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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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Cueva Vodka – Locally Distilled Artisanal Vodka with a Surprising Ingredient

Posted December 4, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Cueva Vodka, Akumal, Riviera Maya

Bartley and Jen Smith were a bit frustrated with the quality of their happy hour. Internationally distilled vodka was just not cutting it anymore, and locally made vodka did not exist. They support local tequila, mezcal and independent breweries in their Akumal restaurant Turtle Bay Cafe, but vodka was an issue. Bart and Jen are not new to creating great products and new flavors. Turtle Bay Bakery has been creating great ice cream flavors, incredible baked goods and wonderful meals inspired...

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Local Find In Playa del Carmen – Food Adventure

Posted November 16, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants

Rincon YucatecoRestaurant Playa del Carmen

This is not intended as a restaurant review, but after a super lunch at Rincon Yucateco in Playa del Carmen, we had to share. This is officially a GREAT local find. I think it is safe to say that this great little restaurant has the best cochinita pibil that has ever crossed these lips! Hands down! And there has been some great cochinita consumed over the years. Authentic Yucatecan Food in Playa del Carmen Rincon Yucateco is located at the corner of 10th Ave and CTM (46th street). It is...

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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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