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Zamá Restaurant in for a Treat!

Zamá Restaurant in for a Treat!

Everyone’s favorite Mexican restaurant at Villa del Palmar Cancun will receive some TLC this autumn when the five star resort makes some renovations to the celebrated venue at the heart of the complex located on Playa Mujeres in Cancun. A number of improvements have been announced for Villa del Palmar Cancun which included the stylish renovation of Zamá restaurant, which will boast a brand new lunch menu, as well as pool repairs and improvements. Zamá Restaurant Zamá is Villa del Palmar Cancun’s signature contemporary Mexican restaurant that is located at the heart of the resort complex between the waterfall bridge pool and the main pool. Throughout October and November 2016, the gourmet restaurant will be receiving an elegant facelift, which will include brand new furniture and a new roof. Upon reopening, guest will be able to enjoy Zamá’s brand new lunch menu to complement its celebrated evening menu. Iconic Roof Zamá’s iconic roof poses grandly like the hat of a Mayan shaman and can been admired against a turquoise Caribbean backdrop from almost all of …

Tequila - The Pride of a Nation

Tequila – The Pride of a Nation

Tequila is a unique and memorable drink which is indelibly linked to Mexico and it’s rich history, though it’s complexity and sophistication are poorly understood outside of the country. An infamous party drink, tequila often instils passionate opinion into those who have experienced it, whether this opinion is based upon knowledge and experience or a rough night and killer hangover. Whatever the case, tequila is steeped in a rich and interesting history older than the Mexican nation itself, and is to this day one of the largest exports to leave the country. Rich history The origins of making alcoholic beverages from agave plants reach as far back as 1,000 BC when pulque was made by the Aztecs. Made from the fermented sap of agave plants, pulque was so important to the Aztecs that they began to worship Patecatl the god of pulque. Although the process of agave distillation that followed was not well documented, it is believed to have begun during the Spanish conquest, around the 1400s. The result was a crude form of today’s …

Top All Inclusive Vacation Resorts: Villa del Palmar Cancun

Top All Inclusive Vacation Resorts: Villa del Palmar Cancun

If you are searching for the top all inclusive vacation resorts for Cancun, then you have certainly arrived to the right website. Villa del Palmar Cancun is celebrated as one of the top all-inclusive vacation resorts in Mexico as can be seen by the consistently positive reviews on TripAdvisor and other reputable websites that rank the best all inclusive hotels and resorts for your vacations in Mexico. Top All Inclusive Vacations So, what makes the best all inclusive vacations? Firstly, the best all inclusive vacation resorts receive the best reviews for the variety of their cuisine, meaning there is something on the menu for every member of your group of friends or family. The top all inclusive resorts in also ensure that you can have a different fine dining experience every day of your vacations, whether that be sampling different options from your favorite restaurant’s menu or being able to choose from a wide selection of restaurants that are included in your all inclusive package. Another feature that sets the top gourmet culinary all inclusive …

Signature Cocktails For Your Mexican Escape

Signature Cocktails For Your Mexican Escape

Few things can beat a delicious cocktail as you relax on vacation in Cancun at Villa del Palmar. Zamá gourmet restaurant, dedicated to contemporary Mexican cuisine, has a fabulous collection of fine signature beverages serving tequila, mezcal and Mexican liqueurs like kahlua for the best Signature Cocktails for your Mexican escape. Signature Cocktails at Zamá Carefully crafted by the mixologists at the resort, the cocktail collection at Zamá is a sophisticated selection of beverages with distinctive Mexican flavors. Take a look below: Margaritas In addition to the classic lemon margarita with tequila, lemon juice and orange liqueur, which you can enjoy on the rocks or frozen, you can also experience this Mexican tradition mixed with other fruits such as guava, tamarind or mango. Adventurous cocktail fans might want to try the K Áak margarita which is named after the Mayan word for “fire.” This mango margarita is packed with jalapeño chilli, although you can also order it without chilli. For a cooler flavor, ask for the cucumber margarita to refresh your taste buds. Mezcal While …

Savory Desserts Delight the Palate at Davino

Savory Desserts Delight the Palate at Davino

One of the biggest trends currently in the culinary world is utilizing savory ingredients within desserts, creating a unique sensation foodies can’t get enough of.  At Davino restaurant located at Villa del Palmar Cancun, Chef Diego Stefan has added some mouthwatering creations to the menu, which he discusses below: “At Davino restaurant we wanted our desserts to stand out from the crowd, introducing a selection of sweet dishes with uncommon flavors” explained Chef Diego when fielding a question about the surprising ingredient combinations that are highlighted on his dessert menu. “Such combinations are already making an impact on the culinary trends at the top restaurants around the world, and we want to make sure that our restaurants are also at the forefront of the most delicious developments in gourmet dining.” Similar to the rise in popularity of savory dishes incorporating sweet ingredients such as chicken dishes which feature chocolate-based sauces and fruit being added to entree salads, the top pastry chefs in the world have recently begun experimenting with the pairing of unconventional ingredients to …

Mexican food and wine at Zamá

Mexican Food and Wine at Zamá

Get to know the amazing cuisine of Mexico in a whole new way at Zamá restaurant at Villa del Palmar Cancun, where you will discover the mouthwatering tastes of a nation bursting with distinctive flavors. Although you have probably sampled your share of Mexican dishes wherever you live, they will undoubtedly pale in comparison when you experience the skillfully prepared specialties at Zamá.  Designed to highlight the depth of aromas and flavors inherent to Mexican fare, the dishes you encounter at Zamá represent the great variety of individual cooking styles that you might find within each region in Mexico with particular focus on Yucatecan dishes.   A Wealth of Culinary Heritage In a country as large as Mexico, it comes as no surprise that culinary traditions and time-honored recipes vary from region to region or even state to state.  Perhaps because of this distinction, the cuisine of Mexico has been given the unbelievable honor of being named an intangible heritage by UNESCO.   At the forefront of Mexican food is a vast diversity of preparation …

Chef diego steban brillan en davino

Chef Diego Stefan Shines at Davino

Our young Italian chef, Diego Stefan, currently spends his days wowing the discerning palates of vacationers from around the globe at Davino’s Mediterranean restaurant located at Villa del Palmar Cancun Luxury Beach Resort & Spa; but his love for fine cuisine started from a much younger age growing up near Venice in Padua, Italy.  In a recent interview, our charismatic chef explained how his inspiration to pursue the culinary arts began with his family: “My parents are restaurateurs in Italy, so you could say I have gastronomy in the blood. From about 12 years old I began working in restaurants, so by the time I came to study gastronomy formally in Italy, I already had a strong basis.“   His studies and career took him all over the globe from Italy to China, Las Vegas, Bermuda, and ultimately landed him in Mexico where he has delighted foodies in Acapulco, Playa del Carmen and now Cancun.  So, what exactly drew him to the position of Chef Patron at Villa del Palmar Cancun?  Chef Stefan says, “When …

Recommended Dishes at Villa del Palmar Cancun

Recommended Dishes at Villa del Palmar Cancun

When planning a vacation, one of the most thrilling thoughts is the prospect of all the fabulous meals you will experience.  Tafer’s five-star beach resort and spa Villa del Palmar Cancun, which is situated on the Mexican Caribbean, offers five fine dining restaurants and a gourmet snack bar that will tantalize your tastebuds: Zamá for a fresh new spin on Mexican classics, Hiroshi for a mouthwatering Japanese fusion, La Casona steakhouse for bistro-style dining, Caprichos buffet for international favorites, Davino for contemporary mediterranean cuisine and Bite Bar for appetizing snacks.  Just reading this list of the top ten dishes at Villa del Palmar Cancun may send your hunger into overdrive! 1. Vegetable Dumplings HIROSHI These sensational Japanese vegetable-filled dumplings are served with a delectable basil sauce. 2. Watermelon Salad at DAVINO When you need to cool down from the sizzling heat, try this rejuvenating blend of watermelon, feta cheese and caramelized peanuts. 3. Short rib at LA CASONA or DAVINO With a precise method of preparation which includes over 12 hours of cooking, this buttery …

Wine Pairing with Davino’s Chef Diego

Wine Pairing with Davino’s Chef Diego

In an recent interview with Davino restaurant’s Chef Diego Stefan at Villa del Palmar Cancun, the Italian chef from Padua shared some great insight into the art of wine pairing and how to accompany your meals while staying at our five star Cancun resort. What factors affect which wine to choose for your meal? Choosing the perfect wine for your meal depends on many factors: the occasion, the time of day, the weather and, of course, what you will be eating; oh and let’s not forget the price tag. How do you choose between red or white wine? The standard choice of white wine with fish or chicken dishes and red wine with darker meat and heavier meals is a good starting point, but there is more to choosing a wine to complement your meal than color and price. Perhaps the best option while dining at the resort is to ask your waiter for a recommendation for you particular meal. How expensive is the wine at Villa del Palmar Cancun? Once a luxury reserved for …

Typical Dishes from the Yucatan

Typical Dishes from the Yucatan

It is hard to even think about planning a vacation to Mexico without imagining the finest Mexican cuisine. Its delicious flavors, rich ingredients, and unique concoctions have become famous worldwide, to the point where UNESCO has recognized Mexico’s gastronomic heritage, protecting the roots of its fine cuisine. Of course, most people are familiar with the tacos, burritos, and enchiladas that are served in North American TexMex restaurants, but these are not the true origin of Mexico’s finest dishes. On your next vacation to Cancun and the Riviera Maya, you really should try some of the specialities from the Yucatan region. Cancun and the Riviera Maya are located on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, and as such, vacationers can truly indulge in the traditional unique dishes that combine Mayan and Spanish flare together in this region. The Yucatan food has a distinct flavor and smell, because of the fresh cilantro, chili peppers, and oregano among other fresh ingredients that are used. The use of achiote and chimole paste characterizes the Yucatan flavor as these pastes are …