Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Fine dining, a must on your luxury getaway!

Posted July 3, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Photos

luxury-dining-in-tulum at Hechizo

Gourmet meals are an essential part of any luxury vacation. If you are an honest to goodness foodie, once the accommodations are set, the very next step is to get restaurant reservations. The Riviera Maya is full of upscale dining venues. Some of our favorites include John Gray's in Puerto Morelos, Hechizo in Tulum and Luna Maya in Playa del Carmen. And the best part, fine dining in the Riviera Maya does not include stuffy maitre d's but it may require your toes in the sand. Search a list of...

Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Try tacos al pastor, a local favorite. Que rico!

Posted June 28, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips

Tacos al pastor in the Yucatan

Tacos al pastor  (shepherd's tacos) are a Yucatan favorite and could become your Riviera Maya vacation addiction.  This spit-grilled way of cooking pork was adopted by Mexicans from the Lebanese immigrants who brought lamb shawarma to the area. The pineapple core on top of the spit drips down onto the meat while it cooks creating a sweet, juicy flavor. Add fresh cilantro, onion and pineapple pieces to your taco for an authentic taste. Discover some other favorite local cuisine. Photo by...

Puerto Morelos Travel Tip – El Nicho restaurant for brunch

Posted June 17, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

If you are like me, you want to sleep late on your vacation and eat your breakfast too. El Nicho on the square in Puerto Morelos is still serving their delicious breakfast menu well into the afternoon. Chef Pablo, who used to teach at The Little Mexican Cooking School and had his own critically acclaimed restaurant in Canada, has opened a quaint cafe serving breakfast and lunch... and boy is it good! We LOVE the Eggs Benedict Palta with avocado, bacon and cilantro mojo - YUM! Learn more...

Akumal Travel Tip – Wednesday is Farmers’ Market Day in Akumal. Buy Local!

Posted May 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Services,Sustainable Tourism


Every Wednesday in Akumal, local farmers bring their fresh fruits and vegetables to sell in the open-air plaza in the center of town. A practice of the sustainable traveler is to buy local and support the indigenous community.  We encourage you to shop at this traditional Mexican market and enjoy delicious produce for a great price! Check out some of our Akumal vacation rentals!

Riviera Maya Travel Tip – Sunday is Cochinita Day in Akumal. Get it While it’s Good!

Posted May 27, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips


Sundays are my favorite day of the week. I still have 24 hours before work Monday morning, it's my beach day and, best of all, it is cochinita pibil day in the Akumal Pueblo.  If you are not aware, cochinita pibil is a traditional Yucatecan dish of slow roasted pork marinated in achiote paste and sour oranges, and it is delicious! Every Sunday morning in Akumal, taco stands on the West side of the highway dish out this Mayan goodness on the side of rice and beans or wrapped in tortillas for...

Akumal vacation tip – Sunday is a food day in Akumal

Posted May 20, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

cochinita pibil in akumal every sunday

Akumal makes Sunday even more than just FUNday. Every Sunday in the pueblo of Akumal local family style restaurants serve up cochinita pibil, AKA pulled pork sandwiches. Mexican pulled pork is a laborious process for the cook so Akumal has decided to make it a special day in town. Cochinita if done right, is marinated pork that is cooked in the ground. Yup, it is slow roasted in banana leaves in a submersed fire pit. Sound complicated right? This is how a true cochinita pibil is cooked. A...

Riviera Maya favorite foods we can not live without!

Posted May 15, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

riviera Maya insiders food tips

We love the culinary culture in the Riviera Maya! Gary and I came from Texas over 20 years ago so we had been introduced to Mexican food before we arrived. But there is something to be said about eating locally, experiencing local foods and knowing that the ingredients are authentic. The Riviera Maya is a smorgasborg of international cuisine but it is also a smorgasbourg of NATIONAL cuisines. Like any country, there are regional dishes that are unique to geographic locations within Mexico. The...

Tulum photo of the day – Buy local at Tulum fruit markets

Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

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We are great supporters of buying local. The produce and fruits we find at the local fruit markets are so sweet, so delicious and so fresh, why would we buy from large grocery stores? Tulum fruit stands are worthy of special mention as they do have tropical fruits that can not be found in Playa del Carmen, or other local village stores. Tulum is a fruit hub where fruits come in from the east (Yucatan) and the south. Step into a roadside fruit stand in Tulum and buy some of their local produce...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – our Mexican food craving!

Posted May 14, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

empanadas in Tulum or Playa del carmen

It is early and we have already decided what is for dinner. When we first arrived in Akumal many moons ago, 20 years to be exact, we used to crave American food. Now we crave Mexican food and I have a soft spot for empanadas. These are delicious and need to be a treat. They are deep-fried, filled with cheese and on top, you guessed it, full cream, lettuce and salsa. Habanero is the salsa of choice for these bad boys, but you can take your pick. It is off to Dona Marie in Playa del Carmen for...

Riviera Maya vacation tip – Mexican food trucks rock!

Posted May 13, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

riviera maya street food and food trucks

We have heard a lot of Mexican myths, but the food truck myth is most likely the biggest myth around. Larger hotels and resorts discourage their guests from eating local street food or on food trucks. Well let us tell you, street tacos, empanadas, cochinita pibil tortas (pulled pork sandwiches) are some of the best we have tasted. We are living proof that street food is delicious, wonderful and a truly authentic experience. Tulum has a family duo that sells cochinita pibil outside the Tulum...

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