Culinary Take-Home Treasures
: In addition to offering a broad variety of extraordinary culinary experiences, many restaurants in Banderas Bay clearly have realized they must provide tangible, memorable experiences to succeed in today’s highly competitive environment. Several stand out by developing product lines to purchase and take home. Check out your options!
Gaby's Restaurant, an Unexpected Movie Theater
: Sometimes you just have to make the best of your surroundings. Such is the case of Restaurante Bar Gaby’s, a quaint, Mexican restaurant located at the corner of Mina and Hidalgo Streets, only two blocks away from Puerto Vallarta’s colorful Malecón.
Cuisine Spotlight: Kaiser Maximilian
: Discover Kaiser Maximilian’s Seared Diver Scallops with Butternut Squash Puree, Apple Salad, Pine Nuts, Serrano Ham and Truffle Sauce, one of several outstanding dishes available at this popular Olas Altas eatery.
: It’s not the tastiest beef cut nor the tenderest. For that matter, we couldn’t reach consensus on whether arrachera
comes from beef flank or skirt (part of the plate, or diaphragm). But we love its flavor!
Villa Azalea: An Unexpected, Organic Day-Pass
: As summer sets in, many Puerto Vallarta locals look for creative ways to stay cool, often enjoying a day pass at a beachfront hotel. But what about escaping to the fresh mountain air south of Puerto Vallarta? For a complete and relaxing change of pace, consider Villa Azalea.
: Once considered rural and primitive, mezcal is experiencing a surge in popularity, reaching gourmet status in Mexico City and other cosmopolitan destinations, Puerto Vallarta included. Read more about this legendary agave underdog!
Six Tips for Memorable Restaurant Week Dining Experiences
: Year after year, we receive positive feedback from diners that dine out during Restaurant Week. That said, there is always room for improvement! Here are some tips we’ve assembled to ensure that your Restaurant Week experience in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit will be amazing.
Edible Flowers in Jalisco
: While we usually consider dried hibiscus flowers as the main ingredient in agua de jamaica, a refreshing beverage, they can also be used as a savory taco filling! Learn more about them, along with other savory flowers available locally.
: Considered North America's first indigenous distilled spirit, tequila production originated in the 16th century near the town of Tequila, Jalisco. It is made from agave, a plant considered sacred by the Aztec, who used it to produce octly, a fermented beverage now known as pulque.
Countdown to Restaurant Week 2012 (Part 7-7)
: Restaurant Week 2012 began three days ago, as we wrap our preview of the 45 participating restaurants. We present you with the final six restaurants that are participating in Restaurant Week for the very first time. Welcome newbies! And if you've missed previous installments, the links to our Countdown articles can be found at the bottom of the article page.
Countdown to Restaurant Week 2012 (Part 6-7)
: Here are the newbies! Thirteen restaurants are participating for the very first time in this year’s edition of Restaurant Week, offering foodies all over the bay excellent reasons to try out new restaurants and explore their enticing discounted menus, May 15 - 31. We present seven of them here, and wrap up our countdown next week.
Countdown to Restaurant Week 2012 (Part 4-7)
: Without counting restaurants participating for the first time, this year’s Restaurant Week, May 15 - 31, will feature 12 restaurants offering three-course menus at $189 pesos per person. In the fourth of a seven-part feature, we focus on the first group of $189-menu restaurants, wrapping up the series with all restaurants participating in Restaurant Week for the first time.
Countdown to Restaurant Week 2012 (Part 3-7)
: In the third of a seven-part feature, we focus on the final group of $299-menu restaurants that will participate in this year’s Restaurant Week, May 15 - 31. We will continue with the $189-menu participants and wrap up the series with all restaurants participating in Restaurant Week for the first time. Did you miss the previous installments? Look for a link at the bottom of the page!
Countdown to Restaurant Week 2012 (Part 2-7)
: In the second of a seven-part feature, we continue focusing on the $299-menu restaurants that will participate in this year’s Restaurant Week, May 15 - 31. We will continue with the $189-menu participants and wrap up the series with all restaurants participating in Restaurant Week for the first time.
Countdown to Restaurant Week 2012 (Part 1-7)
: In the first of a seven-part feature, we take a closer look at the 45 restaurants that will participate in this year’s Restaurant Week, May 15 - 31. We begin with the $299-menu participants, continue with the $189 participants, and wrap up the series with all restaurants participating in Restaurant Week for the first time.
Puerto Vallarta: Three Essential Cocktails
: Regardless of the food specialties you choose to savor at the local restaurants you visit during your Banderas Bay vacation, we recommend stopping by the following three eateries, where we found cocktails that were unique, surprising and absolutely memorable. ¡Salud!
Craving • Michelada
: Meet the michelada, a popular Mexican beverage made by combining cold beer with freshly squeezed lime juice.
A Visual Guide to Corn Tamales
: Believed to be at least 5,000 years old—they were served by the Aztecs to Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez—tamales are one of Mexico’s most beloved comfort foods.
Craving • Tacos al Pastor
: An indisputable king of popular nighttime Mexican cuisine—for some reason, you can seldom find them anywhere before sundown—tacos al pastor are made with thinly sliced pork that has been marinated for a couple of days and stacked on a vertical rotisserie.
Cottage Industry Treats in Puerto Vallarta
: Mmm ... from freshly baked cinnamon buns to savory sausages to canned chutneys and salsas, the sight, scent and taste of edible treats made from scratch have captivated our senses for generations
Craving • Chilaquiles
: Few traditional Mexican cuisine staples are as versatile as chilaquiles (chee-lah-key-less). For some, this humble treat is the best cure for a hangover.
Painting with Frosting
: For Zulem Angel Mendoza, each cake is a painting, a work of art where the canvas is the cake, the brushes decorating tips, and the paint colored frosting.
Craving • Shrimp Cocktail
: As the temperatures begin to rise, nothing beats a refreshingly cool shrimp cocktail. But interestingly enough, in some restaurants in this region of Mexico, it is not uncommon to serve it warm!
Craving • Fish Tacos
: While fish tacos are not as widespread in Mexico’s inland cities and towns, they are quite popular at sea-level destinations such as Puerto Vallarta.
Sculpting with Food
: In culinary parlance, the garde manger, or keeper of the food, is the person responsible for preparing and presenting cold foods.
La Palapa 50 Years of Restoring Guests’ Spirits
: On December 31, 1958, La Palapa held its inauguration. And since January 1, 1959, this famous restaurant has been serving locals and tourists alike.
Slow Food Gains Speed in Banderas Bay
: Slow Food is finally gaining speed in Banderas Bay.
: Curiously enough, it is believed that sushi began as a fish-preservation method, rice fermentation preventing it from spoiling.
The Pleasure of Drinking Wine in Puerto Vallarta
: Enjoying a glass of wine with your dinner at a Puerto Vallarta restaurant some 15 years ago could be boiled down to a basic, often crude choice: red or white. Wonderful how things have changed through the years!
Cravings: Plátano Macho
: Not to be confused with bananas, their sweeter and smaller counterparts, plantains are a staple food in many tropical regions of the world.