Tis the Season to Enjoy, Explore and Meet New Folks!

This slow-season I’m committed to try new things and spend time with awesome people. This past couple of weeks I’ve had the best Zarandeado fish, acquired a recipe to make my own, tasted Mezcal and enjoyed the Lucido Burrito, created by Greg Lucido.

Greg retired here with his lovely lady, Mary and their two boys as they call them, their cats. As my mission is to share about the good folks that make up La Cruz I asked Greg about what inspired the burrito and his decision to retire in paradise. He told me they were looking for a place to retire when they went to Panama. Then they went to Roatán and then they came to visit Puerto Vallarta and said, “We might consider here.” They got a call from an agent who told them she had a really good property, sent some pictures and they made an offer but did not get it. They decided to come down for a week and looked at more properties but didn’t really see anything that they liked. Greg looked on the MLS and saw a condo in La Cruz with the most amazing views across the bay and said, “We’ve got to go check this out!” They did their homework and learned that there were quite a few expats living in the area and that La Cruz had a reputation for being a live music center where music often starts between six and eight pm! It was like being in Old Mexico but being able to see familiar faces where most people speak English. They bought that condo taking time to settle in and have made many new friends and are thrilled to call it home.

What surprised Greg the most in moving to La Cruz was the friendliness of the expats and the locals living here, the very reasonable cost of living and that he ordered burritos several times and didn’t like a single one of them. Being from Southern California near Los Angeles there are a great number of Mexican restaurants with one particular burrito that he liked at a small mom-and-pop chain call El Ranchito. He told me “It’s a ‘wet’ burrito and this one had a unique flavor so we would always go back for it. During our pre-move trips we visited many places to listen to music and enjoy a meal. Octopus Garden was one of our favorites and we became friends with Alfredo and Marichuy and told them about the burrito that we missed from home. Alfredo said “Bring me the recipe and we will see if we can make it!” Getting the recipe was difficult and experimenting ensued until the tantalizing creation was added to the menu. It has evolved with two choices of sauce or you can have a little of both, known as divorced. Be sure to say hi to Greg who’ll likely be at a table beside you on Taco Tuesday.

Summer Solstice “aka” Summer Sailstice, June 21, 2018 is sure to be as fun as ever.  Join local La Cruz’ers for the Umbrella Downwind Race at Marina La Cruz. Boats might be put away for hurricane season but paddleboards, dinghy’s, umbrellas and your imagination are all you need; simply something that floats and an umbrella! Contact Mike at PV Sailing for more details or Katrina at Marina La Cruz 322 183-3843.

Take it slow, linger and explore your neighbourhood.

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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 cindy@VillaAmordelMar.com