i’m so excited to finally share some of my photos from tulum, and a few of my recommendations for those who are planning a trip there!  what took me so long, you ask?  sometimes when i travel i become so consumed with the experience that i have a really hard time getting motivated to photograph.  and then i come home and kick myself over all the photos i didn’t take.  it all started with a three week trip to thailand in 2001 where i shot only one roll of film. 36 PICTURES IN THREE WEEKS!  but i remember that trip still, so vividly, and i think it’s in large part because i was just really soaking it in.  i wasn’t consumed with trying to get it on film so i could remember every little detail, i was just IN IT, you know what i mean?  so it’s this conflict i have now when i travel, and i struggle with striking a balance.  but enough about that…. tulum awaits!  {more after the jump}


tulum is a magical little town on the caribbean side of mexico with miles of beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise waters.  the days you spend there are the things postcards are made of.  it has a little something for everyone- great places to practice yoga, all the beach and sunshine you could want for a totally relaxing escape, and adventures a plenty for the active vacationer.  and the fact that the jungle runs right up to the sea is just really delicious icing on an already perfect cake.  i fell in love and dream of a chance to go back.



we stayed at ahau tulum, on the recommendation of friends.  we loved it for the gorgeous beach, hammocks and cabanas.  the hotel restaurant had healthy, satisfying food and decent service.  we felt safe and at home there. our room was simple and comfortable, with only a few of the bumps that are often a part of traveling in mexico (spotty electricity and bits of time without hot water).  but honestly, none of the small inconveniences fazed us in the least!  the hotel management was kind and attentive, the location convenient and if you’re looking for a very bohemian hotel stay, this is the place (meaning plenty of yoga classes, a fair amount of dread locked guests and a perch atop the palm trees to watch the sunset and meditate).  

while i loved ahau, next time i’ll check out coqui coqui, which i’ve also heard great things about!  we were originally scheduled to stay there but unfortunately they over booked and called us to cancel a few weeks after we made our reservation.  still, i’d give them another shot for the perfumery alone!

here are a few photos of ahau, and the beach it sits on!  




1. hartwood:  if i had my way i would have dined at hartwood every single day we were there.  i’m not kidding. the freshest local ingredients prepared in the most divine ways with a new menu every day all served in an atmosphere you want to bottle up and take home with you!  heaven in tulum, this place.  i still think about a salad we ate there, and how flavorful and incredible it was, in spite of the simplest of ingredients.  oh hartwood, i will be forever a fan.

2. casa jaguar:  such a charming little restaurant with amazing atmosphere and a friendly staff.  the food was tasty, my cocktail was perfection, but truly it was the jungle restaurant setting that won me over.  

3. el tabano: mexican food!  great atmosphere, good food (although the night we were there the only option for a vegan meal was tamales, that were decent but nothing i’d rave about).  however i suspect that if you’re a vegetarian or meat eater you could have a really incredible meal there!  

i hope you enjoyed my little mini tulum travel guide!  xx-sarah

TULUM, i miss you already

hello everyone!  i’m back from tulum (equal parts happy and sad!).  this morning i woke up next to my husband, which was amazing as he’s been all over the country and world the past few weeks while i was also away.  it felt like we were a million miles apart and there’s nothing sweeter than a reunion with the ones you love (and being showered in kisses from pups who also feel as if you’ve been gone for a lifetime).  i’ll be sharing bits of my tulum visit with you soon and hopefully some of lou’s photos from tokyo as well!  i’m also really looking forward to getting back into the kitchen!  i’m so inspired by the food we ate, so will be posting lots of food recipes in the upcoming weeks.  basically what i’m getting at is… I’M BACK AND IT’S GOING TO BE EXTRA FUN AND YUMMY AROUND HERE!!!!  xx- sarah

photos via my instagram

adios amigos, i’m off to tulum!

i’ve been plotting a little surprise for you all, which if you follow me on twitter you’ll have gotten a little hint of.  tomorrow i’m headed to mexico!  i’ve always wanted to check out tulum, so i’m pretty excited.  i’ll be photographing a wedding for birds of a feather and soaking up as much sun as possible in a week’s time. that’s the good news for me.  the good news for you is that while i’m gone i have the most amazing line up of guest bloggers! *pats self on back for actually being able to plan something more than two days in advance*  and they’re cooking up something special just for you. { HINT HINT } i can’t wait to share with you!  and then when i get back from tulum i’ll tell you all about our adventures!  so much goodness to look forward to.  ARRIVEDERCI!  xx- sarah