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Breakfast with friends at Rincon de Guayabitos, Nayarit Mexico
Day two of pure bliss. Thankfully, the time difference allows me to wake up just before sunrise (lord knows that’s not my typical daily ritual) – but here, 6 am is 8 am back home. Standing on the second-floor balcony we watch the scene change with the colors of the sun and marvel at the bird sanctuary below . The activity and sounds just are mesmerizing!
Breakfast time! Susan Cobb arrives as Virginia is in the kitchen whipping up tomato, cilantro, onions, and jalapeno fried eggs. Introductions, girl chatter in the kitchen as we slice avocados and cubes of papaya; a pot of coffee brewing – we’re ready for our morning feast.
Susan, a friend of Virginia, left the sunny land of California in 2006 and has been living in Mexico ever since. A well-known author of inspirational articles and her book, The Virgin Territory: How I Found My Inner Guadalupe, Susan travels the world speaking about practical spirituality and the role of women in religion. You can follow Susan on her blog: Welcome to Virgin Territory. The conversations of tres Amigas was lively and fascinating. Stories of travels, projects, female energy, and life experiences…. all I can say is: smart women rock! As much as I wanted to sit by the pool and bask in the sun on my first day of travel, I happily sat in the kitchen for hours listening and sharing tales of life. After clearing the table, with Susan’s book in hand, I snuggled into a poolside lounge chair and dove into Susan’s world.
For the next ten days, I’ll be living in Guayabitos Mexico, on Calle Golondrinas, a cobblestone street in a small fishing village north of Puerto Vallarta. The three-story house, at the end of a cul de sac, leads to Guayabitos beach and is backed by a lively bird sanctuary. Each morning is blessed with the sound of soft swells of the beach and a symphony of bird calls; at this very moment, a bright yellow bird is crooning a soulful tune outside my window. As the sun rises my bedroom turns a golden hue, I stretch and slowly welcome the day.
This is the house of my bestie, Virginia and her husband George. Smart, fun, well-traveled – the exact kind of person you want to travel with. And, as you will see, she is a fabulous cook. We’ve gone through many adventures in life, and hand-in-hand have stepped into this one. I’m happy to share my travels, my friends, this lovely area – the sun, the beach, places to visit, the birds, and of course, the food!
We arrive on Friday evening, shop in the market on our way to the house, toast with tequila in the back seat of the car, and drive to our destination. After marveling at the beauty of the home, with its Mexican flair inside and out – we share homemade quesadillas and more tequila and then visit the shrine at the tip of the beach dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Next stop, the town of Guayabitos. The name is derived from the word guayaba or guava tree – which is indigenous to the area. The town is colorful and lively, just like the birds of Golondrinas. We walk the streets filled with fireworks, music, street performers and open restaurants. We head to El Rodeo, owned by Eddie and Roberto, friends of Virginia. She has the special of the day – whole red snapper, I chose arranchero – grilled flank steak.
After sharing a tequila (I see lots of tequila in my future…), we take in the town. Local families and tourists slowly meander by, children run in and out of storefronts, a passing street cart releases a loud whistle as the air compression is released, a tiny man on stilts dressed as Jack Sparrow, skillfully sashays in and out of stores and restaurants dancing with a wooden skeleton; the children are enthralled. With all of this swirling around me, I forget to take photos of our meal. I need to work on that! So begins our adventure…
Savory Bacon Cheddar Chive Corn Cakes
Who doesn’t love pancakes? Blueberry pancakes. Chocolate chip pancakes. Pumpkin pancakes. Banana pancakes with walnuts, and of course- maple syrup. But, have you tried a savory pancake? A few weeks ago, Annette of KichAnnette, and I got together for a girlfriend brunch and decided to try a different kind of pancake. And with that, the Savory Bacon Cheddar Chive Corn Cake was born. And why not top our corn cakes with a luscious poached egg? Yum! Naturally, we shared a glass of champagne and called it a day!
RECIPE: Bacon Cheddar Chive Corn Cakes
1 cup boiling water
3/4 cups corn meal
1 1/4 cup buttermilk (or make your own: 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 1/4 cup milk, less 1 tablespoon. Let stand for 5 – 10 minutes)
4 large eggs
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons fresh chives, minced
1/2 cup cooked, crumbled bacon (10 – 12 slices)
1/3 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
4 tablespoons butter, melted for pancakes
2 tablespoons, butter for cooking (or coconut oil)
2 poached eggs
1 teaspoon white vinegar
Add boiling water over cornmeal, stir and let sit for 5 minutes
Add buttermilk, stir into cornmeal mixture.
Whisk in eggs. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pepper
Stir in chives, melted butter, bacon bits and cheese; mix all ingredients together
In a large non-stick skillet, over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter
Pour 1/4 cup of batter into hot skillet and cook all pancakes. Add more butter as needed.
Cook until the edges of the pancake are dry and small bubbles rise to the surface.
Flip and cook the other side until a light golden color. If your pancakes cook too dark or too light, adjust the heat as necessary.
As you cook corn cakes, place on a large plate and cover to keep warm. Be sure to add a smear of sweet butter to each pancake as soon as it comes off the skillet. We choose smaller pancakes and for a clean, even look, we placed a cup over each pancake and using a knife, cut around the edges to make even pancakes.
Poach two eggs
To poach eggs, boil about ½ inch water in a pan. Bring to a boil and add a pinch of salt and vinegar. Bring heat down to simmer and slip eggs into the water using a slotted spoon. Use a spoon to keep the egg whites around each egg, and to keep them separated from each other and off the bottom of the pan. Let cook for 3 minutes and remove.
Plating the Dish
Place a stack of pancakes on a plate
Drizzle maple syrup over the pancakes
Place a poached egg over the stack of pancakes
Garnish with minced chives and serve immediately
Crush-Worthy Romantic Music Playlist for Valentine’s Day
Whether you prefer to start your night with a slow dance before dinner or shake things up after dessert, here’s romantic, rose-themed music playlist that will set the mood for your special Valentine. Who knows, maybe you’ll find yourself in the leading role as Bon Jovi croons out: “I want to lay you down on a bed of roses…” #IadoreU
Last of the English Roses – Peter Doherty
Dessert Rose – Sting
Rose Tatoo – Dropkick Murphys
Kiss from a Rose – Seal
La Vie En Rose – Grace Jones
Mother Rose – Patti Smith
Where the Wild Roses – Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue
Break Free – Ruby Rose
Aprindel Luna – Theo Rose
A Rose is Still a Rose – Aretha Franklin
Bed of Roses – Bon Jovi
La Liste – Rosa
Rose in Paradise – Waylon Jennings
Every Rose Has a Thorn – Poison
Roses – The Chainsmokers
English Rose – Paul Weller
The Rose -Westlife
Monarchy of Roses – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Calypso Queen – Calypso Rose
Days of wine and roses laugh and run away, like a child at play. Johnny Mercer
Single On Valentine’s Day? Own It!
February 14th is a day to show your love, but there’s no law that says it has to be for a significant other. Single this Valentine’s Day? Show some love for your friends – or, even better, yourself! Forget the FOMO this year and celebrate your freedom from obligatory date nights and gifts! Here are some suggestions:
Host a Singles-Only Party
No date? Celebrate anyway, whether it’s a “Galentine’s” party with a handful of your closest girlfriends and a mimosa bar or a wild coed night with body shots and a randy game of suck-and-blow.
Treat Yo Self
Take a spa day and get a massage or mani-pedi, or just drop a bath bomb in the tub, light some candles, pour a glass of wine and soak for just as long as you want.
Try Something New
Sign up for a yoga class, make risotto or even volunteer at a food bank. Do something you’ve never done before and revel in your sense of accomplishment.
Work It Out
Get some exercise, whether it’s skiing, indoor rock climbing, ice skating or hiking. Focusing on physical activity will get you out of your own head and into a healthy state of Zen.
Get Out of Dodge
Take a mini-vacation. Cross the state line, check out a town you’ve never seen, enjoy being a tourist. Whether on your own or with a friend, time away from the every day is always a good thing!
To love oneself is the beginning of a life long romance – Oscar Wilde
A Home-Cooked Black Tie Dinner for Two on Valentine’s Day
Forget about going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day. Rock your lover’s heart with a handwritten invitation for an intimate, black-tie affair at your place. We pulled together a few recipes from our Pinterest Board: A Black Tie Affair for Two, that are easy to prepare but have that WOW factor. And be sure to dress up, it makes the night all the more special. #You+MeForever
Anyone can catch your eye – but it takes someone special to catch your heart.
Valentine’s Day is for Pussies
Says who? Feb. 14th is for love, romance… and, of course, sex! It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and take your significant other for granted. Valentine’s Day provides the jolt some of us need to stop and express our affection – emotional AND physical – and just let the dishes sit for a night. They’re not going anywhere.
How do I love thee? List out your lover’s favorite attributes for them to read. Write them on a series of Post-It notes cleverly placed around the house, or fill a blank notebook with things you love about your special someone that they can flip through again and again.
Surprise! Plan an outing – whether just for an afternoon or for a whole week – without your partner’s knowledge. Make sure you take care of ALL the details, including securing their time off work and hiring the babysitter!
Live it up. Book a spa day together and enjoy being pampered in tandem! Or, for the more budget-conscious, create your own spa day at home. Light candles, turn on some relaxing tunes, take a bath (together, of course!) and then take turns giving each other massages.
Keep it simple. Sometimes the best thing to do is … nothing. Set aside a day, a night – or both! – to just relax. Turn off the phones and close the blinds, put on your comfy pajamas, order takeout, and veg out with a couple of books or a Netflix binge.
Do something risqué. Treat yourselves to a sexy indulgence: Head out to a burlesque show, go shopping for sex toys or arrange a boudoir photo shoot. Then go home and see what happens. (I think we all know what happens.)
“Falling in love is so hard on the knees.” — Aerosmith
Enter to Win our Rocking Valentine’s Day Giveaway
Hey music lovers this is for you! Enter for your chance to win the ultimate Hotel Costes Collectors Box Set (value $299), or how about Mick Rock’s – The Rise of David Bowie (value $70) – a gorgeous book for Bowie collectors. And nothing ends the day better than a delicious cupcake, The Butch Bakery by David Arrick and Janice Kollar (MyWoodstockKitchen.com) has some of the best cupcake recipes ever.
Feeling lucky? Gret – enter now. It’s so easy – just follow the directions below. Good luck to you all and Happy Valentine’s Day!
Declare your red-hot feelings this Valentine’s Day by adding roses, long recognized as the symbol of passionate love, to your lover’s table. And we’re not just talking about decoration! Enjoy this rose-inspired four-course Valentine’s Day menu. After all, they say the way to the heart is through the stomach… #LoveBites
Days of wine and roses laugh and run away, like a child at play. Johnny Mercer
Get off to a Great Start with These Love Bites for Your Valentine
Like a gentle kiss, the amuse bouche stimulates the appetite and leaves you wanting more. What better way to begin your romantic evening than with a colorful, playful and delicious nibble that prepares your lover’s palate for what’s to come? #KissMe
The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. Audrey Hepburn
Impress Your Valentine with an Alluring Asian Menu
Looking to dazzle and delight? How about serving up a homecooked Asian-inspired feast for Valentine’s Day? The tantalizing aromas and elegant presentation of these dishes are sure to impress even before your date takes their first delicate bite. #LoveBites
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. Plato
There’s nothing as special as a good friend, except perhaps a good friend with a good bottle of wine . . .
Always strive to create temptation – a glimpse of the pleasure to come – SeductionMeals.com . . .
Seduction is always more singular and sublime than sex and it commands the higher price – Jean Baudrillard . . .
Age and glasses of wine should never be counted . . .
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster – Jonathan Swift . . .
A gentleman seduces his lady’s mind before he even touches her body . . .
First we eat. Then we do everything else – M.F.K Fisher . . .
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away . . .
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