Fred's House Seafood Market & Grill mussels

Just when I was starting to think my food experiences on this trips were all going to be a flop, I opted for Fred’s House Seafood Market & Grill due to my craving for seafood. I came across this restaurant on instagram some months ago and now, the moment finally came in real life – no double tap. Until I go back, this will be my best food experience in Mexico to date. The decor of Fred’s, makes you feel like you’re in a boat, I’m talking deck on the titanic kind of ambiance. The waiters are really nice and attentive without hovering over your food and conversation; always wearing a smile and making sure you’re not hungry anymore, which is just fine with me. But just as important as hungry, is thirsty so I got the highly recommended Fred’s Mojito. The sugar cane couldn’t have made this drink any sweeter! It was fresh, subtle taste of the liquor and went well with everything I ordered in the remainder of the evening.
Fred's Mojito

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was so busy trying to decide on what to get off their extensive menu that I was delighted when the bread was brought out with all these fixins. Yes, I said Fixins. They provided us with a tray of three sauces, one of which I knew all too well: Garlic mojito. The first pot was like guacamole but softer and there’s also the white bread, which became my belly’s best friend. The last pot held a sauce similar to the dip you may find yourself having with calamari except spicier. Meanwhile, there was plenty more to try at the table.

Dips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because then they brought the guacamole out and a spicier sauce, along with the tortilla’s ranging in HEAT levels. Please take note that I still hadn’t ordered any food yet and I had to resist getting full on all of this.Hot Sauces Tortillas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As if that wasn’t enough, they brought out a shrimp soup to start, on the house with lime. We were instructed to squeeze the limejuice into the small bowl, which I really enjoyed because it eased the spicy after taste of the soup. The soup went down smoothly and though there weren’t any actual shrimp in it, you could tell they were dancing in this mixture at some point. They also added some juicy potatoes, which lingered at the bottom like a surprise.

shrimp soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But since I eat with my eyes and had no idea they were going to keep showering us with more food, then mussels it is! The mussels were drowned in the accompanying sauce and chewy as expected. It was my third or so time enjoying mussels with croutons and I really enjoy what it does for texture once combined.

Fred's House Seafood Market & Grill mussels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luckily, the party didn’t end there because I was in the mood for crab legs so bad. With a small bowl full of butter, they basically told me to go to town and since the crabs were already cracked, ready for you to pull the crab meat out, that’s what I had to do. My steak was also very good, exactly how I needed it cooked and even saved for lunch the next day.freds crab legs steak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rice, however, was extremely basic and tasted like dirty rice out of the box, which might even be better than this stuff. However, this couldn’t ruin the good time we were having at Freds.

rice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, sleepy eyed from the food coma, we still ordered dessert and considering you can’t find churros anywhere but downtown Cancun, churros we ordered. The thing is though, that they fried the banana’s here like churros instead of it being a regular unfilled churro. Considering I was craving churros, I couldn’t fully enjoy this particular delight but I did indulge in the ice cream it was paired with. Even after this was cleaned from its plate, they brought us a bowl of scraped ice-covered in a juice, something I know as a Piragua to clean our palettes. I slept through the night like a baby.banana churros

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Steak Tacos at Tacos and Tequila
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Sometimes we go away to have good food, to be removed from the stress of life, to celebrate, or to take a second to take it all in. To do all of the above, I escaped to Cancun for almost a week, life still followed me there but I knew going to Cancun would make it alright. Though I was disappointed with many of the flavors or lack there of, I came across some great food experiences  as well and I plan to share them all. First stop was Tacos and Tequila which is in the hotel zone of Cancun inside the outdoor Mall titled La Isla.

They had Wi-Fi there and my need to connect with back home was enough for me to order this huge margarita with chili powder on the rim. The flavor of the powder is really difficult to describe because it tasted familiar but I knew it was a stranger to my taste buds. The kick was very light and it was sweet as well, something that the locals apparently have here often. My waiter even gave me some to go since I was so intrigued but that wasn’t getting past customs. The Mango margarita was not exactly the frozen drink I was expecting but it didn’t matter because it was pretty good and if I can’t taste the tequila then you can be my friend.

Margarita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went for an order here which consist of three tacos of your choice and a side. I opted for the Mexican rice which was bland but I also tried the cactus for fun. I never heard of cactus on a menu and my waiter agreed to bring some out for me. The cactus was bitter and tasted like a string bean almost. I couldn’t believe people were eating cactus tacos; this thing needed some pepper or something.

Tacos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The shrimp tacos caught my eye, as well as the pork and the steak. They poured onions into the shrimp and the pork, which I had to handpick out. I can’t stand onions but I will tolerate them. Unfortunately, I wasn’t going to tolerate a whole tablespoon of them. The shrimp needed something to accompany them in the taco to truly make it filling, like some guacamole. Instead I ate them alone because the wrap did nothing for them.
Pork Tacos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pork was my favorite out of the three just because it sucked the least and actually had some spices to it. I filled this one with the rice to add to the texture and it worked out well.

Shrimp Tacos and Rice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The steak was filled with chorizo, which really made it tolerable, but still not impressed. I was under the impression that I was in Taco heaven and so far that hadn’t seemed to be the case.

Steak Tacos

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Caravan of Dreams Mediterranean Brunch

Believe me, I was anticipating my first vegan brunch at Caravan of Dreams but I wasn’t sure if I was going to the raw foods route or not. I wasn’t exactly looking to hit the ground running on yet another one of my first vegan experiences. Joined by some amazing followers, the 10 of us seem pretty prepared for what the afternoon had in store for us. The table included vegetarians, flexitarians, raw foodist, vegans, and newbies to it all. First thing we did was order the Sangria, of course.

Sangria

The sangria probably had apples in it but it looked just like beats, and tasted just like the Sangria it was probably sitting in for hours. We needed two more of these to get a real buzz but it was a pretty cool space filler while we waited for our entrees. Our waiter was against us getting the French toast so I opted for the Mediterranean brunch, which was spanish rice, collard greens, and seitan. If anyone doesn’t know what that is, it’s almost like mock chicken but dark.  The flavor is pungent and hard to cover with any other flavors so I had small pieces with my rice. The rice here was pretty good and it warmed my heart that if I ever made the lifestyle change, I could have amazing rice like this.

Caravan of Dreams Mediterranean Brunch

Lannie, also known as the Vegan Diva here, had the quesadilla and I’m still thinking about how good it was. It was spicy and cheesy. It tasted like a little pizza and it was amazingly delicious. I was actually very surprised at how much I enjoyed my small sliver of her meal and I anticipate reuniting with it again at Caravan of Dreams.

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Yuerba Beuna Guacamole

It always feels good to cross restaurants off of my “To Eat” list, especially with new friends, so I was super ecstatic to try out Yerba Buena despite the struggle it took getting there. The restaurant is on the corner of Perry Street but the avenue is completely blocked off from the east side, which is where I was traveling from. I couldn’t complain for long because I found out the unlimited drinks are interchangeable here, that was all I needed to know to start loving this place.

So I indulged in the Brazilian Bellini, which included passion fruit instead of orange juice, Sangria, Mimosas and some other drink I couldn’t pronounce but didn’t like too much anyway. We happened to be starving so we decided on trying the guacamole. Neither one of us was very impressed with the flavor but it would do as we waited for the entrees.

Yerba Beuna Guacamole

As I looked forward to savoring the steak “a caballo” which was a hanger steak with fried eggs, I checked out the scene. Not going to lie, the place was packed but despite that our waitress was really attentive and kind to us. She even left a few extra drinks at our table before our time was up. A large party had been set up down the middle and directly behind us, which made me consider this as a reasonable location for a birthday brunch or dinner. Alas, brunch had arrived.

Steak and Eggs

The rice and beans had a subtle flavor of herbs, which I got to spice up with the Salsa Criolla that you see on the side of the Congri. Apparently, Congri is a fancy way of saying “sweet banana” in its entirety. The steak was medium rare, partially overdone, and a part of it was just right. I ate what I could and continued drinking. The parts that I was able to enjoy were juicy and rich, however the egg to accompany it was basic, so I ate what I could to get filled up. I wish the steak would have been more consistent in order to devour it completely but some places you win with the drinks and lose on the food. It wasn’t an entire loss but disappointing indeed.

 

Eggs at Brunch

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