Posted March 6, 2012 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Activities
The Little Mexican Cooking School in Puerto Morelos proudly presents visiting chef Jeff Martinez. Chef Martinez has spent the last three years as Chef de Cuisine at the critically acclaimed restaurant Fonda San Miguel in Austin, Texas. With 21 years of experience in the industry, Chef Martinez brings with him a great knowledge of and a deep passion for Mexican food which he is about to share with all of us here on the coast. He is teaching classes at The Little Mexican Cooking School in Puerto...
Posted February 28, 2012 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Riviera Maya Activities
When people speak about December 21, 2012 as a potentially world changing event, one of the most common explanations is that it has to do with something "cosmic" beyond our control or understanding, such as the alignment of planets and stars. In fact, the Mayan Calendar, which is at the root of much of the debate and discussion about 2012 is all about alignment of planets, stars, and their impact on the world. Living in the heart of the Mayan Lands, near Tulum Mexico, we see people traveling...
Posted February 13, 2012 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities
Come enjoy a full week of music, art, lectures, sports, games, performances and much more all benefiting Akumal's local wildlife and ecology! Festivities will kick off with a silent auction Wednesday, February 22, at the CEA Center. Bidding begins at 10AM and will close at 6:30PM. The auction will be followed by live music and cocktails from 5PM-7PM. Auction winners will be announced at 7PM. This one-day event will be the only time to participate in the silent auction, so get there...
Posted January 25, 2012 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture
"Xtabentum: A Novel of Yucatan" is a story of two young women set in the years following the Mexican Revolution in Merida, Yucatan, one of the wealthiest cities in the world at the time. Amanda Diaz is from the "divine caste," a small group of families of European descent who dominate the politics and economy of the region. Amanda's lifelong friend, Carmen, is from the opposite end of the social spectrum, a Mayan Indian who is the daughter of one of the Diaz family servants. Against...
Posted January 20, 2012 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities
First introduced to Mexico by missionaries in Baja California, Mexican wine has had a slow, difficult start. Over the past decade however, Mexican wine makers have combined their efforts to change the world's negative perception of wines from their homeland and are now producing fine wines with an emphasis on quality and consistency. Courtesy of Adobe Guadalupe "In recent years the wine industry in Mexico has experienced something of a boom. Of the wine purchased within Mexico, three...
Posted January 16, 2012 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Activities
Ever wondered if you could actually use your camera more effectively? Ever wondered what all those other buttons are for? Did you never get time to read the book or view the CD that came with the camera? Well in his one day course, Take Better Photos, professional photographer Michael Maurus will explain all, easily and effectively. Award-winning photographer Michael Maurus Michael is presenting classes at 9am on Mondays and Saturdays beginning January 16, 2012, at Casa Caribe,...
Posted December 31, 2011 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture
Svetlana Aleksandroff's "Plants in the Mayan Culture: Traditional Remedies, Food & Art" is a beautiful documentation of the Maya culture and its relationship with the Yucatan Peninsula's flora. Her book explores the Maya's medicinal, culinary, artistic and spiritual uses of native plants. This visually captivating work celebrates the Maya culture, ancient and present day, with vibrant photography by both Svetlana and Vasily Aleksandroff. The book includes dozens of culinary and medicinal...
Posted December 20, 2011 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Mexican Art,Mexican Culture
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...
Posted December 5, 2011 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities
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...
Posted November 22, 2011 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Activities
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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"We have been Booking our Riviera Maya vacations from Loco Gringo since 2005. Always Great communication, helpful tips and quick responses to our questions. They were especially helpful when Hurricane Wilma hit and put a stop to our Vacation plans. They made sure we knew about the weather situation and did all the work with re-booking our vacation in Paradise!"
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--Bryan in IN,
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"You always recommend amazing accommodations and we are always comfortable and feel safe. Your staff does a fantastic job at making our vacation each year a ” hassle free ” experience ! All we have to do is ” show up ” and the rest is already taken care of. We will continue in future to use LocoGringo and also continue as we have done already, to highly recommend your company to anyone we know that is planning a vacation."
--Nancy & Bill, Toronto, Canada
"A company made up mostly of American Expats living in the Riviera Maya with a booking list of many hundreds of properties. Big enough to know each property intimately and small enough to know each customer personally. A level of service simply impossible for the giant companies to provide.
--Jim T., Colorado
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