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We spent an entire day hanging out in Playa del Carmen where we were actually staying. With all the side trips and attractions in the area, it was nice to have a late morning and lounge on the beach a few blocks from our hotel. I absolutely loved staying at SOHO PLAYA HOTEL. It has a lovely rooftop pool, and very chic art all over the lobby area. The staff were incredibly helpful, fulfilling all special requests with a smile on their faces. The receptionist even lent me her electric kettle so I could have some digestive tea for my troubled stomach.
While the boutique hotel does not offer food room service as there is no hotel restaurant, they do have a partnership with the next door cafe, which gives you free breakfast. The cafe’s food was not amazing, and I would not have really used it if it was not because I am all about saving money.
When traveling, I typically like to have one nice meal at a restaurant, and the rest of the time I love eating street food, buying fruits and snacks at the nearest supermarket, or blending protein shakes ( http://bit.ly/arbonnevanilla ) to fuel my body and make sure I am balancing out the unhealthy parts of my travels.While in Playa del Carmen, we ventured out to different restaurants and bars, but none of them popped out the way The Pitted Date did. It was our very last meal in Quintana Roo, and the one place I find myself day-dreaming about. This is a vegan restaurant where I probably had the best breakfast of my entire life.
It was my first time trying a smoothie bowl (just like the ones you see on Instagram), and oh did I have to contain myself from crying when we had to quickly get the bill to make our way to the airport. I am in no way affiliated to this place, and trust me, they probably do not even know I exist, but I will rave about it until you go. Christy ordered crepes that are honestly unlike any crepes or sweet thing I have ever had. We are not vegan, but we are both gluten free and dairy free. Sometimes vegan restaurants are the best options when it comes to dietary restrictions, and The Pitted Date did justice to every tropical vacation fantasy I have ever had. http://thepitteddate.com/
Another amazing spot I am so glad we stumbled upon was La Cochi Loka, on Calle 10 Nte 27. This is right around the busy 5th Avenue, and you want to make a stop here if you have never tried the classic “cochinita pibil.” Christy was a bit worried about the many blogs warning you about getting sick in Mexico, and listing all the things you should not eat (basically eat nothing, haha). But I am so happy she braved the way for these cochinita pibil tacos because they gave us life, hope, and unforgettable memories.
I have lived in Mexico for 2 years, and after plenty of street food and drinks with ice, I have never been sick. But I cannot make any claims or guarantees because lawsuits. So this place is a bit more on the “street food” side of the spectrum. Christy and I were more than okay after eating there, and I hope others will give smaller Mexican businesses a chance. That’s where they keep all the flavor.
After roaming the streets and a few cocktails here and there, we were ready to sleep way before midnight. Later in the trip we found out there was a heat-wave that was keeping locals away from the beach on those days. We definitely got more than a little sunburn, and the exhaustion took over early that evening. But the best of this trip was yet to come. Tune in next Saturday to read about how Cozumel became the most spontaneous and beautiful part of this vacation (or at least it is up there with Taak Bi Ha cenote).