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Gourmet dining, Mexican snacks, a la carte restaurants, a first-class wine cellar and more make optional all-inclusive vacations the best at Garza Blanca.

Sweet Treats at Garza Blanca Resorts

Sweet Treats at Garza Blanca

For some of us, the highlight of our meal is not the appetizers or even the main course; we want the sweet stuff, which is why having dessert is such an important part of our overall dining experience.  When you are a guest at Garza Blanca, you will have the opportunity to indulge in some of the most delicious desserts you have ever encountered.  Whether you are celebrating something special or simply enjoying a meal out with your loved ones, go ahead and treat yourself to dessert.  You won’t regret it!   Here are some of the outstanding desserts you simply must try at the following restaurants during your next stay at Garza Blanca:   Blanca Blue Based on a traditional Mexican dessert, the Buñuelo at Blanca Blue is positively divine.  Similar to a donut, the Buñuelo is made with deep fried dough, although the presentation here is exceptional with the dough shaped into an elaborate wheel design.  Served with ice cream, this simple yet elegant dessert is a sensation for the palate with elements …

Chef Bricio Domínguez Joins Hecho en Mexico

Chef Bricio Domínguez Joins Hecho en Mexico

Joining us at Garza Blanca for the festivities and celebrations of Hecho en Mexico 2017 (Made in Mexico), renowned chef, Bricio Domínguez, will be serving up treats as our special guest chef. Chef Bricio Domínguez was born in the Mexican city of Toluca, although he made his name as chef in the state of Guanajuato where he opened his first first restaurant, “El Jardín de los Milagros” (The Garden of Miracles) in Guanajuato city and later two more restaurants in the picturesque city of San Miguel de Allende, Nextia and 13 Cielos (13 Skies). Mexican fusion Having always been in love with cooking since he was a boy, Chef Bricio’s passion for the art of cuisine can be savored in his avant garde dishes that are full of vibrant colors and distinctive aromas, where he takes exquisite care over the selection and preparation of ingredients. His recipes are distinguished by their respect for traditional Mexican cooking including pre-Hispanic dishes while fusing elements of world cuisine for unique culinary experiences, presented as though they were delicate …

Blanca Blue’s New Tapas Mestizas

Blanca Blue’s New Tapas Mestizas

Chef Mario Castro has long impressed customers with his imaginative menus which showcase the best of Mexican Avant Garde cuisine at the Blanca Blue Restaurant. This year he has unveiled his Tapas Mestizas menu which will be served next to the luxury wine cellar in the Blanca Blue Restaurant as a complement to the main menu Tapas Mestizas at Blanca Blue Restaurant Tapas are a delicious culinary convention which come originally from Spain and are usually bite-sized portions or larger dishes to share. The tapas experience is all about sharing and socializing, enjoying a good wine or craft beer to accompany your delicate feast. For his tapas “mestizas” choices Chef Castro has combined the idea of Spanish tapas with traditional Mexican flavors and ingredients. This is where the concept of “mestiza” comes into play. Mestizo/a is a word used commonly in Mexico to describe people who have a mix of Spanish descent and native blood, and so is a great adjective for this culinary concept which mixes Spanish techniques with Mexican charm and ingredients. Recommendations …

Italian Menu at Aquazul Restaurant

Italian Menu at Aquazul

Have you been to Aquazul restaurant at Garza Blanca Resort in Puerto Vallarta? Not yet? If you have the chance, you must try its Italian menu which is served from 6pm to 10pm every evening. Guests at Garza Blanca Resort & Spa can now enjoy an additional venue in the evenings alongside Blanca Blue, BocaDos STK, and Hiroshi restaurants. Aquazul by Day and by Night! Aquazul has a very popular lunchtime menu which continues throughout the day, offering snacks and lunch by the pool or in the seating area. The evening menu, however, has a distinct Italian twist, and you can sit on the beach decking, enjoying your meal with the sounds of the waves to sooth. Ideal for a romantic experience. The new evening menu at Aquazul is chock full of delicious additions for you to try. As far as appetizers go we suggest the pan roasted shrimp with garlic, white wine, and tomato sauce served with home-made bread, or the breaded calamari served in parmesan and marinara sauce. The mussels are also phenomenal, …

BocaDos’ Chef Alvaro

BocaDos’ Chef Alvaro

Single-handedly pushing the dining experience at BocaDos STK Restaurant to delectable new heights at Garza Blanca Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Chef Alvaro Cortez is a force to be reckoned with.  His incredible drive to create a unique gastronomical atmosphere for diners has certainly not gone unnoticed.  Originally from the state of Veracruz on the eastern coast of Mexico, he has enjoyed shaping the direction of BocaDos STK Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta for over a year now.  While his downtime is filled with sports and raising five sons, the mouthwatering flavors he produces with his masterful skills in the kitchen are something we can all savor when visiting BocaDos.        Getting His Start Deeply influenced by his mother, who was constantly baking and tinkering in the kitchen, his interest in cuisine started early on and continued to develop as he got older.  He went on to study gastronomy, and then food engineering, both of which he holds degrees in.  During his time in school, he also worked at a steakhouse, and it is there …

Refreshing Beverages for the Beach

Refreshing Beverages for the Beach

There’s just something about basking on a hot, sunny beach while on a Mexican vacation that begs a cold drink in one hand. In fact, the experience doesn’t feel quite complete without your favorite chilled beverage. The first thing you should do of course is ask your waiter for a list of Garza Blanca’s Signature Cocktails. However, if you are more of a traditionalist, here are some of our top frosty drinks to enjoy while you chill out on a hammock, under a beach umbrella, or on your towel on the sand. Margarita Margaritas are one of those things that are quintessentially Mexican for some people. The mere mention of the festive shores of Mexico can bring to mind the beach, sunset and a chilled margarita. Traditionally this drink is made with tequila (obviously), triple sec (and orange liqueur), and some lime juice on the rocks (shaken with some ice) or blended with ice. Often the rim may be salted. Blended margaritas have evolved to include fruit flavors like strawberry, peach, and mango. There’s nothing …

Seafood Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta

Seafood Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta

While Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is an amazing resort destination filled with magnificent beaches, championship golf courses and more adrenaline-pumping outdoor adventures than you could ever imagine, one of the very best reasons to visit this seaside gem is to experience its incredible culinary scene, as foodies from around the globe already know!   As a formerly quaint fishing village situated on a picturesque bay, Puerto Vallarta has easy access to some of the freshest seafood around and is home to countless spectacular seafood restaurants.  Each day, chefs at eateries from simple taco stands to world-class fine dining restaurants draw new inspiration from the flavorful, fresh seafood available to them.  You will find some of the most delectable seafood in the world in Puerto Vallarta, which may just inspire you to dine on seafood at every meal! These seafood restaurants remain steadfast favorites with both locals and tourists: Barracuda Yummy specialties ranging from shrimp tacos to ceviche to elegant fish entrees are made even better with beachfront dining, making this the ideal place to catch the …

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New Lunchtime Menu for Puerto Vallarta’s Aquazul

With the excitement of the winter high season and the holidays in full swing, Aquazul is thrilled to launch its new lunch menu filled with tempting dishes including menu favorites and many yummy new creations sure to whet your appetite.  Of course, no new menu would be complete without some refreshing drinks, and that is why a Signature Cocktail menu has been designed to complement the new food offerings and make your poolside experience more amazing than you can imagine! New Lunch Menu The new lunch menu at Aquazul is awaiting you each day from 12pm to 6pm, and your palate will be treated to delicious gourmet snacks and meals as you soak up the spectacular outdoor setting.  Lunchtime is about to become your favorite meal of the day when you dine at Aquazul, where you can enjoy the amazing vistas of the pools, ocean and jungle-covered mountains enveloping the resort.   You will find a delicious variety of dishes on the lunchtime menu lovingly created by the chef at Aquazul with everything from snacks …

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Chef Mario Castro’s Favorite Chef: Ferran Adrià

Blanca Blue’s chef, Mario Castro, openly admits his admiration for Spanish chef and father of deconstruction, Ferran Adriá. Take a look at this brief biography of this iconic chef.    Ferran Adrià Though Ferran Adrià came to the culinary world seemingly by accident, and from humble beginnings, his creativity and genius have catapulted him to international fame and recognition. Today Adrià is hailed as one of the most talented, creative, and exciting chef’s in the world. His work for the prominent, now closed, Spanish restaurant El Bulli, found on the Costa Brava of the Catalan Mediterranean, brought it a coveted 3 Michelin star rating as well as the top spot on many publications annual lists of great eateries.   Father of Deconstruction The name Ferran Adrià is now synonymous with deconstruction cuisine, sometimes labelled “molecular cuisine” (though Adrià himself prefers the term deconstruction). Adrià reinterprets well-known dishes in innovative and interesting ways while preserving the true essence of the flavours. The brilliant methods which he has used in his kitchens have been lauded in a …

Gourmet at Garza Blanca Puerto Vallarta

Gourmet All Inclusive Vacations at Garza Blanca Puerto Vallarta

So your vacation is coming up and you’re looking for the best all inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta to spend it in with your family! Well, you’re on the right page because we’re here to tell you just why Garza Blanca Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta is the very best all inclusive experience in the city. If you want confirmation that it is, then just check out all the positive TripAdvisor reviews. Top All Inclusive Vacations So, what is it that makes the very best all-inclusive vacation? Could it be gourmet fine dining? Perhaps it’s the poolside snacks? Or maybe it’s the signature cocktails that just appear as soon as you have finished one? Let’s take a look at what distinguishes Garza Blanca’s gourmet all inclusive vacations from the rest. Variety The best all-inclusive vacation resorts offer a large variety of dishes from different cuisines, and varies the menu daily to ensure that a different dining experience is offered each day. This way you can be sure that every member of the family will …

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Your Guide to Puerto Vallarta Street Food

While you might already know that Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is renowned for its wide range of gourmet eateries, this popular vacation destination is also home to some of the most amazing street food.  As you make your way around the area, you will encounter mobile food s tands galore that sell an array of foods such as fresh fruits and veggies cut up and sold incups, roasted chicken, fresh seafood cocktails, tamales, corn and, of course, tacos!  Consider these an upgrade from your trusty drive-thru back home; pull up and order their fresh-to-order eats straight from your car or taxi.   Here are some tips to help you choose a food stand in your guide to Puerto Vallarta Street Food: If locals love it, you probably will, too – When you spot a food stand in Puerto Vallarta that is busy with local clientele, you can bet there’s some great food being served.  Crowded stands also have rapid supply turnover, so you know your street food will be fabulously fresh! Check for cleanliness- Examining the …

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Dining with Children in Puerto Vallarta

When you are on vacation with young children, a decent and stable eating routine is often the very first thing to go out of the window. On the one hand, you would really quite like to enjoy some fine dining experiences with your partner, but on the other the kids are fussy and really only want chicken nuggets or mac and cheese with some soda for dinner. One of the great things about staying at Garza Blanca Resort and Spa in Puerto Vallarta is that all units with one or more bedrooms have a full kitchen and dining area. This means you can prepare your kid’s favorite meals and snacks as and when you need to as well as enjoy delicious snacks by the beach and pools. Of course, part of being on vacation is that you are sure to want to be able to eat out some days. Here are a few suggestions of places for comfortable dining with children in Puerto Vallarta Plaza Caracol Shopping Mall Plaza Caracol Shopping Mall is perhaps the …

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Room Service and Private Chef

If there is one thing that will make your stay at Garza Blanca Resort & Spa extra special, the world class cuisine has to be top of the list. With three gourmet restaurants and a delicious snack bar, there are plenty of options to enjoy the best gastronomic experience while on vacation with us in Puerto Vallarta. However, in addition to dining in our restaurants, you may also choose to enjoy private moments in your suite, choosing from Room Service or indeed contracting our Private Chef service. Room Service There is a delicious Room Service Menu that offers alternative dishes to those found at the restaurants, including healthy options and children’s meals. Room service is available from 7am to 11pm and is also covered by all inclusive packages. Why not order a delicious omelette for breakfast, or a club sandwich at lunch time, or have a full dinner on your balcony as the sun sets. The choice is yours. Private Chef Service Our Private Chef service is a special complimentary privilege offered to guests staying …

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Top 8 Gourmet Dishes to Enjoy at Garza Blanca

Experiencing sensational meals is a highlight during any vacation, and the outstanding dining possibilities at Garza Blanca Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico will tantalize your palate with mouth-watering fare, from gourmet snacks to fine dining.  Chef Carlos Leyva has compiled a list of recommended gourmet dishes to savor while dining at Blanca Blue Restaurant and BocaDos STK at Garza Blanca and Hiroshi at Hotel Mousai. Allow your mouth to start watering over these gourmet dishes: COSTILLAS DE CORDERO EN BRASAS (Rack of lamb) Smoky lamb ribs are topped with pineapple guajillo sauce and served with asparagus, red onion and grilled eggplant. (Blanca Blue Restaurant – Avant-Garde Mexican Cuisine) WONTON TOSTADA Your choice of hamachi, vegetable or spicy tuna tartare is served with avocado slices and red onion atop a wonton cracker and finished with a special spicy sauce. (Hiroshi Japanese fusion restaurant) KOBE HUARACHE A homemade corn tortilla is layered with refried beans, avocado mousse and cheese to provide a base for tender Kobe beef slices. (BocaDos STK) CALDO DE PIEDRA (Stone Soup) …

Molecular Cuisine at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa

Molecular Cuisine

Did you play with your food as a child? Are you bored of using the same old recipes over and over? Molecular Cuisine could be the answer to spicing up your dining. Today the top chefs are using molecular cuisine techniques to add a greater variety of flavors and textures to your dining experiences. Chefs competing in some of the best restaurants worldwide are performing chemical miracles to create a new culinary fashion that has taken palates to another level. The quest for new textures and tastes and reinventing traditional dishes has become a great challenge with some incredibly tasty rewards. What is molecular Cuisine? Molecular Cuisine is a branch of food science that utilizes the principles of chemistry, physics and biology to develop scrumptious food that can be presented in new and interesting ways with effervescent bubbles and foams, solid or jiggly cocktails, crazy caviars and deconstructed desserts. This is the kind of cooking you thought only could exist in Charlie and the Chocolate factory. Breaking the rules Molecular cuisine is like bringing fantasy …