Lost world to pop world

Posted November 6, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

mayanrapper

Those who think of the Maya as part of the ancient history of the Yucatan Peninsula, should hear Jesús Pat Chablé, or as he prefers to call himself Pat Boy.  This 22-year-old rapper is influencing the Mexican hip-hop scene by writing and raping his songs exclusively in the Mayan language. With 3 albums released and a strong base of fans, Pat Boy is on a mission to resuscitate the indigenous language and bring Mayan culture to a wider audience. Around 750,000 people in Mexico now speak...

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Day of the Dead Food: Bread of the Dead

Posted October 30, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler

bread of the dead with sugar a traditional food for day of the dead in Mexico

In the days and weeks leading up to the Day of the Dead, in the markets and bakeries across Mexico you will see "Bread of the Dead" being sold.  It's a Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead. It is custom to shape a round loaf of bread with rolled strips of dough layered on top that resemble the bones of the dead. A glaze of melted butter and orange zest is then brushed on top, followed by a generous sprinkling of sugar. The bread is typically flavored with anise seed. The...

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Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls – Mexican Folk Art Tradition

Posted October 20, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events

sugar skulls mexican folk art for day of the dead

One of my favorite Mexican Holidays is approaching fast. I feel like a kid at Christmas, but really I am an expat looking forward to Day of the Dead. Last year I was invited to the inaugural ceremony of Xcaret's four-day celebration of El Dia de Muertos. That was a spectacular event that had me running around the park taking in so many musical, dance and day of the dead activities! Kids were lined up for face painting, I saw some incredible altars and the cemetery was truly the highlight of the...

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History of Yucatan Haciendas -A Bittersweet Story

Posted October 13, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations

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Yucatan Haciendas have a similar history to the Plantations in the southern United States. Land owners accumulated large pieces of land in rural communities to grow one crop. In the US it was cotton, in the Yucatan it was Sisal, or Henequen. The Hacienda story is bittersweet. The production of henequen, agave plant fibre, was used to make industrial strength rope. This one crop creating agriculture and manufacturing opportunities in rural Yucatan. The rope was exported and  created an...

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Xtabentun: nectar of the Mayan Gods

Posted August 22, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Vacation tips

xtabentun Mayan liquor made in Yucatan Mexico

Mayan libations may make you horny According to Mayan legend, there was once a woman called Xkeban, who lived a life filled with passionate love. It is said that when she died, the vines that sprouted from her grave produced a tiny aromatic flower and that the nectar of this flower was as intoxicating as her love life. An aphrodisiac perhaps? The Xtabentun (pronounced: shtah ben toon) flower grows only in the Yucatan, and from the fermented honey of this local flower is produced a...

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Restaurant review: El Meson de Marques in Valladolid

Posted August 11, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations,Yucatan Activities

tapas at Posada Margherita, Tulum Beach Mexico

Traditional Mexican Cuisine in Valladolid We recently had the opportunity to stop in Valladolid for an early dinner after a day at the ruins at Chichen Itza with amigos from Brazil who were scouting for a film shoot.  Needless to say they loved the ruins of Chichen Itza. One of our favorite places to eat is El Meson de Marques in Valladolid.  We arrived around 5:30 pm and the there were a few people there, but by 7:00pm the place was packed with locals and visitors!  Why, because here...

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A local favorite you must try: ceviche!

Posted August 4, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes,Vacation tips

yucatan mexico ceviche recipe

Ceviche a seafood medley marinated in lime juice Ceviche that has become one of the world's favorite ways of enjoying fresh seafood. Ceviche is just one of the reasons UNESCO has honored Mexico for its cuisine. You can make it at home easily with this recipe from Los Dos. In classic Maya cities, fish was a luxury reserved for the upper crust... Even then, it was salted, dried, smoked or pre-cooked. The Incas, too, preserved their fish by salt curing, and they even developed methods for...

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Local Talent Takes the Stage in Playa del Carmen

Posted June 24, 2014 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events

Explayarte Music, Dance and Theatre in Playa del Carmen

Tomorrow see local musicians from Explayarte Playa del Carmen's School for music, dance and theatre take the stage at Wah Wah Beach Club on June 25 at 4 pm.  Wah Wah is located at Calle 2 and the beach. Explayarte Playa del Carmen, the first music school started in 2003 with a mission: to encourage and strengthen the use of art in any of its disciplines as a tool for personal and social development.  Since its inception, hundreds of children, youth and adults have developed as...

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – The Zocalo

Posted March 14, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

colonial cities in Yucatan

No matter which colonial Mexico town you are in, there is a zocalo. The zocalo is the town's center, usually a park, where the locals gather usually at mid-day and evenings. This is where town events usually occur and where street vendors sell their goods. The zocalo is the heart of any town in the Yucatan. Find out in which Yucatan city this zocalo is located.

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – Easter customs in Mexico

Posted March 12, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Yucatan Activities

Customs in Yucatan, Mexico

The mindful traveler learns about a country's culture. Mexico celebrates Pascua de Resurrección, or Easter in English, with great passion. This photo was taken in Izamal, Yucatán and is of the Mexican custom Vía Crucis (Way of the Cross), a street procession of actors portraying Roman soldiers and Christ bearing a cross. This custom is practiced in many Yucatecan cities. Discover historical cities of the Yucatan.

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