Cuisine Archive

A Virtual Tour of JW Marriott’s Convent Hotel in Cusco

The Marriott corporation’s hotels don’t exactly have a reputation for stylishness or a strong sense of place. With properties like the JW Marriott El Convento in Cusco, Peru, they’ve been trying to shake the reputation of being about as exciting as a blue banker’s suit. Their Cusco hotel, which opened in late 2012, is an […]

Best of Both Worlds: Mantamar Beach Club in Downtown Puerto Vallarta

There are many hotel zones in Puerto Vallarta itself, then when you head north into Nayarit there are even more. Most function like secluded resort areas though, without a lot of life outside the walls. If you want to enjoy the more Mexican vibe of downtown Puerto Vallarta and stroll real streets with real bars […]

The Best Chocolate Festivals Across Latin America

There’s a chocolate belt across the Americas and perhaps appropriately, it’s a wide belt. It stretches from Tabasco state on the Gulf Coast of Mexico—the birthplace of the bean in the B.C. era—down to Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru. Just as introduced crops like bananas and coffee spread quickly across countries where the conditions were right, […]

Gourmet Cuisine in Costa Rica?

There are a hundred reasons to visit Central America, but the food isn’t usually one of them. It’s long been a mystery to travelers with a discerning palate: how can a region that grows so many wonderful ingredients produce such unimaginative food, even in nice restaurants? Why does all the culinary creativity stop as soon […]

The Best Restaurants in Guanajuato, Take 2

Our original rundown of the best restaurants in Guanajuato is from 2011, so while they’re all still open, others have come along that are better or more memorable. So it’s time for an update. Also, though Guanajuato City probably receives 98 Mexican tourists for every 2 foreign ones, the local population is getting steadily wealthier […]

Our Updated Review: Casa Sandra Hotel on Holbox Island

If the above scene looks enticing to you, this warm and sunny place where you can lounge around by the sea, first know that it’s not your ordinary resort. It’s Casa Sandra on Holbox Island, a place where you get around by bike or golf cart because there aren’t any cars. Not so long ago […]