Photo escape: Cooking school at Mesón Sacristía

Cooking school at Mesón Sacristía Ingedients

Attending a cooking class at Mesón Sacristía de la Compañia in Puebla, Mexico, was one of the highlights of my 2012 travel year. Chef Alonzo Hernández taught us how to prepare mole poblano, a classic Pueblan sauce rich with the flavors of chili, roasted tomatoes, and bitter chocolate. It’s not a simple process, and the […]






Photo escape: Riviera Maya sunrise at the Le Reve

Sunrise at Le Reve

In September, I was one of a group of bloggers hosted by the Riviera Maya Tourism Board. We stayed at the Le Reve Hotel and Spa which not only offer lux boutique accommodations and awesome food, but some of the most spectacular sunrises I’ve ever seen. I would wake before dawn and wander down to […]






Photo Escape: Exploring Riviera Maya’s Rio Secreto Cave

Bloggers in Rio Secreto

Last fall I explored the adventurous side of Mexico’s Riviera Maya region with several other bloggers. While there, we toured a spectacular cave system called Rio Secreto. To read about this cave and some of our other adventures, check out my posts, Don’t just lie there… Six adventure activities in Riviera Maya and Feeding my […]






Don’t just lie there… Six adventure activities in Riviera Maya

My newest addiction...

Riviera Maya, known for its alabaster beaches and blue water, is also home to a variety of adventure activities. Some are adrenaline packed while others are relaxing forays into the natural side of the region. So when you are sick of just laying there, get up and find adventure. I recently visited the area on […]






Five favorite drinks from my travels

Moose Drool

I’ve logged thousands of miles over the last year and along the way I’ve found several drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, that I enjoyed. Some drinks need to be enjoyed in the context of a place or experience or they lose their charm. For example, most of the time Summer Shandy wouldn’t be my first […]






Feeding my adrenaline addiction in Riviera Maya

Rappelling into cenote Yaxmuul

In case you missed it, I’m an adrenaline junkie. Well, I guess it’s hard to miss if you’re a regular reader of this blog. So when an invitation to experience Riviera Maya’s adventurous side I could hardly contain myself. First, I took a few deep breaths before replying via email so it wouldn’t be too […]






Returning to Riviera Maya

Cenote Ikkil

This May, I visited Riviera Maya to attend the Word Travel and Tourism Council Summit of the Americas. While I was thrilled to be part of the event, I was restless to get out and explore the more adventurous side of the region. This part of Mexico offers numerous adventure activities from snorkeling to rappelling […]






Cravings: Puebla’s luscious cremita

Garnished with raisins and cinnamon, cremita is a luxurious way to finish a meal.

Sweet, velvety cremita quickly became my favorite dessert while visiting Puebla, Mexico. It’s a simple custard-like dish thickened with cornstarch. Once home, I longed for a portion of the delicacy and literally squealed when I discovered the recipe in our packet from a cooking class we attended at Mesones Sacristía de la Compañia. However, I […]






Photo essay: The boutique hotels of Puebla

A suite at El Sueño. Loved the natural light and warm color.

Few modern hotels have distinguishing features. However, in Puebla, all of the hotels we visited were in interesting historic buildings. The architecture alone was enchanting, and the rooms were tranquil refuges from modern glitz. Historic and avant-garde features combined to create fascinating contrasts, each making the other more interesting. Additionally, each property included a restaurant serving […]






Cantona Archaeological Site, Puebla, Mexico

Overlooking the ruins from the top of a temple. Note the unexcavated sections beyond the walls.

Treading silently along ancient roads where 80,000 people once passed engaged my imagination. I pictured the streets full of people going about their daily routines, never thinking their home would later be abandoned, encased in centuries of accumulated soil and plant growth. Cantona, a Mesoamerican archaeological site located roughly 58 miles from the city of […]