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If you are looking for an elegant start to your day then look no further than El Presidio’s new breakfast menu. It’s indeed an early start – 7 a.m. until noon, all à la carte. There are more than 40 items on the menu and El Presidio has divided it into: starters [croissants baked fresh every day on the premises], coffees, juices and other sweets; traditional Mexican dishes, 14 with prices from $74 to $168 with Chilaquiles Rojos at $98; International dishes, 12-hot cakes, eggs Benedict with salmon at $190, gluten-free crepes, $85, and waffles; and 14 egg themed breakfasts. It’s a big, bold and beautiful menu complete with colour pictures! You can sit in the courtyard [tons of twirling fans] or in the two air-conditioned restaurants. [El Presidio is located on the corner of Mariano Escobedo and Niños Heroes #1511, open every day, now at 7 a.m.]

Nothing but good news from Macaws and Casa Leyendas! The new owners Nathan Burket [Victoria, British Columbia] and Missy Wood [Austin, Texas] have every intention of keeping the terrific traditions, but adding a twist of their own. For instance, during the summer months Macaws will be air conditioned, a very cool improvement. They are hiring a team of 24/7 concierges to answer all customer and guest questions – as well as welcoming B&B guests, answering the phones and making bookings. Speaking of bookings, if you are a very last minute call, and there’s a room, you’ll get at 50% discount. Nathan just hired a cordon-bleu chef, so expect some gourmet twists on the menu. Nathan and Missy like to say “we have no idea of what we are doing”, but there’s years of experience between them and their vision is crystal clear. Nathan has lived and worked in Mazatlan for nine years and he’s bilingual. Missy’s soft welcoming touch will steer this new adventure in the right direction for them both – and for the customers! If you are here, or when your return to Mazatlan, stop by to say hello, Macaws is closed Mondays and is open from 11 a.m. on. P.S. If you haven’t heard, PV is open and the condo plans are dead. Business better than usual.

While the city of Mazatlan is preparing for Tianguis 2018/El Tianguis Turistico, from Monday, April 16 to Thursday, April 19, the present is an absolute mess but the future is looking very bright. Most of the streets in Centro are being dug up: new drainage pipes, lines for nat. gas installed, new trees, new pavers with the plan of Centro/Olas Altas becoming a mostly pedestrian zone. This is not the only “beauty” project – there’s El Faro, Playa Norte and the latest, Parque de las Ciudades by Zaragoza and Paseo Claussen which promises green areas, a basketball court, a gym and much, much more. If you have an eye for the future [and if can forgive this current crazy upheaval] domain names become important. Go Daddy and Name Cheap are good sources for an average price of $10.69 US – that’s for .com.; . club is 88 cents ;.net is $12.88, while a .mx is a whopping $50 US. MazatlanLife is always looking for ways to protect our domain name [and to prevent copycats ] so we recently bought “TheBestofMazatlan.com” for $10.69 US and “mazatlan.life for $2.06 US. What’s in a name, could be your key to a successful venture!

If you have ever thought about giving your mattress a deep cleaning then Noë Guadiana Villareal is your man. He started his business, Deep Extraction Cleaning [yes, that’s the name – “Mexicans love English names”.] three years ago. A deep cleaning takes about 1 1/2 hours depending on your mattress size and stains. Noë begins with a Hepa filter vaccuum [oh, the dust bunnies you would not believe!], then a soil remover and finally an injection suction for the deep clean. Allow a four to five hour drying time, with an approximate cost of $500. You may have two mattresses and there is a discount, or you may just need a light cleaning, for $250. He also cleans furniture, rugs, and car interiors. Noë works alone and is very punctual and texts right on the dot of the appointed time, “I’m here.” The English-speaking Noë can be reached at 669 134 8864, or 669 986 1314 or e: decmazatlan@gmail.com. Sweet dreams.

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If your body is craving a deep tissue therapeutic massage, then you may find relief in the hands of Miguel Angel. A friend of Chatter has been searching every season for an excellent masseur or masseuse; someone capable of doing a good therapeutic massage, as well as a more relaxing one. This week he found the Angel of massages! He reports: “my wife and I have both been to Miguel and really enjoyed the experience. We felt he has good hands that know how to read the muscles. He really knows how to work out trouble spots and end with a relaxing massage. Fluent in English, Miguel Angel uses a combination of massage, reflexology, and myofascial release techniques to get at trouble spots or just give a relaxing workout, as you request. Located at Carvajal No. 2214 in Centro Historico (south of Zaragoza just across the street from Dulceria Don Juan), he operates an esthetics salon and barber shop which is open Monday to Saturday from 9:00am to 8:00pm (Phone 982-8970 or 910-3749), but he prefers to do massages between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and is flexible if that does not fit with someone’s schedule. Miguel’s cell phone number, with WhatsApp messaging, is 669-223-9553. He charges $250 for one hour but we prefer one and half hours and pay $375 which includes a $50 tip.” Another testimonial from MC and PJ, January 5, 2016: “Just over an hour ago, I had my 4th massage in 2 weeks with Miguel. He is one of the best…using therapeutic, acupressure, and relaxation massage to work on those areas that need ‘fixing’. He finishes off with a very relaxing massage that makes you feel wonderful! He is very knowledgeable and speaks very good English. My husband and I both highly recommend him….not only will you have one of the best massages possible, but you will get to know a very nice, pleasant person as well!” Another testimonial from SA, Canada: “I have been going to Miguel once or twice a week for a month now, and he just keeps getting better and better. He has worked out many trouble spots that built up over many years and I feel great. It is not one size fits all with him and he continues to tailor his approach to my problems and introduce new techniques. My wife has been going as well and would not miss her weekly sessions with him. We have come to view him as a healer, not just a masseur. An added benefit is that he is a very nice person and is happy to help you practice your Spanish.” Another rave review: “Last week we made appointments with Sr. Miguel Angel after viewing your recommendation of his excellence for a massage. As great as your recommendation was I am not sure your accolades were sufficient. It was the best massage I have hand since the old glory days of Aroma Spa in Centro. In fact it wasn’t just a massage it was a miracle treatment. I am looking forward to this coming Wednesday for a repeat performance.” B.D.

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If you want to say it with flowers, then Luz Elena is the florist for you. She’s owned Floreria Jardin de Rosas for 32 years and specializes in fresh flowers and creative arrangements; for years she has had her flowers shipped from south of Mexico City four times a week. Many are unique to Mazatlan! Wish to have a delivery? No problem, free delivery with a minimum order of $400. Luz Elena also accepts most major credit cards. If you don’t speak flower-Spanish don’t worry, Luz Elena’s English is perfect. In fact, you don’t have to worry about anything with Luz Elena, she’s just so professional. Jardin de Rosas is located on Paseo Lomas #248 [past Starbucks and the school], call 914 1754, and the hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.and on Saturdays 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Like every florist in the world, plan your order way ahead for Mother’s Day [May 10] and Valentines.

pink-lips-md-e1326738475787If you are plagued by Telcel text messages, here’s how to stop them. Delete the message and start fresh. Text/call the number 2222, then text the message BAJA – you should receive a return text, in Spanish, that you have been removed. 2222 goes directly to Telcel and BAJA is the equivalent of “delete me from your list.”

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Centro’s Food Loop. [The summer of 2017 brings a major “beautification program” involving digging up many streets in Centro, widening sidewalks, laying new drainage pipes and replacing trees. Due to this upheaval, some restaurants have closed for the summer. While it’s a poorly planned city project you can get to your restaurants or stores – just call ahead to ensure they are open. It’s more important than ever to support the businesses in Centro; owners were blindsided, their streets torn up without advance warning – so plan your car or walking route – eat, drink, shop, repeat.]

When it comes restaurants it’s often difficult to be in the loop as there are spontaneous uncouplings as well as expansions, ownership changes and new names. As of May 2017, starting on Olas Altas: El Fish Market, El Shrimp Bucket, Encanta de Brasil, Copa de Leche, The Belmar, Café El Faro, Akaita Sushi, La Cueva del León [pizza & beer], The Looney Bean, Fonda de Chalio, Puerto Viejo and The Freeman. Walk through the Freeman lobby, out the back, hang a left and there is Angelina’s followed by Macaws. Now you are Sixto Osuna, aka restaurant row: Water’s Edge, Allegro/Raggio, – the walking street begins with El 4 to Beer and Burger, Morena’s Taste of India, Fresco [Cocina del Mar Catina] and Kit Cat Pizza Deli. On the south side of the Plazuela Machado there is: Il Mosto, La Famosa, La Cielo, Steak & Taco, and Mr. Lionso [of Playa Bruja’s fame.] Go right on Carnaval and there is: El Tunell Cenaduria, Helarte, and on Libertad is the Italian 8/8 – Ocho Octavos, swing back past the Angela Peralta and continue along Constitución for two blocks and it’s El Ajibe, cross the street coming back to the Machado and you’ll pass Topolo, and to the right of the square at Carnaval is St. Lorenzo’s Eating Place. Back on the north side of the square: Pedro & Lola, El Bife, Beach Burger now renamed Machado Grill & Steak, La Bohemia, La Tramoya, Brownie Mania, and Cafe Pacifico Restaurant and Bar at Heriberto Frias. Anchoring the west end of the square are: Casa Canobbio, beside that, below Casa 46, is Gaia with chef/owner Gilberto del Toro ex Angelo’s, and above it, Casa 46. Walking up Heriberto Frias is La Querencia Galeri de Arte, Krema and Héctor’s Bistro/Via Condotti Pizza, and crossing Belisario Dominquez – and then going north (right) on Niños Héroes there’s Casa Garcia which houses El Presidio and Compañia Minera, then La Mona Pizzeria, La Fábula [at Constitución] ending with Dos de Tres Sports Bar. Papagayo Restaurant in Centro, part of Inn at Centro Historico, is now open and on the corner of Belisairio Dominguez and Angel Flores as is Nanda’s Pizza. Continue on Belisario and you’ll find Union Bakery & Restaurant on Belisario Domiqnuez # 1503 almost at Constitución. Bahia reopened in March 2017, on the corner of Mariano Escobedo and Venus. Fifty restaurants alive and well [for today] within a 20 minute loop. Many of them are reviewed here.

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