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MEXICO (SAYULITA): THE BEST EATS IN A REMOTE FISHING VILLAGE

By Nora Zelevansky / November 18th, 2009

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[CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE: Baja Shrimp Tacos From Sayulita Fish Tacos]

Not that I've ever been to Tamarindo (an expat yoga-happy enclave in Costa Rica), but I imagine that Sayulita is pretty similar.  If you haven't been to either, then that comparison really won't help you. At all.

Basically, Sayulita (which is about 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta) is a fishing village, where a bunch of expats (largely from Canada and Santa Cruz for some reason) have taken up residence.  More importantly, though, Sayulita is where M. & P. got married a few weeks ago.

So, without further ado (ado, adieu, ado), here were the three places we ate at nonstop:

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[CLICK IMAGE TO EXPAND: Guacamole]

First, at half-stand/half-restaurant Sayulita Fish Taco, I liked the Baja Shrimp and Baja Fish tacos best.  Of course, just my luck, those are the fried ones, but they aren't greasy at all.  The tacos come with cabbage, pico de gallo and this tangy spicy sort of creamy sauce that most people just love, but I was sort of not so into.  I learned this the hard way, but if you don't mind being high-maintenance and explicit about your wants, you can get them my way: with no pico and no creamy sauce, but with mango salsa, hot sauce and salt instead.  YUM.

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[CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE: Chicken Burrito, Sauces]

Burrito Revolution was also a hot ticket, although some people had iffy experiences with the fish versions.  I tasted both the chicken and carnitas and they were totally great: with a crispy tortilla and all things good.  Though everyone else loved the orange sauce best here too, I LOVED the garlicky verde situation above.

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[CLICK IMAGE TO EXPAND: Mole Enchiladas]

Lastly (although we actually ate this on our first night in town), Sayuita Café's mole was actually kind of out of this world.  I'm not always a mole fan.  Sometimes it weird me out (and by "it weird me out" I mean "it weirds me out"–YUP, I have a cold and my brain isn't functioning), but this was just tangy and spicy and tasty and all things good.  They're actually famous for their Chile Relleno, which got good reviews from our group too.

Also, I think Andre loved the breakfast at Villa Amor (our hotel), but I don't do breakfast, so you'll have to take his word for it.

Ole.

xo – N.

LA (LA CIENEGA): THE BEST WAY TO BECOME A LOW MAINTENANCE WASH-AND-GO GIRL

By Nora Zelevansky / November 17th, 2009

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Okay, so there's a really good reason why I'm posting this not so attractive picture of myself on a plan to Mexico (with a random woman sleeping behind me–sorry, lady).  I'll get to the point.  But bear with me.

Every once in a blue moon, I decide to let my hair go curly.  On that first day, for some inexplicable reason (especially if I haven't worn my hair naturally curly in ages), my hair might actually look acceptable.  Most of the time, though, I am not even remotely wash-and-go.  I'm the opposite of wash-and-go.  I'm like wash and stay.  In the bathroom.  Blow drying for the next 50 years.

Now, some of my lovely friends, who shall remain nameless have solved this age old problem with Japanese straightening and it actually looks really great on all of them, but I've not been on board.  See, with really flat, pin straight hair, I look a bit like a drowned rat.

So, I've been relegated to blow drying, though I must admit that my totally genius FHI Heat Nano Salon Pro 2000.  I got it as a gift and was admittedly totally shocked that it made a difference, but it not only dries my hair quicker than average, but it changes the texture to smoother and more moisturized.

ANYWAY . . . the point is that hair stylist at my beloved Roman Salon, Lien Scherr, convinced me to try the Brazilian Blow Out, right before I left for Mexico.  The treatment (which initially got a bad wrap for toxicity, but which has been reformulated several different ways by different companies) is not permanent like Japanese, but basically lifts after a few months.  Also, instead of making you hair pin straight, it takes out the frizz and some of the body and leaves in some wave.

So, this image is of me the first morning I washed and then went (to the airport).  Now, I'm not saying my hair looks the best it ever has in the above picture, but it is TOTALLY acceptable and I literally didn't have to do a THING.  And you know what?  It looked acceptable for my whole trip to Mexico, despite ocean swimming and humidity and no time to style anything.  This is without even product!

Anyway, I'm now a wash-and-go girl, at least for now.  I am just so low maintenance.

xo – N.