PUERTO VALLARTA INFORMATION
Location: Puerto Vallarta is a coastal town located in the Mexican state of Jalisco
Brief History: Banderas Bay was discovered by the Spanish in the early 1500s. The name Banderas originated from the fact that conquered native groups would carry numerous flags and banners with them into battle. Throughout the 16th century, adventurers, sailors and explorers used the Banderas Bay area as a pit-stop on long voyages. Farther inland the Spanish seized native lands and enslaved the hard-working indigenous people. Sadly, during the first 100 years of Spanish occupation approximately 90% of the native population was wiped out due to smallpox, measles, scarlet fever, diphtheria and influenza. In 1851, a 19-year-old boatman from Cihuatlan named Guadalupe Sanchez began importing large quantities of salt from the Marias Islands into Los Muertos Beach in Banderas Bay. As business prospered, Sanchez found himself spending so much time in this beautiful remote region that he decided to establish himself in the area along with his wife and several companions.
Gradually a small town developed that Sanchez named Las Penas. The port established there was called Puerto Las Penas. Because of the growing importance of Puerto Las Penas, in 1918 a Municipality was formed and the port was renamed Puerto Vallarta in honor of the Governor of Jalisco, Ignacio L. Vallarta. By 1963, word of Puerto Vallarta's beauty began to spread to the United States, most specifically as big Hollywood stars were on location to film the movie Night of the Iguana. During filming Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, each who were married to others, started a romantic affair that made headlines around the world. Richard Burton purchased Casa Kimberly for himself and Elizabeth. Paparazzi were on hand to record every juicy detail from the extra-marital affair. Because of the presence of A-list celebrities in Puerto Vallarta, the city received an incredible amount of international media attention and has grown to the beautiful paradise it is today.
*Taken from Puerto Vallarta Tourism Department
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STEAK tACOS WITH pINEAPPLE rECIPE
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Prep Time/Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Yield: 4 Servings
• 3 tablespoons soy sauce
• 1 tablespoon finely grated garlic
• 1 tablespoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger
• 1 1/2 pounds skirt steak, cut into 5-inch lengths
• Warm corn tortillas, for serving
• Diced fresh pineapple, for serving
• Thinly sliced red onion, for serving
• Cilantro leaves, for serving
In a small bowl, whisk the soy sauce with the garlic and ginger. Brush the mixture all over the steak and season lightly with salt and pepper. Let stand for 20 minutes.
Heat a large cast-iron skillet. Add the steak and cook over high heat, turning once, until charred on the outside and medium-rare within, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a carving board and let rest for 5 minutes. Carve the steak against the grain and serve in warm corn tortillas with diced pineapple, sliced red onion and cilantro leaves.
*Recipe and image from Food & Wine Magazine