Category: Articles

A house for women to heal and to holiday.

By Sheila Madsen, April 2019 There’s a house in Centro I would call a wellness centre. There’s a calm almost sacred feeling surrounding it. The house has been completely renovated and is designed for women, by a woman and her name is Sylvia Benitez. Sylvia is a registered nurse who practiced nursing in Hermosillo, Sonora…

Mazatlan’s Bilingual Guidebook

Mazatlán – A Travel and Historical Guidebook By Sheila Madsen, April 2019 This beautifully designed bilingual guidebook is unique, there’s not a single book like it. Two words come to mind: Finally. Consolidated. The book marries the past with the present and the stunning photography -black and white and colour – compliment the text just…

Venados Basketball

When you are the word Venados you automatically think baseball BUT they also own a basketball team. These games take place in C.U.M. – Centro de Usos Múltiples Ave. on Oscar Pérez Escobosa. The red blocks means the basketball games are at home.

The Cardón Culinario experience.

[By Sheila Madsen, March 2019. Full disclosure, MazatlanLife were guests of Cardón Culinario.] This extraordinary culinary experience located in an extraordinary setting was started by three young Mexican surfer dudes. Not a single chef among them, just a bunch of guys who rode the waves on the weekends. When Omar Valdez was 19 he bought…

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…

Mazatlan becomes part of
UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network

[Updated February 2019, by Sheila Madsen: So what’s been happening since August? Well, lots of meeting and an executive committee has been formed. A decision has been taken that Mazatlan is the gateway to Sinaloa cuisine – the mountains, the valleys and the sea – all the foods from these areas have influenced our cuisine. …

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] This just in from Travel Age West: featuring Maaike Hoekstra’s Flavor Teller tour as part of the article “5 Ways to Experience Mazatlan’s Food Scene.” [April 2019]. If you have always wanted to taste the real flavors of…