Taqueria Playa Tropical – Authentic Mexican Food in New Westminster

Tonight we were treated to Authentic Mexican Food at Taqueria Playa Tropical in New Westminster.  We arrived at our table to bowls of Tortilla Chips and two sauces, one green and one red, both spicy but we could not decide which of the two were hotter.  The green was jalapeno based and the red chipotle.

Tortilla Chips

Was nice to have something to munch on while trying to decide what to order off of the menu.  Given the spice of the two squishy sauces, my Margarita couldn’t get to me fast enough!

My BIL ordered two orders of nachos to munch on and they were probably the best nacho’s I have ever eaten!  They had mozzarella, sour cream, jalapenos, beans, guacamole, cilantro, diced onion, lettuce and tomatoes.


Having only eaten a Toffee Nut Bar from Bliss Bakery and a Very Berry Salad from Wendy’s, I was starving long before we even got there.  On the drive down to the coast, I was thinking of what I might eat that would have the least amount of impact on my system the next day.

I have been wanting to try fish taco’s for quite some time and was intrigued to see that I could choose a few different taco’s – as opposed to having to have all the same of one taco.  I picked out four different ones and ate the first two without taking a photo (whoops!  I’m still working on this photo blogging and I was hungry).

This is the Barbacoa:  slow cooked pork, guacamole, onion, cilantro and a lime wedge.


And this is the Carne Asada:  Grilled steak, guacamole, onion, cilantro and a lime wedge.

Carne Asada

I also tried the Camaron (shrimp) and Pescado (fish) tacos, both of which I found a bit cheesy.  The Carne Asada was by far my favourite!

Overall it was a pretty good meal with great service.  Before tax and tip, my four taco’s would have cost $9.50 which is comparable to the other meals on the menu.  I also had two margarita’s but because I never saw the bill and they aren’t listed on the menu I brought home, I am not sure how much they would have been.

In other news….

  • my pedometer at 11:30 at night sits at:  21,020 steps!
  • this blog post will make my goal of 10 blog posts this month!

Goal: Publish 60 Blog posts by December 31, 2012

In the past, I could never get into blogging on a regular basis.  Although I want to challenge myself, I also do not want to set myself up for failure.  I am anticipating that by setting SMART goals, I will successfully achieve them.

  • 4 weeks x 2 posts = 8 posts/month x 6 months = 48 posts
  • 4 weeks x 3 posts = 12 posts/month x 6 months = 72 posts

When I look at the count for July, not including this post, I have published eight blog posts.  Much like my Weight Loss Goal, I am taking the middle road and deciding to set a goal of 10 blog posts per month.  That adds up to total 60 blog posts over the next six months.

Tools for Success:

  • Photography (which is another goal post I need to flesh out)
  • WordPress
  • Laptop
  • Coffee Shops w/free wifi
  • Self Care
  • Social Media

Positive Affirmations:

  • I am increasing my income with my writing.
  • I am a creative, inspired and confident blogger.
  • My writing inspires others to lead a healthy, fulfilling life.
  • I attract people to my blog who can benefit from my writing.

This Goal meets the SMART criteria:

  • Specific:  clearly stated what I want to do, how and by when
  • Measurable:  by number beside each month under “Archives”
  • Accountable:  to my readers
  • Realistic: have the tools, knowledge and time to achieve
  • Time-based:  deadline set to achieve this goal

My Positive Affirmations are positive and stated in the present and my goals meet the SMART criteria which means I have set myself up for success in achieving my blogging goal.

Do you also write and set goals for your writing?  What tools do you use to help you attain those goals?

Goal: Weight Loss – Lose 60 lbs by May 1, 2013

My goal weight has been 165lbs for quite some time now.  Knowing the physique of my body and how I felt when I was at 195lbs in 2005, I have had a goal weight of 165lbs in mind knowing I wanted to gain muscle and lose fat.  I have always felt it to be a good goal weight to strive for and once I attain that goal, re-evaluate to see how I am feeling then.

As of July 20th, 2012:  39 weeks and 2 days to May 1, 2013.

This averages out to slightly over 1.5lbs per week I would have to lose to achieve my weight loss goal.  I was trying to decide which would be more attainable:  losing 1 or 2 pounds per week so 1.5lbs is perfect!  I know with the version of the Weight Watchers program I will be using, you should average 2lbs per week weight loss.

Tools for Success:

  • Food and Exercise Journal (online and day planner)
  • Weight Watchers Program
  • MyFitnessPal.com
  • Scale with body fat percentage
  • Holistic and Spiritual tools
  • Positive Affirmations
  • Pedometer
  • Free Weights and Weight Bench
  • Treadmill
  • Exercise Bike
  • Mountain Bike
  • Good pair of shoes


  • Walking
  • Weight Lifting
  • Running Program (when I’m ready)


  • Whole and/or Raw Foods
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
  • Lean meat and seafood
  • Sprouting
  • Healthy snacks (this is a big one)

Positive Affirmations:

  • I am 165 pounds.
  • I exercise daily.
  • My body naturally sheds unneeded fat.
  • My body is dissolving excess fat that it no longer needs.
  • I only eat foods that are nutritious and health giving.
  • I honor my body.

I need to flesh the above out a bit more but already this Goal meets the SMART criteria:

  • Specific:  clearly stated exactly what I want to do, by when and how
  • Measurable:  the scale will become my new best friend
  • Accountable:  between MyFitnessPal, this blog and friends
  • Realistic:  given the WW program I will follow
  • Time-based:  I have a date I would like to achieve this by

In addition to my goal meeting the SMART criteria, my Positive Affirmations are also stated in the present tense and are positive.

Do you have any weight loss goals?  How do you plan on achieving them?

Edit:  I have created a page for Weight Loss Tracking.