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The Chemistry of Flavors with Chef Cristobal Tamariz

Posted April 26, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food,Podcasts

Cristobal Tamariz

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...

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Get Out of Your Comfort Zone – Ael Enciso

Posted April 19, 2017 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Podcasts

Ael Enciso

Ael Enciso was ‘made’ in Cozumel, and delivered in her grandmother’s living room in Mexico City. For the past 17 years, she has been in Playa del Carmen, working in just about every aspect of the tourism industry. Ael says the Riviera Maya is best seen off the beaten track. When a visitor ‘acts like a local,’ and enjoys the laid-back atmosphere of the area, is when they have the best time. When Ael travels within Mexico she visits the cenotes, rides her bike through trails in...

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Tamara Adame’s Manatus Mexico Offers a Memorable Diving Experience

Posted April 12, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts,Watersports

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My guest today, Tamara Adame, was born and raised Puerto Morelos, here in the Riviera Maya. After studying in Merida, Tamara spent 10 years in Europe, devoting most of her time to Brussels, Belgium. It was there she rekindled her love of diving and the ocean. When she returned to Mexico, she met up with a friend who also grew up in Puerto Morelos and who, like her, wanted to educate people about environmental protections, sustainability of the reef environment, and take them underwater to...

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Ken Brownlee Adds Creative Heart and Soul to Wedding Videography

Posted April 5, 2017 by Kay Walten in Destination Weddings,Podcasts

Ken Brownlee

My guest today puts his heart and soul into everything he does. Ken Brownlee is the Founder and primary videographer of Visualmedia Productions in Playa del Carmen. Today he shares funny stories about shooting wedding videos, tips for brides and his favorite food joints. When Ken was a teenager, his parents would drive from Canada to Florida, to get away from the harsh winters. Ken loved spending a month in the water, and didn’t want to return to the cold. He decided, after college, to...

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Podcast with Laura Raikes, Founder of Cocos Animal Welfare

Posted March 29, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Laura Raikes

My guest today has a history of assisting animals in need. As a little girl growing up in Wales, Laura Raikes would rescue and adopt cats and dogs to bring them to her family’s farm. She first came to Playa del Carmen 14 years ago on a holiday, and loved it so much she ended up staying. Her love for animals has made a big impact in the Riviera Maya community. Laura’s Animal Welfare organization is named after a kitten she named Coco. Coco was hit by a car on the road and much to...

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Chef Daveed Placencia is Cooking Up Something Good

Posted March 22, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Chef Daveed Placencia

My guest today fondly remembers his hometown of Mazatlan, a Pacific coastal town, for its amazing seafood. Daveed Placencia now lives in the Riviera Maya, where he owns a private chef service and in-home cooking course. His business is so popular, he has hired four other chefs to help him keep up with all the new business. Daveed moved to Puebla in Central Mexico to study biology, but found himself spending all day, every day, in a lab. He quickly tired of being inside, so when a friend...

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Alternative Health in Playa del Carmen with Liliana Cruz

Posted March 15, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Liliana Cruz

Liliana Cruz joins me on today’s podcast. Originally from Mexico City, Liliana moved to the Riviera Maya in 2003. After living and working in Cancun and Tulum, she now calls Playa del Carmen her home. Liliana has a passion for spa and wellness. So much so, that she now runs a mobile spa service, and sponsors an annual Alternative Health Fair. Her background in business administration offered her an opportunity to run a spa in Tulum. She drifted from the business side to the practice of...

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An Integrated Healing Experience with Dr. Luis Suarez

Posted March 8, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Dr Luis Suarez

My guest on today’s podcast is a doctor who practices integrative healing in Playa del Carmen. Dr. Luis Suarez describes his health services as a blend of scientific medicine and complementary natural therapies. His holistic approach integrates nutrition, acupuncture, phytotherapy, and more to ensure patients receive total health care during their visits. Originally from Mexico City, Dr. Suarez is a pioneer in neural therapy and regenerative injection therapy, which includes platelet rich...

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Advice from a Veterinarian with Erika Flores

Posted March 1, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Erika Flores

What does a happy dog look like? My guest, Veterinarian Erika Flores, offers advice to visitors of the Riviera Maya area about the local dog and cat populations. Erika trained in Mexico City, where she worked for the Mexican Government Wildlife Division. The stress of the city was getting to her, and she welcomed the opportunity to move to Quintana Roo with her partner. For the last six years, she has worked for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), focusing on humane management...

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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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