This post is a little late...ok, a lot late but better late than never right? Especially when there is delicious food that needs to be shared. In January, my husband and I were in Tulum, Mexico for a little birthday getaway which coincided with Tulum Vegan Fest. This was my first time attending a vegfest outside of the U.S. which was so fun! It was also my first time in Tulum which was a win-win!
One of our first stops was at The Real Coconut which was situated right on the beach. A beautiful view and beautiful food, you can't ask for much more than that!
Now that's some good looking avocado toast- the bread is made out of plantains!
On to the main dishes...
(From left to right) The Real Coconut Tacos with hemp plantain falafel and chipotle roasted vegetables, The Real Coconut Quesadillas- coconut flour tortillas filled with their coconut cheese.
Everything was so delicious and they had a lot of vegan options. Also, their whole menu is gluten, dairy, grain and refined sugar-free! They also mention that they are happy to accommodate anyone with allergies.
The next day we had brunch at an adorable vegetarian place called Co Con Amor. It had such a relaxing vibe to it and the food tasted so fresh and you can tell everything was thoughtfully prepared.
(From Left to Righ)t: Tofu scramble and El Crudo sandwich.
Later that day we found the holy grail of tacos. Oh.my.god. SO good! And keep in mind that living in Los Angeles, we have a plethora of vegan taco vendors which are all delicious and unique in their own way but seriously, Charly's Vegan Tacos are some of my favorites- and I can't usually pick favorites. The way that they cook the "meats" and the marinades they use are amazing. Each taco was so flavorful, you didn't even need to add any salsa, hot sauce or anything.
When we attended the Tulum Vegan Fest that Saturday, we were promptly greeted by their welcoming committee. These guys were everywhere!
One of our first stops was The Pitted Date. We inhaled a couple of breakfast burritos. I probably could have devoured a few more.
It was a HOT day so we took advantage of the Chale Cold Brew stand which really hit the spot.
And because we couldn't get enough of Charly's tacos...
We continued to explore the festival and just enjoy the atmosphere. It was really a wonderful day, everyone was so friendly and just having a good time.
While in Tulum, we wanted to check out one of the cenotes, which are naturally occurring sinkholes. They are cooler than they sound! Luckily the Grand Cenote wasn't too far from our Airbnb.
The water in the cenote was beautiful although a bit cold. One of the coolest parts was the bats that were flying around in the caverns. And these adorable turtles that were swimming around. (Please excuse the crappy photo.)
And continuing on with the exploring theme (after all, we had to take some breaks in between eating), we visited the Tulum ruins which were surreal. A little history lesson: Tulum was the only Mayan city built on the coast. Tulum's specific purpose was trading in mainly turquoise and jade.
And we, of course, spent a fair amount of time at the beaches which were absolutely beautiful.
A couple of days in, we took a day trip up to Playa Del Carmen- which is only about a 45-minute drive from Tulum. Our first stop was The Pitted Date because we didn't get enough from Tulum Vegfest! Can you blame us though? Just look at these sandwiches!
(From Left to Right): Bagelwich with panini bread and the Breakfast panini
On our walk down to the beach, we made a friend...
There were threats of thunderstorms the whole day while in Playa which made for some beautiful scenery.
Before our trek back to Tulum, we braved the pouring rain (thunderstorms granted) and headed to Comet Diner which is a 1950's themed all vegan diner! How cute is that? The ambiance was on point.
We had some classic diner specialties which were all so flavorful, maybe not the healthiest but delicious none the less!
Our stay in Mexico was coming to a close but not without hitting up another veggie restaurant. This time it was La Hoja Verde- a vegetarian restaurant with a ton of vegan options that were clearly marked.
Of course, we had to start off with chips & guac because the guac has been nothing less than phenomenal in Tulum.
Followed by the main courses of soy curl tacos and falafel.
Before we knew it we were back in LA, back to reality but still fondly looking back on our trip to Tulum. It's such a beautiful place and definitely deserves more exploring. If you've been, let me know what are some of your favorite places here in the comments! :)