Flavors to Savor
Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Flavors to SavorThe Yucatan Peninsula is renowned for its regional version of Mexican cuisine. Here, bitter orange, annatto seeds, and other local ingredients as well as distinctive cooking methods (like steaming food in banana leaves) combine to create unique and flavorful dishes. Cozumel has the added bonus of having been an important port for centuries—cooks here have had both the bounty of the interior of the Yucatan and the catches hauled in from the sea to inspire their culinary creations.
The latest addition to the repertoire of ingredients is lion fish, an invasive species that threatens reefs in much of the Caribbean because it doesn’t have any natural predators in the area. Cozumel’s restaurants have responded to the invasion by devising innovative ways to prepare the fish—in ceviche, grilled, or breaded with coconut. You’ll be helping save the planet by dining on this fish that is exquisitely delicious in the hands of Cozumel’s top chefs.