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Cancun has enjoyed such a lousy reputation, because of all that spring-break mishegoss, that it’s been a good 20 years since I’ve last set foot in this city — which you’ll find in southeast Mexico, (in the state of Quintana Roo), right off the Caribbean Sea.

I’m pleased to report much has changed over the past two decades and, most pertinently, we were impressed by all the culinary talent you’ll find in this area.

We were fortunate to spend some time with one of those rising stars, Chef Fernanda Pratt, who whipped up some amazing dishes.

We’re not fans of fried foods, but Chef Pratt insisted that we give her “Beef Taquitos” a try.

A taquito is a small rolled-up tortilla which is typically fried and stuffed with chicken, beef, or cheese.

Even though we enjoyed the crispness of the shell, and the tenderness (and smokiness) of the beef, we had one complaint: WE WANTED MORE!

Next time, Chef, could you make a few dozen extra for the table?

(You’ll note I was able to sneak a few shots of the chef talking about the food prep. This lady should have a show on the @foodnetwork.)

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