By: Rebecca Charur
I used to dream about the day I would suit up in red, white and blue to play alongside soccer legends like Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain. Maybe even score the game winning goal and send my team to the women's World Cup final, hyping up the crowd as they cheer my name "REBE-CCA! REBE-CCA!"
That never happened, but so what? There are benefits to not being a professional athlete. For one, I can enjoy all of this summer's live soccer action with a margarita in each hand. Safe to say I'm a better professional drinker/TV enthusiast than an athlete. And in my professional opinion, I'm going to give you the scoop on one of this summer's soccer viewing hot spots.
Personally, if I had to choose the perfect place to watch a match, I'd go to a tiki bar on the beaches of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. But my bank account isn't set up for daily trips to Mexico, so a trip to Cabo Flats does the trick.
Whether you spend your night at Cabo Flats’ bustling craft bar or choose to dine and lounge on booths that can fit roughly half the population of Mexico City, you're in for a night of cheers (for both the food and the goals).
Of course, it's only natural that I kicked off the game and my meal with one of Cabo Flats’ infamous margaritas. I only say infamous because, well, they definitely don't skimp on the liq. With that said, if you're not ordering margaritas here, we have a serious problem.
Is it just me or does watching soccer players perform all that cardio make you extra hungry? Maybe it's just me but when hunger does strike, here's my starting lineup:
I can't think of a better way to kick off a night of cheering for your favorite sweaty men than with some refreshing guacamole. Seriously, can't go wrong with guac, especially not with these dippers. Leave your same old brown bag of chips at Chipotle and give these cactus spiced tortilla chips, with sprinkles of paprika and lime, a dip.
There's something to be said about a thick queso with layers, as opposed to your shallow, watered down dip. Once the tortilla chip broke the thick surface, it dipped into a creamy cactus-spiced white cheese. Then, just when you think it ends with a solid cheese dip, each dip is wrapped around pieces of ground beef and pico de gallo.
The halftime show: Crispy Tuna Tacos
What happens when a restaurant combines the flavors of two of my favorite foods? I get a half time show that could trump Beyonce's. These tuna tacos are held together by a crispy wonton shell and filled with avocado and fresh tuna, together creating the irresistibly light texture of ceviche. Throw in a mango dressing, and you've got a phenomenal performance.
Now it's time to announce the MVP...and the award for the most valuable plate goes to...
So you know that feeling when you just can't fit another bite of food in your belly? And your pants are just begging to be unbuttoned? But then your MVP comes in and changes the game. Before you know it your stomach has magically made room for a bite or two more than your pants can fit.
This was my MVP. In a matter of minutes, I went from being completely incapable of lifting the fork to jousting spoon vs spoon for the last bite. Anyone with a sweet tooth could understand the ridiculous amount of self-control it takes to say no to fried ice cream. And this wasn't just any fried ice cream. Let's add pound cake tossed in Captain Crunch then wrapped around deep fried ice cream to the equation and you've got the ultimate team player.
So, if you're not taking cover from the rain this summer, odds are you're watching an international soccer game. Whether it's the Copa America or the Euro Cup, one of the toughest decisions you've had to make this summer isn't who you're going to cheer for but instead where you're going to cheer for them.
Well, lucky for you I just made that decision a whole lot easier. You can thank me later.