Let us take you on escape number four, to Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula known for its tropical rainforests and jungles, colonial cities and Caribbean sea, as well as its being the home of the ancient Maya people. You’ll tour the highlights of the region, staying at three of local hotel brand Coqui Coqui’s uber cool properties; a stylish jungle hideaway in Coba, a colonial residence in the charming city of Valladolid and an elegant townhouse in artsy Merida. Then kick your shoes off for your final few nights on Tulum’s palm-fringed beaches at boho-chic retreat Nomade Tulum.
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1. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan (make sure you’ve got a lid to go with it) on a high heat.
2. Add the onion, garlic, peppers, fresh and dried chillies, bay leaves and season well. Cook for 15 minutes, or until to softened, stirring often.
3. Stir in the tinned tomatoes, and break up with a spoon. Bring to the boil, then turn down to a medium heat and cooking for 5 minutes to reduce the sauce.
4. Lie the sliced fresh tomatoes over the sauce.
5. Make small wells in the sauce using a spoon, then crack in the eggs quickly so they poach in the juices for roughly the same amount of time.
6. Season evenly, cover with the lid on to allow the eggs cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
7. Warm the tortillas while the eggs cook in the oven at 180°C/350°F/gas 4 for a few minutes or microwave for a few seconds.
8. Remove the lid off and give the eggs a poke with your finger to check they are done to your liking.
9. Layer up each tortilla with eggs, sauce and grated cheese, wrap up and you’re ready to serve!
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
The story of Tita, youngest daughter of the De La Garza family, forbidden to marry her true love Pedro, due to Mexican tradition. Instead, Tita must care for her heartless mother until she dies. Tita expresses herself through her magical recipes which have seduced and enchanted Pedro, who marries her sister so he can be near Tita. Forced to be close to each other for years yet unable to truly be together, will Tita and Pedro ever get their happy ending?
Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowery
Set on the Day of the Dead in the small town of Quauhnahuac, Mexico in 1938, 'Under the Volcano' tells the tragic tale of Geoffrey Firmin, the former British consul who is on the road to ruin through alcohol, his debilitating vice. His estranged wife arrives on a quest to save him, as well as their troubled marriage, by starting a new life away from Mexico, but her endeavours are disrupted by Geoffrey’s half-brother and a childhood friend. What follows is Geoffrey’s drink-fuelled self-destruct and spiral into his terrible fate.
The Labyrinth of Solitude, Octavio Paz
This internationally-celebrated book, by Mexican poet—one of the country’s foremost writers and thinkers—explores Mexico’s quest for identity. The book-length essay takes a compelling look at the country that is hidden behind the ‘mask’ by diving into the complicated history between the US and Latin America, and the effect it has had on Mexican identity.