We have been to Los Barriles numerous times and always had Norma come by and cook for us at least a couple of times each trip. The food is wonderful and the condo is actually cleaner after she leaves. Always plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day.
If you are new coming to this area, I would suggest working with Julie at abajavacation.com. Her family lives there and she is great to work through and can set you up with a nice rental along with Norma to cook and is willing to help with what ever you may need. If you are already set with a rental you can PM me and I can give you Norma's cell number or email. Below is a sample of Norma's menu:
1. MEXICAN COMBINATION
choice of beef, chicken, fish or shrimp
includes: tostada, enchilada, taco, chile relleno with cheese, rice & beans
salsa, guacamole & chips.
2. CARNE ASADA
grilled beef with ranch beans, potatoes, tortillas, salsa, guacamole & chips.
with: steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, tortillas, salsa, guacamole & chips.
VERACRUZANO - prepared in sauce of tomatoes, onions, pimiento chile & tomato juice.
AL MOJO - prepared in butter and garlic sauce.
EMPAPELADO - filet with ham, cheese, bacon, mushrooms, vegetables & shrimp.
EMPANIZADO - breaded and fried.
with: french fries and green salad.
RELLENO: stuffed with cheese, ham & bacon.
AL MOJO: prepared in butter and garlic sauce.
A LA DIABLA: prepared in cream and chipotle sauce.
FAJITAS: prepared in pimiento chile, onion and garlic.
RANCHERO: in red sauce.
5. PORK CARNITAS OR PORK CHOPS
with: mashed potatoes, carrot salad, tortillas or bread, salsa, guacamole & chips.
6. CHICKEN MOLE
with: rice, beans, green salad, tortillas, salsa, guacamole & chips.
7. BBQ CHICKEN OR CHICKEN FAJITAS
with: mashed potatoes, carrot salad with pineapple, tortillas or bread, salsa, guacamole & chips.
8. SURF & TURF BROCHETTE
beef & shrimp with bacon, chile pimiento & onions, rice, beans, salad, tortillas or bread, salsa, guacamole & chips.
choice of: chicken or pork with pasta salad, beans, salsa, guacamole & chips.
10. ENCHILADAS SUIZAS
choice of: fish, beef or chicken, rice, beans, salsa, guacamole & chips.
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