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Mexico-McGomez - A. Taylor

Mexican Quickies – McGomez

July 21, 2010 | 2 Comments

In the middle of the Yucatan jungle, in a tiny village, bight yellow arches and a great laugh. McGomez! Truly... marketing genius. ...

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Burger, Puerto Morelos Mexico - Food Gypsy

Mexican Quickies – Spanglish

July 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

I attempt to order my own burger - without fries – instead I ordered a burger... without a father. In the Colonia of Puerto Morelos, at the junction of Highway 307 and Jose Mara Morelos...

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Annatto Seeds - Food Gypsy

Tastes of Mexico – Annatto Seeds

July 21, 2010 | 3 Comments

Annatto, sometimes called Roucou, is a derivative of the achiote trees of tropical regions of the Americas, used to produce a red food coloring and also as flavouring. Its scent is slightly peppery with...

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How to make tamales - Food Gypsy

Mexican Quickies – How to Tamale

July 20, 2010 | 2 Comments

In Mexico, every cook has her own tamale recipe, her own sauce, her own masa mix, her own flavours. I didn't get any family secrets from Juantia (who bore holes though me with her...

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Just off the beaten path and worth every step (or stagger); Cantina Habanero boasts the best burger in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. South of Cancun on Highway 307, Puerto Morelos is a cozy fishing...

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Roatan, Crawfish Rock - Food Gypsy

Mornings on the Beach

July 20, 2010 | 4 Comments

The sun is thin, rising behind the mountains to the east that are the ridgeback of Roatan, a 40 mile stretch of land surrounded by reefs. The home beach - West Bay Beach is a...

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Sriracha Hot Sauce - Food Gypsy

Some like it hot… sauce

July 17, 2010 | 2 Comments

From the intense heat and flavours of Mexico to the milder side of spice in Cuba, to the amplified heat of Belize and finally the sweet, tangy chili of Honduras; a little tour of...

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Island Expeditions Kitchen Crew, Belize - Food Gypsy

Belize – An Adventure in Cooking

July 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

A trip to Belize is not a short jaunt from Canada no matter which side of the country you live on. Despite being just south of Mexico, flight fares are steep and options are...

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Sweet Potato Pone - Food Gypsy

Belizean Sweet Potato Pudding (“Pone”)

July 16, 2010 | 2 Comments

On the back steps of the kitchen, in the tropical paradise of an idyllic atoll off Dangriga, Belize; Phillip Matinez shares a family favorite, Sweet Potato Pudding Recipe (known in Belize as “Pone”). ...

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Bananarama Beach, Roatan - Food Gypsy

The Best and… The Rest

July 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

"In the 1920s, Ernest Hemingway learned something about "bad luck" and getting kicked by life. He was struggling to make his mark as an author when disaster struck. He lost a suitcase containing all...

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Gypsy in Roatan - Food Gypsy

Strangers, Family & Friends… in Paradise

July 13, 2010 | 3 Comments

Roatan hits me like a heat wave. The island itself enchants and as we land sweet tropical air fills me with ease, it was a bumpy ride. We arrive after a full day...

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Havana, Cuba in the rain - Food Gypsy

A Butterfly in Cuba

July 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

Tourists lounge by the pool. Taut nubile bodies in high-cut bottoms and slack pale bodies with no right to “Speedo”. Bless Brazilian women. Bless European men. He strides by with...

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