Bucerias Mexico Non Profit Community News

Every Day is a blessing here in Bucerias Mexico and the Banderas Bay.  This sunset on Tuesday evening overlooking the Banderas Bay to the Marietta Islands was absolutely spectacular, again! With the Christmas holidays coming towards us quickly, Bucerias Mexico nonprofit groups are getting their groove on with fundraisers to generate presents for the kids and monies and food that will be donated to families helping to create happier holidays and life throughout the year. I will say that feeding people is one of the most important things we can do to help another human being. Food is necessary for not only physical health, but also mental health and emotional stability.

Another wayone can help when flying down from Canada; West Jet allows 1 extra suitcase per person for humanitarian aid.  What is needed right now is gently used clothing for children and adults and school supplies. There is an orphanage in Valle that was recently opened with 188 children of all sizes and ages could really use the donation of clothing. Clothing also goes to the La Fuente church and the Tercera Edad Senior Center in Bucerias. If you need a inexpensive suitcase for this try a second hand store. You can find one for around 6 bucks! And leave it in Mexcio! Please contact Sandi Nystrom who heads up the John Ozzello Memorial Food Bank. Sandi  would be happy to get your donations where you would like them to go.

Children’s Christmas Program A huge fundraiser will be held at the Drunken Duck on Mon, December 8, 2pm – 6pm supporting the 21st Bucerias Children’s Christmas Program with over 1200 gifts given every year. The program also hands out generously donated candy bags to all the children. Mothers and grandmothers are also gifted with Crown Royal bags filled with hotel type soaps, shampoos and lotions. Donation: $200 Pesos plus all the raffle tickets you want to buy! Food, drinks available plus a great band. Tickets: Yo Yo Mo’s Sports Bar 40 Ave. Mexico – Bucerias Jan and Jennie Roden: 322- 222- 5101 xmasinbucerias@gmail.com Visit the little Catholic church on the arroyo (east side of Carretera 200) at 3 or 4 pm on Christmas Eve (Dec 24) to see the distribution of the gifts! You won’t believe your eyes!! I was able to participate in this event and it was incredible!  It really is truly amazing.

Another fundraiser coming up for the John Ozzello Food Bank is the 4th Annual Chili Cook Off in Bucerias on December 10th. If you think you make a great pot of chili step up to the plate and enter your chili in this contest! This year the Chili Cook Off will benefit the John Memorial Food Bank. They will be supplying the tables and chairs, cups, utensils and napkins. All you need to do is bring your best chili Wednesday, December 10th to 62 Lazaro Cardenas. Please register now at TheBuceriasChiliCookOff@gmail.com.  There will also be live music by Brit and Esteban, and adult beverages to cool down those chili flames.

The Amigos de Bucerias A.C. does a whole heck of lot for the Bucerias community, and I wanted to expand on that a bit in this article this week. The Amigos de Bucerias, A.C. is a Mexican registered civil association composed of members called “amigos” which reside mostly in Bucerias and unite to make Bucerias a good place to visit, work and live.
Their Mission Statement:
The civil association Amigos de Bucerias, A.C., is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the quality of life in Bucerias, in cooperation with all residents, elected and appointed officials, business leaders and visitors.”
Some of the projects they work on are the Beach Cleanup, Recycling Program, Paws and Claws, Special Needs Fund, Street Lights and also help support the John Ozzello Memorial Food Bank. Other organizations they help out with are the Bucerias Children’s library, Biblioteca Rey Nayar, Human Connections, Manos de Amor (Bucerias orphanage) and the Tercera Edad Bucerias Senior Center.
The Tercera Edad Bucerias Senior Center has recently built a large chicken coop for eggs.  Here is a small excerpt from the amigos webpage written by Amigo president Ronnie Barker, “When President Cirino told us of his plans to have a hen coop, we said, sure, go ahead, thinking, aw, sweet. But he and his seniors had bigger ideas – much bigger ideas! Using the balance of monies raised from selling crafts at the market \the Mexican ladies cooking demos, they bought the materials and the seniors set to with a will – and during the heat and the humidity of the summer, that is really something. Even as they were building, they were already acquiring some stock – provided by Manny Venegas, really cute little Easter card type chicks all yellow and fluffy chirping around.” Read the rest of the article on their webpage link:
http://amigosdebucerias.org/featured/whats-happening-at-the-tercera-edad/) Since then the cute little chicks have grown up to be great egg laying hens, which means lots of eggs for people to eat!  Unfortunately, they had some issues with the last rain and lost about 60 of the now egg laying chickens due to an unfinished roof. Black plastic had been donated, but just could not hold up to the last heavy rain this November 11th. If you would like to find out how you can help the Bucerias Tercera Edad Senior Center or other projects, please contact the Amigos de Bucerias on their web site at AmigosdeBucerias.org. Their page is filled wonderful community stories, information on immigration, plates for your car and information to things that folks may need when coming to Bucerias Mexico. Cruise around and check it out. You too can become an “Amigo”. Join us at one of the monthly breakfast meetings at Ixta Restaurant every fist Saturday of the month at 9am, or send an email to amigosdebuceriasac@gmail.com  Cost for membership is 250 pesos.  Thanks for all you do Amigos!

BEACH CLEAN-UP PROJECT Riviera Nayarit and Bahia de Banderas Turismo Municipal are starting a program to clean the beaches and also have recreational fun afterwards. The Bucerias Mexico Beach Clean up begins this Saturday 29th at 8:00 am on the Bucerias Beach along the arroyo at the Kissing Bridge. We will be cleaning the playa,  and after will be having  fun with music, DJ’s , Football and Volleyball on the beach. If folks show up this could be a monthly event. You will see tables and shade tents or umbrellas set up. Hopefully this will turn into a monthly beach clean up. With the Ananda Yoga / Amigos clean up day on the second Saturday each month,  this would add to that and be very awesome! Please join in.

Adults can finish their Primary or Secondary level Literacy….
Spread the word! Tell your maids/gardeners/shop and restaurant staff – whoever …there is a new Government campaign run by INEA (Instituto Nayarita de Educacion para Adultos) – for adults to finish their primary or secondary level literacy – and it’s absolutely FREE ! 

New Events on the Bucerias Mexico Calendar  / La Cruz Mexico Calendar

There is a new Bucerias Mexico Restaurant called Esquina 22 Bar and Lounge. They are located on 22 Mexico ave. (where the Shamrock use to be.) The owners of the building, Alan and Arturo, decided to open Esquina 22 Bar and Lounge (esquina means corner) and have completely redecorated with charming, soft relaxing colors that welcome you. A casual atmosphere where you feel great in a pair of shorts or a bit more dressed up. Their claim is to be a “no frills – gastro” restaurant wher

e you can enjoy top of the line cuisine with a good pricing. As owners of the property, and operators of Esquina 22, this allows them to pass on the savings to you keeping pricing very reasonable. My friends and I stopped in to try some of their 65 peso mojito and mescal cocktail specialties and we loved them! We are looking forward to trying
out their extensive menu of twice baked potatoes and 9 oz filet mignon and tuna as well. Stay tuned for their entire page coming soon on the allBuerias.com site with their full menus and pricing.
Fun daily happy hour and food specials, along with live music on Tuesday with the Latin vibes with “ Piel Canela”, A trio of guitar music and tambores (drums) from Puerto Vallarta playing from 8-11pm. Fridays live music is with the  ”Duo Enlace Musical” from 9pm to 12am. Enjoy the beautiful music of piano and voice. They are also offering several kinds of imported beers that one does not see very often in Bucerias.  Check out their daily food specials, as well as two Happy Hour Specials of -2X1 National Drinks from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and a Bucket of 5 national beers for $100 from 9:00pm to 11:00pm. Esquina 22 are also serving a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner for 199 pesos. Doors are open from 4pm – 12am.

Bucerias Mexico Celebrates Grey Cup
Annual Grey Cup Party at Breakers!
 Come out to Breakers Beach Club this Sunday, November 29th starting at 4:30 to enjoy our Annual Grey Cup Party!  We will have four TVs playing the game so you can choose to watch the game while enjoying the warm ocean breeze and beautiful ocean view.  We will have a special Grey Cup menu as well as featuring our new BBQ stuffed burgers and salad buffet for only $120 pesos. Choose between hamburgers stuffed with either bacon and cheese or mushrooms and blue cheese. We are located at #15 avenida del pacifico, two blocks north of the main square in Bucerias.  We also also serve Tim Hortans coffee and smoothies every morning  on the play at 9am. 

Bucerias Art Gallery & Studio hosts Puerto Vallarta artist, Oscar Hyle for a “Meet and Greet” Dec. 4th at 7pm during the Thursday Bucerias Art Walk. Oscar, though only 22, boasts a full resume. You will find many of his Urban Murals throughout P.V. such as ‘A Tomatlense Beach’ on Allende Street or “Windows on Vallarta” on Francisca Rodrgiguez.
“We are thrilled to have Oscar as our Featured Guest Artist” says, Floydilou, owner of the
gallery located at 60 A Lazaro Cardenas. “He is a conscientious artist continuously honing his craft in various mediums. The meet and greet will give the community here an opportunity to see what a fine young and talented man he is.”

La Cruz – Pub Britannia ..I am slipping this La Cruz info in as they have a brand new band playing the best of rock ‘n’ roll coming in on Wednesday nightswith Mike Curlette and Marty Lynch. Fun dancing music….the best of rock and roll….beginning at 7pm.  Dinner specials tonight Nov, 26th re are Creamy chicken curry 90 pesos, Shrimp burger 80 pesos and 2 small cottage pies 185…..drink specials too! Wednesday FUN at the only Castle on the Banderas Bay! See you at Pub Britannia!

Please check the allBucerias.com calendar and allLaCruz.com calendar  for the weekly entertainment, live music, specials and fundraisers.  Visit our FACEBOOK page the https://www.facebook.com/allrivieranayaritfun  for local live music and food specials. events and Bucerias Mexico non profit  fun, as well as a bit of national news and updates. Give us a Like while you’re at it!
Thanks for reading. If your looking for a fun tour, fishing boats ….and the fish are running! (catch guaranteed!), Mariettas, Altavista Petroglyphs, Boca to La Animas beach hike, or  looking for a casa rental for this season or next season, please contact me directly at Cat@RivieraNayaritFun.com . I will connect you with the very best with the lowest pricing and discounts possible! A thank you out to Ronnie for the  Tercera Edad Bucerias Seniors Center photos.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving and Riviera Nayarit vacation! We are so blessed to be here!
Have a super week! AHO!
Cat Morgan
Cat Morgan is owner of the RivieraNayaritFun.com Network and NewEnergyConsciousness.com .

Enjoy the fun and blessings received from supporting the Bucerias Mexico Non Profit
events on the amazing Banderas Bay and Riviera Nayarit. 


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
emailing cmaruk@hotmail.com
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!


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!


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 thebuceriasartwalkplaza@gmail.com 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: bibliobucerias@gmail.com 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

Discover delicious Bucerias restaurants on your Riviera Nayarit vacation, move to Mexico for life!



Cinco De Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo Riviera Nayairt Mexico! Its another beautiful day on the Riviera Nayarit.
Even though this day is not Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually on September 16th, this day is more celebrated nationwide in the United States,  and it celebrates the Mexican heritage and pride and to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War as well as celebrating regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla. There the holiday is called El Dia de la Batalia de Puebla, which means The Day of the Battle of Puebla.
In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over the French  at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Sequin.

Bucerias and Riviera Nayarit Fun in May

RivieraNayaritFun.com offers every business a Free for Life Internet Business Listing. RivieraNayaritFun.com is the “Mother”  and acts as an umbrella  for the all of the town websites, funneling traffic to the right town. There are 6 town websites so far, from AllChacala.com to AllSayulita.com, with a total of 12 when completed.  (whew! ) And, I am so very excited to tell you that the next town website is AllBucerias.com, and is being created now! It is a first come first serve basis for the free listing list.

Your free listing will go under the paid advertising with your business name and contact information. Click on this link, fill out two very easy and short forms (English and Spanish) and confirm on your email! Only a few minutes for a free listing for your rental or business!
You may also email me photos of your business for the Bucerias Photo Gallery! :)
to Cat@RivieraNayaritFun.com. Thanks!!

I Need Help Please!!

I would also like to put out there that I am looking for  bloggers or writers that would be interested in trading for advertising, and I am also looking for local sales staff as a paid position throughout the Riviera Nayarit. I do not normally advertise for myself on this site, but I need HELP! :)
I do love to blog about the businesses that  advertise, and I work hard so you can be found via blogging and linking on the Mother site (Riv-nay), blogging and linking on the town sites as well as pictures (that I tag with keywords) making for several ways to be found easily in the search engines. I also allow you to link to your websites, facebook and anything else you have created!
If you have any questions, please contact me at Cat@RivieraNayaritFun.com or you may call me at 322-728-6897. I look forward to meeting soon.
I wish you many blessings of abundance! and thank you very much for your consideration, time and energy!  Cat Morgan


The La Cruz Sunday Market

This Sunday marks the last day of the La Cruz Market, so get down to La Cruz and enjoy the fresh produce and the organic delights and foods, as well as the local vendors with art and jewelry,  blankets and other fun items. Its the last chance until next season…so see you this Sunday!

Riviera Nayarit Magical Tours
The Chica Locca is a 60 foot tri-maran that is docked at the La Cruz Marina in Banderas Bay. They offer all inclusive tours all year! That means that your transportation, breakfast, lunch, and a full open bar are all included, which allows you to let go of any thoughts or worries and let the Chica Locca crew handle all of the details. Come and enjoy a day on the ocean kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling or fishing…or all four!  It will be the best vacation day on your vacation!


The Monday Bucerias Market will run through May.
The Bucerias Monday market will stay open and the vendors will still come if folks will come and buy! Its the way things work, so visit the Bucerias Monday Market and lets keep the market open through May by supporting the vendors!

Contemporary Local Dancer Adriana Quinto

 Adriana Quinto’s new Contemporary Dance Performance “Estratégia de la Ruptura” tells talks of loneliness and love and other stories of every day life to the rock music of Pink Floyd, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Janis Joplin and more.

Her dance company , which includes her students, present small varied dances in solo’s and groups. Adriana Quinto believes that in teaching dance, one needs to allow a dancer to develop in their own ways and expressions, which allows the students to unfold and be  unique dancers with applied instruction.

Upcoming performances include:

  • Sunday, May 6, 9 pm, Los Arcos (selections of the entire production)
  • Friday, May 11, 7:30 pm, Cecatur Auditorium, Zaragoza & Matamors, El Centro (complete production)
  • Thursday, May 24, Los Arcos (complete production, time to be announced)

More Great Reasons to Eat at a Bucerias Restaurant!

Bucerias is a small town packed with a lot of fun and interesting things to do. The restaurants are all moving to their summer pricing and have some really great deals for the summer for food and drinks! (Marcos holding tequila at Breakers Bar on the playa)  Because of its location, Bucerias has the best of the small town feeling and Mexican culture as well being so close to Puerto Vallarta…about 25 minutes, making other activities close and convenient.  Bucerias Mexico is also becoming very well known for the excellent Kite Boarding due to the windy afternoons.  Great beaches for swimming and walking,  fishing, and close to the La Cruz Marina for tours, plays, musical culture and great Bucerias restaurants and bars, Bucerias Mexico has the best of all worlds on the amazing and beautiful Riviera Nayarit.

SAIYA Asian Restaurant

Saiya is offering delivery service to anyone who wants to pay the taxi driver…no other charges other than the great cuisine of course! The minimum order for take out service is 300 pesos. Or, just come on into the restaurant and pick up any order, no problem!

Saiya Restaurant also has catering service available for meetings and parties. It’s nice to know they are staying open all summer long! And they have delivery! Which will come in handy in the rainy season!  Thanks Chef Emi!
So, when you feel like fresh Asian cusine, and the best Pad Thai, Chef Emi of Saiya is here to serve you right in Bucerias! You can find them at calle Hidalgo #3, Av.mexico and Av. Pacifico Bucerias Centro.

YoYo Mo Restaurant and Bar

Yoyo Mo has brought back his Summer Specials. It’s back – “Loco for Locals” at Yoyo Mo’s. $25.00 peso drinks – major brands! That’s right! Smirnoff, Bacardi, El Jimador, Malibu, Kahlua and Oso gin for just $25 pesos every day and night. But Wait! There’s more! We’ve dropped the price on all sizes of pizza. Get a 3 topping (that’s mozzarella, pizza sauce, plus three toppings of your choice) for $60 Small, $100 Medium, $125 Large and $150 X Large. That’s right! 4 people can eat for just $150 pesos! Watch the IIHL World Hockey Championships, the Euro Cup and the 2012 Summer Olympics at Yoyo Mo’s.

The Drunken Duck

Summer is special at The Drunken Duck. Open Wednesday through Sunday and now licensed to serve until 2:00AM. Live music every day. Highballs are just $25 pesos – vodka, rum, gin, brandy, tequila and Kahlua. Bucket of 5 beer for $95.00. Buy a 1 liter bottle of Smirnoff, Bacardi, El Jimador or Malibu (750ml) for $500 including 6 cans of mix and ice. That’s less than $25 pesos a drink for name brand products.
Check out the summer menu at The Duck. Everything is $50 pesos! Quarter pound Angus beef cheeseburger with fries, quarter pound all beef Costco hotdog with fries, our California style burritos, and everything else, for just $50 pesos.
The Drunken Duck. Eat, Drink, Party.

The Luna Lounge

The fun times in Bucerias are still happening at The Luna Lounge (Ave. Mexico #27, El Centro).
With live music on Fridays, with NO COVER CHARGE! everyone is still coming and having a great time! Come on in for some great music and dancing and check out the bar specials!

Encore Restaurant on the Beach in Bucerias

Here are some of  the Encore Summer specials at their beachfront Bucerias restaurant.
They are open all Summer long from 9am to 10pm and only closed on Tuesdays, Encore serves a great breakfast special for only 50 pesos of bacon or sausage and eggs or Huevos Rancheros for only 60 pesos! Or you may want to try their yummy Smoked Salmon and Eggs Benedict..only 90 pesos or a great Rib Eye Steak and eggs for 120 pesos.

All dinners are 20% off for the spring and summer months! :)

Encore presents international song stylist and jazz vocalist, Ms. Armi Grano and the fabulous Dejazz Trio on Wednesday nights from 7:30 pm. Take advantage of this show as it will only last depending on your support. Ms. Grano also sings Thursday to Sunday evenings. This is a bonus treat as most restaurants have already cut down on their live entertainment. “Dejazz Trio” is composed of Eduardo Rubio on keyboard, Danny Lopez on drums, Javier Nunez on bass. You will love their smooth jazz sound and Latin beats with their own original arrangements.
For  Reservations  please call 329-298-0140.

 Enjoy your Riviera Nayarit vacation, relocate to Mexico for life!


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