Acapulco- a place of big reeds. A Latin treasure….

29 07 2009

July 17th and I hear the dreaded alarm clock in the distant, but today we welcomed the abrupt awakening.  Today we leave for a 10 day trip into Mexico, to explore the state of Guerrero where one of the most exotic and tropical places exists; Acapulco.

Acapulco is officially known as Acapulco de Juárez; a major sea port on the Pacific coast of Mexico.  Located on a deep, almost perfect semi-circular bay, Acapulco has enchanted many tourists with their world famous Cliff divers.

Acapulco Bay

Acapulco Bay

Acapulco divers

Acapulco divers

Acapulco has a very special type of magic.  Locals and foreigners continue to be enchanted by its natural beauty.  Being a tropical paradise, Acapulco is full of life; literally because it never sleeps.  It has one of the most comprehensive and complex nightlife schedules, well known globally.  It resonates 24 hours a day.

There is so much to see and do around this paradise; a little bit of everything for every taste.  You can spend your days going after heart pounding adventures, or simply allowing one of the local beaches to pamper you.

Follow the link to see what the nights have to offer NightLife.

Our beach near our rental home.

Our beach near our rental home.

Zona Diamante is where we finally settled, the newest area of Acapulco offering amazing infrastructure with modern hotels, spectacular residences, condos, and private villas.  Zona Diamante is limited in one of its extremes by the scenic road and it extends towards south of the town until the area known as “Barra Vieja”.  Extremely convenient because it is located 15 minutes of Acapulco International Airport.

Acapulco Princess private beach

Acapulco Princess private beach

Princess Villas Beach

Princess Villas Beach

Acapulco Zona Diamante has about the fastest growing commercial developments in this sector. From the scenic road you can enjoy astonish views of the Pacific Ocean, and private villages.   For you golfers, spectacular golf courses await.

Natural beauty

Natural beauty

Peacock

Peacock

Pacific Ocean

Pacific Ocean

The Famous princess hotel

The Famous princess hotel

One of my favorite topics, of course, the local food.  We were fortunate enough to have arranged for two locals to cook for us during our stay.  It was one of the best investments we ever did because not only did we have the convenience of a home cooked meal, but we got the sample the typical local dishes.

Mojarra Frita (Fried Blue fin)  This is to die for..seriously.

Mojarra Frita (Fried Blue fin) This is to die for..seriously.

  • Mojarra with fresh salad- a must try in Mexico !!
  • Mojarra with fresh salad- a must try in Mexico !!
  • Ceviche

    Ceviche

    Before this thought escapes my mind, the hospitality is second to none in Mexico.  I have been and lived in other parts of Latin America and I can tell you that Mexico ranks #1.  It is not uncommon at all to find individuals working at one location for more than twenty years;  the difference lays in that they make it a life career.  My wife has ran into people that were once waiters and have been promoted to “capitan” or captain; but the point is that they have made it a life long career to give the very best of themselves.

    Until next time, this treasure remains open to anyone.

    Until next time, this treasure remains open to anyone.





    Bold colors, but what’s inside is what matters- Mexican Candy

    14 07 2009

    Latin American kids are lucky (that was us) in that they have a large assortment range of goodies to choose from. Following we  focus on Mexican candy, delicious but also foreign from other parts of Latin America.  Sweet, bold, creamy, finger licking, orgasmic, silky, crunchy, heavenly, delightful, are just a few of the many ways to describe Mexican candy.  For us die hard fans it is simply the Big “O”…

    DULCE DE LECHE – a much-loved Mexican treat. Meaning “milk candy,” dulce de leche is like caramel in taste and appearance. It can be eaten alone or as a topping for dishes such as Mexican ice cream or grilled bananas (my favorites).  How do you make it?  Boil sweetened condensed milk for several hours.  Once you’ve made it, you can use it in dulce de leche flan, dulce de leche cheesecake or in a dulce de leche sauce recipe.  But keeping the traditional approach here, Borrachitos need to be on your “must try before I die” list.  The name Borrachito means “little drunk”, and in Latin America we will try to get away with anything where we can sneak in a little alcohol. These little fingers of dulce de leche (they call them nuggets) are up to 4% alcohol so beware.

    Borrachitos- a must for your bucket list.

    Borrachitos- a must for your bucket list.

    You'll need to show some ID

    You'll need to show some ID

    MAZAPANdulce de cacahuate or peanut confection. I’ve seen these little disks of mazapan all over Mexico, and a favorite of my wife.  The ingredients are pretty simple and two thirds wholesome: peanuts and sugar and artificial flavors.  Now, the very first time I tried one of these little guys it was nothing like I expected.  The little creatures are very crumbly. When I opened my package,  it cracked into several large pieces easily. One thing I absolutely love about Mazapan is that it smells wonderful, like peanut butter cookie dough.  The taste is smooth and cool on the tongue, dissolving like peanut butter flavored icing.  It’s sweet and these little guys can be found with Dulce de Leche filling- just imagine!

    Get ready for the unexpected....

    Get ready for the unexpected....

    OBLEAS DE CAJETA– My all time favorite, I know I may have already used the word “favorite” in this post but can you blame me.  This little treat from Mexico really shows how diverse candy can be and still be so very interesting. What you get here is caramel sandwiched between something that resembles a communion wafer, seriously.  You might be asking, what’s the deal with the goat on the package. Well from what I understand the caramel in this treat is made from goat’s milk. This is a very special caramel, I’ve never had caramel like this in my life and add to that the fact that its goat’s milk caramel, now we all have something to talk about. I’ve only seen seen Obleas in the US at specialty markets, and authentic mexican restaurants.  You need to try because with a really smooth, milky caramel and the subtle texture of the wafer you’ll be hard to only eat one.

    The heavenly sandwich

    The heavenly sandwich

    small. medium, and large- what say you?

    small. medium, and large- what say you?

    Seriously good

    Seriously good

    COCADARollito de Coco (Coconut Candy Roll) is how it is normally sold. This is a cigar-shaped candy made specifically from the coconut.  Each piece is a white roll with a brown strip, resembling toasted & burnt coconut shavings. It is very sticky, but the aroma is rich with coconut, if you are familiar with the macaroon.  then you’ll know what I am talking about.  They’re incredibly soft and easy to bite into with the interior being moist, as if this were fresh coconut you were eating. Yum !

    The flavor is milky and you can pick up a tad of butter in there. This is a very refined candy in its sweetness, similar to how Mexican pastries and sweet breads have hints of sugar instead of over doing it.  Coconut rolls are a sweet staple of Mexican candy, you can find them in a dizzying array of shapes and colors.  We recommend that you try them all because they’re quite tasty treats.  We’re certain you won’t have any problems with that recommendation.

    rollito de coco (coconut roll)

    Cocada

    Cocada

    This is a just a short list of the most popular Mexican sweets, next time you find yourself in Mexico; take some time to look out for these delicacies. We’d love to hear some of your favorites and experiences, list them below.

    Making Dulce de leche: