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As I shared in my last post, my family and I spent a wonderful week on the Mayan Riviera over Christmas.  This post is all about the most important part: the FOOD!

Mexico Christmas 2012 by Sarina (209)One of the reasons for choosing the resort was the quality and diversity of the food choices.  Having been there before as a vegan, I remembered the excellent meals.  To me, I don’t feel like I’m on vacation if I’m not getting great food!

There are several restaurants at the resort but we enjoyed the two buffet restaurants best.  It was pretty easy to find healthy, delicious vegan food at each meal, but if we didn’t find anything that suited our fancy, we could ask the chef to make us what we liked.  Most appreciated!

Typical breakfast: whole wheat toast with peanut butter, cashew-raisin granola, fresh fruit and fresh juice.Mexico Christmas 2012 by Sarina breakfast

The fresh juices were new this year and each morning there were nearly a dozen different juices to choose from.

Mexico Christmas 2012 by Sarina juiceBelow, a mix of cactus and beet that was surprisingly delicious!

Mexico Christmas 2012 by Sarina beet pineapple juiceTypical lunch: spinach salad with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds and cranberries drizzled with olive oil, sauteed veggies, chips, guacamole and salsa.  Fresh fruit for dessert.

Mexico Christmas 2012 by Sarina lunch 1For snack: a virgin banana daiquiri on the beach!

Mexico Christmas 2012 by Sarina snack daquiriTypical dinner: rice with red beans peas and corn, roast potatoes, garlicky sauteed veggies and fresh fruit.Mexico Christmas 2012 by Sarina dinner

For dinner, if we hadn’t found enough vegan legume dishes (their bean dishes on the buffet usually contained pork), the staff seemed quite pleased to make us whatever we wanted.  One night it was spicy black beans with roast tomatoes and broccoli…

Mexico Christmas 2012 by Sarina dinner lentilsAnother night our custom meal was an amazing white bean stew with carrots and spinach, so delectable that we ate it all before I thought to take a photo of it.  On Christmas I was craving pizza so the chef made pizza dough from scratch and topped it with re-fried beans, broccoli and mushrooms — delicious!

Mexico Christmas 2012 by Sarina dinner pizzaThere were always loads of desserts, but very few seemed to be vegan.  One night I had a delicious tart that appeared to be vegan; another night they had baked apples and cinnamon.  Pineapple and melons were my typical dessert.

Mexico Christmas 2012 by Sarina fruit plateOverall, I was very satisfied with the amount of healthy, delicious vegan food at the resort.  The restaurants were heavy on the white stuff (white bread over whole wheat, white potatoes over sweet potatoes, white rice over brown rice), but I’m sure that’s what most people want when they are on vacation so they were appealing to the masses.

The first meal I made when I came home was everything I missed when I was away: brown rice, tofu and kale!  A square of dark chocolate for dessert.

It was a wonderful vacation, but it’s always nice to come home again, even when it’s leaving the tropics to come home to this!….

IMG_6340I am submitting this great day of eating to What I Ate Wednesdays.