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UnPaint Table Series by Artist Enrique Diaz

Posted December 20, 2011 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Mexican Art,Mexican Culture

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Artist Enrique Diaz showed up at ZAMAS one day recently looking for work. Originally from Chiapas, he has done a lot of work in Tulum as well as an exhibit in New York City. The signature fish at ZAMAS, the walls of fish in the restaurant, the colorful road signs and small figure paintings throughout the rooms are all his. Still, being an artist these days is not easy. Photography by Bobby Klein A sign of the times, he needed to support his family through the holidays. He offered to do...

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Cristifer Art Classes in Playa del Carmen

Posted December 5, 2011 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities

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Cristiana Marinescu, Romanian artist, graphic designer and art therapist along with Fernando Gonzalez, Mexican painter and muralist have opened Cristi Fer Art Studio in Playa del Carmen, México.  What started as an artist couple's studio has become an opportunity for Riviera Maya visitors (painters, beginner and intermediate) to learn and enhance their skills. "I have being drawing for as long as I can remember. When I was three or four years old, my aunt would give me art projects to keep...

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Taste of Playa’s Sweet Success

Posted November 22, 2011 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Activities

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Last Sunday, Loco Gringo attended the Taste of Playa foodie festival showcasing the talented chefs and restaurants of the Riviera Maya.  A huge turn out of locals and tourists enjoyed samples of gastronomic goodies from local bakeries, cafes, fine dining establishments, taquerias and bars. Cuisines from around the globe were represented in bite sized pizzas, empanadas, seafood tostadas, coconut shrimp, baguette sandwiches, tartlets, martinis and even bubble beverages with fruity pearls that...

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Limin’

Posted November 2, 2011 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Mexican Culture

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The word is associated with sitting under a lime tree, or having nothing more demanding to do than squeezing limes.The rejuvenating powers of simply lying on a camastro or hammock nestled underneath a palapa while watching Caribbean Sea sail by is not to be underestimated. I have wasted no time in applying myself to that prescribed remedy. In fact I spend a great deal of my time simply ‘limin’ my life away at my choice of several Beach Clubs with abundant beauties in bikinis to keep me...

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Language School in Merida Offers Full Immersion Experience

Posted October 10, 2011 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities

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  Students enjoying class Spanish Center Merida opened in January, 2011, in a converted 2-story building that was originally a typical, modern Meridian town house. The remodel has allowed the school to retain much of the charm and intimacy of a family home. The bedrooms were converted into air-conditioned classrooms. The living room is now a cafeteria/lounge with wireless Internet and a computer-corner where students can use the school’s computers for homework, sending emails, or...

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A “Festival of Life and Death” at Xcaret

Posted September 30, 2011 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities

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2011 marks the sixth annual celebration of the “Festival of Life and Death” at Xcaret.  The park will be alive with  the pungent scent of burning copal, the rhythmic beat of drums, faces painted like skeletons, and orange and yellow marigolds scattered about, all to set the stage for the Day of the Dead remembrance that is observed yearly throughout Mexico. During this four day celebration, festivities will include concerts, plays, dances, art exhibitions and a variety of children's...

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ANNOUNCING THE CANCUN-RIVIERA MAYA WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

Posted September 13, 2011 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Guest Bloggers,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Destinations

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Cancun, Mexico - Food and wine lovers from all over can mark their calendars as the countdown to the First Annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival has begun. Bringing national and international affluent consumers to one of the most visited and picturesque destinations in the world, the inaugural event will take place March 15 - 18, 2012. Celebrating Star Chefs, Wines and Spirits of the Americas’ continent, Mexican Gastronomy, and special guest of honor, Ferran Adrià -- this...

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Where the Sky is Born: Living in the Land of the Maya

Posted September 1, 2011 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Mexican Culture

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Have You Ever Dreamed of Retiring on a Beach in Mexico? Imagine running away to the Mexican Caribbean and never coming back.   That dream became reality for author Jeanine Kitchel and her husband a decade after their first trip to the Yucatan Peninsula in 1985.  While vacationing, they met an adventurous contractor who offered to sell them a beachfront lot south of Cancun.  In 1996 they quit their city jobs to begin a new life in Puerto Morelos, a small fishing village on the Quintana...

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Destination: Rio Secreto

Posted August 20, 2011 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities

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Destination: Rio Secreto What: Nature theme park featuring an underground cave system with a river running through it. Visitors to this cave will see amazing rock formations, stalagmites, stalactites, cave creatures, an unbelievably pristine river and flooded cave. When: The park is open every day all year long. This tour is the perfect way to spend a rainy vacation day as it takes place underground away from the weather. Who: This tour is for anyone over the age of 6. Rio Secreto...

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10 Signature Dishes of Mexico

Posted August 8, 2011 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Guest Bloggers,Mexican Culture

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Take a holiday to Mexico and you'll have the chance to tuck into a wide range of tasty cuisine that draws on a number of influences. Indeed, the food that you sample in the Latin American country today not only has Mayan and Aztec elements to it but has also been influenced by the Spanish and French settlers who arrived during colonial times. Some people don’t like trying any of the local food during their holiday, especially if it’s an all inclusive holiday, but whatever your palette,...

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