Round The World and other travels

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This is: Mexico 2019

Food and drink

I woke up around 7am, but didn't get up for another 45 minutes or so. As the main business this morning was to be our booked food tour with Vallarta Eats, we didn't intend to have any breakfast. We set off just after 9am to walk to our starting point, which was at the river bridge on Avenida Insurgentes. Our walk took us past a nasty-looking road traffic collision, where a person was sitting on the ground and receiving attention from paramedics. After picking up coffee-to-go at Starbucks, we continued on the more relaxing surroundings of the Malecón, Puerto Vallarta's touristy - but not unattractive - esplanade. We finally turned inland to reach our objective - one of the bridges to the Cuale River Island - where three others were already waiting.

Fairly quickly, the full group assembled and we were joined by our friendly and knowledgeable guide Manuel, better known as Manny. Over the course of the next four hours or so, our tour wound its way around the streets of the Emiliano Zapata neighbourhood, visiting a succession of street carts and more conventional premises. At the start of the tour, we experienced two Birria-style tacos and at the second venue, we also got to taste the broth in which the meat was stewed. Some of us enjoyed a generous tequila shot around the middle part of the tour, and we were duly grateful to the tour member who covered the cost of this. Not unexpectedly, the theme moved more towards the 'sweet' end of the scale as the tour neared its end.

Here's a more detailed list of the stops:

Stop Venue Featuring
1 Birria Ricky Birria-style beef taco
2 Birria Chanfay Birria-style taco dorado (fried)
3 Carnitas Lalo Pork taco
4 412 Café Juan, the Coconut Man
5 Carnicería Colin Cooked and raw meat displays
6 Marisma Fish taco
7 Tortilleria Fresh tortillas "off the press"
8 El Cólera Ceviche tostado
9 El Moreno Quesadilla with pork, beans, onion, etc
10 La Michoacana Ice lolly
11 Azteca Candy shop

The tour finished a little after 2pm. We stocked up on drinks from a local Oxxo store and Bruce ordered an Uber to take us up the ridiculously steep hill on which we were based. The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing and attending to our respective laundry requirements.

In the evening, we attend a Tequila Tasting event on the roof space above our apartment. We went up at 6pm, but apparently we were late! A couple were already in attendance, and they had already worked their way through the various shots. We soon managed to catch up - hic! - and then we were all drinking a mixture of tequila, grapefruit juice and lime juice. We also had tortilla chips with fresh guacamole. The sunset was spectacular.

Back in our flat, we rounded the day off very nicely with an evening meal of pasta with tomato and salsa de mole.

Wed 27 Feb

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