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Fabulous Easter Mexican Recipe – Chipotle Lamb Chops

Posted April 4, 2017 by Kay Walten in Culture,Food

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Lamb is not as popular in Mexico as pork, chicken and fish, but it is used for festivals, and particularly at Easter. This lamb dish rocks and is best cooked on a charcoal BBQ. If you have a gas BBQ, add a small tray under your wire rack filled with hickory pieces to give this dish a fresh smoked flavor. Grilled Cilantro Chipotle Lamb Chops What You Need 1 1/4 cup fresh cilantro 1 cup of canola or olive oil 8 medium fresh garlic cloves, peeled and whole 4 scallions 2 jalapeno...

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How Hacienda Xcanatun Influenced an Extraordinary Folk Art Museum in Valladolid

Posted March 28, 2017 by Kay Walten in Culture

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I love stories. And I particularly love personal, passionate stories. On a recent visit to Casa de los Venados in Valladolid I found out that there is a direct link between Hacienda Xcanatun in Merida and Casa de los Venados in Valladolid. Before we even get to the connection, let me explain these two buildings and businesses. Hacienda Xcanatun is one of my favorite boutique hotels and restaurants in Merida. I have been taking long weekends in the Hacienda for as long as I can remember and...

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Extraordinary Church in Uayma Just Outside of Valladolid

Posted March 27, 2017 by Kay Walten in Culture

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There is a little village outside the colonial city of Valladolid worth a quick visit. On a recent lunch date in Valldolid we did just this and finally had the chance to step inside the extraordinary church that is at the center of this small town. This destination is not in the guide books but it is an important destination if you love architecture, history and the Maya. It is one of those off the beaten track destinations that makes you want to go deeper into local cultures. Uayma is...

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See Popular Mayan Ruins and Historical Attractions At Night

Posted March 3, 2017 by Kay Walten in Culture

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If you are looking for a unique evening activity while visiting Mexico, experiencing night shows at three popular Mayan Ruins is as unique as you can get. Chichen Itza, Uxmal and the Franciscan San Antonio Convent (Convento Fransescano de San Antonio) in the small town of Izamal are the only locations that have night shows. There was a time way back when (2008) when the Tulum Ruins were open at night, not necessarily with a night show, but you could explore the ruins under the spectacular...

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Loco Adventure – Museum of the Sacred Heart – New Museum

Posted February 27, 2017 by Kay Walten in Culture

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When I went off to Merida at the end of January, I stumbled across a new museum in the outskirts of the city. It was one of those moments where you see a sign and follow without knowing what you may come across. Boy am I glad I followed! This was a find and one that I would return to in a heartbeat. When I saw 'Museum of the Sacred Art' I thought Mexican Folk Art, but what I walked into was so much more than this. The Museum is located in a small town called Conkal, about 15 minutes...

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