The Omni Cancun Hotel and Villas is a Vacation Paradise

The Omni Cancun Hotel and Villas is the Perfect Mexico Vacation Destination!

Beautiful Omni Cancun Hotel and Villas

I recently returned from a week long stay at the Omni Cancun Hotel and Villas and it was fabulous!  I attended several culinary arts events and have lots of great ideas to share with my readers and my students.  Cancun is known for it’s beaches, excellent resorts and nightlife.  Cancun has two distinct areas:  the hotel zone (Zona Hotelera) which is a long, beachfront strip of hotels, restaurants and shops and the traditional downtown area known as El Centro.  We spent most of our time at the resort but we also ventured out to El Centro to get a true sense of Cancun  and interact with the local people.  My family and I have vacationed at The Omni Cancun every year for over 15 years and we enjoy it more each year!

This year I traveled with my youngest daughter, Kacy,  and two friends who are also Culinary Arts Instructors.

Happy Travelers at The Omni Cancun Hotel and Villas

The resort has recently redecorated the hotel lobby and hotel bar areas and added a Vacation Club Member’s Lounge.

Redecorated Lobby at the Omni Cancun Hotel and Villas

Dining Options at The Omni Cancun:

We purchased the all-inclusive option which included all of our meals, snacks and drinks for the entire week.  It also included entertainment each evening.  The Omni Cancun offers several dining options.  La Vista Asian Cuisine and Lounge boasts Indonesian and Asian cuisine and a Buddha Bar and is open for dinner.  We enjoyed dinner at La Vista our first night in Cancun.  Pina Colada is a casual open-air beachfront restaurant where we enjoyed breakfast each morning.   We loved the beautiful view from this restaurant and the friendly staff.  Da Vinci Restaurant offers gourmet Italian cuisine and was our favorite choice for dinner.  Da Vinci Restaurant  has an elegant atmosphere and provides an exceptional example of formal place settings, 5-star service and a 5 course meal presentation.  My favorite waiter at Da Vinci Restaurant is Enrique.  His service and attention to detail made our dinners extraordinary!

Enrique at Da Vinci Restaurant

Here is the “Chocolate Piano” which is one of the dessert offerings at Da Vinci:

La Paloma Restaurant features buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  This beautiful Mexican themed buffet restaurant has an abundance of appetizers, main dishes, salads and desserts.  Here are some of the beautiful food presentations:

We met with the Omni Cancun Director of Hospitality and toured two of the Omni restaurants.  The chef at Viva Mexico demonstrated Fajitas.  We also learned about cooking on a Trompo which is similar to a rotisserie. Pastor Pork is prepared on a Trompo by placing a half of pineapple onto the skewer, followed by thinly sliced seasoned pork and then topped with the remaining pineapple top.  Delicious!

Pastor Pork on the Trompo

Chef Demonstrating Fajitas at Viva Mexico!

Fajita Demonstration at Viva Mexico Restaurant

Viva Mexico is a cantina-style restaurant with traditional Mexican fare – tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, etc.  Other restaurants include the Sushi Bar, Kuku’s Jacuzzi Beach Bar, The Pool Bar and Grill and La Pina Grill.

Flip Flops on the Beach!

We also made time for sun and fun on the Cancun beach!  We rented a Thai Bed several days and just soaked up the Cancun sun!

Vickie and Kacy

Vickie and Kacy on the Cancun beach!

We all agreed that it was hard to say goodbye to beautiful Cancun and to the warm and friendly people we met along the way.

Until next year……



Learn How to Make a Citrus Topiary Garnish!

Citrus Topiary

Easy Fruit Garnish Idea!

You can WOW your family and friends by learning how to garnish your prepared food dishes or drinks.  Surprisingly, garnishes are very easy to make and only take a few minutes of your time.  Garnishes “Make Life Special”  by adding that extra touch to your meals. You can create garnishes with fruits or vegetables and there are a lot of great tutorials on YouTube that show you step by step how to do it.  Most garnishes can be made with a simple paring knife so you don’t have to have expensive tools to be creative in the kitchen.

Here is my easy Citrus Topiary  Garnish shown with my Shish Kabobs…..

Grilled Shish Kabobs

It’s SO EASY to make and it really adds spark to the food presentation!  

Here is how to make the Citrus Topiary Garnish:

You will need:

  • one orange
  • one lemon
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 9 toothpicks
  • curly parsley
  • a decoration to add to the top ( I used a brass wine opener )

Start by cutting the orange in half.  Cut the bottom off of the lemon so it will set flat and cut a slice off of the top of the lemon.

Citrus Topiary with Orange and Lemon

Insert 3 toothpicks into one half of the orange.  Use kitchen scissors to cut around the top half of the lemon to separate the lemon pulp from the rind.  Cut “V’s” all around the top of the lemon as shown – using your kitchen scissors.  Remove the top half of the lemon pulp.

Lemon Flower

Place the lemon flower on the orange half base.

Add Lemon Flower to Base 1

Add Lemon Flower to Base 2

Add parsley to the lemon flower.

Add Parsley to Citrus Topiary


Insert a decoration into the top of the lemon flower.  I used a brass wine opener.  You can really get creative here !

Add Decorative Topper

Secure a toothpick into each cherry tomato and add them around the top edge of the lemon flower.

Adding Tomatoes to Citrus Topiary

This is an easy garnish that will take your food presentation to the next level.  It’s easy and quick to make.

Remember, “Let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!”




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