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In addition to the amazing wildlife and the natural landscapes that the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve has to offer, you can eat and drink quite well in the Tulum (Mexico) area, too.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1987, this 1000 square mile area, situated on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, is replete with tropical forests, mangroves, and marshes, as well as a large marine area intersected by a barrier reef. (It is also a habitat for some 300 bird species.)

After a long day of touring, we came home to find Chef Luis Antonio Lopez (@toniotron86) making what he called a “TIMBAL DE BERENJENAS” or “Eggplant timbale.”

These multilayered stacks consisted of small circular slices of eggplant, held together with layers of rich tomato sauce and melted cheese.

Visually pleasing and festive, we enjoyed the meaty flavor and texture of this “berry” or “fruit.”

Well done, Chef!

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