Quesadillas de Jamaica Recipe

Quesadillas de Jamaica ready to eat

You have probably tried the common and refreshing  Mexican drink Agua de Jamaica on your visit to Puerto Vallarta.

It is a natural drink made from Hibiscus Flowers!  It can be distinguished by its rich dark red color and has a bit of a tarty flavor that is sweetened with sugar or honey.

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Eat, Sleep and Play in Marina Vallarta

Marina Vallarta is a charming area that is located just 2 minutes from the international airport and 15 minutes from down town Puerto Vallarta.

The marina hosts many luxury yachts and sailboats in its 450 slips. Some of the boats are here year round, while others are here for a season, or just a day or two to rest before continuing on their journey.

The marina has a beautiful boardwalk lined with many shops, spas, and restaurants which makes it a great place for window shopping, people watching and enjoying a good meal. It is also the place where you can book a fishing trip with one of the many fishing charter companies in Puerto Vallarta.

Here in the marina you will find restaurants in every price range to suit all budgets. There are a couple of places that specialize in breakfast, while other restaurants only open in the evenings.

You will find Seafood, Italian, Chinese, and Mexican restaurant options to choose from, as well as a couple of sports bars, where you can keep up on Hockey, Football, Soccer, UFC etc. Continue reading “Eat, Sleep and Play in Marina Vallarta”

Seafood Shanties by the Seashore

Meaning tortillas, a local waiter asked me if I wanted Mexican silverware.

Street stand food is a collection of clever little self-contained bundles ready to eat with your fingers.

Besides different types of food and eating utensils, people are mostly the same about taste and cleanliness when it comes to food. That’s why I pick a street stand where other people are eating. The locals know what’s good, clean, tasty, and safe. Continue reading “Seafood Shanties by the Seashore”

Delicious Fruity Mexican Beverages

You can get a Coke in Puerto Vallarta, everywhere, but you probably won’t want to — not when you can instead have the drinks the locals have perfected using the freshest tropical fruits.

One of my great early PV discoveries was agua fresca, literally fresh water, which is refreshing, delicious, healthful, and inexpensive. The traditional way to make agua fresca is to mash seasonal fruit with a fork and then add it to water along with a natural sweetener. Your restaurant will probably make it with a blender; it’s served by the pitcher, very cold, but usually not over ice — but you can always get glasses of ice to pour it over if you like.

(Businesses in Puerto Vallarta understand that tourists are the reason their businesses exist, and almost all owners and employees genuinely want you to get what you want. A restaurant owner will go to the restaurant down the block to get you what you need, if necessary.) Continue reading “Delicious Fruity Mexican Beverages”

Where to Find Authentic Mexican Restaurants

The first so-called authentic Mexican restaurants I tried did not impress me.

Gradually, I’ve found great authentic Mexican restaurants, cafes, palapas, and sidewalk stands. Here are a couple you might try:

Shrimp tostada
Delicious shrimp tostada.

One of my favorites is Pancho’s Takos. They serve delicious “al pastor” tacos with lots of roasted seasoned pork for 9 pesos each, served on a broken plate. It’s a small place where you can sit at a table on the sidewalk along Basilio Badillo. Ask for cilantro and onion, then try the various sauces on top.

Up the street about a block is Fajita Republic for more refined dining. Great food in a quiet location makes this one of my favorite dinner spots. I split meals with my friends because the servings are so large.

On the beach at Rodriguez, I often stop in for a 45 peso Mexican breakfast of eggs, beans, tortillas, and coffee. The food is very good, the coffee is strong, and the people watching is world class.