Steak and Pork al Pastor with Avocado (from Carboncitas)
The first might we headed into town for a late lunch at Carboncitas. I don't (didn't) eat pork, but Becky recommended their pork al pastor, served on tortillas with a slice of pineapple. In an attempt to be somewhat Paleo )no, beer is still not considered Paleo...), I ordered this pile of delicious meat. This was me branching out into the world of pork...yes, I had my first major encounter with pork (since I was 10) in Mexico. Good call! This was SO incredibly moist and flavorful! The beans, although smoky and flavorful, were not eaten. Cold Mexican Beer + el Pastor = Perfection!!!
The next day we ventured out of town into Akumal and Tulum for a little snorkeling and relaxation.
Tree House for beer drinking and whatnot...dangerous or adventurous!?
Half Moon Bay (Akumal):
Once we got back to town we headed out for dinner at El Fogon, a little hole in the wall Mexican restaurant, frequented by the locals. I ordered the taco al pastor with pineapple and loved every bite of that little morsel! I also shared the meat extravaganza (beef, pork, chicken, chorizo, onions, and cactus...oh my!) pictured below, with Bill and Scott.
After dinner we headed out for gelato; it should be noted that we were in the presence of our friend Bill, who happens to have the uncanny ability to turn anything into a competition...this one, we called "Gelatocide". I know...wild. :)
There are about a bazzillion gelaterias in the downtown area, but our (the guys) focus was going to be 5th Ave...the goal: eat gelato at every gelateria and end the challenge with ice cream at Haagen Dazs...yeah...strange. The winner was Bill, who consumed about 15 scoops of gelato and finally this concoction from HD:
The next morning we were picked up at 9am and headed out for a catamaran trip in Catamaya. They served your choice of steak, shrimp, lobster, or hamburger...Scott and I had shrimp and steak (cooked perfectly!).
That night we headed back into town for dinner with our friend Kendall (who lives in Playa during the Summer, teaching yoga and enjoying life...nice!), to celebrate our 6th anniversary.
Chliean Sea Bass w/Veggies:
Gniocchi w/Lobster and Asparagus:
The following pictures are taken at the beautiful home that Becky found for our stay...right on the beach and a really quick walk in to town...perfect!
Coconuts at our fingertips:
And, a view from the pool:
From the patio:
Brent, Cindy, Becky, Bill, Me, and Scott:
Thank you, Becky for planning this incredible weekend! Together we celebrated our 6-year anniversary, Cindy's Birthday, and Father's Day...good times! When's our next trip to Playa!?