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...

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Loco Adventure – Sergio Castro and the Museum of Regional Clothing

Posted June 3, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations

Sergio Castro and the Museum of Regional Clothing

We had a good 5 days in San Cristobal and surrounding villages, but there was one highlight of our Loco Adventure that was unexpected, heartwarming and culturally rich. One reason we decided to venture as far as San Cristobal de Las Casas in Chiapas was to buy some new fabric for the house. Chiapas is known for their hand-woven textiles, with each village defined by their patterns and methods. Yeah, yeah, yeah I can buy some of the textiles on the coast, but why not use this as an excuse for a...

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Loco Adventure – Bacalar to Calakmul to Palenque

Posted June 1, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mayan Ruins,Mexico Destinations

loco-adventure-bacalar-palenque

We were inspired a few weeks ago to hop in the car and hit the road. It was time to revisit a local area that we had not ventured to in a long, long, time. We chose Palenque and San Cristobal de Las Casas in Chiapas for a few reasons. I was itching for some new textiles for the house, some great mountain air, and trip down memory lane. The last time we headed south was in 2006. I hate to think that was 8 years ago, but we all know that time flies when you are having fun!. Getting to Palenque...

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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Infographic

Posted May 29, 2015 by Steve Moen in Watersports

Riviera Maya Vacation guide to Scuba Diving, cenote diving and Ocean Diving

Have you always wondered what differentiates snorkeling from diving. Have you dreamed of switching your snorkeling for your open water certification. Have you wondered what it would be like to try scuba diving when in the Riviera Maya. Well, this infographic designed by Jennifer Forbes is a great way to figure out which Caribbean water activity is best for you! Snorkeling vs Diving in the Riviera Maya Big shout out to by Jennifer Forbes for creating this amazing infographic Check...

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Real People, Real Experiences in the Riviera Maya

Posted May 27, 2015 by Steve Moen in Riviera Maya Services,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

Loco Gringo Staff

Someone asked us the other day why we thought Loco Gringo has weathered the storm of online vacation booking. With large corporate vacation rental websites taking over the travel industry, this Akumal visitor was curious how a midsized agency like Loco Gringo could continue to compete with the Big Guys (those were their exact words). Real People Plan Your Vacation In the world of automatic responses and fast results, it seems odd that a real person on the other end of the phone can make a...

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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...

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Local Profile – Laura Raikes Coco’s Cat Rescue

Posted May 22, 2015 by Kay Walten in Community Organizations,Interview with a Local

Laura Raikes - Cocos Cat Rescue

This Local Profile is a little bit different from our others. Laura Raikes has been living in Playa del Carmen for almost a decade with a very clear mission - to support local animal welfare through free spay and neuter services of feral cats and adoptions. She has worked for years supporting the ongoing care and adoption of both cats and dogs in a selfless act that is awe-inspiring. What, in your opinion, makes this part of Mexico unique and worth visiting? The amazing culture, music and...

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Should I Visit Yucatan Colonial Cities or Beaches in the Riviera Maya

Posted May 20, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations,Yucatan Activities

Riviera Maya . Yucatan Peninsula map

We think this one of the top questions we receive in our email. "Should we visit Riviera Maya beaches or the Colonial cities in the Yucatan." Our first response is, this does not have to be an 'or' question. Colonial cities are close to the beaches of the Riviera Maya so think about visiting both!. Experience Colonial Cities and Beautiful Beaches on your Riviera Maya Vacation The Riviera Maya is located along the Caribbean coast of Mexico, from Puerto Morelos to Tulum. If you want to...

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Local Interview with the owner of Carboncito’s Restaurant – Steve Krisztin

Posted May 18, 2015 by Steve Moen in Food & Drink,Interview with a Local,Riviera Maya Restaurants

Caroncitos Restaurant, Plays del Carmen, Mexico

Steve is a long time Playa del Carmen local. Originally from New York, Steve is the owner of Carboncito's Restaurant located on 4th Street between 5th Avenue and 10th as well as the small hotel El Cielo. With a background in construction, it is no surprise that Carboncito's Restaurant is a beautiful place to hang out. Interesting architectural accents make your meal, or happy hour, that much better. Alejandra his wife manages the restaurant and does a bang up job all day long. Carboncito's...

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How To Make The Best Tacos Ever!

Posted May 15, 2015 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Secret Ingredient That Makes the Best Tacos Ever

Well I have been trying to perfect my taco recipe and just stumbled upon a secret that put my tacos over the top. I have tested out the recipe and consensus is...this is the best taco recipe ever. What I love about this creation is that it is simple, flexible and takes little time or effort Secret Ingredient That Makes the Best Tacos Ever Let me just state first, I don't think I have ever had a bad taco. No matter where I travel in Mexico, the tacos are exceptional. I have eaten tacos on the...

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