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Salsa Verses Mole – Is There a Difference?

Posted September 23, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Salsa Verses Mole - Is There a Difference?

Who the heck has discussions like this. Well we do as we really, truly want to understand Mexican cooking and Mexican food. Let me share the heated discussion over dinner the other night with a bunch of passionate Mexican Foodies. A chef friend of ours shared a blog post he wrote the other day 'How the Catholic Church Influenced Mexican Food'. Super great history about the Spanish Conquest, how the Spanish used food to draw indigenous people to the Catholic Church, yada yada yada. Part of...

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Local Classics Worth Checking Out in the Riviera Maya

Posted September 14, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Restaurants

Local Classics Worth Checking Out in the Riviera Maya

We have been living in the Riviera Maya since the early 1990's and have witnessed an incredible amount of change as this destination has become one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. We love the conveniences the changes offer but still gravitate towards some old classics that remind us of our first days in the Mexican Caribbean. Tarraya Restaurant in Playa del Carmen Tarraya is old school and we love the location right on the beach close to the ferry pier. Tables are...

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Happy Hour in Playa del Carmen? We Have You Covered

Posted September 9, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Dirty Martini Lounge in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo

It truly is 5 o'clock somewhere in the world, but when searching for a great happy hour, you kinda have to honor 5 o'clock where you are, right now. No fear. There is a great place centrally located in Playa del Carmen that will give you one of the best happy hours you have had in a long time. The exceptional Happy Hours are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Half price martinis every Tuesday, and ladies drink for half price on Thursday. The party continues on Karaoke Night every Wednesday....

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Great Grub in Puerto Morelos – Restaurant Review of Mi Cocina

Posted August 19, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants

Great Grub in Puerto Morelos - Restaurant Review of Mi Cocina

Everyone loves having a great meal, we certainly do. Knowing where to eat when on vacation can be tough, but this review will make your life just a little bit easier. Away from the main square in Puerto Morelos is a foodies haven. Mi Cocina, run by Richard, serves an eclectic menu that is sure to please any palate. The hardest choice when picking a local restaurant is picking somewhere that will please everyone. One person may want to try regional food (when in Mexico, eat like a Mexican) or...

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5 things To Know About Pulque Cocktails – #drinkup #happyhour

Posted August 10, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

5 things To Know About Pulque Cocktails

Move over Mezcal and Tequila, Pulque is making a comeback! Pulque is a Mexican fermented alcoholic drink made from the sap of the maguey plant. Like Mezcal it was a working man's drink. Like many things, Pulque is experiencing a revival, and finds itself now trending all over the world, not just Mexico. The revival of this drink is partly due to the increasing popularity of Mexican food, and also the desire for Mixologists to find unique and vintage alcohol that they can contemporize. The...

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Eat Good, Feel Good Restaurants in the Riviera Maya

Posted August 5, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants

Eat Good, Feel Good Restaurants in the Riviera Maya

Worn down from work? Need a boost from long days? We suspect this is why you are going on vacation. It is so easy to over eat when away from home. Diving into local food, trying new cocktails, digging into the authentic Mexican dishes you have seen posted on Instragram. Taco comas are easily to fall into when you come to the Riviera Maya. But is that what you really need during your vacation? Most of us would say, heck ya! It is hard to get authentic Mexican food anywhere else in the...

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Vacation Cocktails Do Not have Calories – Must Try Mexican Drinks

Posted July 29, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Iconic Mexican Cocktails and Drinks

We all know (and love) the margarita, a good old cerveza, or love Kahlua for an after dinner cocktail. But what are true Mexican cocktails? In the era of mixology, which cocktails are authentic and part of Mexico's roots. There are a few iconic Mexican cocktails that you will find in any bar in the Riviera Maya. These are national drinks, drinks that are at the heart of the country. Some may surprise you, some may not. Some just may have you running to the Riviera Maya to give one (or all)...

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It’s National Tequila Day – Try Tequila and Food Pairing

Posted July 22, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

It’s National Tequila Day - Try Tequila and Food Pairing

You have heard this again and again. Or perhaps you have not. This is a true statement: Tequila is like wine, there are different nuances, flavors, and aging processes that produce complex flavors. It is best to sip your tequila not shoot it. So if you are to treat tequila like a fine wine, why not food pair your tequila with the right foods. And yes that is the emerging trend. Food pairing with tequila is becoming more and more popular. There are foods that pair better with a Blanco, a...

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The Art of Flan in Mexico – A Trusted and Treasured Dessert

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

The Art of Flan in Mexico - A Trusted and Treasured Dessert

Well we have Hernán Cortés to blame for flan, as he was the one that brought this Roman dessert to the New World in the early 16th century. We also have the Yucatecans to blame for their ingenious embellishment of the original recipe, adding chocolate, coconut, or coffee to the mix. The history of flan dates back to the Roman Empire when they discovered their domestication of chickens brought on a whole new problem, an over abundance of eggs. Quickly, new recipes were formulated to use...

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Happy Mojito Day – The History of the Mojito Cocktail

Posted July 11, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Happy Mojito Day - The History of the Mojito Cocktail

Mojitos take you through a Cuban history lesson, not a Mexican history lesson. So why are we talking about a now famous Cuban drink. Well, we feel a sense of solidarity with Cuba, for many reasons. Number One : Mexico and Cuba were taken over by the Spanish. Number Two: We share similar European architects in our Spanish colonial cities. Many buildings in Merida and Havanah were designed by the same architects. Number 3: Mexico supported Cuba during the Spanish-American war, during the Batista...

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