Upcoming Events: September 27 – October 3, 2018

Upcoming Events: September 27 – October 3, 2018

Is your venue or organization hosting an upcoming or ongoing event? We are looking for events of all kinds to share with our readers so send the details our way to be listed here and in our various online calendars! To be included please add your listing at vallartatribune.com/eventos. Deadline for print publication is Friday before the Thursday publication date, but events appear online instantly and may still be included in our email newsletters.

THIS WEEK

BOHEMIO 3— Say goodbye to September with music! The last Saturday of the month, we will have the trova, ballads and pop of Bohemian 3. Come to dance and sing with us! Sat 8:30 PM at A Page in the Sun

OMAKASE PV 2018: SAKE WORKSHOP—  Omakase is an annual event featuring a menu this year by Chef Hiroshi Shima. Sake workshop on October 3, Omakase by Invitado Especial on October 4-6. Book a Table: http://bit.ly/2NNvoj5. Reservaciones: http://bit.ly/2Oc6RnS. Oct 3 – Oct 6 at Hotel Mousai

BUBBLES & CHEESE NIGHT: CHAMPAGNE, PROSECCO, CAVA & MORE— In this tasting, we’ll enjoy five different sparkling wines paired with delicious cheeses. Expect the classic Italian Prosecco, Spanish Cava, and French Champagne and a couple of surprise new world sparkling – including of course a Mexican wine. Tasting of 5 sparkling wines paired with 5 delicious cheeses included. Reserve online through uncorkmexico.com, event sells out quickly! Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Medregal Restaurant (Pulpito 120)

MEXICAN COOKING CLASS: TRADITIONAL MOLE VERDE — A unique opportunity to learn how to cook a delicious traditional MOLE VERDE. Cost: 500 MXN or 30 USD per person. 50% in cash when booking The price includes workshop, recipe, dinner, and drinks. Please, confirm your attendance October 3 at 3:00pm the latest at facebook.com/PVskitchen. Number of participants is limited to 12 persons. Wed at 4 PM at the Spanish Experience Center

CHEF RUBEN’S MAGICAL MEXICAN SALSAS— Chef Ruben introduces a journey of different sauces of Mexico. Taking classic Mexican ingredients and by doing a variety of cooking techniques, he will show how you can get many different flavors, textures, and options for other dishes. You will help in the preparation and eat different salsas as we prepare them. Also learn how to make classic sopes with a filling and test all the salsas that we have made to have some wonderful flavors. Beer, wine, local spirits and jugos are included. $45 USD per person. Wed. at 6 pm at ART Vallarta (213 Calle Pilitas | artvallarta.com)

ONGOING EVENTS

ART

LIFE DRAWING’ ART WORKSHOP: LOCAL ARTIST ARMANDO REYES— Join us on a new night, Wednesdays at 8pm in the theater. More information and online tickets. More info at IncantoVallarta.com.

MALECON SCULPTURES 101— Enjoy a relaxed walk by the ocean while chatting about the sculptures on the Malecon and the local art scene, plus a delicious Mexican brunch or snack at a charming and very unique spot. A fantastic cultural experience with a local friend. Wed, Thu and Fri at 9:00am. Make reservations through Vallarta101 (facebook.com/welovevallarta | 01 322 100 2253)

HANDBUILDING WITH CLAY AT ART VALLARTA— This class will take the beginner student through each step of coil and slab building. The instructor will familiarize you with terms ,tools and processes, supporting your creative vision. You will build simple projects from choosing your idea, applying techniques you learn, finishing with firing and glazing. Monday and Friday from 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. 350 pesos plus Clay Kit (462 pesos). Art Vallarta Gallery (Calle Pilitas 213 | facebook.com/artvallarta)

INTRODUCTION TO WHEEL THROWING AT ART VALLARTA— This is the next step after fundamental building with clay. You  will be guided in interactive instruction on the electric potter’s wheel; learning basic techniques, necessary for progressing as an artist in clay using the potter’s wheel. Basic finishing techniques in high – fire clay, glazing, firing and loading the kiln. 350.00 pesos plus clay (462 pesos). Monday and Friday from 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. 350 pesos plus Clay Kit (462 pesos). Art Vallarta Gallery (Calle Pilitas 213 | facebook.com/artvallarta)

OPEN CLAY STUDIO AT ART VALLARTA— Have a project you want to work on independently? Come take part working side by side with student’s from all classes and artists currently in the studio. No instruction is provided, but Rob will be present and available to help you out with equipment and basic needs. 350.00 pesos plus Clay Kit (if you need one). Monday and Friday from 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. 350 pesos plus Clay Kit (462 pesos). Art Vallarta Gallery (Calle Pilitas 213 | facebook.com/artvallarta)

HARNESS THE POWER OF PAINTING WITH DOUGLAS SIMONSON— This class is for both beginning and experienced acrylic painters. Painter Douglas Simonson has 35 years of experience painting in acrylics and he will work with you in whatever area of painting you want to focus on, or he can help you decide on your focus. Class is every Friday from 1:30 PM to 4:30PM. Cost is $350 pesos per class. Easels, paints and brushes are available but bring your own brushes if you have your preferences. Bring your own canvas or purchase one at the ART VallARTa Art Supply Store located on the first floor. Drop-ins are welcome (based on space availability) or you can attend several classes for more in-depth study, or if you’re working on a more involved project. Art Vallarta Gallery (Calle Pilitas 213 | facebook.com/artvallarta)

FILM

LA CRUZ MARINA FREE MOVIE NIGHT— In the VIP room at Marina Riviera Nayarit every Thursday at 8:00pm.

CINEMA CUC— Free. 1:00 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays in the main auditorium at Centro Universitario de la Costa (Av. Universidad 203, Ixtapa | 322.222.1512 | www.cuc.udg.mx)

CINE CLUB EL MUÉGANO: MARTES DE CINE— Enjoy movies at the Los Mangos Library Martes de Clássicos Cultural Center, Tuesdays at 7pm. 20 pesos.  (Av. Francisco Villa No. 1001 | bibliotecalosmangos.com)

CINE CLUB EL MUÉGANO: FRIDAY CINEMA CYCLE ON SOCIAL NETWORKS— Enjoy movies about Social Networks at the Los Mangos Library Martes de Clássicos Cultural Center, Fridays at 7pm. 20 pesos. (Av. Francisco Villa No. 1001 | bibliotecalosmangos.com)

HEALTH & WELLNESS

BEACH YOGA— Bring your mat down to the beach for a gentle morning flow, every Wednesday at 9am at playa los camarones, in front of Barracuda restaurant. 70 pesos per person and children under 12 are free when accompanying an adult. Barracuda (Calle Paraguay 1290)

SPIRITUAL & METAPHYSICAL LECTURE— Journey of self discovery at the Center For Spiritual Living Puerto Vallarta. Each week offers inspirational talk using spiritual tools for personal growth, along with discussion and fellowship afterwards. An open and inclusive spiritual community, all are welcome. Saturdays from 12:00 – 1:00 pm at Centro Cultural Cuale (Aquiles Serdan #437)

OTHER

BINGO WITH PEARL— Saturdays at 4pm. Drink specials, gift certificates, and cash prizes. Special guests Ballet Folklorico Tradiciones will perform. Incanto Vallarta (Insurgentes 109, Old Town Puerto Vallarta |  322.223.9756 |www.incantovallarta.com)

FURNITURE SHOPPING TOUR— Looking for an easy way to get around Vallarta and/or Guadalajara to check out furniture offerings for your new home or condo in Mexico? Save time, money and stress with this tour. Call, email, or sign up on the “Tours” tab on our website. (044 329 298 6399 | furniture@solutionsmexico.com | solutionsmexico.com)

What to eat (and drink) in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit

What to eat (and drink) in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit

Photo via Flickr/y6y6y6

Most people travel to Riviera Nayarit for the192 miles of sunny coastline, with its idyllic beaches and azure seas. But the region’s food offers just as much reason to visit. The cuisine is fresh and flavorful, filled with great seafood and pre-Hispanic Mayan flavors. Here are five items to eat (and drink) that you probably won’t find back home:

Smoked Marlin Tacos

If Mexico had a national food, it would undoubtedly be the taco. In streets all over Mexico, tortillas are filled with everything under the sun, but on the Pacific coast, smoked marlin tacos reign supreme. Naty’s Cocina in Sayulita is a great place to try this regional specialty. Ask for the marlin, pay at the counter, then dress your bright pink, shredded marlin with a variety of house-made salsas.

Oyster Sopes

 Often billed as “Mexican moonshine” or “the next Mezcal,” this agave spirit is becoming increasingly popular. Like tequila, it’s only made in Jalisco; unlike tequila, which is only produced from blue agave, raicilla uses many different types of agave, like maximiliana and lechuguilla, for a greater range of flavors. Made mostly by small producers, production is still fairly limited and flavors tend to be fruitier and sweeter than mezcal. Raicilla produced from coastal agave gets more sun and tends to be higher in alcohol, whereas agave grown in the hills is more floral, citrusy and complex.

Instead of tequila shots (or in addition to tequila shots) try this seafood shot invented by David Elizondo at Buzzos in Bucerías, the biggest of the 23 coastal towns along the Riviera Nayarit. This corner restaurant is a favorite among locals and you may even be serenaded by a live ensemble playing Mexican banda music. Order a “balazo,” which means “gunshot” in Spanish. Your choice of shrimp, scallop or octopus is splashed with lime, Worcestershire sauce, local Salsa Huichol hot sauce and tomato juice.

*This article was originally published in November 2017. 

Expats Feel at Home in Mexico; InterNations Survey

Expats Feel at Home in Mexico; InterNations Survey

Expats living in Mexico (TYT)

InterNations.org recently released the results of its 2018 Expat Insider Survey, which ranks the best countries for expat living.

Now in its fifth edition, Expat Insider is among the biggest surveys worldwide to inquire into the living situation and happiness of expatriates. In order to complete the survey, they asked 18,135 expats living in 187 countries a series of questions relating to their experiences living abroad.

InterNation’s survey results have been broken down into several rankings and reports, like: Where do expats enjoy the best quality of living? Which countries are ideal for raising children? and Where can expats make the most of their budget?, among others.

Once again achieving noteworthy results in 2018, Mexico holds the top rank for multiple factors, scoring first for personal happiness, and second for leisure activities, ease of settling in, and cost of living.

La Vida Perfecta: Mexico and the Happiest Expats in the World

Perhaps it is due to the fact that nearly two out of five expats living in Mexico (39%) are retirees or that 20% have moved there mainly for a better quality of life (e.g. weather and climate) – in any case: expats in Mexico are the happiest in the world, with the country ranking 1st out of 68 for personal happiness. Ratings in the Expat Insider 2018 survey similarly point to a favorable climate and a wide range of leisure activities, with fewer than 1% of respondents giving these factors very negative reviews.

No Such Thing as a Stranger: Easy to Feel at Home

Settling in is not difficult for most expats in Mexico: only 6% report low satisfaction with feeling at home in the local culture, and 85% agree that it is easy to settle down. More than four in five expats (83%) also agree that getting used to the local culture is easy, with only 4% believing they will never feel at home in Mexico.

The Mexican population is ranked as the friendliest in the world, with an impressive 64% of the respondents saying that the local residents couldn’t be any friendlier. More than half (56%) also say that the Mexicans’ attitude towards foreign residents is very friendly, and with regard to finding friends, Mexico similarly tops the global charts.

The language barrier is also of minimal concern to expats, as 66% say learning the local language is easy, and as many as 96% already speak Spanish to some extent.

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Not a Care in the World: Financial Benefits

If a high quality of life and the ease of settling in are not incentive enough, moving to Mexico as an expat has many benefits, including financial ones: Mexico ranks 2nd out of 68 in the Cost of Living Index and 3rd in the Personal Finance Index.

Only 11% of expats in Mexico say that their disposable household income is generally not enough to cover all their living expenses, while 17% think they have a lot more than what they need. Moreover, only 2% considered the cost of living a potential disadvantage before moving.

Mexico’s fourth-place overall ranking was down one spot from last year’s survey, but the same as it was in 2016. In fact, 88% of respondents said they were “generally satisfied” with living in Mexico.

In addition to Mexico, three other Latin American countries made the survey’s list of the top 10 places for expats to live in 2018. Ecuador ranked highest in third place, Costa Rica took seventh, and Colombia came in ninth.

To learn more about InterNations’ Expat Insider survey, and see more 2018 rankings, reports and infographics, please visit internations.org.

World’s top chefs come together for Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica 2018

Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica 2018

Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica is gearing up for its most important edition with the tagline “Mexico: Thanks for so much!” Based primarily in the Riviera Nayarit, it will celebrate 10 uninterrupted years as a must-do on the world’s culinary calendar.

The organizers announced this year’s event during a press conference held at the Hard Rock Hotel. It will take place from October 14-18 in the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta and will have 48 chefs in attendance, who altogether boast 14 Michelin Stars and 18 Soles Repsol, as well as several renowned chefs from Mexico and other countries on the 50 Best Latin America list.

The event, which takes place during the 100th anniversary of Puerto Vallarta and the 10th anniversary of the Riviera Nayarit, will include show cookings, premium tastings, gourmet workshops, the Gastronomikids program, an expo area, an expert panel, pairing dinners, and other special activities.

Chihuahua and Guanajuato will be the guest states this year, with Guadalajara as the guest city. The official airline will be Aeroméxico.

The press conference was led by Carlos Elizondo and Consuelo Elipe, directors for E-Consulting Group and creators of Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica. They welcomed the media to an event that reinvents itself year after year and is committed to spreading the culinary gospel without losing sight of its original calling.


Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica


Also present: Gina Méndez, sales director at Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta; Cynthia Almasa, public relations director at ¡Ah Chihuahua!; Ludwig Estrada Virgen, regional director for the Jalisco Secretariat of Tourism; Ana Cecilia Llanos, secretary of tourism for the State of Nayarit; Javier Aranda Pedrero, managing director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust; Mayra Valle, manager for the Puerto Vallarta CVB; Marc Murphy, managing director of the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

Significant revenue opportunity
Carlos Elizondo, co-director of the event, announced they expect over 10 thousand attendees and a revenue exceeding $30 million pesos, which represents a growth of 13% over the previous year. One of the goals, he added, is to strengthen Bahía de Banderas (Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit) as a world-class culinary destination par excellence.

“Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit have made a name for themselves as one of the most important culinary destinations in Mexico. This is a thriving cuisine, full of possibilities, and with high-quality products that will delight even the most demanding palates from around the world no matter what the season,” he said.

Participating chefs include Roberto Ruiz, with 1 Michelin Star and 2 Soles Repsol; Lula Martín del Campo, Fernanda Prado, and Eduardo Palazuelos; chefs from Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants including Gerardo Vazquez Lugo; plus a number of international chefs including Spaniards Ángel León, with 3 Michelin Stars and 3 Soles Repsol; and Andoni Luis Aduriz, with 2 Michelin Stars and 3 Soles Repsol.

Something more…
This 10th anniversary will pay homage to the career of Susana Palazuelos, who has dedicated her life to all things gastronomic, and will include the presence of chef Inés Páez Nin, also known as “Chef Tita,” who is on the jury for Master Chef in the Dominican Republic and the top representative of this cuisine in the Caribbean. Spain’s Ramón Dios will also be there to direct a workshop on gastro-coaching.

The world of wine and spirits will be well-represented by sommeliers, mixologists, producers, and ambassadors showcasing the segment’s latest developments and products, while the pairing dinners will once again be a unique stage for creations from local and guest chefs.

Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica wouldn’t be complete without Gastronomikids, which was started in 2016 as part of their social responsibility program to support disadvantaged children by cultivating a love for gastronomy.
There’s no doubt the 10th anniversary of the Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica will be a watershed gastronomic event, a not-to-be-missed date on the culinary world’s calendar.

$6650 million pesos allocated for marginalized areas of Puerto Vallarta

The governor of Jalisco, Aristóteles Sandoval, visited the Mexican capital to meet with Mexico’s President-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, with whom he agreed to allocate $650 million pesos to marginalized areas of the municipality of Puerto Vallarta, through a program of urban improvement that will be started under the new president’s administration.

The state governor explained that for this purpose the entity was asked to coordinate a study that would begin this month “with a timetable that was presented to us so that they could begin to promote the work when the president-elect takes office”.

Another issue that was discussed was the support on infrastructure, which will be reviewed at a working table with the future secretary of the Interior, Olga Sánchez Cordero, and the elected governor of Jalisco, Enrique Alfaro.

The purpose of the table, he added, is “to promote the development and programs or large infrastructure projects throughout the next administration, which are a needed priority”.

In addition, it was agreed to conclude the federal and state works that could remain unfinished this sexennium.

Aristóteles Sandoval said that Lopez Obrador will visit Guadalajara next Tuesday “to continue announcing part of their projects, and programs for the benefit of the state and the country.”

OPA! CELEBRATING THE GREEK CUISINE

OPA! CELEBRATING THE GREEK CUISINE

By  Alexis Velasco

Sep. 17, 2018
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Known worldwide for its variety of ingredients and flavors, the Greek cuisine has positioned itself as one of the best and richest in the world. Its richness is the result of a series of influences from Asia Minor, North Africa and the Mediterranean coastline, all of which belonged to Ancient Greece and made interesting contributions. In addition, the Hellenic cuisine is characterized by being very healthy, since it incorporates vegetables, olive oil and proteins such as fish and lamb.

Nowadays, places such as Athens, Santorini and Mykonos Island are touristic and gastronomic destinations by excellence, appealing thousands of tourist and foodies each year.

Even though the culinary offer of this Mediterranean country is not very extensive in Puerto Vallarta, there’s a new Greek restaurant where you can discover an interesting array of its domestic dishes, including traditional and more sophisticated options. OPA Greek Bistro is located in colonia Versalles and takes its name from the famous and festive expression for which Greeks are known around the globe: Opa!

The kitchen is headed by chef Apostolis, born in Naxos Island and who has lived in different countries, working and promoting the gastronomy of his country. OPA Greek Bistro features a traditional and interesting menu, including everything from the famous gyros (lamb and beef meat wrapped in homemade pita bread), to specialties from the Greek islands such as the exquisite Santorini and Mykonos-style fish fillet (served with beet salad and Greek mashed potato).

Other dishes are the Aegean Sea octopus (served with vinaigrette), rack of lamb, Greek salad, falafel (served with hummus and pita bread), beef kebab (served in a fig based sauce and accompanied with rice pilaf, peas and Greek mashed potato), the delicious Greek jocoque and desserts such as the Baklava (layers of filo pastry with nuts sweetened with honey and cinnamon).

In addition, the decor at OPA Greek Bistro makes you feel as if you were visiting one of the charming Greek islands, where you can see white houses with blue doors and windows, adorned with flowers. Without a doubt, this place has a special atmosphere that takes you to enjoy the Hellenic culinary experience to the fullest; a very attractive addition to the culinary scene of Puerto Vallarta.

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Turning waste into bioplastics, Mexico strikes green gold

bioplastics

Tequila, avocado and corn are proving their worth beyond Mexican fiesta staples as key components for a fast-growing bioplastics market, with companies transforming waste from processing food crops into products such as bags, plates and even car parts.

Bioplastics make up less than 5 percent of the millions of tonnes of plastic produced each year around the world.

But as governments and consumers fret about the damage plastic is doing to the world’s oceans, scientists are experimenting by converting materials from cactus to shrimp shells and human waste into alternative greener plastics.

“The whole world is changing – people are starting to ask for this,” said Scott Munguia, founder of Mexican company BIOFASE. The main obstacle is the cost of producing bioplastics, he noted.

Based in Michoacan state at the center of Mexico’s avocado industry, the world’s largest, BIOFASE uses tonnes of stones a day discarded by processors of the fruit to produce its drinking straws and cutlery.

Industry experts say bioplastics – which are made with renewable, organic materials – have twin benefits: making use of waste to create products that are potentially quicker and easier to dispose of than traditional fossil fuel-based plastics.

But not all bioplastics are as environmentally friendly as they sound, say scientists and industry insiders.

Some contain high levels of traditional plastic, and depending on their uses and components, may not be biodegradable or compostable, making disposal a challenge.

Plastic production is expected to double over the next 20 years, compounding worries over the 8 million to 15 million tonnes of plastic the United Nations says are already being dumped into the ocean each year.

As plastic pollution in both the sea and freshwater grabs the media spotlight, bioplastics are attracting a high level of attention, said David Grewell, director of the Iowa-based Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites.

But they cannot solve the problem, he added.

“We would not want to start advocating that it’s OK to throw bioplastics into the water,” said Grewell, department chair at North Dakota State University.


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COST COMPETITION
In Mexico, moves by some states to outlaw the use of plastic bags and polystyrene could help boost demand for bioplastics, said Carlos Camacho Vivar, founder of Ecoshell.

But authorities need to understand the difference between products, he added.

Started as a university project, Ecoshell now exports its cutlery, bags and containers that are either biodegradable, compostable or “bio-based” (part-organic, part-plastic), as well as selling them in Mexican supermarkets.

Sugar cane and corn starch derived from industrial waste are among the ingredients for Ecoshell’s products, which Camacho says will break down in months rather than the hundreds of years needed for traditional plastic.

Instead of worrying about losing market share and jobs, traditional plastic producers in Mexico should start making bioplastics to satisfy changing consumer demands, he said.

“It’s like the story of Blockbuster with Netflix,” said Camacho, referring to the video rentals chain that went bust in the face of higher-tech competition. “New technology is always expensive and through time it needs to go down to compete.”

DRIVING DEVELOPMENT
While startups push ahead with cutting-edge technologies, corporate giants like Coca-Cola Co are fine-tuning their own initiatives, including biodegradable PET bottles.

Vehicle manufacturer Ford Motor Co is testing bio-based plastics made with 20 percent agave fiber – waste from the plants used to make tequila – to create non-biodegradable parts it says would make its cars lighter and improve fuel economy.

“You’re not growing this fiber specifically for automobile parts – you’re growing it for the lovely tequila, so this is a waste product,” said Deborah Mielewski, Ford Research’s senior technical leader for materials sustainability.

“We’re looking at a big variety of natural materials or even waste from agriculture (and) the food industry … to reduce our impact, but also to participate in a more closed-loop economy.”

Founder Henry Ford pioneered the use of materials such as soybean in car parts, she explained. Now the company uses soy-based foam for seats, and is looking at putting bamboo, hemp, oat hulls and rubber derived from dandelions in its plastics.

But not all technologies may be palatable to consumers.

HUMAN WASTE
Some scientists are looking to convert bacteria from food and also human waste into the key chemical components that could be used to create biodegradable plastics and other products.

Kartik Chandran, professor of environmental engineering at Columbia University, said the potential for using organisms from organic waste was “close to infinite”, and could help solve practical problems around sanitation and water.

Producing bioplastics from sewage could offset some of the costs of waste treatment and sanitation, for example.

“We’re not considering bioplastic production in isolation, we’re not considering waste management in isolation – we’re linking that,” he said.

Yet while the technology advances, major hurdles remain, including how to make bioplastics affordable while weaning consumers and companies off their addiction to cheap plastic.

Government bans on single-use plastics, lower-priced alternatives and education about the impact of conventional plastic manufacturing could help, industry experts said.

Ford’s Mielewski said resistance to change was the biggest barrier.

“Everybody wants to have a cleaner planet, everybody wants to have cleaner air (and) reduce the amount of plastic in the ocean,” she said. “But getting people to change what they’re doing today is really hard.”

10 things that Mexico does better than any other country

1. Tequila

The national drink is a world standard in bars, with exports to 96 countries. Tequila should be sipped and savored like a fine whiskey.

You can get a taste of the best in the Ruta del Tequila, which includes some of the most famous distilleries in the country.

The alternatives are the Tequila Express route operated by Casa Herradura and the José Cuervo Express route.

2. Celebrate death

Many cultures praise their ancestors, but who else turns the commemoration of the deceased into an annual festival of art, food, and community?

On November 2, Day of the Dead, Mexicans place offerings for their loved ones who died.

Each offering includes images of the deceased, food, drinks, candies in the shape of a skull, candles, and flowers.

The belief is that dead children return to Earth to visit their families and friends on November 1, and the souls of adults do the same on November 2.

The Day of the Dead festivals are held throughout Mexico. Three of the most elaborate are carried out in San Andrés Mixquic, in Mexico City, Pátzcuaro, Michoacán and Janitzio, Michoacán.

3. Trumpets

From symphony orchestras to Oompa bands and sections of soul and R & B, everyone loves a blast of metal from the trumpet or tuba.

While most countries tend to keep their trumpets for parties and special occasions, Mexico touches them daily.

Where else can you listen on the radio, every hour of the week, tubas, really tubas! with bass?

It all comes down to bands, the heart of traditional and popular genres of Mexican music. The bands are usually made up of between 10 and 20 musicians who play brass instruments, wind instruments and various percussions.

Every tourist is enchanted by the mariachi, but the bands are a part of several wider genres, the most characteristic are ranchera, quebradita and the corridos.

4. Hangover Cure

The Mexican parties are remarkable for going crazy in a second. That, of course, leads to a family disaster the next morning.

Fortunately, the kitchens of Mexico are always stocked with the best food for the hangover.

Wake up, drink water and then eat some spicy chilaquiles, meat or barbecue tacos with hot sauce and ingest a lot of revitalizing fat; Maybe you can have a light beer for breakfast if you’re really in a bad shape, and you’ll ask the band for songs at night.

5. Albures

El albur is not only a linguistic trick for Mexicans, it is an art form that requires an agile mind and the ability to transmit intelligent but subtle messages, often mixed with sexual or other connotations.

Of course, many languages employ covert connotations and clever wordplay, but it’s so important in Mexico that there is even a national tournament to crown the best alburero.

The current champion is Lourdes Ruiz, who has won the competition every year since 1997, defeating men and women. He even gives courses.

Still not convinced that the Mexicans take the double meaning more seriously than the others? What other country has a day dedicated to the subtle complexities of its language? In Mexico, El Albur Day is celebrated on March 1.

6. Catholicism

The Vatican City does a good job as the center of faith and has some decent paintings on its roof, but its population of 800 souls is not exactly surprising.

Mexico, in contrast, is in second place in the world by number of Catholics (Brazil is the first place and the Philippines the third) and, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, 83.9% of Mexicans are Catholics.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the most venerated virgin in Mexico, and perhaps in the world. The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City is also one of the most important places of pilgrimage in the country, and according to reports, the most visited Marian shrine in the world.

Every December 12, approximately five million pilgrims from all over Mexico visit the Basilica to thank the Virgin for her favors or to ask for a miracle.

7. Fast food

Known throughout the country as Vitamin T, tacos, tortas, tamales and tostadas are part of daily life. It is not surprising that stalls and snack bars (food stalls) can be found in almost every corner.

It does not matter if you are in the Metro, you leave the school or take a break from the office to have lunch, the streets offer endless options of a fast and delicious meal cooked right in front of you.

8. Telenovelas

In 1958, Telesistema Mexicano produced Senda Prohibida, the first Mexican telenovela. 75 years later, his successor Televisa has produced 740 telenovelas.

The formula has not changed much. A man and a woman fall in love but, for tragic reasons, they can not be together. After overcoming obstacles they finally get married.

15 years after exporting its first telenovela, Los ricos también lloran, Televisa found a rich market outside of Mexico. Of all the countries that export soap operas, Mexico sends the most, creating niches in other countries that speak Spanish, as well as in China, the Philippines, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Televisa is not the only network that produces successful telenovelas. TV Azteca and Argos Comunicación also create first-class dramas.

9. Wrestling

Professional wrestling may be more Hollywood north of the border, and braver in other countries, but nowhere is it as moving as in Mexico.

Those masks are not only fun to watch, they are a big part of the drama. Removing one from the opponent’s head is one of the greatest triumphs and the most exciting moments.

The meetings are held at the Mexico Arena in Mexico City on Thursdays (7:30 pm), Fridays (8:30 pm) and Sundays (5:00 pm).

10. Pious Lies

The deep fear of Mexicans to seem rude has given them a big aversion to saying the word “no”.

Instead, and unfortunately for those who are not familiar with the rules of courtesy in the country, we have developed a talent for pious lies that allow us to say yes to fulfill any request. Even if we can not do anything about it.

The pious lies can be as cliché as “The dog ate my homework” or as morbid as “My aunt suddenly developed pancreatic cancer”, but the grandfather of the kind lies is the “Right now”.

“Right now” literally means “in this moment”, but this is almost never the case. When a Mexican tells you he will do something “right now,” get ready to sit down, because the wait can be long.

Think of now as the Mexican art of late payment; It has been handed down from generation to generation a term that can mean everything from 10 minutes to up to three weeks.

The cousin of the right now is the “I’m going there”. This really means “I’m going to finish this TV show, maybe get out of the chair, call my sister, bathe, eat something and actually leave the house to see you”.

We warn you, we are very good at this!

5 BEACHES IN VALLARTA · NAYARIT WITH BEAUTIFUL CRYSTAL-CLEAR WATER TO SWIM

5 BEACHES IN VALLARTA · NAYARIT WITH BEAUTIFUL CRYSTAL-CLEAR WATER TO SWIM

We have an intimate connection with water. We live in a blue world and more than half of our body is made up of this liquid. We relax each time we see it and renew our energies by just being on the beach. In Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, we can proudly say that we have beaches that conquer us with their soft, golden sand, tranquil waters and pristine landscapes framed by beautiful vegetation. Here we present a list of our favorite spots for snorkeling, swimming, tanning and experiencing an extraordinary moment.

 

Majahuitas and Yelapa

The Puerto Vallarta South Shore shelters some of the best beaches in the bay. Majahuitas is ideal for snorkeling, kayaking or paddle boarding thanks to its very calm waves. The beach is clean and the blue hues of the water will make you feel in a dream. A few minutes from Majahuitas is Yelapa, a small coastal town that jealously guard secluded beaches where you can get away from it all.

 

Tehuamixtle

 A little further away, in the municipality of Cabo Corrientes, the fishing village of Tehuamixtle is located. The town is well known for its exquisite oysters and the locals refer to this beach as the “Playita del Amor” (Little Beach of Love), because once you get there, you really fall in love! It is so quiet, it feels like if you were in a big, natural swimming pool… you just have to be there to experience yourself.

 

Coral Island

 At the other end, north of the bay in Riviera Nayarit, the Coral Island is located. This is a peaceful beach that has soft, white sand that makes a beautiful contrast with the turquoise hues of the sea. You just choose a place to lay or sit down on, place your towel and get the perfect tan while you listen to the swinging waves.

 

Marietas Islands

 Located as well in Riviera Nayarit, this is one of the favorite spots for the enthusiasts of diving and snorkeling. This ecological reserve is protected due to its diversity of marine life and birds, like the famous blue-footed booby. The Marietas Islands are well known as the home of the “Playa Escondida” (Hidden Beach) or “Playa del Amor” (Beach of Love), which was formed in a crater due to the effects of marine erosion. This unique feature made it famous worldwide.

 

Colomitos Beach

 This is one of those places that make you feel in a complete connection with nature, since you have to hike the tropical jungle to get there. Along the road, you will admire beautiful postcards, where the green hues of the trees and the blue of the sea blend into the landscape. Colomitos is a natural retreat with golden sand and emerald green water that invites you to immerse yourself into and splash all day long.

Considerations:

  • Enjoy the experience and don’t forget that our beaches need everyone’s help to stay clean and beautiful, so always carry a bag to pick up, take and place your trash in the proper container.
  • Keep in mind that weather conditions and each season of the year have an effect on both the conditions of the beaches and the color of the sea.