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The gooey, creamy sandwich that all kids grew up with (and most of us continued to eat religiously into adulthood) has a scrumptious legacy all over the world.
Grilled cheese is one of the simplest, yet most universally delicious dishes in existence. But the days of making grilled cheese sandwiches with cautiously white, airy bread and neon-orange processed cheese of questionable origin is a thing of the past. At least, we think it should be in your past — because there are so many other options.
Put down the Kraft singles and join us for a trip around the world to see how this iconic, lovable sandwich manifests in other parts of the globe.
We take full responsibility for your looming hunger.
Down Unda, grilled cheese often comes in the form of a jaffle, which is a traditional toasted sandwich made in an enclosed metal skillet (often called a jaffle iron). After inserting the sandwich into the jaffle iron, it becomes sealed around all edges; the excess crust is cut away once the iron is sealed. The result is sort of like an Aussie hot pocket. If you’re in Melbourne, pay close attention to Jafflechutes; they basically send you grilled cheese/jaffles via parachutes magically dropped from the sky. No really, that's what they do. [Photo via Flickr]
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In 2009 we told you about a neat little conservation scheme that Mexico had brainstormed to preserve the country's coral reefs. The reefs around Cancun were getting overrun by tourists, and so the government wanted to give those tourists something different but still shiny to play with instead. In this case the folks in charge of Mexico travel decided to build the world's largest underwater museum, and to fill it with precious sculptures. It would give divers a brand new thing to explore. Clever clever.
Fast forward half a decade, and CNN just did a full-blown photo spread on the now-completed Museo Subacuático de Arte. The museum's collection is filled with among other things sculptures by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor. The article explains that the cement was covered with a particular kind of material that boosts coral growth, with the aim being that the art of providing a skeleton for a brand new coral reef.
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End of the world predictions based on the Mayan calendar are, in a word, dumb (in two words: really dumb; in three words: really, really dumb; and so on). But because humanity is a magical pixie-dusted tapestry of diversity, the impending expiration of the Mayan calendar has become big business. And because humanity also likes to travel, what the NY Post once called the "Apocalypse Cash Cow"books, DVDs, merchandise, smartphone apps, etchas now reached the tourism industry.
Fox News Latina has a brief rundown of some of the Maya-themed tours, services, and events that have sprung up across Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. Most of the programs thankfully don't have anything to do with the calendar itself. Tour guides, hoteliers, and entire countries are simply taking advantage of the heightened interest that tourists have taken in all things Mayan.
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Here's a truncated roundup of the last 18 months of our Mexico Travel posts: Mexicana's financial instability is ruining tourism to Mexico, the FAA's safety rating downgrade is ruining tourism to Mexico, the State Department's travel alert is ruining tourism to Mexico, Hurricane Rick is ruining tourism to Mexico, Hurricane Ida is ruining tourism to Mexico, and swine flu is ruining tourism to Mexico.
You begin to see why Mexico's tourism board has launched a campaign to try to rebrand the country. The pitch-perfect slogan? "Mexico: The place you thought you knew."
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The string of great news for the oneworld airline alliance had to stop some time, and apparently that time was yesterday. That's when ailing Mexican national airline Mexicana officially filed for bankruptcy in the US and Mexico. The move will allow them to keep operating, though it obviously casts doubt on the company's long-term viability. It's also not a particularly positive sign for the airline industry as a whole, which really just can't catch a break.
Still, it's hard to say that this filing was totally unexpected. Between getting their air safety rating downgraded by the FAA and having their planes randomly confiscated by Canadian lessors, the airline wasn't exactly convening an overwhelming ethos of stability.
We're already well acquainted with good weather vacation guarantees, but now it seems that desperate destinations are jumping aboard the no flu guarantee bandwagon.
Desperate to get travelers to again view Mexico as a safe tourism destination, twenty coastal resorts have launched a "flu-free guarantee." All you need do is book an upcoming trip to any of the resorts, which are mostly in Cancun or the Riviera Maya, and if you do happen to get swine flu (and have the bloodwork to prove it), the consortium will pay for the entirety of your next three vacations.
The CDC lifted their travel ban to Mexico last week, and most countries have now resumed flights to the country, although travelers are still understandably hesitant to return south of the border.
So is Memorial Day weekend the time to return to Mexico? The prices say yes. Unlike just about anywhere else in the world, you can book a plane ticket to Mexico right now and still get a cheap fare for this weekend. Searching on Kayak, we found Friday-to-Monday roundtrip flights to Cancun for $281 from New York, $316 from Chicago, and $363 from LA. Get to clicking, and leave those flu masks at home.
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Remember when Spring Break meant beer bongs and bikini contests in Cabo? Those were the days. On Friday, the Mexican government passed a bill legalizing small amounts of pot, ecstasy, cocaine and even heroin within its' borders. The law passed 53-26 in the Mexican Congress and is meant to change the police focus from small drug busts to large shipments.
So what does this mean for America? Aside from potentially solving this whole immigration problem--who would want to leave a country where you can freely snort away your problems--we must also be cognizant of how this could change the lives of frat boys forever. Donkey shows and Club Med are no longer Mexico's main attractions if frat boys can buy brown in Baja. Which we wouldn't, but Nicole Richie might.
For now, we'll just sit back and wait for Joe Francis' next spring break endeavor: Girls Passed Out for Twelve Hours Consecutively.
[Image via genesis3000/Flickr]
· Mexico Set to Legalize [CNN]
The thought of packing it in, heading to another country and getting married is always tempting. Ali Landry (you know, the former Ms. Mario "AJ Slater" Lopez. No? How about the girl in the Doritos ad at the laundromat? We thought you'd remember that one.) caved to just such a cool ranch craving this weekend in Mexico, where she wed director Alejandro Monteverde. (no affiliation to Doritos)
The "Eve" co-star's previous marriage was annulled in the snap of a finger as she hopped on down to San Miguel de Allende on Saturday to make #2 official. Cheers! Just how we like to see it done...
· Eve Co-Star Ali Landry Weds in Mexico [ABC News]
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A huge pyramid has been discovered under two feet of dirt on a hill in Mexico City. The 1500-year-old structure is as big as the Pyramid of the Moon, in nearby Teotihuacan, with a height of 60 feet and four sides that are each 500 feet long.
The hillside, in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of town, has its own modern religious significance, since it's been used since 1833 to stage reenactments of Christ's crucifixion. Sounds like a party, right?
The National Institute of Anthropology and History will not be digging up the entire site because of the reenactments. A spokesman for the institute stated that "both the pre-Hispanic structure and the Holy Week rituals are part of our cultural legacy, so we have to look for a way to protect both cultural values." For the moment, that means no digging.
· 1,500-year-old pyramid discovered [Yahoo]
· Pyramid presents religious quandary [CNN]
· Ancient Pyramid found in Mexico [BBC]