Go out in the sun with ‘Viva Mexico’

By Dimitri Bruyas, The China Post

“Passionate” is a common first impression of Mexican people, particularly the country’s artists, musicians and chefs. To highlight the uniquely passionate spirit of Mexican food to local residents, Hotel Royal Group (老爺酒店集團) is hosting the “Viva Mexico” (墨西哥食尚週) food festival in Taipei, Hsinchu, Tainan, Taitung and Yilan. The festival is also in line with growing health awareness and rising focus on natural ingredients like olive oil, lime juice and tomatoes, explains Arturo Cristiane, the Mexican executive chef of Hotel Nikko Saigon, who is the festival’s guest chef April 15-30. So head to the event, cosponsored by the Mexican Trade Services Documentation and Cultural Office in Taipei (墨西哥商務簽證文件暨文化辦事處), for a full-fledged Mexican dining experience that brings to life the Spanish word “viva,” meaning “to celebrate.” ■

► The ‘Viva Mexico’ (墨西哥食尚週) food festival is available at Hotel Royal Taipei (台北老爺酒店), Hotel Royal Hsinchu (新竹老爺酒店), Hotel Royal Chiao Hsi (礁溪老爺酒店), Hotel Royal Chihpen (知本老爺酒店), The Place Tainan (台南老爺行旅) and Hotel Royal Beitou (北投老爺酒店). Visit www.hotelroyal.com.tw for more info.