Puerto Vallarta: The Good Life

Takos Panchos is a hole in the wall taco place on Basilo Badillo street that has some of the best Pastor Tacos in town.  I learned about Pastor tacos last year in Mexico City, where I was told they were created.  Basically, it’s pork cooked like shawarma, which is then thinly sliced onto a soft taco shell and topped with razor thin slices of fresh pineapple.  It’s heavenly and dirt cheap.  This place is packed late at night with revelers in need of something quick and delicious to soak up all the booze.  That is my friend Cory hamming it up for the camera.

And below Cory and my friend Mama (aka Linda) with the taco master.

 Fuego on Amapas street is a good place for a bite large or small as well as drinks, large or small. It’s impossible to do justice to all the street food in Puerto Vallarta; it is everywhere in many different forms. I liked this juice man who was very methodical and pressed fresh juice for everyone.  He looks like he has been at it for a while.

This Taco stand is just next door to the Juice guy and was very popular with the locals.  It was open during the day but never seemed busy until later in the night.  Both places are just up from the beach on Badillo.  For more info on street food check out this great site.
Of course during the day the big activity is going to the beach.   Most people don’t want to move once they get situated; this is not a problem as most beachfront hotels have chairs and umbrellas for rent or for you to enjoy many cocktails and snacks under while you enjoy yet another day in paradise.

At night Puerto Vallarta really comes alive, with a crazy amount of bars and clubs to go to.  As a New Yorker I wasn’t so excited about going out every night since I get enough nightlife here, but it’s nice to know there are options.  Here are a few shoots of the latest bar, the newLa Noche.

A dog enjoying a good dig on the beach.

Still more to come on PV, I’m not quite done yet!  Tomorrow I fly to San Francisco where I hope to be able to explore some of the exciting food scene in Oakland.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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