Posted May 18, 2015 by Steve Moen in Food & Drink,Interview with a Local,Riviera Maya Restaurants
Steve is a long time Playa del Carmen local. Originally from New York, Steve is the owner of Carboncito's Restaurant located on 4th Street between 5th Avenue and 10th as well as the small hotel El Cielo. With a background in construction, it is no surprise that Carboncito's Restaurant is a beautiful place to hang out. Interesting architectural accents make your meal, or happy hour, that much better. Alejandra his wife manages the restaurant and does a bang up job all day long. Carboncito's...
Posted May 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink
Well I have been trying to perfect my taco recipe and just stumbled upon a secret that put my tacos over the top. I have tested out the recipe and consensus is...this is the best taco recipe ever. What I love about this creation is that it is simple, flexible and takes little time or effort Secret Ingredient That Makes the Best Tacos Ever Let me just state first, I don't think I have ever had a bad taco. No matter where I travel in Mexico, the tacos are exceptional. I have eaten tacos on the...
Posted May 11, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes
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...
Posted May 4, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes
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...
Posted April 24, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink
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...
Posted April 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Activities
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...
Posted April 6, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink
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...
Posted March 27, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants
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...
Posted March 25, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Interview with a Local
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...
Posted March 23, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Destinations
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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