While Barb and I put in plenty of quality time at the beach and at our favorite swim-up bar, we also spent just as much time exploring all of the food options the resort has to offer. During our entire stay, there wasn't a single meal we didn't enjoy - and we made sure to sample everything from the buffet-style breakfast spot through all of the formal dinner restaurants. Every single restaurant was on point with their food preparation, presentation, and service (there was *so* much delicious food!). Needless to say, I could easily fill ten posts with photos from every meal, but for brevity's sake, I narrowed it down to a few of my favorites from our time in foodie paradise...
One of my favorite experiences was the wine tasting class with Head Sommelier Alberto Ek (the most personable sommelier I've ever met!). He lead us through a variety of exercises focused on fine-tuning our sense of smell (using this aroma kit) and introduced us to the wines of Mexico. I walked away with a new appreciation for wine and sommeliers, along with some new favorites from Casa Madero.
After the Top Chef viewing party, Barb and I stopped by El Patio for a late-night taste of modern Mexican cuisine.
Beef Filet with black recado sauce and chorizo. Not only was this one of my favorite dishes of the entire trip, it was also one of the best pieces of beef I've ever had! The black recado sauce was ridiculously good with its deep flavor and light/slow heat.
Trio of Tacos: beef toungue, cochinita, and pastor style. While I was prepared to like the cochinita and pastor tacos, I didn't have high hopes for the beef tongue (as the preparations I've had before were all very dry and chewy). I was surprised by how tender and flavorful it was!
Secrets Akumal Riviera!
This trip was coordinated in conjunction with Secrets Resorts, Amstar, and Apple Vacations; thanks for supporting the companies that support chicago foodie girl!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary stay and services to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are my own.