Holiday foods in Mexico.

Posted on 29 diciembre, 2016 by Vallarta Tribune

Visitors to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit are in for a gourmet treat. From the simple taco stands you can find just about anywhere to fine dining in internationally acclaimed restaurants there is something for every palate and budget. Mexican families love to gather and share meals either in their homes or at restaurants and during the holidays it is no different.

There are special regional dishes as well as special dishes made depending on the season or holiday. Here are some of the more traditional Christmas and New Year’s foods you might want to try!

Tamales
Tamales are cornmeal dumplings which may be prepared with a variety of different fillings. They are wrapped in corn husks (or occasionally banana leaves), and steamed. Because tamales are time consuming to prepare, they are a special holiday food that are only made a few times throughout the year, in large batches, often with many members of the family assisting in parties that are called tamaladas.

Bacalao
Bacalao (dried salted codfish) starts showing up in markets and grocery stores throughout Mexico as Christmas approaches. This dish of European origin has become a common component of a traditional Mexican Christmas feast. Bacalao a la Vizcaina is a popular recipe in which the cod is stewed with tomatoes, capers, olives, and potatoes, but it may be prepared in a variety of ways.

Romeritos
A green leaf vegetable with small leaves, this plant resembles rosemary, for which it is named. Romeritos are most often served as romeritos en revoltijo, with shrimp cakes and doused in mole. This Mexican Christmas dish is also served during Lent.

Pozole
Pozole is hominy soup made with pork or chicken and seasoned with chile and garlic. It is served with garnishes of shredded lettuce or cabbage, thinly sliced radishes, avocado, oregano, and lime wedges. It makes a hearty meal and is made in large batches, making it a great party food, which besides being a popular choice for a Christmas dinner, is also served during Mexican Independence Day or Cinco de Mayo parties.

Buñuelos
Served with a hot drink, buñuelos make an excellent treat on a cold night. This crispy fried treat is like a sweet tostada which is sprinkled with sugar or doused in syrup. In Oaxaca there are special stands set up at Christmastime selling buñuelos and atole. After enjoying the sweet fritter, you make a wish and throw your clay plate on the ground, where it smashes to bits. This tradition is said to spring from an Prehispanic festivity in which all the dishes were broken at the end of a calendar cycle.

Ponche Navideño
Mexican hot fruit punch is made with tejocotes (Mexican hawthorn), which look like crab apples but have large pits and a unique flavor. Guavas, apples, and other fruit are added and the drink is flavored with cinnamon and sweetened with piloncillo. This is a wonderfully warming beverage, whether taken with or without piquete (a splash of alcohol).

Rosca de Reyes
This sweet bread is served on King’s Day (Día de Reyes), on January 6, but may start appearing in Mexican bakeries around Christmastime.

Happy New Year’s – Feliz Año Nuevo!

 

I’m not sorry to see 2016 pass by. It’s been a challenging year on many levels. I have a friend who tells me Mercury is in retrograde and when that changes in January, things will become better. I have no idea what that means, but I’m buying what she is selling!
Here is to a new year with new intentions. I wish all of the Vallarta Tribunereaders’ peace, love and happiness because ultimately that’s what matters.

For you newbies to Bay of Banderas, you’re in for a spectacular show! Most of the resorts around the bay (which stretches almost 100kms) have elaborate fireworks displays.

A seat on the beach, just about anywhere, will give you a view of dozens of fireworks displays. The most elaborate are hosted by the City of Puerto Vallarta, often lasting 30 minutes or more. After, the crowd floods into Old Town and the streets of Olas Altas and Basilio Badillo become a revelling throng of party-goers. Most restaurants will be offering special menus, dancing, along with champagne cocktails and twelve grapes at midnight. The twelve grapes, one for each stroke of midnight, traditionally used to ward off witches and evil spirits and today are wished upon for good fortune, health and happiness.
While out on the town be sure to choose your undies well. Another New Year’s tradition in Mexico claims that the colour of your ginch on New Year’s can bring love (red) or money (gold) in the coming year. I say why risk it, wear two pairs!

If you haven’t made plans – and want something a little more elegant, consider heading to Casa Karma Boutique Hotel where they are serving a selection of hors d’oeuvres prepared by Celebrations Vallarta and live music by Janette Mason and Kim Kuzma. Their waterfront location in Conchas Chinas is a great spot to catch the fireworks around the bay.

If you’re looking for something a little different – check out 4 Sapori in Marina Vallarta. They are offering a fixed menu, dancing with a DJ, open bar and more planned to help you ring in a memorable 2017.
If you are looking for no pressure, no cover charge then Tescalama in La Cruz is perfect for you! Open for New Year’s Eve with a regular menu, drink specials and a stunning view of the bay.

On Friday the 30th, I recommend you head to the Jazz Foundation off the Malecon on Allende. This open air space with a great funky vibe has Olio Blues Band – a Night of Rock and Blues starting at 8:30 pm and featuring Oliver Moreira – a harmonica master. I didn’t know such a person could exist and happened upon one of his sets a few months back. It’s amazing. Jaw-dropping amazing. The whole band is great but what Moreira does with his lips, and his harmonica, is worth all the tequila in Mexico. Marcia writes more in her Comings and Goings column this week on page 11 and their advertisement on page 29 has all the details. Seating is limited, so make a reservation to ensure your spot!

On a sad note, I’d like to send my condolences to Chris Kenny who lost her partner David Guilmette last week. David was a very active member of the Vallarta Music and Theater scene and his passing will leave a big hole in our little enclave. Heartful condolences to Chris and all of David’s friends and family.

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ONE MILLION AMERICANS IN MEXICO CAN’T ALL BE WRONG.

Reports are that approximately one million Americans live in Mexico. While it’s hard to verify that number, it’s not hard to imagine that it’s true. Some are working, of course, for U.S., Mexican, or other foreign corporations. You’ll find them in cities like Mexico City, Queretaro, and Monterrey.
And some live in Mexico just part-time…spending winter months in vacation homes where the weather is always warm and the cervezas are always cold.
Many Americans in Mexico, however, have moved there to enjoy their retirement years. They live in Mexico full-time and enjoy better weather, a more relaxed lifestyle, and a host of other benefits—including affordable top-quality health care and a much lower overall cost of living.

The most popular retirement destinations for Americans in Mexico

First, let’s get something straight. People from around the globe are retiring to Mexico…and not just folks from the U.S. It just happens to be a close destination for those from the U.S. and Canada. From Canada or the U.S. you can easily drive to Mexico.

Several locations in Mexico stand out, of course, as retirement destinations for foreign expats. Some of the most popular are:

Lake Chapala: In the little towns along the north shore of Mexico’s largest freshwater lake, you’ll find the largest community of U.S. retirees outside the U.S. This lakeside area in the country’s central highlands, just 45 minutes south of Guadalajara, is already home to about 10,000 full-time expatriates from the U.S. and Canada (and nearly twice that many during winter months). The towns on the lake—particularly those along the north shore—are comfortable enclaves with cobblestone streets, Spanish-colonial architecture, and some of the world’s best weather. The average year-round temperature is a spring-like 68° F, and a tight-knit expatriate community provides all manner of comfortable amenities and support to retirees—from garden restaurants, to dog-training services, to bridge clubs and yoga classes.
San Miguel de Allende: With its high-towered church and its cobbled streets, tidy shops selling carefully embroidered linens and hand-painted plates homes that belong in the pages of Architectural Digest, and lush courtyard gardens in bloom year-round, this city is like something out of a children’s fairytale book. San Miguel has other benefits, too—proximity to the U.S., an excellent climate, an affordable cost of living, an established expatriate community, local golf courses, and the kind of shopping (for everything from food to office supplies) that you’re used to back home.
Puerto Vallarta: When Liz Taylor and Richard Burton famously came here in the early 1960s, Puerto Vallarta wasn’t much more than a sleepy fishing village. A place where misty tropical mountains wrap arms around the crescent moon-shaped Banderas Bay.
Today, it is one of the world’s top tourist destinations, with an international airport, pro-tourney golf courses, designer shopping, world-class restaurants and beautiful people from around the world. Vallarta’s expat community is vibrant, too…you’ll find many activities to keep you busy, from outdoor activities to art galleries and charitable events to volunteer options and more.
Baja California Sur. The southern half of the long Baja Peninsula is a nature wonderland: a dry, sparsely-populated desert terrain blessed with two spectacular coasts: the Pacific to the west and the fertile Sea of Cortez, which separates it from mainland Mexico, to the east. Three easy-going destinations favored by expats are Todos Santos, Loreto, and La Paz. Artsy Todos Santos, on the Pacific side of the Peninsula, has a well-established little expat community. Loreto, on the Sea of Cortez, is the gateway to the UNESCO-designated and –protected marine park just offshore. With world-class kayaking, snorkeling, diving, fishing, and dolphin- and whale-watching available, Loreto attracts nature- and sports-lovers. Laid-back La Paz, four hours south of Loreto on the Sea of Cortez, is the capital of Baja California Sur and a low-key favorite that feels much like Southern California 60 or 70 years ago.
Mazatlan: One of Mexico’s oldest and most famous vacation and retirement destinations, Mazatlan is built on the reputation of the world-class deep-sea fishing to be found along the coast, and the 16 miles of beaches running north from town. Other fancier Mexican beach resorts may have stolen a bit of its thunder, but make no mistake…Mazatlan still has what it takes to charm the visitor’s heart and pique the interest of the potential part- or full-time resident. It’s a wonderful blend of resort beach town with a distinctly Mexican flavor…something the mega resorts have largely lost. And reasonably priced real estate is still available.
Huatulco: A resort community planned by Fonatur, the Mexican government’s national trust fund for tourism development, Huatulco is spacious, green, and well-maintained. You’ll find fabulous homes tucked away on high cliffs overlooking the picture-perfect bays. (There are nine gorgeous secluded bays to choose from here.) And even though Huatulco is a resort destination, it doesn’t feel like one. It’s quiet, laid-back and waiting to be discovered…the “Cinderella” of Mexico’s Pacific resort towns.
Puerto Escondido: Puerto Escondido is a little fishing village and a world-class surf zone—a longstanding favorite with surfers worldwide. The downtown area is small, colorful, and crowded, and the front beach is like a picture postcard, truly gorgeous. This is still a fishing village at heart, and its front beach is one of the cleanest and prettiest we’ve seen on any coast. You can still buy a whole, fresh tuna or dorado from fishermen’s children on the main street if you get there before 10 a.m. But the little town is growing, so get there quickly while you can still find the bargains.
Merida: Sidewalk cafés, tree-lined streets, and fresh paint…Yucatan’s best-kept secret is cosmopolitan Mérida. Just a half-hour from the Gulf-coast beaches, this city of 970,000 is a center of commerce and home to universities, hospitals, friendly locals, and beautiful colonial homes that would cost you twice as much in central Mexico’s discovered enclaves. The expatriate community maintains a well-equipped English-language library and hosts monthly get-togethers. The kinds of goods and services you’d expect to find in a comparably-sized city back home are available here, too–from Office Depot to Sam’s Club, Costco, Sears, all the familiar fast-food chains, and several high-end shopping malls.
The Riviera Maya: The stretch of Caribbean coastline that runs from Cancún to Tulum is known as the Riviera Maya. Arguably, this area is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. There are several intriguing towns along this coast, including Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Akumal, and Tulum. Playa del Carmen is one of the fastest-growing cities in Mexico. Cruise ships dock here regularly and the beachfront is wall-to-wall hotels and restaurants. Fifth Avenue is just a block or so off the beach. This pedestrian walkway is flanked by sidewalk restaurants and small boutiques selling a myriad of exotic items. This is a fun place with a relaxed, bohemian ambience. If Playa is too “busy” for you, check out laid-back Tulum, an up-and-coming destination that attracts fashionistas and movers-and-shakers while still paying homage to its backpacker roots. And Tulum’s beach regularly figures among the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world.

Which one is for you?

There are many other locations in Mexico, of course, where you will find U.S., Canadian, and other foreign residents–from small towns like Pozos de Mineral in the central highlands to large cities like Cuernavaca, near Mexico City, and the Pacific Coast resorts of Manzanillo and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo.
So be assured…no matter what kind of lifestyle or climate you are looking for, you’ll find it in Mexico.

BRIGHT AND SHINY, NUEVO VALLARTA DAZZLES.

 22 DIC 2016   POSTED BY Vallarta Daily

 


Nuevo Vallarta is one of the most visited and exclusive beach destinations of Mexico, bringing together luxury and the abundance of nature and an enchanting escape with excellent hospitality, comfort and entertainment.
This entryway into the Riviera Nayarit also has the second highest number of hotels in the country, with a first class infrastructure easily seen in the impeccable and vast golf courses, luxurious condominiums, exclusive restaurants and two of the country’s most important marinas.
Nuevo Vallarta is a lively destination with its five kilometer (three-mile) shoreline of golden beaches, where visitors can delight in the turquoise-blue ocean and fine sands as well as the various activities offered in this unbeatable climate.
The hotels and resorts of Nuevo Vallarta are listed among the most exclusive and luxurious of beach destinations on an international scale. Some of these establishments have received the Five Diamond distinction, awarded by the American Automobile Association (AAA) to hotels that offer the finest and most luxurious of lodging, ambiance and hospitality. Hanging gardens, endless pools that visually meld into the ocean and luxurious suites are just some of the tempting delights tucked away in these buildings with elegant architecture and surrounded by the natural wonders of the tropics and the beauty of the Pacific coast.
Nuevo Vallarta is also home to the most exclusive restaurants of the Riviera Nayarit with menus offering everything from the intense tastes of Mexican and regional cuisine to a la carte gourmet delicacies that guarantee a unique culinary experience and are sure to please even the most demanding of palates.
The hotels and resorts of Nuevo Vallarta, in addition to luxury and comfort, also offer a variety of recreational activities for visitors to enjoy their stay to the fullest. Options include beach sports, golf, scuba diving, surfing, yoga classes, gym equipment and sports fields and courts as well as sophisticated spas where you can enjoy revitalizing treatments for mind, body and spirit such as hydrotherapy, sauna treatments, and hydro-reflexology, among others.
Adventurous visitors can admire an important variety of flora and fauna of the region such as white herons, iguanas and a variety of fish species. When touring the piers, you can observe beautiful ships displaying flags from remote countries and foreign sailors milling about. These visitors have discovered this paradise, and deemed it one of the most glorious of destinations on their globetrotting itinerary.
And as the sun sinks below the horizon and paints the skies with luminous tones of orange, pink and purple, the festive nightlife calls to those visitors eager to continue their adventures in one of the exclusive bars and restaurants located in area hotels or fashionable independent establishments.

75 legislators decide to reject Xmas bonus

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22 have chosen to donate the 150,000-peso payment to a charity

 

What to do with their 150,000-peso Christmas bonus has been on the minds of members of Mexico’s lower house of Congress, following at least two weeks of debate about the controversial payment.

By Saturday, 75 of the 500 members of the Chamber of Deputies had chosen not to accept it.

Among them are the 36 deputies of the National Renovation Movement party (Morena), the 23 from Citizens’ Movement (MC) and the lone independent, Manuel Clouthier.

They have been joined by 10 of the 203 deputies belonging to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), four of the 108 National Action Party (PAN) representatives and one from the 47 affiliated with the Ecologist Green Party of México (PVEM).

The Morena and MC deputies, along with Clouthier, had opposed the bonus since it was proposed.

Each deputy is paid close to 150,000 pesos (some US $7,300) per month and at the end of the year they get their annual bonus, known as an aguinaldo, to which all Mexican workers are entitled.

This means that Deputies will be paid 357,000 pesos this month, an amount to which the majority will be getting the additional 150,000 pesos.

The bonus was originally intended to pay for the professional fees of each deputy’s non-legislative staff and for seasonal “events with the community,” in which “toys, candy, etc.” are given away.

The PRI deputies who rejected the bonus said they did so because citizens had expressed their opposition to it and that all end-of-year payments for staff were already covered anyway. Nobody, they said, would be affected.

As of yesterday, 22 deputies from different parties had made public their intention to donate the bonus to a charitable cause — some had even gone ahead and done so — to which the legislative vice-coordinator warned that doing so was forbidden by the Chamber’s administrative regulations.

“The [vice-coordinator] must stand by what he said. Let’s see what many of the organizations that had already contacted a deputy have to say when he informs them that they’re no longer receiving [the donations],” said a defiant Agustín Basave of the PRD.

Source: Reforma (sp)

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FUN ON THE RIVIERA NAYARIT

POSTED BY CAT MORGAN

 


The Christmas spirit is here and the parties and music abounds. Here in Mexico, the traditional Las Posadas are getting ready to begin. What is a Posada? Posada translates to hostel. Las Posada is nine days of religious observance beginning on December 16th through December 24th. During the evenings two people dress up as Mary and Joseph and participate in the nine nightly Christmas processions recreating the holy pilgrimage of Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The procession, which includes angels and shepherds, walk down the street and stop at a different door each night, asking to come in. Sometimes Mary is actually riding a burro. After they enter, the grand fiesta begins. Each party invites the previous parties, with the last evening sometimes ending at a church.
Sweet Music Fills the Air… Zoe Wood… The vibration of love coming from Zoe while she sings and plays will open your heart. Zoe, from Montana was inspired to play guitar by her father, who played folks songs and bluegrass. Her first songs were from the funny Dr. Demento show, and her first band was an Irish Folk trio called Dublin Gulch; later in college creating a rock band with friends called the Sonic Rangers. She then met her biggest guitar influence, jazz chord melody master guitarist Raleigh McNeal and performed blues, swing jazz, comedy songs and original music solo and in various groups.

Zoe recorded her first CD called “Zoe’s Garden” with Dave Ricci and Fred Jenkins from the Sonic Rangers Band. It was through them that she met Alfredo (Al) Estrada, who introduced her to Nuevo Flamenco guitar style. You may have heard of the Mango Duo. They worked together preparing their “Latin-Swing” show go get work on the cruise ships. Al had planned on being in La Cruz for only a short time, however, having complications selling his property he invited Zoe to come down to see if they could get work at Philo’s, which was the big local club back then.

Now, 12 years later and they have never gone back to Montana, making La Cruz their homes. Zoe states, “The people of La Cruz were so friendly and welcoming, and there was such great enthusiasm for music.  We ended up with full time work in the Banderas Bay area and our work permits all within a year and worked together here in various musical formations for 11 years.” She worked with Al in Mexico recording 5 CD’s of original music, two of which won international awards.  They are available on www.alfredozoe.com. Zoe is currently performing solo and with other musicians.

She plays private parties and functions, as well at local restaurants: In La Cruz at Tescalama every Thursday evening, Las Palapas Beach Club and special shows at El Brujo and Encore in Bucerias. Zoe’s music includes influences of Nuevo Flamenco, Bossa Nova, Mexican Boleros and Swing Latin jazz standards along with her originals. Zoe says, “ I enjoy the history of the music I play, which leads to a wonderful common ground in songs that are famous in both Mexico and other parts of the world.  I love bringing people together in the positive context of music, and feel very fortunate to do it here in Mexico, in such a wonderful international community.”
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More Sweet Music with Sonny Davis “Mystic Mantra”
Sonny is giving a Free live performance at the Malecon at Marina Riviera La Cruz (La Cruz Marina) on December 21st at 7pm. He will be performing a selection of powerful, healing mantras for this year’s winters Solstice creating an evening of Mystic Mantra. Sonny’s new CD ‘INVOLUTION’ will also be available. This contemplative, meditative CD project was recorded in our very own San Pancho featuring master musicians/artists Chas Eller and Brian Savage of the Banderas Bay All Stars. This Free Event will be like no other with our amigo, Sonny; a beautiful singer and song writer who fills the air with love. www.SonnyMusic.Net
Thanks so much for reading this week. I hope everyone can go and check out these two amazing talented musical artists; you will enjoy them both. For any questions or information please email me directly at Cat@RivieraNayaritFun.com and please check out our Facebook page; give us a LIKE at https://www.facebook.com/allrivieranayaritfun. View our website for interesting Riviera Nayarit information at www.RivieraNayaritFun.com AHO!
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It was cotton but now it’s medical tourism.

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Los Algodones receives over 100,000 medical tourists a year

The population of the small border town of Los Algodones, Baja California, is now seeing its annual seasonal increase, as are many Mexican destinations. The difference here is that the visitors come for medical reasons.

Located about 50 kilometers from the state capital of Mexicali, Los Algodones was originally an agricultural town dedicated to the harvest of cotton, hence the name. But the economy started shifting after the first medical consultation office opened in 1986. Thirty years later, the medical tourism boom is far from over.

The season begins in December and stretches until March, driven by Americans and Canadians traveling south for dental and other medical services and cheaper medications.

Known also as Vicente Guerrero, the town’s economy is centered around a three or four-block stretch on five streets where visitors spend an estimated US $6 million annually. Its population numbers just 4,000 but it boasts some 350 medical clinics.

Los Algodones in particular and Mexico in general are preferred by patients from abroad for the lower costs of all medical services.

Oncologist José Luis Díaz Barbosa offered the example of a young leukemia patient he treated. “In one month her parents spent $2 million [in the United States].”

Having depleted their insurance, the child was brought to Díaz, whom they paid only $10,000. “It’s a big difference,” said the medical specialist.

“The United States has left behind its retired people, along with those of Latin origin. They are not properly cared for, and everything is more expensive there, that’s why they come to Mexico,” Díaz said.

Francisco is a Mexican dental patient, but a resident of Santa Rosa, California.

“Dental care there [in the United States] is extremely expensive . . . without insurance, a single crown costs between $2,500 and $3,000. In Los Algodones, the price is $250 or $300.”

Another patient, Ronny, found a similarly cheaper price. “They were charging me $60,000 [in the U.S.], but I paid, more or less, some $6,000.”

American visitors usually cross the border on foot. Once on the Mexican side they are offered medical and dental services by salesmen with good English.

Los Algodones has some 400 dentists, of whom one estimates that 70% of their patients are American. “The rest are from Canada, and many stay here three to five months.

He claims to see about 40 new patients every day.

According to one estimate, Mexicali welcomed nearly 192,000 medical tourists in 2013. The figure for Los Algodones was nearly 119,000.

Source: Milenio (sp), 20 Minutos (sp)

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LUNA LOUNGE LIGHTS UP THE NIGHTS IN BUCERIAS.

 17 DIC 2016   POSTED BY DEBBIE WHITE

 


I’ve been reflecting this week on the vibrant entertainment scene the North Shore is experiencing. It has literally exploded with new venues and music over the past few years. Stroll through El Centro Bucerias or cross the Kissing Bridge and down Lazaro Cardenas most nights of the week, and you’ll hear amazing music coming from restaurants and bars that line those streets.

La Cruz has its own weekly lineup of favorite bands and musicians that also make it a popular night spot. So, we’re sorry Zona Romantica -PV if we don’t venture down as much as we used to in the evenings. The entertainment has come out here to us!
Luna Lounge Bucerias is one of our favorite venues that is doing it right! Hugh and Simon are in their fourth year of operation and there are many reasons why people like this place so much. Specializing in dinner shows, Luna Lounge provides a delicious four-course meal to start your evening as you socialize with the friends that you came with or with new ones that you’ve just met.
A relaxed, casual setting, good food and a variety of fun, tribute shows seems to be the winning combination. Customer loyalty is also a factor because Hugh and Simon are the friendliest folks around and everyone feels very comfortable at the venue. You just know, that when you and your friends head out to Luna Lounge for the evening, it’s going to be a great night!
For the past few seasons, many of the shows at Luna Lounge have been tribute acts. A tribute act or a tribute band is a musician or music group who specifically plays the music of a well-known music act. Tribute acts include individual performers who mimic the songs and style of an artist, such as Elvis or a group like The Beatles.
Many tribute acts in addition to playing the music of an artist or group, also try to imitate the vocal styles and overall appearance of that group, to make as close an approximation as possible. Others sometimes introduce a twist on the original act.
Luna Lounge’s phenomenal season of TRIBUTES is now underway and the shows keep selling out!
Last Thursday, we enjoyed the Mick Jagger tribute, “Jagger- The Rolling Stones Tribute.” Based out of Toronto, Bob Wotherspoon performed as a spot-on, look-alike Mick Jagger and sang all of the Rolling Stones’ greatest hits. People were dancing and rocking to their favorite Rolling Stone’s music.
Coming up on Friday, December 16th is the encore performance of one of the best shows that has ever come to the greater Puerto Vallarta area. Luna Lounge is delighted to announce that Paul Aleman and Renee Armand will be appearing live at Luna Lounge in Bucerias for ONE NIGHT ONLY – with their hit show – “Rocky Mountain High: The Music of John Denver.”
Aleman and Armand – a John Denver band member who performed with John for six years and who appeared on the DVD “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” and also on Rocky Mountain High – present the incredible music and wonderful background stories of John Denver.
Renee also sang the Academy Award winning song “The Morning After” from the movie, The Poseidon Adventure, and she wrote the song “One Day In Your Life” recorded by Michael Jackson.
These two exceptionally talented musicians will give you a new appreciation for the music of John Denver, one of music’s most beloved artists. This is definitely a show that you’ll want to see. This show is one of the best that has ever come to our area!
On December 25th and 26th, Luna Lounge presents “A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett,” starring the talented Brian Neale. Even if you’re not an official “Parrot Head,” you’ll love “Margaritaville” and all those other tropic rock favourites!  The show is already sold out for Christmas evening, so don’t delay in booking your reservations for Monday, the 26th.
On New Year’s Eve at Luna Lounge “The Bryan Adams Tribute Show” is the entertainment. Bring in the New Year on Saturday, December 31st, hearing favorites like, “Cuts Like A Knife,” “Run to You” and “It’s Only Love,” performed to perfection by Doug Varty. The evening starts off with Luna Lounge’s special holiday dinner, followed by a cutting edge musical performance and a party all in one. Book early; this show is guaranteed to sell out!
And don’t forget BBQ Ribs on Monday night with Live music by the band, “Hangar,” and “The All-New Crazy Bitches Show” and dinner each Tuesday evening in December and Tuesday and Wednesday nights beginning in January. Miss Diva Divine and the girls just keep those audiences coming back for more!!!
Check out the “what’s on” section at lunaloungebucerias.com for details of all the upcoming events. For questions or tickets email hugh@lunaloungebucerias.com. Luna Lounge is located at Av. Mexico #27, Bucerias, Nayarit. Telephone # 329-298-3242.

Mexican authorities approve new routes.

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Five airlines have submitted requests for at least 15 new routes between US and Mexico

Expect more U.S.-Mexico flights to be announced soon: the federal Undersecretary of Transportation said yesterday that five airlines have requested permission for between three and six new routes each.

Yuriria Mascott of the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation said permissions have been granted in four of those cases — which were requests made by American Airlines, Delta, Southwest and Hawaiian — and a fifth is pending.

Among the destinations favored by the airlines are Monterrey, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Cancún and Mérida. Not one application was made for new flights to Mexico City, Mascott said.

The expansion of routes comes as a result of the signing of a new air accord between Mexico and the U.S., which took effect in August and replaced one that dated back to 1960.

While the paperwork might have been concluded in the granting of the new routes, that wasn’t the case late last week for Southwest Airlines, which suspended new flights between Los Angeles and three resort destinations.

Southwest said it cancelled flights to Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Cancún since Wednesday because the necessary paperwork had not been completed. But it said that Mexican authorities issued the permits on Friday and flights resumed on Sunday as anticipated. Forty flights were affected by the four-day suspension of service.

The new flights had only just begun operating on December 4. Two days later regulators discovered that something was amiss, and Southwest blamed “paperwork” in a statement.

“Because required paperwork still has not been issued by authorities in Mexico, we are now faced with unplanned challenges and forced to make proactive flight cancellations,” the airline said.

The travel website Skift suggested Southwest, after decades of serving only domestic routes, “is now learning, the hard way, how challenging” international service can be and perhaps jumped the gun on launching its new flights without receiving final approval.

Source: El Economista (sp), Dallas News (en), Skift (en)

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Puerto Vallarta prepares for a big New Year celebration.

The Municipal Government headed by Arturo Dávalos Peña, is preparing to have a great year-end with the arrival of thousands of visitors, who in addition to enjoying the December festivities, intend to welcome the new year in Puerto Vallarta.

As part of these activities, the Director of Municipal Tourism, Ramón González Lomelí, announced that the city will inaugurate information and tourist booths to help visitors in the certified Blue Flag beaches of Palmares, Camarones and Playa de Oro, Which will be added to the current booths on the Malecón, maritime terminal, Municipal Palace, Parque Hidalgo and Parque Lázaro Cárdenas.

On Thursday 15, the city will start the tourism program “Know the Port that We Want”, in an event to be held in the Plaza de Armas.

On Friday 16, the exhibition called “Madonnari Navideño”, in the exterior corridors of the Municipal Palace will be opened, and at 7:30 PM the Malecon Christmas tree will be lit.

On Monday 19, the Social Tourism Module “We will travel all over Mexico” will be inaugurated, located in the Main Square of the Delegation El Pitillal, in front of the Parish of San Miguel Arcángel.

In addition, several events will be held during this month in Hidalgo and Lázaro Cárdenas parks.

Finally, Gonzalez Lomeli explained that to close the year there will be a big party in the area of the Malecon that will include music and traditional fireworks.

He said that it is of great interest for the Municipal President, Arturo Dávalos, that the residents enjoy in harmony of the New Year celebrations, and that tourist leave with a positive impression of the city.