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Bloody Mary and all her cousins

The current health crisis has most of us staying in our houses significantly more than usual. The side effect of that is I have been...

Everything you always wanted to know about American presidents

From the first American president to the 45th, here are some interesting facts that you were never taught in school. Wonder why? Stay Safe and...

Favorite Caribbean Cocktails

Those who know me, know that having grown up in the Caribbean, I have a lifelong affinity for rum, and therefore, rum cocktails. I spent...

The Magic of the Mesquite: Iconic tree is a true Texas treasure

By Colleen Curran Hook, Quinta Mazatlán We’ve all heard of the mesquite tree in Texas –either sitting around a mesquite fire cooking fajitas or enjoying the...

Seared Sea Scallops with Lemon& Brown Butter Pan Sauce

What is not to love about perfectly seared sea scallops dripping in a beautiful buttery lemon sauce? Nothing. This stunning yet simple dish will...

Building an urban forest at Quinta Mazatlán

By John Brush, Center for Urban Ecology The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron stopped, only the slightest quiver of its feathers counteractingits otherwise motionless state. One lightning-fast strike later...

5 fun facts about The Original Margarita

Nothing says "summer" quite like the "original Margarita." And for the aspiring mixologist to the cocktail newbie, extra time at home is perfect for...

Nature group seeking entries for 2020 photo contest

South Padre Island and the Rio Grande Valley offer plenty of opportunities for the nature photographer. Perhaps, then, it will be no surprise to learn...

World’s best cactus hotel is in the Valley

By Colleen Hook, Executive Director at Quinta Mazatlán The best cactus hotel in the world is right in our backyard, the prickly pear. This "hotel" offers everything from...

Banana Walnut Muffins 

I’ve been enjoying too many bananas lately for some reason, and here is delightfully yummy muffin I’ve baked recently! They are perfect for a casual weekend brunch,...