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Living in Paradise: Great Friends and Good Food
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April 11, 2011
This edition of Living in Paradise is dedicated to the loving memory of Elizabeth Taylor, a great actress, and Vallarta's greatest promoter.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Elizabeth Taylor, one of the last stars to come from the old Hollywood studio system, died of heart failure in Cedars-Sinai Hospital on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. She was 79. This edition of Living in Paradise is dedicated to her Loving Memory...

On Sunday, March 27th, 2011 Puerto Vallarta residents, visitors, and friends gathered at the Los Arcos Amphitheater, for a Velada Luctuosa, or sorrowful evening, celebrating the life of Elizabeth Taylor, a great actress, but also Vallarta's greatest promoter.

People who met and knew Elizabeth Taylor were on hand to tell their stories. In 1964, when John Huston hand-picked Mismaloya for the filming of The Night of the Iguana Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor's love affair put Puerto Vallarta on the map as a major tourist destination.

Just a few months after filming ended, and a month before their marriage, Richard bought Casa Kimberley, in the Vallarta hills, as a birthday gift for Elizabeth's 32nd birthday. A couple of years later, Richard bought the house across the street, and the two homes were connected by a pink bridge. In 1990, several years after Richard died; Elizabeth sold the Casa Kimberley complex, saying the "memories made her too sad..." She never spent a night there again.

It has been over four decades since Elizabeth Taylor came to Puerto Vallarta; however time has not diminished the memory of these famous lovers in our hearts and minds. Puerto Vallarta says goodbye to its most famous Daughter, we will keep her memory and stories close to our hearts, for now and forever...

Living in Paradise also hit the streets to find the taco stand that served the best tasting and safest breakfast on the streets of Puerto Vallarta. We wanted to see what locals eat for a quick breakfast, and what we found will surprise and delight you. Local Mexican's don't eat a typical breakfast of bacon, eggs, and toast. Their breakfast is much tastier and heartier.

One traditional breakfast food is called Carnitas. In its basic form, it is simply deep fried pork, but if you take a closer look you will find a tradition of skilled artisans preparing this Mexican delicacy for hungry customers heading off to work or recovering from a long night of partying.

We took this opportunity to learn how to prepare (and eat!) this delicacy at the best street stand in Vallarta. Eating Carnitas for breakfast is a local tradition, and we will show you how you can experience this for yourself.

If you would like to try El Chaparro Carnitas, the stand is on the corner of Francisco Villa and Berlin. They are open Tuesday through Sunday from 7 am till they sell out. Most every taxi driver in town knows where the Carnitas El Chaparro stand is located, "Chaparros" has been a part of the community for over 25 years.

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Living in Paradise, a video series that highlights all of the interesting people, places, and events that Puerto Vallarta has to offer, is sponsored by El Dorado Restaurant, Bar and Beach Club on Puerto Vallarta's famous Playa de Los Muertos. For more information, click HERE. To make your reservations, visit or call (322) 222-4124.

Click HERE to see more Living in Paradise videos.