my super awesome Mexican Birthday! + Being Vegan in Mexico

Hey guys!!!

I just wanted to share with you how awesome being vegan in MEXICO was and is!

It was more amazing than I imagined. I’m from Michigan. The only Mexican restaurant I ever saw growing up was called AZTECA. It was in a small business plaza. And I never went. Not sure if it was even legit haha. The closest thing to Mexican food I had back then was Taco Bell (gross). And I’ve probably only eaten there once in my whole life haha.

I say that to say, I was never familiar with Mexican food. I had 2 Mexican friends in my lifetime and that was about it. I remember when I moved to Los Angeles, I was BLOWN away with the Mexican culture and presence here. It was such a culture shock for me! There was Mexican food EVERY WHERE. I just did not understand it!! Haha.

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Mostly, I can’t believe I went the majority of my life without the essence of guac, let alone AVOCADOS!!! I remember when I first discovered “salsa verde” and it was a big deal for me. Green salsa? Yum. ON IT!

Since being vegan, tacos have been one of my fave things to make. I’ve only used hard shells because I didn’t think I would dig it being too authentic if I did it the original way.

I say all of that to say-

  1. VEGAN MEXICAN FOOD IS AWESOME.
  2. I’VE BEEN MAKING TACOS ALMOST EVERYDAY SINCE I’VE BEEN BACK
  3. WITH corn tortialls!
  4. VEGAN MEXICAN FOOD IS AWESOME

So let’s get into it. I honestly did not know what to expect. I did research beforehand and to my surprise, found many vegan restaurants in the area I would be staying in.

I had a very (very) short trip and I didn’t get to eat at ALL of the vegan places in the area! Trust me, there were many more.

Here are my recommendations:

La Senda– I LOVE their mushroom taco. They also have a spicy mango habenero sauce that is just TOO good. I suggest ordering guac, putting some on the taco with one of their great sauces and you’ll be daydreaming of this place the rest of your trip. They also have sushi wraps that are fresh, healthy, and SO delicious!!

Restaurare- I LOVE the mushroom ceviche. Their plantain chips are delicious, too. The drinks are unique and refreshing. PERFECT restaurant setting in the jungle!

Bio-Organicos- I love the chilaquiles! Must get.

Other tidbits:

  • The Spanish word for “vegan” is “vegano”!!
  • Majority of the people I came in contact with spoke English.
  • The food is very affordable! One good vegan meal costs around $3-$6 on average!!!
  • BRING CASH! Most take USD and Pesos. Not all places take cards. It’s a cash type of place ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Bio-Organicos

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Some kind of bread with jam (I did not like. At all. lol)

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Chilaquiles and a chlorella + fruit smoothie.

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Hotcakes stuffed with chorizo, mushrooms and peppers.ย 

 

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Iced coffee with almond milk

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Me enjoying it ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Super fresh coconut water, lemongrass, ginger, lime and red wine

IMG_7867.JPGMushroom ceviche

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White cucumber, lime, chia and basil drink

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Chocolate cupcake thing (so so good)

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Momo Tofu (organic tofu wrapped in hoja santa, stuffed with veggies, on top of turmeric rice. Tomato sauce on the side.

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Marinated veggies atop pureed beets, plantains and sweet potato.

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Pibil Tacos

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Lettuce tacos, pibil tacos, (delicious) spices

 

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Coconut Ceviche

 

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Mushroom tacos

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Guacamole

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Fresh nori rolls

 

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Savory Pancake

 

All in all, I had a GREAT time being vegan in Mexico. I even went to one non vegan restaurant with some locals! I ordered a huge juice filled with exotic Mexican fruits I had never heard of and it was so delicious. I also got plantains, stir fried veggies and LOTS of guac/chips/salsa! Chips and dip are the Mexican vegan version of french fries. You can eat them anywhere for survival and can always depend on ’em ย ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure going to other non vegan restaurants would be cool, too. Just ask the chef to make you a taco with veggies! And of course, dive into the GUAC โค

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Thank you, Mexico. For your warmth (from the weather, food AND people).I am so glad I spent my birthday here!ย I’ll be back before you know it!

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Any questions or comments? Going to Mexico soon!? Write below!

xoxo Joi

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