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History of Chilies in Mexico

History of Chilies in Mexico

Although Christopher Columbus may be credited with helping the popularity of chillies spread across the world, the origins of these spicy, capsaicin-filled wonders are rooted in Mesoamerica, which is a region that stretches from Central Mexico down across Central America as far as northern Costa Rica. Long before the explorer made his voyage to the New World, chili peppers played a huge role in the traditions of Mexico, especially in the ancient Aztec and Mayan cultures.  Not only were they prized for the spicy, flavorful kick that they lend to a wide range of cuisine, they were also used for medicinal purposes and to fumigate homes.  The native tribes of Mexico had fully domesticated chili peppers far earlier than the days of Columbus, with archaeologists tracing them all the way back to 5000 BC in the country’s Tehuacán Valley.  The word “chili” can be credited to Nahuatl, an Aztec language from which many modern terms are derived. Research has been done on the connection between chili peppers and beverages in ancient Mexico, which has turned …

Creepy Crawlies on the Menu

In the USA and Europe, we tend to be squeamish about the creepy-crawlies of the world, and so the mere thought of touching one, let alone eating one, is enough to make most people shudder with fear. And yet there are many, many civilizations that include creepy crawlies on the menu. Gourmet creepy crawlies in Mexico Mexico is known for being the country with the highest number of edible insect species in North America. Long before the beef and pork tacos of today, high-protein, low-fat insects fuelled the warriors of Mexico. Here’s what creepy crawlies you can find on the menu today: Escamoles (Ant Larvae) Escamoles are a seasonal favorite which are eaten from March to May in Puebla. Much like caviar, ant larvae is considered a delicacy due to its texture and nutty, buttery flavor. Escamoles can often be found in tacos or sautéed with butter, garlic, and onion. Gusanos (Maguey Worms) Gusanos are protein-packed, earthy tasting, and particularly choice in sal de gusano or pan-fried with guacamole on the side, but they are …

The Restaurants at Villa del Palmar Cancun

The Restaurants at Villa del Palmar Cancun

If there is one thing that the hotel reviews of Villa del Palmar Cancun confirm, it is that you are in for a treat when it comes to gourmet dining during your stay. Villa del Palmar Cancun offers guests gourmet dining experiences at four a la carte restaurants, one fine dining buffet restaurant, one gourmet snack bar serving the pools and beach and one deli/snack bar, as well as 24 hour room service. Our optional all inclusive resort will ensure that your taste buds are tickled at every meal time. Read all about what you can expect from the restaurants Villa del Palmar Cancun: Davino Restaurant Davino restaurant is an elegant choice for guests at Villa del Palmar Cancun. From romantic dinners to family gatherings, the authentic mediterranean flavors here are a hit with all ages. Choose from a selection of the finest dishes from Italy, Greece, Spain and the south of France. Check out the fresh lobster here too. Zamá Restaurant Zamá is located at the heart of the resort distinguished by its huge …

Feeling Fabulous and Fit in Cancun

Feeling Fabulous and Fit in Cancun

There is no denying that staying healthy is a choice that involves many aspects such as eating healthily, exercising regularly, avoiding certain habits like smoking, drinking enough water and getting sufficient sleep each night. Many studies also show that taking regular breaks, which includes those you take throughout the day, your days off on the weekends as well as vacations are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. However, the danger we often face while vacationing is “undoing” all the good work we do all year round by over-indulging and breaking our healthy routines. That is why one of Villa del Palmar Cancun’s passion points is dedicated to wellness and ensuring guests can continue their healthy routines while enjoying a well earned vacation. Healthy Options on the Menus All of the menus at Villa del Palmar Cancun’s restaurants offer healthy options that are clearly indicated by symbols on the menu. You will see if dishes are gluten free, low in calories, vegetarian and so on. To further enhance your experience, the chefs at each restaurant …

Take a Bite at the Best Snack Bar

With several mouthwatering new options that have recently been added to the menu at Bite Bar at Villa del Palmar Cancun, there has never been a better time to grab a quick and delicious snack.  Focusing on the irresistible flavors of Tex-Mex cuisine, the new dishes at Bite Bar mingle with a selection of menu favorites so everyone is sure to love their meal.  The talented team behind Bite Bar has carefully selected a scrumptious mix of dishes based on these essential attributes: preparation time, variety and quality.   Preparation Time Every eatery should place utmost importance on valuing their customer’s precious time, and that is why Bite Bar makes it a point to serve up food quickly and efficiently, allowing our guests and members to get back to the beach or pool.  Understanding that no one likes to wait a long time for their food, the chef has crafted dishes that are not only appetizing and high in quality, but can be prepared quickly so you can eat sooner. Variety Bite Bar is thrilled …

Quality Fine Dining Privileges

Quality Fine Dining Privileges

One of the highlights of going on vacation is taking the opportunity to dine on a wide variety of mouthwatering foods during your travels.  When you book a stay at the luxurious Villa del Palmar Cancun, you can rest assured there will be no shortage of delectable cuisine to satisfy your cravings no matter what you may be in the mood for!  There are several phenomenal fine dining restaurants located on-site at the resort; let’s take a look at what each has to offer, as well as a brief overview of our amazing all inclusive plan. Quality fine dining privileges at Villa del Palmar Cancun: La Casona STK Featuring an effortless blend of steakhouse favorites and bistro dining at it’s finest, La Casona STK showcases a fine selection of gourmet choices such as Japanese cuts and aged meats.  Savor each bite amidst the relaxing ambience while enjoying first-class service, and perhaps make a selection from our award-winning wine list to pair with your meal. Fine dining at its best! Davino Serving up a flavorful mix …

Three kings celebration in Cancun

Three Kings Celebration in Cancun

During the holiday season in Mexico, the festivities extend into January with a celebration on January 6th to honor the Reyes Magos (The Three Kings) who are part of the Biblical nativity story that tells about the birth of baby Jesus.  It is quite common for Christmas decorations to be kept up through at least part of January in Mexico, where the buzz and excitement of the holiday season is hard to let go of.  You can experience this fun Mexican tradition for yourself if you are joining us at Villa del Palmar Cancun in the first week of January, during which you will be invited to take part in the “Rosca de Reyes” celebration.    Rosca de Reyes Fashioned to resemble a crown, the Rosca de Reyes (which translates roughly to “garland of the kings”) is a giant sweet bread that is lavishly decorated with vibrant caramelized fruit on the outside, while the inside contains small china figures that represent baby Jesus baked right in.  One or more Jesus figures will be found inside …

How to Quench your Thirst at the Beach

Sun, sea, and sangria… we all know this combination, and notice how incomplete it would seem without the last part. Refreshment is a key part of any lazy day on the beach; a frosty drink in one hand is key to a good sunbathing session (just remember your sunblock!). Here are our favourite drinks to enjoy while you curl your toes in the sand: Water! What, we hear you cry, but this is vacation! Well, that’s true, but staying hydrated is an essential ingredient to any good vacation! Dehydration will lead to fatigue, headaches, and even urinary infections if you top it with soaps and alcohol… so just have a glass of water every two or three cocktails and you’ll stay beach and vacation ready all day. If you’re not big on plain water why not add cucumber, lemon, or lime slices to the mix? Margarita Margaritas are perhaps quintessential to a Mexican vacation, as they are the most indelibly linked with this festive country. Traditionally speaking the margarita is made with tequila, triple sec …

Underwater Oxygen Bar on Cozumel Island

Underwater Oxygen Bar on Cozumel Island

As the world’s very first underwater oxygen bar, Clear Lounge is quickly making a name for itself.  Featured on major media outlets such as ABC News, DailyMail.com, NBC and USA Today, this popular underwater lounge is a big hit with visitors from all over the world.  Located at Puerta Maya, the Carnival Cruise port in Cozumel, Mexico,  it draws large crowds who are curious about this brand new sensation.  This multi-sensory experience is a treat for the entire body and will have you feeling as though you have entered a dimension of the future!   How It Works With the help of patent pending technology, guests are able to enter an underwater lounge while breathing enhanced, fragranced oxygen.  Guests are outfitted with a high-tech Sea TREK® helmet that sits on the shoulders, which keeps your body dry from the shoulders up.  This unique helmet supplies a continuous flow of cool, invigorating air that has been boosted with oxygen and the aromatherapy fragrance that each guest gets to choose.  The sessions are roughly 30 minutes long …

Special Diets and Allergies

Special Diets and Allergies

Are you one of those people who dreads going on vacation or having dinner with friends because you have a list of allergies or dietary requirements. Sometimes it is just easier to eat at home or bring your own dishes rather than try to coordinate with the host how best to accommodate your necessities, which in some cases can be life threatening. It is our mission to make sure that all of our guests are excited about the culinary experience they will encounter at Villa del Palmar Cancun, no matter what food allergy or dietary choices you might have. Take a look below at how we look after our guests with special dietary requirements. Tailored Dining We encourage our guests with allergies or special dietary requirements to inform the hostess/host that greets you upon arrival to our restaurants and who shows you to your table. They will coordinate with either the chef or the restaurant manager who will then approach you personally to make suggestions according to your dietary needs. All of our chefs are …