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Paradise is Very Nice – another week @Las Hadas

February 1st marks the start of the new year for travel for Vacation Sus. First up, is a week of slow and easy at Las Hadas resort in Manzanillo, Mexico. Maybe it’s boring that I keep coming back to the same resort year after year, but of all of the travelling I do in a year, this week away seems like my only true vacation.

I’ve gotten to the point in life where every meal I eat requires extensive thought. Whether it’s a meal I”m making, a lunch out or researching for a trip, I spend hours and hours of time in advance thinking about  what to eat. Sometimes I wonder what I could have become if I channelled all the time spent thinking about food into something more useful, but usually that thought becomes sidetracked with a hunger pang, or the want for something delicious to put into my mouth.

All this thought about food can be exhausting, and it’s one of the reason’s why I enjoy my week at Las Hadas so much. Because on top of the wonderful 30 degree sunny weather and getting to lie on a beach all week with no thoughts other than those from the pages of the many books I read, it’s also a bit of a break from the constant thought of food.

So it may surprise you that in my constant search for the best food experiences, I can exist quite pleasurably in the world of food mediocrity for a week. I have even found that it’s easiest to maximize decompression in a week through routine, which I fall into quite comfortably at Las Hadas.

I start every morning by wandering around the resort to watch the sunrise and to rustle up some coffee.

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The food at Las Hadas can be described as good, not great, although at some points just ok. Every once in a while it’ll surprise you and be very good.

Breakfasts are the pinnacle of my day, and I can put together a very good meal. I start with the mystery “green juice” and visit the egg station to have a sunny side up, or a quesadilla filled with mushrooms and cheese  or sometimes an omelette, and then finish that up with a bowl of yogurt with delicious fruit sprinkled with coconut and pecans. I’m happiest at breakfast but who wouldn’t be, in an environment like this.

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After breakfast I hit the beach. I like to sit up in the front row and remember to pick my head up every once in a while to appreciate the beauty of where I am.

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At lunch, I could eat at the beach, but I find it more civilized to go to the restaurant under the big palapa to be treated to a view of the water coupled with a salad of some sort or a shrimp cocktail.

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Pear and walnut salad is my favourite of this trip.

Pear and walnut salad is my favourite of this trip.

Dinners? Well that ‘s usually where I find myself a bit wanton, but after a stop at the gorgeous lobby bar for a margarita on the rocks, I can’t help but forgive the fact that the beachside party or Mexican fiesta don’t quite meet my food expectations. Even if I go to sleep dreaming of better meals, there’s nothing that can quite temper my need for food adventure like another morning quietly watching the sunrise with a warm (albeit mediocre) coffee in my hand.

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One of the best things about my leisure week away is the stack of books I tackle, where there’s usually no shortage of food related literature I’ve been waiting to read all year. This year, I’ve had the pleasure of reading 2 very good food books, Grant Achatz’s Life on the Line and The Sorcerer’s Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at El Bulli. So while my culinary adventures at Las Hadas may not be a blip in my food radar, I do gain food knowledge while I’m away.

With my week almost done, I’m recharged and ready for another year of great food experiences. But not before I enjoy one last margarita or 2…

One thought on “Paradise is Very Nice – another week @Las Hadas

  1. We’ve been going to Couples Swept Away, Negril, Jamaica for many years. The beach/property are beautiful. You would also enjoy the many local food offerings on the menu.

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