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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Pumpkin Seed Salsa Recipe – Local Mayan Culinary Staple

Posted May 11, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

Pumpkin Seed Salsa Recipe Sikil P'ak , Mayan Culinary Staple

On a recent trip to Mahahual in the Costa Maya, I had a lovely conversation with one of the waiters about Pumpkin Seed Salsa. I had ordered the Mayan Breakfast and had a great history lesson as a side. The Mayan Breakfast at Forty Cannons consisted of the following; Chaya and pineapple juice, Scrambled eggs with pumpkin salsa, homemade tortillas, and refried beans. I have to say it was one of the best breakfasts I have had in a long time. What caught my eye was the pumpkin salsa, on the...

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Cinco de Mayo Recipe – Muy Wow Quesadilla Recipe

Posted May 4, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

Cinco de Mayo Recipe - Muy Wow Quesadilla Recipe

Did you know that Cinco de Mayo celebrations are a US excuse to have a Mexican feast?  with the exception of the city of Puebla, Mexico does not celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Yup it is true. Defeating the French rule in the city of Puebla is not on the National Mexican holiday schedule so this holiday remains a US tradition. Despite Cinco do Mayo being only a US tradition, we think celebrating Mexican Food abroad on the 5th of May is a really, really good idea! There are so many Mexican culinary...

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The World’s Most Expensive Margarita – I want one!

Posted April 24, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Worlds Most Expensive Margarita

USA Today did a calculation and explanation of the world's most expensive margarita. Who is going to buy me one? If you are looking for an affordable Margarita in the Riviera Maya we suggest: Turtle Bay Bakery and Cafe - Akumal El Bar - Playa del Carmen rooftop at Hotel Cacao Zenzi - On the Beach in Playa del Carmen Hartwood - Tulum beach Road La Buena Vida - Akumal Beach Dirty Martini - Playa del Carmen El Nave - Tulum Charlies - Tulum Enjoy, and let me know...

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Little Mexican Cooking School Puerto Morelos – More than Just Food

Posted April 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Activities

Little Mexican Cooking School Puerto Morelos

I first met Catriona Brown, the owner of the Little Mexican Cooking School, during her first trip to the Riviera Maya over 10 years ago. She is a smart, creative, Renaissance woman who surprises me at every turn. For years I have been saying that I would come by and participate in one of her cooking classes. 'Anytime, Kay' is the response I would get but I failed to book the time year after year. At the end of 2014 I made the call and committed myself and a girlfriend to a class just before...

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A Little Yucatan Secret – Smoked Meat!

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

Smoked Meat Temazon, Yucatan

This is not a local secret but I can guarantee that few visitors are aware of this information. There is a little village called Temazon just a few miles outside of Valladolid that is dedicated to the production of smoked meat, albeit, some of the best smoked meat we have ever tasted! Temazon - The Smoked Meat Capital of the Yucatan Many, many years ago I stumbled upon the smoked meat capital of the Yucatan, Temazon. In 2014 I revisited this little piece of heaven. On previous visits I just...

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Tulum Restaurant Review – Cetli Restaurant

Posted March 27, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants

Cetli Restaurant Tulum Mexico

I have followed Claudia's culinary success for over 12 years. In the beginning she moved from restaurant to restaurant in search of the right location for her culinary expertise. 9 years ago she found her place, in the heart of Tulum Pueblo. This is the perfect place for her to share her love for authentic and cultural cooking. Claudia is special, her vision is unique, and her food is great. Before culinary historians, UNESCO, and other international chefs grabbed onto the cultural food...

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