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May 2014

Great Restaurants!

No vacation is complete without great food!  In this edition, we feature our favorite places to savor a fine dining experience, indulge your sweet tooth with some heavenly desserts, or satisfy your palate with an award-winning wine. With experts on the ground in over 40 different destinations, IVIDMC² can help you find whatever type of cuisine you are craving.
Of all of the great choices out there, a few have found a special plates in our hearts (and stomachs) for their quality food, excellent service and ambiance.
Harry's GrillExecutive Chef Eduardo Ruiz brings his 20+ years of artistry to this unique restaurant in the heart of Cancun's famous Hotel Zone. With a relaxed yet sophis-ticated atmosphere of wood, stone, 
glass, fountains and waterfalls, and with a breath-taking view of the Nichupte lagoon, Harry's is sure to impress before you even take your first bite. Offering over 260 different liquors and one of the most extensive wine lists in the state (over 400 different lables from 12 countries), Harry's bar itself is worth a visit.  But of course, the best reason to visit Harry's is the food. Specializing in steak and seafood, they are famous for their US Prime, Kobe beef, Caribbean lobster and oysters.  Topped with impeccable service from attentive, highly trained staff, your evening at Harry's will always be memorable. Built with the capacity for up to 300 guests, Harry's can be counted on to deliver a quality dining experience for your intimate celebration or for your corporate event. Read more

As you would expect from one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world, the restaurants here reflect an international palette and offer unparal-led variety. Featuring some of the freshest ingredients possible, the best restaurants in the country enjoy the bounty of seasonal crops all year long, with a route from farm to table that is often mere steps. With seafood plucked from two oceans just miles apart and livestock that still feeds on grass, it should come as no surprise that there are great restaurants all over Costa Rica.


We couldn't choose just one, so here is a list of our many favorites: 


North Pacific:

El Coconut                              Dragonfly

Las Pangas                             El Jardín del Edén        



Central Valley/San Jose:
Le Monastère  Read more      El Novillo Alegre  Read more
Central Pacific:
El Hicaco    Read more
Renowned throughout Latin America for excellent dining, both in quality and variety, Panama City offers three distinct restaurant districts to choose from. 

Modern sector - For haute cuisine, try La Casa del Marisco, la Posta, Rosa Mexicano and Chesa. On Uruguay street there is a myriad of casual restaurants offering a wide array of international styles like Spanish, Italian, Lebanese, Chinese, and Asian. 


Casco Viejo - Famous for small restaurants, cafes and family run eateries, the ambiance is warm, quaint and intimate, and is great for snacking and drinks with friends.


Amador Causeway- With spectacular scenery of the bay, with the city in the background against the Pacific Ocean and the constant flow of ships through the Canal, this area provides many excellent dining options. From fresh seafood to Panamanian and international cuisine, great food and great value abounds.

Grapes - International cuisine         Masala - Authentic Indian    
   in Casco Antiguo  Read more
    cuisine in the modern sector
La YolaDesigned by Oscar de la Renta, this restaurant offers an elegant ambiance as well as fresh Mediterranean cuisine and seafood. Its on-the-water location provides great views of the ocean. It even features a glass-floor viewing portal which lets customers observe the vibrant sea life below. With a design that mimics a fishing boat, it's easy to feel like you've left the mainland behind when you step into La Yola.  Read more
Café des Artistes del Mar

The name of this fine restaurant is intended as a double entendre, referring to chef Blouet's ability to blend provincial Mexican flavors with classical French cuisine. It conveys an exclusive and elegant atmosphere, inspired by the relationship between architecture and landscape. The award-winning menu features fine meats, seafood and to-die-for desserts.  

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Punta Mita and the Riviera Nayarit 
Sufi at Playa Fortuna  
Nestled amongst the rolling greens of Punta Mita's Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course lies the exclusive beachfront oasis of Porta Fortuna! A magnificent elevated open air terrace that boasts spectacular views of the Pacific ocean, Sufi's relaxed, elegant atmosphere flirts with a 'Mexiterranean' twist that translates into culinary creations true to its environment and unique style!
Don Sanchez -  Voted "Best Chef in Los Cabos" in 2010 by Cabo Social, Tadd Chapman has brought Don Sanchez to the top of the food chain in an area known for great dining.  Offering a menu of Contem-porary Baja Fusion, including a vast selection of steaks, local seafood, organic produce and fine wines, Don Sanchez is one of the most unique restaurant experiences in the region.  After a major renovation in 2012, the Hacienda-style courtyard and dining area are welcome retreats for your next special occasion. Read more


People come from all over the world to visit our destinations, and they bring their diverse palates with them. Whether your hankering is for Tikka Masala, Spaghetti Carbonara, Falafel, Filet Mignon or good ol' Tacos, you will find so many choices that you might have trouble getting up from the table. 


As always, you can count on IVIDMC²  to offer expert advice on dining, travelling and enjoying our 40+ destinations.  We look forward to making your next Group Travel event a resounding (and delicious) success!




Jose-Manuel GARCIA, CDS

Visionary, Founder & Managing Commander-in-Chief



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In This Issue:
Cancun & The Mayan Riviera
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
Puerto Vallarta
Nayarit Riviera
Los Cabos
Wet Your Whistle
Cook Like The Pros
More of Our Favorites!

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Save Room For Dessert!
For a perfect pastry, specialty coffee and a host of other delicious endings to your meal, try our favorite places for satisfying your sweet tooth:

  • Confeitaria Colombo -                          Rio de Janeiro                



   Cancun & Playa del Carmen

   Puerto Vallarta
   Los Cabos
  • Pitahayas - Cabo San Lucas    Read more
  • Sunset da Monalisa - Cabo San  Lucas Read more
  • La Panga San Jose del Cabo    Read more
Costa Rica:
  • Grano de Oro - San Jose
  • Corteza Amarilla - San Jose 
Wine Tasting
The same quality craftsmanship that made Mexico famous for tequila is now thrusting their wine makers into the spotlight. No visit to our Mexican destinations is complete without a sampling of the local vintages. Plan a tour for small or large groups and enjoy the history, culture and intrigue of 400 years of winemaking. And while you're at it, try your hand at sampling fine Tequilas and other spirits as well.
Tastings available at:
  • Xcaret - near Playa del Carmen
  • The Ritz-Carlton Cancun
  • Cork+Bottle - Puerto Vallarta
  • Los Cabos Winery
Cooking Classes
Go home with more than a memory. La Distelería in Cancun offers 80 minute classes that teach preparation of authentic Mexican favorites, including their famous traditional sauce.The class includes a recipe book, a La Destilería apron, a cocktail and of course, you get to eat your creation! Available for groups of 15 or more, 7 days a week. Read more
More Of Our Favorites
For more great dining options at our destinations, visit our partners and friends at:

Cancun & the Mayan Riviera

  • Hacienda el Mortero
  • La Destilería
  • Puerto Madero
Los Cabos
  • Mi Casa
  • Peacocks

Riviera Nayarit

  • Mariscos Tino's
  • Casa Teresa
  • The Blue Shrimp
  • Mezzogiorno
  • Don Pedro´s
Puerto Vallarta
  • La Vista Grill
  • DeSanto's
  • La Palapa
  • The River Cafe
  • Kaiser Maximilian
  • Trio
  • Vitea Oceanfront Bistro
  • El Arrayan
  • Le Kliff
Dominican Republic
  • Playa Blanca
  • Aqua Mare - Cap Cana
  • Il Cappuccion - Cap Cana
  • Coccoloba at La Cana Beach
  • La Cana Beach Club Grill
  • La Palapa at Caleton Beach Club    

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