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Happy Margarita Day! New Margarita Recipes Enclosed

Posted February 22, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

National Margarita Day

Did you know that Margarita Day is February 22? Did you know that bars throughout the US celebrate Margarita Day with special pricing and unique recipes? Well, there is a Facebook page for National Margarita Day and an entire website dedicated to National Margarita Day! Who would have thunk? We started cruising through the recipes and I have to say, there are likely 365 recipes for every day of the year! Wowza! Now that is true awesomeness. The first recipe we want to try is the...

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Street Food You Can’t Miss in the Riviera Maya

Posted February 19, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Street Food You Can't Miss in the Riviera Maya

We are not going to tell you where to get street food, or even attempt to tell you which food cart is better than another. In our experience of Riviera Maya street food, we have never had a bad experience, evah! Every single cart, every single stand has their own twist on a taco, an empanada, elote, or cochinita pibil. What we will do is let you know what to look for!! There are some incredible delicacies that you may not have heard of or even knew that it was iconic Mexican street food. So...

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Taco Time – Mexican Tacos 101

Posted February 12, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture

History of the tortilla and taco

Mexican tacos are some of the best snacks around. Unlike the US TexMex taco created by Glenn Bell in California in the 40s, what we know today as Taco Bell, Mexican tacos are a snack to be savored not an evening meal or large lunch like many North Americans have experienced The history of the tortilla (the flat corn 'bread' that makes up the taco) and taco is not well documented. Professors of culinary history have pieced taco references together, but no one knows the actually origin of this...

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Sweet Surrender – National Hot Chocolate Day

Posted January 31, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

National Hot Chocolate Day

To think that cacao was used a currency by the Maya before they used it for their famous Mayan hot chocolate. Yup, that's right, cacoa beans were traded like money in the pre-classic days and valued more than jade, copper and black obsidian. Thankfully someone came up with the great, great idea that cacao (cocoa is the English term) should be ground and made into a delicious drink of the gods, an idea that remains with mere mortals today. National Hot Chocolate Day is a Day to Celebrate No...

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Something to Wine About – History of Mexican Wine

Posted January 22, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture

History of Mexican Wine

As Mexico becomes a more popular destination people are digging deeper and deeper into its culinary and beverage (okay alcohol) history. Mexican wine is not well known, but its history is as fascinating as mezcal, tequila and tortillas. Mexico was the first country in the Americas to grow grapes for wine making back in the mid 1500s. Los Padres (the Church) planted grape vines as fast as they built missions in northern Mexico. The first grape variety to be planted was the Mission grape, but...

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International Hot and Spicy Day! – Get Your Chile On

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

International Hot and Spicy Day 2016 - Habanero

Each culture has a culinary chile and hot spice. United States has Tabasco, Mexico has the habanero. Eastern countries have various chilis, hot sauces and ground spices that add a bit of zest to their cuisine. This International Hot and Spicy Day will feature the habanero, the spiciest and hottest chili in Mexico. The Chili 'Hot and Spicy' Scale created by Wilbur Scoville is the only chili hotness rating system. Scoville, an American pharmacist, created the scale in 1912. He rated the...

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Best Way to Know a Culture is to Taste It!

Posted January 8, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Cocina Economicas in the Riviera Maya

There is something about getting off the plane in Mexico that just brings you back to your last vacation and into the heart of the country. What seems to bring you home is that first taco. The flavors, the smell, the texture. The chili, the homemade salsa, the handmade corn tortillas. Ahhh, now you are in Mexico. There is something to be said about local food when you travel. First rate chefs travel to the Yucatan and Riviera Maya to learn, experience and taste some of the best tacos in the...

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Happy National Sangria Day! Mexican Sangria Recipe

Posted December 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

Mexican Sangria recipe

You may think that Sangria was developed by the Spanish but oddly enough the Romans have a big hand in this delicious cocktail. Look way, way back to 200 BC. The Romans were the first to plant red grapes in Spain during their invasion in 200BC. The Spanish started to create alcoholic beverages from the red grapes and called the drinks 'Sangria', meaning blood in English, as the grapes were planted by a country that conquered the Spanish and resulted in a very bloody war. Brandy was added to...

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Romantic Rooftop Bars and Beachside Restaurants in the Riviera Maya

Posted December 18, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants

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Ever wonder where some of the best views of the ocean are in the Riviera Maya? Have you been looking for somewhere to share an evening cocktail or dinner in an iconic or beautiful location? Here are a few places in the Riviera Maya that won't disappoint. Some of these places are not well known, but should be, as their views are to die for. Roof Top Bars with Great Ocean Views News Flash! Carboncitos in Playa del Carmen has just finished a spectacular roof top terrace that has 180 degree views...

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A Canadian Brewing Beer in Mexico – Dream Job!

Posted December 11, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Mundo Maya Beer Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Jungle John, a Canadian Expat, is not new to business in Mexico. He was one of the first to start ATV tours over 20 Years ago, he brought in the first gelato ice cream to Playa del Carmen, and now he has created his own microbrew, Mundo Maya, eh! I have to admit, I always forget his real name (aka John Nielson) as everyone calls him Jungle John, a nickname that stuck once he opened his first ATV tours that took people through the depths of the jungle. But his beer is good, and having a local...

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