Tulum photo of the day – Horchata a local gluten free drink

Posted May 10, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Photos

horchata in the riviera maya - local gluten free drink

We talk about drinking coconuts all the time for hydration and over well-being, but this local drink rocks it! For those on a gluten-free diet, this could become your next drink of choice. Horchata is a cold rice based drink that is flavored with cinnamon and vanilla. Rice is soaked to create a milk like liquid (think rice milk) and blended with vanilla, cinnamon and  a sweeter. If you are thirsty, this is a great thirst quencher. If you are looking for a local, cheap, delicious drink, this is...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – sweet onion salsa recipe

Posted May 7, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos

favorite foods and salsas in mexico and the Riviera maya

Love tacos but love salsas more! Pico de Gallo, the fresh tomato salsa with tomatoes, cilantro, onions and chiles is a popular choice. But wait till you try this sweet onion salsa that is a staple salsa in true Mexican taquerias. This fresh red onion salsa is easy to make and can sit in the fridge for a week. If you want a true Mexican flavor this is it! Sweet Onion Salsa Ingredients One red onion Juice of a bitter orange (or substitute 2 tbsp lime juice, 2 tbsp grapefruit, 2 tbsp...

Riviera Maya vacation tip – Grocery store specials every Wednesday

Posted May 3, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

riviera Maya food specials in local grocery stores

Listen up and save a few dollars, or pesos. The local grocery stores in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum have a weekly deal day where locals can save on their grocery purchases. Wednesday is the day, and each grocery story chain offers great deals throughout the store. Produce is the main savings, with fruit and veggie deals being the best deal in the town. Depending on the season, we have seen tomatoes as low as 1 peso a kilo, bananas at 2 pesos a kilo, grapefruit, limes,...

Playa del Carmen photo of the day – Hot vanilla from Ah Cacao

Posted May 1, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

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This is our new favorite drink when we are in Playa del Carmen! Ah Cacao has a hot vanilla drink, which is hot milk mixed with natural vanilla and a touch of sweetness. Oh la la! The nights are warm, but the fresh hot vanilla drink seems to go down oh so well. We have talked about the brownies and lattes at this local coffee-house, but this seems to take the cake! This is a caffeine-free drink, with frothy milk and lots of flavor! Love it and would say at this point, addicted! If you find a...

Riviera Maya photo of the day – iconic Mexican fish taco

Posted April 18, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Photos

fish tacos in the Riviera Maya

We could not resist! Fish tacos are one of the most craved foods from the Riviera Maya and this photo sure as heck can prove that! Fresh fish caught in the Caribbean makes this a great choice for Foodies, sweet onions, vine sweetened tomatoes, fresh cilantro, chilis, handmade tacos....oh goodness we can not go on! Each city in the Riviera Maya has a great fish taco stand. Some are road side stands some are family style restaurants. Bottm line is, they are world-class fish tacos that locals and...

Family vacations & food memories! Riviera Maya food memories

Posted April 10, 2013 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Food & Drink


When I think of New York my first memory is a salted Pretzel. When I think of Chicago I am reminded of the most wonderful dinner I have ever had. Montreal always seems ot remind me of poutine. Vacations create adventure memories and food memories. The food memories seem to be the ones we recall first and adventures second LOL! For your kids, food memories can be a great way to make a vacation rock! It keeps things simple and opens them up to new experiences. The Riviera Maya is so diverse it...

Riviera Maya vacation tips – Feeding the kids on vacation

Posted April 5, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

feeding your kids on vacation in the Riviera Maya

Mexico is the land of the taco and chili, and rumored to have very spicy food. What do you feed your kids while on vacation in the Riviera Maya? Will you be stuck with chili's and spice and the almighty habanero chili? Of course not! The Riviera Maya is a multicultural area that is inspired by the Mexican culture and takes advantage of the beautiful coast. It is by no means a 100% Mexican culinary destination and kids love the diverse choices in the area. You will have access to American,...

Playa del Carmen Travel Tips – Live Music on and off the beach

Posted March 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities

live music in the Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen

For all of the live music fans out there, Playa del Carmen has some great beach bars that play live music. If the beach is not where you want to be when checking out some local musicians, 5th Ave also has a few places where you can listen live pop, rock and the blues. Beach bars with Live music Wah Wah Beach Bar - located on 2nd street and the beach, this is a favorite hangout for many visitors and locals. Great music by the Nasty Bastards (who actually own the bar) and guest musicians...

Playa del Carmen Travel Tips – Bean to Bar Craft Chocolate

Posted March 25, 2013 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Vacation Tips

bean to bar chocolate in Playa del Carmen

Now this caught our eye. Just before Christmas, only to be discovered by us after the holiday season, is a new chocolate shop that makes bean to bar chocolate. Not only are the chocolates super pretty, but they taste great! The chocolates are filled with unique flavors like horchata, tequila, chipotle, jamaica, and they have a 100% cacao truffle that ...is...to...die....for...... Cocoa Craft Chocolate Maker is a husband and wife team that make their chocolate from scratch, yup, straight from...

Riviera Maya travel tip – Grocery shopping options

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

grocery shopping in the Riviera Maya

  If you are looking for great fresh local produce, meat and more here are some great tips for grocery shopping in the Riviera Maya. Some cities have more options than others, with Playa del Carmen having the most options for grocery shopping. What we love to do is scout out interesting day trips for local produce that takes us to places we might have otherwise not ventured to. What you will also find is that different locations have different food options. In Valladolid at the...

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