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...

Sayil, Labna, Kabáh Ruins – Yucatan

Kabah Ruins

The Suburbs of Uxmal in the Yucatan Sayil, Labna, Kabáh were settled at different times, but their monumental architecture was constructed between the end of the 8th and the middle of the 10th centuries. Each location shares architectural similarities which points to their relationship to one another and Uxmal. Discovered by the Stephens and Catherwood team, t was Stephens that called three settlements suburbs and in some cases referred to each individual site as 'neighborhoods'. Sayil,...

Ideas for your Easter Vacation in Mexico

Easter in Mexico

Spending the holidays away from home is a wonderful way to introduce new traditions and holiday surprises for the entire family. This experience lets you immerse yourself whole heatedly in a new culture and try on new holiday traditions. Easter in Mexico is celebrated very differently from the North American Easter Bunny holiday. There are some super fun cultural traditions that both kids and adults will love! Semana Santa and Pascua in Mexico Easter in Mexico is the biggest high holiday of...

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

eco-packing-riviera-maya

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

Chocolate-Ice-Cream

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

Apple_Pie

"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...

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