Street Pictures around Old Town and El Centro

The streets around Old Town and El Centro are mostly cobblestone and I love the rustic vibe these areas carry with them. The light casts wonderful shadows on the buildings and I carry my iPhone to capture these beautiful street views. Most of my pictures now are from my iPhone as it’s handy to carry rather than a big camera around my neck or shoulder.

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Always carry your camera or smart phone, you never know when a picture perfect moment may arise.

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El Patio de mi Casa for Live Music and Good Eats

For something off the beaten track and a few blocks from the malecon, head over to El Patio de mi Casa for a wood fired pizza and cocktail while listening to live music or cool jazzy vibes. This outdoor lounge is cool and hip, a nice escape from the touristy bars that line the malecon.

El Patio is located at Guerrero 311. We come from Emilano Zapata, so we walk across the second bridge over River Cuale, hit the HSBC bank and continue till you reach a deadend. Turn left and you will come up to the entrance. You will see some cute blue cartoon graffiti along with a small sign over the door. As you walk through the hallway into the courtyard, you feel as if you are walking into someones house and, well, patio.

Have a seat at the bar and order up a cocktail. The bartenders can mix up a great drink or two.

Have a seat at the bar and order up a cocktail. The bartenders can mix up a great drink or two.

We walked over on Tuesday night to watch the open jam sessions and had a wonderful time. Two jazz groups jammed on the stage and also a singer came up to sing a few songs as well.

Band jamming on stage.

Band jamming on stage.

To accompany our music treat, we ordered some cocktails along with humus, fried cheese, a salad, pepperoni pizza and for dessert; crostini with melted dark chocolate with sea salt and olive oil. What a great meal! The dessert was incredible, I will have to make that at home.

Negroni time!

Negroni time!

Hummus and fried cheese.

Hummus and fried cheese.

Wood fired pepperoni pizza.

Wood fired pepperoni pizza.

Great music, great food and a great venue. What more could you ask for?

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.