October 19, 2018 Aanya 0Comment
Meet Brian Laudenslager. Brian Laudenslager is originally from Denver, Colorado, but moved to Guadalajara six years ago in 2012 to be an English teacher. While in Guadalajara, Brian would vacation in Sayulita often, whenever he had the opportunity. Eventually, he decided to move here to Sayulita in 2016 after falling in love with a property that came up for sale. When Brian is not busy working as a property owner/manager or running his high-end, full service concierge company, Brian donates his free time by getting involved in the community in a variety of ways; he does beach and neighborhood cleanups, small charity work, such as food or clothing drives, puppy fostering, and his personal favorite and most important to him: giving swim lessons. Brian currently gives free swim lessons to local children in Sayulita who do not know how to swim.
October 19, 2018 Aanya 0Comment
Eric Miranda is the newest tattoo artist to arrive at Chops’ famous tattoo studio here in Sayulita, Papillon Family Studios. Originally from both Los Angeles and Vancouver, Eric has a lot of experience and knowledge in both art and design, as well as travel and culture. Although Eric may be a fresh face around here in Sayulita and in the tattoo world in general, his work is that of an experienced and seasoned artist. Eric tells me about what brought him to Papillon Family Studios in Sayulita, his background in tattooing, and what he loves most about his craft. It is safe to say that this is essentially a love story in many ways.
October 15, 2018 Aanya 0Comment
Cruising the colorful, cobblestone streets of Sayulita? Leave the car behind, and take a Nava Golf Cart instead! Coming from other countries to visit Sayulita, we're often not used to the sight of golf carts buzzing around town on the roads. However, the novelty of this convenient and eco-friendly way of transport is appealing and part of what gives Sayulita its relaxed, fun, and small town charm. Who doesn't want to hop on their own golf cart heading to the beach, and feel the soft Sayulita breeze through your hair? Venture out into Sayulita's picturesque streets with ease, by renting a golf cart through Nava Golf Carts. The golf carts will be dropped off when and where requested, while one of Nava Golf Cart’s enthusiastic and bilingual employees will personally take the time to show you how to use and plug them in, no matter how late you may arrive from you flight.
October 15, 2018 Aanya 0Comment
Meet Maura Cathey. Maura and her husband run the bilingual Christian church here in Sayulita, which has been around for nearly ten years since 2008. Maura is the pastor’s wife and also runs Sayulita’s Christian school, which has been around for nearly eight years since 2010. Maura’s school teaches local children from our community. “We are a small school, but function as a real, developed school concerning rules, expectations, and activities, etc. We are not called ‘teachers’, but are more like ‘supervisors’ because we are all mostly concerned parents. I have experience in homeschooling my kids for many years, so that helps me in this position.” Over the years, Maura’s school has served over one hundred students. They usually have around a dozen students enrolled at a time.
October 10, 2018 Aanya 0Comment
Meet Gabriel and Wendy Jones- founders of Sayulita’s “Neighborhood Clean-Up Crew”. Gabe is originally from Canada, born in Winnipeg Manitoba and raised in Saskatoon Saskatchewan. According to Gabe, “these are two of the friendliest, but also coldest winter cities in Canada. I always preferred summers, and I dreamed of living by the ocean.” Gabe realized that dream when he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, and met his wife Wendy, who was born and raised in Vancouver. Gabe and Wendy came to Sayulita for the first time on their first wedding anniversary, and immediately fell in love with it. A few years later, they decided to take a break from their busy city lives and move to Sayulita for one year. “Soon after we arrived we realized that we didn’t want to limit ourselves to one year.” As they did, they started working on a plan that would allow them to stay in Sayulita longer. Gabe and Wendy are now seven years in to their Mexican adventure of living in Sayulita, and they love it more each day. “The sense of community, the warmth of the local Sayuleros, and the quality of the people that have chosen Sayulita to be their home is the biggest reason why we love it here.”
October 10, 2018 Aanya 0Comment
I love burgers- whether ground-beef, pork, chicken, turkey, or a combination of any of these, they are always delicious and satisfying. The other day I was on the Food Network site and saw a recipe for Guy Fieri’s “Stuffed Burgers”. The filling of crispy bacon and sautéed chorizo and onions sounded so good that I just had to make them last night! The combination of sautéed onions and chorizo sounded perfect for us in Sayulita! They were so delicious, that I had to share the recipe with you today.
October 2, 2018 Aanya 0Comment
Today I am making Roasted Kale and/or Swiss Chard with Feta. If you read my last column, I talked about Jen Segal from the blog and cookbook “Once Upon a Chef.” Jen has wonderful recipes; everything that I have made of hers has been delicious. I have adapted her recipe a little bit by adding kale to mine. Terrenal Organic store in Sayulita will likely carry organic chard and/ or kale by November, but please check with them first. Mega in Bucerias also usually carries both. Furthermore, you can find kale during high season at the Mercado del Pueblo. Thus, you can make this yummy vegetable dish in your Sayulita kitchen pretty much anytime you would like!
October 2, 2018 Aanya 0Comment
Art classes- check. Language classes- check. Kids’ movies- check. These and much more can now be found at Sayulita’s newest non-profit organization, El Centro Creativo. Originally created by Festival Sayulita to provide a creative outlet for locals year-round, El Centro Creativo Sayulita has now, literally, taken on a life of its own. El Centro, as most call it, can be found on Calle Pelicanos at Quintas Trujillo. El Centro is managed by Nick Sherman, Sebastian Ibarra, and Tania Cruz. These individuals have worked tirelessly to ensure that Sayulita has a community space that is inclusive and respectful.
September 25, 2018 Aanya 0Comment
The humpback whales that visit Sayulita each year, for many, are part of the true magic of the area. Each winter, usually in mid-November, the large and charismatic North Pacific humpback whales are spotted swimming down the Sayulita coast, announcing their presence by their signature blows or breaching as they travel, and assembling in large numbers to breed and calve. By the end of December to around the start of February, the number of whales that you may encounter on a boat trip from Sayulita can be astounding. However, in the latest U.S. Government’s NOAA global review of the species’ status in 2016, the population of Mexican humpback whales was classified as “threatened”, and for those that swim through Nayarit waters and continue on down to Central America were labeled as “endangered”.
September 25, 2018 Aanya 0Comment
Krista is an energetic personality with an artist’s soul. She is passionate about capturing real emotions and special moments. Doing that, she uses her unbridled creativity in her business, Photos by Krista, which leads to the most amazing pictures. She is the perfect person to hire for your special occasion, wedding, or other event here in Sayulita.