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Loco Gringo Mexico

LocoGringo Mexico gives you local insights, vacation tips and stories from people who live and work in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Our host Kay Walten, will introduce you to people in Mexico who tell of their journey to the Yucatan, their local scoop on the people, the Mexico and Mayan culture, places not to miss on your next vacation, food and more. LocoGringo gives you travel info that you won’t find in a travel guidebook. Discover Mexico for your next vacation on a more intimate level than a typical tourist. As an expat, Kay has been working in vacation and tourism in Mexico since 1992. She is also co-founder of the vacation rental site LocoGringo.com.
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Now displaying: October, 2017
Oct 31, 2017

You may have seen my guest today on cooking shows such as Beat Bobby Flay, The Taste, TLC Discovery or from her online syndicated cooking show, Chef Dimeo. She has also been written up in the New York Times, NY Magazine, the LA Times and more. Chef Diane Dimeo is on the show with me today because she is also the heart and soul behind the Tulum Food, Spirits & Wine Festival which starts November 9th, 2017.

Diane came to the Riviera Maya area to visit a friend who was living in Playa del Carmen. After returning to the Big Apple, Diane found herself at a crossroads. She thought “I can sit here in New York and struggle or I can say screw it and live comfortably in Playa del Carmen.” She came soul-searching and eventually found herself in the magical town of Tulum.

While in Mexico City, Diane saw a different side of Mexico. After experiencing the fresh seafood, handmade salami, and other artisanal delights, she set out to let other people know Mexico was more than the traditional ‘spring-break’ destination. She contacted TLC Discovery about helping her to initiate a food festival there.

Her current event is the Tulum Food, Spirits & Wine Festival taking place November 9th at various restaurants and hotels throughout Tulum. The well-known Chefs who are attending will be buying all their supplies from local vendors and creating unique menus from only locally available ingredients. You can see a list of the A-List Chefs at TulumFSWF.com.

 

Highlights of the Tulum Food, Spirits and Wine Festivals are:

● The Grand Opening Ceremony — Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, from 7-9 pm. 

○ It includes street food, artisanal craft, freebies from sponsors, and live mariachi music.

● Liquid Love & Pool Party — Friday and Saturday from 1-4pm.

○ Music, swimming, and tasting at Hacienda CoCo.

● 10-Course Taco & Mezcal Tasting — Friday from 6-10pm. 

○ At Safari Chef Mike Bagale and Chef Luis Aguilar cook in an Airstream.

 

The festival is for all people, not just Foodies. There will be vegetarian options and locals (including Expats) get a 45% discount off their ticket! All proceeds go to victims of the 2017 earthquake in Mexico.

Thank you to Buy Playa for sponsoring this episode. They are buyer’s agents and only sell titled properties. They are truly experts in their field!

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Tulum Food, Spirits & Wine Festival

 

Oct 24, 2017

My guest this week is an authentic Mexican Chef who shares family recipes with visitors who attend her personalized cooking classes. By opening up her kitchen, Lina is able to live out her passion for cooking while sharing her special gift with others.

Lina says that many visitors are confused as to which foods are authentically Mexican. When people ask for fajitas, chili con carne, or chimichangas Lina must politely tell them the foods they are asking for are Tex-Mex. When Lina makes a meal passed down from her grandmother it almost always includes a mole sauce which can include chilis and other sumptuous spices. Lina’s personal favorite is her black mole.

When Lina has a day off she visits one of the crystal clear cenotes around Tulum or she works on her hobby of creating her own bags. She reminds visitors that using a reusable bag is a great way to show their love for the environment and biodegradable sunscreen is a must for preserving the pristine cenotes.

When Lina has the opportunity to visit a local restaurant, her favorites are: 

 

Hartwood

Cetli

La Zebra

Mezzanine

Posada Margherita

Antojitos La Chiapaneca

 

Thank you to Buy Playa for sponsoring this episode. They are buyer’s agents and only sell titled properties. They are truly experts in their field!

 

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Lina’s Mexican Kitchen on Facebook

 

Oct 10, 2017

My guest today, Lorenzo Ancona Diaz de Leon, and his father are the visionaries behind the Aktun-Chen Natural Park located just South of Akumal in the Riviera Maya. In the Mayan language, Aktun means cave and Chen means underground river. Both natural wonders are featured in the luscious green park.

Lorenzo studied Hotel and Business Management at a University in Cancun.  His father purchased the land which is now the park — over 400 acres of pristine jungle — 25 years ago. His father’s mission was to share the magic of the jungle with visitors. The park has recently been named the #3 attraction in the area, due to its cave tour, ziplines, baby wild animals, and the underground river. The family-friendly park offers guided tours and snorkeling in a cenote.

Lorenzo has made agreements with local schools and communities, which offer special pricing for locals who want to have fun and learn about their environment. He says he also has a soft spot for guests who are visiting for the second or third time.

No matter where you are from in the world, Mexican people welcome you with open arms. The Cancun area is a fun and safe spot to bring your family. Lorenzo recommends renting a car so you don’t miss out on any of the wonderful sites that his country has to offer.

 

Thank you to Buy Playa for sponsoring this episode. They are buyer’s agents and only sell titled properties. They are truly experts in their field!

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Aktun-Chen Natural Park

Email Lorenzo: ancona71@hotmail.com

Aktun-Chen Tripadvisor Reviews

 

Oct 3, 2017

When Ricardo Arellanos’ family moved to Cozumel, the Riviera Maya was a very different place. Cancun only had two hotels and Playa del Carmen was just a small town. Today the area is abundant with visitors and many of those visitors are drawn to the Akumal Monkey Sanctuary where Ricardo works.

Working at the Monkey Sanctuary allows Ricardo to live out one of his missions in life, which is to give people an experience an unforgettable experience by sharing the treasures of the Riviera Maya.

The six-hectare sanctuary cares for injured, displaced and unwanted wild animals. They rehabilitate the animals, introduce animals back into their native habitat, and educate humans. They have four different types of monkeys, snakes, exotic lemurs, zebras, goats, and more. Visitors learn about how the animal ended up at the Sanctuary, why the animals behave the way they do, and interact with the snakes and birds.

A partner of the Sanctuary, VEA Tours offers rides on ATVs to a beautiful cenote for swimming and then an underground cavern tour which has stalactites and stalagmites.

 

Ricardo Recommends Visiting These Authentic Local Places:

● Cenotes — Cristalina and Azul are two of Ricardo’s favorites.

El Alux — An underground restaurant in Playa del Carmen.

Un Taco Mas — The name says it all— in Playa del Carmen.

Los Aguachiles — Great seafood platters.

La Cueva del Chango — A nice place for breakfast.

El Pescador — For fried oyster ceviche in Cozumel.

La Cocay — International dishes in Cozumel.

 

Thank you to Buy Playa for sponsoring this episode. They are buyer’s agents and only sell titled properties. They are truly experts in their field!

Use these Resources to Continue Your Journey:

Loco Gringo

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Concierge@locogringo.com — Ask Paulina

Email Kay: Askkay@locogringo.com

@locogringocom on Twitter

@locogringo_mexico on Instagram

LocoGringo Mexico Vacation Free E-books

Akumal Monkey Sanctuary

Akumal Money Sanctuary on Facebook

VEA Trips and Tours

 

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