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Loco Adventure – Museum of the Sacred Heart – New Museum

Posted February 27, 2017 by Kay Walten in Culture

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When I went off to Merida at the end of January, I stumbled across a new museum in the outskirts of the city. It was one of those moments where you see a sign and follow without knowing what you may come across. Boy am I glad I followed! This was a find and one that I would return to in a heartbeat. When I saw 'Museum of the Sacred Art' I thought Mexican Folk Art, but what I walked into was so much more than this. The Museum is located in a small town called Conkal, about 15 minutes...

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A Tasty Way to See Mexico with Chef Mario Canul

Posted February 22, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food,Podcasts

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Head Chef and Instructor at Los Dos Cooking School, Mario Canul joins me on the podcast to share his favorite places to eat in Mexico, what makes the Yucatan version of pico de gallo so amazing, and information about David Sterling’s new cookbook. I have taken cooking classes at Los Dos Cooking School in Mérida several times. I am always amazed at how wonderful food is, and I love learning traditional Mayan recipes. Mario has roots in the Mayan community. In 2003, when David Sterling...

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National Margarita Day – Check Out This New Recipe

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes

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Oh the smell and taste of a great margarita. Mexico is famous for this limey-salty-sweet tequila based drink that takes you to the beach after every sip. But the history of the margarita is not as cut and dry as the drink. There are three people who claim to have invented the Margarita and their stories stretch over a decade from 1938 t 1948. The first inventor is thought to be a Mexican bar owner outside Tijuana, where he mixed the lime, salt and tequila into a cocktail for a finicky...

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Photo Gallery of Rio Lagartos – Birders and Day Trips

Posted February 20, 2017 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations

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Rio Lagartos has a big place in our heart! This tiny fishing village, which still operates as an important fishing village in the Gulf of Mexico, is a bird watchers haven and a great day trip for the curious. From the pink pools of Las Coloradas, to the breeding grounds of the Flamingos, from the super small community to the old school way of life, Rio Lagartos is an environmental nucleus that must be seen. Read this overview of Rio Lagartos, an article about the salt mines of Las Coloradas,...

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Best of Puerto Morelos What To Do And Eat!

Posted February 17, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food,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,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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