Posted April 26, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food,Podcasts
My guest on today’s podcast, Cristobal Tamariz, is the owner of Riviera Maya Food Tours. Cristobal believes the best way to preserve a country's culture is through sharing and experiencing local traditions. And, his way of sharing is through authentic, regional cuisine. Born in Central Mexico, Cristobal grew up surrounded by his grandmother’s and his mother’s flavorful cooking. He thought he might become an engineer and study chemistry, but soon realized he could create chemical...
Posted April 18, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food
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...
Posted April 7, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food,Hyper Local Info
Did you know that every single country in the world has their unique version of the empanada? Did you know that the first evidence of a empanada was found in Persia in 100 BC? Empanadas could be older than the Mayan archeological sites in Mexico and the history of this local food is as fascinating. Read on you too will be amazed at the long, detailed and documented history of this very popular snack and stable food. If you love Jamaican patties, samosas, mini calzones, roti, pierogis, turnovers...
Posted April 4, 2017 by Kay Walten in Culture,Food
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...
Posted April 3, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food
On a recent trip to Merida where I joined Chef Mario in one of his cooking classes at the Los Dos Cooking School, we had a long conversation about habanero chilies. I had heard an interesting fact on a US news show that stated the Yucatan is the largest producer of habanero chilies. That fact floored me and inspired a little investigation. This is what I found out from Mario. A distributor in Felipe Carrillo Puerto, just south of Tulum, collects over 4 tonnes of habaneros from small...
Posted March 6, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food
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....
Posted February 22, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food,Podcasts
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...
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes
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...
Posted February 17, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food,Riviera Maya Destinations
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...
Posted February 14, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food,Mexican Recipes
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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