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Hacienda San Angel, Puerta Vallarta

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HACIENDA SAN ANGEL GOURMET

I recently spent some time with friends in Puerta Vallarta and since one tends to see the same people that come to our lovely valley all around the world, I thought I'd share this unique restaurant.

The highlight of our trip was at the beautiful, Hacienda San Angel.

Hacienda San Angel creates memorable upscale Mexican and international meals at Hacienda San Angel Gourmet, the hotel’s highly regarded, full-service roof top restaurant. A superbly elegant and scenic experience, Hacienda San Angel Gourmet is open to hotel guests and the public for dinner and a seasonal Sunday brunch, both by reservation only. Patrons enjoy 180-degree views of the town, azure Banderas Bay and Puerto Vallarta’s evening fireworks display.

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A past filled with glamour and romance has led to a present brimming with intimate sophistication at Hacienda San Angel. Though this one-of-a-kind hotel gem has changed over time, its spirit of indulgence, passion and subdued elegance lives on.

The late Richard Burton purchased the Hacienda’s main villa as a Valentine’s Day gift for his wife, Susan in 1977, after falling in love with Puerto Vallarta as he filmed John Huston’s The Night of the Iguana there in the mid 1960’s. The cult classic film put Puerto Vallarta on the map as a favorite vacation spot for the international glitterati, including Burton’s ex, Elizabeth Taylor, who owned a house mere blocks away from Susan’s. Perched on the hillside above the famed Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Church, the villa, aptly named Casa Bur-Sus, embodied coastal charm and Mexican architectural tradition.

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Sheri & Susana

Sheri & Susana

Dining Around the Desert: Cunard's Sandbar, La Quinta

Bob & Tina Cunard in the Halloween Spirit!

Bob & Tina Cunard in the Halloween Spirit!

Bob Cunard, the proprietor of Cunard’s Sand Bar, is a living ‘old school legend’ here in the desert. He’s owned multiple restaurants and bars, was a top amateur golfer in his younger years and has lived a very interesting life. I believe that Bobby knows more people in the desert than just about anyone else I can think of. In fact, Bob introduced Bill to me 12 years ago! So for me, it's like family there.

I tend to have the same thing all the time, mainly because it's the only place that I know that has it and it's a favorite. CALAMARI STEAK – ABALONE STYLETender calamari, breaded and served with lemon, butter, and capers. And of course, the warm bread, house salad, loaded baked potato and a glass of wine.

This visit, my friend Dean ordered the same dish, except he had a lot of their tasty veggies instead of the baked potato.

If you haven't been to Sandbar before, it's time to go! They have music every night, and the list of guest singers is impressive and entertaining.

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Dining Around the Desert: Cliffhouse, La Quinta

Cliffhouse, La Quinta

Cliffhouse, La Quinta

My team, along with our friend Dean, enjoyed a wonderful dinner in the main dining room of the Cliffhouse this past week. It was the first time that several of us had been in the dining room for dinner in years as we typically sit in the lounge or bar area for dinner.

The dining room was a nice change, especially for a larger group. The service was good, the staff friendly, the food was excellent and a good time was had by all.

Dean and I shared the Roasted Beet Salad with candied pecans and goat cheese, and then we each had the Sugar-Spiced Salmon with Chinese beans and mustard sauce. I indulged in the garlic mashed potatoes, and Dean did not! He's good that way!

Ed had the Blackened Catfish with Yukon potato, white corn succotash, Emily had the Caesar Salad with sourdough croutons, Beverly enjoyed the Ahi Poke Bowl, and Norma started with the Prosciutto and Figs and then partook of the Roasted Maine Scallops with parsnip puree in a lemon-butter sauce. Everyone dove into the Ice Cream Pie and Tahitian Vanilla Creme Brûlée.

We pretty much cleaned our plates and enjoyed every bite.

Beverly, Norma, Sheri, Dean, Emily and Ed

Beverly, Norma, Sheri, Dean, Emily and Ed

Cliffhouse is located right on Hwy 111 near Washington.

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