have a busy day at work peeps, but will get more done tonight

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You were closer than we were! It was hot, and we didn't eat as much as we usually do, but we sure drank more!



Thank you!



Oh there will be more, thanks for reading



Obviously we like it too



Yep, what Andrea said. We actually ate at La Famiglia later in the trip and it was outstanding as well. So many places!



Mmm, I could eat some of that queso pepper quesadilla right now!



Josh tried the fillet for the first time and it was excellent. AND it had a porcini mushroom sauce on it-I know you like that girl!


I have a busy day at work peeps, but will get more done tonight

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Josh tried the fillet for the first time and it was excellent. AND it had a porcini mushroom sauce on it-I know you like that girl!
too funny....our group had the filet with the porcini mushrooms sauce last May and it was good. we also had a sausage and mushroom pizza with oregano, a sausage and mushroom risotto, and some other great food items that i can't quite remember!! we all shared and had several bottles of wine....we were celebrating Anna's 40th b-day!! good times....
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Awesome! Great start, I LOVE your trip reports
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too funny....our group had the filet with the porcini mushrooms sauce last May and it was good. we also had a sausage and mushroom pizza with oregano, a sausage and mushroom risotto, and some other great food items that i can't quite remember!! we all shared and had several bottles of wine....we were celebrating Anna's 40th b-day!! good times....
Awesome! If you haven't been you have to try La Famiglia pizza...coming up later in the trip report. THE best ever!

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Awesome! If you haven't been you have to try La Famiglia pizza...coming up later in the trip report. THE best ever!
never been to La Famiglia.....Anna from La Tortuga always raves about it though. we have Piola on the list and also Era Ora, but we might have to squeeze in LF too!!

oh....and it's right up the street from La Tortuga, so we will go there for sure!!

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never been to La Famiglia.....Anna from La Tortuga always raves about it though. we have Piola on the list and also Era Ora, but we might have to squeeze in LF too!!

oh....and it's right up the street from La Tortuga, so we will go there for sure!!

Yes, we went on her recommendation and would absolutely return-and we did! Got a pizza to go on our way to the airport!

Ok, I got off work early so I am gonna go work on our next installment
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Yes, we went on her recommendation and would absolutely return-and we did! Got a pizza to go on our way to the airport!

Ok, I got off work early so I am gonna go work on our next installment
that's great on their pizzas....we might get one to go and eat by the pool at LT one afternoon or late night...think they close at 1 a.m.

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that's great on their pizzas....we might get one to go and eat by the pool at LT one afternoon or late night...think they close at 1 a.m.

can't wait to read/see/drool more!!!

That sounds perfect! That is right. They open at 5:00 close at 1:00AM. I also had some of the best 4 cheese gnocchi I have had there too...mmm!
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That sounds perfect! That is right. They open at 5:00 close at 1:00AM. I also had some of the best 4 cheese gnocchi I have had there too...mmm!
okay...note taken that they don't open until 5. is the gnocchi there better then at Util?
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Day 2


We really like the location of the Blue Parrot Suites at 14 bis between 1st and the beach-very convenient the north and south ends of Playa. We really enjoyed staying there. No noise from the clubs either-only when we wanted it


Decide to walk by Byblos to see if it’s open-I tried several times last year and never hit it quite right. This time it’s open! Of course we see more peeps. Cindy and Jay are having breakfast-nice to chat with them a bit. We sit outside and order up.









I had an omlette with mushrooms and cheese. Good but a bit greasy.





Josh’s eggs were good and the bacon were perfectly crispy.




They had very good service and inexpensive


Off to the beach for some sun and before long it’s time for a walk and some fruit down by the bus station.

Mmmm coco y pina for me





We went back to the BP beach club where they play techno music after 12:00. I sit there and think how my head is going to like this music tomorrow morning after the bar crawl we are doing tonight.

As we were laying there I say to Josh that is feels surreal that we are actually here. He said “Because we usually stay at Fusion and we aren’t there.” So we decide to walk down to the Fusion, walk through the front/side door, walk through the lobby out onto the beach. Sounds silly, but it worked! The smell, the vibe and the scenery there brought me right home to Playa!

Back down the beach at BP and order sparkling water from the beach club. It was 39 pesos each which I thought was a bit steep.




But hey we are on the beach…drink that down and look at Josh and say I want a mojito and some ceviche. Yea, that ought a get me into the Playa vibe even deeper!

I eat a fair amount of ceviche in Playa, and last trip we discovered Cockteleria Veracruz down by the Paseo Mall and it was the best! So of course I need to compare it to El Pirata up on 40th between 5th and 10th cause I hear that is tasty too. So we walk north up the beach to soak up the sun in search of our ceviche fix.

We took a left on 38th and decide to get a mojito first from La Bodeguita del Medio. They used to be in the mall but we like this location much better. The mojitos are just as good as we remember and guess how much…39 pesos! Same price as that stinking sparkling water from the BP!!




Cool the way they stack the moijitos up on the bar ready to be muddled




Mmm so refreshing!



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No more pictures please. Are you kidding! It's only day 2




Off to find El Pirata…wow the North end just keeps on developing. I remember when this was just a dirt road.






The place is crowded with locals which is always a good sign. There is one table in the back we snag with no wait. Server brought us an appetizer of conch ceviche which was good-nothing amazing, but a nice touch to have something brought gratis before your meal.





I caught a pepper in there that was painfully hot. I like spicy, but it was painful. Beware.

Watch out now!! No I did not add this to my lunch



I got the fish ceviche-it was very good and VERY fresh




Josh had the shrimp ceviche. We were stuffed.





Most of you know I am intrigued by food and while we were waiting for ours I am like a kid in a candy store. I like to glance around other tables trying to see what other people are eating (I do this with a great deal of couth of course) This time I spotted a beautiful dish that peaked my interest. It was a whole grilled snapper that was gorgeous! I reached for my camera and looked at Josh and he said "Don't you dare"
I really wish I had a picture to share with you but Josh draws the line on me taking pictures of other peoples food...


Judgment on the ceviche comparison= I like Cockteleria Veracruz better, but it's close. If you are staying on the North end CV might not be worth the walk.







Back to the hotel for a siesta…tonight IS the bar crawl ya know!!

We come back to the room and Josh sees the towel art and says “Oh cool a monkey! We have never got a monkey before”

Who here thinks this is a monkey!?







I tell him we still haven’t got a monkey…and he is an artist! Hmmmm. Sorry babe, I gotta tease you a bit since you stifled my artistic urge to photograph that beautifully fried fishy


Siesta time.... up next- The Bar Crawl

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Day 2 Continued-Bar Crawl (#1)


Wake up refreshed from the siesta and off to Babes for some soak up sustenance.

Hmmm what am I going to have to help soak up all the booze I am about to drink?




We had a ½ order of chicken filet burger on mash and ½ Swedish meatballs. Yummy! The sauce on the chicken is a creamy Dijon. Weird cause it’s got lettuce, mashed potatoes, chicken, pita and sauce, but trust me it works!




Swedish Meatballs with Mash



Ok off to the Luna Blue for Bar Crawl! Walk in and it's quite...some people are there kinda looking around...but I don't recognize anyone. I see people kinda looking at me, but not saying anything, pretty soon I just yelled, "Who's here for the bar crawl!?" That got some attention and we introduced ourselves around the way and we are ready to kick it off!



Tina says that's a fake tatoo BTW You crazy kids



There is my co-host Fashionably late-I was getting nervous Kirbyfan!


Cindy and Jay and their friends from Cancun


Sit, Tweety, Mason and Rob



Kim and Senor


Josh and Chris


Snappysammy and Kirbyfan


Stormin and Deb


Elevator at Riena Roja



Hey this chic is tall!


Peeps



Chris and Cindy gettin comfy on the bed at the Red Queen



This guys was tatooing this mannequin for 4 hours



Next stop was Kitxen-they had a great band playing!


Basico elevators



Tina, Chris and Kim


Jan, Eric, Chris and Cindy


Dustin and Jay at Fusion


Josh, Chris and Jay


Cindy, Jay, Chris and Dustin



Josh, Tweety and Mrs. Tweety, Dustin and Cindy



Tina "Woohoo lets go dance at Coco Maya!"



Yea girl!


Hey Chris, you got up on the speakers for a minute!


Dustin and Chris



Get up and dance peeps!



That's more like it!


Mason...you're fadin buddy-but hey you're out there!





Last peep standing...I must have been too, but it's fuzzy



Of course it ends with the GOOD Pizza Pazza! I would tell the story, but it's a bit fuzzy. Maybe Chris will chime in here

Fun time and thanks to all that came out for the Bar Crawl and to our co-hosts doing their best to wrangle the peeps! Good thing you wore your muscle shirt Kirby Next time I will bring a louder whistle!
Thanks Andrea too for letting us pick her brain on where to go
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