STREET FOOD IN SAYULITA
Although I'm a big fan of the multi-course, white tablecloth, different wine with every course dinner, some of the best meals that I have ever eaten have been purchased at carts, booths or palapas. One of my most memorable meals was in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico. Sayulita is a surfing town half an hour north of Puerto Vallarta. A cab from the Puerto Vallarta airport will run around $80 but the local bus will get you there for about $2 per person. There are no paved streets in Sayulita. The streets are made of gravel and dirt and a cloud of dust rises every time a vehicle drives by.
My wife, two children and I were spending the day at the beach and my son and I decided to walk through the town and bring back lunch. On a quiet side street, we saw two women with big barbecues. Small children were scampering around the cooking area and the women were basting and turning whole chickens that they had split and flattened. Smoke wafted into the air and down the street, drawing us in with the wonderful aroma. We bought a chicken which came with plastic bags of tortillas, rice and salsa. The whole meal came to 80 pesos, or around $8.
We brought the chicken and fixings down to the beach and the four of us had a fantastic lunch. We piled our tortillas high with chicken, rice and salsa and washed our lunch down with cold cervezas and sodas from the store. Sand got in our food but it didn't matter and afterwards we washed off in the warm ocean.
When I travel I always try to eat like the locals do, and the food is usually simple and delicious.
Message Edited by thepiranha on 06-26-2008 07:44 AM