Taste of Playa 2011

22 Nov

I’d been looking forward to this past Sunday for a year now, and I was not disappointed!

Jorge, Viri, Juan and I all made our way south to Playa del Carmen for the annual Taste of Playa culinary event, sponsored by Diamonds International. For those who haven’t had the chance to explore the Riviera Maya, the city of Playa del Carmen is well-known for its charming bars and restaurants. The entire Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue) is filled with all kinds of dining venues, ranging from casual sandwich shops to chic upscale restaurants. Local bars are open-air, ideal for people watching while indulging in a margarita or artisan beer.

At Taste of Playa,  the best of all these unique options come together at Parque Fundadores, set on the Quinta Avenida right by the Caribbean Sea. Guests lined up to purchase “Playa Pesos”, each costing $10 pesos (roughly $1 USD) each. With just 1 Playa Peso, you can purchase some mouthwatering tacos, a cold cocktail, a spicy ceviche or even sushi!

We each wandered around on our own, sampling from almost every vendor we saw. The favorites among our small group were the crunchy tacos and some chocolate-covered cream puffs. I’m always surprised how the simplest dishes often turn out to be the best.

After an hour or two of culinary inspiration at Taste of Playa, our small group walked up and down Quinta Avenida to enjoy the laid-back vibe of Playa del Carmen before heading back to Cancun (where we immediately went to a taco joint, surprise surprise).

Since a picture’s worth a thousand words, I’ll let the slideshow do most of the talking. Try not to drool onto your keyboard:

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13 Responses to “Taste of Playa 2011”

  1. DM November 22, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    OH, yum. Good thing you warned me. I made sure I had a napkin ready before viewing the slideshow.

  2. Ang November 22, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    man, I’m so jealous of all that food! I’d have left stuffed for days! I really need to get to Mexico, and just eat.

  3. Michele Kinnon November 23, 2011 at 12:16 am #

    Great pics Laura! It was so nice to see you in person!!

    • Laura in Cancun November 24, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

      Great to finally meet you too! It’s about time haha

  4. Tori November 23, 2011 at 12:24 am #

    I wish I bumped into you again, but with the BILLIONS of people, I guess it was next to impossible. My favs were a Creamy shrimp soup and a Sweet Potato Cake. I seriously gained about 3 lbs yesterday….no joke.

    • Laura in Cancun November 24, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

      I was looking for you! I guess you were in the VIP section. I did run into Rene, though.

  5. Kristi November 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    This is one of my favorite posts because of all the yummy food photos! Right up my alley 🙂
    Plus Playa del Carmen is the most beautiful city I have ever been to in Mexico 🙂

    • Laura in Cancun November 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

      It really is beautiful! One of my favorite spots in the Riviera Maya

  6. Nikki November 24, 2011 at 6:33 am #

    It’s been almost 4 years since I’ve had ceviche….

  7. Ceri February 25, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    I was there this year!!!! 😀 I absolutely loved it. I could have stayed and feasted all day.

    I was a few Brits and we made a dive to the Indian curry stand. God, we’d missed that so much. Hahaha.

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