I’ll Never Be Happy With Normal Food Again

It’s good to have a press pass.

Today I got to go with a bunch of friends to the Gourmet Tasting Village at the Cancun Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival! And Oh. My. Goodness. We had the best time!

We spent two hours devouring sample sizes of gourmet food created by restaurants, caterers and resorts in the Cancun and Riviera Maya region! Some of it was just “meh”, but most of it was unbelievable. The event also had lots and lots of wine to sample, but our little group was so intently focused on the food that we kinda forgot about the wine. Whoops!

Here are some of my favorite pics… I won’t share all of them because I don’t want to ruin the surprises for anyone who is going to the Gourmet Tasting Village on Sunday.

The Gourmet Tasting Village is still going on Sunday afternoon, March 16 from 2 – 5 pm. (You’ll want to get there at 2 because trust me, you need the full 3 hours.) If you like the Cancun Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival on Facebook, you can even get passes at 2 for the price of 1!

Buy your tickets here.


Sunrises and Swim Caps at the Xel-Ha Triathlon

Never in my life have I wanted to do a triathlon. I’ve never seen one, never even been remotely interested in doing one.

Until Sunday.

I arrived at Xel-Ha at the crack of dawn for the Xel-Ha Triathlon. Despite the early hour, everyone arriving seemed nervous and excited. As I waited for the event to start, the beauty of Xel-Ha’s bay at sunrise just blew me away.

The biggest triathlon event had taken place the day before, but there was still a good crowd for the shorter Sprint on Sunday. The Sprint consists of the following:

  • 750 meter swim
  • 20 km bike ride
  • 5 km run

For someone who can only run 2 km straight, this all sounds very impressive!

The Swim

The swimmers line up on Xel-Ha's floating bridge


The cycling portion went through some of the jungle areas and roads around the park. I didn’t catch much of the trail, but it was fun watching the racers transition from the swim to the bike portion!


By the beginning of the run, the racers looked hot and exhausted, but each and every one was still maintaining an impressive speed. I don’t know how they do it. They were given packs of water, which they used to drench themselves and cool off.

Beginner Ladies

Even after seeing these incredible athletes compete, I have to admit that I was most blown away by the beginner ladies group. This year, Xel-Ha inaugurated its first ever category for ladies competing in their first ever triathlon. Participants were trained in a 6-week online program, and 50 brave women showed up for the following triathlon:

  • 400 km swim
  • 10 km bike
  • 2.5 km run

These distances sound very doable for me, and I thought it was a great way to learn all about the transitions and mechanics of a triathlon without all the pressure of racing with experts. I didn’t get to see their bike and run portions, but the beginner ladies swim was beautiful.

Gracias to Xel-Ha park in the Riviera Maya for hosting this incredible event in such a breathtaking setting! You probably won’t see me participating anytime soon (I have an unrational fear of bikes), but it did inspire me to do more 5k races.

Have you ever completed a triathlon? Do you want to?

Follow My Adventures!

Good morning!

Today I’ve been invited to the 2nd Mayan-Tibetan Bicultural Encounter at the stunning Hacienda Tres Rios resort in the Riviera Maya.

Throughout the day, I’ll get to see a mix of Mayan and Tibetan ceremonies, followed by kayaking, snorkeling and swimming in the cenotes (eco resort, baby!), not to mention a lot of eating and drinking (All Inclusive, baby!)

This might be me today!

If you want to hear all about my luxury/eco/cultural/culinary adventures during the day, you can follow hashtags #MexicoToday and #MayaTibet, or @CancunGringa (that’s me!) on Twitter.

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Come at me, paradise!