I have bought vanilla from Jamaica that was wonderful. I ahve bought vanilla from Mexico that was equally wonderful. They each have there very own taste. I buy it whereever they have it. I enjoy it all. Happy cruising.......
I agree with Michelle. Los Cincos Soles has great vanilla. They have it now in plastic bottles that make transporting it back for yourself and friends very easy. I have had some for three years that I haven't finished up yet and the plastic bottle does not affect the taste at all (just in case you were wondering.) Make sure the label says Vainilla Pura. It may be Extracto de Vainillian Pura. The alcohol content may be as much as 35% also. I get the 500 ML bottles for me and they have smaller for friends,neighbors, housesitters, etc. back home. I can't remember how much I paid for it, but it wasn't real expensive...........
To Bmaintz: Yes, Los Cincos Soles, one of Carnivals approved stores, is at the pier in Cozumel. After you get off ship, you will walk through a mall-type thing with liquor, cigarettes, perfume, pocketbooks, sunglasses, etc. and then exit that into the local shop area. This was new to us three years ago and was still just as pretty as nice this past January. Some of the stores there are also stores "downtown". Los Cincos Soles, Diamonds International, Tanaznite International, Touch of Gold, Panchos Backyard, etc. There are some other vendors selling t-shirts, knockoff designer pocketbooks, leather, onxy items. I found the shopping there to be nice and we didn't even go downtown. Los Cincos also has good buys on simple little stone sterling rings and earrings. I got a baby rattle there for $3.00 and had it monogrammed for a baby gift when we got back home.
We priced the vanilla at Cinco Soles and at one of the shops in the duty free mall that you have to walk through to get to get through security. The same size bottle was less expensive in the mall. We bought a 33.80 oz 1000ml bottle for $12.50. When buying Mexican vanill make sure it does not contain Coumarin. Most do not, but some do. I read somewhere that is a cancer causing. Also the same article stated that the glass bottles keep the vanilla fresher. We bought 2 bottles and are 3/4 of the way through the first one since Jan!! Hubby uses it daily in his oatmeal!!
February 25, 2011