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Starting on Thursday November 30, Mexican Nights/ Noche Mexicana are back at Aca Los Charros. Entry is free and it’s really a very fun fiesta with mariachi bands, regional dancers, more surprises – all ending in fabulous fireworks. It starts at 5 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. and you can order small or large portions from the menu. Reservations are necessary, please call: 986 8606. [if you wish to read a restaurant “review” to get an idea of Aca Los Charros. please click here.]

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/

Mahi Sushi is now in Centro! The second location is on Belisario Dominguez #1410, opposite the large parking lot – which also appears to be open! Gaia Bistrot is now open every day from noon on. Vittore has finished its lavish renovation and reopened with an exciting “very Italian” menu.

Agatha’s now has a new brunch menu, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. It’s a concise well-priced menu offering everything from tacos filled with short ribs, lobster. duck, oysters, shrimp pork shank, crab, the most expensive is $75 to tempuras, oysters in-many-ways, a French dip “au jus” sandwich and a rib eye burger. Five tostadas are on the menu ranging from $48 -$75. There’s a raw bar too. If the brunch menu doesn’t take your fancy the full menu is offered too. Chef Miguel Alvarez is still at the helm. You can dine inside with ac or outside under a large awning with twirling ceiling fans. [Agatha Kitchen Bar opens at 1 p.m. and is located on Playa Gaviotas #225, across from the Ramada Inn.]

There’s no doubt about it, we are all opinionated when it comes to: the best margarita, the best place to watch the sunset, the best ceviche, the best burger, the best thin crust pizza, the best band, and on it goes. Word of mouth is still the most powerful tool for recommendations. The Pacific Pearl has decided to gather all of this under one umbrella called “The Pearl’s Best of Mazatlan”. There are six categories and they want you to share your secrets and vote. Start spreading the news, the contest is valid until March 15th. Just imagine all the great data The Pearl will amass and share with you. Vote today!

Water’s Edge [WE] has reopened for the season with a brand new Asian themed menu. In addition to the new menu, Chef Alastair is offering cooking classes every Monday and Tuesday [limited to eight people] from 10 a.m to 2 p.m., $1200 per person. People rave about the experience and adore exploring the evolution from market to table with a professional chef.  Of course, with each course, there is a wine pairing!  And smaller cooks all welcome too; here’s how much Maaike Hoekstra and her children enjoyed the Alastair experience. “Chef Alastair works with regionally produced ingredients to create dishes with an out-of-this-world flavor. He offers cooking classes for families with children or groups of older children (12 years and older). Chef Alastair explains everything thoroughly and he’s surprisingly patient (no Hell’s Kitchen scenes here). cooking-classHe allows the kids to do everything, including using real chef knives, grill, and sauté and plate a dish like a real chef. It’s amazing how picky eaters (we all know them!) become less picky after seeing how you make pasta from scratch, how you dress a great salad, etc. And the best thing: you eat your own creations! I would definitely recommend this for older children or teenagers.” WE is also offering their popular Thursday night Taco Tour. To reserve please call 136 0895 or e: traceygrantham@hotmail.com. [WE is located on Sixto Osuna #48]

People are chatting about the new cafe in Playa Sur, called Cotalicue. Rob Lamonica says ” Fer has opened a fantastic new place…healthy national cuisine, great prices and always a friendly smile.” Coatlicue is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., [closed Mondays] and they promise wifi, a bakery, ac and a pet friendly atmosphere!  On Carnaval #911

Athina Spa in Centro just got a little more luxurious. During the long, hot, crazy summer of construction Athina did a little construction herself. She installed an entire new pedi area – complete with permanent foot basins with running water a nozzle away. Centro [982 1111] and Golden Zone [176 7698] are both open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Saturday.

Show them your theatre ticket and you’ll receive a 10% discount. Cultura has partnered with various restaurants; on the night of your dinner, show your theatre ticket [s] for that night and you’ll receive a 10% discount off your food bill. The participating restaurants are: La Mazatleca, La Tramoya, Pedro y Lola, La Palapa del Mar, Machado Grill, Gaia Bistrot, La Catrina, Macaws, Water’s Edge Bistro, La Bohemia, Il Mosto, Mr. Lionso [Machado location] and Angelina’s Kitchen.This promotion is good from now until December 16, 2017.

Attention Mac Owners! The MacStore has just opened in the Galerias. They are advertising themselves as a “premium reseller” so any problems may be sent to CDMX or possibly, yes please, fixed on site.

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.

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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 November2017, starting on Olas Altas: El Fish Market, El Shrimp Bucket, Encanta de Brasil, Rico’s Cafe [replaces Copa de Leche, not open yet and upstairs Vancouver Wings whichis open], 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 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, 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, 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 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. 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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