Day of the Dead Food: Bread of the Dead

Posted October 30, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler

bread of the dead with sugar a traditional food for day of the dead in Mexico

In the days and weeks leading up to the Day of the Dead, in the markets and bakeries across Mexico you will see "Bread of the Dead" being sold.  It's a Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead. It is custom to shape a round loaf of bread with rolled strips of dough layered on top that resemble the bones of the dead. A glaze of melted butter and orange zest is then brushed on top, followed by a generous sprinkling of sugar. The bread is typically flavored with anise seed. The...

Question: What do goats and dessert have in common?

Posted October 3, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

goats

 Answer:  Cajeta, a Mexican favorite! That gooeyness, sweet stickiness of carmel, you gotta love it! In Mexico, cajeta is as popular as peanut butter in other countries. Mexican cajeta is considered a specialty of Celaya, a city in the Mexico state of Guanajuato, but is popular throughout the country.  Cajeta is made by simmering goat's milk until the water evaporates and milk caramelizes.   Cajeta now-a-days is  half goat's milk and half cow's milk.  You may find this...

Street food spotlight: Churros

Posted September 22, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Mexican churros

As street food goes the sweetest of all, churros! Wandering the streets of the Yucatan be it in Cancun Centro, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Valladolid or Merida the smells, sights and sounds of street food tantalizes curious visitors.  Tacos are easily identifiable as well as corn on the cob slathered with mayo and chili powder, but one of the yummiest treats on the streets is churros. Who can resist fried dough with sugar? History of the churro There are several countries that want to lay...

Foodies, Create the Flavors of the Riviera Maya at Home

Posted September 15, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

piquin peppers

Spiced Mayan Pineapple Cubes Did you know? The "bird pepper" is commonly used as a spice especially in Mexican cuisine to add a burst of flavor. Pequin peppers (or "Piquin") is a small hot chile pepper, birds love to eat, hence the nickname. For a refreshing healthy treat, with a zesty flavor, Maya families enjoy this recipe filled with vitamins and natural carbohydrates to bring energy to a tired body. Buy, if you can, an organic fresh pineapple that is ripped but with a firm flesh! Best...

Home-brewed ale made locally in the Costa Maya

Posted September 12, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexico Destinations,Vacation tips

Micro beer brewed in Xcalak Mexico

This is no fish tale! There's a lot more going on in Xcalak than just fly-fishing and scuba diving.  Our great friends Dave and Ilana Randall owners of Costa de Cocos Resort have been concocting some strange brew that is now being sold in select Riviera Maya bars & restaurants. We caught up with Ilana and Dave recently and asked them a bit about how they got into the micro-brew beer biz: Q:  How did you guys get into making your own micro-brew beer? A:  We were on vacation in...

Vacation tip for the weight conscious

Posted September 10, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Vacation tips

Weight tip about eats and calories

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Sunday brunch by the green at Mayakoba

Posted September 8, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Restaurants

Brunch at Mayakoba Riviera Maya

"Koba" the newest restaurant at the Mayakoba resort "KOBA", introduces a new gourmet Sunday Brunch.  In addition to mouth-watering dishes, the brunch offers the perfect ambience to begin any Sunday in the Riviera Maya. With an extensive buffet menu including tropical fruits of the region, a selection of cereals, cold meats accompanied with fine cheeses, made-to-order Mexican food and the traditional eggs benedict. The dishes can be paired with mimosas, freshly squeezed fruit juices or...

Restaurant review: Posada Margherita on Tulum Beach

Posted August 25, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Posada Margherita Restaurant Tulum Beach

Perfect if you are in love, or just love Italian food Posada Margherita is always a treat!  Posada Margherita on Tulum beach is the ideal spot for romantic dinners for two where under candle light you can enjoy  grilled local vegetables, hand-made pasta and the freshest seafood.  You can enjoy a cocktail or choose from the wine list specializing in Italian wines.   I personally love having a margarita and tapas in the afternoon.  The fresh breads and foccacia are delish! A magical...

Xtabentun: nectar of the Mayan Gods

Posted August 22, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Vacation tips

xtabentun Mayan liquor made in Yucatan Mexico

Mayan libations may make you horny According to Mayan legend, there was once a woman called Xkeban, who lived a life filled with passionate love. It is said that when she died, the vines that sprouted from her grave produced a tiny aromatic flower and that the nectar of this flower was as intoxicating as her love life. An aphrodisiac perhaps? The Xtabentun (pronounced: shtah ben toon) flower grows only in the Yucatan, and from the fermented honey of this local flower is produced a...

Local Restaurant La Lunita in Akumal Shares a Recipe

Posted August 18, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

La Lunita Beach front restaurant Akumal Mexico

Chef Christian Reyes Prado of La Lunita in North Akumal Tells Us How Jumbo Shrimp a los Tres Chiles 24 large shrimp 10 garlic cloves, peeled 2/3 cup sunflower oil 4 pieces chile ancho 4 pieces chile pasilla 4 pieces chile guajillo 1 tablespoon sea salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 ounce white wine   2 pieces  poblano chile, julienned ½ large white onion, julienned ½ cup sweet corn kernels 1 teaspoon sea salt   200 g orange sweet...

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