At least for me, this is the perfect meal.
Thing is, I'm a straight up nut when it comes to finding the perfect meal. I walk in. I walk out. I sit down. I get up and leave. I sniff about. I make up a reason to bolt. All if the vibe don't suit me. If the food on other peeps plates looks suspicious, later. If the wait staff blows, holla. If there is lit no good vibe, I'm out. I can't deal and I'd rather spend the dinero elsewhere.
It's been known to drive my pals MAD. I just want good, good food all the time. I do the research. I put in my time. I read the mags. Peruse the blogs. Talk to the locals. Scan the horizon for a sign that my belly will be satisfied - and it's usually not coming from the super hot spot. Or the most expensive. Or the raved about.
It's just coming cause it's damn good food.
Fresh. Natural. Organic. Special.
Which is why I was really stunned that the meal I had at beachside Sandzibar (just a stones throw from Punta de Mita) a few weeks ago down in Mexico was so freaky delish. This place is the kind of spot that I usually avoid. But, I was on the hunt for fresh seafood, hadn't eaten since breakfast, had just tore down from the mountains and was shakin' for a cold, cold margarita. Don't get me wrong, the vibe is pretty chill there. The view is lovely. The staff is friendly. It's more about the customers. All seem rich. All seem like they'd literally curl up and DIE before eating at a nana's place down the dirt road. They would turn over their first born before tasting the juicy chicken off the roadside grill in San Pancho (another entry is needed for that one). So, therefore, I'm usually keen to head on. But, we stopped.
Immediately, I slurped down a PERFECT margarita. Then another. We ordered up a greek salad and seared octopus over hummus. Simple enough. Well, freakin' kudos to these chefs (and chefs they are - no backhand cooking up in here).
From the greens, to the cheese, to the dressing, to that AMAZING hummus, to the bread and sauces, to the charred octopus, to the limey/tangy/perfect 'rita - I was just taken aback. Like skidding to a stop every few seconds to let my mouth regroup. Reset.
Which brings me to why this was a perfect meal. It's cause it was CLEAN. Super clean and super fresh. It's literally the way I need to eat every single meal of every single day. Small portions. Immediate ingredients. Well paced and thoughtfully presented. Just right. Right with the bellys and the minds and the eaters of the world.
That said, I aim to have the perfect meal every day from here on out. At least...my version of it. You never, ever have to diet if this is the daily way. God, it all seems so simple.