The shrimp tacos became a daily must have at Las Alamandas
My recent trip to Mexico involved my first visit to Jalisco’s Costalegre, where my husband and I stayed at Las Alamandas. We’re both fans of good Mexican food and arrived hungry and ready to eat a late lunch at La Palapa Beach Club.
Shrimp tacos GIF
We were quickly served our first round of excellent (and inexpensive) margaritas and were very surprised when we saw the menu and found very little Mexican food on it. Instead selections included dishes like Asian shrimp and pasta. Who comes to Mexico to eat Asian shrimp? We asked our waiter to speak to the chef and Head Chef Alejandro Morales quickly arrived to chat with us.
Chef Alex (as he’s called) was very friendly and had no problem letting us order off the menu. He prepared chicken enchiladas, shrimp tacos, and guacamole for us. He even honored my request for no raw onions and the dishes were all muy delicioso. We continued to order off the menu for the rest of the trip, and Chef Alex had no problem serving whatever we asked for.
Huevos Rancheros with green tomato salsa GIF
The breakfast menu featured many more Mexican specialities– eggs a la Mexicana, Eggs Machacha with dried beef, onion and poblano chile. Chilaquiles were on the menu as well as what became our go-to favorite, the Huevos Rancheros, served with either red salsa or green. The green salsa was outstanding and Chef Alex remembered our preferences.
Tropical fruit platter with Mexican lime GIF
The breakfast menu also had a host of other non-Mexican options, including organic oatmeal, muesli with coconut milk, French toast, pancakes and waffles.
Coffee con leche with a hammock at La Palapa Beach club
The coffee was tasty and the views of the pacific from La Palapa were a great way to start the day. The space is beautiful and also includes a lovely hammock should you wish to hang out while you’re digesting.
Top notch margaritas for $6 US at Las Alamandas
I don’t think the menu at Las Alamandas would work for serious foodies who are looking to explore the vibrant and happening Mexican food scene. Chef Alex had no problem accommodating all our requests, which is great since the resort is so private and isolated that there are not a lot of other options for dining nearby.
Toll Free US: 1888 882 9616
Toll Free Mexico: 1800 8366640
Tel 52 322 285 5500
Palm trees and Pacific ocean views at sunset
I recently returned from a trip to Mexico, where I stayed at Las Alamandas for the first time. Located 120 kilometers south of Puerto Vallarta, along Jalisco’s Costalegre Coast, Las Alamandas is situated on it’s own 1.500 nature reserve which offers up several different vantage points to take in the stunning views of the Pacific ocean at sunset.
The second I saw the property I knew I’d be making time lapse videos on my iPhone 6.
Sunset time-lapse video shot on the beach at Las Alamandas
I clipped my camera mount to an agave plant on the beach in order to get this perspective. The waves were unusually strong, due to seismic activity in the Pacific.
On our last night at the hotel, we drove up a rocky road to Sunset Point, where we took in the stunning views while enjoying cocktails and cake (we were celebrating my husband’s birthday).
Sunset Point’s spectacular views
I clipped my camera mount to the table to shoot the time-lapse below on my iPhone 6. It was very windy and so the resulting video is not particularly smooth, although the views are still rather beautiful. While I love the compact size of my iPhone 6, wind is one of the elements where shooting with a heavier camera can yield better results.
Sunset Point time lapse from Las Alamandas
When shooting into the sun with a mobile phone, there is going to be flare. Sometimes the flare has flair, sometimes it doesn’t work as great. But the view is still spectacular.
Sunset stroll along one of the private beaches at Las Alamandas
Las Alamandas Resort
Carretera Federal 200 km 83.5
Costalegre, Jalisco, Mexico CP 48850
Toll Free US: 1888 882 9616
Toll Free Mexico: 1800 8366640
Tel 52 322 285 5500
Clouds and sand in the Hoanib River Valley, Namibia
It’s April and spring is in the air. That often means rain and cloudy skies. As a photographer, I much prefer a little dramatic cloud action to bright blue skies. Here are some of my favorite recent images to show why clouds can be a good thing. Namibia has the best clouds I’ve ever met. They add drama and softness to the often beautifully desolate landscape.
Cloud reflections on the River Derwent
I recently visited Tasmania for the first time. The landscape reminded me a bit of Scotland, only the Southern Hemisphere’s version.
#shotoniPhone6 unset panorama of the River Derwent
The island had some gorgeous wispy clouds. This made it fun photograph landscape on the River Derwent at sunset. I liked framing the scene both vertically and shooting in panorama mode on my iPhone 6.
Dramatic sunrise in Sydney
Clouds make all the difference when photographing sunrise and sunset. They are nature’s own filter, changing the color and mood of the magic hour. I liked the way their texture complemented Sydney Harbour when I took this shot of the Sydney Opera House at sunrise.
Blue hour clouds over the Olympics in Seattle
Seattle has too many gray days for my taste. But when the cloud cover is just right it can make for some fantastic colors during blue hour after sunset. I thought the Olympics looked particularly stunning bathed in pastel light this week.
Looking down at the produce at Eataly Milan Smeraldo
I recently spent a few days in Milan, Italy. One of the highlights of my trip to the Italian fashion capital was stumbling upon a huge and gleaming Eataly.
Artichokes at Eataly Milan
The gourmet grocery store and community concept was created by Italian entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti and is backed by some of my foodie heroes– Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Lidia Matticchio Bastianich.
Scenes from the produce aisle at Eataly
Part of Eataly’s manifesto is “providing the best possible products at a reasonable price point.” While I did not comparison shop for produce while in Italy, I can say that produce at Eataly is crazy beautiful.
Smile in the produce aisle
I am a big fan of Eataly NY and Eataly Milan Smeraldo’s huge 3 story space was even more impressive than the NYC Eataly.
Salumi, spec, and other assorted meats
I’m not sure what Los Angeles and Seattle are both still devoid of an Eataly…
Up in the salumi case at Eataly
In addition to the gorgeous food, Eataly offers classes so you can learn more about food you love, too (assuming you speak Italian).
The insalata aisle at Eataly
There is fresh pasta section, gorgeous steak cases, a fabulous wine edit and loads of beautiful meat and salumi.
The salumi guy
Batali’s rock and roll taste is not far from my own, and the music section of Eataly has a nice edit of cds and books.
Left: The music edit at Eataly reflects Batali’s Seattle roots
Batali’s Seattle roots are evident in the books section, with titles about local musicians Duff McKagen of Guns N’ Roses and Kurt Cobain.
A stylish shopper at Eataly
There is even a performance space and schedule of live music which shows how serious Eataly is about their community. If you’re in the area and haven’t had the Eataly experience, it’s well worth popping in for a browse or a meal right on premises.
Eataly Milan Smaraldo Exterior
Eataly Milano Smeraldo
LUN – DOM: dalle 10.00 alle 24.00
Piazza XXV Aprile, 10 – 20121 Milano
+39 02 49497301
My husband enjoying the morning clouds in the main pavillion Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
One of the things that makes Namibia’s landscape so beautiful is it’s star-filled skies and shape shifting clouds. When you’re on safari, you wake up early to grab a bite to eat and a cup of coffee before you head out on your morning game drive. That’s when I set up my iPhone to capture the morning clouds just as the sun was beginning to peek beyond the horizon.
Morning clouds and sky time lapse at Hoanib
The moon was still clearly visible in the December morning sky.
The moon still visible in the morning skies of Namibia
Morning cloud reflections