Michelin-star Chef Carlos Gaytán Opens 3 New Restaurants in Chicago

From dishwasher to Michelin-star chef, Carlos Gaytán launched three new dining concepts in Chicago: Tzuco, an upscale eatery with a menu reminiscent of his native southwestern Mexico; Panango, a perky bakery and sandwich shop; and Tales of Carlos Gaytán, an intimate dining room with an evolving tasting menu. Those are in addition to to his […]

Welcome to the All-new, All-inclusive Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun

After a mega-million-dollar renovation, Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All-Inclusive promises a vacation of year-round sunshine, a white sugary beach, sumptuous eating, top-flight entertainment and gracious Mexican hospitality in a magnificent tropical setting. You’ll never want to leave! Read my story about the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun as published in UrbanMatter.com.

Monterrey: Museums, Mountains and More Make Mexican Metropolis a Magnet

THIS PAGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION; PHOTOS ARE COMING… Monterrey, Mexico, beckons with mountains and modernity. (The following story was published by Journal & Topics Media Group January 30, 2017. The photos also are mine.) By Pamela Dittmer McKuen As Mexico’s third-largest metropolis, Monterrey (with two r’s) has long been a global business destination. But it […]

11 Reasons You Must Go To Monterrey, Mexico, Right Now

Mexico’s third-largest city, Monterrey (with two r’s), is long known as a global business destination, but it is growing in popularity with pleasure travelers as well. With the Sierra Madre Mountains as its backdrop, Monterrey welcomes visitors with an accessible location, robust hotel stock, international cuisine, trendy bars and clubs, modern and historic art and […]

2 New Luxury Sister Hotels Open in Monterrey, MX: Grand Fiesta Americana and Live Aqua

Two new luxury Monterrey Valle hotels, the Grand Fiesta Americana and Live Aqua Urban Resort, beckon visitors to Monterrey, Mexico, with a sophisticated but relaxed urban vibe. Both occupy the same glass-clad skyscraper that towers over the expansive mixed-use Trebol Park Business Complex. The 180-room Grand Fiesta Americana takes up Floors 4-17, and the 74-suite […]


Ultra-low-cost Mexican airline Volaris on June 17 opened a new route between O’Hare International Airport in Chicago and Monterrey (Mexico) International Airport. I was honored to be ticketed on the inaugural flight originating in Chicago that day. Headquartered in Mexico City, Volaris was founded in 2006 and now serves 60 destinations in Mexico, United States, […]