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So how bad did you get gouged for a drink?

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Post by Zedinmexico Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:35 am

We stayed a few weeks ago at Grand Mayan south of Cancun. Never stayed at one of those beautiful resorts before and while very pretty the food and drink prices shocked me. Anybody in Mexico seen a higher priced Frape con sol margarita at 95 Pesos?

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Post by joec Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:38 am

Zedinmexico wrote:We stayed a few weeks ago at Grand Mayan south of Cancun. Never stayed at one of those beautiful resorts before and while very pretty the food and drink prices shocked me. Anybody in Mexico seen a higher priced Frape con sol margarita at 95 Pesos?

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Next time stay at one of the nice All Inclusives in Nuevo Vallarta. There are a few good ones with great beaches.

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Post by gringal Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:13 am

Stayed at one of those All Inclusives in Nuevo Vallarta. Some of those drinks would make bathtub gin taste like Bombay Sapphire in comparison. But.....you could have all you wanted. Same with the food. Plenty of it, but nothing special.

I guess it's time to haul out the old quote: "Ya get what ya pay for", (unless you get less than what you pay for).
So how was that 95 peso margarita, anyway? Extra good? How about the food?

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Post by joec Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:23 am

gringal wrote:Stayed at one of those All Inclusives in Nuevo Vallarta. Some of those drinks would make bathtub gin taste like Bombay Sapphire in comparison. But.....you could have all you wanted. Same with the food. Plenty of it, but nothing special.

I guess it's time to haul out the old quote: "Ya get what ya pay for", (unless you get less than what you pay for).
So how was that 95 peso margarita, anyway? Extra good? How about the food?

Where did you go?

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Post by Zedinmexico Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:36 am

gringal wrote:Stayed at one of those All Inclusives in Nuevo Vallarta. Some of those drinks would make bathtub gin taste like Bombay Sapphire in comparison. But.....you could have all you wanted. Same with the food. Plenty of it, but nothing special.

I guess it's time to haul out the old quote: "Ya get what ya pay for", (unless you get less than what you pay for).
So how was that 95 peso margarita, anyway? Extra good? How about the food?

We found that the all inclusive has a fee for the day per person. We found it to be 80 to 120USD per day per person.
We don't eat that much food. The 95 peso margarita was one of those margarita machines made with El Jimador.
It was good but not 95 pesos good. We went to wally world in Playa del Carmin and bought 125$USD of food and drink and
took taxis to the local fishing village to eat to keep the costs down. Ended up spending less than 200 USD at the resort for
four people. I was happier at the fishing village than the resort. Guess I like funky versus overpriced and mediocre. The
best meal was a mayan meal in the interior of the yucatan and we found a resturant owned by the local fisherman in the
fishing village. Much better drinks and food at half the cost maybe even less.
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Post by merry Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:32 am

Zedinmexico wrote:We stayed a few weeks ago at Grand Mayan south of Cancun. Never stayed at one of those beautiful resorts before and while very pretty the food and drink prices shocked me. Anybody in Mexico seen a higher priced Frape con sol margarita at 95 Pesos?

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Damn Zed, that's like going to Starbux and complaining about their double mocha frappucino lattes cost too much! What did you expect?

And what the hell is a Frape con sol margarita anyway? I Googled that and only came up with your complaint. Sounds like you paid for a little sunshine to be mixed in with that drink, perhaps that is the opposite of moonshine.

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Post by Intercasa Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:46 am

So I am assuming this is for regular swill, not like ordering Belvedere Vodka, Red bull and a splash of cran at a nice club which would run 200 pesos.
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Post by merry Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:51 am

Spencer, I can't get past Zed's "Frape" part which I think means he is experiencing righteous indignation over a girly frozen drink. <giggle>

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Post by Zedinmexico Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:54 am

merry wrote:
Zedinmexico wrote:We stayed a few weeks ago at Grand Mayan south of Cancun. Never stayed at one of those beautiful resorts before and while very pretty the food and drink prices shocked me. Anybody in Mexico seen a higher priced Frape con sol margarita at 95 Pesos?

Z

Damn Zed, that's like going to Starbux and complaining about their double mocha frappucino lattes cost too much! What did you expect?

And what the hell is a Frape con sol margarita anyway? I Googled that and only came up with your complaint. Sounds like you paid for a little sunshine to be mixed in with that drink, perhaps that is the opposite of moonshine.

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Margarita blended with salt. Let me see a margarita made with El Jimador (most popular 100% agave tequila in mexico) would probably cost them 10/15 pesos. I call that gouging. I could have dealt with 60 or 70 pesos. So if they wouldn't have had so much of a markup for OK food I probably would have
bought more. I have never paid that much for a drink in Mexico even in some pretty nice hotels. They charge to much for mediocre food and drink so I
left and ate at the room or outside the resort. All four of us felt the same way. I paid less for drinks at some US two star Michelin resturants in Napa so I
am use to expensive food and drink. This was just over the top considering the quality.

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Post by Intercasa Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:59 am

Maybe the drink was cheap but the little coloured umbrella made the difference?
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Post by merry Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:59 am

Hmm, Top Shelf ANYTHINGS are regularly more than 100 pesos, so I can't sympathize that you were that ripped off.

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Post by merry Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:01 pm

Intercasa wrote:Maybe the drink was cheap but the little coloured umbrella made the difference?

Oh yeah, the parasols as they are called in Cancun. They go for a big premium there! It's so danged hot. The parasol and the girly Frappe thing.

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Post by Zedinmexico Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:20 pm

merry wrote:Hmm, Top Shelf ANYTHINGS are regularly more than 100 pesos, so I can't sympathize that you were that ripped off.

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Please what is top shelf about a Margarita made with El Jimador. I saw the bottle. It was a blended margarita not a shot of 30 year single malt scotch or
a glass of 1959 french red wine. So you would pay 95 pesos for a OK blended Margarita??

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Post by gringal Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:58 pm

I'm with Zed. A good local Margarita costs half that or less. This was a typical tourist trap with over the top prices, from the sound of things. Those are easy to locate and I'd guess Cancun would have plenty.

Choice: Bend over willingly, leave your money behind or stay away.

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Post by viajero Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:04 pm

Zed, did you know the Margarita cost 95 pesos before you ordered it?

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Post by Zedinmexico Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:15 pm

viajero wrote:Zed, did you know the Margarita cost 95 pesos before you ordered it?

Nope my fault for not asking or looking.

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Post by Zedinmexico Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:21 pm

gringal wrote:I'm with Zed. A good local Margarita costs half that or less. This was a typical tourist trap with over the top prices, from the sound of things. Those are easy to locate and I'd guess Cancun would have plenty.

Choice: Bend over willingly, leave your money behind or stay away.


I need to be fair. The only issue I had with the place was the food prices. The resort was beautiful and had wonderful art all over the place. The help was
well trained and truly hospitable. It must of had 50 acres of pools and water features. Different pools with different temperatures. I didn't care for the oh
sorry sir your bracelet isn't the right color to do this or go there but it was a very interesting experience for me overall.

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Post by hound dog Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:32 pm

Zedinmexico wrote:
viajero wrote:Zed, did you know the Margarita cost 95 pesos before you ordered it?
Nope my fault for not asking or looking.
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The value of a great margarita or martini or any other fine cocktail meant to bend the mind and induce pleasure after a delightful time spent absorbing it, is measured by the quality of the ingredients, not the price. Anyone prone to remembering the price of a great margarita is unworthy of having ingested it. Pearls to swine I say.

THE PERFECT MARGARITA
One bottle of Herradura Blanco Tequila
Limes
One bottle of Grand Marnier
One large two liter pitcher

Mix to one´s taste.

Relax

One other thing:

If one actually goes to an all-inclusive resort and expects fine cocktails included in the day charge or buys a timeshare in anything, one should not expect to be taken seriously about any opinion expressed about anything from then on.
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Post by merry Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:08 pm

Zedinmexico wrote:
merry wrote:Hmm, Top Shelf ANYTHINGS are regularly more than 100 pesos, so I can't sympathize that you were that ripped off.

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Please what is top shelf about a Margarita made with El Jimador. I saw the bottle. It was a blended margarita not a shot of 30 year single malt scotch or
a glass of 1959 french red wine. So you would pay 95 pesos for a OK blended Margarita??

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No Zed I drink Top Shelf margaritas. Maybe if you had squeaked to the people who served you this travesty, they would have given you another one free.

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Post by espíritu del lago Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:18 pm

Dawg Said:
THE PERFECT MARGARITA
One bottle of Herradura Blanco Tequila
Limes
One bottle of Grand Marnier
One large two liter pitcher

Mix to one´s taste.




Maybe..... I like fresh squeezed lime juice in mine and sometimes I throw in fresh pureed strawberries and I like them frozen occasionally !
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Post by CheenaGringo Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:28 pm

I find it amazing that someone would bitch about the price of most anything when they willingly picked a coastal resort primarily designed to separate Gringos from their money! The fact that the OP tried to justify his criticism by stating that there was only $10 to $15 Pesos of El Jimador swill in each drink shows me that he knows nothing about computing pour costs or necessary profit margins. As a twice over former bartender, I was very leary of any customer who found it necessary to ask prices before they ordered - either you can afford it or go drink at home.

If you think $95MXN for a margarita is bad, try getting nailed for $80MXN for a Corona at a sidewalk cafe in San Miguel de Allende four years ago!

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Post by merry Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:44 pm

CheenaGringo wrote:I find it amazing that someone would bitch about the price of most anything when they willingly picked a coastal resort primarily designed to separate Gringos from their money! ...!

Nod. Sour grapes - a way to brag "hey I went to a fancy coastal resort" by complaining about something silly.

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Post by Zedinmexico Thu Feb 28, 2013 7:58 am

merry wrote:
CheenaGringo wrote:I find it amazing that someone would bitch about the price of most anything when they willingly picked a coastal resort primarily designed to separate Gringos from their money! ...!

Nod. Sour grapes - a way to brag "hey I went to a fancy coastal resort" by complaining about something silly.

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I didn't pick the resort. Never been to a resort like this and never will go back again. We didn't pay for the resort we traded on RCI. As Freud say sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. I just noticed a stupid blended margarita with second rate tequila cost a lot of pesos.

God you folks are bitchy.

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