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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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Steve Moen Warning Geeks on the Beach

Posted February 15, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Steve Moen

Steve Moen had a stressful job working in Seattle for Microsoft, before coming to the Riviera Maya. After being hospitalized for stress and anxiety, Steve realized he needed a vacation. He had always wanted to visit the Cancun area, but feared the “Spring Break” crowds. It was then a co-worker told him about Playa del Carmen. The first thing Steve did after arriving in the laid back, stunningly beautiful Playa was to throw back a shot of tequila, and jump in the ocean. He started feeling...

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Paulina Rivera Knows Private Beaches and Secret Spots

Posted February 8, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Paulina Rivera

Originally from Veracruz, Paulina arrived in the Riviera Maya in 2007. She was required to do a college internship with a hotel to complete her tourism certification. Paulina finds that working in tourism gives her an opportunity to meet travelers and to learn different languages. Paulina says the Riviera Maya offers everything to travelers and to people working in tourism. There are beautiful beaches, interesting people, and delicious food. During her time off, she takes short trips to...

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Craig Zabransky – Staying Adventurous in Mexico

Posted January 24, 2017 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Podcasts

Craig Zabransky

Loco Gringo welcomes Craig Zabransky, the writer and photographer behind the Stay Adventurous travel blog. Craig was working as a consultant on Wall Street, back in 2004, when he yearned to see the world. Mexico wasn’t one of the first places he visited on his sabbatical but, after being lured to Mexico City for a consulting gig, his passion for exploring the country began. Mexico City is one of the world’s most populated cities, with over 20 million people living in it. Craig notes that...

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Matt Adcock – Life Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This

Posted January 17, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Matt Adcock

Today’s Loco Gringo guest, Matt Adcock, is an innovative, award-winning photojournalist, who picked up the love of photography from watching his grandfather take photos. American Photo magazine calls him one of the top-10 wedding photographers in the world, and the Huffington Post calls him a trailblazer for his innovations in the trash-the-dress theme. Listening to Matt’s love and enthusiasm for the Riviera Maya is pure gold. It will bring a smile to your heart. Matt came to Mexico from...

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Michael Stewart – All This From A Little Yoga Studio in Akumal

Posted January 10, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Michael Stewart

Today’s guest, Michael Stewart, is a friend of mine from the Akumal yoga community. Michael, who is originally from Chicago, shares his journey as well as his parent’s special journey from the windy North to the sunny Caribbean beaches of the Riviera Maya. Michael has always loved traveling the world but in 2005, while he was in Laos, he realized how long it would take him to respond to his aging parents should they need him. He knew he had to find a place for them that had top-notch...

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