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Restaurant Review – Café Sahara at Jashito Hotel Soliman Bay

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Breakfast alert! If you are looking for a beach-side leisurely breakfast with all the fixings, Sahara Café could be your spot. Breakfast out is a luxury all of us can afford, and Sahara Café with its view of the sea makes this breakfast spectacular! Stunning View with a More Than Complete Breakfast This Soliman Bay restaurant review is for people who are not staying at the hotel. The hotel restaurant is open to the public and has a separate breakfast menu for non-guests. We love the...

Chef Daveed Placencia is Cooking Up Something Good

Chef Daveed Placencia

My guest today fondly remembers his hometown of Mazatlan, a Pacific coastal town, for its amazing seafood. Daveed Placencia now lives in the Riviera Maya, where he owns a private chef service and in-home cooking course. His business is so popular, he has hired four other chefs to help him keep up with all the new business. Daveed moved to Puebla in Central Mexico to study biology, but found himself spending all day, every day, in a lab. He quickly tired of being inside, so when a friend...

Alternative Health in Playa del Carmen with Liliana Cruz

Liliana Cruz

Liliana Cruz joins me on today’s podcast. Originally from Mexico City, Liliana moved to the Riviera Maya in 2003. After living and working in Cancun and Tulum, she now calls Playa del Carmen her home. Liliana has a passion for spa and wellness. So much so, that she now runs a mobile spa service, and sponsors an annual Alternative Health Fair. Her background in business administration offered her an opportunity to run a spa in Tulum. She drifted from the business side to the practice of...

Puuc Route – Mayan Ruins and So Much More

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We have traveled the Ruta de Puuc (Puuc Route) many times and find more interesting things to see along what others call, the Mayan Highway. It is known for its Mayan Ruins, but there is so much more to see than this! You can easily make this Yucatan tour a week long vacation, staying in little hotels in small pueblos as you meander through the area. Many love to do this tour as a day trip out of Meida, and take in the Mayan archaeological sites only. Before you start planning your best...

Paulina Rivera Knows Private Beaches and Secret Spots

Paulina Rivera

Originally from Veracruz, Paulina arrived in the Riviera Maya in 2007. She was required to do a college internship with a hotel to complete her tourism certification. Paulina finds that working in tourism gives her an opportunity to meet travelers and to learn different languages. Paulina says the Riviera Maya offers everything to travelers and to people working in tourism. There are beautiful beaches, interesting people, and delicious food. During her time off, she takes short trips to...

Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant Options For Your Christmas in the Riviera Maya

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I have to say, vegan and vegetarian choices have multiplied exponentially in the last few years. A friend of mine moved here in 2000 and was looking for vegan basics like Almond Milk, Soya Milk, Tofu, and gluten free bread. At that time, there was nothing. A few restaurants offered vegetarian meals, Babe's Noodle Bar and Restaurant and 100% natural in Playa de Carmen being two of three restaurants that served vegetarian, but not vegan. In most cases cheese was added to all meals so a vegan was...

Traditional Day of the Dead Recipe and Foods

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It seems Day of the Dead is going mainstream. I just saw Sugar Skull cakes, Marigold martinis, Apple Habanero Margaritas (?), Skull cookies and Catrina costumes all over the internet when you search Day of the Dead. None of these commercial recipes or DIY cakes and cookies, cocktails and margaritas have anything to do with Day of Dead. Nothing. Sorry, I hate to burst your bubble, but sadly they are not. Thankfully when this important holiday is observed in Mexico, you will witness the true...

Salsa Verses Mole – Is There a Difference?

Salsa Verses Mole - Is There a Difference?

Who the heck has discussions like this. Well we do as we really, truly want to understand Mexican cooking and Mexican food. Let me share the heated discussion over dinner the other night with a bunch of passionate Mexican Foodies. A chef friend of ours shared a blog post he wrote the other day 'How the Catholic Church Influenced Mexican Food'. Super great history about the Spanish Conquest, how the Spanish used food to draw indigenous people to the Catholic Church, yada yada yada. Part of...

The Art of Flan in Mexico – A Trusted and Treasured Dessert

The Art of Flan in Mexico - A Trusted and Treasured Dessert

Well we have Hernán Cortés to blame for flan, as he was the one that brought this Roman dessert to the New World in the early 16th century. We also have the Yucatecans to blame for their ingenious embellishment of the original recipe, adding chocolate, coconut, or coffee to the mix. The history of flan dates back to the Roman Empire when they discovered their domestication of chickens brought on a whole new problem, an over abundance of eggs. Quickly, new recipes were formulated to use...

For Kids Under 12 Only – Super Cool Vacation Ideas

Things To Do for Kids Under 12 in the Riviera Maya

Your parents have just told you that your next vacation it going to be in the Riviera Maya. Where the heck is that and what can a kid under 12 do in this place called the Riviera Maya? What your parents may not know is this place is the ideal place for your vacation. We are going to make you look like a super star planner and suggest cool and fun things for kids in the Riviera Maya. 5 Things To Do for Kids Under 12 in the Riviera Maya 1. Take a snorkel or scuba class - If you are 10 yrs or...

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