Friday, August 8, 2008

Return from Paradise

Imagine spending a week without access to phone or internet. Does the idea make you nervous?

How about spending that time here?

First Morning- View from our balcony

NH and I just returned from vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and it's been one week since I've been online.

The Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort is perched on a steep cliff on the Pacific Ocean, and as such we had no cell phone reception. Wifi was available by the pools, but for some reason my laptop wouldn't connect. Hence, we were cut off from the outside world. What a blessing to enjoy the here and now in such a beautiful place.

The Hill from the Main Pool

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Pueblo Bonito is a small chain of luxury resorts in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. There are four locations in Cabo alone, with free shuttles all day to ferry you between them. We visited three of them and were very impressed by their accessibility and beauty. Every member of the staff was friendly and helpful; never have I been to a hotel where every person said hello and good morning to you.

Sunset Beach is huge, located on a hill by the Pacific Ocean. Most of our time was spent at two of the infinity pools with swim-up bars; despite many potential activities in the area we wanted to relax.

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Foyer outside La Frida

Our second night we enjoyed dinner at one of Cabo's best restaurants: La Frida, conveniently located in our hotel.

Mural of Frida Kahlo

This elegant restaurant serves traditional Mexican cuisine with Mediterranean influences. Murals of its namesake, Frida Kahlo, ornament the walls. The art deco Mexican decor is my new obsession.

La Frida- interior

This large art deco mirror kept my attention for quite a while as we sat.

Fabulous Art Deco Mirror

I seem to get a kick out of taking my own picture in a mirror :-)

Mirror Picture by Sarah

The beautiful candleholder on our table. Just amount of flash to catch the eye, but still understated for elegance.

Candle at La Frida

We were fortunate to be serenaded by a wonderful pianist during the meal. He obliged us with a request: he played our first dance song, "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel.

Pianist playing Just the Way You Are

We ordered a bottle of Argentinian Malbec, and the tableside carafe service was a first time experience for us.

Tableside Carafe 2

The amuse bouche was my favorite of all time: a spoonful of chicken mole accompanied by a local dark beer. The rich flavors complimented each other well. The chicken was tender and juicy. It has been years since I've tried mole and this was NH's first.

Amuse bouche- Chicken mole and local beer

Before our dinner arrived, we enjoyed some grapefruit granita as a palate cleanser.

Palate cleanser- Grapefruit granita

My entree: Oven Roasted Sea Bass over rustic Hash Browns, with a Mushroom and Smoked Oyster ragu, with a basil salad.

Sarah's dish- Sea bass with mushroom and smoked oyster ragu, hash browns, basil salad

NH: Braised Boneless Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes and Tempura Asparagus

Ray's dish- asparagus tempura, braised beef, mashed potatoes

Blue water glasses to go with our wine

Wine- Malbec

La Frida's dessert menu was fairly spectacular, and I was excited to enjoy a rare and decadent treat. We shared two very complimentary selections:

My plate: Banana and White Chocolate Cream Pie with Peanut Butter Sauce

Banana and White Chocolate Cream Pie- My Choice

NH's plate: Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake with Mexican Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Flourless Chocolate Cake, Ice Cream- Ray's Choice

After dessert we received one final treat: two very dark truffles which we ate before I remembered to take a picture.

Plate which formerly contained two chocolate truffles

Full and happy at the end of the meal, the conclusion of our first full day in Cabo San Lucas.

Ray and Sarah at La Frida

Cala Lilies

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1 comment:

VeggieGirl said...

I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing your trip sounds/looks - what a fabulous getaway!! But I'm glad you're back :0)