Posted December 4, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink
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...
Posted November 16, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants
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...
Posted November 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes
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...
Posted October 17, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink
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...
Posted October 9, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants
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...
Posted October 2, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants
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...
Posted September 23, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants
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...
Posted September 18, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes
This recipe is glorious and don't let the Vegan title scare you. We have made this recipe a few times and tried it out on meat eaters, brownie lovers, and chocolate experts. They all loved it! What we love about this recipe is the use of typical, easy to find Mexican ingredients that have you looking great on beach, but enjoying a true decadent dessert. Now who would have thunk this could be possible. Read on! Mexican Vegan Brownie Recipe Ingredients 1 15 oz. can (1 3/4 cups) black...
Posted September 7, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants
A new food concept has hit Playa del Carmen. The Nuestra Senora del Carmen Food Hub is a great place to try different flavors, experience a different atmosphere and still be close to the beach. With two locations on 10th Avenue in Playa, this could be a great place to start your local Mexican food experience. The Food Hub Concept Think, food court with the sassiness of food trucks. Think established flavors in an easy to access space. Nuestra Senora combines all of this in one space, that is...
Posted August 28, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink
I am sitting here enjoying a fresh, sweet mango that has a bit of a spicy kick. Thanks to Tajin, a chili and lime condiment found in Mexico, this mango is more than just a tropical treat. It is an authentic Mexican snack. I was introduced to Tajin decades ago and have been addicted to its flavor ever since. Add a Bit of Spice to Food and Drink Tajin is known for its lime, chile and salt combination; a popular flavor found in Mexico. This shakable condiment is put on fruit, rimmed on a beer...
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--Bernie in Denver,
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"We usually need reservations for 2 to 4 people but for 2 years we needed reservations for 7 to 9 people, adults and kids and they have always done a flawless job in getting the resort we wanted and at the best price too!!"
"When we use LG to book a trip we get immediate help with all of our questions in a very timely way by people who know what they are talking about and are extremely helpful, patient, knowledgeable, and congenial. They really get how to do customer service.
Once we book through LG we never have to worry about any of it again. We are always amazed at how smooth and trouble free our bookings through LG have been."
--K.B., Fort Worth, TX
"What an amazing company Locogringo is. Every silly question I have.... they answer , If something comes up like a travel day change, adding more people, or whatever it might be... you get a response from a real person ... who seems to love what they do . That is hard to find these days and I really appreciate that."
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"I had contacted you before I left for my first trip to Mexico and all of your recommendations were spot on. I started in Playa Del Carmen and worked my way to Tulum. I had only expected to stay 2 nights there and instead wound up staying for a week-and that still was not nearly enough time. Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks! I will be checking in with you guys as I am tring to plan a trip to Holbox next. That place looks amazing!"
--Louis Skip Gonzalez, Unidos Magazine
"And their amazing website is one of the main reasons we started going regularly to the Riviera Maya and especially Akumal. No other place around the Caribbean has nearly as good a web presence as LG has given this area."
--Dan, St. Louis MO,
"We have been Booking our Riviera Maya vacations from Loco Gringo since 2005. Always Great communication, helpful tips and quick responses to our questions. They were especially helpful when Hurricane Wilma hit and put a stop to our Vacation plans. They made sure we knew about the weather situation and did all the work with re-booking our vacation in Paradise!"
"It's a great comfort to visit the Riviera Maya and know that Loco Gringo is there to help, if needed. "
--Bryan in IN,
"Not sure if we will be returning next summer, but will definitely let you know if we are, as Loco Gringo is the ONLY way to go for us!"
--Lesley P., Texas
""I was soooo delighted with the Loco Gringo services. Everything was trouble free and all my questions were always answered promptly. Thanks for a GREAT trouble free vacation!""
"...for your patience with me and making this process go soooo much smoother! I truly appreciate you and the staff at LocoGringo. Thanks again! I can't wait to be sitting on the beach!
Maggie in Colorado"
"We spent a lot of our time sitting on the second floor porch with our feet propped on the railing just staring at the water. Coming home was hard this year..Staying for two weeks still wasn't long enough."
"It is like having a friend make your reservations for you .... we always feel comfortable knowing LG will be in charge of our arrangements because they know the area first hand, they live there ..... you ask a question and they answer it with good humor and great knowledge of what they speak. I will always recommend Loco Gringo in a heart beat!"
"I have booked most of my Mayan Riviera trips through Loco Gringo and can only say I wouldn't even consider using anyone else to handle my bookings for stays in that area.
Their booking process is simple, fast and friendly, and they will answer your questions and queries until you are completely satisfied that every single detail has been taken care of.
Who else would know the area better than folks who live and work right there? Try to get that level of expertise and knowledge with a booking agent who lives and works several hundred, or even thousands of miles away.
Not only that, but they are genuinely nice people as well, who really care for their customers and the community and area that they call home
Keep up the great work Loco Gringo!!"
"I just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU! The trip we booked through Loco Gringo was perfect! The price was exceptionally good and the service was second to none! If you’ve never booked with Loco Gringo before, we *highly* recommend them!"
"A company made up mostly of American Expats living in the Riviera Maya with a booking list of many hundreds of properties. Big enough to know each property intimately and small enough to know each customer personally. A level of service simply impossible for the giant companies to provide.
--Jim T., Colorado
"I would recommend Locogringo to everyone I know. It is such a great service that they provide from researching and booking the perfect place to stay to finding all the needs you could possibly want during your stay. Thanks Locogringo."
"So here is a GREAT BIG TEXAS THANK YOU TO LOCO GRINGO for all the awesome, fantastic vacations in Paradise."
"quick and informative replies from Bart ( thanks Bart) , easy booking procedure plus online management of your booking . I am highly impressed."
--Theressa - Middlesex U.K.,
"You always recommend amazing accommodations and we are always comfortable and feel safe. Your staff does a fantastic job at making our vacation each year a ” hassle free ” experience ! All we have to do is ” show up ” and the rest is already taken care of. We will continue in future to use LocoGringo and also continue as we have done already, to highly recommend your company to anyone we know that is planning a vacation."
--Nancy & Bill, Toronto, Canada
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