Adopt an Alebrije
: Most alebrije artists tend to focus on small pieces, primarily due to practical reasons. Indeed, the amount of time required to complete these intricately painted woodcarvings increases exponentially with size, and focusing on a single piece often prevents artists and their families from generating income through the sale of smaller items in the interim.
Advocating for the Animals
: Vallarta's abandoned companion animals now have a light at the end of the tunnel, efforts being made on their behalf by the new government-registered SPCA of Puerto Vallarta.
Chiles Secos: The Essense of Mexican Salsa
: An essential element of Mexican cuisine, hot peppers, or chiles, can be used and purchased either fresh, canned or dehydrated (secos). In fact, chile seco is a term used for a broad variety of peppers that are allowed to mature and dehydrate.
: While chicken is a mainstay of many a diet, my own included, I rarely treat myself to duck, considering it a special occasion poultry. And, truth be told, when I do indulge it’s either in Peking Duck or Duck a l’Orange – not only because I love them both, but until recently they were the only duck dishes I knew!
Escape to Yelapa
: It’s easy to take Yelapa for granted, at least for those who live in Puerto Vallarta year round. After all, seeking refuge at this laid-back village by the sea is as simple as hopping on one of the water taxis that aim for it on a daily basis and enjoying the picturesque 45-minute coastal ride.
Behind the Scenes at Peyote People
: During a recent photo shoot and interview with Peyote People owner, Kevin Simpson, we couldn't resist his very interesting and detailed accounts surrounding some of the pieces he and his wife have collected during their travels around Mexico. This short video, included as bonus content in the February 2008 digital edition of Vallarta Lifestyles is the result of such accounts.
Giving in Banderas Bay
: Give, Donate. All around Bahia de Banderas, from El Tuito in the south to San Pancho in the north, opportunities abound for residents, as well as vacationers, to help others. There are charitable and non-profit organizations designed to enrich the lives of children, the ill or incapacitated, seniors and abused women, while other groups focus on animals, among others.
Waiting for Liz
: The sunset displayed such colors, it seemed as though the celestial artist had three margaritas more than I did. He’d surely get an extra tab for the reds and yellows. The sea-scented air diffused my colleagues’ cigar smoke. The heat and humidity were taking a toll on me, despite my rolled-up sleeves. Some of them wore hats, good to sweep away the sweat.
Hot Spot: Lázaro Cárdenas
: Bucerias may mean “place of the divers,” but along Lazaro Cardenas in this fun town on the Riviera Nayarit it should mean “place of the diverse!” The avenue runs parallel to the ocean, a block to the east, and both daytime and evening offer many attractions.
: While it’s native to tropical Africa and an essential ingredient in several Asian cuisines, not to mention Worcestershire sauce, we like to think of tamarind as our very own. Widely popular in Mexico, tamarind grows wild in tall trees that produce 3- to 8-inch-long, brown, pea-like pods containing a soft acidic pulp and many seeds. When fully ripe, the shell becomes brittle and easily broken.
: Step under the gaily striped awning of “Hikuri” at Coral 66 in the fishing village of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and enter an extraordinary world – a microcosm created by Aruna Piroshki, Wayland Combe-Wright and their daughter, Kaerolik.
Discovering Off-Malecon in Vallarta
: Every city has its hidden corners, its unseen treasures. While sculpture is featured on the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta, those who know the city suggest that you not stop there. In fact, some of the more interesting corners are off the main drag. This piece focuses on Vallarta’s off -Malecon sculptures, as well as tidbits and stories related to them.
Bucerias Art Walk
: An amazing array of arts set out along a charming cobblestone street is what made the Bucerias Art Walk a triumph in its inaugural 2006-2007 year. This season the art walk in this Nayarit pueblo on the beach is back, with more artists, more events and more special plans designed to entice visitors to come enjoy the abundance of excellent talent and fine crafts.
Taking Hand to Brush
: So, you're bending the elbow a bit, practicing the gentle art of Margaritaville on the beach when you decide to get more creative. Once it's time to dig your toes out of the sand, where can you find something for the soul? Surprisingly, many locals artists offer classes, for advanced students or even beginners.
Scallop Ceviche with “Red Sky” Sauce
: Scallop Ceviche with "Red Sky" Sauce courtesy of Le Bistro.
Hot Spot: El Anclote
: El Anclote means “the small anchor,” and this special neighborhood at the entrance to Bahía de Banderas on the exclusive Punta de Mita peninsula does indeed fulfill its name, serving as the “town” and focal point for activities and dining outside the nearby fashionable hotels and estates.
Puerto Vallarta: A Real Estate Success Story
: What we can establish as being “a success”? Well, in 2000 Puerto Vallarta had roughly $50 million in resort real estate sales (“resort real estate” is defined as real estate purchased primarily by retirees or second-home purchasers). There were rarely homes selling for more than $1 million and few large real estate developments.
A Treasure Trove of Experiences and Information: Vallarta Lifestyles Digital Edition
: In the dictionary, the word “magazine” is defined as a noun, but the Vallarta Lifestyles Digital Edition is more than an online evolution of a paper publication - it's an experience! Whether you are a full or part-time resident in the Puerto Vallarta area, have visited us before and want to keep current on what's happening here or are planning an upcoming trip to our tropical paradise, this digital magazine is for you!
: Situated in the prestigious El Tigre golf development in Paradise Village, Nuevo Vallarta, only 10 minutes from the airport, and 20 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta. El Tigre offers a professional golf course with a magnificent Mexican club house, a world-class spa with social and full sports facilities, and a private luxurious beach club.
Letting Someone Else Do the Chores: An Overview of Labor Laws for Domestic Employees in Mexico
: Cooking without having to do the dishes or even not cooking at all! A beautiful garden without the weeding! The availability of reasonable domestic help makes all this possible for most North Americans living in Vallarta, but be aware that the casual arrangement you make with Maria to straighten up your condo three days a week is a binding legal contract.