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Niki Allen — Finding Serenity in the Permit Capital of the World

Posted September 27, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Niki Allen of Punta Allen

How did a baby photographer from Clarkston, Michigan end up running a hotel on a Caribbean island, just offshore from the Sian Ka’an protected biosphere in the Riviera Maya? My friend Niki Allen, the owner of Serenidad Shardon, tells us exactly how she did it. Punta Allen is a World Class destination for saltwater fishing and is sometimes called the Permit Capital of the World. Niki and others on the island created a fishing tournament to provide funding for the families and children who...

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Baseball in Mexico? You bet!

Posted September 26, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Quintana Roo Tigres Baseball Team

We have become addicted to Mexican baseball. Yup that's right Mexican baseball. Who would have thunk? Friends of ours who live in Cancun asked us if we wanted to come up for a game. For years we could not find the time. This year we decided to take the plunge and have not looked back since. For Minor League Baseball, I have to say, there are some great players and the games are really good. What our friends failed to tell us was how great the food is. The Cancun baseball stadium has great...

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Salsa Verses Mole – Is There a Difference?

Posted September 23, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Salsa Verses Mole - Is There a Difference?

Who the heck has discussions like this. Well we do as we really, truly want to understand Mexican cooking and Mexican food. Let me share the heated discussion over dinner the other night with a bunch of passionate Mexican Foodies. A chef friend of ours shared a blog post he wrote the other day 'How the Catholic Church Influenced Mexican Food'. Super great history about the Spanish Conquest, how the Spanish used food to draw indigenous people to the Catholic Church, yada yada yada. Part of...

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Ken Schmidt ‒ The Geek Who Does It All

Posted September 20, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Ken Schmidt

Today I am speaking with my friend Ken Schmidt, who is originally from Florida, where he started his own software company. His one software client in Mexico, Condo Hotels, told him he needed a career change and he was to be their new General Manager and CIO. Ken likes to wow people so he said he would give it a shot. He now lives in Playa del Carmen with his beautiful new wife and travels back and forth to the U.S. for business and vacations. Ken spends most of his days managing 5 upscale...

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I am Not Passionate About Cooking – Confessions of a Traveling Mom

Posted September 19, 2016 by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Riviera Maya Services

Not Passionate Cooking on Vacation? Try Riviera Maya chef services

A mom was planning her family vacation last week and ended our conversation with this 'I am NOT passionate about cooking so I need to find solutions.' Admittedly I was a bit taken aback, and had to clarify what was just said. 'Sorry, did you say you were passionate about cooking, or not passionate about cooking? This mom admitted that she was not passionate about cooking. I love to cook but realized after talking to this mom that I am not passionate about cooking under the following...

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The Heart of Mexico is Experienced at Independence Day Celebrations

Posted September 16, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

September 16 Independence Day in Mexico

You can read a ton of books, visit local historical sites, eat at local restaurants, but the best way to truly understand the heart of Mexican culture is participating in a local holiday. Independence Day has to be one of the most celebrated holidays in Mexico right along with Day of the Dead and Revolution Day. September 16 Independence Day in Mexico This holiday is reminiscent of July 4 celebrations in the US. Where the US received independence in 1776, Mexico began its fight for...

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Local Classics Worth Checking Out in the Riviera Maya

Posted September 14, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Restaurants

Local Classics Worth Checking Out in the Riviera Maya

We have been living in the Riviera Maya since the early 1990's and have witnessed an incredible amount of change as this destination has become one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. We love the conveniences the changes offer but still gravitate towards some old classics that remind us of our first days in the Mexican Caribbean. Tarraya Restaurant in Playa del Carmen Tarraya is old school and we love the location right on the beach close to the ferry pier. Tables are...

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Angel Carrera ‒ Preserving Mayan Culture Through Sustainable Tourism

Posted September 13, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Angel Carrera

Originally from Guadalajara, my guest Angel Carrera came to Playa del Carmen to work in his father’s accounting firm. His passion for the Mayan culture is evident in his side activities. He helps the Mayan communities to sell their art, develop tourism and even gives them financial advice. His community project, Ojos Mayas, connects the tourism community of the northern part of Quintana Roo to the Mayan Zone. His culturally - rich tours of the Mayan Zone include visits to a traditional...

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How to Vacation with Kids in the Riviera Maya

Posted September 12, 2016 by Kay Walten in Family vacations

Vacation with Kids in the Riviera Maya

Venturing off to the Riviera Maya with the kids is a true vacation, not a trip as some parent like to think. There is so much both parents and kids will love. And love doing together. What the Riviera Maya has created is very similar to the brilliance of the Looney Tunes cartoons. Do you remember Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, Daffy Duck, Tasmanian Devil, Elmer Fudd? These cartoons entertained kids at a kid-core level with lots of movement, funny gags, lots of color and fun loving characters....

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Happy Hour in Playa del Carmen? We Have You Covered

Posted September 9, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Dirty Martini Lounge in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo

It truly is 5 o'clock somewhere in the world, but when searching for a great happy hour, you kinda have to honor 5 o'clock where you are, right now. No fear. There is a great place centrally located in Playa del Carmen that will give you one of the best happy hours you have had in a long time. The exceptional Happy Hours are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Half price martinis every Tuesday, and ladies drink for half price on Thursday. The party continues on Karaoke Night every Wednesday....

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