7.23.2014

The Food

Oh my gosh the food.  They don't call it Gourmet Inclusive for nothing.  We ate a lot and it was amazing and expensive enough to deserve it's very own post. For breakfast everyday we went to Flavours which is buffet style.  They are also open for lunch and dinner.  We ate the same thing everyday so I should have taken at least one picture.  Egg white omelet made to order and a slice of french toast.  One day I had some cereal just because I haven't eaten cereal in years and most days at least one of us had a mimosa or other such fruity spiked drink.  
The only two restaurants that required reservations were Arezzo and Tsuki.  We made reservations with the concierge the very first day at each for the adults only nights which are Monday and Thursday.   

Most of our lunches were eaten at either the Olive Tree or Oriola Beach Grill.  They were close so it was easy access from the beach.  They both had outdoor seating so we could roll up in sandy beach duds then go right back to the beach.  
Italian // Arezzo
The Azul Fives website is very specific about dress codes for each place.  No flip flops, shorts or tank tops for for dinner but we saw other people dressed more casually then the rules so we only followed it the first day and for the two restaurants that required reservations. We never got dressed until dinner anyways so that worked out.  If we were going to Flavours I'd wear shorts but if we went to Olive Tree I'd throw on a skirt.
Japanese // Tsuki
The all inclusive fee is pricey and I'm not 100% sure that we ate the cost per day every single day but between drinks and meals I'm sure we came pretty close and the amount we didn't eat up paid for peace of mind.  The restaurants were expensive and we heard that the buffet prices were anywhere between $25-40 something per person depending on the meal.  We didn't leave the resort and even if we did there wasn't really any place nearby to eat or get groceries.  It was really nice not to have to nickel and dime my way through meals and had we been paying that's exactly what I would have been doing.  I would have agonized over every meal choice and passed on extras like desserts and appetizers even if I wanted them.  Every time the waiter asked if I wanted more wine I usually said yes and when you are on vacation it's so nice not to worry about stuff like that.  I truly got to be on vacation from everything including money worries.  We had a fun game of adding up the cost of each meal just to see how much we'd be spending and every time we sat down for dinner at restaurant it was at least $150.00.  With drinks and all we lost count.  The portions were small and when I say small I mean closer to what a person actually needs and not the supersized portions that are served in most American restaurants.  However, if I had to pay $20 bucks on the spot for those tiny correctly portioned kabobs and 15 french fries I would not have been happy.

There was a fully stocked mini bar in the room and we only drank one beer.  We were doing so much drinking outside the room that we didn't have room for anything else.
Dessert
So fancy.  Super calorific.  Definitely off my meal plan.  Way off.  We only went to the gym twice and didn't skip a single meal.  I'm always worried about overeating on vacation but I tried to push those negative oh my gosh how much weight am I gaining thoughts away.  I paid for it.  I wanted to enjoy it; and so I did.  

Playa Del Carmen Day 1-2


16 comments :

Carly Blogs Here said...

I almost skipped over this post because I knew it would make me so hungry- it most definitely did :) The food is one of my favorite things about going on vacation!

Amanda @ MyLifeIGuess.com said...

OMG I would gain so much weight! But I would love every bite of it :)

Sarah said...

Holy deliciousness!! This is how our honeymoon was and it was SO nice not to worry about grabbing an app or another glass of wine. All inclusive is totally the way to go!

Newlyweds on a Budget said...

that fod looks delcious enough to definitely enjoy every bite!

cashanamusings said...

The food looks delicious!

P!nky said...

That food looks amazing!

Faith said...

That is my favorite thing about vacation ... eating all the foods, haha.

These pictures make me want to jump into your posts! Your pictures are seriously so good!

Lindsey Leitner said...

My mouth is watering just looking at those photos!

Courtney B said...

Oh my good grief... I want to eat through my computer screen to get to that food! Looks AMAZING!
The hubs and I don't drink (I know, cray!) so we've never looked into all inclusive because we figure most of that pays off when drinking.

Alexis said...

Oh my gosh, just staring at these pictures makes me hungry. Everything looks so yummmy!

Whitney Cypert said...

I haven't read your other vaca posts yet, but I am assuming this is the food from your Mexico vaca? Holy cow...gourmet is right! I've done all inclusive before but the food was nowhere near this fancy. YUM! It is so nice to do all inclusive and say yes to any and everything you actually want instead of having to worry about the cost. Looking forward to reading the rest!

April Ronnecke said...

Want! Everything looks amazingly good!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

Food looks amazing! I love vacation food...there really is nothing like it!

Ashley R said...

I think "Super calorific" might be the best phrase ever, but best on these photos it seems totally worth it!

Brittany said...

YUM!! So glad you enjoyed all that deliciousness!

Ameena said...

I'm in awe right now because the collage above is just about everything I LOVE to eat. Looks delicious!

There is a time and a place for a meal plan and vacation is not it. Glad you splurged!

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