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Not Really A Trip Report

This will mainly be photos, without a lot of commentary and probably mostly photos of food. Over the last 12 years of vacationing in the Riviera Maya my wife and I have done most all of the touristy things...ruins, snorkeling, zip lines, etc. and now our trips are mainly about relaxation. We do try to eat healthy food at home, but on vacation food for us is a big part of the experience and we will eat just about anything.
 
Briefly, our vacation so far...arrived Monday, stayed 4 days at Hotel Del Sol on HMB, moved here to Puerto Morelos yesterday (Friday) and will be here until the 13th.
Note: My laptop charger has been fading in and out, so I will post when it and time allows.
 
Early sunrise our first full day on HMB.

 
Breakfast our first morning was from what we call trunk food sold out of the trunk of a car on HMB
 

 
We each had one chicken salbute and one ground beef empanada, yummy and cheap!

 
Dinner that night at Cueva Del Pescador was arrachera for me
 

 
And breaded fish for Babs
 

 
One evening we had dinner at La Buena Vida where we ran into our old friend Arsenio who used to work at the Akumal Beach Resort
 

 
I enjoyed the beef tacos

 
And Babs loved her veggie quesadilla
 

 
 
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    Our old friend Wilbert with a pitcher of CDP's famous margaritas
     

     
    Some of you may remember Sergio who used to work at the ABR
     

     
    Sergio's two adorable granddaughters and grandson 
     

     
    Every time we invite locals to dinner at CDP they all order the exact same thing, mixed seafood ceviche with extra habanero peppers added. Kinda funny watching Sergio's 18 month old grandson wolf down the spicy mixture.
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    Re: Not Really A Trip Report 2017/12/02 14:23:12 (permalink)
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    We were told that Cueva del Pescador was going to be opening a second restaurant soon, since their one near Yal Ku closed. This one is in the Akumal Pueblo, at the beginning of the last block before you reach the end of the pueblo, on the right. One of the waiters told us it would be named Cueva Dos, not sure on that one. Also, one of the locals told us that they might have trouble getting a liquor license in this new location because it is so close to a school.
     

     
    A sunset on HMB
     

     
    And a rainbow, one afternoon after a brief shower
     

     
     
     
     

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    Re: Not Really A Trip Report 2017/12/02 14:48:31 (permalink)
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    On our arrival in Puerto Morelos yesterday, our first stop was for one of Babs' favorite meals, Seafood Bisque at La Sirena
     

     
    And last night, I got to enjoy one of my favorite meals in PM, Seafood Mixiote at El Pesquero, a mix of shrimp, octopus and squid in a not-too-spicy sauce.
     

     
    And Babs had her El P favorite, breaded shrimp
     

     
    Dessert late last night in the square was the low-cal treat Churros con Cajeta 
     

     
    The churros were made by this lovely lady, Dolly, who always greets us with a smile and a hug
     

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    Re: Not Really A Trip Report 2017/12/02 15:16:51 (permalink)
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    Nice pictures Badger, thanks for posting, those beef tacos do look yummy - well they all look pretty good come to that
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    Re: Not Really A Trip Report 2017/12/02 17:13:48 (permalink)
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    Great talking to you guys earlier. I will be dreaming about those churros tonight. Any chance you'd be able to mule a jar of cajeta back to Wisconsin?
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    Re: Not Really A Trip Report 2017/12/02 18:49:38 (permalink)
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    Great food porn, Pablo!  Oh how I love the breaded fish at CDP!

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    Re: Not Really A Trip Report 2017/12/03 06:06:42 (permalink)
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    Thanks for your comments, ladies and Cindy, yes, I will try to find one for you.

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    Re: Not Really A Trip Report 2017/12/03 06:34:37 (permalink)
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    Breakfast yesterday was "trunk food" once again
     

     
    We bought 5 delicious tacos, two with eggs & herbs and 3 pork for an equivalent of $4 U.S.
     

     
    We enjoyed our desayuno out on the balcony of our condo (I'll get a balcony photo later)
     


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    Re: Not Really A Trip Report 2017/12/03 06:52:23 (permalink)
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    Dinner last night was at a new (at least for us) place called El Campanarios, which features steaks and empanadas
     

     
    Dinner began with fresh, warm, crusty bread with herbed butter
     

     
    One of our appetizers, these cheese stuffed jalapenos 

     
    My huge and very tasty T-bone, done perfectly
     

     
    Babs' Roquefort cheese and spinach empanada was big enough for two
     

     
    Total cost for dinner, including 2 apps and 3 margaritas was about $35 with a large tip.
     
    Another bonus was this big boy, Bruno, who is allowed to stay at the edge of the restaurant where I supplied him with a few treats
     

     
     
     
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    Re: Not Really A Trip Report 2017/12/03 11:20:44 (permalink)
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    Re: Not Really A Trip Report 2017/12/04 06:25:05 (permalink)
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    Thank you, Tooter.
     
    I didn't take a lot of photos yesterday, Babs made bacon, and banana pancakes for breakfast, then we went to Chedraui to stock up the condo. Later I walked to Caribelos to buy our lunch, tortas carne asada, less than $2 U.S. each.
     

     
     
    Our balcony, which also has a lounger near the opposite wall.
     
     

     
    For years Mexico has required cigarette makers to print some pretty graphic scenes on the cigarette packs in order to discourage smoking, but the one I saw yesterday may be the scariest one yet. The warning translates to "Smoking is a cause of impotency"
     

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    Re: Not Really A Trip Report 2017/12/04 06:53:13 (permalink)
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    What a Monday morning treat!  All my favorite stuff from all my favorite places.  I am kicking myself for not getting some of that trunk food breakfast empanada action though.  We were always up too early too take advantage.  Next time.  Did you watch the game alt La Sirena?

     



     

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    Re: Not Really A Trip Report 2017/12/04 15:25:36 (permalink)
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    Fantastic shots, Badger, thanks!
    Where was the street food guy set up in PM? And do you know if the nice ladies are still grilling chicken and ribs at their little place on Ninos Heroes?
    By the way, El Campanarios has got to be one of our favourite restaurants on the whole coast, great food, great prices.
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    Re: Not Really A Trip Report 2017/12/04 18:23:18 (permalink)
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     Where is El Campanarios, We will be in Akumal in early March and want to try it out. Looks GREAT!
     P.S. Thanks for the great report!
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    Re: Not Really A Trip Report 2017/12/04 21:50:52 (permalink)
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    It's a great trip report.  Yum...Look at all that good food!  I am so glad you are posting these. 
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    Re: Not Really A Trip Report 2017/12/05 06:38:49 (permalink)
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    Thanks for your comments everyone, much appreciated.
     
    Mike, street food guy's name is Roy, he sets up usually Mon-Sat around 7 am on Rojo Gomez, about 1 block South of the square. If you look at the photo, above his shoulder you can see a lady in the background, beyond her is a truck that is parked in front of the Catholic church. Not sure about the BBQ chicken, will try to get by there in the next couple of days.
     
    HG, El Campanario is in Puerto Morelos. In PM there are 3 streets that run North and South & parallel to the ocean, the one closest to the beach is Raphael Melgar, the next is Rojo Gomez, the 3rd Ninos Heroes. El C is on Calle Isla Mujeres, the first cross street about one long block South of the square, between Raphael Melgar and Ninos Heroes.
     
    Crunch, when we are going to eat the trunk food on HMB we usually eat something light around 7 am and then grab the street food around 9.
    I managed to find a live stream online to watch the Packers game, sometimes La Sirena can be pretty crazy during NFL games.
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    The view from our balcony overlooks a schoolyard
     

     
    And looking a little South is the commercial dock, I zoomed in on this cargo ship yesterday
     

     
    A few pix from the zoo
     

     

     
     


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    Dinner last night at Salciccium
     

     
    I had the Sausage Degustation (whatever that means )
     
    A rather provocative presentation of the sausage, we thought maybe that's what Degustation means
     

     
    And Babs had a seafood mixture in pita bread
     

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    Re: Not Really A Trip Report 2017/12/05 10:53:36 (permalink)
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    Badger, so enjoyed your trip report and pics this morning over coffee.  Look forward to more fun times.  And, yes, the  sausage presentation was quite depictive. MB


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    Re: Not Really A Trip Report 2017/12/05 16:01:07 (permalink)
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    Nice pictures, thanks again. Now I am hungry for sausage, think I might order a nice sausage and onion pizza for dinner. Glad you are both having a great time
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    Re: Not Really A Trip Report 2017/12/05 21:26:38 (permalink)
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    I'm really enjoying the pics.  Thanks so much!
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    Re: Not Really A Trip Report 2017/12/06 06:23:16 (permalink)
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    Thanks for the comments!
     
    Another photo of Roy's breakfast food truck, we've found the old adage is true, always eat at the places that the locals frequent
     

     
     
    In the afternoon we went to a couple of the local beach bars, this one is called My Paradise, usually great people watching
     

     
    And two-for-one margs at Unico Beach Club
     

     
    Happy Hour at My Paradise is from 3-4 pm daily and then Unico from 4-5. My paradise only includes certain drinks at the HH price, while Unico includes most, I think.
     
    Back to our favorite place for dinner, El Pesquero, where Babs had an amazing Shrimp Ceviche
     

     
    And I had one of my favorites, Felipe calls it the "skirts of the King Conch", not on the menu and only available at certain times, but when they do have it he always lets me know
     

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    Re: Not Really A Trip Report 2017/12/06 06:47:46 (permalink)
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    It all looks so good!  That sausage presentation though is hilarious.  I cannot quit smiling!
     
    How did Babs like the seafood mix in pita bread?  I am intrigued......

     



     

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    Re: Not Really A Trip Report 2017/12/06 08:21:47 (permalink)
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    on the sausage!
    It is so cold here. I REALLY wish we were there!

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