Meet a Tulum local: Lily from Rivera Kitchen Tulum

Meet a Tulum local: Lily from Rivera Kitchen Tulum

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Traditional Mexican cooking is always a real fiesta. The kitchen transforms into a party of flavors, aromas, and colors. Friends and family gather together around the table to enjoy delicious food, conversation, laughter, and music together. 

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For Lily, the founder of Rivera Kitchen Tulum, this is the true essence of Mexican cuisine. Lily’s love for ancient Mexican cuisine, traditions, and practices have been part of her life for as long as she can remember. 

She first arrived in Quintana Roo in 1987 and after working in the hospitality industry for over 30 years, she founded Rivera Kitchen Tulum in 2013. 

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Lily’s cooking style is highly influenced by her childhood memories, with her greatest inspiration and deepest love coming from her grandmother’s cooking. 

"Every time I cook, my abuela is with me… She would dance all around the kitchen, creating flavors impossible to replicate because they were an expression of her beautiful soul."

Lily’s cooking classes are held in a beautiful house on the way to Cobá, with a big garden filled with produce and fresh herbs for classes. 

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Visitors can expect to cook up a delicious Mexican menu, including quesadillas tradicionales (a must-eat in Mexico for almost all meals), handmade corn tortillas, salsa meta (a versatile and delicious salsa), and Agua de Jamaica (a traditional drink made with dry flowers).

Lily will provide the historical background of each dish and its key ingredients, so you can enjoy a first-hand experience of Mexican food culture.

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On the weekends, Lily carries out culinary tours, where she takes visitors to experience a cultural and gastronomical immersion in notable areas of Tulum and its neighboring communities. 

Lily's hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. The renowned Condé Nast magazine featured Rivera Kitchen Tulum in their Gastronomy section as one of their "30 Must-Do Experiences". In addition, TripAdvisor has awarded Lily and her team the much-coveted "Certificate of Excellence" for five years in a row.

Most recently in 2018, Lily collaborated with Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History to organize a Traditional Mexican Culinary and Mezcal Tasting Festival at the entrance of Tulum’s Archaeological Site. 


Are you planning your next visit to Tulum?

Don’t miss out on learning authentic Mexican food, culture and traditions that you can bring back to your own kitchen!

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