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Fall Specials in the Riviera Maya

There is this wonderful time between the Canadian Thanksgiving and American Thanksgiving (second Sunday in October to the third week of November) where kids are so busy with school, they don't even notice that their parents are around. Whether your kids are in university, or in K to 12, this time of year is all about school. There are no holidays, teachers are handing out lots of homework...so why not take advantage of this parenting lull and run off on vacation, just the two of you. Not...

Start a New Travel Tradition this Holiday Season

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Canadian Thanksgiving, Day of the Dead, Halloween, American Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are just a few weeks away. (panic) If the time crunch to the holidays is becoming more overwhelming each year, why not start a new travel tradition that coincides with your holiday traditions. How to Successfully Change your Holiday Traditions into Travel Traditions We know that making that shift from holiday traditions at home to holiday traditions abroad are easy, but newbies to the concept is...

New Carry-on Baggage Rules – Check your suitcase before you go

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Recently airlines publicized strict dimensions for carry-on baggage. This comes on the tail of new baggage fees and weight regulations. Most of us check our carry on sizes pretty diligently thinking that if we were an inch over, no one was going to check. Eyeballing carry on was acceptable, and the norm. But new regulations are in effect and eyeballing just isn't good enough anymore. New Carry On Measurements 21 x 14 x 8 inches For our European and Canadian friends measurements are 55 x 35 x...

Little Mexican Cooking School Puerto Morelos – More than Just Food

Little Mexican Cooking School Puerto Morelos

I first met Catriona Brown, the owner of the Little Mexican Cooking School, during her first trip to the Riviera Maya over 10 years ago. She is a smart, creative, Renaissance woman who surprises me at every turn. For years I have been saying that I would come by and participate in one of her cooking classes. 'Anytime, Kay' is the response I would get but I failed to book the time year after year. At the end of 2014 I made the call and committed myself and a girlfriend to a class just before...

El Dia de Candelaria – Candle Mass

El Dia de Candelaria – Candle Mass

If you enjoyed your Rosca de Reyes on January 6 perhaps you were the lucky one to be awarded the task of cooking for El Dia de Candelaria. Candle Mass on February 2 is a mash up of a few religious and indigenous holidays that make this Mexican Holiday interesting. The multicultural lesson mixed with a historical overview of Mexico is fascinating. The tamale dinner served on February 2 is not too shabby either. February 2 - a Global Holiday with lots of cultural nuances So here is the gig....

Traditional Rosca de Reyes Recipe – Kings Day In Mexico

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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...

Felicidades from Loco Gringo

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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...

Recipe: Traditional Christmas Punch

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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...

Local Restaurant Makes Your Holiday Stress-free

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For people spending Christmas week in the Akumal area of the Riviera Maya, restaurant Turtle Bay wants you to enjoy the beach while you are here for the Christmas holidays.  Turtle Bay is offering take out breakfast and dinner on December 24 with pick up late afternoon.  So you can get your Christmas Eve dinner or breakfast for Christmas morning. Click here for Turtle Bay Christmas Order Form, then print from the screen or FILE>SAVE AS> then print it from your hard drive Complete...

Take advantage of a last minute vacation cancellation

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Villa Turquesa in South Akumal just became available! Unfortunately the family that was who planned on staying in this ocean front villa, Villa Turquesa, had to cancel :-(  so it is open for December 20 - 27 :-) Instead of thinking about the snow, cold, putting up the Christmas tree you can have turquoise blue waters, white sandy beaches and a pool! Make the holiday special with these complimentary features Complimentary arrival night dinner (Mom will love this) Complimentary...

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