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  May 16, 2011 
welcome / bienvenidos


Welcome to all 830 subscribers of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, and many more who view it on our sponsor site, Jaltemba Bay Life, and our forum.


The average temps are rising here in Jaltemba Bay, as is the humidity (Allyson actually considered sleeping in our air-conditioned closet the other night, but decided that the cold hard tile floor wouldn't be comfortable for very long).  


The annual Patron Saint's Festivities are going on this week in La Peņita. Today is Day 7 of 11, with the finale to be held this Friday, May 20th. See below for more details. 


In case you didn't read our last issue, the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter is now being published bi-weekly. This will continue throughout the summer months. The next issue will arrive in your InBox on May 30th just in time for your morning coffee.   


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 


If you enjoy taking pictures, send us one of your favorite photos taken in the Jaltemba Bay area. Simply email us a title for the photo, a brief description of the photo and/or where it was taken, and the photographer's name. We will feature photos as we receive them.  

by Christina Stobbs


Photo of a shy baby green iguana peeking over the edge of a roof top.  


Christina Stobbs owns "This & That - Arts & Marketing" in Los Ayala. To learn more, click here >


Congratulations Martin and Christina 


Martin Wedding


We want to congratulate Martin and Christina, who were married at Sagrado Corazon (Sacred Heart) Church in Los Ayala on May 7, 2011. Many of you may know Martin from of his reupholstering business, La Magdalena Tapaceria, in Los Ayala. He has a great reputation for friendly service, quality work and reasonable prices.


A special thanks to Christina Stobbs who allowed us to use this photo. To view more photos of the wedding, click here


Mourning the Loss of Two Locals


We are sad to report that two well-known locals have passed away. Luciano Pineda Vazques, from Pineda Restaurant in Guayabitos, died of a heart attack; and Antonio (Toņo) Resendiz, age 40 of Hotel Ma. Estela in Guayabitos, died from complications during brain surgery. Our heartfelt condolences go out to both families.


In Season: Pitaya
by Allyson Williams

Pataya Fruit 

(top left) Pitayo Cactus (since no one knew of any Pitayos growing here, I had to borrow a photo from the internet). (top right) Pitaya fruit. (bottom) bright red Pitaya fruit cut in half so you can see the edible seeds inside.


On the afternoon of May 4, while David and I were driving through La Peņita, we noticed a woman sitting on the corner of main street with a table overflowing with Guamúchil (which I featured last week--click here to read the article). I asked David to stop the car so I could take some more photos. On the side of her table sat a medium blue plastic bowl filled with a few small semi-round and very odd looking things. Quite honestly, I wasn't sure if it was a type of food or an insect. She and her client explained that they are called Pitaya (pronunced pee-tie-yah). 


Pitaya fruit comes from the Pitayo cactus (Stenocereus queretaroensis). The Pitayos are columnar in shape, and are very common in the arid zones of central and northern Mexico. The fruit has attractively colored pulp that ranges from bright red to yellow and orange. To eat it, you peel back the skin and eat the fruit as well as the numerous soft black seeds. It didn't occur to me to buy one at the time (why, I'm not sure), so I went back the following day. Luckily, she had another bowlful. These were larger, riper, and bright red inside. She told me that she was saving these "special ones" for a client, but agreed to sell one of them for 5 pesos. I was delighted! I walked back home, washed it in Microdyn, and cut in in half (as you can see in the photo above). The consistency is similar to that of a watermelon but less firm, and the flavor is mildly sweet and tastes like a pear. It is much better tasting than it looks, that's for sure. 


The woman explained that Pitayos bloom in the spring, are harvested, and commonly sold at local markets or transported to nearby cities at the end of April. In this particular case, both the Pitayas and Guamúchil were grown in the town of Cuastecomate, which is located east of Jaltemba Bay in the municipality of San Pedro Lagunillas, Nayarit.


Cinco de Mayo Humor
Submitted by Arne Brakke


HeCinco de Mayollmann's Mayonnaise --  

a bit of history.


Most people don't know that back in 1912, Hellmann's mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York. This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico. But as we know, the great ship did not make it to New York. The ship hit an iceberg and sank, and the cargo was forever lost. The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly awaiting its delivery, were disconsolate at the loss. Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning, which they still observe to this day. The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known, of course, as... 

Sinko de Mayo!!


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


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 we don't mind being your roving reporters, we 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!



"Kilometer of Books" Program 

by Susana Connors 

Rotary Logo   

Jaltemba Bay La Peņita Rotary Club is asking all Rotarians and visitors heading to our area to bring books for children of all ages for the "Kilometer of Books" Program. The books should be in Spanish, or Spanish and English. The books will be used to stock new kindergartens and libraries at the local high schools, as well as for literacy programs. Books can help open a child's imagination through the world of knowledge. It may be summer and your winter trip is six months away, but no matter... start collecting your books now. Ask your friends and family to participate. Volume is not important, as we understand that books take up precious space and weight in your luggage.  


For more information about Rotary Club Jaltemba Bay La Peņita and its programs, email Susana Connors. Register for the Rotary 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   


May 10-20

Patron Saint's Festivities of Our Lady of the Rosary in La Peņita (Nuestra Seņora del Rosario de Talpa)

For 11 days, the different colonias (neighborhoods) in La Peņita organize themselves and show their devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary through several activities, mass, singing, pilgrimages and fireworks. For a detailed event schedule, click here.



* Indicates possible non-working holidays.

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

    are closed during these Mexican National Holidays.




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.





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.  

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

9th Annual International Margarita Challenge

Place: Piņa Colada Restaurant

Time: Doors open at 4:30pm



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 Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter