While on this press trip the only place I had not been was Cozumel, a short ferry ride from Playa del Carmen. But don’t think I was taking a break from reading, I joined the group to take a food tour of Cozumel with a professional chef.
I adore food tours and I had stretched my stomach from eating so much I was ready.
To be honest, when you land in Cozumel you are bombarded with a tourist monstrosity that looks like Disney’s version of Mexico – except on Spring Break.
It’s weird. I don’t like it.
But I’ve learned there is a give in take in the Yucatan. Some party-till-you-puke tourism that I detest but also people who I adore. And like Playa del Carmen, Cozumel has both – people live on this island I learned when you walk past all the Spring Break junk Cozumel is pretty interesting.
Emily runs Cozumel Chef, she is a classically trained French chef from the States who has discovered all the best haunts on Cozumel, things I would have never discovered on my own.
Amazing empanadas served on red plastic tables with matching chairs. Who knew shrimp and cheese would be so good – not the Italians who won’t pair seafood and cheese.
El Sazon de Camaron for shrimp tacos, with refried beans as a base to keep the shrimp on top and cute waiters to keep us amused as they are made to order.
And there’s no food tour complete without a visit to the market.
This was only some of what Emily offers but if you’re interested in getting off the weird strip where people wear balloon hats?? then she’s a good one to take you to the other side of Cozumel. After taking the tour I’m actually interested in going back to the island to see what else it has to offer besides the obvious.