After a restful night’s sleep, I woke up and climbed into the hammock to relax away the early morning. So peaceful. Once John woke up he indulged his coffee habit. I don’t think I mentioned this earlier, but La Quinta Troppo delivers coffee/tea outside your door every morning, prior to breakfast.
It’s such a luxurious treat! After coffee, we went down to the beach for our 45 minute power walk. It was breezy, quiet and utterly beautiful. We are total beach people! Back at LQT, we ate our daily fruit plate with fresh baked pastries/bread and freshly squeezed juices and homemade jam. You can certainly taste the love that goes into the food here. Amazing! After breakfast, we retired to our room for more reading. John stationed himself in bed while I chose the hammock. Ahhh. Lazy time! After a while we took a taxi to downtown Z. We ended up at Tamales y Atoles Any. Heavenly! As an appetizer we ordered guacamole. They also brought us these amazing salsas.
Spicy, but not too much so. For lunch, I had a chicken tamale in green chile sauce and John had the same, as well as a pork tamale in red chile sauce.
Trust me friends, these tamales are to die for! They are steamed in banana leaves and literally melt in your mouth. To complete our utterly sinful meal we ordered a side of refried beans.
So good! I also had a Yoli. I don’t know what it is exactly, but it tastes like a Sprite/Sierra Mist Hybrid. Check us out in our Happy Food Coma State!
After lunch we walked around town for a while and ended up at the church where we were married. There was a mass going on so I couldn’t get too close without being disrespectful. Sigh. I can’t believe our wedding was 4 years ago! Every trip we take we find the church is painted a different color. It was white when we married, green the next year, yellow last year and is currently off-white with an interesting decopache angel arch around the door.
Anyhow, we walked throughout the market and finally took a cab back to the hotel for swimming and sun-bathing. What a life! After an afternoon of lounging we showered and got ready for dinner. This particular evening…something new was on the menu. We walked over to the Tides Zihuatanejo for dinner. The Tides (formerly Villa del Sol) is a fantastic and very luxurious hotel that consistently ranks in the top 10 hotels in all of Latin America. On a personal level, it is also the location where my parents hosted a “Welcome to Zihuatanejo” Happy Hour for our wedding guests during our wedding weekend. So, it is a special and memorable place for us. Anyhow, the hotel did a major remodel last year and we couldn’t wait to see the finished results. Needless to say we were floored. The hotel is perfection. Visually stunning. For our dinner, we were walked onto the beach to a very romantic table for two. Who in the hell did they think we were (They asked John where we lived in Mexico so they obviously thought we were rich Mexicans! Score!)?? But hey, no complaining here. It was a spectacular view!
We ordered a bottle of wine and watched the sun slowly set over the hillside. As we watched, we ordered a Cesar salad (John) and tortilla soup (me). The wait staff carried over a table so that they could prepare the salad table-side. On the beach. I love this place!
John said this was the best salad he had ever eaten. Period. And my soup? Classically prepared. Wonderful flavors. For dinner, John ordered the pork chop and I had the tempura shrimp. We also shared a side of sweet potato gnocchi.
D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S. My shrimp was Amazing. Fried to perfection without greasiness. And it came with tempura pineapple and avocado too! John said his pork chop was perfect. I really love this place. When we were pondering dessert, our waiter brought over this cake as a surprise!
Are you kidding me? Seriously? What’s even better is that the cake was sinfully decadent and melt in your perfection. We almost cried it was so good and because it was a touching gesture somehow associated with Erika (the fantastic receptionist at LQT). I officially want to Live at the Tides! After 2 hours, it was time to stumble home and get some sleep. Talk about a fantastic meal on top of a wonderful day. We are so spoiled!