Posted March 23, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events
This completely not for profit comedy festival will feature over a dozen professional comedians from the United States performing eight shows across Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and Akumal over 5 days. The Festival is the brain child of Grammy Award winning president and founder of Stand Up! Records Dan Schlissel and comedian/actor Gus Lynch (Saving Silverman, North Country, I Spy), who seek to showcase the finest professional and fastest rising stars in stand up comedy, as well as the people,...
Posted by Kay Walten in Food,Mexico Destinations
On a recent trip to Mahahual, we stepped into Ristorante Luna de Plata at the end of the pedestrian walkway on the beach, and had a wonderful meal. This little gem was just off the beach walkway, with a nice sea view. Yeah! Great Staff and Large Portions This is a restaurant where you want to share, just like an Italian family! The menu is large, the selection varied, and the waiters were very friendly. Their open terrace overlooks the Caribbean, which is just steps from your table. Our bill...
Posted March 21, 2015 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events
Dance your way through the weekend in Puerto Morelos! Starting Thursday March 26 at 5pm and through the weekend, ending late Saturday night, in the main plaza you can hear the international from around the world. The line up includes: Bandikoro (Tulum) Gabriel Paltchi (Argentina) Kathy Wilson + Paax&Love (USA/Puerto Morelos) Ashtar (Playa del Carmen) Operación Kangrejo (Puerto Morelos) Camilo Nu (Tulum) Dueto Om (Playa del Carmen) Javier Rojas (Cancún) PM Clan...
Posted March 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food
Mezcal is trending and we find this fascinating. This cousin to Tequila is making waves with its smoky flavor, a flavor that stems from the distilling process. Both tequila and mezcal are made from the agave plant, but from different species of agave plants. Tasting local mezcal that you cannot find in other parts of the world makes this a true holiday experience. Tequila verses Mezcal - Agave Distilling 101 So this is the deal. Tequila is made only from one species of agave, the blue agave...
Posted March 18, 2015 by Kay Walten in Costa Maya,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Services
So there are some very mixed feelings about the new proposed 'Rapid Train' between Playa del Carmen and Merida that will stop at Valladolid, Chichen Itza and Tulum. The 'Transpeninsular Train' would travel at 110 kms per hour and carry up to 400 passengers, and will travel through the Yucatan jungle. Some people love the idea, others are opposed. With change comes two sides to every story, and we have that story. Benefits of the New Transpeninsular Train in the Riviera Maya and...
Posted March 16, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes,Mexico Vacation Tips
Spending the holidays away from home is a wonderful way to introduce new traditions and holiday surprises for the entire family. This experience lets you immerse yourself whole heatedly in a new culture and try on new holiday traditions. Easter in Mexico is celebrated very differently from the North American Easter Bunny holiday. There are some super fun cultural traditions that both kids and adults will love! Semana Santa and Pascua in Mexico Easter in Mexico is the biggest high holiday of...
Posted March 13, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food,Riviera Maya Restaurants
Years ago Tulum was all about cheap eats and roadside food stalls. The famous Tulum Chicken was an excuse for divers to visit cenotes and explore more caverns to the south. Today, the food landscape of Tulum has changed dramatically, but the cheap eats are still a favorite of ours and worth checking out when in Tulum. Local Cheap Eats in Tulum Pollo Bronco - Pollo Bronco was our favorite chicken spot 20 years ago. In 2015, they still roast the best chicken in town. Located on the main highway...
Posted March 12, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Riviera Maya events
The Rotary Club Playa del Carmen Seaside is hosting their annual Seaside Rotary Golf Classic. This charity golf tournament at the Hard Rock Golf Club Riviera Maya in Playacar is this weekend on March 15. All tournament proceeds will support Seaside Rotary projects that benefit disadvantaged youth and families in Playa del Carmen. Sign up today and have fun on the green!
Posted March 11, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art
When I first stepped into the Governor's Palace in Merida, I was mesmerized by the 27 large paintings by local artist Fernando Castro Pacheco. Once I dove into his life history, I have to say I was smitten, and developed a small crush on this man who I sadly never had an opportunity to meet. Fernando Castro Pacheco left this earth on August 20, 2013 at the age of 95, and left behind a cultural and political legacy that cannot go unmentioned. Mexican Realism Artist Dedicated to Mexico's...
Posted March 9, 2015 by Kay Walten in Interview with a Local
I think that most of us know Gary, one of the founders of Loco Gringo. As a Riviera Maya resident he has lots of information to share, so much so he helped to build the website. This interview reflects Gary's personal take on the Riviera Maya, what he loves about it, and why he choices to live here. Interview with Gary Walten of Loco Gringo What, in your opinion, makes this part of Mexico unique and worth visiting? The beaches would have to be the top reason most people come here, but as I...
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