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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Open for last minute holiday plans... Villa Moon Star is open until December 26, on special $1000 per night with a minimum of 5 nights. Stylin' on Soliman Bay near Tulum. Casa Playa del Caribe available on the beach, December 20 to 27 spend the holiday on the beach in South Akumal Casa de los Suenos available December 20 to 27, have an awesome sunrise view Christmas morning! Casa Romero, available December 20 to 27. Snorkel steps from your door! Blue Tang Townhouse...
One of my favorite Mexican Holidays is approaching fast. I feel like a kid at Christmas, but really I am an expat looking forward to Day of the Dead. Last year I was invited to the inaugural ceremony of Xcaret's four-day celebration of El Dia de Muertos. That was a spectacular event that had me running around the park taking in so many musical, dance and day of the dead activities! Kids were lined up for face painting, I saw some incredible altars and the cemetery was truly the highlight of the...
Rotary Seaside Golf Classic presented by Tequila Barrel, at the Grand Coral Golf Club. Beginning at 8:00am on November 1. This is the Rotary Club of Playa del Carmen second annual charity golf tournament. T tournament will be a non-handicap scramble with a luncheon and Gala Prize ceremony following. Proceeds from the event will benefit Seaside Rotary’s ongoing programs and initiatives in the Playa del Carmen community. Since receiving its charter in September 2012, Seaside Rotary...
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--Lesley P., Texas
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