Beach Snacks, Puerto Escondito

Well after hiding in the mountains in Guatamala and Chiapas for over a month im back down at sea level. Which means 2 good things: beach and seafood.

First thing i noticed was the heat. After getting off my overnight bus and walking, very indirectly, to my hostel i was asked by another backpacker if i had just jumped into the pool with all my clothes on. No, no i didnt.

The next couple of days involved lying on the beach, eating and repeating the first two actions with a bit of sleeping hugging the big fan i had in my room. They have some good big surf here. But my surfing days are too long gone. I stuck to the little waves back towards town a bit.

Mexican beaches have one major attraction over Australian beaches. The food comes to you. First up is one of the more famous treats from around this area. Prawn Cerviches. Consiting of a tomoto juiceish base, with plenty of lime, corriander, chilli and lime. Loaded with big tasty shrimp. These are definitly a bit of a treat.

You can see the high tech shop they come from below.

After a cerviche and a bit of a swim along comes the guy selling nuts. So a plate of peanuts is in order. These ones were good. Butyou can get peanuts that have been roasted with garlic and chilli as well. The roasted garlic is amazing, you crunch it up along with the nuts, skin and all.

And for a bit of a taste of home a bit of starfruit. I had one of these just out the door when i was a kid. I even remember trying to make a starfruit sandwich once when i wanted to leave for school early in primary school. Not because i wanted to get to school, but because i wanted to fit in a couple of hours of riding an old pram we had found down a hill before the bus came. Anyway, the sandwich was a bit of a failure. But despite the trumatic childhood memories, i still love starfruit. And this one tasted just like home.

And although not classed as a snack i got me a bunch of Prawns a la Diabla. Which involves prawns, hot hot sauce and a lot of mess. Oh yeah!

Ahh. I almost forgot the fishhead soup. What is there to say. Soup is an adventure whan its full of bits of hard fish scale, and prawn heads.

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Growing veggies, keeping the solar going and listening to music; one might think Roy never leaves his home with his green thumb yet he is an adventurous foodie who loves trying the weird and wonderful cuisines of any culture. An electrical engineer by trade his nerdiness also crosses over into his love for folk music and playing warhammer.

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