|Food, glorious food.|
So, naturally, the dinners Dan and I had on our honeymoon were affairs to remember. One of our favorites - and, oddly, one of the few restaurants in Cancun that actually served authentic Mexican food - was at Hacienda Sisal.
Firstly, let me say this: Cancun was developed as a tourist playground and there are pros and cons to this approach. Pros: Cancun is very safe, clean, and easy to navigate. The beaches are gorgeous and the nightlife is varied and exciting: clubs to dance all night in, 5-star restaurants to satisfy any Top Chef, casinos to gamble to your heart's content, and bars that offer up not just super-sized but VACATION-SIZED drinks in a rainbow assortment of liquors. (Vacation-sized = you're pretty much getting a fishbowl's worth of margarita down your gullet. Yum.)
And then there are the cons, which are really only one (but it's a big one): if you're looking for authentic Mexican culture . . . this ain't it. It's kind of like going to Las Vegas and then saying you've "seen the States." Or going to Paris and saying you've "done Europe." Yeah, no. Sorry I'm not sorry. And before we get snippy in the comments, let me just say: there's nothing wrong with Vegas! Lord knows I love me a little gambling! (Remind me to tell you some day about the time I won $1,500 from an Aruban slot machine.) I think there's room enough in this world to enjoy both vacationing and traveling, and there's nothing inherently wrong with preferring one over the other. I happen to love both.
The restaurant hosts tons of events, and you can choose whether you want to sit in the area with a stage (dinner-theater style) or in a separate dining room. We chose the separate dining room, which was conveniently located next to a window that overlooked the stage so we ended up getting the best of both worlds: the quiet with which to enjoy our meal and the spectacular flash and pomp of a troupe performing traditional Mexican folk dances. (Which, ohmygodthecolors. How I failed to get photos of their spangled sparking rainbow outfits, I'll never know. I was mesmerized.)
|Blurry en flambé!|
Anyway, the moral of this story is that summer is almost here and we should all eat more Mexican food because it's delicious and the universe wants us to be happy. Bye!
|This is a big picture of strawberries en flambé. Because, you know,|
sometimes you need proof that you ate a meal and it was good.