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Savoring Riviera Maya’s Local Flavors

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Riviera Maya is one of Mexico’s culinary cradles. Farm-to-table isn’t a trend here; it’s been a way of life for centuries. This reverence for homegrown ingredients and handmade dishes remains evident. You’ll appreciate it when you watch Melipona bee honey being extracted from combs or join a chef for a tutorial in grilling fresh fish with typical tikin-xic seasonings. From hands-on food tours to leading restaurants, here are five ways to savor the region’s quintessential flavors and products.
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Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico
You might be surprised to learn that the origin of chewing gum can be traced to Mayan culture and, specifically, to Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The Chico Zapote tree yields the raw material that’s turned into gum, a process that began in the fourth...
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Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Former Brooklynites decamped to Tulum in 2009 to pursue a slower, simpler life, and in many ways, they found it; after all, the restaurant they opened, Hartwood, is totally off the grid, with all dishes prepared on an open fire. But in other ways,...
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Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Recognizing the rich heritage of their region, Riviera Maya chefs have embraced cooking classes as an opportunity to share traditional Mayan ingredients and recipes with eager-to-learn visitors. The many available options range from half-day to...
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Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico
The resort fine-dining scene has come along way in Riviera Maya. Basque chef Martín Berasategui, whose restaurants have racked up seven Michelin stars, opened Passion at Riviera Maya’s Paradisus adults-only resort in Playa del Carmen in 2011. The...