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Riviera Maya Beaches Found Covered in Snow! El Nino to Blame?

Posted April 1, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

April Fool's Day In Mexico

Visitors and locals alike woke up to snow covered beaches in the Mexican Caribbean today, with people blaming El Nino for this unheard of phenomenon. ¡Inocente para siempre! April Fools! April 1st is April Fool's Day and we gotcha ya! But we think you also gotcha on another little bit of info. Mexico does not celebrate this day of jokes and pranks on April 1, they celebrate December 28 on the Holy Day of the Innocent. And that is not joke! History of April Fool's Day In Mexico If...

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Legendary Lodgings in the Yucatan Peninsula – Haciendas

Posted March 30, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Destinations

Riviera Maya Haciendas

Moving through the Yucatan Peninsula seeing, feeling and tasting the history of the area is a precious vacation. Traveling into the depths of history, embracing the culture and deeply understanding the diverse history of the area could take a life time. Well we have learned how to shorten that learning by not only traveling through the area, but staying at legendary hotels and accommodations that deepen your understanding of Mexico. Haciendas are a large part of learning the good, bad and...

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Happy Easter from the Riviera Maya

Posted March 25, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

Easter in the Riviera Maya

If you are one of the lucky ones to celebrate Easter in the Riviera Maya, Feliz Semana Santa y Pascal. If you are celebrating elsewhere, at home, in Europe, with family and friends, Happy Easter, and hope your Easter celebrations are as fun as ours. What we love about Easter is the diversity of traditions found all over the world. Here in Mexico we make our Cascarones, hand painted eggs filled with confetti, drink fresh fruit waters and eat a lot of desserts. The Spanish introduced Bread...

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Taco Time – Mexican Tacos 101

Posted February 12, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture

History of the tortilla and taco

Mexican tacos are some of the best snacks around. Unlike the US TexMex taco created by Glenn Bell in California in the 40s, what we know today as Taco Bell, Mexican tacos are a snack to be savored not an evening meal or large lunch like many North Americans have experienced The history of the tortilla (the flat corn 'bread' that makes up the taco) and taco is not well documented. Professors of culinary history have pieced taco references together, but no one knows the actually origin of this...

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Something to Wine About – History of Mexican Wine

Posted January 22, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture

History of Mexican Wine

As Mexico becomes a more popular destination people are digging deeper and deeper into its culinary and beverage (okay alcohol) history. Mexican wine is not well known, but its history is as fascinating as mezcal, tequila and tortillas. Mexico was the first country in the Americas to grow grapes for wine making back in the mid 1500s. Los Padres (the Church) planted grape vines as fast as they built missions in northern Mexico. The first grape variety to be planted was the Mission grape, but...

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El Dia de los Tres Reyes – Mexican Gift Giving Day

Posted January 6, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

El Dia de los Tres Reyes - Mexican Gift Giving Day

Did you know that the local Mexican tradition of gift giving is not on Christmas? Local families have adopted some western Christmas traditions, like Santa Claus, but the real gift giving day is January 6, not December 24th or 25th. El Dia de los Tres Reyes is a fun fiesta where kids get their presents and the family breaks bread. Kings Bread or Rosca de Rey, is a traditional sweet yummy holiday egg bread that is covered in candied fruit. If you are in Playa del Carmen on Kings Day you can...

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Feliz Año – What Color Are Your Undies

Posted December 31, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

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There are many Mexican traditions for New Years Eve, and many have been shared here on the Local Scoop. One favorite tradition is to eat twelve grapes at midnight on 31st December, making a wish on each grape. But the most fun tradition is the yellow or red underwear tradition. Yes you read that correctly. If you wear yellow underwear you will have financial success in 2016. If you wear red underwear you will have more love in your life in 2016. And no you cannot wear both. But what you wear...

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Los Posadas – A Local Christmas Tradition Worth Adopting

Posted December 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

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Christmas in Mexico is fun. There is lots of music, great weather, a festival feel and a wonderful tradition that local families love. Los Posadas could be easily be explained as 9 days of traveling cocktail parties but there is a bid more to these festivities than just great food and drink. When we make the suggestion that this tradition is one worth adopting, not for the deep roots in religion but for the community involvement this traditions provides. The History behind Los...

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No One Celebrates the Day of the Dead Like Mexico

Posted October 30, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

No One Celebrates the Day of the Dead Like Mexico

But why? Why is this holiday such a festive time when families are honoring such a sad moment - the passing of a family member or friend? Read on to find out the historical and changing face of the Day of the Dead Original Day of the Dead Celebrations Well, looking at the history of the festival provides the answers we need. Day of the Dead, El Dia de los Muertos was originally celebrated in the 9th month of the Aztec calendar before Mexico was conquered by the Spanish. Pre Hispanic cultures...

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Loco Adventure – Sergio Castro and the Museum of Regional Clothing

Posted June 3, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations

Sergio Castro and the Museum of Regional Clothing

We had a good 5 days in San Cristobal and surrounding villages, but there was one highlight of our Loco Adventure that was unexpected, heartwarming and culturally rich. One reason we decided to venture as far as San Cristobal de Las Casas in Chiapas was to buy some new fabric for the house. Chiapas is known for their hand-woven textiles, with each village defined by their patterns and methods. Yeah, yeah, yeah I can buy some of the textiles on the coast, but why not use this as an excuse for a...

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