I have officially been in Mexico for 2.5 weeks and I am having the most epic family time! 24/7 with my loves. I still can’t believe we have had this opportunity. Sharing this experience with my oldest daughter and seeing things through her eyes has made this experience so so amazing. We have stopped to “smell the roses” more times than I can count, and since we don’t have plans or an agenda, we have been able to do it without the stress of having to be somewhere on time. If only living without a schedule was always possible….
I am not going to lie though, it has been hard! The heat at times is almost too much, especially for the kids. We have had humidity in the high 90’s, making some days well over 40 degrees Celsius! There is whining from walking around so much, the heat, being hangry….but I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world! I am also totally blown away at how little we have actually done here. We had grand intentions of being out and about all day everyday taking in all that Mazatlan has to offer, but having a 4 year old and 10 month old has made things a bit tricky. Beach days? Haven’t even had one. We have gone to the beach a couple of times but my youngest, Veda, eats the sand and my oldest, Zola, has been less than stoked about going in the water.
All that aside, one of my favorite aspects about this place has been the FOOD. Obviously, right? There is no shortage of food inspiration here! This country is brimming with bold colors, delicious food and has an abundance of fresh produce almost everywhere! I have been incredibly inspired by some of the most simple dishes. This is what I love about whole foods. They are delicious, and bursting with flavor, and sometimes you just need a little splash of lime to take a dish to the next level.
I know how intimidating it can be to start experimenting with new flavors – not knowing how to pair flavors, or not knowing which ingredient can take your dish from OK to outstanding. This is actually one of my favorite aspects of cooking. Spices and other small additions can have a huge impact on a meals’ flavor!
Almost everywhere you go here, you are served pico de gallo, a fresh salsa. Each restaurant has its own variation or spin, but ultimately they all include the same key ingredients. This salsa isn’t necessarily kid-friendly, but with a couple tweaks, your kids are sure to love this, too! This also makes a great snack, condiment to add to your Taco Tuesday meal, or even a dish to bring to a party.
The best part of this salsa is that all of the ingredients are easy to find at your local supermarket or farmer’s market! Another great aspect of this salsa is that it is incredibly customizable to your personal taste preference.
Do you know that some people carry a gene that makes cilantro taste like soap? Are you on team cilantro or team soap? I LOVE cilantro!! Let me know in the comments if cilantro tastes like soap to you!