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March 14, 2018

Buenos Aires: Las Canitas food tour with Parrilla Tours

Palermo is a popular barrio that seems to be the entertainment center of Buenos Aires. It comes alive at night when the clubs and restaurants are open and people of all ages fill its streets. Palermo covers a large area and over time has been divided into sub-neighbourhoods, each with each own character and style. We spent a few days walking the sycamore lined streets sipping coffee here, having lunch there and peeked into a... View Article

March 10, 2018

Bienos Aires – Feria de San Telmo

Buenos Aires is divided into barrios and each has its own character and style. San Telmo is the oldest neighborhood and oozes with history, character and tradition. It is situated in south Buenos Aires next to the colourful La Boca that sits along the mouth of the Rio Plata (hence the name La Boca, meaning the mouth). The time to visit San Telmo, at least once, is on a Sunday. Sunday is Feria day at... View Article

March 3, 2018

Buenos Aires – the Empanadas: art and recipe

Yes Argentina is known for its asado (meat cooked over fire) but empanadas have long been the mainstay of its cuisine. Empanada, meaning “wrapped in bread” is said to have been imported to Latin America with the Spanish who made a special double crusted pie filled with meats or vegetables. Once it landed in Latin America, this delicious morsel adapted to local style and ingredients and became what it is today: an individual pastry that... View Article

February 25, 2018

Buenos Aires – Recoleta Cemetery, Myths and legends and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

After lingering over breakfast at our Recoleta neighbourhood cafe we left and headed up the street towards Plaza Francia where a Sunday market was going on. The entire area was a lively scene on Sundays with crafts fair they call Feria des Artesanos de Plaza Francia. We looked around a bit but were not taken with the scene so we headed over to the Recoleta Cemetery situated at the edge of the park.   Entrance to the... View Article

February 23, 2018

Buenos Aires Argentina – MiBsAs (My Buenos Aires logo)

So, we are in South America. It has been on my travel radar for a long time and finally now I am here. The flight to Buenos Aires from Miami was 9 h long but went quickly, thanks in large part to onboard movies and a kindle with a few good books. We landed in the Buenos Aires international airport and had a driver waiting to whisk us to our rented apartment in the Recoleta... View Article

February 19, 2018

Yucatan road trip to Merida: Sunday festivities, Apoala, Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan

Road trip report to Merida continued from here. Breakfast at Mansion Merida Breakfast the next morning at the Mansion Merida was a luxurious event included with the cost of the stay. You can choose where and when you wish to have it served, including your room, the restaurant, in the courtyard or anywhere else that’s reasonable inside the hotel. There was no question for me where I was going to have breakfast: right outside my... View Article

February 17, 2018

Yucatan road trip to Merida: Mansion on the Park, Nectar restaurant

Merida is the largest city in the Yucatan peninsula and we venture there at least once during our stay. This time we had another reason to go: we were invited to stay a few days at a beautiful hacienda south of Merida and we combined that stay with a couple of nights in Merida.   Mansion Merida on the Park There are a lot of beautiful places to stay at in Merida and I had... View Article

February 15, 2018

Yucatan road trip day 3 report: Zentik Botique Hotel and Ek Balam

On our first night in Valladolid we settled on going for dinner at a hotel I was to check out, The Zentik Boutique Hotel. After wandering around town for the better part of the day we went back to our hotel El Meson del Marques, made reservations at the Zentik Project for 8:00 pm and enjoyed the sunset from our rooftop patio. When it came time to leave for dinner it was completely dark outside. We... View Article

February 9, 2018

Hacienda Petac – a luxurious Yucatan experience

I woke up in a comfortable bed with crisp linen and propped myself up on the soft, large pillows. Light was streaming in through an open window, gently illuminating the magnificent room. Everything about this room is on a grand scale. The old wooden doors and windows, the tall, heavy armoire, the soaring ceiling and the spacious, elegant bathroom, all reminiscent of colonial style of past era, yet luxurious in a very contemporary way. We... View Article

February 8, 2018

Road Trip Yucatan: The Pink Lagoon at Las Coloradas and Tizimin

Yucatan road Trip Day 2 Report After spending a couple of nights in Merida we were ready to continue our road trip heading north in the Yucatan peninsula toward the gulf coast (Gulf of Mexico) to Las Coloradas. I have read about the pink lagoon for some time now and was looking forward to experience it first hand.  Las Coloradas is a small and remote fishing village nestled between the gulf and the Rio Lagartos biosphere... View Article

February 7, 2018

Road Trip Yucatan: Valladolid, Ek Balam, Las Coloradas

Road trip report day 1 After beaching it for a few weeks with day trips here and there and exploring the hotel and food scene in and around Tulum I am ready to go on a longer road trip and explore the more remote Yucatan. First on my agenda this year was a trip to Las Coloradas, a pink lagoon near a salt production factory in the north Yucatan along the gulf coast. Las Coloradas... View Article

January 21, 2018

Quick pickled vegetables with goat cheese dip

For some reason I am not cooking this year on the Mayan Riviera. Other than a couple of simple pasta dishes and grilling a few vegetables I haven’t even messed up the kitchen once. This means, since we need to eat, that we are exploring the culinary treasures of Tulum and the Mayan coast with, happy to say, a great deal of success. I have gotten to know the Tulum hotels and their respective food... View Article