A Birthday in Mexico

Why not start out your birthday with cupcakes right? Every three-year-old deserves to eat cupcakes for breakfast on their birthday while ripping wrapping paper from his stash of gifts. Pasteleria La Migaja (Crumble Cakes) fashioned the most marvelous swashbuckler cupcakes a little boy could ask for. The pirate creations were devoured by the birthday boy,…

Climbing in Coba

Heading out at dawn New Year’s Day, techno music remains pumping upon the horizon and the rumbling of the gigantic crowds roar to the beat. Playa hadn’t slept all night. Mascara smeared Mexican girls wobble by in sky-high heels as my husband and I debate if each girl that stumbles past actually kept their shoes…

Poem: Untainted from the Deep

Being encompassed by water still doesn’t quench my thirst for life You should only be so lucky to call that kind of paradise your domicile You’ve earned that right by your beauty Mabey beauty is power? Created in silence but deafening with your will to be free Mystifying due to your calm; bottled up with doting recollections…

Mexican Inspired Popcorn

Let’s talk spice. You know…zing, zest, pizzazz. Tajín is a company in Mexico that produces a tangy, spicy “fruit seasoning” powder (salsa en polvo) consisting of chile peppers, salt and dehydrated lime juice. You can find this stuff everywhere in Mexico. I mean EVERYWHERE and it is most certainly a staple down here so it only seems…

The Exploration of Foods in Playa Del Carmen

I won’t say that moving to Playa Del Carmen was much of a culture shock but I will say that everyday things I am accustomed to in the United States definitely seem different. Most people do not embrace change easily or they have a hard time adjusting in an environment unlike what they are used…

Let’s See If We Can Get the Gringos to Eat the Worm

It turns out the liquor-logged worm lying at the bottom of the tequila bottle is not an ancient Mexican tradition after all.Not only is the “worm in the bottle” myth old and exhausted, there is never supposed to be a worm in Mexican bottled tequila. The worm belongs only in bottles of Mezcal. However, various American…