Barcelona Tapas – Restaurant Week Puerto Vallarta

Another favourite restaurant of ours participating in the Restaurant Week 2015 is Barcelona Tapas. Perched high on the top floor of a hilltop building, Barcelona Tapas features an extensive menu of hot and cold tapas as well as their famous red or white sangria.

Since it was Wednesday night, Artwalk also was going on so we checked out some galleries before making our way to the restaurant. Vallarta has some great art right now and you can see them at one of the many galleries located in El Centro. This was the second last Artwalk evening of the season.

We reached Barcelona Tapas around 8:30pm, just in time to watch the sunset. We ordered a pitcher of red sangria, chowed down on some fresh-baked bread with olive oil and some complimentary potato salad.

Gorgeous view of the sunset and El Centro.

Gorgeous view of the sunset and El Centro.

Overlooking El Centro with a perfect view of the sunset.

Overlooking El Centro with a perfect view of the sunset.

A view of the inside of Barcelona Tapa.

A view of the inside of Barcelona Tapa.

After looking over the menu, we decided not to order the preset menu but instead order a la carte from the menu. The preset menu, 299 pesos, was good but there were too many other items on the full menu that we wanted to try or were our favourites.

Complimentary bread and olive oil along with some delicious potato salad.

Complimentary bread and olive oil along with some delicious potato salad.

We started with the spicy shrimp. The shrimp is sautéed in garlic butter with chilis, great for dipping your bread in afterwards. Next up was the grilled octopus, cooked to perfection. Our other choices were asparagus in a cream sauce, then pork tenderloin with white beans. We had to place a second order of the pork and beans it was just that good!

Grilled asparagus with a cream sauce.

Grilled asparagus with a cream sauce.

Grilled octopus. Mom, this was for you! Ha ha.

Grilled octopus. Mom, this was for you! Ha ha.

Last but not least, we had a molten chocolate cake for dessert. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of the last two dishes, oops. Before you leave, a complimentary drink is served of tequila and baileys over ice. Quite delicious if you like sweet drinks.

All that food pushed us over the edge so we decided to walk home along the malecon. Victor, an avid heart collector, found an artist that made little heart boxes. I bought him one of his choice, one for my sweetheart, and we continued home.

Hearts on the melacon. Victor picked out a little hand made box with hearts.

Hearts on the melacon. Victor picked out a little hand made box with hearts.

Barcelona Tapas, it’s always good. Perhaps we will go back to try the preset menu. So many restaurants, so little time.

Art in the Streets of Puerto Vallarta

Most days I don’t leave our condo without my camera because you never know what will catch your eye. One can walk down a street 20 times and see something new every time. This day, we took our friends up the River Cuale for some shopping at the market, which gave me some time to look around the river a little more closely than usual. On one of the walls, just down the steps off the malecon, were these beautiful wall murals. I can’t say I’ve noticed them before yet they look weathered which makes me feel they’ve been there for some time. The dimensions of the murals were about 6 feet by 6 feet, approximately. The sort of bohemian cartoonish feel to them reminded me of Sesame Street in the 70’s. Anyone remember the song of the numbers and the pinball machine? Totally groovy man. Ha.

Wall mural along the River Cuale.

Wall mural along the River Cuale.

Wall mural along the River Cuale.

Wall mural along the River Cuale.

Coming up the east end of the market, we stopped in a cafe for some coffee and a bathroom break. That’s when I spotted this iguana painting which had to be at least 7 feet long. I wonder if the painter choose this spot to work with the crisscross pattern of the ramp above it. The colors are vibrant here which makes me think the painting is pretty recent. This was on the west side of the street as you come off the bridge from Old Town into El Centro.

Wall painting of an iguana.

Wall painting of an iguana.

A few years ago, Darvin and I were walking around up in the back of El Centro and came across this psychedelic painting of magic mushrooms. The colors were vibrant and the scene reminds me of a dream. I like the pose Darvin captured of me in this as well.

Wall mural in the back hills of El Centro.

Wall mural in the back hills of El Centro.

Some days, when I leave the condo, I don’t want to carry a thing other than my ID and just want to be free. But then the thought arises of how one just never knows what they’ll see in their walks about town and that, my friends, is enough for me to grab the camera on my way out the door.

Evening of Art and Wine in Historic Center of Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is an art mecca where artists from all over show their work in the many galleries. One thing we do every week is hit the galleries, checking out the art scene and then going for a cocktail and dinner afterwards. It truly is a cultural event.

Now that high season is fast approaching, the art galleries in Centro Historico are getting ready to start wednesday evening Artwalk, a self guided tour of 13 galleries all within a few block radius of each other. The maps are found everywhere, just keep your eyes open for them in any gallery or store you may be shopping in. But if you go to Artwalks website at www.vallartaartwalk.com, you can view the most recent map.

Artwalk is free, a price we all enjoy, and many galleries serve wine and snacks while you peruse around the gallery. This is a great chance to see the many talented artists works from all over but mostly Mexico.  In fact, last december we purchased a beautiful painting at Galeria Corsica from an artist who resides in Yalepa, a small fishing village just south of Vallarta.

There are also many restaurants to stop into when you have had your fill of the art world. I highly recommend Cafe Des Artistes, Hacienda San Angel or Mama Rosa.

Artwalk map 2011

Artwalk map 2011