During our two days in Palenque, Mexico, we got to enjoy some tasty food.  On our first night, we just wanted a simple dinner.  We needed to find an ATM to get some cash beforehand and ended up walking a long way looking for a Scotiabank ATM.  We never did find one so had to backtrack to another ATM, then re-backtrack to Pizzeria Palenque.  I was more than hungry (and fussy!) by the time we got there, but it was worth all the trekking. The pizza was delicious, and the cervesas were very cold.  Great prices too!  
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Ahhhhh...the simple things in life are the best
Our pizza had fresh tomatoes, spicy chorizo, jalepenos, and avocado.  Delish!
Both mornings we had the continental breakfast at the Hotel Xibalba, which was included in our room rate.  The breakfast consisted of fresh fruit, bread and butter, and really good coffee (but only one cup -- free refills are not typically given in Mexico, or Belize for that matter).  We sat outside in handmade chairs constructed from thick wood rounds, sanded and polished to a smooth shine.
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Find the kitty photo bomb!
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This furniture was very cool
We didn't eat any lunches out as we were at the Palenque Archaeological site the entire full day we were in town and ate only snacks, but we had an excellent dinner that night after climbing lots and lots of stairs all day long.  We ate at El Huachinango Feliz (The Happy Snapper) right next to our hotel.  We'd noticed a good mix of locals and tourists the night before and that it was FULL -- a good sign.  
They first brought out a complimentary shrimp and vegetable salad with our beers and chips.  Wow!  What restaurant gives away shrimp salad?  It was absolutely full of shrimp and delicious, similar to ceviche but not swimming in lime juice.  
For his entree, Barry ordered the shrimp au gratin, and I went out on a limb and tried the octopus au gratin.  It was tender, well-seasoned, and absolutely delicious!  We ate every bite and rolled out of there full to the brim.
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Shrimp Au Gratin
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My Octopus Au Gratin -- highly recommended!
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I may not be big, but I can put away some grub!
Stay tuned as we travel farther west to San Cristobal next!
Allison
1/25/2013 03:29:23 am

DROOOOOL!!! Avocado on pizza - what a fantastic idea, might just have to try that if I can find a good tasty avocado in Canada...

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greg maas
1/25/2013 04:38:47 am

Great trip Emily. Very, very well written. Love the photos Barry.

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BeBelize Emily
1/25/2013 04:50:04 am

It was so good we went back for it a second time on our way back to Belize, Allison! Do you get Hass avocados from Mexico? If so, they are wonderful. Just let it ripen until soft at room temperature before cutting.

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Allison
1/29/2013 12:52:05 am

Sometimes we can get Hass avocados but we live in a small town with one grocery store and they don't often have avocados. We were in a larger town yesterday and I picked one up and some fresh mozza, so I think pizza is on the menu later in the week :-) Enjoying reading of your adventures in Mexico!

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4/10/2013 03:27:42 pm

Thanks for this wonderful share. I am impressed by your writing, describing about your experience and journey at beaches and resorts. The pictures speak more than the actual writing and I was so entertained going through them. I am certain that this is a must-visit place.

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