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I'm hoping this is a good thing as several people have approached me in the grocery store (people I do not know) and said "Taste of Playa, si?" gesturing toward my ever present TOP baseball cap. "Bueno, bonito, barato!" they exclaim enthusiastically! I smile in return and nod my head. "Si, si. Gracias por venir." I reply in my very best, most polite Spanish. Read More...
This past Monday, Chef John Gray opened his kitchen at the crack of dawn and started his team prepping for the inauguration of his new breakfast menu! John Gray's Downtown in Cancun has been open for breakfast for a few months now and attracting quite a following among the stylish professionals in this crazy coastal resort city. Finally, with high season closing in quickly, it was time to bring Chef Gray's signature breakfast creations to his Playa del Carmen venue, John Gray's Place in Calle Corozon. Read More...
Last weekend, Rob and I were invited to a special evening hosted by Chef and friend, John Gray, at his flagship restaurant in Puerto Morelos. A "degustacion" menu had been planned and we were to be amongst the first to try some of his newest Read More...
This weekend, we decided a quiet beach day was in order so, on Saturday, we piled everyone in the truck and headed 30 minutes south to our favorite spot in Akumal. Depending on our destination of choice, I sometimes pack a cooler for these impromptu beach Read More...
Last week, Wicky's Restaurant and Beach Club played host to a beach party and BBQ feast to celebrate Labor Day. Rob and I brought the kids to the beach and met up with some of our friends to enjoy the day. The BBQ was delicious (and I know as I made Read More...
The Riviera Maya's own celebrity Chef, John Gray has cooked up a truly unique and enticing "degustacion" menu for the patrons of his first and signature restaurant, John Gray’s Kitchen in Puerto Morelos. This Saturday, September 11, Read More...
After the fabulous tequila tasting and dinner at Hacienda Tres Rios, Kay Walten (www.Locogringo.com) and I shuttled the group downtown for a short tour of a few of the Playa del Carmen restaurants and bars participating in the Taste of Playa 2010 culinary event. Read More...
If I am not mistaken, I think that Babes on Calle 10 was one of the very first restaurants we ate in before we moved to Playa del Carmen six years ago. It came with high praise on the local message board, www.playa.info, and with good reason. The owners, originally from Sweden, have put every ounce of their energy, creativity and enthusiasm into the restaurant, its design and its menu. Read More...
One of the distinct advantages to being your own boss is you can take off just about any old time you please for a leisurely lunch. That's exactly what we decided to do yesterday. The "Wicked Burger" was calling my name so we grabbed Mitch and Kate and made time for Wicky's on the beach. In case anyone was looking for a Playa del Carmen beach update, here you go. I think we can officially lay claim to the whitest sand in the world! Read More...
Last Thursday evening Calle Corazon was abuzz with activity as the Riviera Maya's own celebrity chef, John Gray, rolled out a new bar menu for his casually elegant lounge, The Den. Friends from near and far braved the heat and tropical rain to come downtown for an evening of food and fun. Incorporating elements from the newly revamped dinner menu at John John Gray's Place and items from the new menu concept recently initiated at John Gray's Downtown in Cancun. The new bar menu features some of the Chef's signature items. Read More...
OK, I know. "When in Rome, blah, blah, blah...." However, sometimes, even surrounded by all this glorious ceviche and barbacoa and pollo pibil, you just want a burger; a good old American style hamburger. After all, is there anything quite as Read More...
Limited release all-inclusive VIP Passes and discounted sampling tickets are now available for Taste of Playa 2010 through advance purchase online at http://www.tasteofplaya.com . The highly anticipated culinary event will take place November 21 in Playa Read More...
If you are planning to be on the Mayan Riviera in the Fall of 2010, don't miss Taste of Playa 2010!! Taste of Playa is an annual culinary event in Playa del Carmen that celebrates the creativity and cultural influences of chefs throughout the Riviera Read More...