: Chayote, a staple of the traditional Mexican diet, is a member of the squash family. It has a thin, coarsely wrinkled skin fused to white flesh, with a texture that could be described as a cross between a cucumber and a potato. It can be eaten raw in salads or used in a variety of traditional recipes, including soups and stews.
Costa Vallarta Real Estate Trends 2008-2009
: I’ve been writing these articles for the past five years — five exceptional years, where the real estate market experienced rapid growth, appreciation and demand. In last year’s article, I reported that a downturn seemed to be approaching. Today, while updating and writing this report, there is no doubt that the market has slowed and the USA is most likely in recession.
: It sounded so easy! “Just soak the molcajete in water for 24 hours, scrub it clean, grind some rice until it doesn’t turn gray, and you’ll be ready to make the most delicious salsa in all of Mexico!” Traditional molcajetes (mortars) are threelegged bowls carved out of lava rock (black basalt) that are used with a tejolote (pestle) for grinding dry ingredients to make traditional Mexican salsas.
Mascota: A Treasure in the Sierra Madre
: Driving on the upgraded Highway 90 from Vallarta toward Talpa and Guadalajara, Mascota might be viewed by some as a town to pass through on the way to somewhere else. However, this pueblo is a jewel waiting to be discovered by those who enjoy a traditional laidback Mexican experience.
Enjoying Your Best Game of Golf
: Puerto Vallarta has certainly matured from the days when it offered just two golf courses. While those two clubs were very professional, Vallarta was not known as a destination for golfers. But when the EMC World Cup was held at Vista Vallarta in 2002, international attention brought additional investment to the area, and the existing seven local courses grew to nine with another on the way.
Las Caletas: Sun, Surf and Sea Lions
: It’s not that I don’t love working in an office enveloped in artificial light, but as a free spirit and fun-loving, outdoorsy kind of girl, I’m always eager for an adventure that takes me out of the office and into the sunshine — all in the name of research, of course! Sea lions have fascinated me since my childhood, their cute dog-like faces and antics reminding me of a seafaring golden retriever.
San Sebastian del Oeste Video
: Take a closer look at peaceful San Sebastian del Oeste in this five-minute video feature. (Quicktime video)
Beautiful Banderas Bay
: We’ve known it all along, and now the word’s out: Mexico’s largest bay–Puerto Vallarta perfectly positioned at its center–is one of the most beautiful bays in the world and a member of the association of the same name.
Puerto Vallarta: Remember Who You Are
: Certainly you have noticed the artistic campaign “Remember Who You Are”, while strolling down Puerto Vallarta’s downtown streets. These murals invite you to rediscover your inner child and have enchanted many local citizens and tourists, but have also raised criticism from some of the more traditional residents.
The Value of Real Estate to Our Community
: When most people think of real estate as an industry, it brings up images of tracts of single family homes, large commercial and condominium towers and shopping malls. But are there benefits other than providing housing, office space and shopping opportunities?
The Puerto Vallarta Whale Watching Forum
: “The Puerto Vallarta Whale Watching Forum is a privately funded, ecological group that promotes education and responsible whale watching activities in and around Puerto Vallarta and the Banderas Bay.”
San Sebastian: A World Away in 15 Minutes
: Until recently, I hadn’t had the pleasure of knowing this neat, former silver-mining town in the mountains that’s as pretty and peaceful as I’d imagined real traditional Mexico could be.
San Sebastian del Oeste, A Mountain Renaissance
: For decades, visitors braved hours of perilous travel along rutted dirt roads to reach the largely unspoiled paradise we call San Sebastián del Oeste, a former silver mining town. A landing strip suitable for small aircraft moderately increased exploration possibilities, but it wasn’t until the completion of a paved road connecting Puerto Vallarta with Talpa de Allende.
Puerto Vallarta Real Estate Conference 2006
: In March of this year, Producciones Viva held a real estate conference at the Sheraton Hotel for realtors, developers and the public interested in real estate investment in Mexico. Below is a summary of some of the sessions that took place.
Prawns with Asian Herbs, Green Papaya Salad and Scallops
: Prawns with Asian Herbs, Green Papaya Salad and Scallops.
North Shore Restaurants and Their Stories
: Fervor for food, family and their special locations on the Riviera Nayarit links eight extraordinary and diverse restaurateurs who have each established unique and beloved eateries. Hailing from as far as New Zealand and as close as Vallarta, each brings distinctive experience and imparts an individual flavor, not just to the fare but to the entire dining experience.
Mexican Bullfighting Trivia
: The word "bullfighting" raises controversy around the world, but there seems to be agreement on one fact: once you’ve been to a bullfight, chances are you will no longer be neutral about the sport. Either it’s an event that you’re passionate about and will go to numerous times in the future, or your first event will be your last.
Join the Remote Control Flying Club in Banderas Bay!
: A remote control flying club meets every Saturday, in a two-hectare space located in San Vicente, Nayarit, a little town along Banderas Bay. Previously, this club met in Rincon de Guayabitos, but will continue to meet in San Vicente. Flying remote control airplanes is a very involved hobby and is not only about flying.
Expanding Our Maritime Terminal
: If you think Puerto Vallarta’s increasing parking problems have been limited to our city streets, you’ve been missing the bigger picture. All around the world, business is booming for the cruise industry.
Destination Weddings in Puerto Vallarta
: Imagine getting married in the balmy breeze at sunset on the Mexican Pacific. The invited guests are hand chosen, numbers are limited and everyone looks bronzed and happy. In fact, you are the entire focus of the weeklong event. Can you picture a more romantic way to get married?