Rooftop oasis was the perfect ingredient to start the 4th annual edition of the Wine & Food Festival Cancun-Riviera Maya

By on March 22, 2015

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Boarding off the plane in Cancun, I reread my “instructions” directing me to where I was to meet a member of the Riviera Maya Tourism Board so that I could start my culinary adventures at the Wine & Food Festival. Not realising that I had landed in a different terminal than originally scheduled, I was on the lookout for someone holding The Food Tease logo. Getting worried and increasingly concerned that my ‘contact’ had left without me since customs took ever so long (you know what I am talking about….where you feel like you’re a piece of cattle slowly being pushed forward in sweltering heat – waiting for your turn along with several hundred other people in line)…but I digress. Walking from one terminal to the next, being stopped every couple of feet by taxis drivers, condo sales reps and excursion tour representatives I was determined to find my contact one way or another…and there it was – my logo, being held high in the air for all to see. Relief and excitement kicked in all at the same time. Having travelled alone before, I thought the feeling of uneasiness would not exist – but it was only when I saw the tourism board representative holding my logo that I realized, it doesn’t matter how long or how experienced of a traveller you are – even the smallest fluctuation in your schedule can cause you some stress and some anxiety when things don’t go EXACTLY as planned. Lesson learned: go with the flow and it will all work out (fingers crossed)!!

Onwards and upwards, I was off to my first of two guest hotels during my stay for the festival. Hotel Cacao, located right in the heart of Playa del Carmen’s thriving club and restaurant scene (on the infamous 5th Avenue) is very much a boutique chic hotel. Hotel Cacao is not like most big chain resorts that you would come to expect, it is modest 5 story hotel with a ridiculous rooftop oasis…who needs a big scale hotel when you are surrounded by serenity and tranquility all the while being situated on one of the busiest areas in Cancun.

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Hotel Cacao’s roof top lounge area.

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Rooftop infinity pool to unwind and relax after a long day of eating and…more eating!

Within minutes of arriving at this boutique hotel I had the great pleasure of being introduced to Elsie Mendez, Mexico’s top food blogger and culinary expert who was also attending the festival. Elsie’s reputation is well know throughout Mexico and several other countries as being an avid ‘foodie’ as well as a gastronomy connoisseur. Having over 89K followers on twitter alone, not to mention all the other social platforms that she is successful at including her famous website Saboresdemexico  (flavors of Mexico) she is truly a force to be reckoned with and I for one was very fortunate and grateful to be in her company. Elsie is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to food, spirits and of course anything having to do with Mexico’s rich culture. I was in for a treat…no amount of ‘schooling’ could compare to the insight that she was about to bring into my life.

Right from the beginning Elsie and I both realized how we have an infinite passion for the culinary arts and our passion like our hearts, are worn on our sleeves for all to see!

Capture10 Capture14In true ‘foodie’ form, what better way to connect to people than by sharing some drinks and some food of course! That being said, Elsie introduced me to the refreshing and savory drink called Michelada. I’m not typically a fan of beer due to the heaviness that I feel afterwards and primarily due to the ‘beery’ aftertaste that I can personally do without. However, the Michelada was something very unique and different for me. I was told that many regions of Mexico have their own personal take as to what ingredients go into this drink but for the one I tried and very much enjoyed I was surprised of its savory ingredients: Maggi, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice, salt rim and whatever light beer you may have on hand…in this case we had a Heineken. Something definitely worthy of a try on a beautiful sunny afternoon – it accompanied very well with the shrimp tacos, pineapple salsa and guacamole that we ate…all in the splendor of the exquisite oasis that we were in!

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And now the culinary adventure was about to start…stay tuned to read about all the extraordinary events, amazing people and mouth-watering meals that I was treated too!

After a long day, a rich and tasty avocado, egg and bacon salad was the way to go!!🥑🥚🥓😍😋

And the pièce de résistance, triple-cream Brie with @artisinbakery baguette - the perfect match for such a meal. 

At this rate, indulgence should be my nickname 😉

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Sophistication, opulent decor, and beautiful luxury desserts - this is @delyseesottawa 🍰🍮
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Read The Food Tease column in the Spring/Summer issue of @luxeottawamagazine on how Delysees's Creative Director, Fred Naggar, successfully left awe-inspiring footprints in the fashion world to embark on a new adventure with his wife - the world of high-end desserts.😋🍰😍
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Sweets for the sweets... Enjoy!
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Happy Easter, everyone!!🐣 🐰
Enjoying my family's Easter tradition of our colourful egg fight...I didn't win, but there's always next year 😉
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Friday night, I had the privilege of attending the 2024 Canadian Culinary Championships - Mystery Wine Challenge - People's Choice Award🥇🥇@greatkitchenparty
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Congratulations to all the chefs involved in this intense competition. The chefs needed to create a dish to pair with the mystery wine. Each chef was given a tricky budget of $550 for the 250 guests. I was witnessing creativity at its best!!😋
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The winning dish🥇 (centered in the middle of the photo) was created by JP Dublado: Red Deer Resort and Casino, Red Deer AB
Dish: beet & soy cured albacore tuna - ponzu gel - tomato water - puffed wild rice - beet green oil
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Amazing talent from all the chefs as they paired with the mystery wine (a 2021 Lailey Vineyard Zweigelt)🍷🍷
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Planning for your BIG wedding day💍 and looking for something different than the traditional bachelorette party? 🎉🎉
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Then you need to read my solo Montreal getaway article featured in the latest issue of @ottawawedding magazine.
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Special thanks to @montreal for the beautiful experiences.
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Amongst the amazing activities:
● High Tea at the Ritz-Carlton 🍾🥂
● Pampering at the Scandinave Spa 💆🏼‍♀️and at Le Germain Hotel 
● Visiting the beautiful light show at the Botanical Gardens ⚘️✨️
● Culinary experiences at the Foxy restaurant and discovering local restaurants during a food tour😋😋
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Solo getaway or with a friend or two, any reason to visit and experience Montréal is a good one!! 😍🤗
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With its countless cultural activities and experiences, one can easily enjoy this beautiful city! And let's not forget their food scene... that alone is reason enough to visit!!😍😋
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I think it's time for you to discover, and for some, REDISCOVER Montreal! 🤩🤩
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I am very proud to share my culinary "observer" perspective regarding @lecordonbleuottawa culinary workshops in the latest issue of @luxeottawamagazine 😊
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Visiting my alma mater and watching the culinary workshop from a different lens reinforced the rationale as to why I pursued my culinary education…the pleasure of savouring the fruits of your labour. 😋
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It is this journey that ignited my passion for cooking, helped hone my skills, and introduced me to a world of flavours and techniques that continue to inspire me to this day. And perhaps it will inspire you as well!👨‍🍳👩🏼‍🍳
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Check out the article and the new culinary workshops being offered. Enjoy the adventure!!😊🤗
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Where's my rubber ducky 🐤😉?! 
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A year ago this week, I was enjoying some bath time while in @discoverdominica 🏖🏝😍
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Dominica's lush scenery is extraordinary, and I'm grateful to have been invited to visit their beautiful island😊😊
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Visiting Wotten Waven Sulphur Springs was perfect to relax and rid of some unwanted stress. And the outdoor bath surrounded by all that green landscape was simply the BEST! An unforgettable experience! 🤩
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Dominica's adventure activities - diving, snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, swimming - are just some of the many ways to enjoy this tropical island.🤿🙂
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Put Dominica on your travel list. You'll love it!!❤️❤️
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What goes better together than Champagne and lobster?! Nothing, except MORE Champagne...hence the magnum of Veuve!🍾🥂🦞
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This is the definition of indulgence. 😉
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Why wait for special occasions?! Enjoy what makes you happy whenever the mood strikes! 
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Carpe diem!!🍾🥂😍
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