Tuesday,25 Dec 2012


Justin Henderson is responsible for most of the the text on this site. Justin is an established writer, having published six novels as well as many non-fictions and travel guides. When he’s not writing, he’s usually riding waves on a surfboard or a paddleboard in Sayulita or Punta de Mita.


Along with everything else the week of Christmas brings lots of partying, and partying means eating and drinking to your heart’s content, and then some. In keeping with this tradition, my family indulged in a couple of wonderful restaurant meals this past week.

First, a few days before Christmas, we finally found the time to go to the restaurant at the Playa Escondida Resort, and let me tell you, the food was fabulous! Sonoran Steak with Pacific Lobster, Shrimp Scampi, Seafood Pasta, Grilled Tuna; those main courses followed the best appetizers this side of Guadalajara: tuna carpaccio, Caesar Salad, Rocket salad with stuffed chiles, and fried calamari. An amazing meal, and having sampled all those dishes, I can say with some confidence that I’m sure everything else on the menu will rock your taste buds just like these dishes did ours. If you have a special occasion to celebrate, this is the spot. Secluded, intimate, and beautiful, the open air dining “room” at Playa Escondida is an alluring, enchanting little hideaway, a perfect place to (re)kindle a romance and enjoy a fabulous dinner (and breakfast and lunch as well, should you be a guest of the hotel).

Christmas Eve we went to Don Pedro’s for brunch, and had a fine time of it. Salad Nicoise, perfect. Chicken Taquitos, make the kid happy. Beer-Battered Shrimp, the finest finger food in town. The staff, as is evident in the photo, had a serious case of Christmas spirit.