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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Mundo Maya Brewing Company – Local Interview

Posted March 25, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Interview with a Local

Mundo Maya Brewery, Playa del Carmen

Mundo Maya is producing craft beer in Playa del Carmen and distributing this new brew to cities throughout the Riviera Maya. We hooked up with John and he gave us some of his tips about working and living in the area. What, in your opinion, makes this part of Mexico unique and worth visiting? This part if México is the forgotten gem. It doesn't have the colonial buildings, or the sense of history that you find in other parts of Mexico, but it does have an amazing history none the...

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Mahahual Restaurant Review – Luna de Plata

Posted March 23, 2015 by Kay Walten in Costa Maya Restaurants,Food & Drink,Mexico Destinations

Luna de Plata Restaurant Mahahaual

On a recent trip to Mahahual, we stepped into Ristorante Luna de Plata at the end of the pedestrian walkway on the beach, and had a wonderful meal. This little gem was just off the beach walkway, with a nice sea view. Yeah! Great Staff and Large Portions This is a restaurant where you want to share, just like an Italian family! The menu is large, the selection varied, and the waiters were very friendly. Their open terrace overlooks the Caribbean, which is just steps from your table. Our bill...

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Take a Seat Tequila, Mezcal has Moved In!

Posted March 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Mezcal versus Tequila

Mezcal is trending and we find this fascinating. This cousin to Tequila is making waves with its smoky flavor, a flavor that stems from the distilling process. Both tequila and mezcal are made from the agave plant, but from different species of agave plants. Tasting local mezcal that you cannot find in other parts of the world makes this a true holiday experience. Tequila verses Mezcal - Agave Distilling 101 So this is the deal. Tequila is made only from one species of agave, the blue agave...

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Ideas for your Easter Vacation in Mexico

Posted March 16, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes,Mexico Vacation Tips

Easter in Mexico

Spending the holidays away from home is a wonderful way to introduce new traditions and holiday surprises for the entire family. This experience lets you immerse yourself whole heatedly in a new culture and try on new holiday traditions. Easter in Mexico is celebrated very differently from the North American Easter Bunny holiday. There are some super fun cultural traditions that both kids and adults will love! Semana Santa and Pascua in Mexico Easter in Mexico is the biggest high holiday of...

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