The popular Golden Zone “just don’t call us a restaurant” Life en Español, just opened in Centro. Live music every night, with the same tapas menu as up north; 13 starters, the cheese platter being being the most expensive at $210, to 11 “tacos, tortas y segundos.” The seconds go all the way from octopus tacos at $155 to pork shank[cooked for 36 hours] with mashed potatoes and cauliflower at $299. And always the Mexican street corn one of its signature dishes. Centro’s Life en Español is located on Mariano Escobedo [kitty-corner to El Presido] and is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 5 p.m. on and on Sundays at 1 p.m. on.
Hola cheese lovers! Kualikua is now doing a booming business in catering to large and small groups with wonderful cheese platters complete with all the garnishes – like fresh bread, crakers, meats, olives, etc. etc. If the name sounds familiar, for one brief moment Kualikua had a store on Rafael Buelna and they have a booth every Saturday in the Farmers Market in the Plaza Zaragoza. Kualikua carry all the Mexican favourites as well as Brie, Camembert, Gruyere, Port Salut, Morbier and Raclette. You can mix and match; Cristina Peña Miranda will ensure your party platter will please all taste palates. Just add the wine! You can reach Cristina at 669 918 0670 or e: email@example.com
J&E, friends of Chatter have this to share about the new Malaguas Restaurante: ” Malaguas Restaurante is the historic district’s newest cafe located at Libertad 409 Centro. Located in an interesting old building, the cafe is nicely renovated with a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere showcasing the work of local artists. It is a great place to meet and hang out with friends and family. The owners serve the food they like to eat and share with others. The menu emphasizes freshness and quality of ingredients. It includes salads, soups, paninis, burritos, pita sandwiches, ceviche, and more. New and evolving, the cafe also offers movie nights, a billiards area to use before or after your meal, and the opportunity to meet and enjoy casual conversation with the foreign community. Malaguas is operated by friendly folks who take pride in their restaurant, and offer delicious food, warm hospitality, and reasonable prices. We will definitely stop again.”
[Open Monday through Saturday, 1 to 9 p.m. On-street parking. English speaking. Beer and wine may be offered in the future. For now, the restaurant owners serve a wide variety of non-alcoholic drinks. Call 910-5631 for more information. Menu and other updates at: https://www.facebook.com/malaguas/ located on Libertad #409, Centro, you are invited to BYOB.]
Dianne Hofner Saphiere has done a thorough and very detailed examination of three hospitals in Mazatlan. She’s covered it all [VidaMaz] through 35 bilingual questions, tours and interviews. Such a wealth of information, well worth keeping.” Comparing Hospitals in Mazatlan” – here’s the link: https://vidamaz.com/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sweet dreams.
If your body is craving a deep tissue therapeutic massage, then you may find relief in the hands of Miguel Angel. UPDATED on April 4, 2018: [ “Miguel is pleased to announce that starting May 1, 2018 and until September 30, 2018 he will be making house calls between 9:00am and 6:00p.m. for those who would like a massage at home. The rate will be $450 per hour. Because of his busy schedule it is difficult for him to answer the phone during the day, so please send him a message by WhatsApp (669-223-9553) to book an appointment.” ] 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.
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.
Centro’s Food Loop: 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 April 2018, starting on Olas Altas: Barracruda’s, El Fish Market, El Shrimp Bucket, Encanta de Brasil, Rico’s Cafe [replaces Copa de Leche, not open yet and upstairs Vancouver Wings which is open], The Belmar, Café El Faro, Akaita Sushi, La Chila 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: El Guilo [“art gallery, restaurant, cantina, boutique”] Water’s Edge, Allegro/Raggio, – the walking street begins with Morena’s Taste of India, 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, Lalaguas estaurante on Libertad too #409, swing back past the Angela Peralta and continue along Constitución 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 and above it, Casa 46. Walking up Heriberto Frias is La Querencia Galeri de Arte, 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 [now moved way east to Constitución], La Fábula [at Constitución] ending with Dos de Tres Sports Bar, and in between Life en Español Centro ; Papagayo Restaurant in Centro, part of Inn at Centro Historico, is now open and on the corner of Belisario Dominguez and Angel Flores as is Nanda’s Pizza and next door is Mahi Sushi at #1410. Continue on Belisario and you’ll find Union Bakery & Restaurant on Belisario Domiqnuez # 1503 almost at Constitución continue on #1201 on Belisario and you’ll discover La Antigua Mazatlan. 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.