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  May 2, 2011 
welcome / bienvenidos


Welcome to all 823 subscribers of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, and many more who view it on our sponsor site, Jaltemba Bay Life, and our forum.


Everything in Jaltemba Bay is starting to slow down. Now that Easter break has come and gone and the tourists have headed north, the locals can take a much needed (and deserved) rest. We, at Jaltemba Bay Life, will be doing the same thing. Don't fret, we will continue to work throughout the summer to keep you informed -- but rather than publishing our newsletter every week, you'll receive it every other week instead.  


In honor of Cinco de Mayo coming up this week, we've included a fabulous fish taco recipe for your celebration (see below). 


To find out what else is going on this week, read through the information below. Be sure to take a peek at our online Community Calendar for even more local happenings.   

Did you know that the Vacation Rental and Real Estate sections of our site get the highest number of hits each week? If you haven't seen how this portion of our site works, click here: Vacation Rentals or Real Estate (for rentals, you can also click on the "Hotel & Rentals By Owner" tabs to view listings in each individual rental category). If you have a vacation rental and want to receive more bookings, or if you have a home or property you want to sell, why not let us help promote it for you? 




Allyson Williams & David Thompson 

In Season: Guamúchil
By Allyson Williams 


Guamuchil Fruit


The warmer Spring weather brings unique and exciting new produce to our local Mexican markets. Right now, you can find green beans, strawberries, peaches and nectarines (featured in the recipe below), as well as a variety of melons including watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew. 


A few days ago while I was walking through town, I noticed vendors pushing wheelbarrows filled to the brim with Guamúchil (gwa-moo-cheel). These green and pink twisted-looking pods contain a pulpy white fruit and grow on trees with the same name. Guamúchil Trees grow throughout Mexico and are only harvested during a few short weeks in May. When ripe, the pods begin to burst open. To eat them, you remove the sweet tasting fruit from the pod, chew it, and spit out the large black seed inside.  


Many of the locals I spoke with explained that the fruit is very fibrous so it serves as a natural digestion aid, but if consumed in large quantities it can cause bloating and diarrhea. I was also told that the bark can be made into a tea to relieve pain and stomach inflammation.  


Try it while you can, as it will only be in season for another week or so. 


Jaltemba Bay DISH
Ally's inside scoop on where to find seriously good Mexican food  

by Allyson Williams


Fish Tacos


I have a sneaking suspicion that those of you who have headed north might be craving some fabulous fish tacos right about now. And since I can't get my hands on the recipes from Hinde or Rafa, I'll just have to share one of my own favorites. While it's not necessarily a traditional Mexican recipe, it does incorporate nectarines which are currently in season. Plus, this particular recipe would be perfect for any Cinco de Mayo celebration along with a margarita or two. Buen Provecho!


Fish Tacos with Nectarine-Avocado Salsa and Chipotle Sour Cream 



1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

4 (4-ounce) mahi mahi fillets

12 corn or flour tortillas 

1 tablespoon olive oil 



1) Combine the salt, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, black pepper and cayenne. Sprinkle  the mixture on boths sides of the fish fillets.  

2) In a non-stick pan, add one tablespoon of olive oil and heat. Cook fillets on medium-high heat for about 8 minutes (4 minutes per side). When cooked through, transfer fillets to a plate and cover them with aluminum foil until you are ready.

3) While the fish is cooking, place the tortillas, 1-2 at a time, in a dry (no oil) pan over medium heat and cook them for about 1-2 minutes each side.

4) Fill each tortilla with fish and top with Chipotle Sour Cream and Nectarine-Avocado Salsa. Serve immediately.


Click here to view the entire recipe, including the Nectarine-Avocado Salsa and Chipotle Sour Cream.


Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum Surpasses 1,000 Members!


This week we reached a milestone. The Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum officially surpassed its 1,000th member. Currently, we have 1,003 registered members and 2,937 posts... and counting. 


Thank you for joining in and posting, asking questions, providing answers, and sharing information. Your cooperative participation is essential and much appreciated. 


Our Newsletter Articles are Now Available Online


We have created a new Featured Article Page on our sponsor site, Jaltemba Bay Life, to make it easier for you to find the information included in our weekly newsletters. This page is located under the "Newsletter" tab, and contains links to past and present featured articles including the hike to El Monteon, banking in our area, and even this week's recipe. You can now find and re-read an article without having to search through the entire list of newsletter archives. Click here to view the Featured Article Page now.


Writers and Photographers Wanted

by Allyson Williams


Our website, forum, and newsletter have been up and running now for 5 months. During that time, only a few of our readers have submitted articles and photos to be featured in our newsletter. This really surprises us, because we know there are writers and bloggers amongst you, and even a few photographers too.  


While I don't mind being your roving reporter, I think it would be a lot more fun and interesting if we included other peoples' points of view as well. Our sister sites, Sayulita Life and San Pancho Life have a slew of volunteers who write articles about everything from local hangouts, food, surf, fishing reports, birding and sea life, to interviews and personal stories. I guess what we're trying to say is that it doesn't matter "what" you write about, just that you participate in some way, shape, or form. And you certainly don't have to submit something every week, although we'd be thrilled if you did. Come on folks... join us in making our community website the best it can be!



Local Mexican Rotarians attend the Rotary International Conference in New Orleans in June 

By Susana Connors 

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Local Rotarians from the Jaltemba Bay La Peņita Rotary Club, Gabriel Lara and Eddie Dominquez, will be attending the New Orleans International Rotary conference next month. Thank you local business woman, Del Dilke, for your generous gift in helping Gabriel pay for his conference registration. The two La Peņita Rotarians will be busy attending the many events. They will also get a chance to visit with friends from Canadian and American clubs who participate in the Rotary La Peņita Club during the winter months. Gabriel and Eddie will keep all of us current regarding their many activities through Facebook.  


For more information about Rotary Club Jaltemba Bay La Peņita, email Susana Connors or register for the bulletin here



Events are a wonderful way to immerse yourself in, and learn about, the Mexican culture. Here is a list of upcoming holidays, festivals, events, and activities worth planning around. Also check out our Community Calendar for a complete list of what's going on in the Jaltemba Bay area. If you have information about an event, please email us so we can include it in our next issue.


This Week 


*Thursday, May 5

Cinco de Mayo / Batalia de Puebla (Battle of Puebla)

This regional holiday commemorates the Mexican defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla (it is not Mexico's Independence Day, as many people think, which is actually September 16th). While Cinco de Mayo is a big celebration in the US, it is not a national holiday here in Mexico.



* Indicates possible non-working holidays.

** Schools, banks, post offices, and other public government offices

    are closed during these Mexican National Holidays.




May 10

Dia de las Madres (Mother's Day)

Due to the importance of the mother in Mexican culture, Mother's Day is an especially significant holiday.


June 1

Dia de la Marina (Navy Day) 

Since 1942, an impressive military display takes place throughout the country to celebrate the nationalization of the Mexican Navy in 1917. Locally, it reaches its peak at the Fort of San Blas with parades on sea and land; and at the morning parade in Puerto Vallarta with navy ships followed by tour and fishing boats flying their nautical flags.


June 20

Dia de las Padres (Father's Day)

The children had their day, as did the Moms; now it's time for the Dad's to celebrate.



* Indicates possible non-working holidays.

** Schools, banks, post offices, and other public government offices

    are closed during these Mexican National Holidays.





Rotary Club of Jaltemba Bay

Rotary Logo

Rotary Club meets Wednesday mornings at 7:30am at Piņa Colada Restaurant in Guayabitos. Members enjoy social time over breakfast with an official meeting beginning promptly at 8am. Various community leaders, business owners, entrepreneurs, and artists are invited as guest speakers to give members a better understanding of the region they serve.



Tianguis in La Peņita

Tianguis in La Penita

The Tianguis (open-air market) is held every Thursday in and around the Plaza in La Peņita (map) from 8am-1pm or so. It is "the" place to be and be seen on Thursdays... and to shop for silver jewelry, pottery, linens and tableclothes, glassware, Talavera plates and sinks, Huichol Indian artwork, and Oaxacan rugs and black clay pottery. You can buy everything from dried chiles, fresh fruits and veggies, homemade breads, and locally-produced honey and coffee beans, to new and used clothing, kitchen accessories, blender and stove parts, and just about anything else you can think of. The market in La Peņita is one of the largest and most well-known markets in the entire area.


2011-12 Fundraising & Charity Events 


We realize that many of you plan your vacations around the local fundraising and charity events in town, so we have emailed the event organizers to gather information. We will add additional events and dates as soon as we are notified.  

Wed. February 1, 2012

9th Annual International Margarita Challenge

Place: Piņa Colada Restaurant

Time: Doors open at 4:30pm



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