La Olla in Oaxaca, Mexico: A Fresh Approach with a Twist of Tradition

La Olla Restaurant Bar and Gallery is an unpretentious downtown Oaxaca restaurant offering innovative Oaxacan specialties in a casual atmosphere just one block from the legendary baroque Santo Domingo Cathedral. Translated as “The Cooking Pot” in English, La Olla is a 22-year family business that over time has become a must-go destination for locals and tourists…

Café Rama: Bistro, Bar, and Art Gallery in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Quirky, amusing, one-of-a-kind, best describes Café Rama. From the outside, the restaurant appears compact and unassuming, but once you step through the threshold, you’ve entered a sizable wonderland of whimsy. Original artwork covers the walls; unmatched chandeliers cascade from the ceiling, old-school cartoons grace the big screens; this is funk at its best. And the…

Sunday Brunch At Real de Chapala Hotel – Ajijic, Mexico

If you should find yourself in Ajijic, Mexico, on a Sunday morning, make your way down the cobblestone streets to Real de Chapala for brunch with a capital B. Both locals and tourists flock here for what is described as “the best brunch in town.” While the food can’t be beaten, neither can the view…

The Kitchen at Dôce 18 Concept House, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende has become famous worldwide as a mecca for foodies. Its street food, regional Mexican dishes, and high-end, chef-centric restaurants together are a huge draw. But for fast food? Well, yes, with The Kitchen at Dôce 18 Concept House part of the scene. The Kitchen is a food court. But don’t let…

Sophisticated Italian Cuisine at Nonna Cucina – Mexico City

Nonna Cucina in Mexico City may seem like an anomaly. Fine Italian food in the city that is home to outstanding Mexican cuisine? Yes, indeed. Very fine Italian food indeed. Remember, Mexico City is a huge, sophisticated, international city, and Nonna Cucina is a good place to taste the city’s Italian accent. Location: Avenida Amsterdam 240,…

Buccanos At Night, an Upscale Cozumel Delight

On a trip to , Mexico, I was privy to explore the island as a local would with a friend who lives there. Buccanos Grill & Beach Club is a beach club where a $15 admission price gets you into the private beachfront facility to enjoy water sports, a swimming pool, umbrellas and palapas, snorkeling,…

Authentic Mexican at TOSMA Organic Market, San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende, in Central Mexico, has become a real foodie destination. Upscale, chef-branded kitchens have put an impressive culinary stamp on this town, and gourmet food lovers are turning it into a gustatory destination. But that doesn’t mean that simpler—and far cheaper—alternatives for a truly authentic and inexpensive Mexican meal have disappeared. Indeed,…

Fanny’s Terrace Bistro: Volcan, Panama

During a road trip to Volcan, (home of the famous 14,000 foot Volcan Baru), my friend suggested one of her favorite spots, Fanny’s Terrace Bistro. Fanny’s serves fresh gourmet meals, something not easy to find in the country of Panama. I looked forward to Fanny’s Terrace Bistro all day, and after enjoying a visit with…