An eager taster of Molé

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If you want to get some local flavor, within a short drive of Palace by the Sea is a local art market on Sunday. This is the second of several posts to bring to you some of the unique flavors to be found here. The weather was warm and pleasant. We went early, it was not crowded and the sights and tastes were wonderful with their unique Mexican flavor.

This second blog on the local market deals with edibles, drinkables and more. The first thing that caught our eye was the beautiful displays of molé.

Mole is the generic name for a number of sauces originally used in Mexican cuisine, as well as for dishes based on these sauces. Outside Mexico, it often refers specifically to mole poblano. In contemporary Mexico, the term is used for a number of sauces, some quite dissimilar, including black, red, yellow, colorado (another name for red), green, almendrado, de olla, huaxmole and pipián.

Moles come in various flavors and ingredients, with chili peppers as the common factor. However, the classic mole version is the variety called mole poblano, which is a dark red or brown sauce served over meat. The dish has become a culinary symbol of Mexico’s mestizaje, or mixed indigenous and European heritage, both for the types of ingredients it contains, as well as the legends surrounding its origin.

While chili pepper sauces existed in pre-Hispanic Mexico, the complicated moles of today did not. They did not contain chocolate, which was used as a beverage, and in all of the writings of Sahagún, there is no mention at all of it being used to flavor food.[12] Most likely what occurred was a gradual modification of the original molli sauce, adding more and different ingredients depending on the location. This diversified the resulting sauces into various types.[8][9] Ingredients that have been added into moles include nuts (such as almonds, peanuts, or pine nuts), seeds (such as sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, or squash seeds), cilantro, seedless grapes, plantains, garlic, onions, cinnamon, and chocolate. What remained the same was the use of chili peppers, especially ancho, pasilla, mulato and chipotle, and the consistency of the sauce.

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Attractive display of Molés – a rich paste made of chilies, chocolate and other spices

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An eager visitor tries a sample

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Local artisan cheeses:

Cheese Wheels and Tortillas

Display case of Various Tasty Cheeses

Display case of Various Tasty Cheeses

A cup of yogurt surrounded by a tasty hot-chili decoration:

Exciting cup of chili and yogurt!

 

Something soothing to wash it down and enliven the spirits: Many artisan brands of mezcal, tequila, cream liquors, wines and more.

 

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Arrangement of Liquors from the State of Jalisco

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Cheers!

Soap (Jabon) and Honey complete with active bee-hive.

 

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Herbal formulas and remedies.

 

Herbal Remedies

Stay tuned for more about this local market and Palace by the Sea!

 

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Talented Potter in Local Art Market

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If you want to get some local flavor, within a short drive of Palace by the Sea is a local art market on Sunday. This is the first of several posts to bring to you some of the unique flavors to be found here. The weather was warm and pleasant. We went early, it was not crowded and the sights and tastes were wonderful with their unique Mexican flavor.

For this installment no further words required – here are 3 pics and a short video of a talented potter we watched in action.

 

 
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Local Art Market in Manzanillo -Potter's Wheel from Gregory Alper on Vimeo.

Palace 10*

Posted by & filed under Beachfront, Fantastic Views, La Punta, Luxury Vacation Rental, Manzanillo, Palace by the Sea Blog.

Sometimes the best way to describe Palace by the Sea is through the words of our guests. Of course, better to experience it for yourself but this is the next best thing (along with our pics and videos).

Howie, Frankie, Sonja:

Spectacular! Awesome! Fabulous! Fantastic! Fulfilling! These are just a few of the words from the group used to describe our stay at the Palace. Exceeded our Expectation!

To begin, the Palace itself is absolutely beautiful. What you see in the pictures is what you get, although being there in person is of course much better. The Palace is very well maintained which is a testament to the outstanding efforts of the staff. The location with its many palm trees, ocean breezes, and amazing views enhances the overall beauty and charm of the Palace.

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As for the staff, where do I start? From the moment we arrived until the time we departed, the staff were very accommodating ensuring all of our needs were met. Jose (houseman) did an outstanding job managing our requests each day and did so always with a smile. Jose makes some of the best Margaritas we have ever had. They were so good we made 4:00pm each day our Margarita time and Jose kept the pitcher always full.

Pilar, is indeed and excellent chef. The meals were beyond what we could have imagined. Aside from the great taste, the presentation down to the coordinated table settings (even for our lunch at the beach) added to the excellence of each meal. As you mentioned, Pilar could cause you to gain weight, so I was glad for the pool where I could work off each meal and keep the weight gain down to a minimum.

Paty (maid) was fantastic in keeping our rooms and the overall Palace clean and tidy. Without fail, after breakfast we would return to our rooms cleaned and the linens freshened. After dinner the beds were turned down ready for when we would go to sleep. The other support staff including Carmen (maid) and Alvin (gardener) were also very good in their roles to help make the Palace experience enjoyable. We met Jean Pierre (house manager) the day we arrived, but did not need to see him after that because the Palace staff did everything necessary to ensure our needs were met.

Sonja, thank you for answering all of our questions and guiding us through the small stuff to help make our travels to/from and stay at the Palace enjoyable and stress free. On a side note, the services provided by Haro Tours was great.

We started telling our family and friends about the Palace even before arrived. All were envious when we showed them the pictures and explained what came with the place. In fact, a friend of ours changed previous plans to stay at the Palace when we discussed our vacation with her back in January. The location with its many palm trees, ocean breezes, and amazing views enhances the overall beauty and charm of the Palace.

Upon returning from the Palace we have all been detailing our time at the Palace and showing the multitude of pictures taken that highlighted our stay. We have already talked about going back. We will all be talking about our stay at the Palace for a long time.

Finally, on behalf of the entire group I would like to thank you all very much for opening up the Palace to us. The time spent there will be something we will all cherish and remember for quite a long time. We hope to visit the Palace again soon and wish you and the entire Palace staff the very best.

Regards.

Randy P.
Randy P Group

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Posted by & filed under Beachfront, Fantastic Views, La Punta, La Punta Private Beach, Las Hadas, Luxury Vacation Rental, Manzanillo, Palace by the Sea Blog.

While our two minute video tour of Palace by the Sea and La Punta tells it all, some of the pre-edited footage is worth enjoying to allow a more in depth experience of each areas. You can look forward to a few more from time to time.

La Punta Beach and Beach club is rated among the world’s best private beaches. This fantastic aerial video shows why. Sheltered by rock jetties, the water is warm, clear and calm. There is fabulous snorkeling within a few strokes. There are palapas for shade, chairs, tables and loungers.

The three level beach club has a beautiful full size outdoor pool, a wonderful meeting room with couches, tables and chairs where our staff can bring and serve you lunch. Shower and bathroom facilities on every level, your beach or pool experience is complete.

The beach is one of our favorite spots and may become yours too. Enjoy this magical moment.

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Photo Adventure by Dale Fazendin takes a short walk over to the tennis courts and tennis club. Update of previous post on La Punta Tennis Club with new photos and video!

Our stay at Palace by the Sea, in the gated community of La Punta – in Manzanillo, Mexico’s Gold Coast, included access to the 4 private tennis courts. The courts have viewing benches and all  amenities. The tennis club is located on the beautiful grounds in the center of the La Punta community surrounded by palm and fruit trees, large grassy areas and beautiful views of both Manaznillo bay (on the left) and Santiago Bay (on the right). Best of all, the courts are within walking distance. A charming cobblestone road lead us past the many exquisite homes right to the club.

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Best hours to play are before 11AM or after 3 PM depending on the time of year. If you enjoy sun, you can play all day long, as many do. Courts are excellently maintained and well lit for night play. Salvador, the tennis pro at La Punta for over 20 years, gave outstanding, yet inexpensive instruction. He will fill in if you need a partner or fourth. There are also clay courts nearby at Las Hadas Resort.

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Above the courts is the La Punta Homeowners club, with beautiful views all around. This provides yet another wonderful meeting place to take in Paradise.

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Our drone photographer ZoPilot took incredible aerial footage of Palace by the Sea and La Punta

 

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Love, Set, Match. We enjoyed our tennis at Palace by the Sea.

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Posted by & filed under Beachfront, Fantastic Views, Golf, La Punta, Las Hadas, Luxury Vacation Rental, Manzanillo, Palace by the Sea Blog.

Continuing this new series of Photo Adventures a glimpse into Manzanillo’s 5 golf courses, with 3 of them rated among the best in the world! We start off with 4 fabulous shots of El Corazon Golf Course by Dale Fazendin.

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With your stay at Palace by the Sea you have easy access to these very special spots (phone numbers provided are local calls from Palace by the Sea. Please check websites for USA access numbers and current rates.

Las Hadas Resort Golf Course – 18 holes with great ocean views in the midst of scenic tropical vegetation. 10 minute drive from Palace by the Sea, 334-0000. Approx $144 + cart $48 + caddy $20

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Isla de Navidad -  27 holes with spectacular ocean, lagoon and mountain views is a well-kept secret. 50 minute drive from Palace by the Sea, 355-5556. $200 high season,  $140 in the morning, $110 twilight, caddy $30

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El Tamarindo Golf Resort - 18 holes with jungle and breathtaking oceanfront views – most spectacular abundance of nature. 70 minute drive from Palace by the Sea 315-355-15031. $187 per person, including cart, $30 caddy.

 

 

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In addition to these 3 outstanding courses, there are 2 more nearby for you convenience and budget.

El Corazon de Manzanillo – New private golf course in Manzanillo. 18 holes with great views. 25 minutes drive from Palace by the Sea. $120 per person, golf cart included.

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Club Santiago – 18 holes, a lesser well-maintained course, more like a city course. 20 minute drive from Palace by the Sea. $48 – 9 holes, $54 – 18 holes. (Picture currently unavailable).

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Listing the Golf Course in Proximity to Palace by the Sea:

Las Hadas

Club Santiago

El Corazon

Isla Navidad

Tamarindo

A Convention of Palapas on the Bay

Posted by & filed under Beachfront, Fantastic Views, La Punta, Las Hadas, Luxury Vacation Rental, Manzanillo, Safety in Mexico.

This post is a quick update of previous articles on this topic that have appeared in this blog. There are many more incredible photo adventures of Palace by the Sea by Dale Fazendin to come. This time I’ll address safety in Manzanillo from a personal perspective as well as providing specific details to this area of Mexico. Written in response to an inquiry from a Palace guest. it’s a perfect opportunity for me to share it with you.

We recently visited Palace by the Sea and took a little road trip about an hour north. No problems or worries.

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Some guests enjoy their entire stay at Palace by the Sea or La Punta. It is very secure and exclusive there.
There is a 24 hour guard gate for our community. I’m not aware of any problems there in the 30 years I’ve been traveling there.
The Palace has a pool and jacuzzi, exercise room, seaside palapa and beautiful gardens and a large living and dining room area. Massages, manicures, exercise trainers, etc. are all available to make house calls.

 

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Inside La Punta there is tennis and a fabulous private beach and beach club with a large pool. Lots of scenic walks. Our chef is fantastic and I usually prefer never to leave the house except for walks or trips to beach.  Right outside our gated community is the famous Las Hadas Hotel (where the movie 10 was filmed, for those old enough to remember).
There is a marina, snorkeling boat rental, sunset cruise, great restaurants, shopping etc.  There are 3 world class golf courses in the area. Including one at nearby Las Hadas.

 

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We’re familiar with the area so we are comfortable driving south towards Manzanillo for restaurants along the highway. Located on the opposite side of the bay from the Palace, they offer beautiful views. Some have live music and dancing.

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Downtown Manzanillo

 

Or turning north you can go into the smaller city of Santiago only a few minutes away to find more wonderful restaurants, local shops and authentic Mexican flavor.

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There are also large super markets, shopping centers, movie theaters with American movies.

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Manzanillo, Santiago and the entire area have developed so much since we started coming here 30 years ago. It’s the best of both worlds – great restaurants, sports of all kinds for all ages, shopping and activities for the adventurous;

and luxury, privacy, beauty and seclusion for those who prefer solitude and quiet. As you know the service at Palace by the Sea is also first class, especially our wonderful Chef Pilar.

 

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We have never had any problems being here. Of course with any travel, it’s best to know where you are going. The areas mentioned in and around Palace by the Sea and La Punta provide everything guests would want without concern. We have always found the atmosphere peaceful, beautiful and the people warm, good natured and friendly.

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Palace by the Sea - Aerial view

The following links  take you to the previous posts on Palace by the Sea  relating to Safety in Mexico. You can also search all posts for Safety in Mexico
Maznanillo is Safe

You’re safe in Manzanillo – part 1

Manzanillo is Safe – updated article

Mexico: A Traveler’s Guide to Safety Over Sensationalism

Safety in Mexico – part 3

Are You Safer in Mexico or America? – Safety in Mexico – Part 4

 

La Punta Private Beach, Beach Club and Pool

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Continuing this new series of Photo Adventures by our friend, well known photographer Dale Fazendin.

Dale just completed a wonderful and comprehensive set of photos of and from Palace Palace by the Sea, featuring some of the highlights of La Punta, including A sunset cruise, tennis, nearby golf, beautiful flora, the amazing food served by Pilar, our Palace chef and the incredible views from everywhere!

This blog features the La Punta Private Beach and Beach club. With your stay at Palace by the Sea you have access to this very special spot – rated one of the world’s 10 best private beaches by Conde Naste. The beach offers palapas and ample loungers, tables and beach chairs. The swimming area is clear and marked on all sides with rope and buoys. Great snorkeling awaits adjacent to the swimming area. Offering gorgeous views of Manzanillo Bay and the Pacific, it’s beauty and serenity is unequaled.

While swimming there in February a mother and baby gray whale joined us in the bay and gave us quite a show. (Sonja took a picture, but the whale is too far away to be identified in the photo.) The whales were there for about 30 minutes and it was quite a thrill.

The beach club includes a large pool and jacuzzil with fantastic views – for kids and adults who prefer a pool to the ocean. There are bathrooms and showers at every level. The club house has couches, tables and chairs. Palace by the Sea guests can request our fantastic chef Pilar prepare them a delicious picnic, which our staff will come and serve you at the beach club!

Paradise!

 

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La Punta Private Beach Club viewed from the beach.

 

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Inside La Punta Private Beach club

 

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Pool and Palapas

 

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Palapas and beach.

 

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La Punta Private Beach club viewed from Manzanillo Bay.

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La Punta private Beach and beach club – aerial view

 

 

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La Punta Private Beach – Palapas, beach loungers tables, chairs and view of Las Hadas.

 

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View of Las Hadas, Manzanillo Bay, secure swimming area from La Punta Private Beach.

 

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There is fantastic snorkeling in this area right on La Punta Private Beach.

 

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Posted by & filed under Beachfront, Fantastic Views, La Punta, Luxury Vacation Rental, Manzanillo, Palace by the Sea Blog.

Continuing this new series of Photo Adventures by our friend, well known photographer Dale Fazendin.

Dale just completed a wonderful and comprehensive set of photos of and from Palace Palace by the Sea, featuring some of the highlights of La Punta, including A sunset cruise, tennis, nearby golf, beautiful flora, the amazing food served by Pilar, our Palace chef and the incredible views from everywhere!

This blog features a small sampling of the beautiful flora at Palace by the Sea. Enjoy. Beautiful, Dale!

 

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Dale's exquisite Panorama of Santiago Bay

Posted by & filed under Beachfront, Fantastic Views, La Punta, Las Hadas, Luxury Vacation Rental, Manzanillo, Palace by the Sea Blog.

Continuing this new series of Photo Adventures by our friend, well known photographer Dale Fazendin.

Dale just completed a wonderful and comprehensive set of photos of and from Palace Palace by the Sea, featuring some of the highlights of La Punta, including A sunset cruise, tennis, nearby golf, beautiful flora, the amazing food served by Pilar, our Palace chef and the incredible views from everywhere!

A favorite activity is to walk around some of the handmade stone streets of La Punta. Being located on the tip a La Punta peninsula, even a short journey offers spectacular views of Manzanillo Bay, the open Pacific and Santiago Bay. There are many wonderful photos of the ocean and Manzanillo Bay in our blogs, here we present the equally beautiful other bay of Santiago.

Inhale deeply and enjoy the picturesque, serene beauty of the North side of La Punta and Santiago Bay.

Santiago, Hotel Coast, Las Hadas Tower and Manzanillo Bay

 

closer view of Santiago bay and La Punta inlet

closer view of Santiago bay and La Punta inlet

 

View from the Path

View from the Path

 

A Convention of Palapas on the Bay

A Convention of Palapas on the Bay

 

Beautiful shot of the Santiago Bay

Dale’s beautiful shot of the Santiago Bay

 

Dale's exquisite Panorama of Santiago Bay

Dale’s exquisite Panorama of Santiago Bay