The Best Al Pastor Tacos in Playa Del Carmen – El Fogón

El Fagon Al Pastor Taco

El Fogón is one of those restaurants that looks pretty unassuming. It has simple tables, an open grill area and it advertises itself as a taqueria (taco shop). And to add to the things that could keep you from steering in – this open grill restaurant is located in hot sunny Playa Del Carmen Mexico. … Read more

A Different View of Playa’s Fifth Ave

quiet morning street in Playa

Anyone who’s familiar with Playa Del Carmen, Mexico knows about Fifth Ave (or Avenida Quinta). A couple of blocks off the beach, the long pedestrian street is crammed with restaurants, bars, shops selling cheap tourist trinkets, and tour operators trying to get the attention of the throngs of tipsy and sunburned out-of-towners. It’s a fun, … Read more

Mexican Amate Bark Paper Art – A Debate

Amate Mexican Folk Art

Amate Bark Paper Art is an ancient form of folk art in Mexico with a rich past and an unclear future. We discovered these fascinating pieces when wandering down 5th Avenue in Playa Del Carmen. As with so many shops along this touristic street the owner enthusiastically asked us to come on in and take a … Read more

Playa Del Carmen’s Skinny Bikini Potatoes

Arrachera Potato

When in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico we’re always on the hunt for new restaurants. There are quite a few to choose from but this one sounded different. We decided we needed to give it a try – particularly because of the name: Skinny Bikini Potatoes. If somehow they had found out a way to deliver … Read more

Experience Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone

Santo Domingo Colonial Zone

Visiting the Colonial Zone is a must-do day trip in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. But the day is all the better with a guide. Looking at the gorgeous colorful buildings and plazas is one thing, but understanding the place and its rich and embattled history brings it to life. We were able to visit the city with a … Read more

Santo Domingo Chocolate and Clay Tour

Santo Domingo Chocolate and Clay tour

What do chocolate and clay have in common? During a visit to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic we joined a tour and found out that the answer is, quite a bit. We started out by leaving the coastal area of Santo Domingo and winding our way along toward the center of the island. Along the … Read more

Romance in a Caribbean Pirate Cave – El Mesón De La Cava

El Meson De La Cava

El Mesón de la Cava. It doesn’t sound like your typical Caribbean dining choice. But, let’s break this down. It’s in a cave – sure. Interesting food selections (not to include jerk chicken – it’s not that kind of place). Why not? Put them together and you have a romantic atmosphere in the center of … Read more

Santo Domingo Botanical Garden

Lily Pads in Santo Domingo Botanical Park

The Santo Domingo Botanical Garden is a beautiful island of green situated in a sea of concrete. When most people think of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, they come up with visions of blue ocean and white sandy beaches. Because the reason for our visit was largely work related, we had the opportunity to … Read more

Summer In New England – Rediscovering Maine

There is nowhere more wonderful to visit than New England in the summer. I must admit, however, that I’m a bit biased having grown up in Maine. Sean and I had the opportunity to head to New England recently to visit family. We tried to look at the place with fresh eyes and walked away with … Read more

Taco Tour of Playa Del Carmen

Chiliaquiles in Playa Del Camen

After three months in South America, where we had delicious but for the most part non-spicy food, we arrived in Mexico — land of Picante! We decided to scribble out our totally biased, no-holds-barred commets of the joints where we gorged on tacos and tostadas. There’s a lot more than just Mexican food in Playa del … Read more