It’s time to party in Puerto Vallarta

The streets are teeming with paper flags in green, white and red. Mexican Independence Day falls on September 16th but if you know Mexicans and how they love to party, the entire month is cause to celebrate. This year, I am lucky to be in Puerto Vallarta, the former sleepy fishing village made famous when Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor …

Brazilian Carnaval is more than Rio de Janeiro

  Over 3 million revelers are expected to attend this year’s celebration in Brazil. There is the samba parade in Rio de Janeiro but there are other cities that throw equally massive parties in even more gorgeous settings. Learn about them and join the party! Salvador  Salvador, the capital of Bahia, proves to be a forerunner of carnivals. The city has …

80th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival April 8-10, 2016

The Southeast’s official kick-off to spring, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival celebrates its 80th anniversary next April. Held in beautiful Piedmont Park, the festival welcomes hundreds of fine artists and hundreds of thousands of visitors to three days of festivities including live music – expect some tunes from the 80s, international performances, gourmet and festival fare, midway rides and games, the …

5 Reasons to visit Charleston, SC this Spring

Planning your spring getaway? Here’s five reasons to head to Charleston, SC this Spring. 1. Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival, voted “best music concert” by Charleston City Paper’s readers, celebrates its 5th year on Saturday & Sunday April 16 and 17 with curated music and an artisan food experience you won’t forget. This year’s headliners include …

12 Symbols and Traditions of Day of the Dead You Should Know

This week Puerto Vallarta, and all of Mexico, begins celebrations for the Day of the Dead celebrations, an honoring of those who have passed. 1) Altar: Many people make altars or “ofrendas” (offerings) in their homes to honor their loved ones who have died. 2) Ofrenda (Offering): It is used to refer to the things that are placed on the …

Day of the Dead Bread

Day of the Dead Bread

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is an ancient Aztec ritual celebrated in Mexico and certain parts of Central America and the U.S. On November 1 and 2, skull masks are donned and people dance in honor of their deceased relatives. While holiday traditions vary from place to place, food always plays an important role. The sweet, …

Taco Fiesta in Puerto Vallarta

real tacos

This was the first festival to celebrate Mexico’s famous taste treat, the taco, held in Old Town Puerto Vallarta. Erase the image you have of the hard shell filled with hamburger meat topped with sour cream, lettuce and shredded cheddar.  That is no where near a REAL taco as it is meant to be. Such a fun time was had …

Woofstock – A Festival for Dogs

Summer in the city. The annual street festivals have begun. Native Torontonians and visitors alike are donning their sandals, sunglasses and tanning lotions and heading out to enjoy the warm weather activities. Like most Saturday mornings, I started out early to gather fresh local produce in the Beaches neighborhood. The streets surrounding the neighbourhood were closed to traffic and tents …