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Exploring Todos Santos

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The last port stop of my Mexican Riviera Cruise with Princess Cruises was Cabo San Lucas. Known for its resort filled beaches, I opted to take a quaint day tour of neighboring Todos Santos.

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Todos Santos is a town on the Pacific coast of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula just 50 minutes north of Cabo. It’s know for its artist culture and many art galleries, as well as its beaches for surfing. Just wandering around the half dozen blocks of town I quickly discovered that what was an artist haven for any was a paleta wonderland for me.

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Probably best know is Paleteria La Paloma. It’s towards the edge of town and well frequented. They have a nice selection of paletas, but you can also grab a scoop on a cone if that is more what you are in the mood for. And at around $1 each why not have both!

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Towards the center of town near the galleries is Rocco Ice Cream. Just on a side street, it is hard to is the perfect pastel pink wall. There is no seating her like at Paleteria La Paloma so hop in, grab a paleta for the road and continue exploring.

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On this port excursion you have plenty of time in town so take your time and have a meal or two. Here are some of my other non-sweet faves:

Alma y Mannys (breakfast)
La Bodega de Todos Santos (wine)
Tacos y Mariscos Sinaloense (lunch)
Tre Galline (breakfast, dinner)
Todos Santos Inn (dinner)

This post was sponsored by Princess Cruises. All opinions expressed here are my own.

 

Best Desserts in Mazatlan

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If you’ve been reading my most recent post then you know I’ve been giving you some sweet tips on how to indulge in Princess Cruises. Well beyond sea days, which you are a sweets pro at now, there were also port days.
Last Fall I took a Mexican Riviera cruise with Princess Cruises. It was 4 nights at sea with 3 port stops. The first port we landed in was Puerto Vallarta. I hadn’t been to any of our stops which is what was so exciting about taking the cruise. I loved sleeping through the night and waking up in a new location the next day.

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We did not have much time to explore Puerto Vallarta because our excursions took up most of the day. We took the boat ride to a small fishing village and a hike to a waterfall. It was just as magical as it sounds. While we didn’t have much time to explore the city, some of our friends that were also on the trip were lucky enough to find freshly fried churros on their way back to the boat. I will definitely be on the look out for this when I visit again!

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The next day we docked in Mazatlan. Here we had an early morning hike and plenty of time to explore the town. While this wasn’t my favorite excursion I was so excited to get some time to discover local sweets. The town center of Mazatlan was very easy to walk, it centers around the cathedral. You can also make your way back to the boat from here on foot, there are painted lines on the sidewalks that direct you back to port.

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We headed straight to the cathedral because after a bit of dessert researh we discovered there was a raspados (Mexican shaved ice) truck known to park out front. We watched as the owner scrapped big blocks of ice into shavings and topped it with homemade syrups. It was sweet and refreshing!

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We took our raspados for a stroll around the cathedral and stumbled upon a small ice cream cart. Two young boys were operating the cart that was filled with ice and silver canisters of homemade ice cream. How lucky were we to stumble upon this. We ordered a scoop of burnt milk (leche quemada) and roasted corn (elote). So fresh and so delicious.

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Walking across the town square enjoying our ice cream, what do we see but a beautiful paleta (Mexican popsicles) shop. So naturally after some raspados and helado why not enjoy a paleta. You only live once right! We got guava paleta for the road and continued our explorations.

This story is really starting to remind me of those children’s books If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. Did you read those? Some of my favorite childhood books and the story here seems strikingly similar because right after we found the paleta low and behold we found the cutest dulceria (candy shop) right next door. On a real sugar high at this point we bought a few bags of homemade caramels and candied nuts to enjoy later on the boat. To see more about their process and a peek inside the shop check out my video below. We watched as a shop girl made the candy coating for the nuts!

Puerto Vallarta was a beautiful adventure and Mazatlan was a sweet journey. Next up Cabo San Lucas…

This post was sponsored by Princess Cruises. All opinions expressed here are my own.

 

Cruising the Mexican Riviera with Princess Cruises

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At the end of last year I went on a cruise of the Mexican Riviera with Princess Cruises. Living in Los Angeles it was such an easy getaway, a short drive to the port in San Pedro and I was off on a 7 day cruise. This was my first large cruise and getting into I really didn’t know what to expect, but I’m happy to report that I LOVED it!

Our Mexican Riviera Cruise included 3 days (4 nights) at sea and 3 port stops to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas. In a previous blog post I already shared the incredible Chocolate Journeys they offer aboard all of the ships (check back if you are a chocolate lover!). And later I’ll give you a glimpse into some port stops, but for now I want to give you some tips and tricks to enjoying the sweeter side of your days at sea!

Here are some insider tips to enjoying the best sweets aboard the Ruby Princess:

Pastries from International CafeBreakfast : For breakfast you are going to want to hit the International Café if you are looking for pastries. This is your spot for croissants, muffins, filled donuts, and danishes. It is easy to grab a few treats and a cup of coffee and cozy up to one of the window seats or grab your treat to-go and enjoy them on one of the decks. There are many other dining/buffet options open for breakfast, but you won’t find this assortment of pastries there.

 

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All Day Treat : If you are looking for an after lunch treat, a mid-day snack, or even a pre-dinner indulgence you can always count on the soft serve. Available at the soft serve counter at the middle of the pool, you are able to enjoy endless cones of soft serve. Vanilla, chocolate, or a swirl are your choices and sprinkles are optional (well are they really? who could say no!). And if soft serve isn’t calling to you, you can always go for a milkshake instead.

 

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Sweet : I don’t know about you, but I love a good High Tea. And if you are like me and tea is your thing then you are in luck because you can enjoy a sit down High Tea service 3:30pm-4:30pm. Expect to find a selection of tea, finger sandwiches, cookies, cakes, and oh so delicious scones and clotted cream. If you happen to be by a pool or at The Sanctuary have no fear, you can also enjoy tea service al fresco just look around for the servers with the tea carts.

Milk and Cookie Room Service

Not in the mood for tea? Well you have a few options available to satisfy that sweet tooth. Princess Cruises offers a daily ‘cookies and milk break’ featuring you guesed it, chocolate chip cookies at milk. You can find this at the International Café, around the pool areas or you can order it to your room just before or after you nap.

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If you happen to be out and about walking the ship there is one other afternoon treat option for you. Head on over to the Horizon Court where daily you can enjoy a rotating selection of cakes and confections in the afternoon.

 

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Evening Indulgence : Each restaurant aboard the ship not only offers a delicious dessert to end your meal, but you specifically a unique Chocolate Journey treat depending on which dining option you are enjoying. There is always room for dessert and these are not to be missed.

So many sweets, so little time!

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This post was sponsored by Princess Cruises. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Chocolate Journeys

In partnership with Norman Love, Princess Cruises offers an exclusive Chocolate Journeys program available onboard fleetwide. Love’s creations blend premium quality chocolate and artful design. This fun and unique offering was one sweet perk of cruising with Princess. Each dining option on board has different Chocolate Journey desserts available.

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Daily you can choose from delectable chocolate options throughout the day in the Horizon Court Buffet. During my trip I anxiously watched as the selection changed from chocolate muffins to slices of cakes and puddings.

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You’ll find Norman Love’s artful chocolate creations on various dining room desserts menus. At the Chef’s Table dinner you are treated to an array of chocolate delights. This special dining experience starts your night in the kitchen with the Executive chef and ends with a what seems like an endless selection of chocolate-y treats.

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You can also purchase exclusive Norman Love confections in the various gift shops. AND there is even Chocolate Spa Treatments! You can indulge in a luscious, anti-oxidant chocolate body treatment. You leave smelling like one big chocolate bar.

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Suffice it to say, if you are a chocolate lover this is the cruise for you!

Here is a teaser of just one of the desserts you can enjoy. Check out the plating of one of the Chocolate Journey desserts…