Warm winter weddings in the beaches of Mexico

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Winter is coming and we are happy because of the fresh breeze we recieve while we still have our lovely sun to warm us up!

Some facts about getting married in Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Tulum during the winter:

1. Sun sets at 5 pm local time so make sure to plan your times accordingly

2. Average temperature during the day is about 20-23 ºC and normally it’s breezy.

3. Night time can get cooler so if you are having the reception outdoors advice your guests to bring a light sweater or a pashmina.

All year round is a great time to celebrate your wedding in the mexican caribbean, so our most importanta advice is:

Get out and enjoy the warm winter!!

-Kristina

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Your wedding under the sun

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Having a Destination Wedding under the sun is a wonderful option for most couples, the pristine beaches of the Caribbean offer a luxurious and indulging experience for all the guests and the couple can have their wedding and honeymoon at the same time 😀

There are many things to plan for a wedding under the sun, and with all things happening around the wedding day, there is often one thing that concerns all of your guests and wedding party alike and is often overlooked.

Taking care of your skin!

As exciting as it is to take a week long trip to a beautiful sunny beach, skin care is probably the one thing that should be on top of the list. There’s more to it than just buying sunscreen and pouring it all over, taking care of your skin is a very important process specially for brides and bridal party (looking like a burned lobster in wedding pictures is not that great). Here are some skin care advice from a specialist, a sun care advisor from sun care central.

Quick facts you should learn before you expose yourself to the sun:

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1. Being in a completely different climate has effects in all of your body, although you might not notice it you need to make sure you hydrate yourself all of the time (specially if you’ll be drinking a lot of alcohol, and if you’re on holiday for a wedding chances are…you will).

2. Applying sunscreen must be a very thorough process, not just rubbing it in and getting in the pool 2 minutes later, the less time you give the skin to absorb the sunblock, the more chances it won’t work at all. This means your skin will be very affected by the sun.

3. Keep your skin protected, direct exposure to the intense sunlight will get you burned in 20 minutes even in a cloudy day, so make sure you reapply sunblock frequently throughout the day but the most important thing is to get a skin reconditioning lotion that has aloe vera as the main ingredient. Aloe Vera will turn pink skin into brown allowing you to tan the next day

4. Manage your time in the sun, tanning is a process that develops gradually, limit your time in the sun to 2 hrs a day. Avoid being in direct exposure to sunlight during the peak hours 11-3 aprox depending on your location, the sun is at it’s highest point and it will reflect the rays in the sand and the water increasing your risk of getting burned. Plus the more your skin is exposed or burned the drier it gets and the more it’s prone to get hurt.

5. Too much sun is a real health risk, so take your time to protect the biggest and most sensitive organ in your body: your skin.

The difference between tanning and burning.

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There are ways in which you can maximize your tan and minimize your burn son that you can look spectacular at the wedding and pain free.

The key to do it is to get the proper sun care protection. Many commercial lotions are made based on chemicals and heavy waxes which can cause aggravation on blisters and peeling or simply not be adequate for your skin type.

The most effective way to do it is to get a natural biodegradable filter and a proper aloe after sun lotion. A natural filter will allow you to get a base tan without burning which will increase your body’s natural sun protection while the aloe lotion will help keep your skin moisturized and repaired after the daily exposure.

Inquire more about proper skin care measures and a guest blogger from sun care central will help you out.

Happy Wedding Planning!

FESTIV CATERING: EL AUTÉNTICO SABOR DE MEXICO

INTRODUCCIÓN

Cancún es un destino destacado no sólo por ser un lugar ideal para vacacionar sino también por ser un destino de convenciones y congresos, tomando en cuenta que la ciudad ofrece una amplia gama de servicios que van desde el hospedaje hasta la organización e interpretación simultánea para el evento, es fácil entender por qué en los últimos años Cancún se ha ganado un puesto privilegiado en el desarrollo de convenciones y congresos a nivel internacional.

Sin embargo para llevar a cabo un evento, es necesaria una gran labor de coordinación y puede no resultar una tarea fácil.

Es crucial contar con un equipo de profesionales que se encarguen de que todo el evento se desenvuelva a la perfección y que se encarguen prestar atención a cada detalle.

Para lograrlo, nuestra recomendación es dar un vistazo a Festiv Catering.

Ésta compañía ubicada en Cancún ha demostrado que es capaz de llevar a cabo eventos de la más alta calidad que se enfocan en las necesidades específicas de cada momento, más que un servicio, ellos brindan una experiencia completa y causan una gran satisfacción a sus invitados.

Desde el primer contacto, sabes que estás tratando con profesionales, hacen visitas de inspección para las locaciones, establecen una relación de persona a persona, escuchan tus necesidades y dan seguimiento específico a lo que requieres pero lo que hace que se distingan del resto y que valga la pena contratar sus servicios es su actitud responsable, adaptable y comprometida, antes, durante y después del evento y por supuesto que sus precios son adaptables a todos los presupuestos.

CALIFICANDO A LA EMPRESA

Desde los colores y la disposición del lugar, los olores, la increíble locación y la atmósfera, Festiv Catering ofrece a sus invitados una experiencia auténtica para conocer a México y de lo que México se trata.

La primera sorpresa inicia envolviendo todos tus sentidos, a medida que bajas del auto se puede escuchar la música de mariachi en espera de recibirte, abres los ojos y observas la inmensa belleza de la Hacienda la Esperanza postrada frente a ti, comienzas a caminar siguiendo la música con una mezcla de emoción y expectativa, de inmediato  te encuentras inmerso en un mundo en el que las sonrisas y la amabilidad te reciben, un grupo de meseros te ofrece deliciosas bebidas, cocteles, margaritas, cerveza mexicana de clase mundial, agua y todo tipo de bebidas para refrescarte y aligerar el viaje.

Con cada paso que das descubres un nuevo elemento en la Hacienda, campos abiertos, una alberca iluminada por la luz de las velas, fuentes, salas para descansar, esculturas y obras de arte alrededor de todos los patios y jardines,  la bella arquitectura colonial mexicana y la suculenta combinación de violín, trompeta, bajo, guitarra y voces que vibran con las más coloridas melodías te atraen, los trajes brillantes y la gran expresión de México que simboliza el mariachi, hace imposible dejar pasar la oportunidad de una fotografía con ellos. Su gran actitud y maravillosa música hacen de la experiencia la bienvenida perfecta que marca la pauta para lo que promete ser una noche memorable.

Los espacios abiertos alrededor, el gran edificio colonial lleno de vida y color, el paisaje caribeño; toda una experiencia que te hace sentir como si hubieras entrado en un lugar donde el corazón de México vive y palpita.

Al llegar a la sala de bienvenida, la mirada permanece cautiva con tanto que admirar alrededor,  el entorno moderno y agradable invita a descansar y relajarse, una vez instalados, los primeros canapés comienzan a llegar: Mini brochetas de res marinadas con aceite de romero y ajo fresco, perla  de  quesos marinados con maní dorado  montado sobre un pan  de ajonjolí, champiñones rellenos con un mousse de  camarones con aroma de hinojo, chimichangas rellenas de carne y queso Oaxaca con hojas tiernas de hoja santa, empanadas de queso Oaxaca con hojas de epazote, entre otros manjares de la alta cocina mexicana.

A medida que la noche avanza, también lo hace la cocina dirigida por el Chef Ejecutivo Alejandro Ortiz, la atención al detalle, el gran cuidado y conciencia en la preparación y presentación de los platillos, rinde frutos al momento de la cena, en la que todos los asistentes disfrutan de una cena única de clase mundial.

Para iniciar, el chef Ortiz le permite a sus invitados disfrutar de una crema de chile poblano rostizado con aroma de aceite de albahaca servida con crocante de pan con ajo c y queso panela de rancho, para continuar, refresca el paladar con una ensalada de palmitos y pimientos de colores rostizados servidos sobre una cama de hojas de lechugas aderezada con vinagreta de fresas frescas de Guanajuato y un toque de balsámica al tomillo.

Para el plato fuerte, el equipo de Festiv Catering sorprende a todos sus asistentes con un platillo diseñado artísticamente, la sincronía de los meseros despliega una línea de platos fuertes elegantemente presentados, consistentes de pechuga de pollo rellena con flores frescas de calabaza, queso Oaxaca y jamón serrano servida sobre una cama de verduras de la huerta a la campirana salteadas a la mantequilla de orégano y papa nieve con queso parmesano y decorada con una franja de plátano cristalizada y romero.

Para coronar la impresionante experiencia culinaria, el Chef Ortiz manda a su equipo para que le sirvan a los invitados un mousse de mango y maracuyá servido en una canasta de tulipán almendrado y salsa de zarzamoras frescas con hojas de menta.

Con todo lo anterior, resulta poco decir que los invitados estaban encantados con la cena ofrecida y que ofrecieron sus felicitaciones al Chef y al equipo por un trabajo creativo y de calidad que no es común obtener en eventos.

Después de la cena, la pista de baile se encontraba lista para amenizar la noche y entretener a los invitados con una variada selección musical, desde un poco de samba hasta los éxitos de la escena de clubes más actuales y en todo momento los invitados recibieron un gran servicio y atención a sus necesidades.

A medida que avanzaba la noche, después de una agradable velada, los invitados regresaron a sus hoteles a descansar.

En general fue un evento de gran clase, el servicio, la coordinación y logística, el menú, la música y ambientación, el mobiliario, la locación, todo funcionó a la perfección.

El equipo que Festiv Catering reúne bajo la dirección de Arnoldo Morán y Alejandro Ortiz, ofrece un producto final que se distingue de cualquier otro en el mercado de servicios de  catering y eventos disponible en Cancún y la Riviera Maya.

Festiv Catering es sinónimo de profesionalismo, creatividad, responsabilidad y conciencia social en una compañía. Desde la selección y origen de su materia prima, ellos dan la oportunidad a productores locales y artesanales de llevar un beneficio a su comunidad al comprar sus ingredientes y realzan la identidad de la gastronomía mexicana al incorporar elementos regionales con innovadoras y modernas tendencias culinarias. Ellos proveen el mejor servicio y actitud antes, durante y después del evento, en todo momento demuestran su dominio del área y su experiencia mientras que se adaptan a las necesidades específicas de sus clientes.

Es por ello que se han ganado un lugar privilegiado entre sus clientes e invitados a quienes han demostrado una y otra vez, por qué son la mejor opción en su ramo.

por: Kristina Guerrero

Más sobre Festiv Catering en www.festivcatering.com, encuéntralos en Facebook 

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A true taste of Mexico: Festiv Catering

INTRODUCTION

Cancun is an outstanding destination not only for vacation but also for conventions & congresses, with a wide variety of services ranging from accomodation to organization and  interpreters, it’s easy to see why in recent years it has gained a leading position as a congress and company oriented destination.

But holding a congress wether it would be the annual training for the corporation or a seminar, is not an easy task.

You need to set up a team with the pros to make your event smooth and to have highly qualified people that will take care of everything.

Our personal recommendation is to take a look at Festiv Catering.

This company is based in Cancun, and has shown to carry out outsanding performances that focus on the particular needs of your event.

From the first contact you know you are dealing with professinals, they carry out site inspections for the venues and locations, establish a personal contact and do a great follow up on your needs, but what really makes them different and worthwhile is they are fair and responsible throughout the whole event, from the planning until the last detail and their prices are very feasible for all budgets.

REVIEWING THE VENDOR

From the colors, to the set up, the smells, the outstanding venue, the service and the atmosphere, Festiv Catering offers his guests a true experience of what Mexico is all about.

The first surprise begins with what greets your senses, as you come down from the car you can hear mariachi music already playing upon arrival, you open up your eyes and look at the immense beauty of Hacienda la Esperanza in front of you, as you start to walk in, there’s a mixture of awe and excitement, you are immediately drawn into another world where a crew of waiters are smiling and offering you refreshing cocktails, margaritas, cold mexican world class beer, water and every sort of beverage to lighten your journey.

 

With every step you take you discover a new element, the suculent combination of violin, trumpet, bass, guitar and voices that vibrate with such colorful melodies attract you, then you look at their bright outfits and it’s impossible to let the opportunity of a picture with maricahis pass you by. Their great attitude and wonderful music make the perfect greeting and set the tone for what promises to be a memorable evening.

The open spaces around you, the big colonial building full of life and color, the caribbean landscape, the whole experience makes you feel as though you have entered a place where the heart of Mexico lives and beats with sofistication.

As you get to the welcome lounge and keep looking around at the venue, the nice modern setting invites you to chill out and relax, you get comfortable and the first canapés start to arrive: Mini beef skewers marinated with rosemary oil and fresh garlic, pearls of golden cheese marinated with roasted peanut mounted on a sesame seed bun, stuffed mushrooms with a fennel flavored shrimp mousse, Chimichangas filled with meat and Oaxaca Cheese with a touch of the local herb “hierba santa” amongst other mexican high class delicacies.

As the evening moves on, so does the kitchen managed by Executive Chef Alejandro Ortiz, the attention to detail, extreme care and conciousness in the preparation and presentation of the courses, shows when everyone is enjoying a unique world class dinner.


To start off, Chef Ortiz allows you to indulge with a roasted poblano chile cream flavored with basil oil served with crispy garlic bread, and panela cheese, he then refreshes you and sets the tone for the main course with a hearts of palm salad and roasted colored peppers served on a bed of lettuce leaves garnished with a strawberry vinaigrette made out of fresh strawberries from central Mexico and a touch of balsamic thyme.

For the main course, the Festiv Catering team surprises everyone with an artistically designed dish, the sinchrony of the waiters deploys a line of well presented main courses featuring chicken breast stuffed with fresh pumpkin flowers, Oaxaca cheese and prosciutto, served on a bed of vegetables from the garden to the campirana sauteed with butter and oregano in campiran fashion, laying besides parmesan snow potato and decorated with a fried bannana strip and rosemary.

To crown the amazing culinary experience Chef Ortiz sends his team to serve their guests with a mango and passion fruit mousse served in an almond tulip basket (custom crafted/ baked) covered in a sauce of fresh raspberries and mint leaves.

It’s an understatement to say that guests were absolutely pleased with the menu and that they congratulated the chef and the team for such a creative job.

After dinner, the dance floor was heating up and ready to entretain all of the guests with the best grooves, a little bit of samba and latin rythms that led up to the latest club huts of the moment, and all the time guests were well attended and taken care of.

As the evening passed and everyone enjoyed themselves, the time came for guests to get back to their hotels and rest.

Overall it was a high class quality event, the service, the coordination and logistics, menu, music and ambientation, the set up, the venue, everything worked out perfectly.

The team that Festiv Catering puts together under the direction of Arnoldo Moran and Alejandro Ortiz offers a final product that sets istelf apart from any other catering and event services available in Cancun and the Mayan Riviera.

Festiv Catering equals professionalism, creativity, responsibility and above all a concious company. They buy from local producers to help them develop and give back into their communities, they enhance the value of the traditional mexican and mayan elements of the area blending them with sophisticated new culinary tendencies, they provide the best service and attitude before, during and after the event. They prove their expertise in their field and adapt to your specific needs.

That’s why this company has quickly earned the esteem of its clients and guests, to whon they have proven again and again, why it is they are the top company to hire.

by: Kristina Guerrero

for more on Festiv Catering visit: www.festivcatering.com or find them on Facebook

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