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Muchos Camarones! A week of Mexican food 
Aug. 18, 2010 12:40 pm 
Updated: Feb. 25, 2011 5:18 pm
My boyfriend and I just returned from a week-long trip to Mazatlan. We had an amazing time – even though it was the off-season and the humidity was nearly unbearable. When I told all my friends and coworkers I was going to , they all said “oh, you’ll love it, all-inclusives are great!” But.... *gasp*.... we didn’t do an all-inclusive. I’ve done those before with my parents, and they’re very fun and relaxing, but that wasn’t the kind of vacation my BF and I wanted this time. We wanted to walk the city, meet people, and experience things, and in that regard our holiday was PERFECT.

We had planned on not returning to any restaurant twice – we only had 7 days, 3 meals a day, and we wanted to try as many things as we could. We did really well but did go back to 2 places because we could not pass up some other things we saw on the menu. We went for different meals though.

Before actually going to Mazatlan, I had an image in my head of Mexican food being very spicy, with lots of cheese, and everything served with sour cream and salsa. In Mazatlan at least, that is way off. You can certainly get spicy and cheesy, but I didn’t see sour cream at all. Salsa was actually everywhere, every meal is served with a bowl of salsa that is made right at the restaurant, so you get something different every time. Some were a bit spicy but for the most part they focused on tomatoes, cilantro and onion. Our favourite salsas were the simplest ones – three or fewer ingredients with a very fresh taste and lots of crunch. We had a couple places that served “blended” salsa – it was more like a spicy tomato puree, but still delicious.

If you don’t like seafood, DON’T go to Mazatlan. It’s Mexico’s second-largest port city, and one of the most famed sport-fishing locations in the world, if I am to believe the dozens of tourism slogans. Our hotel was actually located on Shrimp Point, so one of the first things we learned to say in Spanish was “Nosotros vamos a comer muchos camarones en Mazatlan!” (we are going to eat lots of shrimps in ). And we did not disappoint ourselves, lol. I think I had shrimp everyday. It was amazing. We went to a place called The Shrimp Bucket and ordered the Camarones Combo for 2: 12 jumbo shrimps and a shrimp cocktail, a plate of rice and a bowl of tortillas, and of course, homemade corn chips and homemade salsa to start, which we received at every meal in every restaurant, even breakfast in 2 places. The Camarones Combo included coconut shrimp, beer battered, regular battered, garlic grilled, regular grilled, and a fascinating concoction called the Imperial Shrimp. We found those everywhere – I’m not sure if that’s a Mazatlan thing or a Mexico thing or what, but my my my are they ever something.

The anatomy of an Imperial shrimp....
Shell & de-vein a jumbo shrimp. Take a little block of cheese (I think they used mozzarella) and put it on top of the shrimp. Now take a piece of bacon – don’t cut it in half, even if it seems too long, you need that bacon! – and wrap it around the shrimp and cheese. Then throw the whole thing in the deep-fryer and cook until the bacon is crispy. Serve it to unsuspecting tourists and wait for the heart-attack.

Now, I only ate one of these on my trip, so I am by no means an expert, but here is my opinion: It tasted good – you cannot deny that deep-fried bacon, cheese, and shrimp is tasty. However, I could not eat more than one in a week, let alone a meal – they’re so heavy. I’m glad I tried them, but probably wouldn’t try it again. It was a novelty, like eating poutine when you go to Montreal – you have to do it once! I wish I'd taken a picture but I completely forgot.

If you don’t like tortillas, and you don’t like salsa, and you don’t like cilantro, and you don’t like seafood – DON’T go to Mazatlan. That’s literally all I ate, all week - perfection.
Oh... and a note about the Kitchen Tips blog. Being away has thrown me off but I shall resume adding it into my (already very long) word document and will post about how I will send it out when it's all done! Thanks again for everyone's contributions, it was an amazing project.
Aug. 18, 2010 1:19 pm
Oh PD!! What a wonderful blog! I Could live in Mazatlan, I love all of those things! That recipe does sound yummy! Even if I have to drive myself to the Cardiologist! Love Love shrimp and Bacon:) Thanks again for sharing your fun filled vaca!
Aug. 18, 2010 2:43 pm
hi we went 2yrs ago i loved it there ,did you make it to the big market it is quite a site, the food there was so good,
Feb. 25, 2011 5:18 pm
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