From Here: Extreme Tacos

For those of us who live in Vallarta, the best thing about Season is having old friends visit here for their holidays. For their vacations we get taken out for dinner to places we dream about going to but are either too pricey for us working people or too far away (like past Wal-Mart!) to do it in a timely fashion. There is also the beach that we diligently walk by daily but don’t actually ever sit on it. It’s good to touch base with these places on occasion to remind ourselves of the first things we fell in love with in Vallarta. 

My Beauty Boys Dan and Dave from Florida wanted to meet up for a quick bite before they headed over to the Palm to see Michael Walters as Dame Edna in “Mouth of the Border.” After a disappointing false-start, we ended up at the charming new ‘Don Chava Taqueria Cantina’ on Lazaro Cardenas, right next to Tre Piatti that also happens to own the Taco Stand. (When you make tacos with US Prime rib eye, you may capitalize.) We are planning another culinary event before they head back north. 

Café de Olla that I have not eaten at in years and years was where I met up with Chely Torres and her Uruguayan husband, Gustavo for breakfast. Yes, we stood in line, happily chatting about events since our last get together. Chely is a true Pata Salada, now living in Montreal, Canada, and constantly gifting the flavors of Mexico and Vallarta to radio listeners in Quebec in three languages. Chely works closely with Rudy Salazar, the founder of Cinema Diva here in Vallarta that helps so many Mexican filmmakers become known throughout North America. Keep your eyes here for future developments on the horizon…oh, and the machaca was sensational! 

Bingo continues every Wednesday at Nacho Daddy on Basilio Badillo at 4 pm. It’s all for charity, folks with some valuable prizes and money to be won. Cats, kids, and dogs win every week so take a break from the beach and shopping and join us for some serious fun. Come early to make sure you have a place to sit! 

The first Vallarta Garden Club meeting of the year happens Tuesday, January 8th at 4:30 for cocktails on the terrace at Incanto.  At 5, we will meet the Executive Director of the Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Neil Gerlowski. VGC meetings are open to the public and are an excellent opportunity to meet fellow ex-pats and tourists and to join the Club if you want to. All the lovely plantings in town are due to theVGC so come and be part of our growing community. You may also get tickets for Fiesta del Sol – the best party of the year, at the meeting. They are more than half sold out so put that date – January 22 – in your Christmas present-agenda, and we’ll see you at the meeting.. 

For entertainment previews and reviews see my column “Comings and Goings” in this issue for important updates about our belovedRodolfo and more. 

Be kind to one another and live each day like it’s a brand new year, From Here. 

Marcia Blondin