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On Sunday November 24th, Taste of Playa was held once again in the beautiful Parque Fundadores on the shores of the Mexican Caribbean. Now in its 5th year, Taste of Playa has grown to be one of the most anticipated events of the year, drawing visitors to the city of Playa del Carmen to sample the cuisine of 40 or more international chefs who have come to the Riviera Maya from all across the globe. Read More...
Stop the presses!! Breaking culinary news out of Puerto Morelos!! Entrepreneur Catriona Brown (The Little Mexican Cooking School and Casa Caribe B&B) and Chef John Gray (John Gray's Kitchen and John Gray's Merida) are partnering up in May this year! Read More...
Following the overwhelming success of the 2012 season, The Little Mexican Cooking School and Casa Caribe are pleased to present the 2013 WINE TASTING AND FOOD PAIRING SERIES, presented in cooperation with La Europea and Cordon Bleu School of Gastronomy. Read More...
Loyal UNO to Go fans need not despair! In order to serve the needs of her regular UNO to Go friends and customers, Susan is still filling pre-orders from a limited menu. Appetizers, meals, snacks and deserts can still be ordered with 24 hour notice and will be available for pick-up from the store. Great news for the rest of us, also struggling to get through high season! Read More...
This Holiday season was a bit challenging as it was our first sin carne. No roasted turkey on Thanksgiving. No glazed ham at Christmas. No tasty bits of prosciutto wrapped around melon, no pigs in a blanket! Somehow we muddled through and even tried a few new appetizers. One of the keepers, Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños, was a big hit and proved to be an excellent vehicle for the soy chorizo we like. The most important thing to remember when preparing these is to wear rubber gloves or protect your hands in some way. The tiniest bit of oil from the peppers can easily make it’s way from your fingers into your eyes, nose or other "sensitive" areas. Trust me, I know! Read More...
For years, residents and visitors to the Riviera Maya have been enjoying the fabulous cuisine and hospitality of Chef John Gray. His restaurants have achieved local and international recognition and earned the prolific Chef numerous awards and accolades. Now, you can enjoy the same great food and service in the privacy of your own home or vacation rental! Read More...
Coty Villareal has made a quite a splash in our culinary community since beginning her top notch cooking classes to Playa del Carmen. This week Coty invited her friends and supporters for an Open House to inaugurate the new "Breakfast and Deli" at Co.Cos Cocina Cosmopolita where she will be serving breakfast and lunch. Read More...
Friday night, Susan de Lima and her team opened the doors of UNO to Go for their long awaited Grand Inauguration Party. Her chic UNO sign could be seen for blocks on all sides, lighting up the Colosio at the new gourmet deli on 5th and 48th, a new base of operations UNO Events & Catering. Read More...
Today the search for vegan and vegetarian and even gluten-free food in Playa del Carmen just got easier as Playa del Carmen's premier private chef, caterer and event planner, Susan de Lima opened the doors of her newest venture UNO To Go! Read More...
Sustainability. Carbon Footprint. Environmental Impact. In 2012, these terms are now a part of our everyday vernacular. Regardless of your stance on global warming, I think we all can agree that each one of us needs to do our best to minimize the negative impact increased travel might bring to the more delicate corners of the globe we explore. In keeping with this sentiment, over the past decade, "Eco-tourism" has exploded into what is now the fastest growing segment in the travel industry with no signs of abating. One can now easily plan a whole vacation geared toward conservation and preservation! Read More...
Learn how to mix Mojitos, Margaritas and other popular cocktails the way expert bartenders do by immersing yourself in the art of mixology with a unique hands-on program introduced at the Viceroy Riviera Maya. Read More...
For the 5th year in a row, Vatel Club de Mexico and Flora, Fauna y Cultura Mexico have joined together to present "Aprendiendo con el Chef", a wonderful culinary event for children ages 5 to 12. This is the second year that this event has been held at Parque la Ceiba in the heart of Playa del Carmen. Read More...
As many of our loyal "Life's a Beach" readers will know (because they also follow me on Facebook) Rob and I are in a "crazy vegetarian phase". We have eaten no beef, chicken or pork since New Years. The good news is, we have never looked or felt better. Read More...
On March 20th, 2012, the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) announced the finalists for their 2012 Awards of Excellence. Our own Catriona Brown, owner/proprietor of The Little Mexican Cooking School in Puerto Morelos, was notified Read More...
The Little Mexican Cooking School in Puerto Morelos, voted TripAdvisor best attraction in the Yucatan Peninsula, has relocated to a larger, more interactive space this month for the first time since its opening in 2009. Read More...
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