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Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

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Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Lisa Bee | Oct 16, 2001 10:27 PM

I just returned from a wonderful trip to a resort just outside PDC on the Yucutan Peninsula. Not a wealth of info to convey, just a couple quick tips for posterity: I had the best gordita of my life at a taco stand on the north-ish side of Juarez called "Gorditas y Huaraches (sp?) Playa." My boyfriend - whose halting grasp of the language and aversion to pork collided with unhappy results - had a very tasty pork skin quesadilla (not fried like chicharones, but cooked in a heavy tomato and pepper sauce). Until we figured it out he enjoyed that quesadilla very much.

My favorite spot was El Chino, a place recommended to us by some locals at an internet cafe (Atomic Cafe, also has billiards and a lightning fast hook up). I had chicken enchiladas in a creamy avocado sauce, my bf had the grilled fish with garlic. It was fresh, authentic, amazingly great. That, with chips n salsa n guac, a beer and a Coke - in a bottle! - was $20 bucks with tip. I wish I could remember where El Chino was exactly...I think on Calle 6 near Avenida 10 or 15. It's slightly off the tourist path and there were only locals and a clutch of American expats there.

One thing I noticed: all the chicken I ate in Playa tasted remarkably like, well, chicken. It had a very strong flavor, a firm and almost rope-y texture. Excellent stuff. Makes we wonder what's up with the soft, bland meat I'm eating in California...even the dark meat I eat from my great butcher has less flavor than the breast meat I ate in Playa. Is it the way we raise chickens in America? Must be. I know "Fast Food Nation" is around here somewhere....

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