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Happy Guacamole Day! Get Your Local Guacamole Recipe

Posted November 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes

Authentic Mexican Guacamole Recipe

Guacamole, a favorite snack for many, a basic staple in Mexico. There are many guacamole recipes all over the world, but there is only one, authentic Guacamole recipe for the Riviera Maya. History of Guacamole The Aztecs are responsible for guacamole, called ahuaca-mulli in their native tongue. Guacamole was thought to be an aphrodisiac, hence its popularity with both the locals and the Spanish. But it was truly the high fat content that made guacamole popular. The Aztec diet was very low in...

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Try the Local Smoke – Great Smoked Meats in the Riviera Maya

Posted October 17, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Smoked meats in Mexico

We have said it before and we will say it again. The city of Temozon just a few minutes from Valladolid has some of the best smoked meat, evah! The pueblo of Temozon is dedicated to producing smoked short ribs, smoked pork loin, smoked sausage and more. They supply the entire Yucatan Peninsula with smoked meat with people driving hours for their specialties. It is not unusual to hear that someone from Chetumal, Bacalar, Campeche, or Playa del Carmen has made the drive to buy pounds of this...

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Diary of a Vegetarian in Mexico

Posted October 9, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants

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Oh Mexico, the land of meat, pork fat and Chicharrón (deep fried pork fat). Add in an abundance of seafood and local fish from the Caribbean Sea and vegetarians are a little fork shy in the Riviera Maya. But don't fret. Many a vegetarian or vegan traveler will be able to experience local food 'sin carne'. (without meat) Vegetarians just need to know where to go and what to eat so they can have a local foodie experience as good as, if not better than, the carnivores. Hidden Meat in Mexican...

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Celebrate National Taco Day – Great Tacos in the Riviera Maya

Posted October 2, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants

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Tacos are a daily staple for us in Mexico. We have made lots and we have tasted lots. To honor National Taco Day we have highlighted two very different and very good taco places in the Riviera Maya. By no means does this list mean other tacos are not great, nor do we think this is a complete list of taco places. We just wanted to highlight these two restaurants which have been a favorite of ours for over a decade. Tacos Pastor at El Fogon in Playa del Carmen Tacos Pastor are a treat, and very...

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Puerto Morelos Restaurant Review – El Nicho – Simple and Fabulous

Posted September 23, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants

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What happens when a cooking school chef breaks away to open up their own restaurant? El Nicho! Pablo, head chef and owner of El Nicho was the first star chef at the Little Mexican Cooking School. Now all the chefs at the Little Mexican Cooking School are stars, but Pablo was the first star chef that helped to create the successful cooking school program. After developing the concept and recipes for the school, he decided that he wanted to start his own restaurant and wow visitors in a...

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Mexican Vegan Brownie Recipe – The Zero Calorie Treat

Posted September 18, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes

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This recipe is glorious and don't let the Vegan title scare you. We have made this recipe a few times and tried it out on meat eaters, brownie lovers, and chocolate experts. They all loved it! What we love about this recipe is the use of typical, easy to find Mexican ingredients that have you looking great on beach, but enjoying a true decadent dessert. Now who would have thunk this could be possible. Read on! Mexican Vegan Brownie Recipe Ingredients 1 15 oz. can (1 3/4 cups) black...

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Playa del Carmen Restaurant Review – Nuestra Senora del Carmen Food Hub

Posted September 7, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants

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A new food concept has hit Playa del Carmen. The Nuestra Senora del Carmen Food Hub is a great place to try different flavors, experience a different atmosphere and still be close to the beach. With two locations on 10th Avenue in Playa, this could be a great place to start your local Mexican food experience. The Food Hub Concept Think, food court with the sassiness of food trucks. Think established flavors in an easy to access space. Nuestra Senora combines all of this in one space, that is...

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Tajin – A Local Mexican Condiment You Cannot Miss

Posted August 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

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I am sitting here enjoying a fresh, sweet mango that has a bit of a spicy kick. Thanks to Tajin, a chili and lime condiment found in Mexico, this mango is more than just a tropical treat. It is an authentic Mexican snack. I was introduced to Tajin decades ago and have been addicted to its flavor ever since. Add a Bit of Spice to Food and Drink Tajin is known for its lime, chile and salt combination; a popular flavor found in Mexico. This shakable condiment is put on fruit, rimmed on a beer...

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Avocado Fries Recipe and Cooking Video

Posted August 14, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

Avocado Fries Recipe and Cooking Video

This is a nice twist on the regular French fry and an even better twist on the avocado. Avocado fries...yum yum....To make this recipe go from good to great, once you finish making your fries, dip your avocado fries in a little chipotle mayonnaise. This recipe and the resulting Avocado Fries rocked my world today! Recipe for Avocado Fries Ingredients 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or rice flour for gluten free 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup plain...

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History of and Recipe for a Favored Mexican Dish – Panuchos

Posted August 7, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes

History of and Recipe for a Favored Mexican Dish - Panuchos

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...

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