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30th bday dinner party for a foodie BF in Puerto Vallarta

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rupjer Sep 22, 2011 08:16 PM

I am planning a trip to Puerto Vallarta in January for my boyfriend's 30th bday. I have a villa with a chef who is going to make us a great dinner party but I have to specify the menu. What is seasonal, local and special for a Puerto Vallartan meal in January? (I had initially thought lobster but I realized it is not local to the area.) Please help!!

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    robt5265 RE: rupjer Sep 23, 2011 06:59 PM

    I am a personal chef who used to live in P.V. and did a lot of cooking. The lobster is warm water lobster, and in my opinion far inferior to cold water lobster. Shrimp is very good and affordable as is snapper or as the call it hautchenango (sp.) . The pork is far superior to the beef, beef being not to U.S. standards unless you have something braised. There is a fish dish that is very famous in a few restaurants, made with a whole snapper called Pescado Zarandeado. It is one of my favorite dishes in all of Mexican cooking.

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      rupjer RE: robt5265 Sep 27, 2011 05:02 PM

      Thanks so much! I was also thinking beef but you definitely skewed me to the whole snapper. Great advice!

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        beachtoursmexico RE: rupjer Oct 9, 2011 05:37 AM

        I suggest that you spend a couple of nights at top-rated restaurants and ask then.
        Sea Bass is always good, Tuna is really good in PV, prawns are delicious.
        If you haven't try visiting Cafe des Artistes, you might get a good idea for the dinner.
        It is one of the best restaurants in Mexico.
        I was there recently since we started offering 3-5-12 course packages for them and went there to ensure about the quality, and it is really good, specially the desserts.

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          bronwen RE: beachtoursmexico Oct 10, 2011 11:09 AM

          I second a trip to Cafe des Artistes, the food and presentation is fantastic.

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            rupjer RE: bronwen Nov 7, 2011 08:33 PM

            Cafe des Artistes looks amazing! Thanks for the great idea. How is La Palapa for a good outdoor birthday brunch/lunch?

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              mexivilla RE: rupjer Nov 8, 2011 05:19 AM

              La Palapa is great for lunch or dinner. Probably best restaurant on the beach.

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                beachtoursmexico RE: rupjer Nov 8, 2011 05:57 AM

                Between Brunch and Lunch I would definitely do Brunch. Breakfast at La Palapa is simply AMAZING.
                Cafe des Artistes still beats Palapa on dinner, not by far but it is noticeable.
                I have copies of some of the menus if you need them.

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                  rupjer RE: beachtoursmexico Nov 29, 2011 02:57 PM

                  Thank you all! I can't wait to finally go and report back!

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