: At first glance, there is nothing particularly exciting about this rather unattractive, prickly vegetable. And yet, the unassuming cactus, or nopal as it is known locally, packs quite the star power. Native to Mexico, it was deeply entrenched in Aztec mythology, called “the plant of life” for its ability to produce a brand-new offspring from an old, dying specimen.
A Warm Salute to Inspirational Puerto Vallarta Restaurateurs
: Exemplifying the wide range of qualities required to excel in the restaurant industry, each restaurateur pictured here has contributed immeasurably to the outstanding world-class dining scene this popular resort destination enjoys.
Great Finds: Caprina Cheese Shop
: Visit the dairy section of any Puerto Vallarta supermarket and you’ll find a surprising selection of fine imported cheeses. But perhaps you’ll be more surprised to learn that you can satisfy your craving for Brie, Camembert, feta, fontina and other unique cheeses and support the local economy at the same time!
Eggplant Ravioli a la Lecther
: Eggplant Ravioli a la Lecther courtesy of Mezzogiorno.
Jogging in Paradise
: Not only is Puerto Vallarta a great destination for enjoying beaches, nightlife and art, it’s also the perfect place to enjoy exercising! Both early in the morning and late in the afternoon, it’s quite common to see people running along the Malecon, whether on their own, as couples, in groups or with pets.
El Tuito: Small-town Charm Just an Hour Away
: With the advent of spectacular restaurants such as Le Kliff and outdoor activities such as those offered at Canopy Tours Los Veranos and the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens, an increasing number of visitors and locals are stretching their boundaries and exploring all the wonders our South Shore has to offer.
Raicilla, Mexican Elixir
: When listing Mexican drinks, tequila is sure to appear at the top; however, there’s a new spirit that’s set to beat, or at least compete closely with, tequila in terms of popularity and quality: raicilla. According to the Mexican Wine Association, raicilla is a spirited drink with a defined aroma that reminds us of the sunny and well-drained lands that give birth to the agave.
39 Vallarta Essentials
: You cannot visit Paris, no matter how brief a stay, and miss the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre, or spend any time in San Francisco without succumbing to the temptation of crossing its majestic Golden Gate Bridge. Each popular world destination has its very own list of must-see/must-do items and Puerto Vallarta is no exception.
Hot Spot: El Pitillal Plaza
: Thanks to modern conveniences, most of us today can tootle along major supermarket aisles and shopping centers finding just about every item we could possibly require on a day-to-day basis. This was not always the case, however, as exemplified today by the small-town charm of Pitillal Plaza.
Galeria de Ollas to Feature Miniature Pots
: An unassuming thimble gives clues about the size of these exquisite miniature pots, only 1.5 inches tall, created by Mata Ortiz artist Guadalupe Gallegos.
: Military Macaws, or guacamayas as they are known locally, are a class of medium-sized parrots native to Mexico, Central and South America. Not quite as colorful as some of the larger members of the macaw family, the Military Macaws are equally impressive.
: While tuba isn’t indigenous to Mexico and the word doesn’t come from the Spanish language, tuba is certainly part of the Malecón or beach experience in Puerto Vallarta.
Why Title Guaranty?
: When you decide to buy a property you must be certain that after the sale has been completed you will be the true owner of the property. You need to be confident that no liens, encumbrances or other impediments will prevent your free use and enjoyment of the property.
Escrow; Third Party Security
: When purchasing a property one of the most important issues to address for both a buyer and seller is how and under what conditions the funds will be safely transferred.
Local Artist Prepares for Upcoming Season
: Preparing for the fall 2007 gallery season’s opening in October, internationally acclaimed artist Laurie Chase is expanding the focus of her newest collection of canvases to capture an expanded range of locations in Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding Banderas Bay area.
Gustavo Perez Ceramics Come to Puerto Vallarta
: Mexican artist Gustavo Pérez is considered the best ceramist in Mexico, his signature visual style full of personal meaning and spirit. Internationally, he is represented by the acclaimed Frank Lloyd Gallery. These unique creations are now available locally at Mata Ortiz Art Gallery, Plaza Peninsula. (Slide Show)
Molcajete at Your Table
: If you are looking for an authentic Mexican dining experience while visiting Puerto Vallarta, this molcajete salsa, custom made right at your own table is as close as you get to the real thing. A regular feature at Agave Grill (Morelos 589, El Centro) this salsa, served with tortilla chips or totopos, is a great way to start your meal. (Sound Slide Show)
The Huichol Universe Slide Show
: For our recently-published article on the fascinating world of the Huichol, we were thrilled to feature contributing photographer Jay Ailworth's compelling images. To further enhance your experience, we feature the music of the Maxa-Keta Huichol Duet. (Sound Slide Show)
Real Estate Trends 2007-2008
: For the past five years, we have prepared a list of trends we perceived to be taking place in the Vallarta real estate market. Information is gathered through interviews with real estate agents and developers, then compiled and reviewed for trends.
Juan Luis Cifuentes Lemus: Doctor Taxista
: The enthusiasm and passion of Dr. Juan Luis Cifuentes Lemus, Honoris Causa of CUCosta (Centro Universitario de la Costa, UDG), precedes this marine biologist, public activist and environmentalist. With a motto of “living beings well-evaluated” (los seres vivos bien evaluados), he focuses his prime attention on the youth, believing that “what we know, we take care of.”