Club Med, Ixtapa Mexico and Pina Colada Recipe


I’m baaaack, nicely tanned, ten pounds heavier and three bottles of Tequila richer! Returning from 6 glorious days with Jaden of Steamy Kitchen at the luxurious Club Med resort in beautiful Ixtapa, Mexico has me spoiled, lazy and yearning for taco’s and spicy habanero chili’s. For a “roughing it” type of traveler gal like me, this trip to a magnificent, all inclusive, resort was like being Cinderella in Mexico. All I needed was a Mexican boyfriend Prince Charming to complete the experience, but had to forgo that part because my Man was waiting patiently for me at home. 😉

Why was I such the lucky ducky to attend the Food and Wine Event at Club Med?


Well, it was like winning the lottery. But when you have famous, talented,  and generous blog friends like Jaden, the odds of winning are better! Jaden was invited to a press event at Club Med in Ixtapa, Mexico and Jaden asked me to be her videographer for her cooking video’s. The answer was quite obvious when she asked me (Yes!!!) and before I knew it, I was drinking mojito’s all day long (while trying to keep the video camera still) and eating five course meals every night in a surreal setting that looked like what I always dreamed of in magazines.

Yes, you can all be jealous and hate me, but please, don’t stop reading my blog! 😉

Club Med in Ixtapa was just phenomenally beautiful, peaceful and extraordinary! What an amazing place of beach, sand, sun, great food, free food, great drinks, free drinks, great activities, free activities and wonderful people! With many locations throughout the world, Club Med has put so much time, money and effort to making themselves the King of all inclusive, family focused, resorts. I was just amazed at the detail in service, the variety of activities and the professionalism and friendliness of the of the staff. I really got to know the fantastic, worldly and multi-talented staff who not only entertained me, but guided me in all my Club Med activities.

Leaving there was like leaving family and paradise.

Attending the Food and Wine Festival was an added BONUS. With informative food and mixology demonstrations every day and five course dinners paired with wine in an insanely gorgeous tropical restaurant setting, it was non stop food paradise. Each of the meals were prepared by talented Chefs who were flown in specifically for the event. The diversity in culinary backgrounds of each Chef made every meal unique, interesting and exciting.

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It’s impossible for me to get into detail all that we ate, visited, explored and experienced at Club Med, so there will be plenty of follow up posts about this super work/vacation trip. At an all inclusive resort like this, everything and anything offered at the resort is at my disposal, so I indulged in as much as I could.

But one of the things that I thoroughly enjoyed were the delicious offering of cocktails….All…Day…Long! One of those many cocktails that I loved was the refreshing ( and very, beach side appropriate) pina colada. Infused with lots of fresh pineapple juice, this addicting cocktail is something that I can drink lots of and never feel it hit me till later!

So tonight, Todd and I whipped up a few glasses to celebrate my homecoming (he missed me, awww!) and to remind myself of my wonderful little trip. This is just the start to my many stories of my Mexico adventures with Jaden and I hope you all stay tuned (and patient) for the future series of food and wine event posts. Until then, thank you to Jaden, Morgan, Kim H., Jay, Kim S., Kate, Hugo and everyone at Club Med, Ixtapa for making this a marvelous and memorable trip! – Diane


Pina Colada cocktail Recipe

This quintessential tropical cocktail is super refreshing when made with fresh pineapple juice, but any pineapple juice will work well. Literally translated as “strained pineapple”, Pina Colada is fresh and addicting.


  • 3 oz. light Rum
  • 6 oz pineapple juice (fresh or canned)
  • 2 ounces coconut cream
  • 2 cups ice
  • garnish: pineapple spears


  1. If you’re using fresh pineapples: core, chop and blend. Strain the pineapple to extract the fresh juice.
  2. In blender combine rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream and ice. Blend until all ingredients combined. Serve in tornado or highball glass. Add straw. Garnish with pineapple spears or triangle wedges.
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There’s just too much to write about in one post, so please stay tuned for the rest of the Club Med, Ixtapa and Zihuataneho pictures and recipes!


Two of my favorite activities: Napping on the hammock and sailing!

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  1. heartkorean

    a food-related trip to the bahamas?! i’m officially jealous.

  2. Asianmommy

    Beautiful pictures–looks like a fun trip!

  3. Shari

    Looks like a wonderful time, especially that hammock pic! Pina colada on a beach would be perfect! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  4. diva

    wonderful pictures! and looks like such a nice trip. it’s getting grey and cold here, but i could so do with than pina colada. x

  5. Becky

    sigh. i am so jealous. but at least i can live vicariously through you and experience club med with those beautiful photos! amazing post, as always. =)

  6. lifeinrecipes

    Oh, how I love Mexico….and tequila! Curious, what three kinds did you bring home?
    The trip looked fantastic!

  7. Dana Zia

    Oh you brat! Not only did you go to Mexico but you went with Jaden! OMG! She is one of my idols, along with you of course. I want to grow up and be just like her, just a lot a bit rounder version. Very cool! Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing the shows.
    Dana Zia

  8. Madeline

    What a fantastic trip! Pina Coladas are my favorite cocktail and I am a huge fan of cocktails all day long 😉 Club Med, here I come!

  9. Jen Yu

    You are too funny! I can see you walking about Mexico with two cocktails – one in each hand 😉 with the camera… oh, I don’t know where that camera is anymore – but lookee – more drinks!! ha ha ha. Okay beach lady, don’t be telling me that you want Colorado snow in the middle of January, now that we know what truly makes your heart go pitter patter (the drinks, right?! hee hee!). I think it’s awesome that Jaden asked you. I hope you guys had a great time. It looks like it. And Todd was such a good man to stay home and take care of Dante and Sierra. Miss you guys mucho!

  10. Simply...Gluten-free

    I am so jealous I’ve used up all my foundation trying to cover my green! But I could never hate you. Glad you had a great time!

  11. Diana @ AppetiteforChina

    Was following yours and Jaden’s tweets about Mexico too. Love the photos that came out of the trip!

  12. Miss.Adventure

    I have a question!! Did you try the trapeze??? My ex-roommate quit her job to be a trapeze instructor. She was working at Club Med Ixtapa until earlier this year!

  13. Hélène

    Another jealous here. Beautiful pics! This must have been so nice to be spoiled all day long.

  14. canarygirl

    Welcome back, Diane! Your trip sounds intoxicatingly wonderful (wonderfully intoxicating? lol) Can’t wait to hear all about it! 😀

  15. Kim Sunee

    Hi Diane,

    I’m still craving those tacos and salsa picante. Did you have a noodle fix when you got home? I still want to try the devil pepper lurking in your garden. I’ve posted some images from our trip the market in Zihuatanejo on my site as well as more on the food and wine festival at

    Hope to share mojitos and chile martinis with you again soon.

  16. Dee

    Like everyone else, I’m properly jealous. I’m a regular beach bum so I’ll have to plot my own little getaway. Sadly, I’ll have to say no to any Prince Charmings drunk enough to look my way.

    Can’t wait to hear more. And thank you for the Pina Colada. I shall perch on my little balcony in the sky, and have a sip and pretend the traffic below is the sound of lapping waves.

  17. Helen

    so so so jealous! It sounds absolutely idyllic – especially to a suffering UK resident like me! Brrrr!

  18. mallory elise

    good grief what an amazing blog, why havn’t i seen this before….

    i will be back! but now i gotta finish some homeworks…. :)

  19. Donald

    Talk about jealous! It must suck to be you! *pouts*

    Welcome back. Jaden must have been a scream.

  20. evil chef mom

    i’m very jealous… i mean hello! i would love to have my feet in the sand sipping on a pina colada… oh well, i guess i’ll live vicariously through you two!

  21. Andrea

    Now this sounds like my idea of a fun getaway! It sounds like you and Jaden had a fabulous time. :-)

  22. Sandie

    I’m not jealous, but next time you go, TAKE ME! 😉

    Love the pina colada recipe…is one of my favorite summertime drinks, and that hammock looks perfect for relaxing!

  23. noobcook

    You have made all of us so so jealous hehe … luckily you took back some great photos and recipes for us, so you shall be forgiven ;p can’t wait for more updates =)

  24. maybelles mom (feeding maybelle)

    glad to hear that you are back. (did you get that 3rd bottle in the country?)

  25. Chez us

    Definitely jealous reading all the tweets & now this fantastic post. Nothing like being in Mexico, on a beach with cold cocktails in hand! Beginning to see a pattern here; did you two even doing anything remotely related to cooking or was this the story told to the men! 😉 Okay … time to stop reading your blog!

    (kidding) .. can’t wait to hear rest of the capers!

  26. Julie

    You globetrotter! This sounds like a fabulous time. Even your feet look happy in the hammock! :) Can’t wait for more.

  27. Brooke

    Note to self: buy video camera, make famous food blogger friends, get invited to exotic locals!…If I offer myself up as a bag carrier to you, does that count? Can’t wait to read (and hear!) more about all these amazing trips! xoxxo

  28. Mollie

    Yep, jealous! :) That is so great and I’m glad you had a good time. A week on the beach with all day cocktails is a little slice of heaven if you ask me.

  29. Colleen

    So wonderful to hear about your great Mexican adventure.
    It does sound like you had a marvelous time, but it seems that is true wherever you two go.

  30. Manggy

    I’m not usually a fan of the beach, but when you wave fresh seafood and cold, frosty drinks in front of my face, I can’t help but wish to port myself over there! I’m glad you’re back safe and you had an (obviously) wonderful time!
    All I needed was a Mexican boyfriend Prince Charming to complete the experience
    Arrh, you’re making me nervous with those comments, hahaha! You guys are like the Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins of the food blogging world! (I wanted to say Jolie-Pitt but there’s a bit of baggage implied with that one, lol)

  31. Wandering Chopsticks

    I was indeed very, very jealous following your and Jaden’s tweets. Man! Living the good life for one week would be so nice!

  32. Rita

    Welcome back! Mexico is really amazing, the people are so friendly, and the food….sooooo good!

    Can’t wait to read more on it.

  33. Marvin

    I am indeed very jealous, but I wouldn’t stop reading this blog;) Can’t wait to here more about you and Jaden’s adventures. And I always assumed Pina Colada meant “Pineapple Coconut” not “strained pineapple”. I should’ve paid more attention in spanish class.

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