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EVENTS – Restaurant Week/New Bocados Dinner Menu/ Mexican Independence Day Celebration

Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa   

  • Restaurant Week 

Every year foodies from around the world flock to Puerto Vallarta for Restaurant Week, which has taken place annually since 2005.  

Restaurant weeks happen around the world to provide tourists and locals alike with an opportunity to try innovative menus in top restaurants at reduced prices.  

Puerto Vallarta will celebrate its 16th edition of Restaurant Week from September 15th to October 10th, 2020. This taste-tastic festival is organized by Vallarta Lifestyles Media Group with the support of the Riviera Nayarit Visitors and Conventions Bureau, and other authorities in order to promote the local gastronomy.  

Participating restaurants will offer a three-course menu (appetizer, main course, and dessert) with 3 options to choose from per course for a fixed price of $466 pesos (excluding drinks and tips). This year, Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa and Hotel Mousai will participate offering 3 course menus at Blanca Blue, Bocados STK and the Rooftop. The regular dinner menus will remain available to all guests. 

 The Restaurant Week menu will be one more option. 

Other confirmed top restaurants in the area that are taking part in Restaurant Week 2020 include: Hacienda San Ángel Gourmet, La Cappella, Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant & Café, The Iguana Restaurant, and Café des Artistes. 

For members planning to visit Puerto Vallarta during Restaurant Week 2020, you will have the opportunity to try mouthwatering cuisine at the finest restaurants for an affordable price. You will not want to miss out on all the foodie fun! 

  • New Dinner Menu at Bocados STK  

Introducing the new elaborate dinner menu at Bocados STK restaurant at Garza Blanca Puerto Vallarta and Garza Blanca Los Cabos.  

In August, the restaurants presented their new menu with the addition of dry-aged steaks, pastas and more.  

The new Bocados STK dinner menu includes more cuts of beef dry-aged from 30 to 50 days, including “Premium Culinary” dry-aged chops of Cowboy, Bone-in Rib Eye, and Porterhouse steaks. The Premium Culinary selections have an extra cost for all-inclusive guests, indicated by a special symbol, but A.I. guests will receive a 20 per cent discount. Rib Eye and New York dry-aged steaks are included in the all-inclusive plan with no extra charge. Whichever cut of meat you select, you can be certain that our new dry-aged steaks will melt in your mouth and offer the perfect amount of spice and tenderness.  

If you have never tried dry-aged steaks before, you will be amazed by the succulent texture and taste. One word of advice, if you are used to ordering your steaks well done, we don’t recommend that for the dry-aged steaks because they are aged differently and the meat will come out tough. We recommend ordering them medium rare or medium.  

The steaks are perfect on their own, but you also have the option to smother them with our freshly made gourmet sauces with a choice of Béarnaise, Chimichurri or our signature Bocados sauce. You can also try adding additional seasoning with a choice of oregano, smoked plantain leaf or sea salt that are brought to your table.  

For sides to go with your steak, try our delicious grilled asparagus which strikes the perfect balance between crisp and tender. We also recommend our garlic mashed potatoes, which are made to fluffy perfection. Grilled chorizo is our newest side addition, so you may want to try that too! 

Mussels Alla Sorentina is our new seafood dish, which has been added to the appetizer selection. Served with garlic bread, this heartwarming dish is made with fresh mussels from Baja California, and a flavorful tomato sauce made with garlic, white wine, and shallots.  

To the entrées menu we have added pastas, pork ribs and risotto.  

For the pastas, guests can select from: Spaghetti, Penne, Tagliatelle, Linguine, Rigatoni or Mini Tortellini with a choice of Pomodora, Ragu or Arrabiata sauces.  

Pork Ribs come either Spicy with chili flakes, soy sauce, and ginger or BBQ Bourbon Style, depending on your preference.  

In addition, guests can select from two different types of fluffy risotto, mushroom, or asparagus.  

To quench your thirst, we recommend the punchy Purple Ninja made with vodka, pineapple and lemon juice, blackberries, chambor and natural syrup garnished with a slice of grapefruit. This cocktail is refreshing and bursts with fruity flavors. For heavenly creamy cocktails made with vodka and Baileys, the Honey Moon, Toasted Almond and Chocolate Mint cocktails are the ultimate divinely sweet concoction. We also offer a great selection of wines, tequilas and mezcals.  

For dessert, the Orange Tree is a tree full of sweet bites. You cannot go wrong ordering our signature dessert. Our Chocolate Fondant and Panna Cotta will tempt you, even if you haven’t left any room for dessert. We recommend ordering a variety of delectable desserts and sharing with friends and family for those with a sweet tooth. You will be delightfully surprised.  

Come and try the highest-caliber of cuisine at Bocados STK with our new expanded dinner menu. You will want to travel to Puerto Vallarta or Los Cabos specifically to try our dry-aged steaks cooked to perfection in a magnificent indoor or outdoor setting overlooking the beach in Los Cabos or the twinkling lights of Banderas Bay in Puerto Vallarta.  

Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Los Cabos 

¡Viva Mexico! 

Each year, on September 15th shouts of ¡Viva México! (long live Mexico) can be heard at fiestas (parties) to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day.  

The cry of independence (El Grito de la Independencia) was made on September 16th, 1810, by Miguel Hidalgo, a Roman Catholic priest in the state of Guanajuato, the central part of the country. He rang the church bell 3 times and shouted ¡Viva México! a cry that started the independence movement to free New Spain (Mexico was formerly called New Spain) from Spanish rule.  

While Mexico’s independence was not declared until September 28, 1821, Mexicans celebrate the date that was the start of the revolt against the Spanish regime. 

Each year the President of Mexico rings the same bell that Hidalgo used three times followed by shouts of ¡Viva México! from the balcony of the National Palace, located in the central square of Mexico City. Crowds of people gathered in the square answer with ‘Viva’ followed by a spectacular fireworks display.  

Mexico’s Independence Day is celebrated over two days. The festivities officially start on September 15th and continue until September 16th, which is an official national holiday. Mexicans come together on these days to celebrate their country’s independence with fiestas, fireworks, music, food, and decorations that match the colors of the Mexican flag.  

Garza Blanca Los Cabos will celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day on September 15th with a special event featuring music and activities. A special non-alcoholic drink with colors of the Mexican flag will be served around the pools with a Mexican snack.  

In addition, there will be a special tacos menu and tequila tasting. Please note: * There is an extra charge for EP / included for All-Inclusive guests. 

Villa del Palmar Cancun Luxury Beach Resort & Spa 

Villa del Palmar Cancun is getting ready to celebrate Independence Day on September 15th in pure Mexican style! 

If you are traveling with your little ones, they can enjoy some festive fun at the kids club from 9am to 5pm. The staff will wear traditional Mexican clothing and the kids will have the opportunity to make a Mexican Flag, play Gallitos y Lotería (a game of chance that represents Mexican culture), and break a piñata. 

Mexico is known for its colorful handicrafts. That is why from 6pm, there will be a handicraft market, where you can buy a beautiful souvenir to take home or give to your dearest family and friends. 

We will also have delicious Mexican appetizers with traditional Esquites (corn cup), Elotes (corn), algodón de azúcar (cotton candy) and many more. 

Starting at 9pm, guests can enjoy one of the most iconic and popular sports in Mexico since 1933, lucha libre (freestyle wrestling). Lucha libre wrestlers (“luchadores”) are known for wearing colorful masks and their high-flying maneuvers. The wrestlers are divided into two categories the rudos (tough guys) and the técnicos (good guys). Come to be part of the fun and cheer on your favorite wrestler! 

At 10pm, there will be a Mexican show with folkloric dancers. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to be taken on an imaginary journey around all of Mexico, where you will learn more about the typical dances, traditions, and customs. At the end of the show, the dancers will stick around for an extra 15 minutes so that you can take a souvenir photograph with them to remember this wonderful event. 

At 11pm, the traditional cry of independence ceremony will take place with our activities team, where you will hear the passionate cry ¡VIVA MEXICO! 

And to close with a flourish, a mariachi band will play the most representative songs for all Mexicans. We hope to see you there!