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Restaurant Review – Café Sahara at Jashito Hotel Soliman Bay

Posted April 18, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food

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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...

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The History of the Empanada – Happy Empanada Day!

Posted April 7, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food,Hyper Local Info

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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...

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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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Habanero Chili – Yucatan Peninsula Specialty- Recipes Included

Posted April 3, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food

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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...

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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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