5 Authentic Ceviches You Can Make at Home

Posted June 12, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes


Oh ceviche, the one food that we feel is synonymous with the beaches of the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya. The Riviera Maya experience is felt in its entirety once you dig into the glorious dish. Basic Ingredients for Ceviche If you are not familiar with ceviche, this is a fresh fish and seafood local delicacy that is marinated in lime juice. The acidity of the lime 'cooks' the ingredients which changes the texture of the fish and seafood. Unlike other South American ceviches, where ceviche is...

Happy Chocolate Ice cream Day – Chocolate Habanero Ice Cream Recipe

Posted June 5, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

Chocolate Habanero Ice Cream

Well it is Chocolate Ice Cream Day today, June 5, and we are ready to celebrate it the Mexican way! A favorite local ice cream in the Riviera Maya is Chocolate Habanero Ice Cream. Thanks to Jen at Turtle Bakery and Cafe in Akumal, we are addicted. Today is just another great excuse to savor our favorite Mexican Ice Cream Flavor! Recipe for Chocolate Habanero Ice Cream I have found myself craving this amazing ice cream flavor when I am away from the coast. In dire need of a chocolate fix, I...

Authentic Guacamole Recipe – A Local Mexican Food Staple

Posted May 25, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

Authentic Guacamole Recipe

Did you know that the indigenous name for guacamole is "ahuaca-mulli." Translated it means 'avocado-mixture or avocado-sauce.' This is just the beginning of guacamoles long history in Mexico that makes this yummy snack historical, cultural and nutritious. Guacamole Is Just Avocados, Right? Wrong. A true guacamole combines avocados, chilies, tomatoes, onions and cilantro in one dish. Lime was added later on as part of a guacamole recipe solely to preserve the color of the avocado. Historically...

Pumpkin Seed Salsa Recipe – Local Mayan Culinary Staple

Posted May 11, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

Pumpkin Seed Salsa Recipe Sikil P'ak , Mayan Culinary Staple

On a recent trip to Mahahual in the Costa Maya, I had a lovely conversation with one of the waiters about Pumpkin Seed Salsa. I had ordered the Mayan Breakfast and had a great history lesson as a side. The Mayan Breakfast at Forty Cannons consisted of the following; Chaya and pineapple juice, Scrambled eggs with pumpkin salsa, homemade tortillas, and refried beans. I have to say it was one of the best breakfasts I have had in a long time. What caught my eye was the pumpkin salsa, on the...

Cinco de Mayo Recipe – Muy Wow Quesadilla Recipe

Posted May 4, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes

Cinco de Mayo Recipe - Muy Wow Quesadilla Recipe

Did you know that Cinco de Mayo celebrations are a US excuse to have a Mexican feast?  with the exception of the city of Puebla, Mexico does not celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Yup it is true. Defeating the French rule in the city of Puebla is not on the National Mexican holiday schedule so this holiday remains a US tradition. Despite Cinco do Mayo being only a US tradition, we think celebrating Mexican Food abroad on the 5th of May is a really, really good idea! There are so many Mexican culinary...

Ideas for your Easter Vacation in Mexico

Posted March 16, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes,Mexico Vacation Tips

Easter in Mexico

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...

Awesome Mexican Recipes from the Riviera Maya

Posted February 18, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes


I have just come back from a glorious cooking class at The Little Mexican Cooking School (review to come later) and decided to share some interesting Mexican recipes that may not be typical recipes that we normally share. The deeper I travel into the culinary history of Mexico the more intrigued and amazed I get. Here are some authentic Mexican Recipes that I wanted to share, cause I can! Atole Mayan Drink Recipe Atole plays a large part in winter Mayan ceremonies especially around the Day of...

Traditional Rosca de Reyes Recipe – Kings Day In Mexico

Posted January 5, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexican Recipes

Tres Reyes Cake

January 6 is Kings Day (El Dia de los Reyes) in Mexico, a long-standing tradition that is deeply rooted in Mexican history. Based on the story of the three wise men, this holiday is when local children open their presents (not Christmas Day) and the Rosca de Reyes sweet bread with hot chocolate is served. The Rosca has a dual purpose. Besides being a glorious buttery flavored sweet bread, inside the bread lies a hidden Baby Jesus. Each slice of the sweet bread is served at dinner with each...

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...

Chocolate ice cream, Mexican style

Posted November 21, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes,Mexico Destinations


Our good friend Chef David Sterling who lives in Merida has been kind to us over the years by sharing his recipes.  This one is for Mexican style chocolate ice cream.  David has a new book out Yucatan - Recipes From A Culinary Expedition. Buy it online and save over 30% off the cover price. Recipe * 2 cups (500ml) Mexican crema (Substitute: heavy cream) * 2 cups (500ml) milk * 1 cup (200g) sugar * 1/8 tsp. (.625ml) salt * 1/4 tsp. (1.25ml) vanilla * 1/8 tsp. (.625ml) canela (also...

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