Saturday, September 15, 2012

Cortinas Vanessa - Curtains, Fabrics and Furniture

Whether you are looking for some new blinds for your new home, to reupholster an old chair or are looking to furnish a room then Vanessa's should be your first stop.

Known throughout the city for its upholstery and fabric selections Vanessa´s also has a large range of furniture and home decorations.

Their new website also shows their full range of furnishings and fabrics making browsing for your new purchase even easier.

Some of the best pieces in the store are actually custom made by the store and their skilled team of designers and carpenters.  You are able to select from their show room or you can ask for a custom piece of furniture to be made to your exact specifications.

We visited the store today to see their new winter collection of furniture and it is certainly worth a look.  We particularly liked the L shaped sofa, it was very comfy and really well built.

The staff are very friendly and professional and the daughter of the owner, Alma, speaks English and will be happy to assist where possible -

Until Tuesday (18/09/2012) there is a 15% discount on fabrics for curtains, a 10% discount on fabrics for furnishings and a 10 to 20% discount on furniture and accessories for the home.

Please see the map below for directions to the store and their website for more information -  Cortinas y Tapices Vanessa Website

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Night at Steinbeck's - CostaBaja

On Friday evening we took a trip to Steinbeck's Restaurant nestled amongst CostaBaja's 5* Hotel and their premium 250 slip Marina.

Engel Rios (Sommelier) and Alejandro Villagómes (Chef)
Steinbeck's is an open air restaurant with a team of fantastic chefs and cooks headed by Alejandro Villagómes under the watchful eye of sommelier and restaurant manager Engel Rios.

We parked in the hotel car park and walked up to the hotel and down its steps to the restaurant, as we were a little early for our reservation. They also offer a valet service from the hotel reception for those of you wearing in heels.

The restaurant is located down the ramp to the left of the hotel swimming pool, overlooking the Marina. You can also enter from the street level below if you happen to be staying in a villa or condominium in CostaBaja.

We chose Steinbeck's as we wanted to try their new taster menu which comprises of 6 mini courses each paired with a fantastic wine.

Those of you who know Dianne and I will know that we aren't winies, but that may just be because we know little about it, and therefore selections with food have not been correct.

Our wine taste buds were welcomed into the restaurant with a fantastic sangria. This was my first sangria and I was very pleasantly surprised, and it certainly opened me up to trying and enjoying the following 6 wines.

I knew that white wines wouldn't be a problem as I typically enjoy these with and without food however red wine is certainly not a usual buy for me, and wow was I surprised how well it complemented the New York Steak.

Course 1: Ceviche 
After the Sangria we were each given a porcelain spoon filled with a slightly spicy yet sweet fresh ceviche. With a blend of Tamarind and Wild Plum as well as fresh local fish this really got our taste buds going.

Shortly after our ceviche arrived a warm basket of fresh homemade breads, with a favourite of mine which I haven't had since I left England, Malt bread. For those of you who haven't tried a Malt bread, it is a sweet and moist bread with a scattering of raisins inside. The breads were accompanied by a lemon and pepper butter which really added some zing to the breads.

The breads were a tasty accompaniment to the ceviche as well as the following few courses.

Course 2: Beatroot (Beat) and Blue Cheese 
Bread Selection
Following our ceviche came a roast beat and beat infusion dish with blue cheese and caramelized walnut. The sweetness of the beats blended wonderfully with the creamy and salty blue cheese

If you are wondering why there isn't a photo of every dish, it is because according to Dianne I eat too quick and jump into eating each course too quickly. What can I say, when there is a tasty hot meal in front of me my first instinct is to eat it not take a photo.

Course 3: Crab Cake
Crab Cake
My favourite dish of the night was the Crab Cake served on a bed of Jicama and Mango. Jicama recently became my favourite new food. It is a great "fruit" or vegetable technically that originates from Mexico and has a consistency similar to uncooked potato but tastes fantastic raw with a little lime or in this case mango.

The crab cake itself was also beautifully crispy and crabby. The presentation of this plate was also superb, it looked fantastic and then the tastes backed this up.

Course 4: Clam Soup 
Clam Soup
Dianne's favourite was up next, a beautifully creamy clam soup with sautéed potatoes. The soup was accompanied by a nice rose pairing wine and it was a great choice by Engel.

Course 5: New York Steak
Our meat course was comprised of a mini New York Steak with a creamy Potato Cake all topped with a delicious wild mushroom sauce.

Course 6: Deconstructed Sponge Cake
Deconstructed Sponge Cake
To finish the evening we were presented with a Deconstructed Sponge Cake. The sponge was very light and fluffy with an icecream and a froffy whipped cream alongside.

A glass of rich and creamy Tequila Cream 1921 was served with the dessert. It was described as Mexican Baileys however I much preferred this tequila variation as it was so smooth and was a fantastic end to a great evening.

All in all we had a great evening at CostaBaja's Steinbeck's Restaurant and we will certainly be returning in the future with more friends next time.

I recommend reserving a table around 8 or 9pm as this is an open air restaurant the nice cooling breezes from the Marina and the Ocean at night help to create the atmosphere in the late evening.

If you have any restaurant recommendations for our next restaurant visit and blog post then please let us know.

Thank you,

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Friday, September 7, 2012

The Butterflies Are Out in La Paz

For anyone currently in La Paz it is clear that the rain has brought the butterflies out.

After two weeks of on and off rain the sun is back and with it have come thousands of beautiful yellow and orange butterflies.

I took a few shots this morning and this was one of them.  It seems that butterflies really love my Royal Poinciana Tree here at our Malecon office.

Having been driving around town to numerous meetings in the past few days I have had the pleasure of seeing hundreds of these butterflies zooming all over the city.

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Registering for Internet and Phone with Telmex

Whether you have just bought a new home or moved into a new rental property, one of the first things you will need to do is setup your internet and telephone service.

Few of us can survive long without internet, and with the following steps you will be connected again in no time at all.

Step 1:  Gather your documents
You will need to have to hand your passport, or FM2/3 as well as a photocopy of this document.
In addition to this you will need the original and a copy of your electricity bill.  It doesn't need to be in your name, it is required to validate the address of your property.

Step 2: Choose an internet and telephone package
There are three basic packages to choose from for a residential customer.  Each of these packages also has an optional speed upgrade varying in price and power depending on the base package.

For most normal use households the basic package of 3Mbps (Mega Bytes per Second), and 100 local and 100 national minutes is perfectly acceptable.  If you just want a little extra internet speed then the basic package plus $99 pesos a month gets you a 5Mbps connection plus the basic call plan.

Step 3: Visit TelMex on Nicolas Bravo
After you have decided on your package you simply need to make a trip to TelMex and set up your connection.

They will give you the internet modem immediately and then they will take your contact details so that an engineer can visit your home to install it.

Even if you know what you are doing their engineer needs to make the trip so that he can activate the line.  This should take place within a few days, however don't be surprised if you have to wait a week.

Map to TelMex, La Paz, Mexico - Nicolás Bravo y Valentin Gómez Farias

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