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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

January 20, 2018

Tulum North Beach – Mezzanine and Mi Amor of the Colibri Hotel Group

The word Tulum conjurs up images of secluded beaches, sleepy village, magical sunsets and delicious Yucatan food. A few years ago it was a remote destination that attracted mega stars of the entertainment and fashion industries seeking anonymity in less accessible destinations. Although busier than it used to be, Tulum still maintains its beauty and the beach is unparalleled. Tulum preserves it’s unique character because it is “off the grid”, so to speak. Hotels must... View Article

January 18, 2018

Blue cheese souffle

A cooler day is an invitation to stay at home and cook some good food. Although it’s not cold, it is a cooler day on the Mayan Riviera and even if I am not cooking, at least I am thinking about it, hence this post. I made this souffle at home before we left and just getting to post it now. Souffle is not an everyday dish. It is rich and doesn’t keep well. The... View Article

December 13, 2017

Hanukkah Sufganiyot (jam filled doughnuts)

I believe today is the first night of Hanukkah where tradition dictates that you serve foods fried in oil. We are away at our first winter destination and I am not frying anything here, but before we left I had craving for jam filled sufganiyot that are traditional for Hanukkah celebration so I made a batch and shared with family before we left. Hannukah is a festival of lights taking place around Christmas based on the... View Article

December 2, 2017

Tahini and peanut butter cookies

I am trying to wind down the kitchen before we leave next week but who am I kidding? I am sure I’ll be cooking until the last minute. Yesterday was two soups and a fennel and asparagus dish, today these cookies and more. Tahini cookies are not new and I have seen them before but never tried to make them until today. I should have started earlier, they are delicious. Tahini is a sesame seed... View Article

November 27, 2017

Chocolate Waffles with Caramelized Pears

Pancakes and waffles breakfasts are rare in our house these days. There were times when it was a standard weekend fare but then the kids were at home and life was different. Still, now and then I feel like making waffles and indulge: whipped cream, maple syrup, caramelized or fresh fruits, the works. This past weekend was one of those occasions and believe it or not, I made both buttermilk waffles AND chocolate waffles. There... View Article

November 21, 2017

Golden beet risotto

Sometimes I have food cravings and nothing but a risotto would do. It has been on my mind for a while now but with so much fresh stuff in my fridge I just did not get around to making it. Finally it had to happen today. I had a couple of golden beets I picked up the other day and I thought they would be good in the risotto. Cut in small cubes and cooked... View Article