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New Study Finds Americans Still Have Harsh Feelings Toward Tequila
Tequila! What comes to mind when you hear the word? You may think about margaritas, doing shots while on vacation or at college spring break. If the mere mention of the word turns your stomach upside-down, you're not alone.
Night Beat: Get Wet at Aquah
BanderasNews videographer Laura Gelezunas and reporter Oscar Cruz visit Aquah Strip and Lingerie Club in Marina Vallarta, an adult entertainment venue where you'll find fabulous women and impeccable service in an atmosphere like no other.
Bluegrass Music in Puerto Vallarta?
If while meandering along the River Cuale recently, you've heard a foreign but familiar twang and wondered what it was, the answer is Blue Darlin', a local Bluegrass duo that plays at Café Roma's free open Mic night most every Friday night.
Beer Name's Drug Ties Raise Controversy
A Mexican business owner's association has objected to the marketing of a beer named after a legendary outlaw known as the "patron saint" of drug traffickers.
Three Things Before Buying Cuban Cigars
You know what I think is the best place for cigars? It is the cool and calm country of Cuba. Cubans have been rolling the best Cuban cigars in the world for hundreds of years. It is part of their history, their culture, their lifestyle. Just like each country has one thing they are totally fond of, for Cuba it is cigars.
Ujena Jam 2008 Underway in Puerto Vallarta
More than 180 models and photographers from eight countries are in Puerto Vallarta this week for the world’s largest live swimwear model and photographer search, the 24th Annual Ujena Jam, and the BanderasNews team caught the opening ceremony on video.
Collector Obsessed by Tequila
Ricardo Ampudia cradles the bottle of tequila like a baby. It is, after all, a rare "presidential" tequila - a bottle commissioned by former Mexican leader Jose Lopez Portillo when he was elected in 1976.
Spirit of Mexico Packs a Bite in Every Bottle
The cast members of the 1964 film The Night of the Iguana were the first to introduce tequila to the US, distiller Doug French, owner of Scorpion Mezcal, explains as he ferries our small group in a 1970s Dodge van to his operation on the outskirts of Oaxaca City in southwest Mexico.
Route 200: A Good Old Fashioned Biker Bar
Route 200 is a good old fashioned biker bar in Nuevo Vallarta where you can always find some bikes out front no matter what day it is - and great food and cold beer also make it a favorite gathering place for locals and tourists.
Music, Flavor and Nostalgia Debut Together in '100 Years of Mexican Music'
Tequila 100 Anos pays tribute to Mexican pride and tradition with a unique exhibit that gathers singers, songwriters, and performers who contributed to make memories and leave a footprint on both Mexico's history and world history.
Expo Sexo Mixes Business With Pleasure
The 2008 Sex & Entertainment Fair was touted on billboards across Mexico City as 300,000 square feet of “pure sex,” an erotic twist on Mexico’s chaotic market culture and affinity for spectacles.
Catch the Rhythms of the Night
Vallarta Adventures' Rhythms of the Night tour transforms the tropical beach hideaway of Las Caletas into a magical paradise where one of Mexico's most innovative contemporary dance troupes will take you on a journey through time.
1st Festival de Salsa Fiesta Latina Puerto Vallarta 2008
The multicultural destination of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico will soon host the 1st annual Salsa Festival "Fiesta Latina." Scheduled to start at 7 pm on May 4th at Sr. Frog's, Venustiano Carranza #218 in the Romantic Zone, this "Latin Party" is just one of the many cultural events scheduled this May.
All's Well That Blends Well
Cocktails are tres chic again, so with spring finally here you might want to stock up on celebratory spirits. The premium and deluxe categories are at the heart of the trend: Both have enjoyed a recent surge in sales.
The Magic of Siempre Sol
The first time I saw Sol perform I didn't know he had a stage show. I was having dinner at Café Bohemia watching this charismatic character weaving everyone on this patio restaurant into one big family having a party in his back garden.
Fever, First New Show At Newly-Owned Theater, is a Huge Success
A full theater of friends, fellow actors and theater-goers cheered on Mikki Prost at the opening of her very "hot" show, Fever!, at the newly-owned Santa Barbara Theater in Puerto Vallarta.
Sexy Latinas Look for Love with White Americans
Latina girls are far more sexy than latino men which explains why more latina women are being woed by rich Americans who treat their ladies far better than pig headed latino men.
New Owner at Santa Barbara Theater
A new owner, Ann Marie Daminus, takes over Santa Barbara Theater, 351 Olas Altas, effective April 1, 2008. Local performer Mikki Prost will manage the theater for Ann Marie. T.J. Hartung, with local theater background, also will help out Mikki.
de Santos - THE Place To See and Be Seen
Gary R. Beck
BanderasNews food writer and restaurant reviewer, Gary R. Beck, checks out the culinary creations and after hours action at THE place to see and be seen in Puerto Vallarta - the fashionable and very popular de Santos Restaurant.
Pacifists, Poets and Pizza at Café Roma
March 19th is an International day of commemoration of the 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. At 7 pm in Cafe Roma, a one-hour film will be presented about the American poet and pacifist William Stafford. This free event is open to the public.
A Shot or a Sip: Viva Tequila
For the past six years, Americans have developed a near unquenchable thirst for tequila, and some Strip bars and restaurants have attempted to slake it by offering a tequila for every taste bud and wallet.
Top 10 Cantinas in Mexico City
The oldest recently closed and last week Mexicans sparked their final cantina cigarettes, but Jo Tuckman finds 10 traditional bars that still have some swing left in their doors.
Katmandu at Cafe des Artistes
Katmandu (Don and Rhonda and group) will perform in a sitar concert on the evening of March 10th in the garden at Cafe des Artistes in downtown Puerto Vallarta. Doors open at 7:30 pm, dinner is at 8 pm, and the hour-and-a-half show starts at 9 pm.
The Next Tequila
Makers of cachaça, the Brazilian liquor fermented and distilled directly from freshly pressed sugar cane, are hopeful they can turn the spirit, still unknown to most non-Latin drinkers, into the next tequila.
Joaquin Borges Returns to Puerto Vallarta
Acclaimed Mexican pianist Joaquin Borges will perform for the second time in Puerto Vallarta during the fund raising dinner-concert to benefit the Esperanza y Alegria foundation at 8 pm on March 7th at the Westin Resort and Spa.
Ninety-Nine Bottles of Beer on the Wall...
Tired of the same old bar scene? Have you seen enough sunburned tourists enjoying Jello shots? Wondering where to find some authentic local dives? Well, the Puerto Vallarta Tacky Bar Tour may be just what you're looking for!
Mexicans Refuse to Call Time on Historic Bar
The closure of El Nivel, frequented over the years by artists, writers, revolutionaries, presidents and street vendors, has provoked a passionate protest from its regulars.
Enjoy Art and Music in Marina Vallarta
On January 31st, Bridged and Brian Lott welcome Puerto Vallarta oil painter Clemente Hernandez Garcia, a.k.a. Teocalich, and Tex-Mex rocker Joe King Carrasco to their new Mexican-African art gallery in Marina Vallarta, Galería Internacional.
Cabo Wabo Ultra-Premium Tequila now Available through Skyy Spirits
The world's most distinctive ultra-premium tequila, Cabo Wabo, has a new casa. Skyy Spirits, a Gruppo Campari company, is now the official marketer and distributor of the 100-percent blue agave Cabo Wabo Tequila line in the United States.
Meet Menudo, a Beef Tripe-Fueled Cure for Post-Holiday 'Cruda'
Has the holiday sparkle gone dead in your eyes? Do you feel as flat as all the empty gift boxes in the recycling bin? There’s hope. Menudo — not the boy band, but the spicy Mexican soup made with beef tripe in a tomato broth, a traditional cure for hangovers — should melt away your miseries.
A Taste for Brews That Go to Extremes
As a life philosophy, it may not lead to wealth, happiness or old age, but for many American brewers today the motto printed on the bottle of Moylander Double I.P.A., from Moylan’s, a West Coast brewer, is a guiding principle: “If one is good, then two is better!”
Two Artists Influenced by Dali at Dante
Claire and Joe Guarniere
On January 16th, Galleria Dante's "Meet the Artists Night" will feature two surreal artists influenced by Salvador Dali, Israel Zzepda and Jonas Gutierrez. Come welcome these two Guadalajara artists to Vallarta, while enjoying cocktails from 6 to 10 pm.
Kosmas Opening at Coco Tropical a "Hit"
Last Saturday night felt like a high school reunion as a crowd of 80-90 people, many of whom had known each other for years, came for dinner, drinks and entertainment by Kosmas at Coco Tropical Restaurant and Beach Club.
A 2008 Beer Lover's Survival Guide to Our Planet
If you seek a refuge from the daily madness which surrounds us, allow me to share some of my favorite watering holes; places where life slows down to a more livable pace and where being civil and sociable and at times downright silly are in style.
Kosmas Opens at Coco Tropical Restaurant and Beach Club
Kosmas Mamadopoulos, who has played to full houses regularly at Le Gourmet Restaurant for the last five years, will be bringing the crowds in this winter season at Coco Tropical Restaurant and Beach Club on Los Muertos Beach.
Study: Pueblo Indians Brewed Beer From Corn 800 Years Ago
Ancient Pueblo Indians brewed their own brand of corn beer, a new study suggests, contradicting claims that the group remained dry until their first meeting with the Europeans.
Siempre Sol - a Wild and Funny Musical
Vallarta´s and Broadway´s Sol Rose in Siempre Sol, a Las Vegas-style revue of some of his musical career, is funny and wild, with his voice in beautiful form. Audience participation is extensive, fun and filled with laughter.
Mexican Company Launches Beer in Honor of Unofficial Drug Saint
E. Eduardo Castillo
Jesus Malverde is considered a Mexican Robin Hood and the patron saint of drug lords. On Wednesday, he got his own beer. A Mexican brewery in the western city of Guadalajara began selling the Malverde beer in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, long considered one of the country's main drug strongholds.