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Old 11-15-2015   #1 (permalink)
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But don’t get too excited

My husband and I have been going to Playa about twice a year since our first visit in February 2009. This was my first trip without him (he “had” to work. He owns his own business, so he should get to take off whenever he wants, right? Isn’t that how small business ownership works? No? Remind me not to open my own small business!), so I went to Playa by myself for two weeks. Kind of. A couple of gals I know from Texas happened to also be there for a few days, and I did meet about 1/3 of the population of St. Joseph, MO (how ‘bout those Royals?!), as well as some lovely folks from Canada.

I suppose this technically qualifies as a “trip report”, but don’t get too excited because it’s not going to be nearly as detailed (or fun) as a JackJack or VermiciousKnid report. I’m not really a picture taker, and the photos I do take you’ve either seen before or would find utterly boring: “Oh! The beach with almost no seaweed!”; “Oh. The beach after it rained and LOTS of seaweed”; “My first Sol on the beach – happy face!”; “My last Sol on the beach – sad face”; “Look, one of the eleventy bajillion geckos on the property and I had to be super sneaky to get a photo because those suckers are FAST!”; “Here’s the storefront of Siete Detalles, and even though everything is so pretty, I NEVER go inside because I’m afraid I’ll break something”. You get the “picture”. I’m also lazy, and trip reports are a LOT of work (thank you to all of you who take the time to do them!), so there’s that. This report will be similar to the one EricaBrooke posted listing everywhere she and her new husband ate, and since we all love Playa in part because of the food, I thought I would share what little I had.

Since I had two weeks in Playa, I planned on pacing myself and being conservative with my pesos, but then I ended up having to blow through a ton my last few days. Luckily I managed to find the Most Expensive Shirt in Mexico – a Chicharito jersey – for my sister, who is a huge fan (the guy said “$1200 pesos”, I said “En serio?!!” I got him down to $700p, which may have still been too much, but I guess I like my sister enough to spend $40. I hope she remembers that when I’m old and need someone to clean up after me). I ate a number of meals at the condo I was staying at (Plantation House – which I LOVED! Charming Caribbean feel and a fantastic location - barely two blocks to Dirty Martini – perfect!), but here are the meals I ate out:

Breakfast

El Jardin: Chilaquiles verde with eggs, fresh orange juice: $75. Um, guys. I don’t know why this place wasn’t packed. Just as good (and pretty) as Cueva del Chango, and half the price! The owner was very welcoming, and this may be my new fave breakfast spot.

Imprevist: Continental Breakfast – Green juice (chaya, celery, and orange juices), bread & pastry basket, homemade marmalade, fruit, yogurt, honey, granola, espresso: $85. This was a nice, light option for breakfast, as well as convenient as it was directly across the street from where I was staying.

Imprevist: Green juice (yes I love green juice, although sometimes I think it would benefit from the addition of vodka), spinach, leek, and goat cheese egg white omelette, house special potatoes, bread & pastry basket, homemade marmalade, fruit, yogurt, honey, granola , hot tea: $175. It was good, not great, but good. The omelette was too leek-y and not goat cheese-y enough, and I honestly could’ve done without the yogurt plate and taken more potatoes (but that may be the Irish in me). And I should know better by now than to order tea in Mexico. They give you luke-warm water and it all basically tastes the same, regardless of what the bag says it’s supposed to be.

BioNatural: Mediterranean Omelette (omelette with sun dried tomatoes, goat cheese, and chimichurri sauce), accompanied with side salad (nice light dressing, though still felt odd to be eating salad at breakfast) and organic bread, “Liquid Gold” juice (cucumber, pineapple, turmeric, ginger. Yes, it was green): $129. Now THIS omelette had some goat cheese! I enjoyed it far more than my Imprevist omelette. The Liquid Gold juice was probably my favorite green juice over all (ha, that’s a funny thing to type. What kind of dork has a “favorite green juice”?). You get the option of bread or tortillas, and had I known the bread would be served dry (no butter, no jam, nada), I would’ve gone with the tortillas.

Lunch

La Senda: Lentil burger, side salad, cucumber/mint/lime juice (green!): $110. Quite a large “burger”, and actually quite good. Food did take a little while to come out, but I didn’t mind as a gentleman with a guitar stopped to sing and he had the loveliest tenor voice.

Wah Wah: Greek Salad: $100. This thing, like much of the stuff on Wah Wah’s menu, was HUGE. It was good, but I barely ate half of it. Came with pita triangles.

Wah Wah: Chicken Souvlaki with side salad: $110?. I mostly just got this in honor of my dear husband, thousands of miles away, because he always enjoys it. It is good, but not something I would crave.

Dinner

Imprevist: Vegetarian Risotto (seared goat cheese, marinated beetroot, almonds. Yes, I love goat cheese even more than I love green juice): $180. My favorite dish of the trip. In fact, I had it twice (my first and last nights). I feel like I need seared goat cheese in my life every single day.

Kaxapa Factory: Cachapa 3 Quesos: $75. I wish there was a Venezuelan restaurant in my home town. That I could walk to and from. You definitely need to walk off a cachapa.

La Famiglia: Picoso Ravioli (spinach and ricotta ravioli in tomato sauce with garlic and chile): $147. First time in all these years that I’ve been to La Famiglia – I cleaned my plate.

Trattoria del Centro: Rigatoni in vodka sauce: $150? Thought I would give this place another shot since I had read it had been renovated and offered a re-vamped menu. I think “re-vamped” means “more expensive”. It wasn’t terrible, and the portions are good sized, but it just didn’t taste like fresh pasta to me. Maybe I just have too fond memories of when it was between 10 & 15, basically sitting in a driveway. I don’t think I ever need to go back. But it IS prettier now.


I also ate Pizza Renzo more than once (I blame the martinis. Not that I would scoff at $20p pizza when I was sober), copious amounts of “Queso Extremo” popcorn, and tried a Mexican sparkling wine, Orlandi, that wasn’t half bad. All in all it was a wonderful trip, though without my husband there I finally understood why postcards say “wish you were here”.
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Very nice. Mmmmm - goat cheese!!!
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We stayed at the Plantation House in February and also loved it!
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Where is El Jardin ? Always up for a good chiliquiles for breakfast and will be looking early next month.
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Where is El Jardin ? Always up for a good chiliquiles for breakfast and will be looking early next month.
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20th between 10 & 15, in a garden behind a rock wall. They're not open on weekends. You can check out the menu on their Facebook page.
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20th between 10 & 15, in a garden behind a rock wall. They're not open on weekends. You can check out the menu on their Facebook page.
I usually get extra cash exchanged at the little place right there at the corner. Have always wanted to go there. Staying down the street in a few weeks at 20th and 20th ish.....will have to try!
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Sounds like a great trip and a veritable Movable Feast. But goat cheese? Green juice? Breakfast salad? How can you hope to gain any reasonable amount of weight on a diet of goat cheese, green drinks, and breakfast salad? You can't. (Oh.) So, who had the best steak, ribs, arrachera, bolonesa, hamburguesas, salchicha, and cochenita pibil? (Actually, now that I think of it, what I really want to know is who has the best grilled or roasted lamb?)

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So close to A-Nah! I can't wait!
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