Posted September 30, 2010 by Kay Walten in Food
Taste of Playa, the Riviera Maya’s international culinary event, has once again attracted the attention of the region’s many talented chefs and restaurateurs. The day-long festival, scheduled for November 21, 2010 in Playa del Carmen’s Parque Fundadores, is set to feature 40 restaurants and beverage providers coming from as far north as Puerto Morelos and as far south as Tulum. Over the past decade, this area — commonly referred to as the Mayan Riviera — has become home to hundreds...
Posted September 28, 2010 by Kay Walten in Food
One of the things to do "like a local" while in Mexico is to experience a meal or two at the roadside taco stands. Mexicans and ex-pats agree, these little family owned and operated "lonchoria economicas" are known for some of the best homemade salsas, guisadas and carnitas on the coast, and the price is always right. Don't be afraid to pull off the road and give some of these places a try. Here are 3 of our favorites. Paco Taco in Xpu Ha Even though the founder, Paco, has left the coast, his...
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture
The Mexican state of Oaxaca is known for its superb quality of textiles, cuisine and artisans. One artist responsible for Oaxaca's international recognition was Rodolfo Morales. Rodolfo Morales Born in the little Indian village of Ocotlan in 1925, Rodolfo's parents recognized his talent very early and sent him to Mexico City where he earned a degree and began teaching art. It wasn't until 1975 when fellow Oaxacan artist, Rufino Tamayo, noticed the brilliance of Rodolfo's work. Tamayo...
Posted January 24, 2010 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations
January 24, 2010 a beautiful thing happened in Akumal and Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya this past Sunday when locals and visitors alike came together to show their support for Haitian earthquake relief. As little as a week before it all started as an idea, to put together a benefit event, complete with food, drink and live music, and donate the proceeds to Doctors Without Borders Emergency Relief Fund which ensures that medical teams can react to the Haiti emergency, and humanitarian...
Posted November 27, 2009 by Kay Walten in Watersports
Golf course info, pictures and links. Our day of fun in the sun and lots of serious golf info for local Riviera Maya golf courses. According to the PGA... The Riviera Maya is slated to be the next golf mecca. New courses are springing up along the coastline attracting golfers to come and play a few rounds between dives and hanging out on the beach. We don't play golf but we were invited by the Mayan Resorts to come get some pointers from their pro and to see what we were missing. From the...
Posted October 25, 2009 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events
On Saturday, September 5, 2009, over 25 of Playa del Carmen's most creative and talented chefs, restaurateurs, beverage purveyors and specialty food merchants gathered in the city center, the seaside Parque Fundadores, to present their signature dishes and culinary creations to visitors and the residents of the Riviera Maya. It seemed to be one of the hottest days of the year and still nearly three thousand people came through the festival over the course of the day. Some were just curious,...
Posted March 30, 2009 by Kay Walten in Vacation tips,Watersports
Kayaking on the bays of the Riviera Maya is a lot of fun, especially on calm days with little wind. Almost all the kayaks along the coast are the "sit on top" variety and therefore cannot flood and sink making kayaking safer, especially for the inexperienced kayaker. You can expect to have a fantastic time kayaking if you will just follow these simple guidelines. Always wear a personal floatation device, life jacket! Always stay inside the reef break, inside the bay! Be aware of weather...
Posted March 25, 2009 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations
A little history about the library Hekab Be was started over 10 years ago by Brenda Detering, an American who lived in Akumal. When she started teaching English classes she realized that a majority of her students couldn't read or write well enough in Spanish to have a sufficient basis for learning another language. Brenda saw the need to bring tools for literacy and learning to Akumal. Hekab Be, meaning "Open Road" in the Mayan language, was born. The library was created to help open new...
Posted February 9, 2009 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities
Flying Tandem with Sky Dive in Playa del Carmen You might ask yourself, why would anyone want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane? A military mission perhaps? It's a question that's been asked countless times and one that was running through my mind as I sat perched on the edge of the Cessna 182's open door. The simple answer was, because I wanted to (I'll do just about anything for Locogringo) and beacuse I figured I would survive it and then could cross it off my list of things to do...
Posted December 5, 2008 by Kay Walten in Watersports
Kiteboarding in Tulum People are always searching for new ways to get their dose of adrenalin, especially with new sports that push the envelope of technology and human capabilities. One such activity is the relatively new sport of kiteboarding or kitesurfing. Many of you have heard of it. Many of you have seen people flying through the air with huge kites, but what exactly is kiteboarding and why is it growing in popularity faster than any other sport? Kiteboarding is using the power of...
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