Why Mexicans have the only UNESCO Heritage food in the world

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As you all know by now, I am the kind of person who lives to eat, not eats to live. This has brought me a lot of joy and some additional kilos in the past few years.

So for the periods that I don’t travel I try to eat healthy and to exercise. But the story changes a lot once I pack for departure. Talking to a friend about traveling and ways of experiencing different places and cultures, I have realized that maybe I can’t say many things about all the places I’ve been to, but I sure have at least one story related to food.

Obviously, my Mexican experience couldn’t be different. The time spent in Mexico was divided in two parts: an open- mouth part for the country’s cultural and natural richness (but that’s another story) and a closed-mouth part for tasting the country’s amazing food.

I didn’t know before coming here that the Mexican food is the only cuisine in the world that is UNESCO Heritage. And I think it’s only fair since they have one of the best foods in the world. Which doubled by their sense of humour, can create quite an impression. For example Mexicans say the base of their diet is vitamin T. This stands for tortilla (which has to be as warm as women), tacos and tequila, just to name a few.

Please don’t drool for the next minutes, as you will see what I ate during my Mexican experience:

Tortillas & tacos

The base of the Mexican food is tortilla. Made of corn and coming right from the griddle, it accompanies every dish. And if you put something inside, it’s converted into a taco.

Nachos & guacamole & cheese

This dish doesn’t request a description; we all know it and love it.

Cevice

This dish, original from Peru, is also very famous in the Mexican seaside and is the perfect appetizer on a hot day. I’ve tried the seafood kind and the flavour of spices and shrimps marinated in lemon juice is simply amazing.

Chile en nogada

This dish was tricky. I didn’t understand what it was from the menu’s description, but as it was highly recommended I asked for it (thanks for the tip Magaly). It’s a Mexican type of spicy pepper (poblano) filled with meat and covered with walnut sauce. It originates back in the 19thcentury when the nuns of The Santa Monica Convent created it to honour the recently self-proclaimed emperor Agustin de Iturbide. It has the colours of the Mexican flag: green pepper, white walnut sauce and red pomegranate seeds.

Mine did not exactly show the flag, but it tasted divine.

And now, for the most exquisite tastes, I will unveil the secrets of the best eating place in Riviera Maya.

There is one hotel on Riviera Maya called Royal Hideaway Playacar. The hotel is one of the Leading Hotels of the World and it’s absolutely fabulous. With a divine location on the beach, the property gives you the impression of piece of paradise.

The moment I said WOW was when I entered one of the restaurants.  The restaurant itself was very nice but the thing that impressed me was the supreme delight that one can experience: “the Chef’s dinner”.

Imagine you have the best service in the most fancy restaurant that is actually… inside the kitchen. Does it ring a bell? Didn’t we all, at least once in a lifetime wondered: how was this made? How is the kitchen of this restaurant? Well, here you have just one glass wall separating you from your wonder’s provider. You can see him cook (you have cameras connected to a screen in the room) and you can see his great personality. Cause let me tell you something: the food is incredible, but this man, The Chef, Eugenio Villafaña is the heart of this experience. His way of talking about his passion, his team and his guests, left all us with our mouths opened, before even getting the chance to taste any cuisine.

No pictures with the food because it’s the kind of experience that you have to live it to believe it! Just one with the Chef and us!

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Alexandra Dinca

Alexandra Dinca

Alexandra is a Romanian girl attending a MSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management in Madrid.

She traded her professional experience in auctions because she trusted Confucius saying "Chose a job you love and you will never have to work day in your life".

Gourmand, passionate about Real Madrid and a luxury-lover she will represent Madrid.

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