FLASHLIGHT FIRE DANGER
Report from a reader: “A PRETUL flashlight started a fire all by itself while left unattended inside a bag of clothes. It was purchased at Bodega grocery store in Progreso, Mexico on February 9, 2017. It has a rechargeable battery. My wife burned her hand reaching into the bag as she was unaware of the smoldering fire in the clothes. It could have been worse if this occurred inside an airplane or automobile.”

YUCATAN TODAY CO-SPONSORED STUDY WANTS YOUR OPINION OF WHAT IT’S LIKE TO LIVE IN MEXICO
Yucatan Today is proud to be a co-sponsor of a research study of expats living in Mexico being conducted by Best Places in the World toRetire starting today.  To participate, you must be living in Mexico full time or part time. If you participate you will be entered into a drawing for some great prizes, including three days and two nights at a world class resort.  Tell the world what you think of living in Mexico!   (And don’t forget to tell your friends so they can participate, too.) To get started, just click this link.

#1 B&B IN MÉXICO
Casa Del Maya B&B has been designated the #1 Bed and Breakfast in all of Mexico for 2017, and #20 in the world from Trip Advisor. Congratulations! Check out their new gardens. Fusing the serenity of a Maya village with the charm of colonial Mérida, offering modern comfort and delicious breakfasts with their famous homemade cinnamon rolls. Calle 66 #410-A x 45 y 47, Centro. Cel. 9991 81 18 80.  www.CasaDelMaya.com

YA’AXTAL ECOTIENDA
Now open! Our new branch in Temozón. Av. Temozón Norte Km 1.5, across from Pozo 6. Check in at Ya’axtal Temozón and get a free promotion. Fall in love with Mexican products. Menciona que eres lector de Yucatán Today y recibe 5% de descuento en productos hechos en México seleccionados de nuestra nueva sucursal Ya’axtal Temozón ó 5% de descuento en nuestro departamento de cuidado personal en Ya’axtal Montejo. Más productos y mas proveedores locales. Facebook: Ya’axtal Ecotienda.

THE CARNAVAL BLACK PARTY!
February 25th from 8 pm to 12 am. Botella Verde’s and Villa Verde’s new annual event of food, frolic, music, dancing, cash bar and more! $400 pesos per ticket assisting local charities. All tickets sold in advance only, at Botella Verde, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Also! Pool Passes at Botella Verde! $100 pesos includes the pool, 1 drink from the bar, free wi-fi, towel, change room/bathrooms. Wednesdays through Saturdays from 1 pm to 9 pm. Calle 56 #468 x 53 y 55, Centro. Tel. (999) 374 3061. www.villaverdemerida.com

HOTEL MEDIOMUNDO VEGAN CAFÉ AND GIFT SHOP
MedioMundo is celebrating Lo Que Hay Café’s 3rd anniversary this month.  Our vegan restaurant serves healthy international dinners.  See what’s the daily menu on FB: LoQueHayCafe. Tues. – Sat. 7 pm – 10 pm.  Visit our gift shop offering fine quality jewelry and artisan crafts made in México.  Store hours daily from 9 am – 10 pm.  Calle 55 #533 x 64 y 66, Centro. www.hotelmediomundo.com

FREE MASSAGE AT KIOOL SPA
Book a massage or facial at Kiool Spa at the regular price and we will give you a few more minutes of sublime pleasure, you choose! Petit head massage or Kiool Light Feet. We touch your body but you feel it in your soul. To March 31. Calle 53 #515-A x 62 y 64, Centro. Tel. (999) 923 0323. kioolspa.blogspot.mx  www.hotecasacarmita.com

CENTRO RECREATIVO ACUÁTICA
Enjoy the Carnaval dancing along with food and drink from our ample menu. And end the afternoon with a dip in our sparkling pool! Wednesday 15% off regional food. Avenida de los Frailes, Valladolid. Tel. (985) 856 1857. FB: centro recreativo acuatica.

HOTEL DEL PEREGRINO
The hotel is not only beautiful, the breakfast is excellent too. Free Netflix in each room. Just steps from city attractions. Tel. (999) 924 3007. www.hoteldelperegrino.com

MAYAN ECOTOURS
Snorkel in 3 cenotes plus typical lunch. Info:
 Tel. (999) 987 3710.
 Cel. 9991 05 46 14. www.mayanecotours.com

APOALA MEXICAN CUISINE
With the Mexican essence that is our passion, we created a new concept for you, in which handcrafted Mexican coffee is the lead player…Voltacafé. Look for us in the north part of the city.

MALAHAT SPEAKEASY & MIXOLOGY
The good years are back in this bar…enjoy jazz, mixology, and Prohibition in the city’s first speakeasy. Find us in Parque Santa Lucía.

PILATES MÉRIDA
Classes for breast cancer survivors. Calle 13 #123 x 24 y 26, Colonia México. Tel. (999) 955 1200.

EL BULL PEN RESTAURANT
For the winter months, El Bull Pen Restaurant in Chelem will host live music every Thursday. Check out our FB page for the musician of the week. Open Tuesday-Friday at 5 pm. Calle 19 x 128, across from the town baseball field. Tel. (999) 363 4270.

SOLE MIO RESTAURANTE ITALIANO
Created by chef Federico Morchio, fresh handmade pastas following the traditional methods of authentic Italian cuisine. Calle 26 #295 x 17 y 19, Col. Miguel Alemán. Tel. (999) 688 9483.

CASA MUSEO MONTES MOLINA & GIFT SHOP
With pride we form part of La Capital Cultural Americana. We offer a wonderful cultural and historical experience on our guided tours. Let yourself be carried to the past in the only residence from the early 20th century open to the public in Mérida. Free parking. Tel. (999) 925 5999. FB: La Quinta Montes Molina. www.laquintamm.com

MERCADO 60
Mercado 60 is on the cultural forefront of Mérida, with not only great live music but other cultural events, mixing different artistic disciplines from cinema  to dance to painting. Check out our Facebook fan page to see all that we have planned for you. Welcome to the best market in town! Calle 60 x 51 y 53, Centro.

HOTEL WAYAM BY XIXIM
Thanks to all those who honored us with their physical and spiritual presence in the emotional and historical event of the placing of the first stone, symbolizing the beginning of the construction of the Hotel Wayam by Xixim in the heart of Mérida, a project architecturally committed to the conservation of the immense trees that hold so many years of countless memories, and that now will be the emblem of an ecologically responsible urban hotel. For more information write to us [email protected] call us at (988) 916 2100.

ARTIST IN A BOTTLE
Paint and wine every Saturday night from 7 pm – 11 pm. We will provide you with materials to uncork your creativity while enjoying a glass of wine. Agustin Galeria, corner of 47 and Paseo de Montejo. Tel. (999) 262 4510.

GRAY LINE
Enjoy the Light & Sound Show at Chichén Itzá and the facilities of the hotel Mayaland.  Book at [email protected], Tel. 01 (800) 719 5465. www.graylinecancun.com

MAYALAND RESORTS
Discover a new way to enjoy Uxmal and surroundings, Mayaland Adventures offers its own fleet of vintage Land Rover Defender classics. Book yours at [email protected]

PITAHAYA FOTOGRAFÍA
Photography sessions for families, couples, and friends with a natural and spontaneous touch. Cel. 9993 22 03 10. www.pitahaya.com.mx

INDIAN RESTAURANT IN PROGRESO
Enjoy a wide selection of meat and vegetarian dishes that are “as good as any restaurant in the world,” according to our clients.  Calle 21 #132-L x 64 y 66, Progreso. Tel. (969) 103 0589. www.AbrazarseLife.com

DRIVE IN COLÓN
55 years of tradition, with our 100% wood-burning oven, where we make our pizzas, breads, pastas, and sandwiches. Enjoy the view from our terraces of one of the city’s most beautiful avenues, or in the comfort of your own room with our home delivery service. Av. Colón #506-D x 62-A, Centro. Tel. (999) 925 5490. www.drivein.com.mx

SOHO GALLERIES OUTLET
Their new annex is right across the street from the “main” gallery. All the pieces there will have discounted pricing (up to 30% off). The main gallery will still be showing the current/latest exhibition. Calle 60 #387-C between 41 and 43, Centro.

ENGLISH TUTOR
Meet your NEW Thesis Coach!  Elizabeth offers a new service, “Thesis Coach” for the many Mexican students who finish uni and never complete their thesis. This is in addition to her College Coaching and test prep: SAT, GRE, GMAT & TOEFL. ESL & conversation classes too. Students and executives.  www.superenglishmerida.com Cel. 9992 64 31 68.

TASTE OF YUCATAN
This culinary tour includes a visit to a bustling market, conversation with local people, and the experience of cooking and sampling some Yucatecan delicacies. Tel. (999) 925 1700. www.adventures-mexico.com/merida-cooking-class/

STREET FOOD TOUR
Not in the mood to cook? Try local food without the cooking experience by visiting the food area of a market, a seafood restaurant ,and a gelatto store. Great way to experience a variety of dishes in a short period of time. Tel. (999) 925 1700. www.adventures-mexico.com/merida-street-food-tour/

HACIENDA SOTUTA DE PEÓN
Showing your INAPAM card get 50% off the tour price (from $500 pesos to $250 pesos). To March 31. www.haciendaviva.com

ST. LUKE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH
Mass in English every Sunday at 10 am. Calle 75 #503 x 62 y 64, Centro. The Rev. Dr. José Vieira Arruda. The Anglican Church welcomes you! Tel. (999) 247 1519. www.st.lukesmerida.org

AN OASIS IN CELESTÚN
Castillito Kin Nah Guest House on the beach. 3 rooms ocean view + casita for up to 4 persons, A/C, Sat. TV, tropical pool. Calle 12 # 47, 1 km north of the village. Tel. (988) 916 2627. Cel. 9999 07 64 19. www.castillito-kin-nah.com

ESKONDIDA, PIZZA AND MUCH MORE
Discover the incredible flavor of our New York style pizzas, exquisite pastas, healthy salads, fantastic calzones, and now-famous subs…all just a few steps from Santa Ana park. Calle 58 #435 x 47 y 49, Centro. Abrimos todos los días a partir del mediodía. Servicio a domicilio al (999) 923 2333 a partir de las 4 pm. www.eskondidapizza.com

SAN CRISANTO
Come to the 11th mangrove festival! Tel. (999) 926 0236, (991) 910 4310.

CNN TRAVEL HOTEL AWARD
Hacienda Xcanatún won the 2016 Historic Hotels Award of Excellence. The winners represent the finest historic hotels and hoteliers.

POSHERIA
The home of Maya beverage “Pox Bankilal” distilled from a corn base. We also offer four varieties of specialty organic coffee. Visit us on Paseo de Montejo #486 x 41 y 43. Tel. (999) 928 5496. FB: Posheria Mérida

HIDDEN GEM IN CELESTÚN
Casa Celeste Vida Guest House on the beach, 1 km. north of town. Comfort, privacy, great ocean views, fabulous sunsets. 3 suites w/ kitchens, bicycles, kayaks. #49-E Calle 12, Celestún. www.hotelcelestevida.com