Eco-Chocolate Museum near Uxmal Ruins – The Choco-Story

Eco-Chocolate Museum Uxmal

When we are traveling around investigating areas that interest us, we always find unpublicized attractions that we know absolutely nothing about. On a recent trip to Uxmal, a favored ruin in the Yucatan, we fell upon one of those surprises, the Eco Chocolate Museum. Our attitude about unpublicized attractions is this - if we have time and think it sounds interesting, we will give anything a try. As we traveled through the Ruta Puuc area, we became more intrigued by the numerous signs for the...

Be an Eco-Packer for your Riviera Maya Vacation


What the heck is an eco-packer? And what does this have to do with my vacation in the Riviera Maya? Well, here's the scoop. Very few people know that the coast of the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya are extremely diverse and sensitive environments. The ocean, jungle and fresh water cenotes require a delicate balance to maintain a healthy environment. Eco-packers pack for a vacation taking the ocean, the jungle, and the cenotes in mind. Knowing that this is a eco-sensitive area makes this task all...

Traditional Rosca de Reyes Recipe – Kings Day In Mexico

Tres Reyes Cake

January 6 is Kings Day (El Dia de los Reyes) in Mexico, a long-standing tradition that is deeply rooted in Mexican history. Based on the story of the three wise men, this holiday is when local children open their presents (not Christmas Day) and the Rosca de Reyes sweet bread with hot chocolate is served. The Rosca has a dual purpose. Besides being a glorious buttery flavored sweet bread, inside the bread lies a hidden Baby Jesus. Each slice of the sweet bread is served at dinner with each...

One of the best bakeries in Playa del Carmen

chez celine bakery playa del carmen

Pop Quiz! Do you like fresh croissant?  With chocolate? Baguettes that have a chewy crust and a tender inside? Raisin rolls? Tarts? Be it lemon, strawberry, or chocolate. Quiche? Crepes? Fresh orange juice or gourmet coffee? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions then Chez Celine needs to be a stop on your Riviera Maya vacation foodie list.  Every time we go here it is a treat and breakfast time melts into midday as we sip coffee, OJ, and graze of a variety...

Chocolate ice cream, Mexican style


Our good friend Chef David Sterling who lives in Merida has been kind to us over the years by sharing his recipes.  This one is for Mexican style chocolate ice cream.  David has a new book out Yucatan - Recipes From A Culinary Expedition. Buy it online and save over 30% off the cover price. Recipe * 2 cups (500ml) Mexican crema (Substitute: heavy cream) * 2 cups (500ml) milk * 1 cup (200g) sugar * 1/8 tsp. (.625ml) salt * 1/4 tsp. (1.25ml) vanilla * 1/8 tsp. (.625ml) canela (also...

Restaurant Review: Cafe Martin


"Happiness is Homemade" That's the mantra at Cafe Martin. Everything at Cafe Martin is homemade, by Canadian expats who made Playa del Carmen home in 2008. Let's start with the baked goods.  Its easy to spend a morning sipping a cup of coffee and enjoying apple pie, chocolate chip banana bread,  or if you are like me cheese cake is a fine way to start the day.  Made fresh, you can choose from a variety of cakes, pies and cookies.   Get it to go, if you prefer and don't forget to get a...

Restaurant review: Mivida Tulum

mivida restaurant tulum

Beautifully decorated on the beach in Tulum. The setting itself is incredible and makes any dinner out memorable. Mivida is a tapas restaurant featuring Mediterranean and Italiana cuisine. Start off with one of their signature cocktails, the pina coladas are one of the best.  Then graze your way through the evening with ceviche, tuna tostadas, or be adventuresome and try their eggplant quiche with goat cheese, chocolate and a balsamic reduction.   One of my personal favorites are the...

Street food spotlight: Churros

Mexican churros

As street food goes the sweetest of all, churros! Wandering the streets of the Yucatan be it in Cancun Centro, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Valladolid or Merida the smells, sights and sounds of street food tantalizes curious visitors.  Tacos are easily identifiable as well as corn on the cob slathered with mayo and chili powder, but one of the yummiest treats on the streets is churros. Who can resist fried dough with sugar? History of the churro There are several countries that want to lay...

Kava Kasa music, smoothies and lounge in Playa del Carmen

Kava Kasa review by Sol Tamargo of Del Sol Photography in Playa del carmen

Our good amiga, Sol Tomargo of Del Sol Photography recently visited Kava Kasa in Playa del Carmen.  Playa's first Kava bar.   Here's Sol's feedback… Trying a Kava drink. Strong flavor.. Here's what I feel: tongue numbed .. My lips feel fuller.. Sexy?? teehee.. I'm Relaxing .. Happy ... Mmm.. What comes next?? Kava is a root and at Kava Kasa you can drink it in different ways. My fav?? Chocolate - Expresso- peanut butter! I think this is a new#happysexyandhealthy drink!! Promotes...

Yucatan Romantic Travel Tip – Rosas & Chocolate

romantic bar in yucatan, mexico

For romantic dining and cocktails in Merida, Yucatan its gotta be Rosas & Chocolate Restaurant and Bar. Begin (or end) with live Jazz in the ultra sexy, open air Moon Lounge and then indulge in gourmet dishes in the lush gardens. Discover the romantic, colonial city known as Merida.

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