Following the trend of other influential fine dining destinations around the world, Vallarta Lifestyles Publishing Group established Restaurant Week in 2005 through a two-week festival that takes place every year from May 15 - 31.
Restaurant Week features many of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit’s most coveted restaurants. Participating establishments offer innovative three-course menus, with three options available for each course. Since the prices are often discounted by up to 50%, dining out during Restaurant Week is not only more fun, but also much more affordable. Presently, participating restaurants can choose to offer their special, Restaurant Week menu at $189 or $299 pesos per person, tips and beverages not included.
Restaurant Week is highly anticipated by locals and gourmet aficionados from around the world, who plan an annual vacation in Puerto Vallarta specifically for this delicious dining festival. In addition to other important festivities that take place during the month of May, such as the anniversary of Puerto Vallarta's foundation as a city and as a municipality, Restaurant Week has become an important event that encourages visitors to choose the month of May as an attractive time of year to explore Banderas Bay.
Vallarta Lifestyles publishes the menus of participating restaurants in a special, Restaurant Week Menu Guide section of the May issue of Vallarta Lifestyles magazine, featuring the special menus offered by all the restaurants. The Menu Guide is also printed separately, and is made available for distribution at participating restaurants. And for those with a tablet or smart phone at their disposal, the Menu Guide can also be viewed online (here’s last year’s menu guide).
Restaurant Week enthusiasts frequently take the opportunity to schedule dining events with friends and loved ones, checking out new eateries together, and comparing notes with one another, adding a memorable social element to the experience of enjoying some of our destination’s finest establishments.
Is it safe to travel to
In a word, the answer is BIG yes! It is safe to travel to Puerto Vallarta.
PV is part of the very diverse and large Mexican state of Jalisco. Some sensational news outlets have incorrectly reported that the US State Department is warning against all travel to Jalisco. NOT TRUE.
The US Department of State said for Puerto Vallarta - There is no recommendation against travel to Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta. There is also no recommendation against travel on principal highways in Jalisco between Guadalajara including the portions that cross in to the southern portions of the state of Nayarit.
Puerto Vallarta's Tourism Board has commissioned a study from the security consulting firm Thomas Dale and Associates (TDA). The firm found that "the number of negative events involving foreigners or non‐foreigners is fractional compared to the large ex‐pat resident population and the millions of visitors that come to vacation each year in Puerto Vallarta."
you can read more at Visit Puerto Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta is the most visited gay destination in Mexico.
With a great climate, beautiful ocean bay, beaches, mountains and lush
tropical jungle as the setting, Puerto Vallarta is a small city devoted
to serving the visiting traveler. While retaining much of its old style
Mexican charm, Vallarta has over the years built up the infrastructure
of a modern resort community. Internet cafes, ATM machines, great
restaurants in all price ranges, a beautiful airport, modern medical services, drinkable water
supply, and a safe, tolerant environment are now all part of the
See Gay Guide Vallarta for more gay information.
Colectika is featuring two legendary Oaxaca wood carvers, Jacobo and María del Carmen Angeles, on Wednesday, February 27, 6 - 10 pm. Don't miss this great opportunity to meet two of the most successful, most collected folk artists in Mexico.
Collectors from around the world have learned to appreciate the primitive art created in small villages by a number of ethnic groups around Mexico. New infrastructure, cellular technology and the internet are now connecting these villages—previously completely isolated—with the outside world, resulting with a myriad of new, artistic ideas and art forms.
Many of these can be grouped in a specific trend, known as Ancestral Contemporary, a movement headed by a handful of artists who are taking the traditional folk art that their ancestors have done for years, and making it modern. Undoubtedly one of the best examples today of the Ancestral Contemporary movement is Jacobo Angeles and his wife Maria del Carmen. Together they have single-handedly taken the traditional Oaxacan wood carving to a whole new level.
Manuel Jimenez may be considered the founder of the wood carving tradition in Oaxaca but it was Jacobo and Maria who took the primitive carvings and turned them into what can only be considered fine art because of the amazing detail in their painting.
Jacobo and Maria live in San Martin Tilcajete, a Zapotec Indian village about 45min. from the city of Oaxaca. When a baby is born in the village, they are given a small animal that is their totem. Today's wood carvings, according to Jacobo, evolved out of this tradition. Jacobo began carving with his father. But he was catapulted into the limelight at age 12, with his father's passing. This forced the young man to go out on his own to provide for his family.
His indigenous or Zapotec style has been heavily influenced by the patterns found in Mitla, the ancient Zapotec city famous for its geometric patterns. The copal wood that Jacobo uses for all of his carvings has always been considered sacred. Large trunks are used to make big carvings but Jacobo prefers branches because he can use the natural curves to bring his carvings to life.
Virtually everyone in the village is in the wood carving business but it’s Jacobo and Maria's natural paints and incredible attention to detail, however, that makes their pieces even more attractive to collectors. It is absolutely incredible to watch Jacobo demonstrate how some of the natural pigments are created. From the bark of the copal tree he can create yellow by adding lime and honey. Black is created by adding calcium and purple by adding baking soda. The most important and probably best recognized natural pigment is the cochinilla, an insect that grows on the nopal cactus, over 60 shades of red can be created using this insect.
Jacobo and Maria's pieces are prominently displayed in galleries and museums including the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, the Smithsonian Native American Museum and the Santa Fe International Museum of Folk Art to name just a few.
Source: Kevin Simpson
Extra discounts are being offered by the following artists:
25% - Guillermo Brockmann, Gabriel Colunga, Jorge Coste, Carlos Cuevas, Jonas Gutierrez, Rogelio Diaz, Ann Fitzgerald, Nicolas Gomez, Pepe Gutierrez, Marco Antonio Hernandez, Josafat, Linda Kauffmann, Jean-Gabriel Lambert, Nino Magaña, David Mata, Azucena Mendez, Sharon Milligan, Dana O’Donnell, Jesse Reno, Janice Reuland, Leticia Schmidt, Alfonso Soriano, Peter Spataro, Tellosa, Timoteo, Victor Manuel Villarreal, Javier Zzepda, David Zzepda -
10 – 30% Estate Sale:
20 % on all works AND 25% on works older than 2012: Yvan Genest, Miguel angel del Campo, Luis Valui, Cherie Sibley, Alvaro Zardoni
25%:: Edgar Martinez on all small florals
30%: Richard Baker, Hector Buigues, Andie Hathcote,30 % plus they are donating an additional 10% to charity: Oscar Capeche & Consuelo
The daily menu offers an interesting combination of choices including the innovative bistro menu, where three courses are served for one very reasonable price. In addition, over 350 labels (YES! 350!) of fine wines and other aperitifs are available in a relaxed atmosphere where the service is always personal and professional.
First, lets look at the building and the rooms and the views! With artful décor in its outdoor and indoor settings, I have seen this restaurant grow and expand plenty over the last 10 years since I have been coming here. The outdoor partition makes for a very intimate and lush ambiance, with lighted trees covering almost every inch of the ground, dangling white orchards that occasionally drop in your lap, and violinists that treat you to a private song. Try the flower pot salad and the prawn and seasonal pumpkin cream soup.
With the momentum of the vanguard and the renovation P’yote Lounge arrives to Café des Artistes. A new concept of artistic origins and ancestries created under the inspiration of the artistic communion of the famous designer Cristina Cobalin and Studio 3.14.
His name comes from indigenous shamanic traditions of healing and spiritual, with a ritual that starts from the crop and ends as a tool for the soul and the body. Hicuri is “the window through which man comes in contact with the universe.”
Every corner of our new P’yote Lounge is an expression of life and art huichol, from its structure and furniture to the mystical snack menu, centerpieces and mezcal that wrap you in a ritual of pleasure.From crafted drinks to mouth watering tapas and to share plates, it's a perfect way to start your evening.
Within, it is worth mentioning that P´yote Lounge customers will be able to transport to the Huichol world to appreciate the masterpiece that houses, “Tatei Aramara”, muse for the creation of the most beautiful waterfront of Mexico, the waterfront of Puerto Vallarta.
Thierry Blouet, chef owner of Café des Artistes, was – as they say – born to the business. His paternal grandfather, Max Blouet, spent 30 years as General Manager of the ultra-elegant George V in Paris. Chef Blouet was born in Puerto Rico, in 1964, and his French parents educated him in France and Mexico where haute cuisine is an integral ingredient of the good life.
An extremely visual chef, his dishes are sensual compositions. In
addition to colors that enliven the visual, there’s a harmony of aromas
that tempt the nostrils, subtle textures that excite the mouth feel and
concentrated flavors that enhance the taste. No one will argue with you; this is the best and most romantic restaurant in all of Puerto Vallarta. They have too many awards to name here, but just read the reviews. Four and Five stars from everyone.
In Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay there are few long-awaited and memorable events, the Vallartenses and visitors stand waiting. It is part of the region’s history from conception of the festival in the hands of Chef Thierry Blouet of Café des Artistes, Heinz Reize and Chef Roland Menetrey and is an excellent gastronomy window, where every year discusses important issues of current gastronomy area, such as biodiversity, identity and sustainability in the kitchen.
So then, verbena, wining and dining make their way to events, that no one who has good taste, can miss.
It is important to note that most events require reservations and prepayment. For sales and information make contact: 2223228, ext 120. This “Gourmet Festival 2012″ is for all our guests, we hope to experience the joy and ecstasy of taste in the “Gourmet Tradition of Puerto Vallarta”: Café des Artistes!
FOX NEWS says PV is one of the worlds Best Beach Towns!
Crystal blue water, vine-hung foothills and waterfalls and an idyllic old town have made Puerto Vallarta one of Mexico's most popular travel destinations.
For years Puerto Vallarta lived in relative obscurity, eclipsed by more popular resorts like Cancun and Acapulco. But over the last 50 years, word of Puerto Vallarta's beauty has gotten out!
Puerto Vallarta boasts miles of pristine beaches. From secluded
sanctuaries to hopping hotspots, the resort can meet any expectations.
One of the town's most famous and popular beaches is Los Muertos,
located in the Zona Romántica (Romanic Zone). Don’t let its name
(translated as the beach of the dead) deter you.
In PV, rainy season generally means nice
sunny mornings with the clouds moving in mid afternoon, and a cooling
rain by 4 or 5pm, usually lasting no more than an hour or so. Everything
is washed clean, the dust settles, the air freshens, and then we await a
beautiful sunset. And if we get a storm after sunset, words can’t
describe how magnificent the light show is over the ocean. Free entertainment, right?!
So, what else is there to do? There’s
always the beach. If it starts to rain, there’s shopping. I’m always
amazed to discover new shops that I didn’t know existed. So many streets to explore!
The Sierra Madre Mountain range surrounds the Pacific coast and protects Bahia de Banderas, enabling nature and diverse biodiversity to surface in an almost rhythmic process throughout the year, summer being its biggest boom.
Vallarta’s first indication of summer is the sudden appearance of increased precipitation, which leads to abundance, hope, joy and beauty.
“veranum tempus” meaning summer in Latin bears great meaning. Summer in Puerto Vallarta signifies ‘life’. No need for dictionaries or scientific research of any kind; simply look around you: thousands of trees and bushes have blossomed to an ever-lush shade of green, butterflies roam freely, listen to the chirping of the hundreds of birds and critters out there.