Life in La Cruz: Exploring and Living in the Now

My passion during slow season is to take time to explore, to try new things and to meet new people and I’ve been doing just that! I checked out new music, I visited two new restaurants I’ve never been to before, we went on an out of town excursion, and I met my kind of people, those who adore La Cruz. ¡Que Bueno!

This past weekend proved, yet again, how La Cruz represents all ages and passions.

On Friday a group of us met at the Green Tomato to hear the Crazy Boys band, which had us dancing the night away to rock and roll tunes. It was packed with locals glad to be out enjoying the music. La Ballena Blanca delivered me wings and deep fried mozzarella sticks to enjoy with my ice-cold tequila and a hamburger to go with Chris’ beer. As we meandered home along the Malecon, we relished the music that followed us back.

The most excellent event of the weekend, and what the entire town heard to the wee hours of Saturday and Sunday was the RHA electronic dance music festival. Headlining DJs came from around the world spinning house and techno music with the marina, the beach and the beautiful Bay of Banderas showcasing not only the event but our piece of paradise as well.  Some of the old-timers called it “New Fangled music” yet La Cruz supported it in more ways than just dancing. Local restaurant’s, too many to mention, fed the crowd. We had the best of all locations, enjoying dinner at Frascati’s, sipping wine at a window overlooking the festivities!

Now is the perfect time to support local artists like Michael Danielson, our local sailmaker, and owner of PV Sails, who in addition to his sail biz is an artist extraordinaire. Mike creates fish prints by using actual fish as the pattern, adding paint and his talents to create art worthy to hang on your wall, after which the fish is served for dinner. He also uses sails no longer in service to create backpacks and functional art pieces for carrying everything from beach blankets to books.

Speaking of Mike, he and Katrina with the support of the Marina Riviera Nayarit are preparing for the Summer Solstice “aka” Summer Sailstice on June 21. It’s a Paddle Board and Umbrella Downwind Regatta, free to participate, with many prizes from local businesses. It’s family fun with some crazy new challenges on the course,por que no? I’ll share details next article, mark your calendars for this fun-filled annual event!

If shopping is your thing, the La Cruz market store reopens on June 18th with many new goodies. This is a great time to contract the artisans to make something special just for you!

This week I’m setting out to learn how to make Pescado Zarandeado; red snapper with a unique sauce. It is common for each family in a fishing village like ours to brag that their recipe is the best. To kick off my research my gal pals and I will share a fish at La Saranderia on the beach. We’ll enjoy with beverages and I’m pretty sure garlic shrimp will be enjoyed too!

It’s important to me, with true Mexican heart, to ask others how they are. I invite you to check in with your neighbours, the clerk at the store, your waiter. Ask how their family is – the most important aspect of most Mexican’s lives. ¿Cómo está tu familia? Likely they’ll say Bien, gracias.

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Cindy Bouchard, an expat Canadian runs a Boutique Hotel, Villa Amor del Mar, in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. She and her husband Chris are living and lovin’ in Vallarta–Nayarit. If you want more info on La Cruz or desire… A very special vacation contact Cindy via