- Bidding to bring back tourists spooked by the drug trade, Matamoros pours US $2 million into luring visitors for Holy Week in April. Next year the tourist board will shift gears, setting its sights on rowdy college students looking for an apasionante spring break. Meanwhile, Matamoros crowns the Queen – they mean King – of its annual festival. For the first time, residents name a man as Queen of the Carnival. He’s Argentine actor Sebastian Rullí – already royalty in the world of Mexico’s Telenovelas.
- Down the coast, Cancún reports a surge of college students heading for its resorts. Between 30,000 and 50,000 students have booked their spring breaks there already. Colleges and the Texas Department of Public Safety warn students against heading south, but sandy beaches, tanned hotties and cheap booze trump scaremongering.
- Away from the parties Tulum, on the southern edge of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, is the latest in food hotspots. Hartwood, a restaurant opened by 2 expatriate New Yorkers, has set tongues wagging all over. The New York Times calls chef Eric Werner’s food “avant-garde and ancient, global and local — and fortunately delicious.” Check the link if you’re planning a trip or looking for a great recipe. Examples: Jicama salad with lime vinaigrette and mint cream or spiced skirt steak with whole roasted plantains.
Hasta la próxima!