The Unbelievable Food of Riviera Maya, Mexico.

By Posted in - North America & Photo Stories & Travel Blog on September 16th, 2011

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As some of you might know last week I was flown to Riviera Maya for a few days of fun in the sun with some other fellow travel bloggers – Carol Cain, Matt Kepnes, Ryan van Duzer & Roni Weiss.

We had an AMAZING time. Riviera Maya was far more beautiful than I imagined and there are a ton of activities to do in the area from zip-lining to visiting Mayan ruins. In the next few weeks I’ll be putting out a ton of blog posts that show the beauty of the area and why Riviera Maya is must see destination for your travel bucket list.

One thing that really blew me away was the quality of food we ate. I’ve spent plenty of time in other regions of Mexico and I’ve never had food as good as what we ate in Riviera Maya. In fact, I don’t often eat food this good anywhere in the world! Not only were all of the dishes visually appealing but the flavors were creative and tasted truly fantastic. All of the food was very high quality and prepared perfectly. Normally vegetarian dishes aren’t that tasty in places that cater more towards meat eaters but I didn’t have any problem getting vegetarian food and to top it off – it was extremely good. I was completely surprised at how good everything was so if you’re a veggie and you’re headed to this part of Mexico – don’t worry – you’ll find plenty to eat!

Wondering what it is your looking at and where you can get it? Here’s a description of eat plate including the name of the restaurant:

1. Tuna Tacos at El Bistro in Tulum, Mexico.
2. Veggie Mexican Roll ups at El Bistro in Tulum, Mexico.
3 & 4. Blogger Lunch – Not a bad view! & Restaurant sign – both taken at El Bistro in Tulum, Mexico.
5. Tequila shots for lunch!  – El Bistro in Tulum, Mexico
6 & 7. Pork & Seafood Mexican Roll Ups & Pineapple Creme Brulee at El Bistro in Tulum, Mexico.
8. The amazing Chef of El Bistro in Tulum, Mexico.
9 & 10. The Chef laughs at the bloggers & Itzel (our host from Riviera Maya) radiates in the sun as she sips her tequila.
11. Tomato, Zucchini & Blue Cheese Salad at El Bistro in Tulum, Mexico. Yum!
12 & 13. Tuna Tacos & Chicken Satay at Bites in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
14 & 15. Veggie Lasagna & Strawberry/Balsamic Martini at Bites in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
16. Making Tacos at Taqueria El Arbolito Taco Shop in Playa Del Carmen.
17. Tacos at Taqueria El Arbolito Taco Shop in Playa Del Carmen.
18. Salsa at Taqueria El Arbolito Taco Shop in Playa Del Carmen.
19. Taqueria El Arbolito Taco Shop in Playa Del Carmen.
20 & 21. Fruit Plate & Chocolate Sculpture with Strawberries + Champagne at Barcelo Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

 

Tuna tacos at El Bistro Restaurant in Tulum Mexico

Veggie Burritos at El Bistro Restaurant in Tulum Mexico

Blogger Lunch On The Beach in El Bistro Tulum, Mexico El Bistro Restaurant in Tulum Mexico Tequila Shots at El Bistro Restaurant in Tulum Mexico

Pork & Seafood Burritos El Bistro Restaurant in Tulum Mexico Pineapple Creme Brulee at El Bistro Restaurant in Tulum Mexico

Chef at El Bistro Restaurant in Tulum Mexico

Chef El Bistro Restaurant in Tulum Mexico Itzel at El Bistro Restaurant in Tulum Mexico

Veggie Salad at El Bistro Restaurant in Tulum Mexico

Tuna Tacos at Bites in Playa Del Carmen Chicken Satay at Bites in Playa Del Carmen

Veggie Lasagna at Bites in Playa Del Carmen Strawberry balsamic Martini at Bites in Playa Del Carmen

El Arbolito Taqueria in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Tacos in Mexico at El Arbolito Taqueria

Salsa in Mexico at El Arbolito Taqueria

El Arbolito Taqueria in Mexico

Fruit Plate at Barcelo resort in Riviera Maya Dark chocolate sculpture & champagne at Barcelo resort in Riviera Maya

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  • Ayngelina -

    September 16, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Oh jealous jealous jealous! You know how much I love Mexican food and this looks divine!

    • Bethany -

      September 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      Thanks Ayngelina. It was all amazing! @Ayngelina,

  • Alex Van -

    September 16, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Oh, after seeing this post I am convinced that it is worth going to Mexico only to try the food, it looks so delicious!

    • Bethany -

      September 17, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      Mexico is amazing on all fronts – the people, the activities & the food! @Alex Van,

  • Christy @ Ordinary Traveler -

    September 16, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Yum! I always come back from Mexico feeling a little bigger in the waist. I can’t stay away from anything with refried beans since the beans are always better in Mex. You got to sample some truly unique dishes. Lovely photos too!

  • Christine from christineinspain -

    September 16, 2011 at 10:10 am

    You’ve successfully made me crave Mexican food like there’s no tomorrow! Unfortunately, here in Spain the Mexican food just isn’t up to par, so I make everything myself. Gorgeous food photography! 🙂

    • Bethany -

      September 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      It’s hard to get good Mexican outside of Mexico. Well San Diego has amazing Mexican but the east coast -forget about it! @Christine from christineinspain,

  • Denise -

    September 16, 2011 at 11:06 am

    *super giant drool*. This post is just cruel 😛

    • Bethany -

      September 17, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      I know – I got hungry when i was putting it together! @Denise,

  • jenjenk -

    September 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    *love* doing events in Riviera Maya!! so much fun & so many options!

    • Bethany -

      September 17, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      Yup, I’m definitely hooked on that area of mexico now! @jenjenk,

  • Michael Lewis -

    September 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Nice photos. Now we have two new places to try the next time we are in Playa!

  • Jarmo -

    September 17, 2011 at 5:01 am

    Wow, that looks just amazing. Makes me wish I was still in Mexico… Now I’m just hungry, and I know there are no Mexican restaurants around here 🙂

    • Bethany -

      September 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm

      There’s nothing worse than
      craving Mexican and not being able to get it! @Jarmo,

  • Sarah -

    September 17, 2011 at 7:19 am

    It was a MASSIVE mistake to read this post whilst hungry!

    • Bethany -

      September 17, 2011 at 5:10 pm

      Hahaha – sorry Sarah! @Sarah,

  • Sheryll -

    September 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Oh my god this all looks so amazing! My favorite type of food ever is Mexican food. This all looks so mouthwatering delicious!

    • Bethany -

      October 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      Thank you Sheryll! The food was out of this world! @Sheryll,

  • […] Those soft shell tacos were delicious. The food in general at Riviera Maya was pretty spectacular. If you have any hesitation in trying something new or you have a delicate stomach, you need not at all worry. Check out my friend Beans and Beers beautiful photography display of the food we had there, as well as a list of places we tried a long the way in her article “The Food of Riviera Maya Mexico“. […]

  • Tours of the Vatican -

    September 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    WOW. I can’t decide what I’d want to try the most… I think the pineapple creme brulee is calling my name currently, though. It doesn’t help that it’s lunch time, either!!

  • Erica -

    September 21, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I loved my time at the Riviera Maya. You captured the colors so beautifully. <3

    • Bethany -

      October 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks girl!! 🙂 @Erica,

  • Nomadic Samuel -

    September 21, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    The food looks absolutely delicious – you really captured it well along with the festive atmosphere.

    • Bethany -

      October 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      The food was amazing Sam! I don’t think i’ve ever had such great Mexican food before! @Nomadic Samuel,

  • TBouf -

    April 18, 2012 at 9:59 am

    If anyone knows the recipe for these, would love to try them! Especially the Pineapple Creme Brulee! That just made my summer!! 😀

  • sarah wu -

    May 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Your trip and food experience made me more excited to go next week 🙂