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Discover What´s Hot About Mexican Food by Olivia Mordsley / CHIC COLLECTION

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Where to eat good Mexican food

Mexico is a diverse country in every sense of the word and its cuisine contains a wide range of timeless staples and regional specialities. The menu became more varied after the Spanish conquered in the 16th century, but it still retains influences from the Mayan and Aztec times. Mexican food is traditionally spicy and made from a few classic ingredients with straightforward recipes and a lot of garnish.

Street Food

Street food in Mexico city

Photo credits: Shell Tu

The country’s capital, Mexico City, is home to half a million food stands that take in just about every part of the national diet. Many of the foods eaten here can trace their origins all the way back to the days of the Mayans and the Aztecs, in particular beans and corn which play a major role in Mexican cuisine, past and present. Corn on the cob is sold on street corners throughout the country, topped with anything from butter and salt to lime and chilli powder. Insects and plants, such as grasshoppers and cactus, that were eaten many years ago are still enjoyed today, either on their own or stuffed inside a tortilla.

Tamale is one of the most popular street foods. It consists of corn dough stuffed with filling such as zucchini and beans, chicken or pork, then wrapped in a banana leaf and steamed. Corn is one of the staple parts of the Mexican diet and historians suggest it has been present in the country’s cuisine for around 9000 years. It has important cultural significance, too, as many Mexicans believe that they are ‘the people of the corn.’

local mexican food

Photo credits: Federico, Charles Scanlon

Another basic food is the mighty tortilla. Made from flour in the north and corn in the south, these can be eaten sprinkled with salt and warmed through for a classic snack or stuffed with meat for a more substantial meal. Tortillas also form the base of some of the country’s most popular dishes, such as enchiladas and tacos. Enchiladas are covered in a tomato and chilli sauce and stuffed with meat, cheese, vegetables or seafood. Often eaten at breakfast, these are a milder, healthier version of the taco – which is fried until crunchy and then filled with meat or vegetables.  Enchiladas also date back to the Mayan times when people would eat fish wrapped in corn tortilla. Chilaquiles are another tortilla-based breakfast dish that include yet another Mexican staple – salsa. These lightly fried corn tortillas are topped with salsa, eggs and pulled chicken, with plenty of cheese, sour cream and beans added for good measure.

Some Like it Hot

food culture in Mexico

Photo credits: Carsten ten Brink, Waywuwei

Chillies are used liberally in many dishes and range from fairly mild to absolutely scorching. Large Poblano chillies are stuffed with cheese or spicy meat (picadillo) and served as a main meal. If you are lucky, you will be able to try a variation on the traditional Poblano chilli dish in the form of chiles en nogada, which also includes chopped fruit and spices. This a patriotic dish that boasts the three colours of the Mexican flag with the green of the chilli, the white of the cream sauce and the red of the pomegranate seeds. History suggests that this dish was first served to a former Mexican emperor.

Smaller chillies are often used to garnish and in dips such as guacamole – an extremely popular dish that dates back to the time of the Aztecs. Guacamole is also a fine example of the style of traditional cuisine as it contains just a few classic ingredients, bright colours and intense flavours. Sauces and dips play a large role in the diet, with sour cream and salsa also counted among the most popular.

Fantastic Fish

 

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It is surprisingly easy to be vegetarian in Mexico as the diet contains a few classic dishes with a lot of flavour that don’t require meat. Quesadillas are the perfect dish for vegetarians and those who wish to avoid spices, too – these are grilled tortillas stuffed with cheese, beans and salad. Beans are most often seen in the form of frijoles, where they are boiled and refried then served as the main part of a meal or as a stuffing or side dish.

Finally, there is the country’s famous fish and seafood. Boasting hundreds of miles of coastline and deep ocean waters, Mexico is home to some of the most delicious seafood in the world. The Matlali Hotel in the Nayarit region on the Pacific coast is perfectly situated to take advantage of the delectable cuisine and beautiful beaches of western Mexico. The hotel’s Raixes restaurant is world-class and features an expansive terrace where you can enjoy the best of the local seafood. One of the most famous regional dishes is theHuachinango Saradeado – marinated red snapper grilled over coals. A really traditional experience will see the fish smoked over mangrove wood and marinated with lemon and chilli sauce, then served with tortillas. The Nayarit region is also one of the world’s best locations for shrimp, in particular the tlaxtihuilli (shrimp soup).Ceviche – raw fish marinated in lime juice – is another regional speciality that tastes divine eaten al fresco against the backdrop of the ocean panoramas. A classic grilled fish meal will be perfectly complemented by a refreshing drink, perhaps a margarita from the country that created tequila or an ice-cold beer – one of Mexico’s most famous exports.

And all that is left to say is buen provecho!

 

Olivia Mordsley

 

 

 

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Riviera Nayarit Events 2015

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Eventos de Riviera Nayarit en abril 2015

  • La Oficina de Visitantes y Convenciones de la Riviera Nayarit se complace en informarle los eventos programados para el mes de abril 2015.

 

Electric Beach Festival (3 y 4 Abril)
El Electric Beach Festival es una fiesta con acceso totalmente gratuito en el Sunset Garden del Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta los días viernes 3 y sábado 4 de abril, desde las 10:00 hasta las 20:00 horas cada día.

Festival del Ostión (12 de abril)
El Festival del Ostión tiene más de 12 años  de existencia, se realiza en la playa El Punto en Bucerías. Es organizado por la Sociedad Cooperativa de Producción Pesquera y Acuícola de Costa de Chila, Peñita y Boca Ameca.
Este evento presenta un programa en el que se incluye una reseña histórica de Bucerías y del ostión. Obviamente la invitación es abierta al público en general para que degusten de estas particulares ostras, así como música y verbena popular.

Guayafest (18-19 de abril)
La Plaza de Rincón de Guayabitos, en Riviera Nayarit, recibe una gran exhibición de cientos automóviles Volkswagen de toda la república mexicana, en su mayoría los tradicionales bochos y combis, que han sido tuneados para desfilar y montar una gran exhibición para los amantes de estos clásicos.
Para más información sobre este evento visita: https://www.facebook.com/fbtpcbugs.

III Salsa Mambo Fest (23-26 de abril)
La Riviera Nayarit se pinta de fiesta y ritmos latinos con la presentación del Salsa Mambo Fest 2015, una serie de presentaciones y  clases de baile con los expertos, así como un gran concierto y mucha diversión.
Este gran evento se lleva a cabo en el hotel sede Marival Resorts & Suites en Nuevo Vallarta. Aparta tu lugar en: http://www.salsamambofest.com/.

5° Torneo de Nado en Aguas Abiertas 3-5K (25 de abril)
El Torneo de Nado en Aguas Abiertas se está convirtiendo en una tradición que se lleva a cabo en las aguas de La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Congrega cientos de nadadores de toda la República Mexicana, desde los más pequeñines hasta los veteranos.
Las categorías son Infantil, Juvenil, Master, Capacidades Especiales y Profesional. Conoce más a fondo en: http://www.nadoseguro.com/.

Gran Fondo Riviera Nayarit (26 de abril)
Esta gran carrera de bicicletas se divide en dos competencias: 150km del Gran Fondo y 75km del Medio Fondo. La ruta comienza en Nuevo Vallarta, pasando por Sayulita, la costa de Punta de Mita y La Cruz de Huanacaxtle pasando por los increíbles paisajes de Fortuna de Vallejo y concluir en Bucerías. Visita: http://bicibucerias.com/gran-fondo.

Torneo de Pesca Infantil (26 de abril)
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Capital Náutica de la Riviera Nayarit, es el espacio donde los niños y jóvenes pondrán a prueba sus habilidades para la pesca, dándoles la oportunidad de disfrutar esta actividad en el mejor lugar. Además son incentivados con premios para los primeros lugares.

V Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic 2015 (30 de abril al 03 de mayo)
El desarrollo turístico más exclusivo de México, Punta Mita, ubicado dentro de la Península del Glamour de Riviera Nayarit, ofrece tres días de extraordinarias experiencias culinarias, acompañados por dos días de torneo de golf en los campos Pacífico y Bahía de Punta Mita.
Un evento creado para permitirle la mejor experiencia del vino y la comida local e internacional, con los mejores golfistas y chefs. Toda la información aquí: http://puntamitagourmetgolf.com/es/.

3° Who’s Next? Torneo Infantil y Juvenil de Surf (Fecha por confirmar)
En Sayulita, la Capital del Surf de la Riviera Nayarit se celebra esta competencia anual gratuita única en la región, que es para niños y jóvenes en busca de ser las nuevas figuras del surf mundial.

 

 

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Riviera Nayarit Events April 2015

  • The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to share the events programed for April 2015. 

 

Electric Beach Festival (April 3-4)
The Electric Beach Festival is free for everyone and takes over the Sunset Garden at the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta on Friday, March 3rd and Saturday, March 4th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days.

Oyster Festival (April 12)
The Oyster Festival has a 12-year history and happens on the El Punto beach in Bucerías. It’s organized by the co-op of fish producers and acquaculture fishing entities of Chila, Peñita and Boca Ameca.
The event program includes a historical look at Bucerías and the local oyster. It’s open to the public and all are welcome to savor the local oysters and enjoy the music and the traditional verbena.

Guayafest (April 18-19)
The Plaza de Rincón de Guayabitos in the Riviera Nayarit is transformed into a playground for hundreds of Volkswagen vehicles from all over the Mexican Republic, most of them the traditional bugs and combies, which have been jazzed up to show off and strut their stuff in this expo for lovers of these classic cars.
For more event information click https://www.facebook.com/fbtpcbugs.

III Salsa Mambo Fest (April 23-26)
The Riviera Nayarit is ready to party to the Latin rhythms of the Salsa Mambo Fest 2015, a series of presentations and dance classes with the experts, as well as a fabulous concert and plenty of fun.
The event takes place at the Marival Resorts & Suites in Nuevo Vallarta. Reserve your spot at http://www.salsamambofest.com/.

5th Annual Open Water Competition 3-5K (April 25)
The Annual Open Water Competition is turning into a tradition in the waters of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Hundreds of swimmers from around Mexico meet to compete, from the littlest ones to the most tested veterans.
Categories include Child, Youth, Master, Special Needs and Professional. More details at http://www.nadoseguro.com/.

Gran Fondo Riviera Nayarit Tour (April 26)
This bicycle race is divided into two competitions: 150km for the Gran Fondo and 75km for the Medio Fondo. The tour begins in Nuevo Vallarta, continuing on through Sayulita, along the coasts of Punta de Mita and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, through the incredible landscapes of Fortuna de Vallejo ending in Bucerías. More info: http://bicibucerias.com/gran-fondo.

Children’s Fishing Tournament (April 26)
Children and teens can put their fishing abilities to the test in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, the Nautical Capital of the Riviera Nayarit, where they will have the opportunity to enjoy this activity where the fishing is best. To make it even more special, there are prizes for the top anglers.

V Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic 2015 (April 30 – May 3)
Punta Mita, Mexico’s most exclusive tourism development located on the Riviera Nayarit’s Glamour Peninsula, offers three days of extraordinary culinary experiences along with a two-day golf tournament on the exquisite Pacífico and Bahía golf courses.
The event was created to pair the best wines and local and international dishes with the best golfers and chefs. Find all the details here: http://puntamitagourmetgolf.com/en/

3° Who’s Next? Youth Surf Tournament (TBD)
This annual competition takes place in Sayulita, the Surf Capital of the Riviera Nayarit, offering a unique—and free—opportunity for kids and teens looking to become the newest champions in the world of surf.

fuente: OVC Riviera Nayarit

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Catch of the day, Fishing Town, Gastronomy, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Matlali Hotel, Riviera Nayarit

Caught by the “Catch of the day”

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, a fishing town in Riviera Nayarit

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, a fishing town in Riviera Nayarit

Cruz de Huanacaxtle or La Cruz, as known by the people who live there, is a small fishing town located in Bahía de Banderas village, bathed in the beautiful sea of Riviera Nayarit.

If you are so curious about the meaning of its name that you cannot sleep at nights, relax! The name of Cruz de Huanacaxtle is told to come from an old wooden cross in the town’s entrance made with branches of the Huanacaxtle Tree. The other version says that it is because of a cross-shaped Huanacaxtle Tree at town’s entrance. You better come and find out which of them is the right one.

The weather in Cruz de Huanacaxtle is a little bit cooler than the rest of Riviera Nayarit beaches. That is why Cruz de Huanacaxtle town and La Manzanilla, one of the visitors favorite beaches, are one of the best choises for people who like a milder weather.

Besides, Cruz de Huanacaxtle has a wide range of excinting activities to do such as snorkeling, diving and surf. It has a Huichol art gallery, restaurants and coffee shops. You can also find Boutique hotels as the Matlali Hotel and its Eva Mandarina Beach Club, where their experts in Mixology serve the best cocktails in all Riviera Nayarit.

The vast vegetation and the singing birds that wake you up in the morning are two of the biggest attractions, but seeing the town fishermen setting sail at dawn and coming back with the “cacth of the day” in their boats is one of most excinting. The catch of the day is usually served fresh and cooked according to the customer taste in places like Restaurante Raixes in Matlali Hotel.

With live music, embroidery crafts, pottery art, delicious food, exotic drinks and great people, Cruz de Huanacaxtle is a privileged destination with privileges of its own waiting for you in the living calm of Riviera Nayarit.

"The Catch of the Day"in Matlali Hotel, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Riviera Nayarit.

“The Catch of the Day”in Matlali Hotel, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Riviera Nayarit.

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