Turkey Escabeche recipe

escabeche_orientalThis a traditional turkey escabeche recipe.  A true tradional meal in the Yucatan peninsula.  This particular turkey escabeche recipe has been handed down from generation to generation.  To achieve that intoxicating fragrance and flavor, a small, whole trussed turkey is simmered in seasoned water, but before it’s done it’s whisked off the stove, cooled a bit, thoroughly massaged with recado de bistec (Yucatan’s peppery spice paste), taken outdoors and plopped onto a hot grill.  On the grill the turkey’s skin is browned first on the back and then turned over to the front, finally turning twice more to brown each side, all the while basting generously with more recado de bistec. Only when the turkey is brown and crispy fully cooked is it taken off the grill.  Every Christmas Eve this will be being prepared in homes all over Cancun and the Yucatana peninsula. Continue reading

A Local’s guide to Cancun

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Here are a few tips if you are on vacation in Cancun and would like to venture a little further than the hotel beach and pool.

A good beach to spend the day is at Playa Gaviotas.  You can reach this beach by a small pathway right next to Coco Bongo nightclub.  Its hidden behind the Hard Rock Cafe right in the Party Centre but the ocean and sand here are truly beautiful although the waves may be a bit big if you have small children.  If you have kids with you then another great choice would be Coco’s Beach Bar at Km3  which has a beautiful wide beach with plenty of seating and shade under the palm trees.  They also have swimming pool here so the kids really do have a ball.

Many tourists do not venture into town but its worth going to the Parque de las Palapas, a large market square where the locals gather in the evenings.  They often have live music and shows and lots of street stall selling delicious local food.  The children also love it here as they have play area and electric cars to drive around the square.

For really tasty authentic Mexican food at much more reasonable prices there are plenty of restaurants downtown worth a vist, from street stalls to much more classy restaurants.

So during your vacation in Cancun, be adventurous and explore where us locals go.  www.cancun.travel

Wine and Food Festival Cancun 2016

 

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The Wine & Food Festival Cancun – Riviera Maya, will be celebrating its 5th anniversary in wonderful venues, luxurious ambience and the most amazing hotels bringing the best chefs, wine makers and sommeliers of the world to Cancun.

Wine & Food Festival Cancun – Riviera Maya celebrates in a very unique way, the flavors of Mexico and Spain with fifteen astonishing events in Cancun and Riviera Maya. From April 28th to May 1st, travelers and lovers of haute cuisine from all around the world, will enjoy the 2016 edition of the Wine & Food Festival Cancun – Riviera Maya during four days with spectacular events to celebrate the awesome five years of Wine & Food Festival Cancun – Riviera Maya in the #1 tourism destination in México. Cancun will be hosting Haute Cuisine celebrities, wine personalities and discerning gourmands, in a celebration that combines the incredible flavors of Mexico with the chefs seasoning and the most incredible colors of the Mexican Caribbean with the inspiration of the turquoise sea and the spectacular crimson sunsets at the beach. Continue reading

Top Mexican Restaurants in Cancun

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La Destileria

La Destileria has a reputation as Cancun’s most famous Mexican restaurant, and it’s well deserved. At this beautiful restaurant, you can feast on all kinds of seafood, tacos, salsas, and more, not to mention an extensive list of tequilas to spice up your evening. For an even more exciting meal, take the tequila tour to learn all about how the drink is crafted.

La Habichuela Sunset

Not only does this restaurant serve the most authentic Caribbean and Mexican cuisine in Cancun, it’s also known as one of the most memorable spots for a romantic dinner. Its design is inspired by ancient Mayan architecture and the famous haciendas of Yucatan, and the gorgeous garden sits right by Nichupte Lagoon. Continue reading