Meet Dancing Chef Linda!


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Dancing Chef: Linda

Do you have a nickname? Moringa-linda. I make recipes with the little green leaves of the moringa oliefera tree 🙂


Which city were you born? Near Toronto, Ontario

What’s your favorite recipe to make? Red lentil coconut curry lemongrass veggie soup 

Favorite meal to eat? Sushi

Favorite snacks? Raw carrots & hummus

How spicy do you like your salsa? 2 full chilies w all the seeds!

Any pets? 4 dogs


Hobbies? Gardening, gardening, & more gardening! Creating no-bake healthy recipes. Snorkeling and biking too!

Can you share something fun about yourself? I came to Cozumel on vacation Feb. 1998… And I’m still here, enjoying  my new role as a Dancing Chef!!!



LELA the Pig helps patient with rheumatoide arthritis

LELA the Pig ( is always on the lookout for causes worth supporting. Many times we receive helpful suggestions from guests who visited us at Salsa and Salsa ( In September 2013 the Dancing Chefs found a cause closer by home, to be more precise: on the island of Cozumel! This month we did not collect donations for an organisation but for a woman who has chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Here is her story:
Lulu“My full name is Marie de Lourde Cienfuegos Lopez. I’m 43 years old. When I was 10 years old, I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. I have received many treatments from anti-inflammatory medication, chemo therapy and inmuno suppressors. Currently I’m taking Arava-20mgs with an aproximate monthly cost of $1600 pesos. Apart of this I also take:
  • Meloxicam 15mgs
  • Cartigen NF
  • Calcort 6mg
  • Vitamins, collagen and calcium

Due to the fact that I’ve been sick for so many years, the arthritis has affected my knees. Therefore I have osteo arthritis now and in the long term I will need a prothesis in both knees. On daily basis my knees are painful and swollen. Currently I’m seeing a doctor in Cancun who applies laser and electro therapy to create a inter-articular space in my left knee. Afterwards he will inject plasma and tissue from knee to create a kind of cushion, so the bones won’t deteriorate any further. My leg will begin to regenerate and I will have more flexibility and movement. This treatment will take aproximately 5 months. 

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all the people who have donated to LELA the Pig for their generous donation. Thanks to your help I will be able to continue with my treatment.


Maria de Lourdes Cienfuegos Lopez”


She also shared a short poem with us, which we translated from Spanish:

Salsa LelaSome people are like umbrellas,

that protect us from the storm.

Even when you’re far away,

their love will keep you warm.

When the world is cold and grey,

and it’s hard to finish the day,

It’s good to know that you are there.

It’s good to know that you care!


LOVE from Lela the Pig


Dancing Chefs reach out to Tuscaloosa, Alabama

On April 27th a large violent tornado came through Tuscaloosa, destroying many homes and companies. In the hours after the storm, many DCH employees who were not on duty, even some affected by the storm, reported to DCH Regional Medical Center to respond to the more than 900 people being treated. Over 200 employees suffered losses too and still didn’t hesitate to help out others.

The Dancing Chefs decided that these care-givers should receive support for their selfless deeds. And there was a big response from the guests of Salsa and Salsa in Mazatlan, Cozumel and Cabo San Lucas. LELA the Donating Pig collected $640USD in total during the month of May, which was deposited to the M*A*S*H* Fund for DCH Health System employees.

Every one of you who contributed to this cause, should feel very proud of themselves. With your donation you joined the DCH family in this time of need and helped them pull together. With this video all the employees who were affected thank you for your help.

The end of June is coming closer and shortly we will be able to announce how much donations we’ve collected for this month. LELA’s little legs have brought her to Joplin, Missouri to help out the Humane Society to give shelter to pets who were lost in the tornado. All the Dancing Chefs are big animal lovers, so this cause lies close to our hearts. Stay tuned for our next blog post.


Dancing Chef Maaike

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