Last week our family had a lovely holiday in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. We stayed at an all-inclusive Spa and Resort. "All inclusive" you say?... err... not exactly a foodies type of holiday, but, we were happily surprised.
There were some buffet meals (mostly breakfast) which had your traditional eggs, omelets to order, bacon, pastries and breads etc. but they also featured unique alternatives like their beautifully designed egg and pumpkin flower tarts. They had a wonderful fruit selection which included figs, dragon fruit, kumquat, guava, lychee, pomegranate, carambola (starfruit), plus all the typical fruits such as strawberry, blueberry etc. (many of which were listed 'organic' - yay!) The fruit variety was fantastic for this fruit obsessed girl:-)
The dinners were pretty exceptional. With my brother and his family there, David and I were able to enjoy our first date night since Aria was born (two years ago). It was a big success and we actually went out two nights, alone, to the same restaurant (thank you guys!). We reserved at a french restaurant in the resort called Piaf, named after the fabulous french vocalist Edith Piaf. The decor of the restaurant was stunning, the service was intimate and perfect and the food was mmmmmmmmmmm...... Every bite was exquisite.
|The restaurant Piaf (sorry the dim lighting makes it difficult to see this beautiful space)|
David and I love to make fresh margarita's at home in the late afternoon on a sunny day. Using natural ingredients is important to us so we use fresh strawberries and squeeze our own juice. We prefer ours blended but if you prefer your margarita "on the rocks" then follow this simple recipe but instead of adding 2 cups of ice in the blender, omit and poor the remaining blended ingredients over your rocks (ice:)
Oh, the name of the resort was Grand Velas Resort and Spa - Riviera Maya. If you're ever heading that way, please take me with you!!!
Strawberry and Orange Margarita
6 strawberries (or 1 cup of whole strawberries)
1/2 cup to 1 cup of tequila (depending on how weak or strong you like your Margarita's)
1 oz of triple sec
2 cups of ice