Restaurant Review Playa del Carmen – Plank Restaurant

Posted July 29, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants

Playa del Carmen - Plank Restaurant

We just returned from a great dinner at Plank Restaurant in Playa del Carmen and wanted to share our experience. Located on 16th street between 5th and 1st Avenue, Plank is centrally located and a nice place to spend an evening. The highlight was great service, innovative cocktails, and a nice sea breeze. Note that Plan k is not located on the beach, but its proximity to the beach on 16th Avenue did provide a nice sea breeze during our meal. Tuna Cooked to Perfection at Plank Restaurant I...

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5 drinks that define Mexico

Posted July 6, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

5 drinks that define Mexico

These five drinks are fascinating and speak to the entire country not just the Riviera Maya, Costa Maya and Yucatan. Three are alcoholic drinks, two are not. Beer, believe it or not, is not included. Beer is not a historical drink in Mexico. As popular as it is on a hot day, beer was introduced by Europeans, as was wheat. These five traditional drinks define Mexican culture, and are woven into local historical events. When you take a deeper look at the history of each beverage, it is...

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10 Iconic Yucatan Foods You Must Try

Posted July 1, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

10 Iconic Yucatan Foods You Must Try

If you are a fan of culinary history, you know that location, local vegetation, and cultures define local cuisines. The Yucatan is no exception and has a distinct culinary history separate from Central and Northern Mexico. With internal migration and the influence of tourism, some Mexican communities have embraced other culinary influences, but Yucatan families take great pride in their culinary history and preserve the ancient recipes handed down from their ancestors. All we can say is...

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Give Mexican Wine a Chance

Posted June 19, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

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Argentina and Chile are known for their wine around the world, not to mention Italy, California, Germany, and more. For some reason, Mexico remains the wine underdog. From our perspective we are not sure why. It could be that tequila is this countries legend, but that should not throw great wine out as an option. Lately we have been trying more Mexican wines; partly out of solidarity and partly out of an increased curiosity. We are loving the experience. Like anywhere, not every bottle is...

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El Oasis is back in Downtown Playa del Carmen

Posted June 17, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants

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What a wonderful sight to see the other day as I was walking through Playa. My favorite seafood taco place is back on 12th street! Ten years ago ( how times fly) El Oasis was located on 12th street on the north side of the street. It was my go-to taco place when in Playa. Sadly this second location closed, leaving me with the only option of eating at the El Oasis restaurant located on the highway. Some of the Best Shrimp Tacos in Playa El Oasis is now located on the south side of 12th street...

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5 Authentic Ceviches You Can Make at Home

Posted June 12, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes

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Oh ceviche, the one food that we feel is synonymous with the beaches of the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya. The Riviera Maya experience is felt in its entirety once you dig into the glorious dish. Basic Ingredients for Ceviche If you are not familiar with ceviche, this is a fresh fish and seafood local delicacy that is marinated in lime juice. The acidity of the lime 'cooks' the ingredients which changes the texture of the fish and seafood. Unlike other South American ceviches, where ceviche is...

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Happy Chocolate Ice cream Day – Chocolate Habanero Ice Cream Recipe

Posted June 5, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

Chocolate Habanero Ice Cream

Well it is Chocolate Ice Cream Day today, June 5, and we are ready to celebrate it the Mexican way! A favorite local ice cream in the Riviera Maya is Chocolate Habanero Ice Cream. Thanks to Jen at Turtle Bakery and Cafe in Akumal, we are addicted. Today is just another great excuse to savor our favorite Mexican Ice Cream Flavor! Recipe for Chocolate Habanero Ice Cream I have found myself craving this amazing ice cream flavor when I am away from the coast. In dire need of a chocolate fix, I...

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Authentic Guacamole Recipe – A Local Mexican Food Staple

Posted May 25, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

Authentic Guacamole Recipe

Did you know that the indigenous name for guacamole is "ahuaca-mulli." Translated it means 'avocado-mixture or avocado-sauce.' This is just the beginning of guacamoles long history in Mexico that makes this yummy snack historical, cultural and nutritious. Guacamole Is Just Avocados, Right? Wrong. A true guacamole combines avocados, chilies, tomatoes, onions and cilantro in one dish. Lime was added later on as part of a guacamole recipe solely to preserve the color of the avocado. Historically...

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Local Interview with the owner of Carboncito’s Restaurant – Steve Krisztin

Posted May 18, 2015 by Steve Moen in Food & Drink,Interview with a Local,Riviera Maya Restaurants

Caroncitos Restaurant, Plays del Carmen, Mexico

Steve is a long time Playa del Carmen local. Originally from New York, Steve is the owner of Carboncito's Restaurant located on 4th Street between 5th Avenue and 10th as well as the small hotel El Cielo. With a background in construction, it is no surprise that Carboncito's Restaurant is a beautiful place to hang out. Interesting architectural accents make your meal, or happy hour, that much better. Alejandra his wife manages the restaurant and does a bang up job all day long. Carboncito's...

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How To Make The Best Tacos Ever!

Posted May 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Secret Ingredient That Makes the Best Tacos Ever

Well I have been trying to perfect my taco recipe and just stumbled upon a secret that put my tacos over the top. I have tested out the recipe and consensus is...this is the best taco recipe ever. What I love about this creation is that it is simple, flexible and takes little time or effort Secret Ingredient That Makes the Best Tacos Ever Let me just state first, I don't think I have ever had a bad taco. No matter where I travel in Mexico, the tacos are exceptional. I have eaten tacos on the...

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