Food Fest on the Mexican Riviera

As part of what is now my WORLDwide book tour for A FORK ON THE ROAD: 400 CITIES, 1 STOMACH, I went down to Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan’s Mayan Riviera to host the Nov 21st Taste of Playa Food Festival, and do some book signings and cooking demos.  One of the places we visited prior to the big event on Sunday, was the Iberostar Gran Paraiso Resort, one of five luxury, all-inclusive resorts on the  seaside property.

The beachfront is gorgeous – white sand, palapas everywhere [the palm covered huts] and because it is an all-inclusive, drinks and food were flowing 24/7. Whenever I’m down in the Playa del Carmen zone, all I want to eat is seafood, and this trip was no exception.  Jordi Sole, the Operations Managers of all the Iberostar Resorts in Mexico was kind enough to arrange some cooking demos to compliment my poolside book signing.

Lots of people came out to meet and greet – many from Canada, plenty from the East Coast of the US. And everyone was HUNGRY. If you ever find yourself in the position of feeding 70 hungry seafood fans – and you happen to have a large, gas-fired paella pan in your backyard, this authentic recipe for Zarzuela is just what you need.

Check out my video of Chef Juan Carlos and Chef Olivia making a masterpiece HERE:  http://www.youtube.com/v/QuBZs3eaQPE?hl=en&fs=1

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