Casitas Restaurant at the Ritz Carlton Cancun

20 Jul

Last night I had an amazing opportunity to go to the Ritz Carlton Cancun to see their first baby turtle release of the year. Within the next few weeks you’ll see more about their turtle program, but for now I wanted to share other parts of my visit.

When I walked into the lobby, I was excited to see an old buddy from college at the reception desk! (Cancun is a very small city.) So while I waited for my hostess, Eduardo (“Lalo”) and I got to catch up on old times. Paulina Feltrin, the hotel’s PR Director, came to greet me and gave me a tour of this immense hotel. It was amazing! Luxury restaurants, beautiful artwork, gorgeous facilities… *sigh* Everywhere we went, we were welcomed by smiling and attentive staff.

What really caught my eye was their culinary center. They offer cooking classes with Chef Rory Dunaway in this amazing kitchen:

I know, right?

As of now my cooking skills are limited to sandwiches,  spaghetti and some pretty great guacamole, but if my kitchen looked a bit more like this… I’d make cooking a priority! (Then I’d invite all of you guys over for fabulous brunches.)

After the turtle release (more on that later, I promise!), Paulina and I had an incredible dinner at their beach restaurant, Casitas. It was a truly beautiful setting in a private cabana overlooking the Caribbean. I got to practice my nighttime photography, which you guys know I’m still trying to master… so you know, apologies in advance for all blurriness.

Casitas Restaurant

Our private cabana

We started the meal with their seafood platter: shrimp, Alaskan king crab (my new favorite), lobster, oysters, tuna tartar and a variety of amazing dips.

**Word to the wise: You’re supposed to swallow oysters whole, not chew them. Learned this the hard way.

For the main course, I ordered the Petit Filet Mignon, which came with a selection of salts as well as chimichurri and bearnais sauce. Anyone who has had a meal with me knows that I tried them all! I also asked for a side of mashed potatoes with grated cheddar, which reminded me of my mom’s Twice Baked Potatoes. The entire main course was to die for, but unfortunately I was too busy enjoying it to take pictures. (shameful behavior for a blogger)

I did make up for it by taking pictures of dessert: a sampler of all their dessert options!

From left to right: chocolate with brownie, Key Lime Pie (best I've ever had!), orange and mandarin pannacotta, tiramisu, upside down pineapple cake, and cheesecake with raspberry cream

Paulina and I talked in Spanglish about culture, family, tourism and food throughout dinner, and completely lost track of time! It was 10:30 before I left to go home. By the time I walked out the door, I had fallen in love with their beach, the hotel, their community programs and Casitas restaurant.

Thanks so much to Paulina Feltrin and the Ritz Carlton Cancun for their incredible hospitality.

16 Responses to “Casitas Restaurant at the Ritz Carlton Cancun”

  1. ann July 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    great post !! just realized I’ve never written to you, but wanted you to know i totally enjoy everything you write……great sense of humor and just all around so much fun to read !

    And, since the turtles are my absolute favorite, I will be waiting to hear more from you…….we go to Cancun every October and seeing the turtles and last year being able to be involved in the release…..was AWESOME

    Thanks for great reading !

    • gringation July 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

      Thanks for the sweet comments, ann! Glad you love the blog, and I hope to keep hearing from you.

  2. Ang July 20, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    Wow – that sounds like a truly amazing opportunity! and it looks like an amazing place as well – thanks for sharing all the details, can’t wait to hear about the rest!!

  3. DM July 20, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    Well, now I know where I want to stay when I come to Cancun! LOL. It’s gorgeous, and I love that kitchen too. Those desserts are WOW.

    Your night photography? Is looking fabulous. I love the shot of the cabanas you got, and the table is gorgeous.

  4. Nikki July 20, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    Holy cannoli that dinner sounds amazing! I want that kitchen too!

  5. christinamatias July 20, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    Wow!I am super jealous!Looks like you had a nice time.Do not think I could ever afford to stay there though!

  6. lisa n javi July 20, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    Those desserts look delicous and I love how cool the tables look at night. Got your email the other day Gracias!

  7. Megan July 21, 2011 at 5:09 am #

    Hello. I’m jealous!!!! Sounds like an amazing dinner and a fabulous opportunity! Can’t wait to hear more about the turtle release.

  8. CancunCanuck July 21, 2011 at 5:30 am #

    Sounds like a wonderful evening, great post!

  9. KfromMichigan July 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    I love to cook and would be in heaven to have a kitchen that looks that wonderful. I understand the Ritz doesn’t allow tourists to venture in if you aren’t a guest there. Would love to check out the place and perhaps have dinner. Sounds like a great time.

    • gringation July 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

      K – You can absolutely go there! Their restaurants and cooking classes are open to anyone, although I’d recommend reserving in advance.

  10. Kathryn July 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    Oh wow- I would kill for that kitchen! And that restaurant looks amazing? Those lit-up tables are so beautiful- are the tables themselves actually lit up or is it the reflection of some sort of light fixture? I want those desserts!!!!

  11. Krysten July 22, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    Oh my gosh that place is AMAZING! I’m in awe!

  12. Ashlie July 24, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    The food looks amazing and I bet it tasted even better.

  13. Ceri August 6, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    What a beautiful looking place. 🙂 The food sounds stunning

  14. GRRRL TRAVELER August 20, 2011 at 12:34 am #

    I feel like you’re one very lucky gal for always getting to experience these awesome resort beaches and hotels! Is that how many Cancunians live? Wow. As for turtles– hooray! I never really thought of them much but recently went to a turtle farm in Bali which holds baby turtles until their release. They’re so cute. Can’t wait to hear your experience.

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