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!!!



From the mountains to the sea: the journey of Dancing Chef Haley

dancing chef HaleyI have always thought of life as an adventure, so when I decided I wanted to do something outside of what most 19 year old college students do, everyone that knows me was not surprised. This summer I decided I wanted to do something different, so I moved to the island of Cozumel Mexico and become a Dancing Chef for the famous Salsa and Salsa tour (aka best summer job ever).

I was born in the mountainous state of Colorado. I get my adventurous side from my family, because when I was in 2nd grade, seeking adventure, my family decided to move to the sunny island of Cozumel, Mexico. I attended a bilingual school, so I am fluent in both English and Spanish. I lived in various parts of Mexico for 10 years including Cancun & Mazatlán. Growing up in a different culture gave me an exclusive view on life and I am always eager to meet people from all over the world and hear their unique stories. I recently moved back to the United States for college. I am currently double majoring in Restaurant, Food, Beverage Management and International Hotel & Tourism Management.

dancing chef haley with guestWhen I joined the Salsa & Salsa team this summer in Cozumel as a dancing chef, I didn’t know what to expect. I had done my research on the show and the company before moving down to the island for 3 months, and from what I could tell, everyone who had ever attended the Salsa & Salsa show had loved it so I was excited. This job was not only a fun summer job where I could live the island life in paradise, but also a learning experience. Customer service is a huge part of the hospitality industry and working for Salsa and Salsa, I got the hands on experience that cannot be taught at school.

My first day meeting my fellow coworkers, I realized I was walking into a family. From day one, they made me feel like I belonged. How many people can say that after their first day in a new job, in a different country and speaking a foreign language?! I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. I realized working as a dancing chef that you need to treat every day as a new experience because you never know who will walk through your door.

Working for Salsa & Salsa this summer not only taught me the important things in the hospitality industry, such as: working on my personal skills with clients, learning how to do inventory, helping out in the kitchen and seeing what it actually takes to run Salsa& Salsa on a business standpoint, but also fun things like:

  1. I can’t Salsa dance to save my life, but I will have a blast trying and making up new moves of my own with my awesome dance partners.
  2. People can get very creative and involve a lot of “Styling”, as us dancing chefs like to call it when it comes to salsa dancing
  3. You truly can change anyone’s day with a smile (and maybe a couple margaritas 😉 )
  4. Tomatillos are actually from the goose berry family
  5. I will never go back to the old red roma tomato, white onion guacamole ever again

dancing chef haley with group photoThis summer has definitely been an amazing experience not only as being a stepping stone in my career and future, but learning a lot about myself as well. You never know what might happen, and even though you might be given the same show day in and day out, every day and every person walking through our gate is different, and I love the diversity. “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey

Con mucho mucho amor,

Dancing Chef at heart, Haley Saul.

Snowboards for surfboards

My name is Dancing Chef Cherine from Cabo San Lucas. My story – or so I’ve been told – is one of boldness, courage and bravery. I personally tend to look at it differently. Let me tell you the story of me and my family and then you, dear fellow Chef, can come to your own conclusion.

Dancing Chef Cherine

Montréal, Quebec, Canada, is where we call home. To be more precise, we lived in a small community about 55 minutes north of our big beautiful city where our landscaping was one of mountains, scattered lakes and ponds, swaying corn fields, picturesque shops, cafes with terraces and fresh fresh air. My family and I live a happy life in French Canada. Our 4 well-rounded and grounded children enjoyed their lives as much as we adults did. It was nothing spectacular, we had a typical home in suburbia, worked hard, enjoyed the outdoors, friends, family, you know, the classic.

Living in Quebec means very long, cold winters and very short, hot and humid summers. Anyone living on the East Coast of North America will live a much happier and longer life if and when they chose to ‘blend’  with the season, instead of resisting them, meaning: in spring, you clip your early tulips and create thin but beautiful bouquets rather than grieving when the inevitable late April snow storm covers and wilts the premature ones.

In summer, you dive into every cold lake, pond or fountain at every opportunity you get rather than waiting for the rain to pass and the sun to shine. In fall, my personal favorite season, you drive and snap a photo, have a picnic and take in every ounce of the magnificent festival of natural colors, without crying over your diminishing and very costly gas tank. And in winter, button up and go outside to ski, skate and snowboard, snowshoe, play hockey, build forts, crazy slides and igloos, compete in a snowball fight and throw yourself to the frozen ground to create life size angels instead of locking yourself up hermetically with stale viruses from previous colds and flues waiting to complain about the premature wilted tulips in what seems a lifetime away. So we as a unit (or tribe as some of our friend used to call our family of 6) did our best to enjoy every season that was thrown our way.

dancing chef cherine with daughterOne cold December evening after chilling (or should I say thawing) by the fireplace, I received the phone call that was to change our lives. A friend of a friend was ‘Moving to Mexico’ to work in real estate. Being in the midst of a very succesfull Real Estate career myself (with no intention of sounding smug), I listened carefully, hung up the telephone, gently turned and asked my husband if he wanted to move to Mexico. His answer was simple…..”Sure!”

Less than 12 months later and after many budget drafts, shopping, selling, convincing, re-assuring, renting, moving, more budget drafts, virtual interview, crying, celebrating…. you can see the picture I’m trying to paint, we uprooted 4 kids (no teenagers then, Thank God) and moved away to unknown territory.

That was 4 years ago.

Living in Baja California Sur, or more precisely at the very tip of this breathtaking peninsula means very sunny and warm winters and very short, humid and humid summers. Anyone choosing to call Baja their home will live a much happier and longer life, if and when they chose to ‘blend’ with this one extended season, meaning: wear sunscreen to go for a walk, learn to befriend the sea, help the baby turtles to find their way, surf, sup and boogie all in one day, speak Spanish the best you can, sip chilled jamaica tea water with friends on the beach, decorate a Christmas Cactus, expand your flip flop collection, learn to feel good in bathing suit, take up Salsa dancing and Salsa making! Decorate your homes, offices and lives with bold colors and discover the many uses for Tequila.

Although the tribe is permanently tanned, the adults are still working hard and the children are growing up differently, I think we are more sensitive, humble and appreciative of what our new home has taught us.

Do you know what stands out more from this radical life change? That is was relatively easy to do, all you need is to want to do it, the rest all kind of falls into place…

Yes, there is paperwork to be done, yes there will be times when you feel frustrated at the differences in culture and language limitations, but nothing compares to the experience of raising my children in a friendly atmosphere full of culture, traditions and different flavors…. One thing is for sure: our life is definitely richer thanks to the cultural background we live in.

I’m glad that I can combine my Real Estate career with being a Dancing Chef and I look forward to welcome you in Cabo San Lucas!

The Cabo Dancing Chefs

Run LELA run…..

In the wake of the Ironman in Cozumel and the Maraton Pacifico in Mazatlan, Dancing Chef Stephanie shares her story about being healthy. We are very proud to present our $890 USD donation to Fred’s Team that was collected by LELA in October 2012.

Dancing Chef Stephanie’s road to the top

On January 8th of this year I took a decision that took me 22 years to take… that’s kind of hard to believe isn’t it??

I was born as a healthy baby with normal weight, but as a toddler I developed asthmatic bronchitis, this lead to several complications that took me in and out of the hospital several times as a kid. The doctor’s recommendation was no running or any kind of activity that will give me a good work out, plus lots of medicine that included cortisone. Those two of course plus the pampering of my parents took me straight to being an obese child.

During my adolescence I wanted to drop weight and look good, I tried several different diets but again very little to no exercise. I dropped some weight but never got to my ideal size. I don’t want to sound like weight was all it was in my mind, but as a child and adolescence bullying affects you psychologically a lot and makes your defects stand out every day. When I got out of high school I focused more in my schooling and let go on my strict diet which made me gain back the weight I lost.

This year I decided it was enough; I was not going to let anyone tell me I couldn’t do something I needed to do for myself. I signed up at the gym without knowing what to expect and committed with myself to do cardio for 1hr a day, at least 5 days a week, which I did for the first 3 months. Those months were rough, I felt like my lungs were too weak, my heart was going to pop out my chest and my legs wouldn’t stop hurting ever. It was definitely a struggle every day to get out of my bed and go do it. I was losing some weight but my skin wasn’t going back to its place properly so after researching I realized I had to get a personal trainer to start doing weights. Well that was scary because all my life I thought that if I did that I was going to look bulky and my body will turn manlish. It happens to be totally opposite if you have a professional by your side that knows your problematic areas that you really want to work out and make firm, you will focus on that.

By April I started personalized routines with my trainer who is amazing. I’m not going to lie they were a totally different challenge from my regular everyday cardio, but I was focussed on what I had to get done and always felt so proud to go from the person on the couch watching TV to this very active person. I was feeling better, I had more energy and I noticed I wasn’t getting sick every month like I used to. About every month I had a cold, cough, allergies or flu, suddenly I was off any kind of medication.

In summer time I started having knee problems which I have always had, but I guess the regular work out made it more noticeable. I went to the doctor to check on that and his first recommendation was no more working out. “But why???”  especially if I was feeling so well.  He gave me medication and pulled me out of the gym for a week, which made me feel awful mentally and physically. I had a goal that I was managing to keep and again my health was going to stop me. Well, I called my trainer and she said she has had several clients that have been injured somehow and they just work around it, making sure that you don’t overdo that part of your body. So I got back to the gym and I haven’t stop ever since. I try to do 7 days a week but if I do 5 I feel like I’m still following what I was committed to.

My lungs are stronger, my attitude is more positive and I feel so proud of myself. If you are going to work out I would recommend you to get a personal trainer that will guide you through very good routines as well as take care of you while training. Just so you know I have not gotten to my goal weight but I’m sure pushing it every day to make that happen, I want stay healthy for myself and my loved ones.


Dancing Chef Stephanie

Heaven in Mazatlan – 490 feet uphill

Where in Mazatlán do you have a 360º view and can you see 12 miles north and south? It’s not the newest apartment building in town, but a natural reserve that few tourists know about. The Lighthouse or ‘Faro’ is home to many animals and plant species and is located in the far south point of Mazatlan. Named the world’s 2nd highest natural lighthouse, its altitude is 154 meters or 490 feet.

The Mazatlan lighthouse is located on an impressive rock formation called the Creston Hill. From afar you can appreciate its steep cliffs and triangular shape. The Creston hill boasts several deep caves, which are nearly impossible to approach because of the treacherous currents.

Mazatlan has been a cargo port since 1821, but at that time it didn’t have a lighthouse. The most important freight was gold and silver from the rich mines of Copala and Cosalá. Many ships came in from Europe and Asia, but entering the port was a dangerous enterprise. The captains would have to approach the port based on their experience, which put at risk their ships and precious load. Therefore the Creston hill, which used to be an island, was equipped as a reference point using torches or wood fires. It wasn’t until the 1890 that the actual lighthouse was built. The maritime signals had been manufactured in Paris, France, and consisted of a large oil lamp with mirrors to reflect and enhance light. Because the light was static, in the distance the light was often mistaken for a star. It was not until 1905, when the lamp was replaced by a turntable.

There are several interesting legends about the lighthouse caves. Some stories lead to believe that inside invaluable treasures have been hidden by famous pirates like the English Thomas Cavendich or the blond Dutch Spilbergen. They roamed the seas to plunder the loaded ‘Naos’ from the Philippines.

Climbing or ‘conquering’ the Lighthouse is a great adventure for all ages. I always take my children (aged 5 and 8) for an early Sunday stroll. You will have an easy start with a slightly sloped sand path. You will meet both exercising Mazatlecans and tourists along the way. About halfway the sand path leads into stairs. You will see lizards, many birds, butterflies, as well as cactus and tropical trees. Even two stray cats roam the Lighthouse stairs, where they are fed daily by the passers-by. Once you’ve reached the top of the hill, you will be amazed by the view. It makes the effort worthwhile!

Are you excited and you can’t wait to visit the Lighthouse?!? Here’s how to get there. You can take the ‘Sabalo Centro’ air-conditioned bus that drives through the Golden Zone all the way to the foot of the Lighthouse. You can also take a taxi, asking the driver for ‘El Faro’. I would advise to arrive early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the heat. Make sure to bring a camera, closed shoes, a hat, sunscreen and lots of water. You will have the best family time and the most amazing photos!!!

Dancing Chef Maaike

Cabo Dancing Chefs welcome G20 summit

As the countdown soon halts to the next G20 Summit, proudly hosted by MEXICO and most particularly by your friends here in Los Cabos, our towns are looking, feeling and demonstrating true pride , culture, color and sincere Welcome to our special guests.


In case you are not familiar with this Event, the Group of Twenty, or G20, is an informal forum for discussion between advanced and emerging countries that seeks to strengthen international cooperation and ensure global economic stability. The G20 originated in the 1998 Asian economic crisis. 

In the wake of the international financial crisis that erupted in 2008, the most serious since the Great Depression (1929), the G20 began to meet at a Leaders’ level, and has since become the most important forum for global economic and financial cooperation and discussion.

The G20 is the premier forum for international cooperation on the most important aspects of the international economic and financial agenda. It brings together the world’s major advanced and emerging economies.

Want to learn more:


This 2 day official event (June 16th-19th, 2012) is attracting delegations from around the planet to our picturesque region and we are geared up to receive them.

Heads of State, First Ladies, right and left hands and entire entourages will be exploring and enjoying our percious and unique area. I just hope they are not too distracted with the magical beauty of Los Cabos and lose the focus on their busy schedules.


Some of our Guests and G20 Members are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union (made up of 19 countries). Invitees are: Spain (permanent guest), Benin, Cambodia, Chile and Colombia.

In honor and preparation of hosting such a focal Event, our government has done an admirable job of beautifying our surroundings (as if that was possible…) to ensure a memorable passage to our +10,000 guests and visitors.

All eyes perched on Los Cabos from around the globe means hightened security, improved roads, refreshed paint, a brand new and stunning Los Cabos Convention Center and much more you need to see.

As this sweeping wave rolls into town, we ready ourselves to say to our guests:

Bienvenidos • Willkommen • добро пожаловать Karşılama Welkom

Boas-vindas Selamat Datangترحيب Bienvenue • Welcome

We, the Salsa and Salsa’s Dancing Chefs Victoria, Sharon, Suzanne are particularly proud to be part of this exciting G20 Event! Our tour promises to add fun and new learnings to our guests while visiting our truly unique and captivating region.

We look forward to the opportunities to entertain you and your friends upon your return to us only next time, with pure distractions on your schedules.

Dancing Chef Cherine

Salsa and Salsa Los Cabos



The Sacred Mayan Journey

The Maya civilization blossomed in the southeast  of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and parts of Honduras and El Salvador between the years 250–900 AD. The Maya were, in many experts’ view the most brilliant civilization of pre-Hispanic America. Their knowledge of astronomy, mathematics and astrology, amaze scholars until this day. The Mayan heritage can be appreciated in the many temples complexes in the Yucatan peninsula.


Religion was present in every facet of Maya life. They believed in predestination and followed a complex astrology. To win the gods’ favours they carried out elaborate rituals involving dances, feasts and sacrifices. One of the most mystical and beautiful rituals that was carried out was no doubt the sacred journey from Xcaret to Cozumel island. The Mayan word for Cozumel is Cuzamil which means ‘Island of the Swallows’.


For the Maya the sea was a two-faced authority. On the one hand the sea represented food and commerce. On the other hand the sea was seen as a dangerous place and an entrance to the underworld ‘Xibalbá’.  The sacred journey was performed to make requests to the goddess Ixchel (goddess of midwifery and medicine). In the early 16th century, Maya women seeking to ensure a fruitful marriage would travel to the sanctuary of Ixchel on the island of Cozumel, the most important place of pilgrimage after Chichén Itza. With the arrival of the Spanish this rite disappeared.


The journey today……

This ritual of Mayan navigation was revived in the past decade, with a strict adherence to historical clothing, rituals, dance, music, gifts and canoes. This unique adventure and unrivalled experience takes place in May and is open to the general public. Currently there are over three hundred participants in the Sacred Journey every year. Find out more about this topic on

Being born and raised on the island of Cozumel I do feel like it is a very sacred place, which warms your heart and if you leave, it always calls you back. I am happy to see that so many people from across the globe get to see this beautiful place, like our dancing chefs that visit us everyday. This is why I wanted to share with you the history of the place that I very proudly call ‘home’.


Dancing Chef Amanda.


P.S And because I love food, I also wanted to share with you a quick vegetarian recipe that’s perfect for a rushed day.




Three-layer Quesadilla (1 portion)


2 flour or corn tortillas

Grated cheese of your preference

Red Salsa

Sour cream


Place grated cheese on top of 1 tortilla and cover with the other tortilla.

Heat a skillet (without oil or butter) or ‘comal’ and place the quesadilla inside. Heat on both sides until the cheese has melted.

Pour homemade red salsa on top and a spoon full of sour cream.

And all ready to go! Quick, easy and delicious!!!! OLE!!!!!!!!

A day at the Cozumel Humane Society

The Humane Society of Cozumel is probably one of the most overlooked organizations on the entire island. This is strange to me because it seems to have the most impact, especially in a place where taking in and caring for animals is a job that not many will do. At least that was the impression I got when I visited them myself. The building itself doesn’t look like much. It’s hot, mosquitoes bite you in packs of 10 and 20 and the enclosures are well-maintained even though they aren’t the highest quality. However, the animals are very happy there. This is because the people that run this place and take care of the animals do such an amazing job with so little. So, when I went down there during the summer to see this place for myself, I was pleasantly surprised.

I went there to become a foster parent for a puppy, and when they brought him out, my heart melted. He was so cute. His name is Corcho, and he seemed just as happy to see me as I was to see him. That is, until it was bath time. He clawed and shook and tried everything he could to run away, but he was too little. It was so adorable. When the time came to take him home, everybody seemed almost sad to see him go, which was certainly understandable.


The next couple weeks with Corcho were interesting to say the least. Although he was the most adorable little puppy, he was in fact a puppy. So, naturally, he was nowhere near housetrained. I tried to be a strict parent with him. But he would look up at me with that puppy dog face, and my heart would just melt all over again. He really was the nicest, sweetest dog. Dancing Chef Amanda fell in love with the little guy right away and it took no time for her to realize he was going to be the perfect addition to her family.


In the very short time that I took care of Corcho, we really bonded. So when it was time for him to go to his new home, it was really hard on me. But as sad as I was, I was even happier knowing that Corcho had found a good home where he could be with a parent that would love him as much as I did. This made me realize how hard it must be for the staff of the Humane Society. It was hard enough for me to say goodbye once. I couldn’t imagine saying goodbye over and over again as I watch countless animals that I cared for go off to their new homes. It must be very emotional for them. But at the same time, I could only imagine how much better they feel knowing that they’re sending these animals to a loving home when they were cast aside to the streets. I think, for me, the joy I would get from knowing that I’ve saved so many lives would be well worth the sadness that comes with watching them go.


All the Dancing Chefs are big animal lovers and it wasn’t hard for us to decide to donate to the Humane Society of Cozumel in March. I was extremely lucky to be on the island to give the donations along with Dancing Chef Amanda; collected by our Donating Pig LELA, who managed to get to the grand total of $1,751.00 USD.


They are changing the lives of so many animals, not only giving them great families but educating the locals about animal rights, as well are neutering and spaying.

So, next time you’re in Mexico and see an animal on the streets, just think about how many animals don’t have to live that way, thanks to the incredible work of the staff at the Humane Societyof Cozumel. When you think of getting a new pet, ADOPT!!! Don’t buy. You can visit the Humane Society at: to make a donation or adopt an animal from Cozumel.

Dancing Chef Stephanie.

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