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Where Playa del Carmen Locals Eat

Posted January 25, 2017 by Kay Walten in Food,Riviera Maya Restaurants

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  With over 900 restaurants in Playa del Carmen, it is can be hard to decide where to eat. Though we don’t live in Playa del Carmen, our home base in the Riviera Maya is Akumal, we do regularly go to Playa to enjoy some favorite restaurants, restaurants that we feel are worthy of the 30 minute drive. So why do locals love these particular restaurants? In many cases it is the price, great food for a good price. Ambiance, location, service are some of our other considerations. We...

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Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant Options For Your Christmas in the Riviera Maya

Posted December 23, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food,Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Restaurants

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I have to say, vegan and vegetarian choices have multiplied exponentially in the last few years. A friend of mine moved here in 2000 and was looking for vegan basics like Almond Milk, Soya Milk, Tofu, and gluten free bread. At that time, there was nothing. A few restaurants offered vegetarian meals, Babe's Noodle Bar and Restaurant and 100% natural in Playa de Carmen being two of three restaurants that served vegetarian, but not vegan. In most cases cheese was added to all meals so a vegan was...

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10 Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in the Riviera Maya

Posted October 26, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants

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Finding restaurants in the Riviera Maya that serve vegetarian options is easy. Finding restaurants that only serve vegetarian and vegan meals not as easy. We have a list of 10 vegetarian and vegan restaurants for meat-free eaters who want pure, clean vegetarian food. Included in this list are restaurants or small cafes that cook authentic Mexican flavors using vegan ingredients. We have waited for this day for a long time as vegetarian and vegans had to skip Mexican flavors. Today there are...

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Chefs Secret Revealed – Grouper with a Fresh Cilantro Pesto

Posted September 30, 2016 by Kay Walten in Mexican Recipes,Riviera Maya Restaurants

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I love pesto and have only had the traditional Italian Basil Pesto on homemade pasta. The other day I was invited up to Puerto Morelos for dinner to check out a new restaurant on the beach called Bianco. There were so many things on the menu, but the fresh Cilantro pesto was what I was having for dinner! I loved my meal so much I decided to recreate a similar experience for some friends at home. After that great dinner at Bianco, I feel my first cilantro pesto was a success. My meal at...

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New Roof Top Hang outs in Playa del Carmen

Posted September 28, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

New Roof Top Hang outs in Playa del Carmen

There are some new glorious roof tops in Playa del Carmen you need to check out. We have been to them all and loved the views, the service and the cocktails! Nice thing is you don't have to be a guest at the hotel to share in these luxurious spots. Thompson Hotel Roof Top This is the latest roof top to join a great list of spectacular views found in Playa del Carmen. Located on 12th Street between 5th and 10th Street, you are in the heart of the city without feeling like you are. You can...

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Local Classics Worth Checking Out in the Riviera Maya

Posted September 14, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Restaurants

Local Classics Worth Checking Out in the Riviera Maya

We have been living in the Riviera Maya since the early 1990's and have witnessed an incredible amount of change as this destination has become one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. We love the conveniences the changes offer but still gravitate towards some old classics that remind us of our first days in the Mexican Caribbean. Tarraya Restaurant in Playa del Carmen Tarraya is old school and we love the location right on the beach close to the ferry pier. Tables are...

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Great Grub in Puerto Morelos – Restaurant Review of Mi Cocina

Posted August 19, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants

Great Grub in Puerto Morelos - Restaurant Review of Mi Cocina

Everyone loves having a great meal, we certainly do. Knowing where to eat when on vacation can be tough, but this review will make your life just a little bit easier. Away from the main square in Puerto Morelos is a foodies haven. Mi Cocina, run by Richard, serves an eclectic menu that is sure to please any palate. The hardest choice when picking a local restaurant is picking somewhere that will please everyone. One person may want to try regional food (when in Mexico, eat like a Mexican) or...

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Eat Good, Feel Good Restaurants in the Riviera Maya

Posted August 5, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food,Riviera Maya Restaurants

Eat Good, Feel Good Restaurants in the Riviera Maya

Worn down from work? Need a boost from long days? We suspect this is why you are going on vacation. It is so easy to over eat when away from home. Diving into local food, trying new cocktails, digging into the authentic Mexican dishes you have seen posted on Instragram. Taco comas are easily to fall into when you come to the Riviera Maya. But is that what you really need during your vacation? Most of us would say, heck ya! It is hard to get authentic Mexican food anywhere else in the...

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Exotic Feasts in the Riviera Maya – What’s Your Desired Dish

Posted June 3, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food,Riviera Maya Restaurants

Exotic Feasts in the Riviera Maya

Hmmm. Exotic. What is exotic for one person could be normal food fare for another. This is an interesting topic, and came up the other day at happy hour. A visitor asked, what exotic food should I try in Mexico? And we had to think about that. First we had to define what exotic was, then we had to think about some of the exotic food that we had tried. The list we came up with is a mix of both items and restaurants. Exotic refers to a food that is not native to an area and not normal...

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Puerto Morelos Restaurant Review – Mi Cocina

Posted March 18, 2016 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Restaurants

Puerto Morelos Restaurant - Mi Cocina

If you knew, and tasted, the food at Cocina dela Duna in Puerto Morelos last year, then you will love Mi Cocina! Richard, the owner of Cocina de la Duna, has moved the restaurant and reopened under the name Mi Cocina (My Kitchen). His menu has changed a little, the location is beautiful (thanks to a friend who decided to paint the front of the new location) and his daily specials are as spectacular as ever! My Kitchen is the Perfect Name for Mi Cocina Richard treats Mi Concina like it is...

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