Posted October 31, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes
It seems Day of the Dead is going mainstream. I just saw Sugar Skull cakes, Marigold martinis, Apple Habanero Margaritas (?), Skull cookies and Catrina costumes all over the internet when you search Day of the Dead. None of these commercial recipes or DIY cakes and cookies, cocktails and margaritas have anything to do with Day of Dead. Nothing. Sorry, I hate to burst your bubble, but sadly they are not. Thankfully when this important holiday is observed in Mexico, you will witness the true...
Posted October 10, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes
If you decided to celebrate the Canadian Thanksgiving in Mexico, good move. If your Riviera Maya holiday is later this year or in early 2017, why not spice things up a bit and add some easy but delicious Mexican flavors to your Turkey dinner. I have three favorite Mexican recipes to share. They are easy, Mexican ingredients can be bought in Canada as well foods from the Canadian harvest. I like to call this Can-Mex knowing there is an emphasis on the MEX-ico! Poblano Pepper Soup for Your...
Posted September 30, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes,Riviera Maya Restaurants
I love pesto and have only had the traditional Italian Basil Pesto on homemade pasta. The other day I was invited up to Puerto Morelos for dinner to check out a new restaurant on the beach called Bianco. There were so many things on the menu, but the fresh Cilantro pesto was what I was having for dinner! I loved my meal so much I decided to recreate a similar experience for some friends at home. After that great dinner at Bianco, I feel my first cilantro pesto was a success. My meal at...
Posted July 15, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes
Well we have Hernán Cortés to blame for flan, as he was the one that brought this Roman dessert to the New World in the early 16th century. We also have the Yucatecans to blame for their ingenious embellishment of the original recipe, adding chocolate, coconut, or coffee to the mix. The history of flan dates back to the Roman Empire when they discovered their domestication of chickens brought on a whole new problem, an over abundance of eggs. Quickly, new recipes were formulated to use...
Posted July 1, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes
There is nothing better than an evening summer BBQ to spice things up. We have some favorite Mexican recipes that are always a hit with friends and family. Why not share some of your local food experiences and make that vacation pay off! Mexican Inspired BBQ Sauce - Local Food Hack This is one of our favorite Mexican food hacks, a BBQ sauce for ribs, chicken or pork chops that have a bit of Mexicana spice! It is easy and you can mix whichever salsa you brought back from the Riviera Maya...
Posted May 2, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes
Okay everyone start dancing...oops sorry wrong salsa. The month of May celebrates salsas you eat, not salsas you dance. With Cinco de Mayo just days away, you can start preparing your Mexican salsas for your parties! What is a Salsa Anyway? Salsa is a sauce that can play double duty, both as a dipping sauce and a condiment. Typically a Mexican salsa is a bit spicy, if not a lot spicy, but there are toned down versions that take out the spice which can be enjoyed by the light at...
Posted February 22, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes
Did you know that Margarita Day is February 22? Did you know that bars throughout the US celebrate Margarita Day with special pricing and unique recipes? Well, there is a Facebook page for National Margarita Day and an entire website dedicated to National Margarita Day! Who would have thunk? We started cruising through the recipes and I have to say, there are likely 365 recipes for every day of the year! Wowza! Now that is true awesomeness. The first recipe we want to try is the...
Posted January 31, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes
To think that cacao was used a currency by the Maya before they used it for their famous Mayan hot chocolate. Yup, that's right, cacoa beans were traded like money in the pre-classic days and valued more than jade, copper and black obsidian. Thankfully someone came up with the great, great idea that cacao (cocoa is the English term) should be ground and made into a delicious drink of the gods, an idea that remains with mere mortals today. National Hot Chocolate Day is a Day to Celebrate No...
Posted January 15, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes
Each culture has a culinary chile and hot spice. United States has Tabasco, Mexico has the habanero. Eastern countries have various chilis, hot sauces and ground spices that add a bit of zest to their cuisine. This International Hot and Spicy Day will feature the habanero, the spiciest and hottest chili in Mexico. The Chili 'Hot and Spicy' Scale created by Wilbur Scoville is the only chili hotness rating system. Scoville, an American pharmacist, created the scale in 1912. He rated the...
Posted December 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Recipes
You may think that Sangria was developed by the Spanish but oddly enough the Romans have a big hand in this delicious cocktail. Look way, way back to 200 BC. The Romans were the first to plant red grapes in Spain during their invasion in 200BC. The Spanish started to create alcoholic beverages from the red grapes and called the drinks 'Sangria', meaning blood in English, as the grapes were planted by a country that conquered the Spanish and resulted in a very bloody war. Brandy was added to...
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