: When Carballo traveled to Spain in 1987 to learn both the language and the cuisine, he was instantly smitten with tapas, a local specialty. After working with two Spanish chefs in his native Chicago, he moved to Puerto Vallarta in 2000 to open his very successful restaurant.
: Internationally recognized in the Who's Who of Chefs in the United States, 33-year-old Chávez Oviedo found his calling while working at a hotel in Lima. After completing his studies, he accepted a position in Los Cabos, where he remained for the next five years.
Juan M. Castiglioni
: Originally from Uruguay, 29-year-old Castiglioni has cooked on all five continents, countries including nearby Guatemala to exotic destinations such as New Zealand, Vietnam and Marrakech. He’s been with Ginger Garden Lounge since its inception in August 2010.
: Nacho Cadena is a celebrity in Vallarta for his charismatic personality and active cultural and social life. He claims to follow the sun, and this is no flippant remark, but his inspired way of saying he lives the moment.
: Eduardo Lugo did his studies as a photographer in Mexico City at AGFA institute, Kodak Mexicana and at the university center of cinematography studies where he had Doña Lola Álvarez Bravo as a teacher. He began his career as a photographer in 1982.
: Her body of work includes thousands of paintings—so many, she’s lost track of the actual number—displayed in private homes and art galleries throughout Mexico, the United States and as far away as New Zealand and Thailand.
: Originally from Yucatán, Pérez grew up loving the outdoors and the sea. And rather than becoming an artist, she firmly states that she was born one.
: The multi-faceted artist was born in Mexicali in 1948 but moved to Guadalajara and eventually Mexico City, where he began painting in 1970. Alongside with his artistic pursuits, he was a TV producer for Channel 13, a cultural public television network, and subsequently opened and directed Grupo Match, his own advertising agency.
W. Douglas McLeod
: was a native of Vancouver, Canada. In nineteen ninety-two he moved to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where he began to write for the local English language daily, Vallarta Today. For several years, as the paper’s only reporter, Wayne wrote about everything under the sun.
: "My passion for painting and printmaking has always been a part of my life but it is only in recent years that my creative process has been solely focused on painting, drawing and printmaking."
: It’s been a fine run for Bucerias-based visual artist, Hugo Barajas. Originally from Guadalajara, Barajas developed a keen artistic sense from his earliest memories. At age 14, he began an apprenticeship at El Palomar, a prestigious high-temperature ceramics stoneware workshop in Tlaquepaque, just outside of Guadalajara.
: Alfonso Peña is a Renaissance man. Equally at ease in front of an easel and canvas, an architectural floor plan, and even a microphone for an occasional stint at a local martini bar, the artist was born in Queretaro and raised in Monterrey, where he pursued his studies as an architect and visual artist.
Wednesday Evening Market Returns to Paradise Community Center
: Featuring a new name, the International Food Fair & Market returns to Puerto Vallarta’s Paradise Community Center in Colonia Emiliano Zapata, on Wednesday evenings, starting November 14, from 4 to 7:30 pm.
: Talk about carving a successful niche for oneself! Burnt out from years of corporate fundraising in the US non-profit sector, Eric Wichner found himself vacationing with a friend in Mexico City in December 2010. Little did he know that a quick search for things to do on Trip Advisor would completely reshape his life in Puerto Vallarta, for the better.
: Those of us who enjoy a fine evening at a gourmet restaurant from time to time often rely on restaurant reviews to identify venues worth exploring. For chefs, on the other hand, there is no better way to hone their craft than putting their skills to the test in a competitive format.
Photo Essay: Los Muertos Pier, Construction in Progress
: "How about giving us an update on the progress of the new pier," requested Vallarta Lifestyles Newsletter reader Jean Primm in a recent letter to the editor. We were happy to oblige. Read the rest of this entry to enjoy a photo essay of the current status of Los Muertos Pier, scheduled for completion by December of the current year.
Hike from Boca de Tomatlán to Las Ánimas
: The small fishing village of Boca de Tomatlán is Puerto Vallarta’s South Shore water taxi departure point, with small motor boats or “pangas” traveling regularly to some of the most secluded beaches in the bay, including Las Animas and Quimixto.
: David Lyons can’t remember if he banged himself on the head or fell off his chair when he learned in October 2010 that his latest novel, Ice Fire, was to be published by Emily Bestler Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.
Mark & Tracy
: Originally conceived by Mark Rome and other associates as a hamburger pub, The Palm opened on Olas Altas street some 11 years ago. Somehow, however, the venue itself seemed to have its own ideas from the very beginning, becoming a centerpiece in this popular Puerto Vallarta neighborhood.
: Over the last couple of years, Melissa Castillo has gained recognition in the local cultural scene by actively collaborating in the organization of events that provide an opportunity for independent artists, local and foreign, to present their work in theater, dance and music in a suitable space, helping them generate their own income.