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Best of Puerto Morelos What To Do And Eat!

Posted February 17, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Destinations

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Yes, we are fans of Puerto Morelos, the small seaside town between the Cancun Airport and Playa del Carmen. If you are looking for a quiet holiday, with lots of local nuances intertwined with little known local history, Puerto Morelos is where you want to be. If you were hoping for a city filled with brand name stores and restaurants, lots of beach bars and things to do both night and day, you might be happier in one of the Riviera Maya cities, like Playa del Carmen. We have guests that...

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Steve Moen Warning Geeks on the Beach

Posted February 15, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

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Steve Moen had a stressful job working in Seattle for Microsoft, before coming to the Riviera Maya. After being hospitalized for stress and anxiety, Steve realized he needed a vacation. He had always wanted to visit the Cancun area, but feared the “Spring Break” crowds. It was then a co-worker told him about Playa del Carmen. The first thing Steve did after arriving in the laid back, stunningly beautiful Playa was to throw back a shot of tequila, and jump in the ocean. He started feeling...

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History of The Tres Leches Cake With Recipe

Posted February 14, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

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  The origin of Tres Leches, the three milk cake now associated with Mexico, is highly disputed. Its history is not. It is pretty easy to track how this cake became so famous within Mexico, and how it is now associated with Mexico. But the origins not so much. What is undisputed is its great flavor and all around yumminess! As much as we love to track the origins of local recipes, we love eating this dessert far more than we should. Origins of the Tres Leche Cake In the 19th century,...

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Puuc Route – Mayan Ruins and So Much More

Posted February 13, 2017 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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We have traveled the Ruta de Puuc (Puuc Route) many times and find more interesting things to see along what others call, the Mayan Highway. It is known for its Mayan Ruins, but there is so much more to see than this! You can easily make this Yucatan tour a week long vacation, staying in little hotels in small pueblos as you meander through the area. Many love to do this tour as a day trip out of Meida, and take in the Mayan archaeological sites only. Before you start planning your best...

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Vegan Taco Recipe – Veggies Al Pastor

Posted February 10, 2017 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes

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You don't have to be vegan to love this recipe! And if for any reason you are not a vegetable fan, this recipe will make you a cauliflower convert! History of Al Pastor Tacos in Mexico Al Pastor, meaning the Shepard, is the result of a direct Lebanese influence on Mexican cooking. The first wave of Lebanese food influences came with the Spanish in the 16th century. The Moors food culture hit southern Spain in the 8th century. Their spices and cooking methods were then brought over to the...

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Paulina Rivera Knows Private Beaches and Secret Spots

Posted February 8, 2017 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

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Originally from Veracruz, Paulina arrived in the Riviera Maya in 2007. She was required to do a college internship with a hotel to complete her tourism certification. Paulina finds that working in tourism gives her an opportunity to meet travelers and to learn different languages. Paulina says the Riviera Maya offers everything to travelers and to people working in tourism. There are beautiful beaches, interesting people, and delicious food. During her time off, she takes short trips to...

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Riviera Maya Carnival Parties and Parades 2017

Posted February 7, 2017 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events

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Ready for Fat Tuesday and all the events that lead up to the celebration of this holiday? We are and it looks we will be parading for a few weeks! Luckily there are carnaval parades and festivals throughout the Riviera Maya. Events start February 16,2017 in Puerto Morelos and ending March 5, 2017 in Tulum. Yes these parties extend a little past Ash Wednesday which falls on March 1 this year, but heck, what's a few extra days! If you are thinking that I spelt Carnival incorrectly, I just want...

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10 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Riviera Maya Vacation

Posted February 6, 2017 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations

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  Who doesn't love to say money? We all do and there are sure fire ways to get that vacation for less! After living here for over 20 years, we know the ins and outs of how to save money in the Riviera Maya. If you want a cheaper vacation, read on. If you want to spend more on your accommodations and less on your day to day stuff, read on. If you want to spend all your vacation money on food and save on accommodations, read on! Vacation Saving Tip #1 - Have Your Own Kitchen Rent a...

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Los Dos Cooking School in Merida – Changing of the Guards/Chefs

Posted February 3, 2017 by Kay Walten in Yucatan Activities

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In November we wrote about a good friend who we lost in this world, Chef David Sterling, the owner and teacher at Los Dos Cooking School. My first cooking class with Chef David was in 2003, a class that found us becoming fast friends and supporters of Yucatan culinary history. Keith emailed me in January with news of what would become of this famous cooking school held near and dear to both Meridians and visitors to the Yucatan. Chef David could never be replaced, this we all knew, but his...

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Not a Snorkeler or Diver? Checkout the New Playa del Carmen Aquarium

Posted January 31, 2017 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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  Tucked away on a small side street in Playa del Carmen is a new attraction that takes marine education and accessibility seriously. Species from the second largest barrier reef in the world have been taken offshore to inspire people to try snorkeling or diving. For divers and snorkelers who have ventured to the Mesoamerican reef off the shores of the Riviera Maya, this aquarium added species that are not found on the reef. baby clown fish, guitarfish, tiger sharks and more can be...

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