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In The Mood For Reminiscing & Batido De Mamey (Milkshake)

(Puerto Vallarta, Mexico–we had a blast at this resort, especially when enjoying these types of views!)

I need a vacation.

Bad.

I’m so ready to make a move out of this crazy city. If something were to be offered in NY, I’d dip in a heart beat. In the meantime, I sit here in the east coasts’ sin city and ponder my next move. I find a moment of happiness in thinking about how much I travel and how much I love it. How much I’d love for someone to join me every time.

Not just family. However, when my familia does get together for biannual trips to Mexico, it’s priceless. I love it; except that our oldest brother has yet to come with us.

One of the reasons I like going to Mexico so much is the super friendly staff that waits on your every beckon call. You’ll see resort staff up at 4 am polishing poolside rails and ensuring breakfast is the freshest. And of course the food! The food is NOTHING like what we are served here, even in the most of authentic Mexican restaurants. I remember having sopes de marlin (fish) in Cabo San Lucas a few years back. The decor of this restaurant was so eclectic yet soothing, you could sit there all night. The rooftop had an intentional huge gaping hole that opened up to the star lit sky–hints of periwinkle streaks illuminated the black ether.

Everything about that night was perfect.

But then, people. We go to Wal-Mart to buy toiletries, etc… and somehow end up in the grocery section of this mega tienda. My baby brother and sis have an incredible sense of humor, so when they stumbled upon this box of cereal bars, I wasn’t feeling so bad about having ordered fresh sushi from the “sushi chef” taking orders at the front of the store:

Okay, maybe I did. That was a bad culinary decision on my part. But Thank God brands like Kellog have imported products to suit natives. I’m just mad they named it BIMBO! Really? Whose bimbo was making this decision? Obviously, we skipped on eating bimbo flavored bars! But when I get to indulge in something like this, all my worries and bad decisions are washed away:

Batido de Mamey (pronounced “mah-may”) is a must have at least once a week during Summer. Mamey is a yummy tropical fruit, originally from South America, though it is most commonly eaten in Mexico and Cuba. Yeah baby! We looooove this fruit! I would just about kill to have mamey everyday! It has a brown, kind of tough outer skin with a melon-ey looking inside. The fruits texture is kind of like that of an avocado. The seed is pretty much useless unless of course you plan on growing it. You can actually buy frozen mamey at your local Latin market, though I’ve had a hard time finding it even where my parents live in Va.

You can make all kinds of delectable treats with this awesome fruit, including my oh so damn good milkshake pictured above. It has a very smooth and flavorful savory and sweet appeal, believe it or not! I can’t really describe it it’s so good. But my fave is elado de mamey! Oh my God, baby smack me! I can only get mamey ice-cream in Miami, where all things Cuban are attainable, so when I’m able to find it locally, I GETS excited! I’m actually thinking about making some ice-cream myself. El Palacio de Frutas (“the fruit palace”) in Miami carries all kinds of fruits and vegetables you’ve never even heard of!

Mamey is also known to have aphrodisiac properties! No wonder I love swallowing this stuff in a matter of seconds!

I recently learned that:

the mamey is the cornerstone of Cuban holistic medicine. It is used extensively as a veritable panacea for gastro-intestinal maladies. In southern Cuba, the mamey is also used to treat headaches and venereal diseases. There are numerous accounts of the mamey being used as an antiseptic during the Spanish-American War. (wikipedia).

This now justifies me paying $5.00 (even up to $3/lb) for one single fruit! Got a headache? Drink a mamey milkshake!

MAMEY MILKSHAKE

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 full grown mamey fruit
  • 6 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • a hint of vanilla (optional)
  • crushed ice (optional)

Instructions:

Scoop out center of mamey. In blender, add fruit, milk, sugar, salt and ice. Blend on fast for about 3 minutes or until your shake is super smooth and creamy. Garnish with mint leaves!

Serves 4 glasses.

**SO WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER SHAKE?!**

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19 thoughts on “In The Mood For Reminiscing & Batido De Mamey (Milkshake)

  1. Mamey, Bimbo! Seriously though I want to try some. I have been on a watermelon smoothie kick lately. Frozen watermelon, lychees, syrup, lime, pomegrante juice,and a squirt of cream of coconut ! So good.

  2. Hands down – I’m a coffee gal – even milkshakes have to be coffee. I seriously think I need some Java Rehab…

    NY – well then, you wouldn’t be that far from Philly now would ya? 😉

  3. I’ll gladly make this, but you have to send me a mamey first! I need to get down to Mexico, I’ve only been to Tijuana and that was just a waste of time.

  4. It’s funny, everytime I’m in Cabo I always notice the polishing of the pool rails, that’s funny you do too.

    That recipe looks lovely as well!

  5. I never heard of mamey before–I’ll have to see if I can find it anywhere. I’m partial to papayas myself–huge, cheap, and packed with flavor in the summer.

  6. Oh mamey!!!!! Licuados (batidos like you call them) de mamey are my favorite kind! Hmmmm yummy. And bimbo has been a beloved Mexican brand for more than a hundred years. Hehehe. Though it was really funny when I learned what that word means for gringos :-p

  7. Courtney: Your fave shake sounds too good! wow… i just may try it too! I’ll let you know.

    Lys: Girl, you are crazy! I thought I was bad!! I’m siting on my porch right now in 80 degrees drinking some espresso…Somehow I get the impression you’d do the same! Yeah I’m trying to go to NY!

    Nick: If if I find some here in ATL, I’ll send you some for sure! I’ll email you first. You just have to promise you’ll make it.

    Noble Pig: Isn’t it tru though! I thought it was interesting. Try the mamey!

    Mike: I like papaya shakes, etc… but not the fruit on its own. Weird, I know!

    Ben: ha ha ha. Bimbo, I know–we thought it was funny, obviously. We all have our thing….I figured you’d love mamey, too!

  8. The mamey looks like a papaya with potato skin, doesn’t it? Interesting.

    I don’t think mamey is available in my part of the world, but I guess I could subsitute that with a few bananas. Awesome!

  9. Wow, very well written post. I could almost taste the fruit as you described it’s look and texture. I will have to go out and find some me some Mamey. We have allot of Hispanic supermarkets down here, I bet I could find it there.

    Talking about making ice cream made me think back when my grandparents would break out the ice cream churn. I was too young to remember what they put in it, but I will never forget the anticipation. Crank, and crank, then check or maybe add ice, and crank again. The end result was well worth the wait. Nothing like homemade ice cream. I wish I had one of those churns, sound fun now.

  10. Batidos de Mamey are the best… that and batidos de frutabomba or papaya, as the mayority calls it. If you guys live in the Miami area, any good Cuban restaurant or cafeteria can make them for you. Also, you can buy the fruit pulp frozen at any supermarket, particuarly Sedano’s. They are the best to accompany a Cuban sandwich or Media Noche…

    but a Tamarindo milkshake… never heard of that one. And I don;t think I want to try it either…

  11. oh .mi batido favorito eso es una fruta deliciosa y en batido mas y verlos en cantidades me da envidia .solo tomo batido cuando voy a miami mi otra CUBA pruebenlo es delicioso gracias chef por poner algo tan delicioso

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