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Chef Saju Samuel Spices up Caprichos

Chef Saju Samuel Spices up Caprichos

Hailing from exotic and faraway India, Chef Saju Samuel has proven to be an excellent addition to the brilliantly diverse team at Caprichos gourmet buffet located at Villa del Palmar Cancun, where he has taken the menu selections on a spicy international journey to entice the palates of diners visiting from all around the globe.   When asked what distinguishes him as a chef, Chef Saju replied, “In Mexico, the obvious distinction is that I am from India and I am an expert in creating authentic Indian flavors and know how to use a whole host of different spices.”  With a fascinating culinary background, he continues to draw inspiration from his mother’s techniques, while also looking up to Chef Gordon Ramsay for his efficient style of management, saying, “I know he can come across as a bit rough, but he is always trying to get the best out of his team.”   While it is hard to imagine Chef Saju lashing out at the kitchen crew in the manner of his idol, his efficient organizational and …

Cancun All Inclusive or Room Only? What’s the Deal?

All inclusive culinary vacations in Cancun are becoming more and more popular as discerning vacationers move away from room only packages preferring the ease and luxury of being able to order at will from the hotel’s restaurants and room service without worrying about the credit card bill at the end. But why does it make particular sense to opt for a Cancun gourmet culinary all inclusive package at Villa del Palmar Cancun? Take a look at some of the reasons below. Gourmet Dining at Every Turn Perhaps the key most important factor that sways guests into opting for a Cancun all inclusive package at our resort is the quality of the dining experience that you will have. At Villa del Palmar Cancun, our all inclusive packages are most probably not what you are expecting.  Rather than old school buffet dining, 5 out of the 6 restaurants that you can choose to eat at when booking an all inclusive vacation are a la carte, with the sixth option being a gourmet quality selection of cuisine offered …

New Look La Casona STK

A New Look for Old Time Favorite at Villa del Palmar Cancun Villa del Palmar Cancun is proud to present a brand new look for one of our old time favorites.  La Casona STK, the five-star resort’s traditional steakhouse with a modern flare, underwent recent renovations, making it stand out once again as a favorite among guests and travelers visiting Cancun.  With its updated look, stellar service, innovative menu and sophisticated ambiance, La Casona STK gives guests everything they’re looking for in a world-class bistro and more.   At the heart of any restaurant is its kitchen and that is why Villa del Palmar Cancun chose the kitchen of La Casona STK for a starting off point for the renovations.  With the installation of higher quality stoves and high efficiency appliances, the top chefs of La Casona can more easily prepare the gourmet meals guests have come to expect. The kitchen also received new flooring, a new freezer room and a refrigeration chamber, which provide the optimal environment for storing all of the fresh ingredients …

Gourmet Hotel Dining in Cancun - Meet the Chefs

Gourmet Hotel Dining in Cancun – Meet the Chefs

Villa del Palmar Cancun Luxury Beach Resort & Spa is an optional all inclusive resort in Cancun, which means that you get the best of both worlds: restaurants that offer a la carte gourmet menus, as you’d expect in quality European Plan hotels, with the option to eat and drink as much as you like, when you like, as you’d expect of an all inclusive resort. You can stay on a room only tariff or opt for an all inclusive package and be sure that you are going to be enjoying the finest cuisine on your own terms. What this means for guests is the best quality gourmet hotel dining in Cancun and a la carte all inclusive provision. In order to deliver high quality gourmet hotel dining in Cancun, Villa del Palmar Cancun’s chefs are constantly reinventing the menus at the resort’s 5 fine dining restaurants and 2 snack bars to make sure that your taste buds are tempted each and every day of your stay. Meet the chefs that are in charge of …

The Flavors of a Mexican Christmas

If you have planned a vacation to Mexico for the holidays you are probably excited by the prospect of trying some different Mexican Christmas flavors. At Villa del Palmar Cancun, all of the restaurants will have special Christmas menus that showcase traditional Christmas dishes from the US and Canada, as well as dishes that you may find in Mexico during the holiday season. Mexico is rich in culinary history, therefore, it should come as no surprise that there are more than a few tasty traditions that you may not have tried before on the menu around Christmas time in Mexico. Take a look at some of the most popular dishes that Mexicans eat at Christmas. Tamales Tamales are rightfully at the top of the list for Mexican Christmas delicacies, being the main feature of the popular posada parties. Posadas are advent parties held on the run up to Christmas Eve, known as Noche Buena, where guests and hosts will reenact the arrival of Mary and Joseph looking for a place to stay in Bethlehem before …

Fine Dining in Cancun

Fine Dining in Cancun – Dining Done Right

Indulging in the distinct ingredients and succulent flavors of fine dining is just as integral a part of vacationing as relaxation and adventure. There is something wildly fulfilling about dabbling in the tastes of local cuisine and deliciously good meals that makes traveling so much more worth the while. When dining is done right, it can create magical moments that both satisfy your hunger and soothe your desire to experience the very best of wherever your travel plans take you. As one of the top tourist destinations in the world, Cancun knows what it takes to keep visitors coming back year after year. In addition to world-class resorts and incredible attractions, the idyllic destination serves up a host of mouthwatering fine dining options that promise to satisfy even the most distinguished tastes. At Villa del Palmar Cancun Beach Resort & Spa, you can pamper your palate with an exquisite selection of gourmet restaurants, including its fine dining steakhouse, La Casona; its Mediterranean bistro, Davino; the Signature Mexican restaurant, Zamá and the creative Japanese fusion restaurant, …

Healthy Menu for October Wellness

Healthy Menu for October Wellness

October Wellness hosted by the Village Spa at Villa del Palmar Cancun is all set to help you on your way to reaching your wellness goals in terms of mind, body and spirit. To accompany the various workshops, fitness classes, meditation sessions and spa treatments that are include in this specialized spa retreat package for October Wellness, you can enjoy a tailored healthy menu packed with nutrients and low in calories. Juices and Smoothies First off on the menu to jump start the body and mind upon waking is the introduction of a juice bar serving a variety of healthy juices and smoothies. You will find a juice or smoothie for all kinds of purposes, from detoxing and energy juices to fat burning and stomach cleansing smoothies, all intended to give your body some TLC first thing in the morning. Wholesome Breakfast The healthy menu for breakfast features a number of dishes that will keep you from the temptations at the breakfast buffet, each indicating the number of calories they contain. Enjoy fresh fruit, chía …

Zamas Chef Ciro Ernesto Gutierrez

Meet Zamá’s Chef, Ciro Ernesto Gutierrez Meza

Dining at Zamá, Villa del Palmar Cancun’s signature Mexican Restaurant, is one of those experiences you will want to repeat night after night, if it weren’t for the fact that you will be tempted by the other 4 gourmet restaurants at the resort. One of the attractions that makes dining at Zamá so enjoyable is the unique touch given our passionate Mexican Chef, Ciro Ernesto Gutierrez Meza who goes by the name Chef Ciro. Chef Ciro Our creative chef, who might well have been a pilot if he hadn’t launched a career as a chef, began his love for the culinary arts from an early age alongside his love of planes. By 8 years old he was already having fun in the kitchen, cooking up delicious creations for his family and friends at home. But his hobby soon became a passion, consolidated by his coming 4th in an international cooking competition in 2010 against 22 contestants as well as his culinary mentor. Although he was still an amateur at the time, this award spurred his …

Delicious Tikin Xic Recipe from Zamá Restaurant

Why not try preparing authentic delicious Tikin Xic Fish, a Yucatec Mayan dish, at home or in your Villa del Palmar Suite (One Bedroom Suites or larger). Tikin Xic is pronounced teekeen sheek and is a local delicacy throughout the Yucatan peninsula, served at Zamá Restaurant. The dish has a distinct red-orange color resulting from a flavorsome achiote (annatto) and sour orange marinade. You will also often see it cooked or presented on a banana leaf. Try this recipe at home and compare it to the real thing at Zamá Restaurant, Villa del Palmar’s contemporary Mexican restaurant at the heart of the resort. The fresh ingredients you will need: 180g Red Snapper fillet (could also use Grouper or Mero) 125g Cooked white rice 100ml Sour orange juice 100g Red onion 50g Plumb tomatoes 35g Achiote (Annatto) 20g Red pepper 20g Green pepper 20g Cabbage 10g Banana leaf 5g Lemon 5g Vegetable oil 4 Garlic cloves Salt to taste White Pepper Directions: Slice the green pepper, red pepper and tomato, leaving the ingredients to one side …