Gourmet Meatless Mondays? It is possible and available here in Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya. At Cocina 38, Chef Juan Diego can cook up an excellent meal made of veggies and salsas that will knock your socks off.
The printed menu is mainly fish and meat, so if you want to participate in Meatless Mondays, just ask the waiter and you will have a special meal or a meal off the menu adapted to your dietary needs. A favorite starter is mixed greens with passion fruit, couscous, dices tomatoes and avocado, sauteed mushrooms and roasted asparagus with a jamaica dressing. For a main course there could be a roasted vegetable plate with shaved Parmesan or a vegetable lasagna with no pasta which is fabulous or a grilled mushroom risotto with truffle oil.
Meat will not be missed and the explosion of flavors will make you happy and full. If you order a coffee or aperitif, you will find the meatless truffles to be a delicacy. These are hand rolled dark chocolate truffles that are the signature after dinner treat that Cocina 38 serves up to all of its guests.
Cocina 38 rated in the top 3 on TripAdvisor and number 1 in many eyes of the Foodies here in Playa del Carmen, is open 6 days a week from 6 pm to 11 pm, and is a must visit while in Playa.
Written by Nicola Inwood. Nicola is the Executive Chairperson of Taste of Playa 2010. She writes for numerous blogs, one being www.lifejustbecamesimpler.wordpress.com and is the owner of various businesses in the Riviera Maya.
Meatless Monday is an international campaign that encourages people to not eat meat on Mondays to improve their health and the health of the planet. Reducing meat consumption by 15% (the equivalent of one day a week) lessens the risk of chronic preventable illness and has a strong positive impact on the environment.