A Guy About Town with Alejandro Espejo

Alejandro Espejomen

My guest this week has lived near the beach in Mexico for most of his life. Alejandro (Alex) Espejo is a recent addition to the Loco Gringo team. His passion for wine and nightlife is what brings him to the podcast today.

Shortly after attending University in Mexico City, Alex and his friends opened the first organic food store in Cancun. When one of his partners wanted to go back to Mexico City, Alex moved to Akumal. He got a job at a resort hotel and spent most of his time under the water, near Cozumel, diving. His instructor is one of the best-known cavern divers in the world.

In addition to diving, Alex loves gastronomical pleasures. He visits the new restaurants that open in Tulum and Playa.

Restaurants Alex enjoys are:

In Tulum:

  • Uno – An organic, vegan wonderland of Japanese noodles.
  • Arca – Voted one of the best new restaurants in Forbes magazine.
  • Beso – Great atmosphere and great food.
  • Kitchen Table – Everyone loves the food here.

In Playa del Carmen:

  • SOMA – An Urban Sushi Bar.
  • Cantina Numero 20 – Mexican food from different regions. Try the grasshoppers or fried ant eggs.

Alex says the weather in the Riviera Maya calls for a lighter wine, depending on your meal. And Mexican vineyards produce excellent wines in Baja. Dry Rosés like the ST Rosé and the Calixa Grenache and the El Cielo and Monte Xanic Sauvignon Blancs are must-haves.

A good place to find these wines is at Europa. They have a great wine selection and they can special order wines and champagnes for you. Two locations in Playa del Carmen, 8th Street between 5th and 10th Avenue or in Quinta Allegria at the corner of Av. Constituyentes and 5th Avenue.

For those who enjoy the nightlife, there is a full moon party in Tulum on the Saturday of the full moon. The party starts at 10 pm and goes until 4 am. And Boa’s has a sunset party on Sunday’s from 12 pm to 10 pm alongside their private bay area.

Travelers looking for an authentic Mexican experience should go to the traditional town of Valladolid and visit the local market or spend the night in the Sian Ka’an Reserve.

Thank you to Buy Playa for sponsoring this episode. They sell only titled properties and are experts in their field!

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