Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Week

Celebrating 10 years, Vallarta Lifestyle’s Restaurant Week is back featuring more of the Bay of Banderas’ incredible restaurants.  From May 15th through May 31st, thirty-six of the region’s most acclaimed restaurants offer three-course menus (with three options each) at a discount. The fixed price menus are two-tiered – $199 pesos or $299 pesos per person and the menus showcase the well-crafted cuisine of these enviable culinary havens.  Whatever type of cuisine you are in the mood for one of these restaurants will fit the bill. You will find some of the best food in Puerto Vallarta at the best price of the year.

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Perennial favorites Cafe des Artistes, Trio, Daiquiri Dick’s, Hacienda San Angel, Mark’s Bar & Grill and No Way José!, among others, are in the upper tier of$299/pp.  Coco’s Kitchen, Archie’s Wok, Barcelona Tapas, El Arrayán , Vitea, Bravos and others offer their menus at $199/pp.

Take Restaurant Week as a culinary challenge, one that is none to difficult, but rather will allow you to try restaurants that you have always meant to try but have never gotten around to. Restaurants that you love but haven’t visited in a while.  It is one of those events that are fun, engaging and showcase all the best that Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding areas has to offer. Go ahead. Be bold. Try three a week! Provecho!

Cinco de Mayo in Vallarta

In the minds of many non-Mexicans, Cinco de Mayo (5th of May) signals a day to bust out the sombreros, head out to your local Mexican joint and enjoy some “adult beverages”, namely tequila and cerveza.  Why not? Celebrating Mexican Independence is important and signals to this warm country that they respect and honor their sovereignty.  One small problem… Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence, the September 16th is. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla.  In this battle, an overmatched Mexican army defeated the French, who had invaded the country.  Though its strategic value in terms of war is arguable, the Battle of Puebla symbolized a David vs Goliath moment in the Mexican consciousness.  It became a rallying cry of the strength and ganas (chutzpah) of the Mexican people.
Who doesn’t love it when the underdog wins?  We know we will be celebrating this example of prowess and determination.  We may have a well-crafted Margarita or Mexito (Mojito with tequila) at Fish Shack. Maybe we will saunter beach-front to enjoy a mezcal cucumber concoction at Barracuda’s.  Or maybe we’ll have a frosty Pacífico or the Agave Maria at Los Muertos Brewing.   For some of the best Mexican food head, over to El Arrayán. With this much to celebrate, the possibilities are plentiful in our beautiful Puerto Vallarta. If you decide to celebrate in your home why not do some margaritas popsicles? So many things to do, and too many reasons to celebrate!

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