Banderas Bay Mother’s Day Celebrations

For Banderas Bay Mother’s Day take a look at these fun ideas.  There are certainly many ways to celebrate Mother’s Day! From spending the day with your kids, or going out to a fancy dinner! Massages and relaxation time with your mom are very enjoyable, or getting away from it all with a surprise gift from your husband.

Check out these suggestions below. Perhaps one will fit for your your mother, or some fun for your wife!  From Banderas Bay restaurants, Bucerias rentals and massages, Bucerias Beachfront Bars and La Cruz Beachfront Boutique Hotels.
After all,  taking care of the special person called “MOM” is  important, as it is she who takes care of everyone else every day!
Día de madres feliz !

Villa Amor del Mar / La Cruz De Huanacaxtle Beachfront Boutique Inn
May = Mother’s day. Pamper your Mama or the Mama to your babies at Villa Amor Del Mar. Book 3 nights and she’ll receive a poolside pedicure as she sips sangria or a margarita. Book 7 nights and she receives a poolside pedicure AND manicure with her cocktail of choice.
Please call Chris and Cindy Bouchard at 322-127-5813.

Los Arroyos Verdes / Bucerias Eco Paradise
Bring your mother to spend the day and night (two people)  as Los Arroyos Verdes and enjoy the beautiful gardens, pool and dine on delicious meals prepared by Chef Renee’ at the Bambuu’ restaurante’, and recieve a complimentary bottle of wine, as well as a continental breakfast in the morning and 2 FREE 30 minute relaxing massages!  (booking massage from 9am to 6pm)
If you are unable to treat your mother this year, then get together with your other “mom” friends and treat yourself to the luxury you deserve and get away for a day! RVSP USA +1 (619) 306-1764 / Mexico (329)298-6314

Breakers Beach Bar and Restaurant /Free Meal for Mom /  Bucerias
Enjoy a Banderas Bay Mother’s Day on the playa! Come out this Saturday or Sunday to enjoy Mother’s Day on the beach at Breakers. To celebrate Mother’s Day we are offering a special to honor your mom. Bring your mom ( or any mom for that matter!) and four other people for dinner and mom’s meal of lessor or equal value is free. Come out and share some special time with your mom on the beach. We are located two blocks north of the main square in Bucerias.

Mark’s Bar and Grill / Mother’s Day Special Menu
We are also serving from our regular menu as well. Unique and delicious layered flavor created by Chef Jan Benton.
Enjoy something special for this Mother’s Day celebration.
Happy Mother’s Day from everyone at Mark’s!















There are many places for a terrific Banderas Bay Mother’s Day! Create a special day where ever you decide to go and play!
Happy Mother’s day to all of the wonderful mothers out there who  endlessly love and  sacrifice themselves daily for their children and families.

Explore Banderas Bay Mother’s Day fun on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico!


Mexican Folk Dancing at Bucerias Restaurant
Sonora a la Parrilla

Bucerias, located on the north end of the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico has a wonderful Bucerias Restaurant Sonora a la Parrilla. There are plenty of  Bucerias restaurants, however this Bucerias restaurant is the only one specializing in Sonoran beef.
On Saturday, Jan 20th, they are having a FREE Folkloric Mexican Dance Show! There is no cover for the show, so its a great opportunity to come and enjoy tender Sonoran beef and a taste of authentic Mexico.
This Bucerias restaurant Sonora a la Parrilla is a new Bucerias restaurant with a large lovely garden patio setting. They have their own butcher shop right at the restaurant and cut your choice of Marinated Arrachera, New York, Top Sirloin, Rib Eye, Beef or pork ribs, Prime Rib, T Bone, Porter House and  Vacio (Imported Angus). They also have chicken and shrimp cuisine, all cooked to perfection!  You can choose any of these cuts of beef and recieve an 8.8 oz. portion for only 99 pesos….now, that’s only $8 dollars U.S.! The meals are served with hand made tortillas, charro beans and three salsas.

You can’t find a better price for delicious tender Sonoran beef anywhere else on the Riviera Nayarit!
Of course this Bucerias restaurant also has a full bar to accompany your meal.

A Mexican Folklore Dancing Fiesta History

Mexican Folklore Dancing is an authentic Mexican dance expression that displays the colorful heritage of the beautiful country of Mexico. It is influenced by the complex history of Mexico, from the Spanish Colonial Period, the Mexican War if Independence and the 1910 Mexican Revolution.  It also has a unique mix of the Mexican Indian indigenous cultures in Mexico.
When you put it all together, it is now developed into an amazing beautiful dance with beautiful colorful costumes. The dancing itself portrays stories of the struggles and joys of Mexican life, their religious and cultural beliefs and the other festivals that they hold every year.The orgin of the Mexican Folklore dancing came from the Mesoamerican days, when the dancing was performed to appease the gods of the Mayas and the Aztecs. When the Spanish came to Mexico in the 16th Century, they brought the European style of dance like ballet, polka, waltzing and schottische, which heavily influenced the indigenous dancing.
Other conquests allowed the German, French, Italian and Spanish dances to mingle with the original Mexican folk dancing and out of that came three forms of Mexican folk dance.The first one is ‘Danza’, which is an indigenous ritual dance usually performed in religious and community settings.
The second is ‘Mestizo’, where the western influence came into play in the steps and the theme.
Then the ‘Bales Regionales’ or the regional dances are a dance form by each community. This dance is usually done in community and theatrical performances. Each state and region in Mexico  presents the Mexican dance form in a style that reflects its own unique customs and traditions.
Every Mexican community loves to celebrate life with dancing and parties. They love life, and expressing life with dance.
Come on down to the Bucerias restaurant Sonora a la Parrilla on your Bucerias vacation on the Riviera Nayarit  for a delicious steak cut just the way you choose,  a traditional Mexican Folklore Dance on January 20, and enjoy the show while you dine. After all, you are in Mexico!
Sonora a la Parrilla also has live music every week, so check out the Bucerias calender for more details.

Enjoy the Bucerias restaurant Sonora a la Parrilla for great Sonoran beef,
relocate to the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico for life!




Best Bucerias Restaurants New Year’s Celebrations

Here ere are a few of the best Bucerias restaurants with their menus to celebrate the new year in style on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico. These amazing Bucerias restaurants are all very different, with varied menus and music, each celebrating and bringing in the New Year 2013.  Steaks, lobster…shrimp, and surf and turfs of all kinds… amazing dishes to tantalize your taste-buds along with dancing, partying and celebrating into the new year.
There are many Bucerias restaurants, but we feel that these are the Best Bucerias Restaurants! Click on the links for more information.
See which Bucerias restaurants suits your taste and Riviera Nayarit style!

Best Bucerias Restaurants New Years Eve Party’s!

Los Arroyos Verdes New Year Celebration

A la Parrilla New Year’s Eve Celebration 

Choice of Entree:
$349 Package

Surf & Turf Shrimp with Rib Eye Roll
Brochetas (Kebabs) with Arrachera

BBQ Pork Ribs Chicago Style
Shrimp Pan Fried

Your dinner includes salad and one of the following: 

Grilled Potatoes, Corn on the Cob or Sauteed Mushrooms.
Includes one of the following:
Beer, Wine, or Mixed Drink.
Includes Dessert:
Your choice of Chocolate Cake or Cheese Cake
Music by Brian Savage Starts at 6PM
. Bryan Savage will be bringing in the 2013 New Year in Style.
Make your reservations today! 329-298-1337

Mark’s Bar & Grill
This casually elegant Bucerias landmark opened in 1992, and was the first restaurant on the street. Chef Jan Benton is clearly passionate about food, receiving acclaim from both patrons and the media for her elegant menu. Unmatched ambiance, great service and overall food excellence define Mark’s, and this New Year’s Eve celebration will be an occasion to remember.
Chef Jan Benton really has a way celebrating the flavor of foods as each ingredient blends, yet speaks for itself.

New Year’s Eve Dinner and Entertainment

LiveA great night of dancing! music and midnight celebrations will continue well into the New Year as we party with your friends and family!

Experience the freshest seafood and organic meats prepared impeccably creating an evening of memories. Imagine! Your evening of food, wine and entertainment will feature incredible culinary offerings:

New Year’s Eve Menu and 2013 Celebration

First course- Select From
Poached Salmon Rillette Crostini with Capers and Dill
Marinated Natural Venison Carpaccio with Rosemary and Porcini-Truffle Oil
Brúlée Duck Pate, Cranberry-Mango with Pomegranate Reduction
Lobster Tuna Rolls with Tuna Tartare, Avocado and Sesame Soy Vinaigrette
Lobster Pumpkin Bisque with Lobster Flan and Caviar Garnish
Roasted Asparagus with Grilled Polenta, Hollandaise sauce and Balsamic Glaze
Roasted Quail stuffed with Foie Gras & Mushrooms, Spanish Fig Sauce & Apple Relish

Main Course-Select From

Sea Bass filled with Shrimp, Avocado, oven dried Tomatoes, with Shrimp stuffed Squash Blossom, Cilantro infused Risotto & Seafood Saffron Sauce
House made Ricotta Cheese Gnocchi with Butter Poached Lobster Tail,
Organic Spinach, Arugula, Roasted Lobster Mascarpone Sauce & Parmesan Tule
US Standing Prime Rib Roast with Yorkshire Pudding, French Green Beans with Oyster Mushrooms and Red Wine Sauce
Herb crusted N.Z. Rack of Lamb with Cardamom Spiced Lamb Raviolis, Mint Tapenade, Julianne Vegetables and Rosemary Lamb Sauce

Dessert- Select From
Ginger Infused Créme Brúlée, Lemon Biscotti, Port infused Figs Macadamia Crusted Kahlua cheesecake, with Shaved Chocolate
Belgium Chocolate Mousse on individual Pavlova (Meringue) with Cherry Compote Flaky Pastry Napoleons, Layered with Mascarpone Cream,
Port infused Cinnamon Apples, Cranberries and Raisins, served with Vanilla Ice Cream

Early seating 5pm- 7.30pm 750 pesos (60 usd)
Late seating 8.45pm $1115 (90 usd) – dancing to Live Music Trio

Happy New Year 2013 to everyone from Mark’s!

Breakers Beach Bar and Restaurant

Happy New Year’s Party 2013

Time: 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Price: $800 pesos per person

Come out and celebrate the New Year at Breakers Bar on the beach.
We are offering a full 3 course dinner with:

Your choice of either:
Lobster or Prime rib,
Side Dishes


All house national drinks, beer and house wine are included on your ticket, as well as the tip!

Our fantastic band, What´s Up, will be performing hits from the 60´s, 70´s and  80´s while you dance the night away on the sand. Enjoy champagne at midnight, party favors and a great view of the fireworks around the bay!

Tickets must be purchased in advance at Breakers or by
Happy New Year’s from Breakers Bar!

Discover which of the Best Bucerias restaurants meets your fancy for bringing in the New Year!
It will be hard to decide which Bucerias restaurant to make your reservation with!

Come to Bucerias to celebrate the New Year in delicious Bucerias restaurants along
the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico.


New Bucerias Restaurant Sonora a la Parrilla
in Mexico

There is a new Bucerias restaurant named the Sonora a la Parrilla that recently opened this past November on the Riviera Nayarit in beautiful Mexico.  This new Bucerias restaurant idea came together to offer quality beef cuts at an affordable price. The new Bucerias restaurant owner Joe had visited several restaurants specializing in beef from Sonora. However, Joe wanted to go a step further and offer a pleasant environment for his diners as well as fine wine selections and other spirits.  It took seven weeks to transform the space into a beautiful and relaxing garden setting. Click on the photos and links for more information!

The Bucerias restaurant, Sonora a la Parrilla, offers fine cuts of beef from the Mexican state of Sonora, known for their quality of beef. They have an in-house butcher shop where the meat is displayed, cut and weighed to the customers desires. The Sonora beef  is then put on the grill, cooked to perfection. The high quality of meat is not the only attraction in this Bucerias restaurant, corn tortillas are made fresh and included with each order, with homemade charro beans Frijoles charros (cowboy beans), a traditional Mexican dish in Bucerias.
You may also come in and purchase Sonora Beef to take home!

Encino Mesquite Grilled Sonora Beef
The grill used in this Bucerias restaurant is Argentinian style and Encino mesquite is used to grill the fresh meats. Encino mesquite burns evenly creating for a better grilling. The Sonora a la Parrilla’s Bucerias restaurant side dishes include salad, grilled potatoes, grilled onions, sauteed mushrooms, corn on the cob and various types of cheese fondues. Just added to the menu are specialty dishes, including pan fried shrimp, brochettes with arrachera, shrimp & rib eye roll, and Chicago style pork ribs.  This Bucerias restaurant on the Riviera Nayarit has a fully stocked bar to complement the food. To complement the great fun and atmosphere, most nights there’s live entertainment, here the music is relaxing, the garden atmosphere attractive and best of all great food at fair pricing.

Sonora a la Parrilla Holiday Dinner and Live Music

Christmas Eve Dinner Package with Live Music and Dancing with the  Rhythm Roosters rockin the house!



New Year’s Eve Dinner and Celebration package with amazing
Bryan Savage on Sax to bring in the new year!

Please click here to view both of the holiday menus in full, and to make your reservation today!

The new Bucerias restaurant Sonora a la Parrilla will continue to evolve in offering new and innovative entrees. The best part of this experience are the prices, they are really affordable. If you are thinking steak, you have to give Sonora a la Parrilla a try, you won’t be disappointed.  The restaurant is family owned and operated and open for lunch and dinner all year long.  Joe’s son Andrew works as a waiter and provides enthusiasm and helpfulness to this Bucerias restaurant.  The hours of operation for lunch are 1-5pm and dinners are 5-10pm with music until 12 midnight.  View their photo gallery!

Discover this new Bucerias Restaurant Sonora a la Parrilla on the Riviera Nayarit,
Move to Mexico for life!


Km 5 Surf Bar – Surfers Dream Realized in Mexico

Km 5 Surf Bar and Restaurant started with a dream and is now self realized in the Sayulita area on the Riviera Nayarit in MexicoOne of the owners, David, tells us the story of  his journey, along with his close surfer friends,  who created the only authentic Surf Bar just outside Sayulita and 5 Km from Punta de Mita Burro’s Surf action, thus forming Km 5 Surf Bar and Restaurant.

This surf bar looks like a Surf Shack, with sand floors. It’s all about living the surfing dream on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico, and sharing it with others.

The Surfers Dream

“Everything started with the dream. After living in the city we decided to come down to the beach, to find what people think,  just like in the movies. I mean the kind of lifestyle we all want to have. What I am saying, is it’s all about being close to the ocean;  being able to surf every day, hang out with friends, be with our dogs, carrying  our boards, driving with no hurries, enjoying every moment of life, and getting close to nature again. We were forgetting what a sunset is, what being in the water means, and being around the animals in their own environment.

So, when we  find this place, where all of these things happen for real, and we realized that we had to make something in some way to share this feeling to other people. This is when we decided to follow our dream sharing this feeling by giving the people a place where they can enjoy themselves with an incredible view of the mountains and the view of the pacific ocean from the Km 5 Surf Bar and Restaurant  terrace, offering them the best food and drinks ……

Finding My Way to the Riviera Nayarit
I (David) am original form Cuernavaca Morelos, a beautiful town just 40 minutes south from Mexico City. I spent all my life there since I was 7 years old until my 26th  year.  After college, I decided to start creating and living my dream of living at the beach, and surfing all day. I bought an old jeep, adopted a dog from the street, and started on my journey to enjoy life. I took a flight from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta. where I spent my first 5 months looking for job there. Then,  I came to the beautiful Riviera Nayarit.
I moved from PV to Sayulita, and then found a job at the Four Seasons in Punta de Mita, as the front desk agent.  I then moved to the beautiful town of  Higuera Blanca; that was at the end of 2006. I worked for the Four Seasons for 3 years until I decided to come back to Cuernavaca to earn money, so I could came back to the beach and start my own business, and obviously to keep surfing. So after 3 years I did it!  I came back to Higuera Blanca, finding friends that will share the same dream as mine.  (A photo of David at Km 5 Surf Bar top deck for sunset)

Finding Like Minded Friends
I found my good friends Rodo, Carlos and Tony in the awesome and amazing town of San Francisco Nayarit, also known as San Pancho.  Rodo, an amazing human being, with an old soul,  impressed me with such a mystic way of working in the kitchen.  Carlos and Tony, two young guys with a lot of energy and passion for creating new things; a well- rounded sort of good people, impressing people with  amazing kinds of cocktails and teas. I knew we were going to make such a great team together. These great guys are from Guadalajara, Jalisco, and fell in love with surfing and creating this dream together.

Km 5 Surf Bar & Restaurant
We decided to follow our dream together to share this with other surfers and people, being able to surf every morning and live the life of a surfers dream.   The most incredible food prepared by Rodo, looking out over the ocean, and of course offering  surf board rentals.  This is how the Km 5 Surf Bar & Restaurant was founded and created.

From all of us, Rodolfo, Carlos, Antonio and I (David) who are the owners of the Km 5 Surf Bar,  and we look forward to meeting you,  and enjoying your company at the Km 5 Surf Bar and Restaurant, and perhaps catching some morning waves sometime!”

Come and talk surf with David, Rodolfo, Carlos (Charlie) and Antonio at the Km 5 Surf Bar & Restaurant on the Riviera Nayarit; Relocate to Mexico to Surf for Life!





The Joys of Jan at a Bucerias Restaurant

Seth Cloutman, who lived with his partner in Puerto Vallarta, was an amazing connoisseur and creator of delicious foods in many Bucerias restaurants and all over the Riviera Nayarit, and in Mexico. Sadly, Chef Seth Cloutman passed away this year, and this article is in honor of him.
Chef Seth wrote this letter about Chef Jan Benton,who is the Chef at Bucerias restaurant Mark’s Bar and Grill,  about one of their experiences together.


The Joys of Jan

by Chef Seth Cloutman

It is a rare day when I meet another person who shares my enthusiasm for food. Okay, obsession. So imagine my surprise when on a site visit to another chef’s kitchen, I immediately found a kindred spirit and someone whose life revolves around the search for a great combination of flavors or a fresh ingredient not found before. Two weeks ago that is exactly what happened when I met Jan Benton, the Chef de Cuisine of Mark’s Bar and Grill, a Bucerias restaurant in Mexico.

Jan is a native of New Zealand but found herself in many parts of the world before she finally landed permanently in Mexico. One of her earliest training grounds was the family garden in the land of Kiwis. It was there that she developed an intense fascination with fresh, home raised vegetables. That initial education was only further enhanced when she worked in the perfume industry. In her position, it was necessary to take scents and identify them thereby honing her olfactory senses. This only assisted when she finally took to the kitchen.

Living in San Francisco she took up cooking as a home chef. One of her first dishes, one that friends requested again and again, was a Pesto Negro. It was simply a basil pesto with black olives but this was to be the beginning of what would become her
greatest passion. Soon she was hording cookbooks by Charlie Trotter, Nobu Matsuhisa of Manhattan’s famed Nobu Restaurant, Japanese-Australian Tetsuya Wakud of Sydney’s Tetsuya and Judy Rodgers of San Francisco’s Zuni Café to name a few and honing her skills.

Fast forward to Bucerias 1991.
Mark purchased the building which still houses the Mark’s Bar and Grill Bucerias restaurant, and essentially created a hot dog and beer hall where he could hang out with his buddies. Little did he realize that a year later Jan would arrive in town and that they would fall in love. One Valentine’s Day Jan suggested that they do a meal special and see what happened. They purchased 25 pounds of fresh San Blas shrimp, put a sign out on the street and before the Bucerias restaurant closed that evening, they had sold out. At the time such an investment in that much shrimp was a real risk but clearly worth it.

Since this flight of fancy, Jan has been creating menus that dazzle the palate. Her intensity when she discusses food is such a joy. The first day I met her she and I ended up huddled at the end of the bar talking about ingredients and dishes and meals like two little children discussing an upcoming vacation to Disneyland. But what impressed me most was her “food geek” level. I am often accused of being the consummate food geek (I accept this gladly) and to sit down with someone else that has the same leaning was more exciting than I can possible describe. The ability to get so feverish about a certain cooking method or flavor or flavor combination is just not up everyone’s alley.

But for all the talk about food, I had still not tried Jan’s cuisine. I admit I was a little nervous because I did not want to be disappointed. I had found a new friend and I wanted to be as proud of her actual culinary skills as I was about her knowledge and enthusiasm. One of the first things she did when I arrived after we had been introduced was to ask me to come into the kitchen and look at the tuna her fishmonger had just dropped off. As we approached she said nothing but “can you look at this and tell me what you think?” In retrospect, I think she was testing me a bit just as I was about to test her as I bit into one of her creations. Upon seeing the tuna, we both instantly agreed that it was not up to quality so without a moment’s hesitation she rang the fisherman and said, no way. That meant no tuna for that evening menu but she simply would not serve that fish.

The dish she wished me to taste was a toasted coriander seed crusted tuna filet with a wasabi sauce. She asked if I minded trying it with Huachinango (red snapper). Of course I quickly agreed.
When she brought it out the scents were amazing and when I bit into the firm fish, I was relieved not only to be enjoying the delicious flavors but also to have confirmed that not only was my new food geek friend great fun to talk endlessly with about food, but she could cook as well.

Mark’s Bar and Grill is located at Lázaro Cárdenas 56A, Bucerías, Bahia de Banderas,
Nayarit 63732 Reservations are recommended (329) 298 0303

Chef Seth Cloutman

What  a wonderful writer and food enthusiast! He will be dearly missed!
Chef Seth was an inspiring cooking instructor specializing in French cuisine. He used the fresh and local flavors creating delightful food creations from Northern Italy, Spain and of course Mexico.   Seth was the owner of Food by Seth, which provided services as a private chef, wrote a book called Everything Found with Seth, as well as hosted Vallarta’s Culinary Corner cooking show, and was a weekly food columnist for the PV Mirror.  And even more,,  Chef Seth was also the founder of Nuestra Huerta, which means, “Our Kitchen Garden”, which was to create an educational garden for students in Puerto Vallarta about the complete process along with environment and water conservation, and of course how to prepare the food!

Chef Seth was considered by others a “consummate food geek” and loved this role in life. He also donated his time to help children and families in need here in Mexico.  He was dearly loved, honored and appreciated by his family and friends, and everyone that knew him in the restaurant and food industry. Here’s to you Seth Cloutman!

Discover great cuisine at a Bucerias Restaurant, Move to Mexico for Life!


 Authentic Mexican Dishes & Riviera Nayarit Restaurants

Living on the Riviera Nayarit all year allows me the experience of getting to know the many authentic flavors of Mexico, and there are many delicious restaurants in the smaller pueblos that line the Riviera Nayarit.

From Chacala, La Penita, Guayabitos and Lo de Marcos,down to San Pancho, Sayulita and Bucerias and Nuevo Vallarta, you will find different and amazing authentic creations varying in style and price.

Come and visit the Riviera Nayarit; Authentic Mexico where you can discover small towns, cobblestone roads, and great authentic Mexican food!

Cheap Tacos are great, however…..

All over the Riviera Nayarit and all of Mexico, you will find taco carts and stands, selling tacos for about 10 pesos a taco. These taco stands are commonly referred to as “cheap tacos”  because they only cost about 10 pesos per each delicious taco!  You can get adobada, pastor, tongue tacos, some with cow head and seos, (the brain of the cow) and asada beef.  I usually go for the adobada…very tasty, staying away from the brains and head of the cow.  These yummy tacos  are served with all different kinds of sauces, red and green, avocado sauce, limes and radishes. They use Styrofoam plates, covered in plastic so no washing is necessary, since they are out on the street. These tacos are delicious, and every week I venture out at least once for “cheap tacos.
However, sometimes one gets “burned out’ on the “cheap taco’ and needs a little more.

Favorite Authentic Mexico Cuisine Dishes

Many traditional Mexican dishes have indigenous and Spanish influences, making each bite flavorful, healthy and unique. From gourmet Mexican dining to street food, Mexico has a wide variety of dishes that will make your mouth water. Most dishes are served with beans and rice, a small side of salad, and they usually bring chips and salsa to your table. This is a different Mexican dish, a little less traditional, yet super tasty. Fried Avocado in a light panco batter. Very Unique and really delicious creations from Sayulita Restaurant Fuego Grill.

So grab a cold cerveza (beer) or a margarita with a shot of tequila, Mexico’s favorite drink,  and try some of these Authentic Mexican Dishes for yourself! In fact, if you visit the Bucerias restaurant  Miguel Angel Restaurant and Bar in Bucerias, tell Miguel RivieraNayaritFun sent you and receive a free margarita!

Carnitas (kahr-NEE-tahs) – Carnitas, meaning “little meats”, and for that way of cooking the pork. This dish is  made from heavily marbled pork that has been fried and then roasted. The meat is seasoned, shredded, and served in the middle of corn tortillas. In Mexico, all of the food is served with all kinds of toppings set out in front of you to choose from. You can top your carnitas with a combination of cilantro, guacamole, diced onion, salsa, refried beans, radishes and of course, a squeeze of lime.

2. Ceviche (seh-VEE-cheh) – A Pacific Coast dish, ceviche is one of the favorites among national and international diners. Marinated in lime or lemon juice, fresh seafood (fish, octopus, scallops and shrimp) is mixed with cilantro, avocado, garlic, chiles, and red onions tomatoes for a salad or entrée. There is nothing better when it come to Ceviche that is made with the fresh catch of the day in the small fishing villages along the Riviera Nayarit, including at the La Cruz marina which is right next to Bucerias Mexico.
Ceviche dates back to Pre-Colombian civilizations when the Incas marinated their fish in chichi, a fermented beer. The solution cooked the fish, and the dish caught on, so much so that other Latin American countries have their own versions. Peruvian ceviche is served spicy and is supposed to cure hangovers while Ecuadorian ceviche is soupy and is served with popcorn.

3. Chilaquiles (chee-lah-KEE-lehs) – Chilaquiles comes from the Nahuatl word chil-a-quilitl, meaning “herbs or greens in chili broth”. Mexicans really love this dish, and you probably will too! Toasted tortilla chips are baked with chicken, cheese, or scrambled eggs. Chilaquiles are then drizzled with crema (sour cream) and sprinkled with white cheese, chopped onions or cilantro. Like most Mexican dishes, the version you sample is dependent upon the region in which you are dining. Mexico City likes their chilaquiles with a spicy tomato sauce and a topping of epazote. Guadalajara likes their chilaquiles thick and hearty with a lot of tortillas, cream and onion. In Bucerias Mexico they serve their Chilaquiles more like Guadalajara, sometimes served with shrimp or chicken. They say its great for a hangover!

4. Enchiladas Verdes (ehn-chee-LAH-dahs VEHR-dehs) – Enchiladas are loved by Mexican food fans all over the world. Enchilada means “in chile”, and true to its meaning, enchiladas verdes (green) swim in a bold sauce made of boiled tomatillos, Serrano chile peppers and sour cream. Commonly thought of as street food, this hearty comfort food is made up of a shredded chicken stuffed inside a corn tortilla that is either folded in half or rolled. It is then smothered with salsa and topped with crema and white Mexican cheese, which is a little salty.
At home some Mexicans cook their enchiladas by frying the tortillas on a grill with the sauce, and roll very little into the tortilla, served with some cheese sprinkled on top, with avocado and other sides.

5. Ensalada de Caesar (ehn-sah-LAH-dah deh SEH-sar) – Most foodies credit restaurateur Caesar Cardini (1896-1956) for the invention of the salad that bears his name. It was a busy July 4th weekend in 1924 when Caesar ran short of food at his Tijuana restaurant in northwestern Mexico. He whipped together a dressing of garlic, Italian olive oil, imported Parmesan cheese, boiled eggs and Worcestershire sauce. He then poured it over Romaine lettuce leaves and topped the salad with croutons. A few years later, Caesar’s brother and Italian Air Force pilot, Alex Cardini, added anchovies. Today, Caesar Salad is one of the most popular salads in North America. You can find Caesar salads everywhere. Sometimes they cut the Romaine lettuce in small strips instead of the larger pieces found in American restaurants.

6. Mole Poblano (MOH-leh poh-BLAH-noh) – Mole is derived from the Nahuatl word milli meaning sauce or “concoction”. It’s a dark, thick sauce made of unsweetened chocolate, spices, a wide variety of chiles and up to 100 other ingredients such as nuts, bread, cinnamon, sugar, lard, plantains and cloves. This uniquely Mexican sauce is time consuming to make and almost every Mexican home has their own recipe. While we know mole comes from the mountainous city of Puebla, Mexico, there are many legends regarding its creation. Some say it dates back to the 16th century when an Archbishop was visiting the nuns of Convent of Santa Rosa in Puebla de los Angeles. With fervent prayers and much chopping, the sisters made up a concoction of what few ingredients they had in their cupboards and presented their honored guest with this delightfully flavored sauce.
Other food historians believe mole poblano dates back to Moctezuma, the Aztec king. When Moctezuma greeted the conquistadors, who were thought of as gods, he served mole to Cortez. Of course, other theories exist but one thing is for certain, mole is a favorite across the country and internationally, and one of the Riviera Nayarit’s favorite sauces.

7. Pozole (poh-ZO-leh) – The word pozole is taken from the indigenous language Nahuatl meaning “froth”. Passed down from generation to generation, this culinary favorite enjoys a Pre-Columbian history. It is said to have been created in Tonalá as meal for religious purposes. Ingredients included human flesh, but today, pozole is a broth-like soup that is made from hominy and shredded
pork or chicken. Depending upon the region of Mexico, pozole is made to reflect the tastes of the people. For example, in Guerrero, green tomatoes are added. In Michoacán, pork rinds are added. In the State of Nayarit, pozole is made with pork and dried poblano peppers. Once dished, pozole is often topped with lettuce, onion, oregano, radish, lime and of course, chile, making this dish very popular all over the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico.

8. Tamales (tah-MAH-lehs) – Tamales are tasty meals steamed and wrapped inside a banana leaf or corn husk. Ingredients can include beans, meats, tomato, mole, cheese, chiles, potatoes, pineapple, corn and red or green salsa. Tamales date back to the pre-Columbian era when the process of nix-tamalization (the process of field corn with wood ashes) softened the corn for digestion. Tamales are said to have been served by the Aztecs to the Spaniards in the 1550′s. Throughout the centuries, tamales have remained a favorite meal.
You will find the best homemade tamales on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico. Traditionally, the Mexican wives along with their daughters and sisters will make the tamales and the husbands will go out and sell them. Tamales are a lot of work, and it takes at least 3 people to make a lot of them. I buy mine weekly from a guy that drives his small motorbike (with a hot cooler on the back to keep them warm) by my casa yelling out Tamles..pollo..camarone (chicken, shrimp). I pay 10 pesos for each delicious one! YUM! (less than one dollar each.)

9. Torta (TORT-teh) – If you are a sandwich fan, then look no further. The Mexican sandwich, or torta, was first introduced in Puebla, but when you travel the country, you will be treated to all sorts of torta combinations. These sandwiches are made with special Mexican bread called bolillo or telera. Either is cut in half horizontally and spread with bean, avocado, or mayo. Then the fun begins. Other ingredients such as pork, steak, chicken, chorizo, fish or ham. To top off the torta, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, chiles
and salsa can be added. With a quick pass over a grill, and the toasted torta is ready to eat.

Once you’ve discovered your favorite Mexican dish, don’t forget to try a piece of flan  ( Mexican custard),  and other amazing dessert dishes their amazing sweet breads of all kinds, or a cup of traditional Mexican hot chocolate. With such delicious goodness, it’s hard not to become a Mexican food lover.

During the summer season, many restaurants are closed. However, some do say open all year around. Click on these links and discover local and open Riviera Nayarit Restaurnats and  how great food in Mexico can taste! Eating and enjoying delicious food is one of the best things about life!

Visit the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico and discover the amazing variety of restaurants, from the Bucerias beach restaurants, fine American cuisine like Marks Bar and Grill, and the wonderful authentic Mexican restaurants delicious cuisine like Miguel Angel Restaurant and Bar on the Main Plaza in Bucerias, or the most romantic Sayulita Restaruant, O Restaurant

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The Bucerias Art Walk Plaza Movie Nights

Movie Night at The Bucerias Art Walk Plaza has been so successful we are now doing it 2 nights a week right here in Bucerias on the incredible Riviera Nayarit!
This Wednesday Night, June 20th, we will be showing “Big Miracle” starring Drew Barrymore…In small town Alaska, a news reporter recruits his ex-girlfriend, a Greenpeace volunteer, on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.

On Saturday, June 23rd, we will be screening The Descendants starring Academy Award Winner George Clooney.

Special Summer Rates

The Bucerias Art Walk Plaza special summer rates are 30 pesos per ticket (tickets will go up to 50 pesos in the winter). Come to one of these two shows this week and receive a special Local Loco Card which gets you in all winter for 30 pesos.
There is concession stand with popcorn, sodas, water and adult beverages, nothing over 20 pesos. Bring your own beach chair for optimum comfort, sorry no coolers, food or beverages allowed. So, it may be a good idea to eat some dinner at one of the great Bucerias restaurants, and then bring a few pesos for snacks at the movie.
The theater is located at The Bucerias Art Walk Plaza, 62 Lazaro Cardenas, in Bucerias Mexico.
Doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 9pm.
Email us at to reserve a seat!

Dinner Suggestions Before Movie Night

Bucerias Restaurant Matsuri is located on Heroes de Nacozari # 25 in Bucerias Nayarit Mexico. Grazilla and Jose Gonzalez are a happy couple, and you can tell they enjoy what they do by their enthusiasm in their work and for life.
This lovely couple lived and worked in two well  known Chinese restaurants in Seattle Washington, one being Dynasty and the other Pleasant Garden. There they learned the “Chinese secrets of cooking” as well as pretty good English!

You will find the food at Restaurant Matsuri fresh and delicious, fresh, and made to order. Try their tender beef and chicken all for a very low price, especially for the amount of food you receive!
Restaurant Matsuri is located on Heroes de Nacozari # 25 in Bucerias Nayarit Mexico. They are right next to the Registro Civil and two doors down from the Telmex on the same side of the street as the OXXO and Pemex in the lateral.
Restaurant Matsuri is open 6 days a week from 1:00 – 10:00pm, and closed on Wednesdays.
And when you don’t feel like going out, there is nothing better than Matsuri Chinese food to go! 322-102-1317 or 322-118-1166

The Bucerias Library Fundraiser Party

The Bucerias Library “Bilioteca Rey Nayar” is presenting a Fun-Raiser Party sponsored by Sharon Bell and “The Shamrock Bar”. Come and join us for a fun night of games, contests, drink specials, music and much more. Friday evening June 22nd at “The Shamrock Bar” located at the corner of Av. Mexico and Calle Guarrero. Funds raised will go to the purchase of a much needed, new software system to catalog and track all of the library’s reading material. Come and join in the fun and support this important community program. For more information contact us at: or call The Shamrock Bar 298-0464.

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Bucerias Restaurant Matsuri

One of the reasons that makes living in Bucerias a wonderful experience is the variety of Bucerias restaurants, and right here on the lovely Riviera Nayarit in Mexico!  With Greek, Itialain, American/Mexican and todo Mexicana, and along with the Asian varieties, you could literally eat a different cuisine every day! Today, however, I would like to share with you about a wonderful family owned and operated Chinese Bucerias restaurant, Restaurant Matsuri!

Grazilla and Jose Gonzalez are a happy couple, and you can tell they enjoy what they do by their enthusiasm in their work and for life. Their daughter also comes and helps out at the Chinese restaurant, and also works at another store near by. Jose (chef)  and Grazilla (chef and wait staff) lived and worked in two well  known Chinese restaurants in Seattle Washington, one being Dynasty and the other Pleasant Garden. There they learned the “Chinese secrets of cooking” as well as pretty good English, and decided to come to Mexico and share their Chinese knowledge with all of us in Bucerias Mexico.

What’s for Dinner?

When I walked into Matsuri Restaruant, it felt nice and open, clean, and had colorful lamps with lots of red (the color for good luck) and white,  and nice wall hangings. We chose a table in the back by the fish tank. Grazilla is very sweet and brought us very lightly fried wontons with different dipping sauces. They were freshly prepared and quite light and delicious!

I ordered a lemonade without sugar and we decided to start out with ordering soup, as my friend Miguel had the Wonton Soup while I choose the Misoshire Soup, which was  a Miso soup with some soy chunks and mushrooms and bamboo in it.  The soup also came in very large bowls, and could easily be a good lunch, or dinner depending on your appetite. Both soups were delicious; the Wonton Soup having more things to chew on like  vegetable and wontons. We ordered our entree’s next, with my friend ordering the Curry Beef and for myself the Kung Pao Chicken. When the dishes came out the large plates were ‘loaded’ with delicious smelling food.  The vegetables were fresh, even the mushrooms, (which was very nice as a lot of places use canned) and we dug right in! The curry was not overpowering and the beef was very tender and easy to chew! The Kung Pao Chicken had lots of peanuts in a semi-spicy sauce along with an abundance of  vegetables, and I took home what was left for another meal. I had heard about this Bucerias restaurant, but had never tried it before. Both were very good and I will give the entire meal and service a 10, and a big thumbs up!

The Menu

They have a nice variety on their menu with spring rolls, fried rices and usual Chinese fare with shrimp, beef, chicken and vegetables,  as well as BBQ Ribs and a few rolls of Sushi. I think I will try the fried rice and ribs next time!
For their drink menu they serve Ice Tea, orange drink, soft drinks, coffee and hot tea. Their menu is in English and Spanish in a different way. The titles of the food plates are in English, and the description of the food is in Spanish with lots of pictures!

The only thing left to write about are the prices! Soups are 40 pesos for the Rice and Misoshiur soups, and 50 pesos for the Wonton soup. Appetizers are ranging from 45 – 80 pesos for he bigger Matsuri Combination plate, and rices and vegetables and other entree’s range from 60 pesos to 150 pesos. Now, that’s some decent pricing if you ask me!
When you add it all up, 1, Fun and friendly people, 2, great tasting food and 3, really reasonable pricing. That makes 3 great reasons to try the Bucerias Restaruant Matsuri. Oh! Wait! They are open all summer! There is reason number 4.

Location, Location, Location!

Restaurant Matsuri is located on Heroes de Nacozari # 25 in Bucerias Nayarit Mexico. They are right next to the Registro Civil and two doors down from the Telmex on the same side of the street as the OXXO and Pemex in the lateral.  So when your ready for some great Chinese food, give Bucerias Restaurant Matsuri a try. It will be sure to please your palate! And when you don’t feel like going out, there is nothing better than Matsuri Chinese food to go!
322-102-1317 or 322-118-1166

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Great Place to Eat on the Riviera Nayarit

Finding the  perfect place to eat on the Riviera Nayarit is easy, as there are so many Riviera Nayarit restaurants to choose from! Most restaurants offer live music to complement your meal.
Here are some that may tickle your fancy for this Mother’s Day weekend, or any time on your Riviera Nayarit vacation.


Bucerias has many fine restaurants, but this weekend, Sandrina’s Restaurant and Boutique are serving up something very special, along with their delicious Mediterranean and Greek specialties.
The Blond Gypsies (Latcho and Andrea) will be performing their amazing music on Sunday, May 13th.
It is really incredible music and fun entertainment that you will want to be a part of!

About Latcho & Andrea

Latcho & Andrea are European recording artist’s that perform Gipsy Rumba & Flamenco Guitar music, and have recorded eight albums and a DVD chronicling their career.
Having performed internationally, their wild, untamed Gipsy style has been compared to The Gipsy Kings, Ottmar Liebert, Jesse Cook, Manitas De Plata and Willie & Lobo.
Currently living in Puerto Vallarta , Mexico and considered as a world class entertainment in the area, Latcho & Andrea perform in upscale restaurants and private events.
Their gypsy music comes from the soul, goes to the heart.
Latcho & Andrea are available for events and you can check out their website here.


One of the most romantic Sayulita restaurants  is O Restaurant. It is the perfect place for your Mother’s Day weekend as they are serving up a great Mexican or American breakfast along with great selections for lunch or dinner. O Restaurant is located at the south end of the beach, and the tables are ocean side, creating a very romantic setting.  Pricing will surprise you as they are very reasonable!
O Restaurant also specializes in weddings, parties and celebrations of all kinds!
Call for your reservation today. Walk-ins are also welcome at O Restaurant.

San Pancho

Its fun to try something different from the usual Mexican cuisine, and the San Pancho restaurant The Blue Pig BBQ & Blues has the tangy yummy BBQ sauce that keeps you coming back for more!
The Blue Pig has a good variety on their menu, from really tasty blue cheese burgers (really good and huge!), bacon wrapped jumbo shrimps, BBQ chicken, pork and great tasting ribs  making The Blue Pig a must try in San Pancho Mexico. Their side dishes of carrot salad, potato salad and beans are fresh and tasty.  They also have Panini’s Bakery create their special items for desserts!
The Blue Pig BBQ & Blues also has a full bar, and the “Blues” doesn’t stand for nothing….as they have live music every day they are open, which is Thursday through Sunday in the summer season.
Bring all of your friends for a great time at The Blue Pig BBQ & Blues San Pancho restaurant!

Lo de Marcos

Did someone say Italian? Luna Ristorante Italiano, a Lo de Marcos restaurant located on main street on the south side has incredible Italian cuisine. From tasty Lasagna, pasta dishes, salads and great pizza, Luna Ristorante  has a little bit of everything made with the freshest ingredients that will please your palate!
You may bring your own bottle of wine for a small corking fee as well! Enjoy the quiet town of Lo de Marcos, the amazing sunsets and try the delightful Italinan cuisine at Luna Ristorante Italiano  Enjoy!

Rincon de Guayabitos

Vista Guayabitos Restaurant sits above the town on the south end of the beach overlooking the ocean, the town and the islands, creating an amazingly romantic setting that you will want to take your special someone for a fine dining experience this weekend.
The menu serves up a delicious variety of dishes, including Grilled Wood Smoked Mahi Mahi, served with cilantro rice, grilled onions and a fresh tropical salad, or you may want to try the incredible Portuguese style bacon wrapped shrimp in a port sauce, cilantro rice and a fresh tropical salad. With a professional staff, a large menu of the freshest and finest foods and the a romantic ambiance you want with a up-scale dinner,  Vista Guayabitos Restaurant is the place to call for your dinner reservation.

La Penita

Most places have closed down for the summer months, but one place that stays open all year is La Penita restaurant El Rincon Del Arabe which serves a really nice variety of delicious cuisine. The Arabe Restaurant is family owned and operated and Lucy and Haitham Dleusi  who create a great space and tasty food!  They also have really affordable pricing and a lovely garden setting.  They are located just past the end of the main avenida on the left. Enjoy a tasty dinner with friends and loved ones at the El Rincon Del Arabe La Penita restaurant on the amazing Riviera Nayarit.


Chacala restaurant Chacmool Cafe is open all year and has a great variety of good things to eat like burgers, pizza, fresh catch of the day, soups and salads and more! They also have WiFi for your internet needs. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so when you are visiting Chacala Mexico for your vacation, or if you want to venture out and get a beach to yourself, come to beautiful Chacala on the incredible Riviera Nayarit and stop in at Chacmool Cafe!

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