Posted March 13, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Sustainable Tourism
We LOVE the local food. Taco and torta stands, coco frios, menu del dia...it's all good! Forgo the international chains and have an authentic foodie experience on your Mexico vacation. read about some of our Riviera Maya foodie addictions!
Posted March 12, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Riviera Maya Services,Sustainable Tourism
Everyone has heard the sustainable battle cry "Buy local!" When traveling, the 'buy local' focus changes. Instead of looking for products from your home country, look to buying and enjoying things from where you're visiting. It is the difference between eating at McDonald's and buying tacos from a street vendor, or choosing to purchase a dress made by a local artisan rather than one sold at Walmart. An important practice of the mindful traveler is to support each destination's local...
Posted February 19, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants
Fall in love with the Riviera Maya while falling in love in the Riviera Maya. Check out these enchanted dining experiences that will add magic to your romantic getaway. While we are enamored with these restaurants because of their ambiance and location, we also feel good recommending their exquisite food and superb service. We think you are going to be aesthetically charmed and gastronomically blown away by these Mayan Riviera dining establishments. Rosewood Mayakoba's Punta Bonita is...
Posted February 10, 2014 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya events,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Take your sweetheart out for a romantic dinner and do it for a good cause. Beginning at 6:30PM, Lol Ha Restaurant on Akumal Bay is hosting a Valentine's Day dinner that includes a pasta buffet, a raffle and entertainment. The fabulous Natalie and the Foxes will be performing live! Buy tickets at Super Chomack near to the town arch or email to make reservations. Proceeds will benefit the Akumal Artists' Residency Program. Find an Akumal hotel.
Posted February 7, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
La Parrillada in Tulum Pueblo is a meat lovers extravaganza - ribeye, arrachera, chorizo, Argentinian beef, and of course chicken. All cooked to perfection for prices that will surprise you - in a good way . Check out out Tulum Pueblo hotels.
Posted February 5, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Restaurants
Sultry salsa dancing is muy sexy! La Bodegita del Medio, a Cuban club and restaurant on 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen, is a fun place to go to get some lessons (every Tuesday and Thursday) and practice your moves to live music. Check out this very chic Playa del Carmen hotel!
Posted by Kay Walten in Family vacations,Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Restaurants
The month of February evokes images of lacy Valentine's Day cards, bunches of red roses and heart shaped boxes of assorted chocolates. Did you know chocolate was believed by the ancient Maya to be an aphrodisiac? Aztec ruler, Montezuma, was reported to have indulged in several cups of liquid chocolate before visiting his many wives. When Conquistadors brought the exotic drink back from the mysterious New World, Spanish priests considered chocolate a sinful pleasure to be banned. Mexico is the...
Posted February 3, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Restaurants
This sweet little g spot - "g" as in gelato- on Isla Mujeres is awesome! See the beautiful Isla Mujeres.
Posted January 27, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexico Destinations,Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips
Puerto Morelos has lots of great dining options, but one little gem we really love is Restaurante Las Palmeras. If you didn't know where it was you would walk right passed some of the freshest seafood for the best price in town! The facade of the restaurant is easy to overlook and the restaurant itself is hidden beyond souvenir shops and a dive shop (located next to Pelicanos on the beach), but once you step inside the view is, well see for yourself. Check out the laid back fishing village...
Posted January 14, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Restaurants,Yucatan Activities
One of our favorite restaurants in the little colonial gem of Valladolid is this place located on Friar's Street right next to the convent. Mayan specialty dishes served in a pleasant atmosphere. If you are planning a day trip to Valladolid while vacationing in the Riviera Maya, which we encourage you to do, have lunch at Taberna de los Frailes. Include in your Valladolid day trip, a visit to the nearby Ek Balam Ruins.
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