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Living in Paradise
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'Living in Paradise' is a new video series that highlights all of the interesting people, places, and events that Puerto Vallarta has to offer.

In the week's episode of 'Living in Paradise,' we will look all the interesting people, places, and events that this Paradise we call Puerto Vallarta has to offer.

In late December, we attended the travel agent's party in El Tuito and talked with the host, who works for all of us bringing tourists to Puerto Vallarta. The travel agents got together to celebrate their accomplishments of 2010 and to plan for how they will bring more tourists to Vallarta in 2011! The guests enjoyed delicious food, music, local kids performing traditional dancing, and Mexican cowboys, or Charros.

The guests also got to see the first Raicilla of New Year made at the Hacienda el Divisadero and put to age for 21 days. Raicilla is a local beverage very similar to "mezcal" and Tequila. Making raicilla is a very unique process made by artisans with recipes passed down from generation to generation.

We were also invited to attend El Dorado's Restaurant, Bar, and Beach Club's New Year's Eve Party. People from all over the world, including Playboy Playmates came to Puerto Vallarta to Celebrate New Year's and to enjoy the sun drenched beaches of Vallarta, in exchange for their sub zero hometown temperatures. This year's party at El Dorado featured gourmet food to international DJ's that rocked into the early morning hours!

El Dorado featured a gourmet dinner of Prime Rib and Lobster while party-goers danced the night away with music from the world famous DJ Chema Dezarate, who is signed with the Paul Oakenfold record label. We also were able to talk with Stewart Haverlack, partner of El Dorado Restaurant, Bar, and Beach Club and see the rebirth of this legend after its renovation.

El Dorado has been reborn after almost 50 years of service to Puerto Vallarta. With a top of the line remodel, perfectly constructed palapas, state-of-the-art open kitchen, and the renowned food of Chef Juan Zuno, El Dorado has not let Puerto Vallarta down.

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Living in Paradise: PV Food & Fine Dining
David Olvera

In this edition of Living in Paradise, we stop by the Old Town Farmers' Market, which wraps-up its second season on June 4th, and visit with Puerto Vallarta food critic Gary R. Beck as he enjoyed the special Restaurant Week 2011 menu at El Dorado Restaurant Bar and Beach Club.

Living in Paradise: Spring Happenings
David Olvera

In this episode, we look back at the Sayulita Longboard Classic, which took place March 11-12, and look forward to Vallarta Restaurant Week, which runs from May 15-31, and offers a savings of up to 50% at some of Banderas Bay's most recognized restaurants.

Living in Paradise: Great Friends & Food
David Olvera

In this edition of Living in Paradise, Puerto Vallarta says goodbye to Elizabeth Taylor at a memorial service held at Los Arcos on March 27, 2011. We also visit Carnitas El Chaparro, a taco stand where locals have been enjoying a traditional Mexican breakfast for over 25 years.

Living in Paradise: Vallarta Safe, Secure & Sensational!
David Olvera

In this edition of Living in Paradise we hit the streets to find out what local residents and business owners think of the safety and security of Puerto Vallarta, and how bad press has affected their lives and businesses. We also give you a glimpse of Mediterranean Night at El Dorado Restaurant & Beach Club.

Living in Paradise: Surf's Up in Sayulita
David Olvera

Living in Paradise takes you to the San Pancho Pro 2011 Surf Tournament, which took place January 14-16, at Bahía de San Pancho, Nayarit. The best professional surfers from the Banderas Bay area, from Mexico and from around the world, came to compete in this world class event.

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