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Old 06-15-2013   #31 (permalink)
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Well,, that's a change from years past. Used to be the tequilla tasting was on Friday we tasted at least 6 different types.

Asiana is my fav there!

Glad your hubby is better
It could have been the clientele that evening. As I said, their were a ton of "younger", like early 20's in there, obviously not there to learn, but to drink.
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Saturday 06.15.13

Note: Did I mention that these pictures are a conglomeration of iPhone 5, iPad and my Canon DSLR. Hence the varying quality.

Morning from the balcony with my room service coffee:





I know I keep showing you the view from our room, but it continues to amaze me:



And for those few on TA that say these people don't clean things especially the pool, this guy scrubbed for two hours:



Woke up to Husband in the potty again. Downed some Imodium and voila, he started feeling better! Asked him if he would at least accompany me to breakfast and he did. We hit up El Med again. He had a bagel and some egg with a cheese quesadilla and I had Chilaquiles AGAIN! Dang, it’s soooo good!

On the way back to the room. Say hello to my little friend:



I think I forgot the El Med breakfast menu the other day:






We had planned a day in town with the Wolff’s but got a message from them while at breakfast that they were all down with a bug. Maybe my husbands wasn’t from drinking the water. Their son has been down for days and it started with him before we got here. They came from Cancun prior to the RPDC. I wouldn’t get into a panic, Husband was fine within 24 hours (and still could have been water, overindulgence or sun (or any combination of all)). No one else at this resort is sick by any stretch. I feel just fine. My theory; they don’t drink enough Tequila. That’s all I drink. Mexican tradition, drink Tequila before you eat and after you eat. You’ll be fine. ‘Nuff said. Anyway, our day was now open so, with Husbands gut feeling top notch, we headed out to “town”.

First stop, Mega. Never been there, wanted to check it out. T’was fun, Not the best Tequila selection, cool looking seafood, nice meats. But we aren’t in the market for any of that. Was actually looking for a cover for my Best Buy Kiosk iPad mini. They had none. Next stop, Walmart. No case there either. Oh well, Husband found three shirts (the Hawaiian type) for 50 pesos each, he couldn’t resist. I bought a towel (cause I needed it dipped in water as I was sweating my a$$ off). Off we went to venture down 5th.

Next stop on the list today was a massage. That HAD to make Husband feel better. Reached Magic Hands first so they win. Two 1 hour massages for $50…sold. Went upstairs and we were the only clients. Place was clean, no 10 star fancy schmancy spa, but it served it’s purpose. Jorge and Mary did a great job. I tipped each one $100 pesos for a job well done (not sure if that was protocol, but hey, it felt good). All lubed up and we were on our way.



Next task was to visit Ambar Mexicano. Husband loves Amber. Bought him some trinkets and we visited with Laura, the shop owner’s sister for about and hour and a half. Sweet lady. We spent a lot of time with her last time we were here. She brought out the Tequila (the good stuff) and we had a few drinks. Then she brought out the cheese. We snacked, bought, then left in search of a hat for Husband.



5th Ave hasn’t changed much. Some of those shop keepers are a trip. Good Lord, do they really think we all fall for that “Hey, I’m with RCI, I remember you from the other day”. Dude, if you are with RCI, I certainly wouldn’t be taking the time to talk to you. My favorite was a guy that said, “Hey, you dropped your wallet! It’s right down here!” NOT. I almost fell for it, but realized we hadn’t even stopped there. Geez.

Strolled down to where I bought my hat 3 years ago to find nothing even similar. By then it was after 1 and I was getting hungry. Since I had spent almost all my allotment for the day in cash on Amber for Hubby, we headed back to the Royal.











Almost back to the Royal, we stopped in at Tequila Town. Just to look. I knew I wanted to bring back a couple of bottles of “the good stuff”. I knew they didn’t have stuff like Jose Cuervo there...That's not the kind of tequila I want. We did a tasting or two (now that we learned how at the tequila tasting the other day) and told him we would be back for a more in depth tasting when we had more time. We tried the Extra Anjeo something... The Arrachera at Pelicano’s was calling my name.

Miguel practically forced two fish tacos down my throat. I HAD to eat them. Managed to eat every bit of my steak, mashed potatoes and the sliver of chili rellenos. Then the Husband FORCED me to share a coconut ice cream with him. So much for Weight Watchers.



Kelli, here is the "taco bar":



By this time, we had decide that more sun was last on our list. Remember, we were still lubed up from the massage. Came back to the room and took showers and sat on our balcony watching the idiots at the pool play pool games. What a hoot. Took a few drinks out there. Life sure is good.

Oh, forgot to tell you. Reason the internet is so good here is there is, I assume, a router in each room. This morning, ours was out. WHAT????? OMG!!!!! We called down, told the front desk and they said as soon as the “internet guy” came in, he would fix it. 10 min later, router was bounced remotely and we were good to go. Never even noticed this was up there until it made a noise while being rebooted. Love it.



Dinner was supposed to be in town with the Wolff’s but with them out of commission, we were on our own. With no reservations made, we decided on Asiana’s.



Another note (wow, these thoughts come randomly) The hotel seems to have been overtaken by young 20 something Texans (Wedding last night). I mean no offense, I’m a Texan myself, just stating a fact. They are everywhere. Not complaining, just letting you know the clientele changes at the drop of a hat (no pun intended). Think we’ll go to the quiet pool tomorrow and let the “young’uns” have the big pool. They are fun to watch though.

FYI: We scheduled with our Romance Concierge when we arrived a time for housekeeping and a time for turndown. They have not missed it!



Asiana for dinner was awesome as usual. I tried once again to find on the menu this dish that Mike Wolff tried to describe to me. Didn’t get it again. Some guy next to us ordered what I was trying to find and I asked what it was. It was Tempura Shrimp. Next time…

For dinner, Husband had Won Ton Soup, Spring rolls and Kai Ten Chicken. I had spring rolls and Teriyaki Shrimp. Husband wanted Tempura Fried Ice Cream...wow! Pictures to follow. Also dinner menu for those interested.

















Came back to the room to watch some TV and relax. After we eat, we are just too tired to do much of anything. What a bunch of lazy bones…

Some have asked about events during the week, what night and what time. Here is the schedule we were given:

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I'm so excited about the taco cart! Do you know what all meat choices they have? Is that where your fish tacos are coming from? They look delicious but I was hoping for grilled fish tacos too. It made my husband's night when I showed him that they still had his chicken/pineapple curry salad at Asiana's.

I checked the webcam earlier and it looks like great weather, hopefully you're working on a good Sunday buzz!
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How come some of the menus have prices on them? Hope that question hasn't been asked & answered & I just missed it. I ask because I have not been to an AI before.
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Drooling, the rainbow sushi and Thai beef salad has been my first meal there every year we went!

The prices are on the menu for people who are not staying there. When the Royal first opened, that resturant was a steakhouse. Actually, the first time we stayed there, it was still under construction and the next year it was a steakhouse and not included in the all-inclusive plan. It was open to the public. I think it was that way 2 years and then became Asianas and part of the resort, but maybe only one year. We never saw anyone eating there when it was a steakhouse.
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thanks! that clears up my confusion!
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How come some of the menus have prices on them? Hope that question hasn't been asked & answered & I just missed it. I ask because I have not been to an AI before.
Some of the restaurants are open to the general public. Some of the items, like lobster, are an additional charge (that's the only one we've seen that was extra.
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I'm so excited about the taco cart! Do you know what all meat choices they have? Is that where your fish tacos are coming from? They look delicious but I was hoping for grilled fish tacos too. It made my husband's night when I showed him that they still had his chicken/pineapple curry salad at Asiana's.

I checked the webcam earlier and it looks like great weather, hopefully you're working on a good Sunday buzz!
Kelli, the taco cart had shrimp, chicken, beef and fish tacos. Seriously, the fish tacos are to die for.
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Sunday - 06.16.2013

Again, a 5:15 a.m. morning. Why can’t I sleep on vacation? Guess I’m afraid I’m going to miss something. Today is Father’s Day and our Anniversary. We really didn’t have any plans today…

We headed off to Spice for breakfast. We’ve only eaten a disappointing lunch there, but decided to try it. We’ve heard good things. Glad we did. They had the same items as El Med but MORE! Food was great, service is confusing there. My personal preference is to have one waiter. At Spice, I swear, we must have had 5. Sorry, guys, you’re all not getting a tip. Anyway, again, the food was good. A couple of things were cold, but I didn’t make a fuss about it. Move on Pam.





Left and headed off to spend the day in the sun at the quiet pool. And today, it being Sunday, was quiet. EVERYONE was at the quiet pool. I really like it there. We started off at the Coffee House and the guy there was hilarious. Can’t for the life of me remember his name, but we just howled talking to him. Sat in our loungers and started soaking up the sun. We had also claimed a sun bed for later when the sun was too much. Don’t judge.

A couple of hours into the stay, the Wolff’s headed in. Finally, they are feeling better. I’m so glad. What a shame to miss two days of your vacation. A bit on the selfish side we missed them. Super nice people. We really enjoy their company. Spent an uneventful morning there. Highlight of the morning was feeding the iguana the strawberries from our sparkling wine. What a trip.





















Mike Wolff:



Josh and Joe:



Lee Wolff:



Quiet Pool:



Ate lunch at El Med. Nothing too exciting. A little too much wine, still eluding the so sought after BUZZ though, I just needed some food and water after my futile attempt. Had pizza. How un Mexican.

After lunch, hit the sun bed and took a short nap. I woke up to a bunch of people laughing and hollering at the bar. Oh well, so much for the quiet pool. By this time, it was 3:40 so we headed up to the room where I could take a proper nap and get ready for our 6:30 p.m. reservation at Maria, Maria’s.



Maria, Maria’s was everything everyone said it was. Food was fabulous! Service was the same. Sergio was our waiter. Very nice, sharp waiter. I had: Scallops (forgot the proper name from the menu), Caesar salad for two (we shared) and the Ribeye, with the soufflé Gran Marnier for dessert. Order that soufflé when you order your meal. Takes 20 to make. Husband had: Lobster bisque, Caesar salad and Princess Veal (veal with spinach rolled up inside…He didn’t like it) and the soufflé.























Turn down for tonight:



After dinner, we headed up to the room to watch a movie from our iPod (husband brought cables to hook up to the TV) and just chill. Wonderful day!



FYI: They are still fumigating rooms and pool furniture etc in the evenings. Not sure what they are using or why. Some pink liquid in the back-pack. I've seen them spray several rooms and balconies in the quiet pool area and every night, they do around the main pool. Have not seen them do rooms or balconies in the "main" portion of the hotel. Who knows.

Garden from the entrance to our room:



Video from yesterday...for your viewing pleasure:


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What is the last picture from Marie Maria? It looks like a huge fried/stuffed shrimp (has 2 lime green dots on each side). Was just wondering since it looks interesting.

Now that I can see your Marie Maria's pictures closer I don't think we tried it on our last visit so I need to make it a point to do so.

Does Pelicano's, Asiana, El Mediteraneo & Spice all stay open through lunch & dinner or are there some down times? I couldn't remember & my husband was asking.
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Great reporting and delightful pics! It brings back fond memories of our trip there in January........thanks!
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I just realized how much I miss the RPDC. Great report. Thanks for including us on your vaca!
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What is the last picture from Marie Maria? It looks like a huge fried/stuffed shrimp (has 2 lime green dots on each side). Was just wondering since it looks interesting.

Now that I can see your Marie Maria's pictures closer I don't think we tried it on our last visit so I need to make it a point to do so.

Does Pelicano's, Asiana, El Mediteraneo & Spice all stay open through lunch & dinner or are there some down times? I couldn't remember & my husband was asking.
It was some sort of appetizer. We didn't care for it. Didn't taste like crab but rather a doughball.

Spice hours: breakfast 7-11:30, lunch 12:30-5, dinner 6-11
Pelicano's: breakfast 7-10:30, lunch 11:30-4, dinner 5-11
Asiana: lunch 12-5, dinner 5-11
Tapas: lunch 12-5, dinner 6-11
Maria Maria's: dinner 6-11
El med: breakfast 7-10:30, lunch 12:00-4, dinner 5:30-10
Chefs plate: dinner 6-11
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What are your plans for the next couple of days with all the rain we're suppose to be getting down here? Makes us wish we were at our resort already instead of stuck in our room at playa palms...
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Thanks so much for the hours!! Just wanted to make sure I could constantly get food somewhere besides room service and it looks like I'm solid on that. I remembered from our honeymoon that the 24-hour lounge food wasn't that great & I like to snack at random times throughout the day....ok I'll be honest...I like to snack all day everyday!

I got home & the 1st thing I did was turn the Real Resorts webcam on (can you say EXCITED) and noticed some of the guys scrambling around...it looked like they were rushing to get stuff out of the rain. I hope that your last 2 days there are still great!!!
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