5 quick facts about cochinita pibil

  1. The name “pibil” comes from the Mayan word “pib” meaning oven, originally a hole in the ground.
  2. The original recipe calls for a whole pig to be cooked in a fire pit that is dug in the ground with firewood on the bottom on top of a stone base where the meet is placed after being wrapped in fresh banana leaves then covered with twigs, branches or leaves to bake.  
  3. The pibil cooking method was originally used for deer of pheasants, but scarcity of these meats made pork a suitable substitute.
  4. Before being cooked, pork must be marinated in a sauce of annatto seed and bitter orange juice.
  5. Cochinita pibil is served pulled and accompanied by a cured sauce of chile habanero (yellow lantern chili) and red onion.

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The Three Wise Men

One of the most popular Christian traditions in mexico is that of the Three Wise Men.  According to Matthew’s Gospel, some magi (whose name or number are not mentioned) arrived from the West to meet the baby Jesus and pay homage to him as Son of God, bringing him gold, frankincense, and myrrh as presents.  The names of Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar appeared for the first time in the 14th century.  According to the legend, these distinguished visitors followed a star which led their way to where Jesus and his family were to hand in their presents.

Nowadays, every January 6 children receive presents according to their age but more importantly according to how well they have behaved during the previous year.  They have to write a letter to the Wise Men describing what they would like to receive and what they have done to deserve it.  The presents, generally toys, will appear in the houses in the morning of January 6.

The king cake is another tradition deriving from the Epiphany celebration.  In Mexico they are ornamented with dates and quince.  Inside they carry small plastic babies symbolizing the baby Jesus.  Those who get these figurines when cutting their own slice of cake will have to organize a party on February 2, Candlemas Day, with tamales and atole.

So, if you have been good, write your letter to the Three Wise Men and expect your well-deserved presents!

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Did you know that…

… archaeologists have found 80,000-year-old corn pollen below Mexico City? This means it existed before movies!

… when the first Europeans arrived in the New  World, they saw natives eating popcorn, as well as using it in necklaces and headdresses?

…Native Americans brought popped corn to the first Thanksgiving?  Natives throughout the Americas also made a popcorn beer and some even made popcorn soup.

… popcorn has more protein than any other cereal grain? It also has more iron than eggs or roast beef, and  more fiber than pretzels or potato chips.

… a kernel of popcorn contains just a small amount of water? When these kernels are heated, the water turns to steam and the kernels explode, or “pop” to the shape we love!

… popcorn has been sold in theaters since 1912, and has been a great profit driver ever since?

… as it produces no waste, popcorn is ideal to eat wile strolling along Puerto Vallarta’s Malecón all day long?

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Pop

What is cryocavitation?

Cryocavitation is a new technique to fight cellulitis, localized fat and reduce volume based on the effect produced by low-frequency ultrasound applied at low temperature.  The selective destruction of adipose cells turn fat containing triglycerides into liquid substance (diglycerides) which will be discarded through the lymphatic system and urine. 

Before starting a treatment it is advisable to drink at least half a gallon of water, as it acts as ultrasound conductive, and of course you have to stay away of fat-rich food.  Results vary in each case, but in the first session you can appreciate a loss of about an inch of contour, and after the third or fourth session the volume loss becomes more and more evident.

25 to 55 is the age range to obtain the best results, which can be enhanced by combining other techniques such as radiofrequency or mesotherapy and by having a balanced diet and exercising regularly.

As with every treatment, there are contraindications as pregnancy and lactation, pacemakers and other medical or physical conditions, which you must mention to your therapist before your sessions.

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Christmas wishes made true

The children of Pasitos de Luz will have a more beautiful holiday season thanks to the generosity of all the people who attended Mamas in PV  “Mothers helping Others to make Friday December 12 the day the young ones in the association received the Christmas presents to fulfill their wishes.

Since November Mamas in PV called on their members – and all those who wished to join this beautiful cause – to know the profiles of the kids who take therapies, classes and workshops at the facilities of Pasitos de Luz, profiles where they expressed the wishes they had to celebrate Christmas (such as clothing, stuffed dolls and toys) and where they stole our hearts by mentioning they wanted to grow up to become doctors, nurses and teachers to help their Pasitos de Luz buddies, but above all, they wanted to be happy.

So on Friday 12 in a simple and emotive ceremony the sponsors delivered their presents to each child they decided to support.  Amidst laughing, hugs and tears of joy the little ones received their 

  
  

Celebrate Christmas with your Pet and CupoCity

Christmas Pet

Every year the Christmas season fills our hearts with harmony and camaraderie feelings.  It is the ideal season to celebrate encounters with old friends, relive moments that made us vibrate  and feast for all the good things in life with our beloved ones.

For many of us, these beloved ones include also our pets, who are part of our family by their opwn right and whom we always include in our celebrations plans.  Dogs and cats, hamsters and mice, canaries and parrots and even snakes and iguanas share our life and our space as faithful companions.

As part of your season celebrations, CupoCity invites you to participate in the great Christmas Pet Contest.  Take a picture with your pet in Christmas motifs, find the bases of the contest at https://www.facebook.com/cupocitymexico?sk=app_79458893817 and join to win fabulous prizes and celebrate Christmas with your best friend.

Christmas Pet

A New Mexican Actor in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta has become a gastronomic tourism scenario by excellence thanks to its offer of eateries spanning from street vendors and little fondas all the way to large, elegant gourmet restaurants.

New actors are constantly appearing on stage to compete for the generous market locals and visitors comprise.  The routes these competitors take are as ample as the likes of the foodies they cater to, with more or less success according to a series of variables that must be taken into account.

The recently-open Casa Tradicional Cocina Mexicana is one of those new actors coming with great impetus into this winter season.  Its unsurpassable location – one block away fro the Guadalupe church downtown – takes care of one of the variables mentioned above.  The experience of its owners, who have been integral part of successful projects before, takes care of another one.  This experience is reflected in the menu, featuring classic Mexican specialties to amaze the patrons thanks to the delightful combination of textures, aromas and flavors.

This is your chance to know Casa Tradicional Cocina Mexicana with CupoCity’s promotion. Come fall in love with this new actor in Vallarta!

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Mamas in PV do it again with the event Piñatas de Luz

A total success was the event Piñatas de Luz that Mamas in PV organized this Saturday November 22 at El Río BBQ Restaurant to prepare not only their Christmas festivities, but also to help the children who are in care at  Pasitos de Luz. Mothers are helping others and great unions of mothers with healthy kids to help those moms with special needs kids has begun! Always with an open heart to help those in need, Mamas in PV invited those who wanted to be part of the difference to make the Christmas of Pasitos de Luz kids a merrier and full-of-light one.

The answer of Vallarta’s community came just as expected: everyone who saw the kids’ profiles found one to identify with and decided to become a sponsor of their Christmas wishes.  Click here to see the participating children. 

The event couldn´t be more merrier; grown ups and young ones had a great time participating in the activities prepared especially for the occasion.  Thanks a lot to the mothers who decided to sponsor a kid with special needs.  Thanks to Mamas Ana Uribe and Aimee Jewel for the cookies, to Sweet City for the cupcakes, to Kim Kuzma for her performance, to Miki and friends for a Mickey Mouse super show, to Sweet Bar Cassian  for more cupcakes, to Betty Pichardo for setting up the photo booth and the piñata contest, to Verity Leslie for taking the pictures, Engish Connections for Christmas story time and to the Koala Club team for taking care of children with Christmas activities during the event.

Mama in PV Veroshka Medina made the Piñata Sol, winner of the sensational Piñata Contest carried out as part of the great fiesta Piñatas de Luz.  Veroshka included the Piñata Sol as part of what little Benjamín will enjoy during these festivities.  

Thanks also to Puerto de Luna Hotel, to Kurt Sinner of El Río BBQ, to Entre Amigos San Pancho, to Los Muertos Playeras for donating juice boxes, to Dr. Leticia Quezada and her husband Dr. Ramiro López who took apples for everybody, to Michelle Mayer Fullfer of Provecho Vallarta for donating food for the Pasitos de Luz kids, to Mario Jiménez for donating the printouts on behalf of Print PV , to Nicole Marie who organized a table to make Christmas masks – a huge success! – and to CupoCity for all the support and organization of the event. The event was organized by Nicole Martin of CupoCity who ‘did it again!. Her  unwavering and fabulously fearless dedication to others has moved mountains, one project at a time.’

If you want to see pictures of the event, visit https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.798453386877616.1073741843.163247813731513&type=3  and stay tuned for all the events of Mamas in PV to be published at www.cupocity.com.

The newest chic zone in Puerto Vallarta

The urban development Fraccionamiento Fluvial Vallarta has for the last decade become an important real estate and commercial factor of growth for Puerto Vallarta, especially in its confluence with Francisco Medina Ascencio Boulevard, the main access way to our town.

Grandes Lagos Avenue crosses Fluvial Vallarta connecting the  north area of town with Medina Ascencio Boulevard.  The area of the corner these two important routes make has been going through an impressive transformation during this 2014.  Such transformation started with the construction of a restaurant and night clubs complex which have become fashionable for both locals and visitors alike; Villa del Palmar Hotel, one of the first time-share developments in town, is also remodeling its facade, and the land lots adjacent to Puerto de Luna Hotel  - which for a while seemed to be used only for circuses and carnivals – have been put to good use in several independent cultural and commercial activities, small-mounted by with a high sense of community belonging.

Outdoor movie shows and the installation of El Vecindario are but a sample of these activities.  Also within Puerto de Luna Hotel premises you can find Iyari Restaurant, the newest addition to Vallarta’s gastronomic landscape, created by Chef Ramiro López.

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Newest chic zone

 

El Vecindario the happening spot for Saturday afternoons!

 

Last Saturday November 15 El Vecindario set up once more in Puerto Vallarta, the first one of many occasions for the 2014-2015 season.

El Vecindario –The Neighborhood in English – is an association of Mexican artists, designers and artisans who have gathered not only to offer their products and services, but also to create a place of familial coexistence.

Artists from different disciplines, graphic design, horticulture or interiorism professionals and aficionados, fashion, jewelry and shoe designers and representatives of artisan gastronomy will gather every Saturday in the Parota Park, adjacent to Puerto de Luna Hotel in the hotel zone.

Last Saturday November 15 they got together for the first time this season in an environment of camaraderie and friendship. Artisan beer producers, regional jewelers, independent makers of furniture and accessories gathered to offer their services and exchange ideas.

Now you know it, every Saturday from 4pm to 10pm you have a rendezvous at EL Vecindario in Boulevard Francisco Medina Ascencio # 2294 in the Northern

Hotel Zone, next to Puerto de Luna Hotel.