03.16.15

TULUM RUINS – MEXICO

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I’m back, friends! If you are following me on Instagram you have probably noticed that the last week’s pictures were coming from the magical town of Tulum on Mayan Riviera in Mexico. I might have over-shared a bit, but believe me you would, too. Everything is so picture-perfect, there are so many details and all the colors, just a dream. It feels like you have entered a Bohemian Chic Pinterest board. But more about Tulum and all the tips I have for you are coming later this week. There are so many pictures I need to go through.

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Today I want to share with you our excursion to Zona Arquelogica de Tulum or otherwise knows as Tulum Ruins. Some people would tell you to skip this spot, as it is pretty touristy and yes, there are lots of tourists walking around, but I say, don’t skip it. This place is s beautiful, historical and to see only Mayan city build on coast is just impressive. Some education, while on beach vacation, doesn’t hurt, right?

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Upon entering through tiny doorways in the wall you are greeted by spacious green fields sprinkled with building remnants and pathways. The first impression is enough to spark your imagination how life was here centuries ago. I find it  exciting to walk the same ways Mayans walked to the beach to catch the fish or just to take a dip in the ocean. We strolled the whole area, but kept our way mostly along the coast and this is where the magic happens. The grey of the buildings and the lush green of the plants against the blue sky and turquoise sea are a huge feast for the eyes.  One just cannot get tire of looking at palms and the ocean, right?

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There is a stairway down to the beach and an observation deck to take pictures a la Max Wangerblue & turquoise ocean dotted with tiny swimmers. Unfortunately I didn’t get a good chance to challenge my inner Max as the waves where to wild and nobody really wanted to take a dip. Next time.  Still there are tons of opportunities for us all photography lovers.

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When visiting the ruins you shouldn’t only have your camera with you. It’s gets really hot and windy at the same time and the sun is mercilessly burning down on you. So hat, water and lots of sunscreen are a must. Trust me. We had our new favorite travel bag with us to hold our stuff where every we went – the bike to beach bag from Alite Designs. Not only is this bag good looking, locally made in SF but also spacious and sturdy for all your outdoor adventures. Excited to see where else this bag will travel with us this year. Hop over to Alite Designs to see their selection on outdoor gear for your next trip.

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We strolled the Mayan Ruins for about 2 hours, without a guide, but I guess if you want to know a little bit more about history, a guide would make sense as there are not that many signs describing the buildings and places. Here are also some other tips I want to share with you, if you are planning to visit the Tulum Ruins.

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TULUM RUINS TIPS


GETTING THERE
We rented a CAR for the whole stay so we drove all the way up to the ruins. There is a parking lot, but we parked along the street and walked few feet to the entrance. We used the car as we already had it ( and payed a lot for it), but I highly recommend renting a BIKE at your hotel and just having a relaxed and slow ride. The ride can be everyting in between 10 – 45 minutes depending where you are starting, but it’s worth and easy on your nerves when it comes to looking for a parking spot. There are also cabs driving all the time on the main Tulum Beach road with fares between $5-$10.

ENTRANCE FEE
The fee to enter the ruins is 64 pesos which is about $4,20. They say they accept credit cards, but we weren’t able to pay them. You should have the right amount on hand, because if you pay in dollars, you might may a little bit more.

TO HAVE WITH YOU
– camera
– sunscreen
– hat
– water
– scarf


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On our way back we stopped at Playa Paraiso and some other hotels which are on the not so populated side of Boca Paila, but we didn’t stay long as it was pretty crowded and we needed the cool shade of our own hotel palms.

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Our historical trip was a nice change to the hammock life in Tulum and I really recommend to invest 3 hours of your beach vacation and discover the Mayan Ruins. I hope you like the quick, virtual stroll and if you have any questions or tips, please leave a comment. I would love to hear it.

Hola!

 






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02.17.15

WORKSHOP WITH PLANNING PRETTY & FEASTLY

instagram-teaser-1 Hey friends,
something  exciting is coming you way! My dear friend Camille of Planning Pretty and I have teamed up with Feastly to bring you a fun workshop filled with delicious food, styling tips & photography tricks to make your Instagram pictures look mouth-watering. We will dish up some of our favorite brunch meals while sipping on mimosas and learning about styling the perfect plate and editing for Instagram.
The workshop is happening on Sunday, March 1st, 11am at Feastly Offices and we would love if you can join us!  

The workshop will be from 11am-1pm, so we will have plenty of time to eat, drink, learn and mingle. This event is great for everyone who loves a good brunch but also wants to get the ins & outs of styling & photography. Hop over to Feastly for more details and get your tickets here!

My friend Camille will focus on styling the perfect table, choosing the right props and centrepieces while I will share my knowledge about the perfect angle, backgrounds, light & editing for Instagram. This is going to be really good! And all for only $38/person.

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

Thank you Feastly for inviting us to host this fun even and I hope to see some of you there!

PS. If you are looking for some other great culinary experiences make sure to browse Feastly meals and follow along on Twitter for news and updates.

Cheers,
Ana

 

*photo by Planning Pretty






02.12.15

CAULIFLOWER RICE WITH SHRIMP & FRIED EGG

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January is over but  hopefully you are still practicing your clean eating resolutions. Being spoiled with all that deliciousness and diversity over the holidays it might be hard for the healthy dish to keep up the excitement on the menu, that’s why I aim to create new dishes to jazz up the daily food routine. Eating healthy requires discipline and not having enough options will likely throw us back to old habits.

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One of my current obsessions are meals with asian note. I love all things soy, miso, ginger  and rice. They give just the right taste support to any vegetables, curry,  fish or meat and feel so fresh and not overwhelming. Yet too much rice can be contra productive when it comes to loosing that hard-won muffing top. We need something that will give us the satisfaction of eating rice, but without the carb overload – and that’s where the cauliflower comes into the play.

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This all year around and super versatile veggie is a perfect fit to make a great rice substitute. Besides being super tasty, this side can be made in no time, prepared in advance and stored in the fridge to be used when ever you need it. The whole magic behind cauliflower rice is to rinse the cauliflower, cut in small pieces and pulse it in a food processor until you get fluffy, grain-like pieces. Season with some salt & pepper, your herbs of choice and that’s all. If you like it crunchy leave it raw and if you want the more soft version sauté it for 1-3 minutes in olive oil. It’s been my staple for the past few months and  the mixing possibility seam to be endless.

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Today’s asian inspired cauliflower rice with shrimp and fried eggs became quickly my favorite breakfast or lunch alternative to scrambled eggs with hash browns or usual salad. It will restore your taste buds and provide nourishing ingredients for your body. The seasoning with ginger, tamari  & toasted sesame oil give this meal tangy character and the silky egg yolk will create a creamy texture. Gently cooked shrimp and shitake mushroom make sure your plate gets color and variety.

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I suggest you make a big batch and invite your friends over for a fun family-style Sunday brunch where everyone can top their cauliflower rice as they like. Yes, you can also make this dish also for dinner and any other meal of the day. Give this delicacy a try sooner, then later and discover the great taste and option of cauliflower rice.

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CAULIFLOWER RICE WITH SHRIMP & FRIED EGGS (serves 4)

Ingredients:

– 1 medium head cauliflower
– 2 tbsp olive oil
– 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
– 2 tbsp tamari  or soy sauce
– 1 thumb sized piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
– 5 shitake mushrooms
– 12-15 medium size shrimp with tail, thawed
– 4 eggs
– 3 scallions
salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Remove the leaves from the cauliflower and cut the florets into small pieces, wash and pulse in a food processor until cauliflower is grind  to grain-sized pieces. About 2 minutes.

2. In a frying pan heat the toasted sesame oil, 1 tbsp olive oil and the ginger until oil is hot. Add cauliflower rice and soy sauce and saute for about 5-7 minutes. Stirring occasionally.

3. In another pan heat the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil, add the shitake mushrooms and shrimp and fry for about 5-7 minutes. Remove from the pan, place it on a plate and season with a little bit salt & pepper.

4. In the same pan fry the eggs as you like them. Add some oil if needed and season with salt & pepper while cooking.

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