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Sun Wake Up – A True Tale of a 4 Year Old’s Riviera Maya Vacation

Sun Wake Up - A True Tale of a 4 Year Old's Riviera Maya Vacation

Its 5:30 am and there is a tap on my shoulder. Two little eyes peer at me from the side of the bed. These eyes turn from curious to excited as this little 4 year old sees his aunt turn over to kiss the little hand that woke her up this morning. "It's time to go see the sun, Aunty." I reach for my little man and lift him up into the bed. We laugh and tickle each other as we roll around on the bed. We both crawl to the edge and get dressed for our morning ritual. Shorts, tshirts, sunscreen,...

Exotic Feasts in the Riviera Maya – What’s Your Desired Dish

Exotic Feasts in the Riviera Maya

Hmmm. Exotic. What is exotic for one person could be normal food fare for another. This is an interesting topic, and came up the other day at happy hour. A visitor asked, what exotic food should I try in Mexico? And we had to think about that. First we had to define what exotic was, then we had to think about some of the exotic food that we had tried. The list we came up with is a mix of both items and restaurants. Exotic refers to a food that is not native to an area and not normal...

National Salsa Month – Get Cooking and Eating

National Salsa Month

Okay everyone start dancing...oops sorry wrong salsa. The month of May celebrates salsas you eat, not salsas you dance. With Cinco de Mayo just days away, you can start preparing your Mexican salsas for your parties! What is a Salsa Anyway? Salsa is a sauce that can play double duty, both as a dipping sauce and a condiment. Typically a Mexican salsa is a bit spicy, if not a lot spicy, but there are toned down versions that take out the spice which can be enjoyed by the light at...

Where to Find the Best Coffee in the Riviera Maya

Where to Find the Best Coffee in the Riviera Maya

There is nothing worse than getting up in the morning and having to search for coffee on vacation. That cup of Joe could be your most important part of the day, so you want to make sure it's great not just good! There are some great coffee houses in the Riviera Maya that have incredible coffee. We have done the search and come up with some suggests in each Riviera Maya City. Most coffee houses open between 7 am to 8 am. But you should not be getting up before 9 am if you are on...

Happy Easter from the Riviera Maya

Easter in the Riviera Maya

If you are one of the lucky ones to celebrate Easter in the Riviera Maya, Feliz Semana Santa y Pascal. If you are celebrating elsewhere, at home, in Europe, with family and friends, Happy Easter, and hope your Easter celebrations are as fun as ours. What we love about Easter is the diversity of traditions found all over the world. Here in Mexico we make our Cascarones, hand painted eggs filled with confetti, drink fresh fruit waters and eat a lot of desserts. The Spanish introduced Bread...

Eat Like a Local – Favorite and Authentic Mexican Foods

Eat like a Local - Favorite and Authentic Mexican Foods

So you love hard shell tacos, nachos, ceviche and burritos. You are on the right path to experiencing Mexican food, but authentic Mexican food. Nachos, hard taco shells, and burritos are an interpretation of Mexican Food. Ceviche, the glorious seafood and fish dish found throughout the region, originated in Peru. So What is Authentic Mexican Food? There is a host of local foods that you must try when in the Riviera Maya. Many of the dishes come from other regions of Mexico, especially the...

Sweet Surrender – National Hot Chocolate Day

National Hot Chocolate Day

To think that cacao was used a currency by the Maya before they used it for their famous Mayan hot chocolate. Yup, that's right, cacoa beans were traded like money in the pre-classic days and valued more than jade, copper and black obsidian. Thankfully someone came up with the great, great idea that cacao (cocoa is the English term) should be ground and made into a delicious drink of the gods, an idea that remains with mere mortals today. National Hot Chocolate Day is a Day to Celebrate No...

Let’s all go to Valladolid

Valladolid Yucatan Mexico

If it's on LocoGringo we have been there! Valladolid in Yucatan is an easy day trip, and yeah all of our staff has been there before, heck Jose is from there... but we wanted to see Valladolid through your eyes, the eyes of a visitor. So recently we jumped into a van for the day and headed to Valladolid to basically have FUN! Complete with stops at the convenience store for munchies, we left the Riviera Maya at 8:30 for a full day of checking out the second oldest colonial city in Yucatan....

Mexican Vegan Brownie Recipe – The Zero Calorie Treat

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This recipe is glorious and don't let the Vegan title scare you. We have made this recipe a few times and tried it out on meat eaters, brownie lovers, and chocolate experts. They all loved it! What we love about this recipe is the use of typical, easy to find Mexican ingredients that have you looking great on beach, but enjoying a true decadent dessert. Now who would have thunk this could be possible. Read on! Mexican Vegan Brownie Recipe Ingredients 1 15 oz. can (1 3/4 cups) black...

Happy Chocolate Ice cream Day – Chocolate Habanero Ice Cream Recipe

Chocolate Habanero Ice Cream

Well it is Chocolate Ice Cream Day today, June 5, and we are ready to celebrate it the Mexican way! A favorite local ice cream in the Riviera Maya is Chocolate Habanero Ice Cream. Thanks to Jen at Turtle Bakery and Cafe in Akumal, we are addicted. Today is just another great excuse to savor our favorite Mexican Ice Cream Flavor! Recipe for Chocolate Habanero Ice Cream I have found myself craving this amazing ice cream flavor when I am away from the coast. In dire need of a chocolate fix, I...

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