Chatter

lipsmilePaola Osuna from Tomatl Experiences writes: “Mazatlan finally has a mezcaleria and it’s name is METL. Mezcal is a traditional drink in México – an agave distillate that is gaining popularity not only in México but around the world. If you are in town make a stop at METL and have a mezcal tasting a unique drink and experience if you drink it with grasshoppers, the traditional way to do it. It is located on Mariano Escobedo almost at corner of Aquiles Serdán in Centro.” To find out more about Paola’s Tomatl cooking classes and other services please go to: http://www.paolaosuna.com.

What is a gastropub? Well, it’s one thing in the UK, another in Canada and different in the US. Here, in Mazatlan on Constitución #77, owner Christian Moreno has another vision! He’s gone all British and named his new establishment Machado Public House, Gastro Pub. No stranger to the restaurant business [he owns five Mahi Sushis] he’s starting with a wide selection of beers, wines, and a decent range of “hard” alcohol choices. The food? Hamburgers for now, then branching out from there. There’s even the possibility of sushi from where else, Mahi Sushi around the corner. Machado Public House is underneath Casa 46 [used to be Blas Nayar’s art studio] and is open every day at 4 p.m. The Plazuela just keeps on giving us more choices.

There’s a new micro-brewery in Centro and it’s called Garagardo Brewpub. Located on Constitución [beside La Fábula] just west of Niños Héroes, it promises “Craft beer, growlers, malts, hops, yeast and recipes…equipment and everything you need to make your own beer”. This brew pub and store also sells its own beer and is open on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Fun hip, interesting space.

It’s always a fun time at Tippy Toes and now best selling author and owner Deborah Rodriquez has added a new staff member to her team who will provide you with a permanent solution for…permanent makeup. Yup, Deb has hired Toronto cosmetic tattoo artist Andrew Piller. This Torontonian also happens be fluent in Spanish [mum is from Sinaloa, wife is Mazatleca], and is ready to enhance your eyebrows, eyeliner, lips “anything you desire to give you freedom in the pool and at the beach.”  If you’ve been thinking about improving your look then please stop by Tippy Toes and say hello to Andrew and take a look at his portfolio. He leans towards a more natural look but is open and willing to do as you wish. And yes, non-cosmetic tattoos as well. Never mind, all kinds of summer specials await you – % off on pedis etc. etc.

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, crackers, 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: tintesytintas@hotmail.com

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: 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. UPDATED on April  4, 2018: [ “Miguel is pleased to announce that starting now 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.” ] [Updated May 2018 by Sheila Madsen: I’ve been having massages for 45 years. That’s a big number, and I had a big problem in my right shoulder. Sometimes the knot was the size of a golf ball and with a talented registered massage therapist it would sometimes be reduced to the size of an olive. But the pain always returned – radiating from my jaw all the way down to my right fingers. In fact, I used to roll around on a golf ball to relieve the pain. I can’t explain why I took so long to avail myself of Miguel’s services. He has had nothing but rave reviews [see below] and people would stop me and thank me for “promoting” him. I think it was the fact that during low-season Miguel started to make house calls. Miguel appears in a smart uniform with his massage table [I supply the sheets and tranquil music]. I’m on my stomach and he says right away one leg is shorter than the other and that my hips are out of alignment and that’s my problem. What? He works on my feet, my hips and a little around my “golf-ball” knot. The next day my knot is the size of an olive. After four treatments the knot has unraveled; no more headaches, no more jaw aches, no more endless stretches. Miguel is a healer and if you have a chronic problem – say, for instance, for 45 years – I would really recommend him. It’s a treatment and certainly not what I call a “tourist massage.” Miguel is a problem solver with an intelligent knowledge of body mechanics and magic hands.]

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 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 Da Venzi Deli aka Eddie’s Pizza #22 [it was 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. On Constitución, again underneath Casa 46, is Machado Public House, Gastro Pub.  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 has moved and be renamed, Mona del Astiller on Vicente Guerrero #213 ], 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 Nao Kitchen and Bar [Asian Fusion] and beside that is Mahi Sushi at #1410. Continue on Belisario and you’ll find Union Bakery & Restaurant on Belisario Dominquez # 1503 – still on Belisario at Sixto Osuna is the newly opened restaurant aptly named Belisario;  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-two restaurants alive and well [for today] within a 20 minute loop. Many of them are reviewed here.

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