Preparing for our journey to the Maya Riviera, I had thoughts filled with warm white sand, turquoise waters, clear blue skies and moonlit nights. I had done a bit of research but staying true to form I was going to let Tulum be our guide. The girls wanted to take a red-eye so they could enjoy an extra eight hours on the beach so I obliged…we arrived in Cancun at 5:30am Saturday morning.
I have a fairly strict…ok somewhat neurotic routine when I’m at home. I have 24/7 access to all of my superfoods, fruits, waters, vitamins, and CSA farm vegetables. Since the TBI, I have certain music I fall asleep to and other music that I use to transition into the day. My favorite part of every morning is my Matcha Tea with steamed Almond Milk and a splash of Agave…or is it my smoothie? My smoothie is obnoxiously packed with superfoods … tablespoon by tablespoon and finished with coconut water for hydration. When I travel to foreign lands, I always check a bag in order to bring along the kitchen sink…and pantry. Checking a bag to Tulum was not an option..at least not for the kitchen sink. We were bringing down supplies to donate to Art of Conservation and bags were full.
My lessons started early…beginning with the red-eye….literally. What was I thinking? Luckily I had two strong women by my side who took control as soon as we touched ground. I followed them through the Cancun Airport in a daze until we came across the illuminated Siren…Starbucks Coffee! The girls sat me down with the luggage and went off to get drinks. I don’t drink coffee…but I was having a DOUBLE Latte….Green Tea just sounded so weak. Loaded up with caffeine, I took back my charge and grabbed a taxi. As we traveled the hour and a half to Tulum, my head was buzzing and my stomach was grumbling. I knew I had to get myself on track nutritionally….but how?
After checking into our slice of paradise in the jungle, Una Vida, we went on foot in search of breakfast. In pursuit of a recommended restaurant, we came across Burrito Amor. It was cute….had smoothies….and was in front of us at that moment. Exhausted, we plopped down on our chairs and immediately ordered water. As I perused the menu I couldn’t believe my eyes…they had fresh juices, coconut water, antioxidant waters, amazing blended natural juice combinations, dairy free smoothies..and the food…CLEAN and really good…I would even say delicious but I never use that word. The vibe was upbeat, creative and full of love. We thought Burrito Amor would be our go to for our week but we quickly learned that this was a rule..not an exception..in Tulum. Clean Food, Great Vibe, and Lots of Love must be the tag line of the town….because we found it everywhere.
We hope to share a bit of that Vibe…that Creativity…and that Love with you through our posts this week. Check us out as we went Cuckoo for Coconuts while Tammy was living vicariously crafting her own version of Mayan Street Tacos. Later this week I’ll share our favorite EATS, a bit about our New Moon Temezcal, as well as more on the work of Julie Ghrist and Art of Conservation. Meeting Julie and the people in her organization was a highlight of the week and we look forward to continued collaboration….aka trips to Tulum. 🙂
And in the words of the Mayans and Dr. Bobby Klein….
In Lak’ech Ala K’in