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Flavor Teller Food Notes

The Flavor Teller Shines a spotlight on tamales. By Maaike Hoekstra, owner and founder of Mazatlan’s original street food tour, Flavor Teller. “Para todo mal tamal, para todo bien… también! Translation: if things go wrong, have a tamal and if things go well… also have one!” It’s the perfect ‘energy bar’ with its spongy corn…

Carnaval 2019 – February 27 – March 5.

This is the 121st year for Carnaval in Mazatlan. There is a new mayor in charge now, Luis Guillermo “El Quimico” Benitez Torres, who has appointed a new director of Cultura, Oscar Blancarte. The theme was announced on November 23 and it’s: Equinox. The rebirth of the senses/Equinoccio. El renacer de los sentidos.  “El Quimico”…

Mazatlan becomes part of
UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network

Reported by Maaike Hoekstra, August 6, 2018 An exciting partnership has been signed between Mazatlan and UNESCO. Mazatlan has become a candidate member of the Creative Cities Network. The Creative Cities Network was created in 2004 to promote cooperation between cities, placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of local development plans. There are…

Peter Greenberg Worldwide – Mazatlan, Mexico, April 28, 2018

Peter Greenberg’s radio show is two hours and it’s all about his recent visits to Mazatlan. He’s enthusiastic and loves Mazatlan BUT he’s clearly frustrated by the messaging of U.S. State Department advisories throughout Mexico. If you don’t wish to listen to all two hours, [Peter is very entertaining] here are some local expats and…

What Is A Posada?

Tis the season, but what is a posada? By Maaike Hoekstra, November 2017. [Maaike is the owner and founder of Mazatlan’s only street food tour, Flavor Teller] It might seem far away, but Santa Claus is coming to town. The sunny beaches and palm trees might not inspire much of a Christmas spirit, but do…

Day Of The Dead

Dia de Muertos – helping the spirits find their way home. By Maaike Hoekstra [September 2017] [updated September 2018 – Dia de Muertos public celebrations will take place on Friday November 2, this year, not on the traditional Thursday November 1. This is only because the new director of Cultura, Oscar Blancarte, accepts the new…

Flavor Teller – Street Food Tours

Introducing, Flavor Teller – quite possibly Mazatlan’s first street food tour. By Sheila Madsen [January 30, 2017] If you have always wanted to taste the real flavors of Mazatlan street cuisine – but were concerned about possible health issues – then Flavor Teller, Maaike Hoekstra has a food tour for you. In fact, she has…

Child’s Play

[Maaike Hoekstra is a hands-on mom who loves to bike, hike, swim, zipline, skate, bowl, you name the sport and she’s there participating with her two children; a 12 year-old girl and a ten year-old boy. When you read about an activity in Child’s Play you know that “it’s mom inspected” – Maaike’s been there…

How would you spend a perfect day in Mazatlan?

(That was the question, the invitation. The rules? None! Your answer can be as long or as short as you wish. Responses are unedited and arranged by date received. If you wish to share your perfect day (name dropping is encouraged) please send an e mail to: editormazatlanlife@gmail.com) Singer, The Brenster: My perfect day in…