restaurant review:: the restaurant @ las ventanas resort (mexico)

Yes, it’s called The Restaurant.

On our last night in Cabo (which was my 30th birthday), we dined at The Restaurant at the Las Ventanas resort. Since our resort was just down the street, they were kind enough to drive us there in a golf cart. It was sort of magical — the street was lined with giant swaying palm trees, there was a nice breeze, and the sun was setting. Talk about a perfect intro to one of the most amazing meals any of us has ever had.

We all agreed that it was among our very favorite dining experiences ever. The resort itself, Las Ventanas, is just breathtaking — so peaceful and serene. The architecture and atmosphere really sets the tone as soon as you enter the gates. We were greeted and guided to the restaurant by a very nice man who offered to stop and take several photos for us without any hesitation. As you all know by now, I’m slightly obsessed with documenting everything we do, so I in particular really appreciated this.

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When we came down the stairs to the restaurant, we were blown away by how beautiful it was. The sun was just setting, and the infinity pool looked like it flowed right into the ocean. The open-air restaurant was being lit up by lanterns, and a small band of two guitar players was setting up. The staff was incredibly courteous and welcoming. We got a table with a perfect view of the water. And since we were there for mine and my dad’s birthdays, they even printed a “happy birthday” message to us on the menus!

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We started off with small beef tacos (a bit spicy and so delicious), tortilla soup (amazing presentation), and the tuna tar tar of some sort. We loved everything we had. They also brought out baskets with a variety of fresh breads/crackers and some interesting dips — our favorite was one made from pumpkin seeds. The wine was great, but very pricey. The average bottle was $200! Yikes. Luckily, we were able to find something more reasonably priced.

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The highlight of dinner was my sister-in-law’s dish, which was a special — the homemade fettuccine alfredo with lobster tail — to die for. My chicken mole dish was really good, and I think everyone else loved theirs, too. For dessert, we got the churros (excellent), tres leches cake (pretty good), and a chocolate tray with various mousses, crisps, and cakes. They also brought out some trays of bite-sized treats with our bill. Needless to say, we were stuffed like Thanksgiving turkeys when we left.

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I didn’t think the food was too highly priced given where we were, but the wines were a different story. I’d highly recommend this restaurant to anyone for a romantic dinner or for a celebratory dinner with family and friends. I can’t wait to return!!

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cabo san lucas birthday trip:: part 2

The guys spent Sunday golfing at the course across the street, so we picked out prime seats at the pool and stationed ourselves there for 8 hours. And of course we treated ourselves to some salty dogs and ritas at the swim-up bar.

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The Hilton had such wonderful service. Each day at the pool, someone walked around with a wooden cart and handed out the tiniest, cutest popsicles I’ve ever seen. We chose coconut. What a refreshing treat after being out in the sun all day!
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One of my favorite dinners was at Fenicia, an Italian restaurant at the resort.  We sat poolside and had the prettiest view as the sun set over the ocean and reflected onto the pool. 
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They surprised me with a birthday dessert (one night early).
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After dinner and drinks, we did a little night swimming. The perfect way to end a wonderful day!
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8.26.13 — happy 30th birthday to me! The day was absolutely perfect from start to finish — minus one thing. Craig was taken prisoner by Montezuma’s revenge of some sort, and he sadly had to stay in bed the entire day. I hated leaving him inside while we enjoyed our last day of the trip, but I’m thankful that he at least got to enjoy the first few days with us. For those wondering, he’s mostly better now. That Montezuma is no joke.
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For my birthday dinner, we were driven on a golf cart to the nearby Las Ventanas Resort. It was one of the neatest, most beautiful resorts I’ve ever seen. Cacti everywhere, white pueblo-style buildings, and an infinity pool that looked like it flowed right into the ocean. We ate at The Restaurant and had the most gorgeous view. It was a most perfect meal — all of us agreed it was one of the best we’ve ever had.
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Aside from Craig’s illness, our trip was one of my most favorite that we’ve ever taken. We didn’t do much other than relax by the pool, eat fantastic food, and take in the gorgeous views at the beach, but that was exactly how I wanted to celebrate my birthday. I’ll always cherish the family trips we take, and this was no exception. Can’t wait till our next one!

A Few of My Favorite Things (38)

UGA gameday edition

[gameday outfit:: black/white bow belt by LK Clothing // Stella & Dot Rebel Pendant // Gilded Arrow Ring // Odeon Stretch Bracelets  // Renegade Bracelet]
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[road trip to Clemson for the first game of the season]
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[standard Sims family photo]

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[bus friends]
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[Chef Joel improvising to keep our fancy Thai burgers out of the rain]
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[just a few of our favorites]
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[best gameday koozie ever]
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[happy 99th birthday to our beautiful great-grandmother, Miss Minnie!]
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Football season is finally here! Where oh where did the summer go so quickly? Suddenly it’s time again for Saturdays spent dressed in red and black, starting the day with mimosas, eating our weight in dips/chicken nuggets/cookies/sausage balls at tailgates, watching football all day, and cheering on the Dawgs (and sometimes Auburn, too). Last weekend, we rented a bus for 30+ people to go to Clemson, SC for the first Georgia game of the season. It was a VERY long day, but a fun way to kick off fall. Can’t wait to head to Athens, the best college town there ever was, at the end of the month for the LSU game!