By on March 10, 2016

In Tulum we stayed at a casita (small house) just 5-10 minutes walk from the main street with all the restaurants and near at least 2 large supermarkets. Again a place found on AirBnB. Traveling with two kids that are put to sleep around 8-9pm it was just fantastic to have some more room again, a kitchen to make our own breakfast and a living room to hang out in at night when the kids are sleeping.

We even cooked our own meal for the first time since Hawaii and Line baked buns for breakfast. That sounds really great when you describe it but the work in the kitchen turned out to be quite challenging.

  • First there was no bowl (or any kind of container) to make the dough in. So Line had make it in two heaps in a frying pan and then mix it together on the table
  • Turning on the oven all we got was the very distinct smell of propane-gas in the kitchen. Hmm, after a bit of trial and error and without burning the house down we tried YouTube and found a nice video on how to turn on a gas-oven. Not exactly intuitive that you have to find a secret hole to stick a burning match through to light it (at least not to us).
  • A gas oven heats very unevenly so the buns were getting hard on one side but undercook on top. When we tried to turn them over the “baking-paper” we had bought had nicely joined with the buns making it next to impossible without ripping it to pieces.
  • When they were finally done they turned out to be on the dry side. With nothing to measure we had added too little water to the dough


We did get a barely noticeable smell of freshly baked buns in the casita so it was not all in vain, but describing them as delicious would be exaggerating 🙂 Never the less both Noah and Vitus demanded 5 each for breakfast after the first bite which just goes to show how much more flexible they have become food-wise and what they will put up with after 4,5 month of travelling.

Fortunately we fared a bit better when we tried our first homemade dinner since Hawaii. Steak, oven-baked French Fries, cucumber sticks and guacamole were a definite hit for all of us (the meat in Mexico is just fantastic).


And in terms of Guacamole here is a nice little comparison. In Maui, Hawaii a big and not so tasty 350 gram Avocado was about 5 USD each. Here in Mexico they are sold for 7,5 pesos for one Kilo. If we convert both to USD per kilo that makes:

5 USD * (1/0,35) = 14,29 USD/Kilo

7,5 Pesos / 18 = 0,42 USD/Kilo

That makes buying Avocado more than 30 times more expensive in Hawaii compared to Mexico (and the Avocados taste 10 times better in Mexico).



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