Paleo Eats: 12/21/11 (4th Day in Cabo)

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Our vacation’s almost over, so we made sure to maximize our pool time today. Before we hit the water this morning, we noshed on scrambled eggs, leftover sausages from last night’s meat orgy at Patagonia, and sautéed onions.

Once the dishes were done, we made a beeline to the pool.

We swam for a couple of hours before heading back to our room to make lunch. For our midday meal, I stir-fried some mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and cilantro…

…and reheated some more leftover meat. 

We also added some nutrient-lean iceberg lettuce to our plates for a bit of crunch. 

My in-laws came over for lunch, and all six of us ate the steak, but we still have more in the fridge. I’m hoping to finish off our doggie bag from Patagonia at some point in the coming decade. I still can’t understand how four people not named Joey Chestnut or Takeru Kobayashi could possibly finish the mixed grill combo we ordered last night in just one sitting.

After we packed our bellies with meat, we headed back to the pool to splash around some more.

For our boys, thrashing around in chlorinated water never gets old.

By the time we reluctantly climbed out of the pool — with incredibly pruny fingers and toes — it was getting close to dinnertime.

At sunset, we finally left the resort for the first time today, and took a cab downtown for a traditional Mexican supper at Maria Corona.

The food was tasty, but the constant upselling by our waiter ("A side of guacamole? Then why don’t you get an order of shrimp or fish ceviche to go with it?" "No margaritas? How about wine? Beer? We have Pacifico!" "I can tell that this lady wants chocolate cake, right? No? How about flan?") was exhausting. My reaction to his pushiness was to actually under-order — a first for me.

We started our meal with guacamole prepared tableside with a mortar and pestle (I know it’s touristy hokum, but I love mashed avocados)…

…and the hubby and I split the grilled whole red snapper…

…and Yucateco pork shank. 

The meal we had at La Fonda the other night was pricier, but I preferred its food, service, and ambience.

Still, it was nice to eat outdoors tonight in the warm night air. We gave a toast to my mother-in-law’s good health, and chatted about the ups and downs (mostly downs, unfortunately) of the past year. Even on vacation in a beautiful corner of the world, it’s tough to truly leave your worries and sorrows behind. And tonight, as we raised our glasses to salute my mother-in-law’s year-long fight against breast cancer, we were especially mindful of how lucky we are to be able to spend time with our loved ones.

Tomorrow’s our last full day in Cabo, and I need the energy to make the most of it, so I’m gonna get some shuteye. Smell ya later.

Paleo Eats: 12/19/11 (2nd Day in Cabo)

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Another beautiful morning in Cabo San Lucas…

We’ve got no real agenda while we’re in Cabo other than to hang out with each other and eat well. After our disappointing meal at the resort last night and the sad state of our “kitchen,” I scoured Chowhound, TripAdvisor, and TrappersCaboList for chow-worthy restaurants in town. I’m happy to report that I found a bunch of places that I’ll be forcing my family to visit this week — even if they’re content to just hang out on our balcony and swim in the pool.

When we got up this morning, I practiced a few double-unders (emphasis on “few”) while Fitbomb and Big-O attacked a homebrewed travel WOD

For breakfast, I stir-fried some bell peppers and onions, scrambled a few eggs, and…

…served it all up with a big dollop of guacamole.

Then, we met up with my in-laws and took a cab downtown to look around and shop. You know — for a huge case of Viagra.

The kids were intent on getting lucha libre masks, and I was dead set on hitting up Gordo Lele for tacos. All of us ended up getting exactly what we wanted. (Check out the complete rundown of our Gordo Lele meal here.)

After lunch, we headed back to the resort, where we trekked up the hill to the pool…

…and spent a lazy afternoon lolling around in the water.

A couple of hours (and a long dip in the hot tub) later, we rode a golf cart back to our room…

…and headed out to dinner at La Fonda, where we enjoyed enormous platters of traditional Mexican fare…

…plus some big, fat worms. (Read all about it here.)

Yummy.

Buenos noches…

Dining Out Paleo: Gordo Lele (Cabo San Lucas)

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In a former life, I was a HUGE taco fan. I’m not talking about the American-style, crunchy-shell, Taco Bell crap — I craved the authentic stuff, with perfectly-seasoned meat scooped onto fresh, piping-hot corn tortillas. (Okay. In a former FORMER life, I was a big fan of Taco Bell as well). I still love Mexican food, but since going Paleo, I rarely order tacos. Those damned tortillas can be tough to resist. But is there a better time to have an illicit taco rendezvous than when on vacation in Mexico?

After some due diligence, I found Gordo Lele — a hole-in-the-wall known as one of the best taco joints in Cabo San Lucas. Like it or not, my family was getting dragged here for lunch.

Gordo Lele isn’t easy to find. It’s just a couple of blocks from the tourist magnet known as Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo, but it’s got a non-descript storefront, and the interior’s as tiny as a shoebox. 

Once you step inside, it’ll be a little difficult not to notice that this taqueria is also a shrine to the Beatles. The walls are plastered with Fab Four-related memorabilia and magazine clippings (and an occasional Elvis poster, too). 

Javier, the jovial owner, chef, and waiter, is a bit of a renaissance man — he’s a huge Beatles fanatic (obviously), and the cover of the menus declare him to be the fifth Beatle. (Sorry, Pete Best.) In addition to making ridiculously good tacos and yummy tortas (Mexican sandwiches), Javier often breaks into song with microphone in hand, serenading his patrons with Beatles tunes.

But the main event is the food. Gordo Lele’s lunch menu is short and sweet: Just a handful of savory fillings for tacos or tortas. Given that it was our first time here and the prices are cheap, we ordered a ton of food for the six of us.

Fitbomb and I shared four (yes, FOUR) platters of tacos: Carne asada…

…pollo…

…pescado…

…and camerones.

Javier brought each table a couple of bowls of tangy guacamole and smoky salsa, so we made sure we put them to good use.

The tacos came on flour tortillas, so Fitbomb and I just ate the fillings. (I later asked and found out that you can get ‘em on corn tortillas — perfect for those of you who can’t stand the thought of eating tacos without a tortilla but want to avoid a gluten bomb.) 

The carne asada tacos were my favorite. If you’re avoiding dairy, steer clear of the shrimp tacos ‘cause they’re served with a good amount of oozy, gooey cheese. Also, if you’re unwilling to cheat a bit and eat some corn, you should know that the chicken and fish tacos both have it mixed into the filling. 

We tasted some of the corn, but left most of it uneaten. You can take the girl out of her Paleo kitchen, but you can’t (entirely) take the Paleo out of the girl.

Meanwhile, my in-laws — who are decidedly anti-Paleo — ordered a ham-and-egg torta…

…and a carne asada torta.

The sandwiches looked tasty: Soft, crusty rolls filled with meat, avocado, and tomatoes. But we didn’t partake — except to grab the leftover meat from their sandwiches and use them to make salsa-and-guacamole rolls.

We loved Gorgo Lele’s — even our resident three-year-old carbivore. 

Or maybe he was just excited to listen to Beatles songs and pose for pictures with Javier and his brother while wearing a newly-purchased lucha libre mask. (Admittedly, Javier’s mask is just a hair net, but it’s pretty awesome nonetheless.)

We left Gordo Lele stuffed and satisfied — and we spent less than $40. If you’re in Cabo San Lucas, you’ve got to visit this place.