1. Cabo Coffee Co.
This was some damn fine coffee! The Cabo Coffee Company has two locations in Cabo, and if I had even an inch of extra space in my suitcase, I’d find a way to smuggle a few pounds home with me. Looks like those souvenir shot glasses are gonna get the boot.
Paired with some lactose free milk (leche deslactosada)…
Nothing like some fresh local java to put some pep in your step (not that anyone needs to be productive while in Mexico…).
Runner up coffee selection goes to Blason Premium Coffee.
It’s from Oaxaca, in the coffee producing region of Pluma; and although I loved it, the rest of the fam was only so-so about it (hence the switch to Cabo Coffee Co).
2. Produce, produce, produce
There’s a commercial grocery store near the Cabo airport (called Mega) which, in addition to regular groceries, has fresh baked goods and amazing produce.
(I have a million and one strawberry, apple, banana, mango, and blueberry pics, so I’ll spare you and just post these)
Also at Mega, they have baked goods on display and you take a tray and serving tongs and pile on whatever you want and then take it to the counter where they wrap it all up for you. My parents and Kyle went with the sweeter breakfast items while I stuck with the freshly baked rolls. It’s safe to say I dominated the carbs on this vacay. Bread…chips…tortillas…all winners in my book.
3. Baja Brewing Co.
We heard about this place from a few different people…and who turns down a recommendation for a good brewskie? Nobody in my fam (well, except my non-hops-lovin Mom).
The brewery is located atop the Cabo Villas (one of the hotels on the main beach), and the view alone is worth the trip.
I ordered the Baja Blonde, which (from the menu) is “a German style lager, similar in many ways to traditional Mexican lager beers.” It was light and refreshing – a success in my book. My Dad went with the Peyote India Pale Ale, which was a true IPA (aka aggressively bitter). He loves that hop bite. They warn that this flavor intensive ale is not for the weak beer drinker but if you like to challenge your palette, this hop extravaganza will satisfy. Kyle opted for the Peliroja. For this brew, “a well balanced combination of malts and hops come together to produce a red full bodied beer. Aromatic at first, the malt soon dominates the flavor of this ale, finally giving way to a smooth hop finish. This beer has the most flavor, aroma and body of the three beers.” Oddly enough, they don’t recommend this beer for those who say they like light beers…which is funny since Kyle likes light beers, but also enjoyed this one.
We all passed our pints around, and I definitely liked mine the best. My Mom hates beer and stuck with Coke, which was probably a wise choice in the end since I found myself rather tipsy at the end of the meal. Day drinking is NOT for the faint of heart.
For the food part of lunch, I went with the Butter-Parsley Shrimp Salad
which was mixed greens tossed with pepper-lime vinaigrette, Tuscan white beans, cherry tomatoes, and jicama. I actually tasted a few of the shrimpies, but they didn’t do anything for me, so my Dad and Kyle took care of the rest.
4. Pancho’s Restaurant & Tequila Bar
I had some issues with this place at first, but it won my heart over in the end. Well, actually, it was Kyle’s crafty ordering that smoothed things over, but either way, I was satisfied with my meal, so who cares how it ended up in the win column, so long as it made it’s way there, right?
After single-handedly finishing this bowl of pico de gallo with two baskets of tortilla chips, I wasn’t exactly hungry.
Still, I wanted a little somethin’ somethin’ and I figured it wouldn’t be too hard for them to through together a taco with beans and veggies. Not so. Apparently, since it wasn’t on the menu, it wasn’t able to be entered into the computerized billing system. Unable to figure out a way around the system,
Kyle my Prince Charming swooped in to save the day. Instead of ordering enchiladas, he ordered the combo platter (which comes with a tostada, burrito, and taco) and asked for the taco to be veggies only.
That broccoli/carrot filled number on the end was mine
It also came with a side of bean and rice, which I added into the taco.
My Dad ordered fried plantains for dessert, which I know will make one girl very jealous.
5. Costco bulk buys
Yes, there is a Costco in Cabo. And if you are a Costco member in the US, your card works in Mexico, too. Although this store doesn’t have Sabra, I think I may actually prefer their brand (gasp!).
This is basically just an excuse for me to show you how little my lifestyle (eating habits) change regardless of my location. Sure, the tubs of hummus are suited for a family of twelve…but has that ever stopped me before? Not so much.
Again, this is a tiny fraction of the veg platters I created while in paradise.
The first thing I noticed (and liked) about Sibari Humus was that it was WAY more dense than any other brands (tortilla chips broke off while scooping). The second thing that really sealed it’s place in my heart was how it was topped with sunflower seeds, and also had a uniquely sunflower-y nutty flavor to it. I’ve never tried SunButter, but now I am intrigued…maybe this winning marriage is the result of a tahini replacement (by it’s cousin seed the sunflower?).
Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), like all other Costcos, everything is sold in bulk (read: you better have a bomb shelter to store whatever you are about to buy), so we had to go to a regular grocery store (or in our case Walmart) to get a six-pack of soda. Not everyone wants to consume 800 servings of
Diet Coke crack in a week (please note I said “not everyone,” but I didn’t necessarily include myself in that group).
I believe there is no explanation needed for this.
If anyone could live off of dips alone, it would be me. Hummus and guacamole should be in their own food group.