Puerto Vallarta Journals

Gary's Puerto Vallarta Travels

An October 2004 trip to Puerto Vallarta by garyrbeck

Playa los Muertos Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Once again I went back to my other home, a place that beckons my spirit for refreshment and reinvigoration. The land is beautiful, the people warm, and the aura cannot be ignored. I have a large journal of this trip.

La Palapa

Hotel

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I stayed here many times before buying my condo. The staff from the front desk to the maids to the gardeners and pool guys are all very friendly and many have worked there since inception. Gated entranceway 24/7, nice roof top pool and sunning area, 360 degree view, and restaurant below is upper level but snacks are affordable. Check them out. Hard to rent as individually owned so get there and ask around, get contacts.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 13, 2007

La Palapa
Playa Los Muertos
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
n/a

Café Bohemio

Restaurant

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Open 5pm to 12am; Closed Sunday, some holidays, and most of September. This is in an open square near Hotel San Marino, run by Chris May and Sol Rosenshein from Palm Springs, California. They have a varied menu, and all items are very reasonably priced and pleasant. It is alfresco dining, and you may have to wait for a table. It has become the area's hot spot. They serve Mexican and American fare with a flair! Almost all entrées are at or below 100 pesos. Daily specials include the New York steak for 99p, coconut shrimp with mango sauce for 105p, mussels for 89p, grilled fish for 95p, combo fajitas for 85 to 95p, chicken saté or mole poblana for 85p, meatloaf for 75p, and cherry c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 21, 2005

Café Bohemio
Rodolfo Gómez 127, near Olas Altas OT/SS
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
223-4676

Cafe de Olla

Restaurant | "Café de Olla"

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Open 9am to 11pm; Closed Tuesday, September 15 to October 15, and some holidays. This is a family-run spot that, for years, has seen their place expand - overhead fans were added and prices have risen. It features large inside trees and whimsical artwork, many times for sale. It is a great stopover for simple authentic Mexican fare in addition to clay pot cinnamon coffee, breakfast chilaquiles, barbeque, a Mexican combo platter for 105p, a huge seafood platter for two people for 430p, octopus in garlic for 90p, steaks for 165p, carne asada for 88p, ribs for 95p, chiles rellenos for 63p, tacos or tostadas for 60p, the best combo enchiladas for 68p, chicken for 85p, pork tamal...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 21, 2005

Cafe de Olla
Basilio Badillo 168
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48380
+52 322 22 316 26

Asaderos

Restaurant

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Open from 2 to 11pm, Closed Monday.

This was formerly Jalapeños, run by do-it-all Cesar and his wife Jada (say hi!) for 9 years. There is music most nights in high season. All-you-can-eat four meats is 80p. The chorizo is spicy and non-greasy. They also have chips, salsa, and fresh tortillas. From 2 to 4:30pm, they also offer light repasts as tortilla soup for 28p, guacamole for 35p, nachos for 40p, beef quesadillas for three for 45p, and tacos chorizo or carne asada for three for 40p.

It is in a beautifully remodeled brick building with climbing plants and a small outdoor seating area. They people are friendly and the food is very good. They don't accept credit cards.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2005

Asaderos
Basilio Badillo 223 OT/SS.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
224-2572

El Arrayán

Restaurant

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Open 5pm to10pm, Closed Monday and Tuesday. Carmen Porras E.'s and Chef Juan Manuel Cruz J.'s eclectic menu of appetizers are good for sharing at dinner. Named after a Jaliscan flowering tree, it offers old Mexican family recipe specialties, including pozole de camarón 35-80p, black bean soup 45p, four quesadillas filled with Oaxacan cheese and mushrooms or poblano strips (rajas) 60p, four plantain empanadas 60p, four ceviches 70-80p, two duck (pato) tostaditas 45p, nopal cactus pad salad with panela 55p, chicken breast pasilla 110p, chiles en nogada, a very fine beef tenderloin mole 130p, pork chop with almond pecan sauc...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 9, 2005

El Arrayán
Allende 344 near Miramar DT
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
222-7195

Northern Delights

Restaurant | "Northern Delights...closed"

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Located between Peru and Avenida México near Hotel Buenaventura. 11am-8pm, closed Saturday This has been an American food fix since October of 2003, serving such north-of-the-border faves as French onion soup, chili con carne, or macaroni and cheese 30/50p, meatloaf dinner with soup or salad, potato or mac and cheese, and veggie 80p, meatloaf sandwich 35p, burger or BLT 40p. Filet mignon 105p (high season only) and lasagna 80p. Owner/chef James Myers from Oregon says that homemade "killer brownies" are a popular item, 15p, with ice cream, 25p, as is all-you-can-drink brewed iced tea, 15p. Home-baked cinnamon raisin bread, beer, and wine served. A/C. From my free guide, just ask....Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 9, 2005

Northern Delights
San Salvador 171 HZ Colonia 5 de Diciembre
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
222-4424

Red Cabbage

Restaurant | "Red Cabbage [El Repollo Rojo]"

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5:30pm-11pm, closed Sunday in the summer and September This is an old Mexican family-run location (Hi to Lola Bravo and Cuco!), very small and intimate and very down-home. Its menu features old recipe dishes and indigenous sauces that are not offered often elsewhere. Ask about the cookbook. The special unique Mexican Plate is 145p, chiles en nogada or rellenos is 80p, pork with garlic chile ancho sauce is 85p, pork loin in orange sauce is 95p, shrimp Giovanni is 175p, and the "best" Puebla chicken mole is 110p, cream of peanut soup is 45p, wonderful tortilla soup is 40p, and generous guacamole and Panela cheese with chile de tenir (ancho) sauce is 50p. Artwork immortalizes Frida Kahlo and Diego ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 9, 2005

Red Cabbage
Rivera del Río 204A OT/SS.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
223-0411

River Cafe

Restaurant

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9am-11:30pm This is one of the most beautiful settings in Vallarta, owned by Margarito Larios. Tiny white lights on trees overhang the Río Cuale, open-air seating has ample room, and there's friendly, fast service by handsome meseros. Menu changes, often featuring the finest the chef has to offer, include starters like beautiful calamari, 92p, mussels in chipotle cream sauce, 129p, farmer's soup in puff pastry, 69p, smoked salmon blini, 94p, seafood fettuccine, 154p, and tuna carpaccio, 89p. Favorite entrees are pan-seared tuna, 189p, mahimahi wrapped in Serrano ham, 179p, pecan coconut giant shrimp, 220p, chicken mango, 169p, and rib-eye Bordelaise, 215p. It's all very creative; do not miss the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 9, 2005

River Cafe
Isla Río Cuale #4, Colonia Centro
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48300
+52 (322) 2230788

Archie's Wok

Restaurant

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Open 2-11pm, Closed Sundays and in September Hungry for Asian cuisine? In 1986, the personal chef of John Huston founded this place that features a combination of Thai, Filipino, and Chinese cuisines reflecting his heritage. Now his widow Cyndi Alpenia, trained chef son Sergio, and lovely daughter Kyoki run it, and the food is very good. Fork-tender beef tongue is a simple dish in coconut milk and mild spices 195p; sizzling mahimahi fillet in banana leaves, lemongrass, garlic, chilies, and cilantro 135p; Chinese sesame cucumbers 38p; crisp spring rolls, lumpia 365p; chicken sate 365p; shrimp coconut soup 65p; Thai hot and sour soup 55p; red or green curry chicken 140p; ginger stir-fried veg...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 9, 2005

Archie's Wok
Francisco Rodriguez 130
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48330
+52 322 22 204 11

Steakhouse Brasil

Restaurant | "Brasil"

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Open 2 to 11pm.

They have two churrascaria locations that feature all-you-can-eat meats (about 12) served by skewer (gira) wielding meseros dressed á la Brazil with soccer jerseys, though the meats are local, including very tasty rib eye, sirloin, turkey, and chorizo. It includes assorted salads, rice balls, and fried bananas. A huge mango tree grows right in the center! Come very hungry and ask them to go slowly (good luck!). There is air-conditioning for nonsmoking comfort, plus smokers have their own open-air room. Meals for men cost 170p, meals for women cost 140p!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 11, 2005

Steakhouse Brasil
Venustiano Carranza 210
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48350
+52 322 229 07

Mama Dolores Diner

Restaurant

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8am-10pm, closed Monday This has been a part-inside, part-elevated sidewalk street café since 1996 and is now owned by Grant Hunermund and Kieran Justason from Toronto, Canada. It features simple Mexican and American fare as 1/3-lb. burger with French fries, 50p, BLT, 45p, turkey club, 53p, chef's salad, 55p, taco salad with choice of meat, 53p, meatloaf, 80p, fried chicken, 75p, mac and cheese, 75p, green salad with soup and bread, 38p, half-rack baby back pork ribs, 80p, full, 99p, fajitas, 90p, mahimahi, 88p, whole fish, 94p. There's also breakfast hotcakes or French toast, 55p, eggs Benedict, 58p, meat lover's omelet with chorizo, bacon, and ham, 60p, chicken fried steak with fried eggs, 53p....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 11, 2005

Mama Dolores Diner
Olas Altas 534B near Pulpito OT/SS.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
228-4061

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Open noon to 8pm, Closed Monday A huge 120-year-old Parota tree outside signals that this is the place! Bring a big appetite. There are five different combination plates (platters, actually) of fish, shrimp, and seafood. There are friendly, efficient waiters and very reasonable prices for both food and drinks. Watch out for the salsas: they serve three - hot, hotter, and guaranteed to make you cry. There are six combo fish and seafood platters served with a marlin taco, a cup of soup, dessert, and Kahlua for 99p, a mixed seafood salad for 90p, fajitas for 75p, ceviche for 60p, and huge seafood soup for 3p. This restaurant is noted for its seafood, but there is a fine grilled meat platter for 90p a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 11, 2005

La Parota de Pancho Villa
Grulla 157 near Flamingo and Avenida Francisco Vil
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
225-1515

Encanto

Restaurant

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Open 5 to 11pm

This is an old family casa turned into a small eight-table spot with attention to detail in food and décor with Mexican Talavera and French posters. This is a find, but it’s not too hard to find, just out of the way. Huachinango in a banana leaf, salmon in ginger butter, filet medallions in an ancho sauce, seafood chiles rellenos, crab cakes, corn fritters, onion chile rolls, and Caesar and "garbage" salads are specialties, but the menu varies. Say hi to Piano, Christine, Frank, and Jaime! Reservations are recommended. They do not take credit cards.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Puerto_Vallarta_OldTown_SouthSide

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 11, 2005

Encanto
Aquiles Serdan 518
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
222-5785

El Brujo

Restaurant | "El Brujo (The Wizard)"

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Open 1 to 9:30pm, Closed Monday This is the local family seafood restaurant of Martin and Daniel Ramos that is near the small tunnel in the lower hills. It features fine homemade tortillas and simple authentic fare. It’s great for budget travelers. Go early to avoid a line. There is good tortilla soup for 30p, queso fundido in salsa verde for 60p (molcajete), barbeque ribs 65p, huachinango pirey with salsa verde for 90p, stuffed fish for 90p, arrachera (four kinds for 85 to 90p), chicken romero, and shrimp trastamal for 90p. The fish is sometimes overcooked. Many love it, especially for the low prices, but there are mixed reviews. No reservations or...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 11, 2005

El Brujo
Venustiano Carranza 510 at Naranjo OT/SS
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Planeta Vegetariano

Restaurant

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Breakfast: 8am-11:30am, Lunch/Dinner: 11:30am-10pm This has been a hidden secret since 1995 [10 tables] and is worth the trek up the small hill near the Guadalupe Church. There's an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet for 45p and a lunch/dinner buffet for 65p. From soup to dessert, the menu includes fresh beverages and many choices of fruit, side dishes, salads [cactus, mango], corn-black bean salad, entrees like soy enchiladas, eggplant, banana lasagna, falafel in tomato sauce, curry tempura, couscous, beets, tofu, and cakes. Nothing but plants, plant products, and some milk-based products are used. Meal choices change daily and seasonally but are plentiful. It makes for a special, filling meal in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 11, 2005

Planeta Vegetariano
Iturbide 270
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48330
+ 52 322 230 73

La Ronda

Restaurant

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1pm-12am, Closed Monday

Benjamin Torres' local favorite secret since 1994 serves very reasonably priced Mexican family recipes such as pollo mole rojo 68p, chiles rellenos 52p, snapper in garlic 72p, ceviche 48p, tortilla soup, Mexican plate 98p, chicken marsala 72p, carne asada 78p, and the fish of the day. Limonada 22p, national beer 14p, wine 28p, and fresh daiquiris 32p are available. There is eclectic whimsical decor and attentive service by Sebastián.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 24, 2005

La Ronda
Aquiles Serdan 372 OT/SS.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
223-2002

La Piazzetta

Restaurant

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4pm-12am, Closed Sunday In the corner of a small building since 1995, Dommenico Mimmo Lorusso's place serves up very fine small, wood-fired pizzas [24 types, including calzone 70-95p] and pastas [pesto, Arrabiata, or four cheeses all 78p]. There is good ravioli and lasagna, both 83p; seven styles of spaghetti; cannelloni; fusilli; penne; shrimp pesto or Diavolo 199p; chicken funghi 121p; beef medallions four styles 135-145p; and starters such as fried calamari 98p, antipasto, garlic mushrooms, insalatas 42-50p, and tasty bruschetta 42p. Order several items and share. Close your eyes and you are dining in Italia. There is very friendly and attentive service coupled with good prices. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2005

La Piazzetta
Olas Atlas & Rodolfo Gomez 143
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48380
+ 52 322 206 50

Don Pedro's

Restaurant

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www.donpedros.com, donpedros@pvnet.com.mx The beach patio is open from 11am to 11pm and the upstairs dining room is open from 5 to 11pm. It is closed from August to October 1. This is an elegant beachfront palapa with beach patio dining open to the bay offering Mediterranean/Mexican cuisine. Chef Nicholas Parrillo serves wood-fire pizzas 95-165p, herb bread, garlic lemon chicken 95p, steamed mussels 85p, Moroccan chicken salad 75p, Greek shrimp Feta salad 95p, linguine with mussels and clams 125p, fresh local fish 125p, and wonderfully rich mango ice cream. There is excellent service. Joyce reports she had an "awesome shrimp and bacon pizza 155p and beer, but the menu is limited...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 20, 2005

Don Pedro's
Calle Marlin 02
Sayulita, Mexico 63700
+52 327 275 0229

Sandrina’s

Restaurant | "Sandrina's"

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sandrinasmx@hotmail.com, www.sandrinas.com 11:30am to 10:30pm, closed Tuesday Owner Sandra Neumann (Sandrina, in Spanish) has created a unique, lovely garden getaway where you can enjoy her specialties. Food preparation has a Mediterranean/Greek accent, with wonderful creations such as hearts of palm with feta, garbanzo, and chili mayo 80p; Saganaki fried Greek cheese 65p; snapper fillet and garlic shrimp with two kinds of pesto 175p; pizzas 75-90p; pita with hummus, pesto and chicken 55p; breakfast bagel with scrambled egg, ham, and cream cheese 35p; and blue cheese mushroom burger on garlic toast 75p, plus an array of tempting desserts. You are treated to Sandrina's artistic endeavors...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 20, 2005

Sandrina’s
Lazaro Cardenas 33
Bucerias, Mexico
(329) 298-0273

Memo's Pancake House

Restaurant | "Memo's House of Pancakes"

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What can I add? The high tech choco pancakes sound weird for a meal between 10am and 2pm but they are superb. The eggs Benedict are among the best, huge, great. Avoid going on Saturdays and Sundays due to crowds. I love weekdays around 1pm. OJ, freshly squeezed, was 18 pesos last week!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2007

Memo's Pancake House
Basilio Badillo 289
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48380
+52 (322) 26272

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Tonight was one of those special evenings not soon if ever forgotten. Bob Price, owner of the PV Botanical Gardens hosted a Full Moon dinner. Anna and I were thrilled to attend. Orchids seemed to be growing everywhere you looked! In the open air second floor area, Latcho and Andrea, of La Cruz, supplied lively but mellow Flamenco music and vocals. Some were even brave enough to dance—Bob, Judy, and Pat! Liana Turner of Paradise Bakery and her own catering company [anyone need a top-quality one?], prepared the three-course menu consisting of lovely tomato salad with beet curls, choice of beef medallions in a Cabernet reduction or fire-roasted salmon spirals with soy and ginger, slightly smoky yet moist...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 11, 2007

Start of trip

Story/Tip

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October 19, 2004 Busy busy busy. Flew out of a cold and rainy San Francisco to Paradise on a 100% full Alaska Airline jet -- a bit bumpy, but uneventful, and landed at 3pm PV time to a welcome from Diana. Great way to enter Mexico and be driven to your casa and stop wherever else you desire, as to pick up pesos. Checked into Boana Torre Malibu with dear office lady Suzanne and headed up the elevator with Hermes lugging my bags and a jug of water. Yes, it is hot and humid, clear and sunny. Lovely. My unit has two good fans, which run all the time, plus a sliding door onto the balcony, allowing brisas from the Bahia de Banderas and a super-unblocked view north and south. Almost all the units here ...Read More

Continuing

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Friday, October 22 Met with two new amigos, joined later by a local restaurateur, for lunch and some discussion about Internet webpage plans. Finally got to Pastel du Village, where French chef Eric Lenoir has opened a beautiful pastry shop with lunch items. We had quiche, ham-and-cheese croissant, and chicken tarragon, all served with a tossed green salad and fresh fruit mixture. He is adding some favorite entrees to the menu next week. Noticed my legs and arms are full of scratches and thorn damage from the trek yesterday, and my feet are swelling from the humidity. Off to farmacia... I have been using my laptop in the hotel to write and organize, then transfer to a floppy disk, insert at t...Read More

On and on

Story/Tip

JoseMuffinMan Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Tuesday, October 26 The weather is most pleasant, with good brisas and temperature, billowy white clouds to the south. Quiet around the pool this am, but too early for most to be up and around. Over to the café for just a few emails to Puerto Vallarta folks, and then to friend's casa for a meeting before lunch. Everyone ready, enjoying each other, followed by a short walk down the street to la playa, where most had breakfast at Langostinos. Very reasonably priced egg dishes. Everyone had their own mission, and we split off in all directions. After meandering around town for a couple hours, I decided to enjoy a good sandwich at Dee's Coffee Shop, since I had not eaten. Turkey and avocado on whole...Read More
Playa los Muertos Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Friday, October 29 After many days jaunting around PV environs, I met TJ and Angela of the orchid/bromeliad tour fame, and off we sped, north to Marina Vallarta. This is a wonderful spot to view the boats and maritime activity, especially from a sidewalk café. We stopped at Victor's Place [Cafe Tacuba], Condominio Las Palmas Local 9, Marina Vallarta. 221-2808, 8am-11pm. Victor Fregoso, brother of Rueben of Pipi's, operates an expanded café with a great marina boat view. Tortilla soup 45p, chicken enchiladas verdes 75p, breaded chicken 70p, three spaghettis 85p, fish filet 75p, fish burger 65p. Outdoor patio seating and A/C inside during summer. Beer 10p all day. No CC. It is very casual and laid b...Read More

Halloween and more

Best Of IgoUgo

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Sunday, October 31 We rose well rested to hazy skies in the east, clearing to bold blue by 9:30am, when it was time for a refreshing dip and soak in the rooftop pool with the lousy 360-degree view. Such a life, but, hey, somebody's gotta do it! WE met more visitors from San Francisco-is that town empty? The newlyweds were immersed in this part of town after leaving the northern reaches of Quinta Real: shopping, swimming, hiking, dining, and having an all-around super time that will never be forgotten. Donning my Ray Ban sunglasses and casual garb in hopes of thwarting the paparazzi once this trip, we headed around town looking, stopping here and there, and watching any certain local activity new...Read More

Bliss and explorations

Best Of IgoUgo

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Tuesday, November 2 We were up early and back to the one property my roomie really wants for 97,000 pesos. It is very nice, but I could not deal with the two choices-120 steps descending from the upper street or 72 steps up from the lower street. Bid time is closing in, and he says he has been tossing and turning for a couple nights. I broke off and did some browsing, walking, and work, and then ended up at Brother-in-law Taqueria (El Cuñado) Francisca Rodríguez near Olas Altas (9am to 11pm Sunday, 9am to 6pm Tuesday). His son Jorge and his brothers run this taco stand as part of a family enterprise. They have Taco de Maiz (corn), Taco de Harina (flour), Quesadillas with c...Read More

One more week left

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Thursday, November 4 We had to arise early, drink our coffee, shower, and head out the door for an appt. at 9am, for one last visit and bid for the property in Amapas. Place is looking better and better, more questions answered. I hope he wins the battle, since even though he says he will be untouched, I imagine he will be quite disappointed. Several days may provide a solution, but this mission could drag on and on, as prospective buyers know quite well. All of us head out to Beach Café [The Green Chairs], Amapas 177 on Playa Los Muertos OT/SS. 222-1371, thebeachcafe@hotmail.com or askus@thebeachcafe.com, www.thebeachcafe.com, open 8am-9pm. Beach food served in plastic, but what a sup...Read More
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Friday, November 5, cont'd The sunset referred to above was viewed from another get-together at CyC on Playa Los Muertos with a bunch of Internet buddies. Although I had wished to go to Oktoberfest at Cafe Frankfurt with several of the gang, I left it up to mi amigo to choose, as this was his birthday night dinner. He opted for The Red Cabbage, where those two had never been. What I always tell newbies is that this fine spot offers dishes from their kitchen based on old Mexican family recipes, not influenced by the Spanish. One does not see them on other local menus. Red Cabbage [El Repollo Rojo], Rivera del Río 204A OT/SS. 223-0411, redcabbage@pvnet.com.mx. Website: www.redcabbagecafe.com. Open...Read More
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Sunday, November 7 Although the sun came up bright, with clear skies and lots of late morning heat, I still felt a slight chill and stayed close to the bed, bathroom, and water. Several concerned people called me offering assistance, but I was already in good hands. I tried to eat a little take-out chicken my roomies had picked up for our lunch, since I could not move far, and started thinking that the fever resulted from a sandal scrape and resulting blister, which had allowed germs into my blood stream and caused this infection that my body fought with heat, thus a fever. I had started placing a bacterial cream on the area, topped with fresh Band-Aids, and popped antibiotics which the farmaci...Read More

More excursions

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Recovery was in full force, and I was able to walk to my local A/C cyber café and catch up with emails from people writing to set up appointments for conversing, exchanging, discussing work in and around PV, trips, and other social events, in addition to trips to condos and villas to look around and become familiar with their locations, amenities, and desirability. I always have my organizer handy [my lifeblood] and my digital camera, with an extra set of batteries, as they do not last long between charges. I also found it worthwhile to include a small bottle of mineral water, a pen, and a small street map in my shoulder bag, which carried all these items snugly and securely. Look for the guy with the...Read More
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My roomies left last night, so no taco stand for us. We went through the various choices, and they opted to go somewhere that they had never visited, good idea. Off we walked on Restaurant Row to Roberto's Puerto Nuevo (Basilio Badillo 283 OT/SS.,222-6210, 222-4959, www.robertosptonuevo.com, open noon to 11:30pm). Since 1988, seafood is all that you find here, and he serves it many ways, all Pacific and fresh. Creative dishes include smoked marlin, seafood-stuffed chilies, gazpacho soup, fried calamari, mussels, Mahi Mahi (Dorado) for four, fish filet mignon with bacon, whole huachinango (red snapper), garlic butter fresh catch, shrimp diablo, huge seafood platter, octopus, spaghetti ma...Read More

Last full day

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Last day for a little while Wednesday, November 10 Awakened by two amigos saying adios, hasta la vista, until next time, at 6:20am as they prepped for the sad, slow ride to the aeropuerto and home, of sorts. Abandoned, I sure could not go back to sleep, so after laying silent and mulling the day's upcoming events, I arose and hit the laptop to do as much work as possible offline before going to the cyber café, where I have to pay. Next time, I really need Internet access in my casa. Realizing that this is my last full day, I wished to hike around town south of Río Cuale before the sun sent hot rays beating on the streets, where no bay breezes penetrated. There were five taco stands I ne...Read More
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Thursday, November 11 Now, wait a minute . . . no one told me that this visit had to end. Unfair! Sue, sue, sue. I cannot leave; I have waaaaay tooooo much more that must be done. Please send cash and new airline ticket, por favor. Alms for the sad one? No, I guess not. Stop, I have done extremely well, especially in the face of limited ability to walk for a few days. I am content, satisfied, and thrilled. Now, I want to read and hear from all of you as to your experiences. Okay, not as long and detailed as mine, but muchas gracias for bearing with me! It was an enormously eventful and unforgettable sojourn, far from a vacation, with lots of work but tons of fun and laught...Read More

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garyrbeck

garyrbeck
San Francisco, California