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Traditional Day of the Dead Recipe and Foods

Posted October 31, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes

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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...

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I Want a Pair of Mariachi Pants!

Posted October 28, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture

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So I was sitting down the other day on 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen with a group of friends and a mariachi band came by. Yes we agreed to have them play a few songs. But for a different reason than you think. I love mariachi pants. Truly I want a pair. And not just any old style of mariachi pants, but the black ones with the silver buttons up the side of the leg. Those are the ones I want! My Fascination for Mariachi Pants Has Led Me to the Entire History of Mariachi Outfits I...

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10 Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in the Riviera Maya

Posted October 26, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants

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Finding restaurants in the Riviera Maya that serve vegetarian options is easy. Finding restaurants that only serve vegetarian and vegan meals not as easy. We have a list of 10 vegetarian and vegan restaurants for meat-free eaters who want pure, clean vegetarian food. Included in this list are restaurants or small cafes that cook authentic Mexican flavors using vegan ingredients. We have waited for this day for a long time as vegetarian and vegans had to skip Mexican flavors. Today there are...

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Lia Evans — An Island Girl, Cavern Diver and Foodie, Who Is In Love with Tulum.

Posted October 25, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts,Watersports

Lia Evans of Tulum, Mexico

My guest on today’s podcast, Lia Evans, has a passport full of stamps, is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves her new home of Tulum. Lia and her husband managed a diving resort in Belize, shortly before arriving in the Riviera Maya in 2015. They found Belize to be expensive, so they decided to travel around a bit. Playa del Carmen wasn’t exactly what they were looking for, so they made their way to Tulum. Lia says, “It immediately felt like home.” So, they rented a cheap room in the...

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Day of the Dead Events in the Riviera Maya

Posted October 24, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities

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Day of the Dead, Hanal Pixan, El Dia de los Muertos. These are the international, Mayan, and Spanish names for this amazing festival that is at the heart of Mexican culture. This holiday is celebrated in the Riviera Maya but local events are not announced until the day before or the day of. What is a guarantee for this celebration is Xcaret's Festival of Life and Death, an evening event explains the history, cultural aspects and celebrations of this national festival day. The event runs for...

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Local Microbreweries and Distilleries in the Riviera Maya

Posted October 21, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

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I think we all know 'The Most Interesting Man in the World' created by Dos Equis beer. And know the all so famous Corona (Corona por favor) that is now a main stream beer found throughout the United States and Canada. These famous beers are now at local beach bars with microbrews. Local microbreweries are popping up throughout the Riviera Maya. Microbreweries are not only making interesting beers, but they are also supporting the 'buy local' mindset. How Microbreweries Entered the Mexican...

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Beautiful Things You Need to See in the Riviera Maya! #speechless

Posted October 19, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos

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A photo is worth a thousand words right? Take a look at these beautiful photos taken in the Riviera Maya. As beautiful as they are, seeing each of these places in person is far better! Once you experience these places and beautiful things in real life, in the Riviera Maya, you just might end up speechless! Our Instagram feed highlights all the beautiful things we see in the Riviera Maya. See how the locals live in this paradise we call home. Beautiful Things and Places in the Riviera...

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Laura and Perry McFarlin — Discovering the Yucatan with Friends

Posted October 18, 2016 by Kay Walten in Podcasts

Laura and Perry McFarlin

My longtime friends, Laura and Perry, are calling in from Iowa to join me as my guests on today’s podcast. They are the couple responsible for Cancun Map and MapChick maps, and travel guides of the Yucatan Peninsula. Perry shares the amusing story of how a waiter friend had won an obstacle course contest for a free trip to a little-known place called Cancun, Mexico. When he returned from the trip he told Laura and Perry, they must visit. This was in the 80’s when hotels were so far apart...

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The Perfect Mexican Detour – Ek Balam Mayan Ruins

Posted October 17, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mayan Ruins

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Chichen Itza, Coba and the Archaeological site of Tulum are the most popular Mayan ruins in the area. Why not take a detour and head to a less popular archeological site that is off the beaten the track. Why visit Ek Balam? Ek Balam is closer to the Riviera Maya than Chichen Itza. Your travels take you through some interesting villages and can be combined with a visit to Valladolid, a small colonial city filled with local history and great restaurants. This Mayan ruin is different from...

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Wandering Before Sunrise in the Riviera Maya #lifedoesnotsuck

Posted October 14, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos

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They say the early bird catches the worm. But in the Riviera Maya the early bird catches a beautiful sunrise. No one really wants to get up at 6 AM on their vacation but when this is your view at 6: 00 am, that early morning coffee is looking better and better! No matter where you stay in the Riviera Maya - Playa del Carmen, Akumal, Tulum, Puerto Morelos, Playa Secreto, you can see these spectacular sunrises over the Caribbean Sea every morning. Riviera Maya Sunrise Photos...

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