Meet Dancing Chef Chris “Follow your dreams and make them a reality”-Chris’s favorite Mantra

Dancing Chef Chris is a Canadian who spent over 30 years in the retail business. Three years ago she decided to move to Mazatlán, sight unseen. She brought with her 4 suitcases, her golf clubs and her dog Cooter….all the important things in life!

Three years ago when my job in the Middle East abruptly ended, I decided to follow my dream and move to Mexico. Over the past 20 years, I had travelled extensively throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America and always said I wanted to retire in Mexico.

When I returned to Canada and announced to my family that I was just passing through on my way to Mexico to live they were aghast. Everyone asked “Why Mexico?” My initial motivation for moving was the weather. I was simply tired of cold Canadian winters. Years of skiing had left my knees in bad shape and I could no longer enjoy a day on the slopes. The lure of sunny days, a warm ocean and cold “cervesas” was too much to pass up!

Another thing that was enticing was the cost of living. The Canadian dollar has remained strong against the peso and the American dollar even more so. I  live quite comfortably on about 1/3 of what I would need to live in Canada. This includes rent, utilities, groceries, miscellaneous expenses and dining out a couple of days a week. I choose not to have a car but get around on my bike or on public transit. I live in a predominantly Mexican neighborhood in Centro Historico, the old historic area of Mazatlán. My neighbors have been warm and welcoming and are tolerant of my ‘baby Spanish’. Mazatlán is the only colonial city on the water in Mexico and the architecture reminds me of some old European cities. We are fortunate to have a beautifully restored theatre and get world class entertainment for a fraction of what tickets would cost in Canada or the US.


I have developed a great respect for the Mexicans and their family values. It’s not unusual for 3 or 4 generations of a family to be living under one roof and old people are revered. Sunday is family day and you see large family outings at the beach, in the park or at  a restaurant.

In the three years I have been here I have begun to explore the rich culture and history of Mexico. There is so much  more to Mexico than beaches. Mayan civilization dates back to 11,000BC. Mexico City is fascinating, the ruins at Chichin Itza, truly magical. I have travelled inland and visited the colonial cities of San Miguel de Allende, Dolores Hidalgo  and Guadalajara. There are so many more places I want to see!

I have found myself slowing down and adapting to the Mexican way of doing things. It is not unusual for people to be late for an appointment or dinner engagement. Manana doesn’t necessarily mean tomorrow, it just means not today!

Too many people come to Mexico, expect it to be just like home and are disappointed when it’s not. I say come and visit, be open to the differences and embrace the way of life.

Time to close, the dog needs a walk and I think I’ll stop for a cold Pacifico and watch the sunset…….

My journey from cold Minnesota to the island life of Cozumel! by: Dancing Chef Brianna

My name is Brianna and I am a native born Minnesotan living in Cozumel.  Many people wonder how I ended up living here. Looking from a different perspective I can see the confusion, not many people think of living in a vacation destination as an actual option! I ended up living here after meeting my husband who is a Mexican citizen. He and I love living in Paradise together.

Even though my husband and I come from two different backgrounds and cultures we found ourselves learning and combining what we knew, which turned into a great life together. My husband’s love for cooking has expanded my palate to all sorts of different things, for example: super-spicy meals. Since I have moved to Mexico I have been able to appreciate that the authentic way of doing things, can truly add its own flare and tastes. I must also add that I have picked up the habit of adding fresh salsa and lime on top of all my meals.

I have added the love of travel to my life and have been blessed to branch into new territories. If you think about it, if I didn’t love to travel I would still be frozen in Minnesota! Just like all of you, I love to see and experience new things, try new foods, and visit beautiful places.


What I love about Cozumel is that it has all of those things combined into one island. I’m sure you can see why I fell in love with this island with the crystal blue water and lush jungle. Cozumel is full of great music, food, and people. Sampling a little bit of everything is a must! Here Salsa dancing is an every Saturday night thing for many people. I have lots of fun learning new dance moves and recipes. I am honoured and excited to join the Salsa and Salsa Team in Cozumel as it truly is the perfect job for me, as you can imagine!

Hope to meet you soon!

Dancing Chef Brianna



When you are invited to a gathering, you don’t have to worry about anything but enjoying yourself but if you are hosting that’s a different story!
Don’t worry because I have the perfect drink to keep your guest more than happy, because WHO DOESN’T LOVE MARGARITAS??  right?

Let me introduce you to CRANBERRY-LIME MARGARITAS, super easy to make and there is 2 different ways to serve it to your guest, Frozen or on the rocks.
Frozen drinks are DELISH!! The only think is that you got to keep making them before serving.On the rocks you can leave the mix on a pitcher just ready to serve, or tell your guest they can help themselves. (Just have a bucket with ice ready).


A little tip: you can use fresh cranberries and slices of limes to garnish your drink, just add them on top, definitely will add that extra flare and taste to your drink.

I really hope you enjoy this drink as much as I do!!
And well we all know you don’t have to be hosting a party to make this margaritas 😉


By: Dancing Chef Karla!


Will serve 6 cups.

– 3 cups of cranberry juice (try a brand that is 100% juice)
– the juice of 2 – 3 limes.
– 4 shots of tequila
– 4 shots of orange liqueur (Cointreau or triple sec)
– Ice cubes
– fresh cranberries and slices of lime (optional for garnish)


FROZEN: Add all ingredients into a blender and serve.
ON THE ROCKS: stir all ingredients in a pitcher, at last add ice cubes & serve.
* Sugar or salt rimmed serving glasses recommended!

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