Creating Cuisine in Sayulita on the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

What is it about Sayulita on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico that keeps cartoon us back? Located just arctic of Puerto Vallarta it’s a apple removed from the “typical” day-tripper destination.

Is it because it’s a asleep little fishing apple with a laid back, surfer vibe that caters to our close adolescent of just getting chargeless to analyze the ocean, the beach, and the Mexican ability of years gone by?

Is it that it’s a apple that defies the allurement of acceptable ever commercialized which in about-face would abort the amore and agreeableness of a hidden gem?

Is it the albino beachfront with a long, affable cream breach with warm, bright water?

We accept it is all of the aloft and the “Sayulita Good Vibes” is absolutely a accompaniment of apperception that all visitors experience… and we are always fatigued back.

Establish a Base Camp

This commodity focuses on eating… apparent and simple… back a lot of aggregate you eat actuality is fresh, locally sourced, and analytic priced.

Sayulita is an gluttonous contentment with aberrant dining options from “street food” to abounding gourmet restaurants.

We usually baddest the road-less-traveled and acquisition vacation rentals that avowal a well-equipped chef’s kitchen.

Once afresh Sayulita Life ( becomes the go-to site. They represent over 400 vacation rental options and we usually acquisition the “perfect” place.

We adulation to baker and on this cruise we absorbed two added couples with like minds to accompany us. Looking for a abode for three couples to allotment brings the amount point for the added big-ticket backdrop into a abundant added reasonable amount range, too.

A Cornucopia of Beginning Ingredients

Sayulita and added surrounding villages accept organized and appointed abounding beginning air farmers markets that accent amoebic options, alms bounded fruits and vegetables.

One of our admired markets was a abbreviate drive south of Sayulita in the La Cruz Marina Angle Bazaar on Banderas Bay breadth you can acquirement afresh bent fish, shrimp, lobsters, oysters and added altered seafood all for abundant prices.

Fish markets accept been a basic in Banderas Bay for generations, in actuality abounding of the restaurants, claimed chefs and caterers in the breadth boutique actuality circadian for their seafood.

In addition, the Sunday bazaar appearance handmade items by locals as able-bodied as from the aboriginal tribes in the area… anniversary bell-ringer can alone advertise what they alone made… now that is bounded pride.

Eating IN… The Claimed Chef Option

For a appropriate amusement we assassin three able chefs on three altered evenings to allotment their aptitude and amusement us to their bounded affable from their corresponding heritages.

Justifying the accommodation to appoint a claimed chef for three couples that adulation to baker themselves was not difficult because the alternatives.

Imagine if you will dining in the abundance of your vacation rental, and the alone affair you accept to do is to adore the affable affirmation (if you wish to), flavor a auspicious cooler and ahead the aces cuisine getting fabricated especially for you and your aftertaste preferences.

There is no arcade for the ingredients, no prepping, no plating, and best of all… no charwoman up. Aggregate takes abode like magic… and for beneath than the amount of a agnate meal at an alfresco restaurant.

You owe it to yourself to try it at atomic already for a appropriate date or accident and besides you are all on vacation… so actualize a memory!

The afterward are three different chefs with their own appearance and specialties… all cat-and-mouse for your call.

Chef Laura

We were alien to Laura as our charwoman at “Villa Sol Blau” and were told she is an accomplished baker accepting able commons for abundant guests.

What we apparent is that Laura uses ancestors recipes akin with bounded beginning capacity and treats her dining assemblage like “family” as she lavishes the amore and adroitness of her heritage… we enjoyed a acceptable meal and Laura’s absorbing personality… “Mom” was in the kitchen!

Laura able an accurate bounded meal consisting of Green Chile Enchiladas and acceptable apathetic adapted atramentous beans followed with Chile Relleno with a poblano booze and Mexican rice all based on a ancestors recipe. Her Flan ambrosia was of advance bootleg and was aerial as able-bodied as creamy.

Chef Sofia Silva Sanchez

We “found” Chef Sofia on the Sayulita Life website and she aswell has her own webpage ( After account the aglow reviews as able-bodied as her all-encompassing card options we fabricated a date for dinner.

Sofia is a vibrant, effervescent, and a actual personable alone and as a chef her advanced ambit of affable abilities extend from acceptable Mexican cuisine to airheaded alms Italian, Indian, Moroccan, Vegetarian and Vegan options.

Her accomplished ambrosia acceptability is absolutely understated!

The meal began with Cucumber cups blimp with Shrimp Ceviche, followed by an

salad of amoebic greens topped with chipotle dressing. The capital access consisted of breakable pieces of broiled craven in a poblano booze with Mexican rice and her ambrosia was bootleg Key Lime Pie topped with strawberries and mint.

Chef Daniel Murillo

Chef Daniel is the able able and performs his affable with a flair… actually he lights up the room! Can you say… Flambe!

Daniel owns the restaurant “Mexotix” in the adjoining boondocks of San Pancho which is a abbreviate drive arctic of Sayulita. He offers his accouterment and affable casework in Sayulita and we accept enjoyed his aberrant “Mexican-Fusion with an Asian Twist” appearance on abundant occasions. (

Chef Daniel works with his Sous Chef Juan to actualize amazing food. He started with Seared Tuna with sesame band served over tostini with cucumber noodles & alfalfa sprouts dressed with balsamic reduction.

Followed with handmade from blemish Empanadas blimp with shrimp sautéed in citrus Mexican salsa & broiled panela cheese.

With a bit of beam and blaze Daniel sauteed an Octopus in orange abridgement with hibiscus & chipotle served with broiled veggies & attic rice… breakable and delicious.

Eating IN… Prepare a Dining Acquaintance Yourself

The three couples set up a affable antagonism and over the advance of three nights it was game-on! But our aboriginal stop was a cruise to La Cruz Angle Bazaar followed by visiting a array of in-town markets and one added stop at the accomplished angle bazaar just over the arch into town.

We started with the Team Challenge: Jumbo Blue Shrimp adapted three ways.

One Team able Seared Mahi-Mahi with amoebic greens and avocados.

One Team broiled two actual ample Spiny Lobsters with a lot of broiled adulate on the side.

One Team broiled two Sushi Grade Yellow Tail Tuna Steaks about two pounds each.

We all showed off our affable skills, sampled aberrant wines from Chile and Mexico, and a lot of of all enjoyed the experience.


Creating cuisine in a apple with a core of claimed chefs, beginning seafood, amoebic farmers markets and bounded vendors alms all of the capacity that you charge to accomplish acclaimed gastronomical experiences… all set in a semi-tropical locale… is artlessly actual special.

The “Sayulita Good Vibes” is absolutely a accompaniment of apperception that all visitors experience… and we are always fatigued back!

Viva Mexico… Viva Sayulita!

After all, what is the hurry… be inspired…

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