Xocodiva and Organic Super Foods: The Last of Puerto Vallarta

Maybe it’s all the snow and cold here in NYC, but I can’t seem to get the sun and the beach in Puerto Vallarta out of my mind.  The thing that really makes Puerto Vallarta so great is that when you have had enough of the beach there is so much to do and such a vibrant food culture.  I did a big postingwhen I was there on the farmers market which is amazing and sells a large variety of produce and food stuffs so it’s good for people who have a kitchen and for those who only have a mini bar fridge.

The two gals (Charlotte left and Carol right) who spearheaded the farmers markets also own and run the best artisanal chocolate shop in town Xocodiva.  An amazing place with a large selection of truffles, several in Mexican themes, chili pepper and margarita come to mind.  I loved the dark chocolate almond bark and the fact that if you wanted to linger over coffee and a few chocolates there is a sweet (sorry couldn’t help myself) little cafe area up front.  It didn’t hurt that Xocodiva was on my route home, but even if it’s on the other side of town from you if you are in Puerto Vallarta you have to make a trip to this amazing chocolate shop and stock up for your stay!

Organic Superfoods I wrote about last year, but neglected to post their vital info (another Margarita, Mark?) but now they have a website so just click on the name and it’s all there.  Located in the heart of old Puerto Vallarta on 509 Venustuan Carranza Organic Superfoods are the best organic grocery store in PV.  MY favorite item is their flax seed tostadas which I use as crackers for everything from cheese to guacamole.

Local organic produce is hard to find so the people at Organic Superfoodshave leased a farm and will, in several months time, be providing a large selection of fruit, lettuces and eggs from their very own farm!  Very exiting.  I can’t wait to go back.

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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