The Best Meal I Ever Ate: Four Courses at Ramona in Cancun

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To declare something “the best thing I ever ate” is a pretty big deal. In food terms, it’s kind of like saying “I love you.” As such, it’s a statement that should be reserved for “The One:” the meal that seduces your palate, wows your taste buds, and so completely blows your mind that you’d eat it every day if it came to a choice between that and never tasting it again.

The One” might be a Tijuana beef tongue taco that, while searching for something to soak up the tequila on your last night of Spring Break, surprised and delighted your drunken palate; or it could be an eight-hour asado that your best friend prepared one night at an Argentine B&B and the two of you enjoyed over a cheap bottle of wine and a barrel of laughs; or maybe it’s a steaming bowl of Vietnamese Cao Lao noodles eaten solo – quietly and thoughtfully – in a Hoi An bungalow overlooking the South China Sea.

Most often, “The One” has an emotional component – you ate it when coming of age, bonding with a friend, or rediscovering yourself in a foreign land. Though the food was probably pretty good, it was likely the experience that really set it apart.

For me, “The best thing I ever ate” is a meal at Ramona, a resort restaurant in Cancun, Mexico. If you’re rolling your eyes as you read this – resort food, really? – I get it. But hear me out. I’ve eaten all kinds of cuisine at all kinds of places – from remote jungle pop-ups to urban holes in the wall to Michelin-starred must-eats – and Ramona at Nizuc Resort & Spa is unparalleled.

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Amanda Cargill, Food Content Director

Amanda Cargill is the Food Content Director at Latina Media Ventures, where she oversees food- and spirits-related features in Latina Magazine and on and She has traveled extensively in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Her work and travel have cultivated her palate and fostered a love of food and the stories it tells. She is also a former professional dancer who writes arts and entertainment reviews for domestic and international publications. Amanda received her BA in Sociology from UCLA.

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