Chile en Nogada – Traditional Independence Day Meal

Mexican Independence Day Meal

  September is called  Mes Patrio (Country Monthy) and probably the most traditional dish to eat in any restaurant will be Chiles en Nogada.  In case you want to make them for a nice Traditional dinner on either the 15th or the 16th of September, here is the recipe courtesy of Mavi Graf PrintChile en Nogada – Traditional Independence Day …

Photo Shoot in Yelapa, Mexico

Last August, a request was sent out seeking specific shots taken in the remote cove of Yelapa, a sleepy village about 20 miles south of Puerto Vallarta.  Riding the water taxi is an adventure in itself and makes for a fun day trip. It was rainy season and lighting bolts were bouncing off Banderas Bay but at the sign of …

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 …

Don’t feed the iguanas

They are getting too big and this one came as a freaky surprise when I rounded the corner out of the Municipal Marketplace. Children were stopping to pet this.  They give me the creeps especially when you are strolling along Rio Cuale and notice them dangling from the swaying branches overhead.  How firm is their grip up there? Three tourist …

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 …

Amazing what they can do with a pile of dirt, isn’t it

  Remember going to the beach as a child with your shovel and pail to spend the day splashing in the waves and building “castles” in the sand?  Only yours merely looked like an upside down bucket with maybe a salt water filled moat around it.  There might have been multiple buckets if Dad decided to help. Now there is …

I went looking for “Love”

I found it at Corona 179 in Restaurante Amore. This small, cozy Italian bistro stole my heart on my first visit.  Using a discount coupon from Cupocity for the Pasta Festival, I went in search of a new taste treat for lunch. It wasn’t until about a year ago that I would consider ordering spaghetti.  After all, who doesn’t have …

Hacienda de Oro

After a morning hike through the jungle trails, followed by a winding exploration of the gardens, a relaxing atmosphere in this Mexican restaurant was most welcome. Lunch was Nachos Botanicos, a Cadillac Margarita, Kahlua sundae and iced jamaica (hibiscus tea). Peace and quiet were most welcome here at the botanical gardens in Puerto Vallarta. Chaise lounges and wicker chairs set …

Street food in Mexico

What’s on your head? I don’t know about you but I tend to wear doughnuts on my hips. Among the usual travel warnings you will find advice to not eat street food while on vacation.  But it is everywhere.  It’s cheap and often delicious.  There is no warning that it might be fattening. Is it really healthier if they are …

Vallarta Conservatory of Mexican Orchids Now Open

The Vallarta Botanical Gardens had the grand opening December 12, 2014 of their Conservatory of Mexican Orchids with an official ribbon cutting ceremony for this world class facility.  It included concerts, art exhibits and guest speakers for a week-long festival of events. Located 30 minutes south of Old Town at Km. 24 on Highway 200, Vallarta Botanical Gardens offer something …

Sundays are for families in Mexico

Family life ranks high in priorities for Mexicans.  Sundays are spent together attending Mass followed by brunch.  I asked for a table for one and the waiters scrambled like cockroaches at the flick of the light switch to break up the extended table settings for me. February 5 is Constitution Day, a national holiday.  This year it is being celebrated …

Tlaquepaque for Arts & Crafts

textile art

Just outside of Guadalajara, the unique town of Tlaquepaque is world-famous for its arts and crafts. These local treasures adorn everywhere from the Vatican to LBJ’s ranch and here you can shop directly from the artisans in their studios and galleries. Historic mansions have been converted into boutique hotels, galleries and shops to showcase the works of art. More than …