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Mexico Munching: Final Highlights

4 Jun

Day 5 would bring one of the most eventful nights of the trip, as we headed down to a restaurant called Del Lago, which hosts a Mexican style buffet along with live entertainment.

Inside of Del Lago

A creative light fixture at Del Lago, made from baskets

A weekly event, guests of the resort are invited down to this beautiful venue situated on a lagoon, where they receive various greeting gifts, including a delicious tamarind margarita, the first of many unlimited refreshments of the night.

Tamarind margarita

After I polished off this exotic flavoured margarita, I decided to go for the more commonly consumed lime variety, and then went to scope out the vast offerings of food, spread out on tables decorated with whimsical designs.

Lime margarita

Del Lago buffet

Tortilla soup station

Guests choose from an assortment of traditional soups, salads, mains and desserts, with truly something for every appetite. My plate was adorned with a colourful spread containing the usual suspects of tortilla chips, guacamole, salsa, beans and corn salad, as well as an easy-to-eat corn-on-the-cob…on a stick. I also enjoyed pulled chicken served on a hand-packed corn tortilla, a beef toquito, and some flavourful Mexican rice that they garnish with peas, corn, hard-boiled eggs, and grilled plantain.

For dessert I stuck mainly to  fresh fruit, but couldn’t resist a Mexican crêpe drizzled with dulce de leche. A glass of rice and cinnamon water was a stand-out treat for me, and although some may find it a tad gritty and rather peculiar tasting, I really enjoyed this unique beverage as I finished off my feast and began to watch the evening’s entertainment of dancers, singers, and acrobats displaying the history of Mexican culture through performance.

Mexican style crepe

Agua de Horchata: rice and cinnamon flavoured water

Performance at Del Lago

A floreadore (trick roper) backed up by a mariachi band

The final days of my vacation were filled with even more fantastic food and delicious drinks as I soaked in the last of the warm rays before returning to rainy Victoria. A casual dish of grilled fish served with lettuce, avocado, tomato, and a collection of spicy sauces, as well as a classic piña colada made up my final lunch, after eating my only hearty breakfast, once again at the buffet style restaurant of Del Lago (clearly no gym trips were attempted after this giant feast).

Empanada and grilled plantain

Grilled fish on corn tortillas

Piña colada with a heart-shaped pineapple garnish

One of most wonderful things I was introduced to during this vacation was cajeta. Made from goats milk instead of regular cow’s milk, this sweet treat is the Mexican version of the before mentioned dulce de leche, and makes an excellent topping for almost any dessert. Naturally, I couldn’t resist picking up a last-minute jar at the airport’s duty free store, so that I could bring home a bit of the sweetness of my vacation.

Cajeta de Cabra

A week of fun, food, delicious drinks, sunshine and most important of all, wonderful times spent with family – a great start to a summer that will no doubt be filled with all these amazing things as well!

For more, check out Mexico Munching: Day 1 and 2, and Mexico Munching: Day 3 and 4

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