Wednesday, April 4, 2012
My first meal during the Mayan solstice arrived with delectable Mexican flavors and an unexpected touch of Chicago. I sat down at the Beachwalk Marketplace Cafe in the JW Marriott Cancun Resort and reveled in the experience of enjoying two of my very favorite things. As many of my longtime readers know, passion fruit is the ultimate fruit to me. Nothing beats that special blend of tart and sweet. So when I spotted passion fruit ceviche on the menu, I was giddy with joy.
As I munched on fresh tortilla chips, my view was a vivid turquoise expanse of the beach, another of my favorite things. Being kissed by a salty sea breeze and gazing at rippling ocean waves is my idea of paradise.
And then the passion fruit ceviche appeared and I ascended into heaven. Delicate pieces of sea bass were cured in a passion fruit and lime potion for a zesty yet sweet taste that I can only describe as other worldly. It really doesn't get much better than that. Then I glanced at the paper that held the chips.
Right next to the nonsensical headline asking "why are French fries French?" was the perfectly rational declaration, "White Sox Win The Pennant!" What are the odds that I'd leave Chicago, only to be greeted with a reference to the best Chicago baseball team as I relaxed on the Mexican riviera? Some may call it a coincidence but I think not. It was that Mayan magic once again.