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Restaurare Restaurant in Tulum

By at July 7, 2015 | 10:21 pm | 0 Comment

VeganRestaurare Vegan cuisine Tulum food in Tulum has not been in the forefront of the culinary scene until recently.  This steadily growing trend in dining and lifestyle has found its way to Tulum’s  beach road.  Resting on the  jungle side of the road – the greenery and lushness  that surrounds you is perfect for their food fare.


This Tulum restaurant features classic Mexican dishes and flavors elevated to the vegan level.  When speaking with Chef Karla  she expressed her love of sharing her favorite dishes Restaurare Vegan cuisine Tulum and showing that these favorites can be prepared in a sustaining way that does not use any animal products.  Dishes such as mole and pibil  are so staple to us here.  To experience them this new way is exciting.


In addition to their delicious menu items, they serve fresh juices and smoothies that many go nuts over.    Restaurare Vegan cuisine Tulum

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Eurodental Tulum to the rescue

By at July 6, 2015 | 11:45 pm | 0 Comment

eurodental TulumOver the past few years many more services have become available in Tulum.  Recently, I came across the new dental office that had opened in Plaza Andador.  I was very excited about the prospect of a quality dentist in Tulum (not that this was new, we do have some wonderful dentists that have been here for years)  but that spoke English.  For me, I have lived here a long time and I can speak Spanish for most things  and get by and be fine- but my kids teeth?  I was very grateful to be able to communicate in English on this one.  The kids had their initial checkups, cleaning and sealants and everything was great.  Dr. Justo A . Fragoso Silva was wonderful  and the place clean, comfortable (ac- yes thanks you)

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Over the weekend I was at a good bye dinner for my amazing friend who was flying to Europe the next day.  At the very end of our meal something caught on a wire that was in my friends mouth from some previous dental something something.   The wire broke and was pointing directly down at her bottom lip.  This poor Anyway, long story short – as it was Sunday – and by now getting late we were not sure what we were going to do.  Hoping beyond hope- I sent these guys a message on facebook  stating that I had a friend with somewhat of dental emergency that and I got a reply within minutes.  Now I know that I got really lucky that they saw that message at that time – but the fact that he replied right away with “what can do to help.”  They tolEurodental Tulumd us that they would meet us at their office in 30 minutes.  I cannot tell you the sigh of relief.

Dentist in Tulum

Once at the office they wasted no time getting my friend started so that they could make her more comfortable. After assessing the situation, they decided that they would try to put the wire back in place- seeing that this course of action was not going to be the best- she was clear about discussing the new plan.  As the patient was on board – they proceeded with the treatment.


After just a few short minutes my friend was wire free and able to close her poor lips again.

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Co.Con Amor – Vegetarians dream and General (feel fabulous) Store!!!!!

By at July 3, 2015 | 9:34 pm | 0 Comment

Co.Con Amor, Tulum
Co. Con Amor Tulum

Co. Con Amor Tulum

I have been off the Tulum blog for quite a bit now.  So sorry for my long delay but it has been a time filled with some pretty amazing developments. More on those coming in future posts.  But part of my new kick ass – and taking names year is getting back to keeping all of you updated on all the new and wonderful things going on in Tulum.    Well, I am glad to say that I am back and WOW is there a lot to tell about.


Co.Con Amor, Tulum

Co.Con Amor, Tulum

The perfect post to bring be back to — “Man, Tulum  is amazing!”  is the new restaurant / store / chill spot  you are back to nature and surrounded with… well, LOVE.

Upon entering through the corridor  passed the brightly painted and inviting sign in the front of the store, directly across the streetCo. Con Amor Tulum from the Chadarui Super market,  you are surrounded with nature in this inviting garden setting.  With large stuffed sofas, wooden tables and mix match chairs, the whole setting is really comfortable and easy.


The restaurant is a vegetarian restaurant with vegan options as well.  They try to make absolutely everything that goes into the food and purchase very little.  In many cases they grow what they can right on the property in scattered pots and planters as well as the rooftop garden area.


Co. Con Amor TulumWe were lucky enough to enjoy a cup of Kombucha, a fermented tea that was delicious and due to an active organism has tons of health benefits as well. They would be able to explain it to much better then I.


The shop that they have set up is really amazing.  The products available are all stored in large clear glass jars and range from food items such as beans, seeds, nuts and sugars to beauty and skin products.

Available for your refillable glass jars are household cleaning products – talk about clean living!Co. Con Amor Tulum


20150703_175857 Restaurants and hotels  that have to go containers can now purchase in bulk these bio degradable containers made of sugar cane!  AMAZING! I hope to see these all over Tulum.

Co.Con Amor is open from 10 am –  7 pm. I certainly cannot wait to go back and try some more items from the menu.


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Breakfast at Cabanas La Luna and Fishing in Tankah Bay

By at February 10, 2015 | 5:29 pm | 0 Comment

Maanati dive shop (4)


Well, I have to say that I LOVE  having breakfast on Tulum beach  getting kissed by the early morning sun rays. As much as I love dining at all of the restaurants in Tulum, this is one of my favorites.  Even just the ride down to the beach is so much more fun.


I finished up my meeting, official business for the my phone 161day — CHECK!  Now it was time to order breakfast, enjoy the beach and see what the day would bring.  One of my favorite breakfast dishes in Tulum is Huevos Rancheros.  Eggs over easy on a tortilla slathered in beans and a delicious salsa.  At Cabanas La Luna, Huevos Rancheros are served with seasoned potatoes and peppers and a perfectly firm avocado.  I always add a touch of the fresh habanero salsa for an extra kick.  The homemade bread and jams at Cabanas La Luna are the perfect compliment to balance the spice.




I love it when I am having a meal with a friend and we split dishes.  In this case I was the happy recipient of a bacon, cheese and veggie omelet.  AMAZING!


casa cenote, tulum (4)Now what are we going to do????  Then true to perfect Tulum form, another close friend came strolling up and asked what we were planing on doing.  Next thing we knew we were on the road to Tankah  Bay to go snorkeling in Casa Cenote – and do a little afternoon fishing with the Manatee Dive shop.



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Maanati dive shop (4)   After a good few hours on the boat we were starting to get a little hungry again so we headed back in to grab some food at Casa Cenote Restaurant.  One of their killer house margaritas was a MUST!


Just another Tulum Day. Living and Loving Tulum.


If you have any questions about any of the places listed here- please do not hesitate to ask.

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Mangroove Cenote Club – Hotel – Bar & Restaurant

By at May 20, 2013 | 2:34 pm | 0 Comment


I love the cenotes in Tulum. Everyone one of them is so different then the other and the businesses that pop up around the cenotes are equally as diverse. While riding my bike on the south end of the beach road I saw a new cenote entrance next to a beautiful stone bar and restaurant.Mangroove Tulum

I could already tell this looked like a beautiful place to have a bite or a drink- but then at the top of the back stairs you see a long wooden path. It is clear that whatever was at the end of this “yellow brick road” was going to be amazing.Mangroove Tulum

a short walk down the path brings you to 4 suites each resting high above the mangroves. Each suite was beautifully appointed with private stunning bathrooms, screened 4 poster beds, ceiling fans and BEAUTIFUL views of the mangrove canopy.

Mangroove Tulum

Each suite also has a perfect sitting area to enjoy the beautiful view with a cocktail from the bar and a good book.

Mangroove Tulum

As I continued down the wooden path I came to the cenote! So amazing! I must say I love the concept of a “cenote club” There were large round lounge beds to relax on as well as a sun umbrella to shield from the hot sun. However in my case, it shielded from the tropical rain that had just started to fall when I was there. The rain created the most breathtaking site on the cenote.

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This cenote is a small river way that connects via a short swim or paddle away to a very large open air  cenote. The large open cenote is breathtaking and has always been one of my favorite spots. The intimacy of the connecting water way makes a very private afternoon but the easy access to the large area makes it the perfect place to canoe or paddle board, both of which are available for rent.Mangroove Tulum

I was not able to try the food but I am very much looking forward to it.

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Ziggy’s beach club!

By at May 18, 2013 | 9:37 am | 0 Comment


Ziggies Beach Club
Beach clubs in Tulum can be hit or miss. But I have always enjoyed the Beach Club at Cabanas Tulum. I remember when it first opened several years ago. This is always one of my favorite spots to come with my kids.

Things to do with kids in Tulum can be tough to find. Parents want to relax and enjoy their meals and kids do not want to sit forever while their parents enjoy– enter Ziggies Beach Club. I love this spot with kids because 1- they have a trampoline (although this is currently being repaired as of may 2013) 2- they have a pool table within easy reach of a table so that parents can enjoy their meal while the kids enjoy a pool game.
3- they have tables during the day right down on the beach so that kids can easily play in the water.

As a parent of 2 kids I can say that having them entertained while I enjoy 1 of my favorite dishes from their vast menu. One of my favorites is the chicken caesar wrap with a glass of crispy white wine. It is simple but classic and always good!

They have a number of special events that I have attended as well from wine classes featuring mexican wines- which I loved, to lobster night, tequila tastings and a specialty Mexican dinner buffet. I have been talking to the owners about getting these events on the Tulum Events Calendar and hopefully you will see them there soon.

Stay tuned- but in the mean time…. any time is a good time to go to Ziggies Beach Club in Tulum.

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What an amazing Mother´s Day in Tulum!

By at May 16, 2013 | 6:32 am | 0 Comment

Beach in Tulum at Cabanas la Luna

A great view for breakfast

I am not really sure how I could have had a better Mother’s Day weekend. In Mexico Dia de las madres is Always on May 10, regardless of the day of the week- in the USA it is the 2nd Sunday. S every few years – like this one- it creates an amazing weekend of LOVE MOMMY!

Las Estrellas at Cabanas la Luna

Bacon and Cheese omelet! Yummy!

So Friday, started out by working from home as usual. After getting the kids from school we headed down to the First Friday event at Mateo’s —— This was great because there was great art everywhere- kids activities- kite flying- face painting etc. Once the kids left with their father, I stayed and covered the event for work (I love my job!) After the event I headed into town to listen to some live music! I stopped of at Curanderos and Mint and as always both were a blast. Amazingly I was in bed by 2 am (that is really early for Tulum’s nightlife! as bands do not start until 11 pm in town)Las Estrellas at Cabanas la Luna (3)

Saturday I spent my day in my bed with the ac on and watched shows on the internet. Later in the afternoon I headed out to a cenote to cool off even more.

Sunday morning was met with kids and Ruben taking me to the beach to enjoy an amazing breakfast at Cabanas La Luna (LINK) The food here is incredible we were all pretty happy. For the rest of the day we played on the beach- got a tan and drank smoothies (Cabanas La Luna makes some killer smoothies) To top off the already killer food day I had, the guys in the kitchen who are long time friends sent me home with dinner- Their special that day- Filet Mignon with asparagus and green potatoes! It was amazing! The kids and I curled up in bed and ate the best dinner we have had in a LONG time!



As if the weekend ending their would not be enough- On Monday a friend of mine was sent to give me a massage while the kids were gone with my husband- where they went I had no idea- and I really did not care- I was getting a massage jajaja I did not care about anything at that moment.

When they got home they were holding my gift…. a beautiful kitty! My long time cat, Calvin died this past year after being with me for 15 years. So getting such a special kitty was a real treat. We named him Hobbs. I must say…. this Mother’s Day is going down in history!088

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Fun for the whole family! Every First Friday of the month

By at May 15, 2013 | 10:11 am | 0 Comment


Mateo's First Friday TulumFun activities to with kids in Tulum are not the easiest thing to find. Well, I have to say that my kids are looking forward to returning to Mateo’s on the first Friday of June! Keeping the kids happy and entertained allows for the grown ups to enjoy the MANY amazing shows, demonstrations or activities around during First Friday.Mateo's First Friday Tulum

Mateo’s in Tulum has always been knows for having something for everyone. With several different levels and areas to enjoy your afternoon with different entertainment in each. Match that to the crazy imagination of the owner, Matt and you get some pretty spectacular events!

Mateo's First Friday Tulum

This past Friday marked the opening of the latest from this mastermind of fun… First Friday Live Art Expo. Yes, I know- last Friday was not the First Friday of May! The event had been postponed from the previous Friday due to weather concerns.

Mateo's First Friday Tulum

Anyway…. The beauty behind this idea is not to have a place with a bunch of artisans selling their items but rather a LIVE demonstration of how they do it. Pieces are for sale as well but the as the afternoon draws into night the blank canvas begins to come alive.Mateo's First Friday Tulum

There were several stations set up all around and the whole place was a buzz with energy. From a spray paint artist doing a stunning mural on the back wall to several artists painting large canvases, a talented body painter, beautiful jewelry makers, a chess table, kite flying on the upper deck, a table stocked with art supplies and Mexican images for you to create your own piece of art and add to that the amazing sounds of Son de la Barrio playing their incredible reggae cuban music!338


Art piece done by Ink2Lu’um

A perfect afternoon and night! The event goes from 4 in the afternoon until the restaurant closes and will be held on the first Friday of every month. If you would like to participate in first Friday as an artisan, contact Mateo’s at

If you are in town on the First Friday of any month- head to Mateo’s for this event- you will not regret it.

This is one event that

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Raining in Tulum, duck and cover Breakfast!

By at April 30, 2013 | 12:00 pm | 0 Comment

Ziggys Beach Club

Rain in Tulum comes in quickly and  disappears just as fast. People are always emailing me – asking me what the weather is like during certain times of the year. The fact is that most days are absolutely beautiful. Some a little more hot then others – some much more humid then others, but all are beautiful.

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Today was a beautiful example of the rain in Tulum. The morning was beautiful, a little cloudy but beautiful. On the ride to the beach for work I could tell that the rain was about to start in 3 or 4 minutes. You get really good at this skill the longer you live here. My son has uncanny ability to call out the rain about 30-45 minutes before it starts. I will never forget our first Christmas here, we stayed at Blue Tulum, back before it was Adonis. My son, then 4 turned to his grandparents and me and said, “We better head inside. It is going to rain soon.” An older couple near by chuckled at the cute little boy thinking it was going to rain- as it was a remarkably clear day.  Like this  type of sky…tulum beach

Never the less, we packed up and headed into get a snack. about 15 minutes later with almost NO warning what-so-ever, the rain began to dump on the pool area where we had been sitting. When the older couple ran inside and saw my son they complimented his remarkable skills. Every since, he has rarely been wrong.

Well anyway…. today I ducked into Cabanas Tulum just in time. I must say that I was actually very glad to get rained on because it gave me a chance to get one of my favorite breakfasts in Tulum… the Eggs Benedict at Ziggy’s Beach Club. I must say that since I moved to Mexico I have rarely had a really good Eggs Benedict.   The only 2 exceptions to this that I have found are.  1) Mezzanine Hotel – The eggs Benedict here were really really amazing and I mean seriously…. check out this view!

eggs-benedictand the 2nd is at  Ziggy’s Beach Club.  Well today, I got my special treat… I got to sit back and watch the sea thrash and the rain plop onto the sand while eating an amazing Eggs Benedict and enjoy a beautiful glass of white wine!20130430-125943 p.m..jpg

and now, in true Tulum form, the rain has past, the sun has come out and it is time to get back on with my day.

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Flying like a kite in Tulum

By at April 25, 2013 | 6:29 pm | 0 Comment

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Matt loves his kites

After working all afternoon on the south end of the beach road in Tulum, I stopped off to see some friends of mine at Mateo’s. when I arrived I had, as I usually do at Mateo’s in Tulum, more fun then I intended.

Every time I go I meet fascinating people, I listen to amazing music, and I enjoy the enticing cocktails and food.

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But today brought something much better!

I got to fly a kite from the top deck of Mateo’s. the kites were fun, colorful and best of all… Surrounded by laughter. Even when we failed and we not able to keep them afloat we had help there to make sure we did not mess anything too much.


I must say… Flying a kite with Matt at Mateo’s was a perfect afternoon.


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Moka Cafe Restaurant in Tulum

By at April 17, 2013 | 10:40 am | 0 Comment

UPDATE may 8, 2013, what a bummer, only a few days after writing this post- Moka has closed. I hope that it opens again in a new location. I hope you were one of the people that got to eat here. Moka Cafe TulumRestaurants in Tulum are popping up all the time it seems these days. The newly redesigned and named Moka Cafe is one of the newest additions to the main avenue in Tulum town. This Tulum restaurant in located directly across the street from main city plaza. When I was in the mood for a great salad I remembered this menu and new it was perfect for what the day called for.


Moka Cafe Tulum

The restaurant has an entrance way filled with comfortable and stylish tables that you would reminded of me of the hip coffee house back home in Portland, Oregon. As you enter the courtyard you can see the beautifully designed landscaping that really makes the space feel magical. There are also these amazing cow hide bags that serve as planters and I think that they are very cool!


Moka Cafe Tulum


The menu is so vast. I was first handed the breakfast menu as it was only 10 am. I was in the mood for a salad and asked for the other menu which I was given and told that I may order from either menu. I hate when you cannot order lunch early. I must say that the breakfast menu did look amazing. I took pictures that you can see below!

Moka Cafe Tulum

The wind blew perfectly through the corridor and to our table which kept it very cool. I had a strawberry and blackberry smoothie and it was amazing. And for lunch I had the Paraiso Salad. This is a bed of greens, shrimp, goat cheese and candied pecans with a house vinaigrette. The salad was so good and all the flavors matched perfectly.

Moka Cafe Tulum

My friend had a chicken Cesar salad which was really really good but had too much dressing on it. But it was still very very good.

Moka Cafe Tulum

This Tulum restaurant certainly does have something for everyone. I took photos of the menu to get your palate going…045




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Dinner at Ginger Tulum

By at April 15, 2013 | 9:12 am | 0 Comment

Filet Mignon- Ginger Tulum

Ginger Restaurant in Tulum has always been one of my favorite places to go to dinner in Tulum.  The look and color palate is sleek and modern, the food is always amazing and the drinks have the kick they should.   Each time dining at this fantastic restaurant in Tulum pueblo makes me wonder why I ever eat any where else.

 dinner at Ginger Tulum

This time was no exception.  I met some friends for drinks and dinner.  We sat in the open garden area under the tinkling white lights.  Although the wine list is very good here… I chose a cosmopolitan.  Here they are the perfect light pink.  Many many times when I get this drink at other places it is as bright red as the cranberry cocktail they put in it and just as sweet.  But these drinks are GREAT.

Fresa Salad, Ginger Tulum

Everyone at the table ordered something different and the best part about that is that everyone did a round robin with tasting bites of each dish.  I ordered the fresa salad which is one of my favorite things.  mixed greens, balsamic vinaigrette  strawberries and goat cheese.  It was a little heavy on the goat cheese – but I LOVED that fact.  But it was a touch too rich for some at our table.


Fish with Passion Fruit, Ginger Tulum

Another friend ordered the fish with pineapple salsa which was incredible- sweet with a touch of savory and the fish was cooked perfectly and was accompanied by some mashed potatoes.

Fish with Pineapple salsa, Ginger, Tulum

The same was true for my other friend who ordered the fish with passion fruit sauce. There was the most perfect crispness to the skin and it was hard to stop eating.


The ceviche is always wonderful here and they have a few different options. the traditional and the tropical.  I loved the tropical that my friend ordered with the punches of mango.  I think it is the perfect combination to the fish but I love sweet stuff.

Topical Ceviche, Tulum

The star I must say was my friends filet mignon.  Served with potato puree and a salad, this was so delectable.  It is hard to find a really good steak in Tulum and especially at any good price.  This meat was cook perfectly  -medium rare to medium.  If you are one of those people who like you meat more cooked – make sure to specify but I must say that the way they cooked it was perfect.

Filet Mignon- Ginger Tulum

To top off a perfect meal we savored the rich flavors of Zignum mezcal anejo  which almost had the flavor of a scotch whiskey   It had a caramel or butterscotch flavor that was to die for!!!!

Zignum Mezcal

What is the only thing left to do after that?  Work off that amazing dinner and all of its delicious calories playing pool at Mint Cocktail Bar in town.


Another amazing dinner at Ginger Restaurant in Tulum.  Do not miss this spot while in town!!!!

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Mateo´s Restaurant on Tulum beach gears up for high season!!!!

By at October 8, 2012 | 4:44 pm | 0 Comment

Mateo´s Tulum, Mexico

Mateo´s, one of the most popular restaurants on Tulum beach, has been closed the past few weeks renovating, cleaning, and tweaking things for the upcoming 2012 high season. Mateo, who has used some of this time traveling throughout Mexico and the United States has been exploring different flavor combinations and dishes during his travels and is eager to add some of these new finds to his menu.  Stay tuned for specific new menu items as they unfold.  I know that I myself cannot wait to try them out.

One of my favorite things about this Tulum beach restaurant is its easy location and welcoming atmosphere.  In one of the busiest stretches of Tulum beach, in an area often referred to as ¨beach town¨, this large open air restaurant welcomes in families, couples and singles as the perfect place to stop off and get a great cup of coffee or smoothie, enjoy a meal or kick back with a beer or catch one of the many sports events on their large screen tv!

In addition to being an almost immediate success as a restaurant on Tulum beach, Mateo is also using some new and fun ideas for design and function of his beach road  jungle side location.  Mateo has taken things one step further by creating unique spaces for all aspects of enjoying a vacation experience.
Here, a stair case leads you to 2 of the best kept secret locations on Tulum beach. The first level is a hammock deck stocked with colorful hammocks where you can choose to view the vast jungle canopy or over the restaurant and towards the beach.  This is a wonderful spot to sip a drink after a good meal or taste some of the newest appetizers while relaxing in the cool breeze.t the main restaurant is a large bar area with more laid back seating.  For the real cantina feel, the new sports bar, back behind the restaurant, features a large screen tv often showing the best sporting events from around the world- as well as other classic pub activities such as ping pong and darts.

The next level up is Mateo´s Sunset Lounge.  This deck sits high above the jungle canopy and not only provides some of the very best views of the jungle outside of the Sian Kaán – but provides a much needed refuge from the ¨mosquito hour.  The cool breeze and the altitude keep this area mosquito free and comfortable providing one more spot where you can indulge in both food and drinks from the restaurant down below.

Certain nights-Mateo will be hosting a party on the star deck from 7-11 pm.  This event will feature local and international djs and provide the perfect kick off spot for a night on the town. Because of the well-designed layout of the Mateo´s Sunset Lounge, the dj music played does not at all disrupt the music and atmosphere with the diners in the restaurant down below.

While you are visiting Tulum beach you will no doubt see Mateos for yourself with its colorful atmosphere, happy dinners and enticing smells.  I have no doubt that we will see you there.


I will be meeting up with Mateo soon to see some of the new food items that he is preparing to add to his already vast menu.  Stay tuned as mouthwatering pictures and food descriptions are coming soon!!!!


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