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Cool Local Restaurants by Bahia Principe Resort – Local Experiences When at an All Inclusive

Posted March 6, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food

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  A good friend of ours did a fast, last minute trip down to the Riviera Maya. Traveling during the holidays seemed to be a challenge, condos were fully booked, small hotels were full, and a large villa for 20 people just seemed a bit overwhelming for a single traveler. Our spare room was even  full, and so were the spare rooms of our local friends. The only option, which was the best option for this quick get away, was to book a stay at a local all inclusive resort, Bahia Principe....

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A Tasty Way to See Mexico with Chef Mario Canul

Posted February 22, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food,Podcasts

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Head Chef and Instructor at Los Dos Cooking School, Mario Canul joins me on the podcast to share his favorite places to eat in Mexico, what makes the Yucatan version of pico de gallo so amazing, and information about David Sterling’s new cookbook. I have taken cooking classes at Los Dos Cooking School in Mérida several times. I am always amazed at how wonderful food is, and I love learning traditional Mayan recipes. Mario has roots in the Mayan community. In 2003, when David Sterling...

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National Margarita Day – Check Out This New Recipe

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes

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Oh the smell and taste of a great margarita. Mexico is famous for this limey-salty-sweet tequila based drink that takes you to the beach after every sip. But the history of the margarita is not as cut and dry as the drink. There are three people who claim to have invented the Margarita and their stories stretch over a decade from 1938 t 1948. The first inventor is thought to be a Mexican bar owner outside Tijuana, where he mixed the lime, salt and tequila into a cocktail for a finicky...

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Best of Puerto Morelos What To Do And Eat!

Posted February 17, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food,Riviera Maya Destinations

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Yes, we are fans of Puerto Morelos, the small seaside town between the Cancun Airport and Playa del Carmen. If you are looking for a quiet holiday, with lots of local nuances intertwined with little known local history, Puerto Morelos is where you want to be. If you were hoping for a city filled with brand name stores and restaurants, lots of beach bars and things to do both night and day, you might be happier in one of the Riviera Maya cities, like Playa del Carmen. We have guests that...

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History of The Tres Leches Cake With Recipe

Posted February 14, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food,Mexican Recipes

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  The origin of Tres Leches, the three milk cake now associated with Mexico, is highly disputed. Its history is not. It is pretty easy to track how this cake became so famous within Mexico, and how it is now associated with Mexico. But the origins not so much. What is undisputed is its great flavor and all around yumminess! As much as we love to track the origins of local recipes, we love eating this dessert far more than we should. Origins of the Tres Leche Cake In the 19th century,...

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Vegan Taco Recipe – Veggies Al Pastor

Posted February 10, 2017 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes

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You don't have to be vegan to love this recipe! And if for any reason you are not a vegetable fan, this recipe will make you a cauliflower convert! History of Al Pastor Tacos in Mexico Al Pastor, meaning the Shepard, is the result of a direct Lebanese influence on Mexican cooking. The first wave of Lebanese food influences came with the Spanish in the 16th century. The Moors food culture hit southern Spain in the 8th century. Their spices and cooking methods were then brought over to the...

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Mexican Street Food – Tamales – Mexico’s Comfort Food

Posted January 30, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food

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  If you have never had a tamale then you don't know Mexico! This is the country's comfort food and sold on street corners everywhere. If you are visiting the Riviera Maya, listen up 'cuz this local treat is found on highway stops, local street corners, and at holiday festivals. It is in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan that you will experience hundreds of different tamale recipes! What is a Tamale? A tamale is a corn dough that is wrapped around roasted meat, fish, cheese or...

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Where Playa del Carmen Locals Eat

Posted January 25, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food,Riviera Maya Restaurants

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  With over 900 restaurants in Playa del Carmen, it is can be hard to decide where to eat. Though we don’t live in Playa del Carmen, our home base in the Riviera Maya is Akumal, we do regularly go to Playa to enjoy some favorite restaurants, restaurants that we feel are worthy of the 30 minute drive. So why do locals love these particular restaurants? In many cases it is the price, great food for a good price. Ambiance, location, service are some of our other considerations. We...

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

Posted December 23, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Restaurants

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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...

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Happy Sangria Day! But HELLLOOOO Mangria!

Posted December 19, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food

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December 20 is National Sangria Day, which we will celebrate overlooking the Caribbean Sea. I attempted to dig up more facts about Sangria but could not find anything new other than what we wrote last year - History of Sangria. But then we found something interesting which turned into some amazing! Heelllo Mangria Who says great ideas don't come to those who may have a bit too much to drink? The Mangria sounded interesting so we decided to make our own. Call it our test bar in...

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