Archive | March, 2010

de Santos & Si Señor, Puerto Vallarta

26 Mar

Puerto Vallarta has an amazing culinary scene.

I had the pleasure of eating at some amazing restaurants. I especially loved de Santos, located right off The Malecon and owned by Alex Gonzalez, drummer for the Mexican rock band Maná. If it sounds familiar to those stateside, Gonzalez recently opened another location in the West village on 10th Street. When we took our seats, we were presented with a complementary bottle of their house wine from Chile and a delicious shrimp appetizer. We could have dined on those alone, but who could resist their signature seafood paella, portobello mushroom explosion, and lobster ravioli? Not us!

I also really loved Si Señor…


…un tipico restaurante mexicano housed in the most exquisite building on the hills above The Malecon.


It was a perfect evening so we dined on the terrace over delicious food (I had the tacos de langosta)…

Mariachi…


And Margaritas!


One of the owners, Lalo, joined us for a drink after our meal and I got to ask him about the restaurant and the dining scene in Puerto Vallarta. Here’s what I found out from Lalo:

Favorite Dish at Si Señor? Chilles Rellenos
Favorite Drink? Blended Margarita with Don Julio Tequila
Favorite Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta (besides your own, of course)? Cafe des Artistes (next door)
The Roosters?: We are not the first to ask! Surprised by interest, though nevertheless eager to please customers, they have been known to sell some of their signature metal roosters from storage. Sadly there are none left and I’ll have to find my souvenir elsewhere!


Puerto Vallarta

24 Mar




Deep Cove, British Columbia

15 Mar

It was the last hurrah of Winter. My honey and I set out to Deep Cove, a village full of ghosts with a heritage society that harbours a dark secret. That is, in our imaginations!

Located on the North Shore at the entrance of Indian Arm off Burrard Inlet, Deep Cove is the perfect kayaking spot and I can’t wait to return once the weather gets warmer!


Chocolate Covered Strawberries

10 Mar


The ancient Maya worshiped chocolate as a gift from the heavens. The Aztecs revered chocolate, reserving it for the elite of society. The Europeans feared chocolate, a dangerous drug served up in hotbeds of sedition.

The seductive history of chocolate makes this sensory pleasure all the more sensual! There is nothing more indulgent than strawberries dipped in dark chocolate infused with Grand Marnier. Well…maybe served with a nice Cava!

Ingredients:

  • Heavy Cream, 6 tablespoons
  • Orange Zest, 1 teaspoon ( I like to use blood oranges)
  • Semisweet Chocolate, 1 cup
  • Ground Coffee, 1/2 teaspoon (I like to use Starbuck’s Verona)
  • Grand Marnier Liqueur, 3 tablespoons
  • Light Corn Syrup, 2 tablespoons
  • Strawberries, 1 pint

Chocolate Covered Strawberries:

  • In a metal bowl set over simmering water, heat cream and orange zest.
  • Add chocolate, coffee, Grand Marnier, and corn syrup and stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Dip strawberries in chocolate.
  • Lay chocolate covered strawberries on a parchment lined baking sheet and let harden in the freezer.
  • Voilà! Enjoy!

While preparing these tiny temptations I had visions of stealing away to Paris to study at Le Cordon Bleu!

Apple Fritters

9 Mar


This delicious recipe comes from The Pioneer Woman.

Ingredients:

  • All-Purpose Flour, 2 cups
  • Sugar, 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons
  • Baking Powder, 2 1/4 teaspoons
  • Salt, 1 1/4 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon, 2 teaspoons
  • Eggs, 2 large
  • Milk, 3/4 cup
  • Vanilla, 2 teaspoons
  • Butter, 2 tablespoons
  • Apples, 2, peeled and diced
  • Confectioners Sugar, to taste for dusting

Apple Fritters:

  • First Bowl: Combine seived flour, sugar, baking powder cinnamon, and salt.
  • Second Bowl: Beat eggs and add milk, melted butter, and vanilla.
  • Add first bowl to second bowl until just combined.
  • Add apples.
  • Heat a couple inches of oil over medium heat.
  • Add teaspoons of batter and let sizzle, turning as needed.
  • Remove and dust generously with confectioners sugar.

Sakura and Sake

7 Mar


Quiero hacer contigo
Lo que la primavera hace con los cerazos.

I want to do with you
What Spring does to the cherry trees.

Pablo Neruda


I distinctly remember weeping in the cinema while watching Il Postino, the Italian twist on Cyrano de Bergerac that turned me into a true romantic and adorer of Pablo Neruda at the tender age of nine. The arrival of the cherry blossoms always makes me think of that day in the cinema- the first time I felt the weight of something truly beautiful.


Today was a glorious day for our sakura viewing party! My honey and I welcomed Spring with Sake beneath the cherry blossoms at Stanley Park. I love Hakutsuru’s Sayuri (Little Lily) Sake! Just as its name suggests, Sayuri is a delicate, sweet Sake that pairs perfectly with a sakura viewing. I should mention that I have a real sweet spot for Nigori sake- there’s something so dreamlike about its ephemeral cloudiness!


The perfect end to a perfect day: watching the swans as the sun sets.

Looking Forward to in March

4 Mar
18 March: Puerto Vallarta

20 March: Spring