Posted August 7, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes
Panuchos, pronounced pan-OO-choss, is a Yucatan dish served as an 'Antojitos' . Antojitos in Mexico are similar to Spanish tapas. Panuchos are special to us and we love, love, love a good panucho. Some people like to put them in the same category as salbutes, and tostados, but we believe panuchos belong in a glass all on their own. What we love about them is the flexibility of ingredients. The base of a panucho is what defines it; a tortilla stuffed with refried black beans and slightly...
Posted August 5, 2015 by Kay Walten in Interview with a Local,Riviera Maya Restaurants
What, in your opinion, makes this part of Mexico unique and worth visiting? The Caribbean side of Mexico has a lot to offer; great weather year round, beautiful beaches, cenotes and wildlife. I also appreciate the diverse gastronomy especially in Tulum. You can always find local Mayan delicacies, but the cultural diversity of Tulum has created an interesting mix of dishes, flavors and aromas that people love to experience. What’s the story behind your business/job? I manage El Pez in...
Posted July 29, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants
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...
Posted July 6, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink
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...
Posted July 1, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink
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...
Posted June 19, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink
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...
Posted June 17, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants
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...
Posted June 12, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes
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...
Posted June 5, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes
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...
Posted May 25, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes
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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