Category: Articles

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] [the 2019 celebration parade will be held on Saturday November 2.] Mexico’s most characteristic and perhaps oldest fiesta, Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead), has its origins in the belief of the pre-Hispanic Tarasco people from Michoacan that…

Flavor Teller – Street Food Tours

 Flavor Teller – the original street food tour – has now launched The Mexican Kitchen Experience. 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…

Child’s Play

[Maaike Hoekstra is a hands-on mom who loves to bike, hike, swim, zipline, skate, bowl, you name the sport and she’s there participating with her two children; a 12 year-old girl and a ten year-old boy. When you read about an activity in Child’s Play you know that “it’s mom inspected” – Maaike’s been there…

Tequila – what people are sipping.

When the question was asked “what is your favourite tequila” the answers poured out… [from 2016]. Claudia Lavista , Herradura ♦ Jon Juan, Los Osuna ♦ Alastair Porteous, Los Abuleos ♦ Gerard Koldyk, before dinner sipping, Tres Generaciones Añejo Qn, for mixing, Hornitos, for after dinner, Don Julio Reposado ♦ Liz and John Bannister, El…

How would you spend a perfect day in Mazatlan?

(That was the question, the invitation. The rules? None! Your answer can be as long or as short as you wish. Responses are unedited and arranged by date received. If you wish to share your perfect day (name dropping is encouraged) please send an e mail to: editormazatlanlife@gmail.com) Singer, The Brenster: My perfect day in…

Decor Tips

“I have my dream job”, says residential and commercial designer, Mark Jay. Born in Detroit, educated at Eastern Michigan University he graduated with a degree in arts management. Mark opted for more arctic air and moved to Chicago – Saks Fifth Avenue hired him as a display director and he left there as vice-president of…

Mazatlan Bus Routes

Updated November 2019: These maps are old but are the only ones available at the moment. Perhaps before you leave ask a local, ask at your hotel – locals and residents who take the bus for work would be able to confirm the routes for you. Reminder! Keep your ticket – inspectors randomly do hop-on…

Cocktail Moments

“Twas a woman who drove me to drink, and I never had the courtesy to thank her for it.” W.C. Fields A Martini Moment Known as The King of Cocktails President FDR welcomed the end of prohibition in 1934 by drinking a martini. Steve Acres prefers to mix a martini this way: 1) chill glass…

Doctor on call – 24/7

By Sheila Madsen, updated January 2019. [Due to a thriving business, in 2014 Dr. Jorge opened an office to serve his patients better. While he is indeed still a doctor-on-call, people are often more comfortable going to a professional office. All the details and prices are below.] Dr. Jorge Garcia D’La Rosa is the first…