Friday Cocktails in Mexico

Late Friday morning, John and I took a quick flight from Houston to Puerto Vallarta. Upon arrival, we rented a car and headed north. Don’t you just love that? Breakfast in Houston and lunch in Mexico!  After 30 minutes, we arrived in Punta de Mita and then at the St. Regis Punta Mita.  What a glorious sight to behold. The hotel was absolutely stunning!  Check-in was painless, especially since we were upgraded to a Deluxe Suite , were treated to “welcome” cocktails and had this view.

When we arrived at our room, we were greeted by our personal butler (!). We were also treated to fresh flowers, champagne and a glorious view. Thanks to Sariah, our fantastic Starwood Ambassador, we also had margaritas, guacamole, salsa, chips and a bowl of fresh fruit to greet us!

After some unpacking and organizing, John and I got into bed to r-e-l-a-x for a while and to plan our stay. We both decided we needed a take-it-easy weekend and agreed to not allow ourselves to over schedule our days. Agreed. Then we proceeded to take naps! After a while, we got cleaned up and made our way to the hotel lobby for the traditional sabering ceremony.  You might remember that we attended the same ceremony at the St. Regis Park City last December and really enjoyed it.  This ceremony was no different and perhaps even more enjoyable. There was quite a lively crowd, fantastic views and generous champagne pours. Maybe too generous!

Later, we made our way to the hotel’s Seabreeze Restaurant for dinner. Seabreeze is one of the hotel’s casual restaurants and serves a fusion  Italian/Mediterranean fare.  We were both overjoyed by our experience, despite the rain outside.

We began dinner with cocktails — I had a pomegranate margarita. Que sabrosa! After the bruschetta amuse bouche, we shared a melon and Serrano ham salad as an appetizer. The flavors of these dishes were amazing. The tomatoes were incredibly flavorful, as were the melon and ham. For my entrée, I selected the homemade tagliatele shrimp arrabiata pasta.  Yes, friends, I ate gluten (and paid the price later). I simply couldn’t resist the homemade pasta — it was perfection. This was truly one of the best pasta dishes I have had outside Italy. John had the cochinita pibil and he was equally impressed with the cuisine. We had no room for dessert, but ordered it anyway. We ended up sharing a delicious dessert sampler. Everything was delicious. Sweet, but not overwhelming.

As embarrassing as it is to admit this, I crashed at 9:30 PM and ended our first day with much needed rest.

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