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Sweet Surrender – National Hot Chocolate Day

Posted January 31, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

National Hot Chocolate Day

To think that cacao was used a currency by the Maya before they used it for their famous Mayan hot chocolate. Yup, that's right, cacoa beans were traded like money in the pre-classic days and valued more than jade, copper and black obsidian. Thankfully someone came up with the great, great idea that cacao (cocoa is the English term) should be ground and made into a delicious drink of the gods, an idea that remains with mere mortals today. National Hot Chocolate Day is a Day to Celebrate No...

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Something to Wine About – History of Mexican Wine

Posted January 22, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture

History of Mexican Wine

As Mexico becomes a more popular destination people are digging deeper and deeper into its culinary and beverage (okay alcohol) history. Mexican wine is not well known, but its history is as fascinating as mezcal, tequila and tortillas. Mexico was the first country in the Americas to grow grapes for wine making back in the mid 1500s. Los Padres (the Church) planted grape vines as fast as they built missions in northern Mexico. The first grape variety to be planted was the Mission grape, but...

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International Hot and Spicy Day! – Get Your Chile On

Posted January 15, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

International Hot and Spicy Day 2016 - Habanero

Each culture has a culinary chile and hot spice. United States has Tabasco, Mexico has the habanero. Eastern countries have various chilis, hot sauces and ground spices that add a bit of zest to their cuisine. This International Hot and Spicy Day will feature the habanero, the spiciest and hottest chili in Mexico. The Chili 'Hot and Spicy' Scale created by Wilbur Scoville is the only chili hotness rating system. Scoville, an American pharmacist, created the scale in 1912. He rated the...

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Best Way to Know a Culture is to Taste It!

Posted January 8, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Cocina Economicas in the Riviera Maya

There is something about getting off the plane in Mexico that just brings you back to your last vacation and into the heart of the country. What seems to bring you home is that first taco. The flavors, the smell, the texture. The chili, the homemade salsa, the handmade corn tortillas. Ahhh, now you are in Mexico. There is something to be said about local food when you travel. First rate chefs travel to the Yucatan and Riviera Maya to learn, experience and taste some of the best tacos in the...

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Happy National Sangria Day! Mexican Sangria Recipe

Posted December 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

Mexican Sangria recipe

You may think that Sangria was developed by the Spanish but oddly enough the Romans have a big hand in this delicious cocktail. Look way, way back to 200 BC. The Romans were the first to plant red grapes in Spain during their invasion in 200BC. The Spanish started to create alcoholic beverages from the red grapes and called the drinks 'Sangria', meaning blood in English, as the grapes were planted by a country that conquered the Spanish and resulted in a very bloody war. Brandy was added to...

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Romantic Rooftop Bars and Beachside Restaurants in the Riviera Maya

Posted December 18, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants

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Ever wonder where some of the best views of the ocean are in the Riviera Maya? Have you been looking for somewhere to share an evening cocktail or dinner in an iconic or beautiful location? Here are a few places in the Riviera Maya that won't disappoint. Some of these places are not well known, but should be, as their views are to die for. Roof Top Bars with Great Ocean Views News Flash! Carboncitos in Playa del Carmen has just finished a spectacular roof top terrace that has 180 degree views...

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A Canadian Brewing Beer in Mexico – Dream Job!

Posted December 11, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Mundo Maya Beer Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Jungle John, a Canadian Expat, is not new to business in Mexico. He was one of the first to start ATV tours over 20 Years ago, he brought in the first gelato ice cream to Playa del Carmen, and now he has created his own microbrew, Mundo Maya, eh! I have to admit, I always forget his real name (aka John Nielson) as everyone calls him Jungle John, a nickname that stuck once he opened his first ATV tours that took people through the depths of the jungle. But his beer is good, and having a local...

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Cueva Vodka – Locally Distilled Artisanal Vodka with a Surprising Ingredient

Posted December 4, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Cueva Vodka, Akumal, Riviera Maya

Bartley and Jen Smith were a bit frustrated with the quality of their happy hour. Internationally distilled vodka was just not cutting it anymore, and locally made vodka did not exist. They support local tequila, mezcal and independent breweries in their Akumal restaurant Turtle Bay Cafe, but vodka was an issue. Bart and Jen are not new to creating great products and new flavors. Turtle Bay Bakery has been creating great ice cream flavors, incredible baked goods and wonderful meals inspired...

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Local Find In Playa del Carmen – Food Adventure

Posted November 16, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants

Rincon YucatecoRestaurant Playa del Carmen

This is not intended as a restaurant review, but after a super lunch at Rincon Yucateco in Playa del Carmen, we had to share. This is officially a GREAT local find. I think it is safe to say that this great little restaurant has the best cochinita pibil that has ever crossed these lips! Hands down! And there has been some great cochinita consumed over the years. Authentic Yucatecan Food in Playa del Carmen Rincon Yucateco is located at the corner of 10th Ave and CTM (46th street). It is...

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Happy Guacamole Day! Get Your Local Guacamole Recipe

Posted November 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes

Authentic Mexican Guacamole Recipe

Guacamole, a favorite snack for many, a basic staple in Mexico. There are many guacamole recipes all over the world, but there is only one, authentic Guacamole recipe for the Riviera Maya. History of Guacamole The Aztecs are responsible for guacamole, called ahuaca-mulli in their native tongue. Guacamole was thought to be an aphrodisiac, hence its popularity with both the locals and the Spanish. But it was truly the high fat content that made guacamole popular. The Aztec diet was very low in...

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