Traditional Mexican Sweet Shop in El Centro

The sign hangs above the street, enticing people to satisfy their sweet tooth.

The sign hangs above the street, enticing people to satisfy their sweet tooth.

I have a MAJOR sweet tooth that I constantly struggle against. Back home, my weakness is cookies. But here in Puerto Vallarta, its candied nuts and shredded coconut honey stacks. I also like the chili powder, sugar covered mango slices from the candyman peddler on Los Muertos, but I think they are just mango flavored jujubes and not actual mango pieces. So after a bag or two of the mango candies I am ok. But the candied nuts….those I could have those everyday.

There is a candy shop calledย Con Orgullo Azteca which I frequentย when I am in El Centro or walking down the malecon. From the malecon, it is directly behind the italian restaurant La Posta and that is how I know where to find it. But if you are familiar with the street names, the sweet shop is on the corner of Calle Juarez (first bridge out of Old Town) and Calle Mina.

So much candy and nuts, so little time.

So much candy and nuts, so little time.

The reason I love this shop, other than for the products, is you can see most of the candy being made right at the back of the store. I have watched candied nuts, fudge and the shredded coconut stacks being made right in front of me. Plus the owners walk around handing out samples of everything too.

Lots of traditional mexican candy to choose from.

Lots of traditional mexican candy to choose from.

Shredded coconut honey stacks. Baked to a golden brown color.

Shredded coconut honey stacks. Baked to a golden brown color.

The store has mostly traditional mexican sweets and is the perfect place to pick up treats for friends and family back home. Another item I usually buy is the granola bars made of nuts, seeds and honey. These are great little energy snacks for the walk home.

Jeep Safari And Tequila Farm Tour

Victor and I decided to book an excursion for a day and add some adventure to our trip. Since Victor is a huge Jeep fan he thought a 4×4 adventure would be pretty neat. I did some searching and found that Puerto Vallarta Tours, a good reputable booking agency here in town, had a Jeep Safari listed on their website.

Booking the excusion was easy, just requiring me to use my visa and within 24 hours a representative would email me a confirmation ticket with instructions on where to meet. I did call them with a question as well and they were extremely helpful. I would use them again for sure. Plus it appeared we had a very good rate already negotiated compared to other websites.

The Jeep and driver met us a few blocks away from our condo. The reason we went with this excursion was that it allowed the guests to drive the Jeep themselves, rather than be driven. We all got in, buckled up and heading out to the country side.

Passing by a restaurant overlooking a peaceful river.

Passing by a restaurant overlooking a peaceful river.

Now this wasn’t a 4×4’ing trip like we had thought, but rather a drive in the country to a few villages, a tequila farm and a crocodile and alligator reservation area. Still, it was nice to do something different and Victor did get to do a little off roading with our driver’s consent.

Victor taking the wheel, showing how its done.

Victor taking the wheel, showing how its done.

A gorgeous old parrota tree.

A gorgeous old parrota tree.

An erroded side of the hill has an interesting shape.

An erroded side of the hill has an interesting shape.

A hat maker studio in one of the villages.

A hat maker studio in one of the villages.

Our driver, by the way, was excellent. His name was Pepe and was a funny, laid back and very knowledgeable tour guide. He even let us stop off at Home Depot to look for a plant for our planter!

Big crocs at the reservation. These guys were at least 10 feet long!

Big crocs at the reservation. These guys were at least 10 feet long!

The entire trip took about 4 hours. We are seasoned excursion people and had already did most of the sights on other trips, so we did not spend a lot of time in the villages or Tequila Farm. But, if you have never been out of Puerto Vallarta and looking for an excursion, I would recommend booking a Jeep Safari.

Us in front of our jeep at the Tequila farm.

Us in front of our jeep at the Tequila farm.

Fresh Pasta at Sapori di Sicilia, Puerto Vallarta

For dinner last night, we walked over to a small italian restaurant we have been wanting to try for awhile called Sapori di Sicilia. The venue is small with seating in a covered outdoor area. The server was very nice and from Northern Italy and the chef from Southern Italy, so they definitely knew Italian food.

Sopori di Sicilia menu.

Sopori di Sicilia menu.

A nice little complimentary starter soup.

A nice little complimentary starter soup.

The menu is extensive, with everything from salads, pasta dishes, meat or seafood entrees, pizza and desserts. We decided on the special pasta of the day, freshly made tagliatelle with a marinara sauce. The menu was a little confusing because even though the items were clearly listed, it seemed you could mix and match to make any type of dish you wanted. So we stuck with the basics of minestrone and caesar salad to start and a basic pasta dish for our entree. Both were good although I could have gone even more basic with just olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper as we found it was over dressed.

Minestrone soup

Minestrone soup

Tagliatelle with marinara sauce.

Freshly made tagliatelle with marinara sauce.

The meal was completed with a complimentary shot of milk, limoncello and cinnamon with little cookie like biscuits. That was a very nice little treat.