Café des Artistes (Guadalupe Sánchez 740, El Centro) has prepared one of the summer’s freshest specials: The Carpaccio and Craft Beer Fest, that will be celebrated from July 15th to August 15th of 2019.
From 6:00pm, Café des Artistes will offer a special menu focused on the carpaccio, a fresh and peculiar dish that combines representative ingredients from Puerto Vallarta and Europe, with the distinctive touch of the chef Thierry Blouet.
To pair this light dish and cool off, you would be able to taste the diverse craft beer options that will be available in the menu, where you will find national and international brands.
This Sunday July 28th of 2019, you will be able to enjoy the 8th edition of the Ceviche and Aguachile Fest, which will take place at the Lázaro Cárdenas square.
During this eighth edition, you will be able to try more than 30 different types of ceviche and aguachile, where recognized local restaurants will present their unique and new recipesin a culinary celebration ideal for this summer.
To complete the experience a variety of drinks such as flavored water, cocktails and craft beer will be available. And for dessert, a delicious homemade sherbet.
This event will start at 1:00pm, it will be open for the public and will offer special prices.
To learn more about the 8th Ceviche and Aguachile Fest in Puerto Vallarta, click here.
Downtown Vallarta Food Tour announced it has been recognized as the fifth place winner in the Food Experiences category of the TripAdvisor Travelers Choice awards for Experiences, ranking #5 out of over 2,200 global food experiences.
The second annual Travelers’ Choice awards for Experiences highlight the world’s top bookable experiences on TripAdvisor, by category and country, based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings by travelers worldwide.
With more than 200,000 experiences on TripAdvisor, these winners are in an extremely competitive field and represent the best-of-the-best with only 1% receiving this award.
Back in 2011, Paul Mayer and Lindsay Prime Mayer started Puerto Vallarta Food Tours with the tag “Become a local in 3 hours”. Thousands of “new locals” later, Vallarta Food Tour’s Original Downtown Tour has been recognized as a top ten food experience (#5) in the world by Trip Advisor and #1 tour in Puerto Vallarta out of 255.
Food tours have become a favorite among travelers who are eager to learn and enjoy the best the city has to offer in a short time. With more than 8 tours on the roster, travelers can enjoy a variety of regional dishes including mole, fresh ceviche, birria tacos, refreshing tuba, succulent coconut, and a tortilla straight out of the conveyer belt! All with a good smattering of the city’s sights, history, and people.
Co-founder Lindsay Prime started the tour after realizing that many people were stuck in tourist traps, missing the best that Puerto Vallarta has to offer.
“People often ask us ‘where do the locals go to eat?’ We wanted to create an experience for people to learn not only where locals eat, but also the history of the dishes and their importance in Mexican culture,” Lindsay enthusiastically explains, “We love living here and wanted to showcase the food, the culture, the families, the history. Vallarta Food Tours allows us to do just that!”
Mexico City’s Coyoacán, meaning “place of coyotes” in Náhuatl, is known as the city’s historic artistic center, thanks largely to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s influence on the neighborhood.
At Coyoacán Market, just a few blocks from the Frida Kahlo Museum, the lasting influence is apparent.
On weekends, facing the market at Parque Allende, local artists sell their (often quite good) freshly painted canvases. And inside the market is filled with bright and beautiful Tehuana fabrics, handmade bags and leather goods, and an overabundance of Frida Kahlo t-shirts and novelties.
The real draw of Mercado Coyoacán, however, is the food. Because of the huge tourist draw, everything can be a bit more expensive, but when it comes to seafood and barbacoa in particular, it’s worth its weight in pesos.
Early afternoon on a weekday – when the longest line is for the watch repair and the kid shredding a guitar along with Bohemian Rhapsody barely turns a head – is a perfect time to miss the crowds. But if you’re traveling in a duo or smaller, a Saturday or Sunday afternoon will provide the best neighborhood people watching.
Here are some of our favorite places to snack, or completely overindulge, at Mercado Coyoacán.
El Jardín del Pulpo
Spilling slightly out on to the sidewalk at the market entrance, on the corner of Malintzin and Ignacio Allende, is the gold standard for Coyoacán seafood delights, The Octopus’s Garden.
Although slightly pricey, the lobster and langostino plates are truly some of the best in Mexico City, and their shrimp cocktails and smoked marlin can hold their own against any marisquería. Toss on some of their housemade habanero salsa for an added kick; just be forewarned that it’s HOT.
Ostionería El Limoncito
Known for the big-hearted grace, and sometimes wild antics, of its owner, Don Salvador, El Limoncito has been a Coyoacán Market mainstay for 30 years. They’re consistently lauded for their ceviches and seafood cocktails, but the fried fish tacos are one of the absolute gems of the market. And with a three-course seafood meal for 100 pesos, you really can’t afford to stay away.
One of the best known stands in the Mercado, Tostadas Coyoacán is mostly responsible for the market’s world-tostada-renown, and it’s certainly for good reason. Their bright yellow menus offer dozens of topping choices – octopus, various ceviche and mole mixes, pig’s foot – many with photos.
There are six separate bar-style eating areas, with patrons seated facing each other to spark conversation. Sitting at shining yellow countertops, surrounded by giant blown-up menu items printed on yellow tarps, you get the feeling you’re actually inside the menu.
These are serious tostadas, piled high with goodness, and come out about 45 seconds after ordering – from the heaps of fresh toppings behind the counter. It’s a lively scene, with waiters-cum-barkers shouting, “There’s room over here! There’s room over here!” – a bit Disneyland, slightly crazy, but definitely tasty.
For the simple comida corrida (three courses for 55 pesos) or the standard market fare, try out Cocina Mary. It’s busy, even early on weekdays, but there’s always room at the counter. The enchiladas are famed among local workers, and the pozole on Saturdays and Sundays runs out quickly.
El Borrego de Oro
Barbacoa – whole roasted or stewed sheep — is a long-running weekend tradition in Coyacán, and El Borrego de Oro is a neighborhood favorite. Only open Saturdays and Sundays, The Golden Sheep is located toward the back of the market and most often enjoyed straight from Sunday mass, so be be careful not to drip grease on the good church clothes.
The deliciously tender shreds of meat are usually placed simply on a tiny tortilla or fried in a taquito, with just a bit of onion and cilantro on top. But for the deeply unctuous, full barbacoa flavor, try some barbacoa bone broth consommé with rice and garbanzos – known to be the ideal cure for a hangover.
Right nearby is the only mixiote stand in the market, also open Saturdays and Sundays. Mixiote is meat (usually mutton, chicken, goat, or pork) seasoned with pasilla and guajillo peppers (and a variety of other spices) and char barbecued on the bone inside the outer skin of the tough maguey leaf – adding a strong, smokey, bittersweet flavor. On a tortilla with a squeeze of lime or topped with onions is the preferred way to enjoy mixiote. Add a cold beer and your weekend is all set.
• Mercado Coyoacán runs along Malintzin between Ignacio Allende and Abasolo, open from 8:00am to about 7:00pm daily.
This is the sixth in a series on the bazaars, flea markets and markets of Mexico City:
The Riviera Nayarit has confirmed its participation in Restaurant Week, a gourmet festival that will be held from May 15th through June 10th with the inclusion of 12 of the destination’s restaurants—double the number of registrants from 2018.
Generally speaking, this is the second year in a row the record for participating restaurants has been broken with 62 restaurants preparing for the 2019 event(the previous record was established in 2018 with 59 participants).
The event is organized by Vallarta Lifestyles Media Group with the support of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Puerto VallartaTourism Trust. Restaurant week is one of several top culinary events held in the region.
Participants comprise a wide range of types of cuisine and are located all along Banderas Bay, providing local and foreign diners with the opportunity to taste the varied flavors of the destination at reduced prices.
Throughout the event, these venues will offer innovative, three-course menus (with three different options each) and will be grouped into three price categories: $289, $399 y $466 MXN per person, which in some cases represent a discount up to 50 %. Note that tips and beverages are not included in these prices.
This year’s 62 participating restaurants are: Amadeo’s Bistró, Archie’s Wok, Azafrán, Barcelona Tapas, Barrio Bistro, Bistro Limón, Bistro Teresa, Bistro Orgánico (Hotel Cielo Rojo), Blanca Blue, Boccon di Vino, Boquería Hidalgo, Café des Artistes, Coco Tropical, Daiquiri Dick’s, Di Vino Dante, Eclecticos, El Arrayán, El Dorado, El Patrón Viva Vallarta, Eugenia, Gaviotas, Hacienda San Ángel Gourmet, Joe Jack’s Fish Shack, Kaiser Maximilian, La Cappella, La Cigale, La Leche, La Palapa, Layla’s Restaurante, Le Bistro Café, Le Kliff, Lobster Paradise, Lupita Mexican & Seafood, Mark’s Bar & Grill, Mérida Grill, Mikado, Nicksan, No Way José!, Ocean Grill, Ookii Sushi, OPA Greek Bistro, Oso’s Fish Market Restaurant, Pal’Mar Sea Food & Grilled Garage, Pezlimon, Pizzeria La Dolce, Porto Bello, Restaurante Icú, River Café, Sapori di Sicilia, Seasons PV, Serrano’s Meat House, Si Señor Beach, Sonora House, Spice Market, The Blue Shrimp, The Iguana, Tintoque, Trio Mediterranean, Tuna Blanca, Umai, Venazu and Vitea.
The 16 restaurants joining Restaurant Week for the very first time are: Amadeo’s Bistro, Bistro Limon, Boquería Hidalgo, Eclécticos, El Patrón Viva Vallarta, Eugenia, Joe Jack’s Fish Shack, Lobster Paradise, Ocean Grill, Ookii Sushi, OPA Greek Bistro, Pal’Mar Sea Food & Grilled Garage, Sonora House, Spice Market, Umai and Venazu.
This past weekend I took to the road (again) under the guise of research and headed north to the small town of Chacala, the last beach town before you drive into the mountains, on your way to Compostela. It’s a fishing village that has grown in recent years to become a lively tourist destination. On the weekends the beachfront restaurants are packed with families enjoying freshly caught seafood and playing in the surf.
The beach is flat and the gentle waves shallow, perfect for small kids and those who don’t want to get their hair wet. The water is so calm that there are paddleboarders in the bay, even in the later afternoon. A couple of sailboats are moored offshore, and colourful fishing pangas line the pier just off the main beach. It’s ridiculously idyllic. And affordable.
Looking like a scene out of an advertisement for a tropical dream vacation, the palapa roofs and swaying palm trees inspire you to imagine a simpler life. And by the looks of the crowd, there are a fair number of people who have settled in Chacala, at least for the winter, living exactly this life.
If you know me, you know I gauge how much I like a place by how much I want to pack everything and move immediately. I loved Chacala so much I messaged a friend and asked her to help find me a long term rental… maybe this is the big move my horoscope is warning me about.
If you have a chance to visit this village, I highly recommend it. There are many rooms on Airbnb and a dozen or so hotels with rooms that start at $400 pesos for double occupancy (I suggest splurging on the 800 peso rooms). There were vacancies in most places I enquired at, so as long as it’s not a major holiday or a long weekend, you can probably show up and find a room easily. There are plenty of restaurants and a couple of small grocery stores. Pack a bathing suit, and you’re good to go!
Now, if you’re not up for a road trip this weekend, there are plenty of great events happening around the bay including all the live music venues which you can check out here.
This week is also the 8th Annual International Charro Championship in Arena Vallarta. This high-energy 5-day event is the highlight of rodeo aficionados and features some of the best horsemen (and women) from Mexico and the United States. Charro is recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO and is an intrinsic part of Jalisco and Mexican culture. You can learn more about the events at www.arenavallarta.com. Look for details on how to travel by bus from Vallarta and Nayarit to the arena in these pages.
This past week was the final week of voting for the 2nd Annual Best of Vallarta Reader’s Choice Awards. 1000’s of votes were cast and will now be compiled, and the winners for 2019 will be announced in a couple weeks. Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to vote and to read the ‘Best of’ guide we published this month. Copies have been distributed to over 100 points around the bay – be sure to pick up yours before they’re all gone! Stay tuned for more info. Thank you to everyone who has participated this year – it is much appreciated!
We are less than one week away from Christmas Eve, the reason why the Vallarta Lifestyles editorial staff undertook the task of gathering some of the most outstanding options to dine out. Enjoy the flavors of the local restaurants and make this an unforgettable experience. Merry Christmas!
Foie gras montadito, fresh fig and Grana Padano cheese
CURED DUCK HAM AND CHRISTMAS SALAD
Apples, beets, nuts, orange, baby leaves mix
SALMON AND AVOCADO TARTAR OVER CELERIAC SALAD
ORGANIC TOMATOES AND BURRATA CHEESE SALAD
Fresh, marinated and dehydrated tomatoes, wild sorrel, brioche bruschetta, white mushrooms, pistachio vinaigrette
CLASSIC CREAM OF PRAWN AND PUMPKIN SOUP
Butter pumpkin foam
TOMATO RISOTTO WITH FRESH BLACK TRUFFLE
Roasted corn foam
ROASTED SEA BASS WITH POTATOES
Lemon sauce, artichoke foam, confit leek, tapenade
SHRIMP AU CHAMPAGNE
WITH MUSHROOMS PERFUMED WITH MEZCAL
Butter tamal, Brussels cabbage leaves
BEEF DUO AND MOREL SAUCE
Short rib lacquered with plum, grilled beef fillet, potato terrine, confit shallot
ÉCLAIRE LE ROUGE
Dark chocolate mousse, strawberry compote, hazelnut praline cream
PER PERSON Tax included, gratuities not included.
Convinced that in coastal destinations you can not only enjoy good seafood, but a great Mexican taco as well, I decided to start a taco tour in search of the best tacos in Puerto Vallarta.
The gastronomic proposal in Vallarta is as immense as its seas, and the tacos occupy a very important place among the foods that the locals of this beautiful port enjoy every day.
Taquería El Cuñado
The first stop of the tour is in the unmissable tacos El Cuñado. Family taquería with more than 30 years in Puerto Vallarta that owes its peculiar name to the jokes that diners made to the taquero when his sisters attended the premises. El Cuñado meaning brother-in-law.
With a delicious variety of tacos ranging from the famous roast beef, marinated, chorizo, to the unique machaca, this taqueria located in Olas Altas a block from the dock on Calle Francisca Rodríguez, awaits you with a great atmosphere and excellent service.
In my tour I could not stop visiting the restaurant Merida grill, a beautifully decorated place that holds the distinction of being the only one in Puerto Vallarta that offers Yucatecan food.
I set out to try one of its gastronomic gems, the grilled shrimp taco. While this succulent delicacy maintains a strong bond with the sea, as shrimp is its main ingredient, the preparation is unique.
The ingredients are: shrimp, cilantro, white onion, epazote and ebra cheese .
You will find this treasure at Venustiano Carranza 210, in the Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta.
You could not miss the carnitas tacos on this tour. We all know that this delicious delicacy is home to the state of Michoacán, even many will say that there are no better carnitas than those prepared there. However, in Carnitas Lalo, the taste is very good and they maintain the tradition of accompanying a good taco with chiles in vinegar.
In short, this street stand is a great option for those who love carnitas.
This street taco stand can be found on the corner of Aguacate and Venustiano Carranza.
To conclude this list with a flourish, I headed to the Mariscos Cisneros restaurant. A very nice place where you can enjoy delicious dishes with fresh ingredients.
Since what interests us in this tour are the tacos, do not hesitate to ask for the famous chile taco filled with shrimp. In short, this taco was for me a discovery that combines the texture and flavor of the classic tacos de relleno but gives a twist when incorporating the shrimp as a base ingredient.
A taste impossible to describe and that you can not stop enjoying.
You can find Mariscos Cisneros at Aguacate 271, Zona Romántica.
When the most Mexican dish (tacos) is prepared with seafood, our palate enjoys a series of fresh flavors that, combined with sauces, typical dressings and refreshing drinks; it gives us a pleasant experience and make us feel fortunate to live on the coast.
Here at our destination, the options and proposals are many, ranging from establishments that offer the classic tacos capeados to those that experiment and reinvent the recipes with unconventional ingredients. On this occasion, we introduce you to 7 seafood taco stalls in Puerto Vallarta and we invite you to visit them to enjoy their specialties.
Riviera Nayarit offers its visitors various activities for October, including gastronomic and sports, with the intention of generating higher occupancy rates during the fall season.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau of the Riviera Nayarit (OCV) reported in a statement that, along with the Association of Hotels and Motels of Bahía de Banderas, they work all year to attract more visitors to the destination.
This month we have scheduled the tenth edition of the Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica, from October 14 to 18 and under the slogan “Mexico, thanks for so much!
It is a gourmet weekend, in which professionals and lovers of gastronomy come together to enjoy multiple events that will take place both in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit.
The meeting will include workshops, pairings, tastings, dinners and special events for the academy, kitchen professionals and the most demanding foodies. For this anniversary edition they will have as guest states Chihuahua and Guanajuato; In addition, Guadalajara has been chosen as the guest city.
Meanwhile, the Pee Wee Surfing San Pancho League will take place on October 13 and 14, an itinerant tournament that runs through different Nayarit coastal towns to support the smallest of talent and that these become top-level athletes.
On the same dates, the fifth Guayabitos Athletic Race and the Children’s Athletic Festival will be held.
The Aquatic Marathon will be held on October 27, an event that will bring together swimmers from more than 10 states in the country, such as Nayarit, Sinaloa, Jalisco, Puebla, Michoacán, San Luis Potosi, Nuevo Leon, Colima, Guanajuato and the state of Mexico.
To close the month, on October 31 the party will be held in honor of Cristo Rey, in Ixtlán del Río, Nayarit. It is celebrated on the last Sunday of October, although a novena is previously held in which the different neighborhoods of the town participate and compete to present the best pilgrimage and allegorical float.