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Happy New Year, eat 12 grapes!

Posted December 31, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

12-grapes

Did you know? A Mexico tradition is to eat of twelve grapes fast along with the twelve chimes of the clock at midnight, to bring luck for each of the months of the upcoming year! We hope to see you on the beach in the Riviera Maya in 2015!

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Felicidades from Loco Gringo

Posted December 24, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations

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Noche Buena: One of the biggest feasts of the holidays Christmas Eve in Mexico is referred to as Noche Buena "Good Night", and is one of the biggest family celebrations of the Christmas season.  Last night church service "Mass of the Rooster" as it was said by the Spaniards that a rooster announced the birth of Jesus.  After church there's a huge family celebration dinner.  Suckling pig is traditional but has been replaced with ham and turkey by many.  The kids stay up and play most of the...

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Recipe: Traditional Christmas Punch

Posted December 22, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes

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Mexican Christmas "Ponche" Ponche is a traditional drink made at Christmas in Mexico. This recipe which we love is from of one of our favorite cookbooks "Mexico -  The Cookbook" by Margarita Carrillo Arronte. Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time:  40 minutes Serves: 6 6 tejocotes or yellow plums 4 guavas, halved 2 apples, cored and cut into wedges 3 tamarind fruits, seeded 2 pieces of sugar cane, peeled, split into quarters and diced 1 cu. or 150 grams of...

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Watch for Riviera Maya and Yucatan runners… slow down

Posted December 3, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

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The celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe begins! Starting December 3 running teams from all over the Yucatan take the roads and highways as they begin their run in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe.  The runners take turns running, it is not uncommon to see runners carrying torches and decorated trucks loaded up with the team awaiting their turn.   Please use extra caution as you drive the roads and highways where the runners are, or if traffic is slow, it could be a sign of runners...

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Mexico Heart and Soul: The Photographs of Jayne A. Halle

Posted November 18, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events

Mexico Heart and Soul: The Photographs of Jayne A. Halle

On November 22, come enjoy an evening with Jayne Halle and view her incredible photographs of her travels throughout Mexico: “The Faces of Mexico Caught in the Camera’s Lens.” WHEN:  Saturday, November 22, 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. WHERE: Gallery at the Puerto Aventuras Information Center (on the main entrance road) Admission is free but , wine tasting will be available for a nominal charge.  

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Lost world to pop world

Posted November 6, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

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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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