I envy those who came from abroad years ago. Oh, how I long to have been here for a larger portion of my life, although I couldn’t have done it while still working. Paradise is too sweet to set a 6 am alarm. So, while being grateful for the many unique and varied Mexican establishments (and I frequent them!), I am equally happy for the business owners who have come “from away,” chasing dreams and working hard to successfully set up shop here.
In Bucerias, I spoke with three gentlemen who own and operate their own businesses and found some interesting common threads. None had ever planned to end up here. What a kick!
Guillaume Demay was born in Paris, France. After learning the art of pastry making, he worked at the world-famous Laduree and taught at the prestigious private school, Le Cordon Bleu. In 2003 he arrived in Mexico for a vacation and chose not to go back. He met his wife at Rocky Point in the town of Puerto Peñasco, in northern Mexico. After marrying, they packed the car with all of their belongings and moved to Bucerias. Guillaume worked as the pastry chef at Grand Velas as well as consulted for Cafe de Artistes and the Festival of Pastries. In 2008 he opened his own bakery, Delices de France, and has been satisfying customers with scrumptious goodies ever since. Open year-round from 7:30 am to 9 pm, visit the bakery at Narcozari 150. Kelly’s pick: ham and cheese croissant
Francesco Narracci was born in Monopoli, Italy. His mother didn’t want her children “playing in the street,” so at six years of age Francesco started working in a bakery and has since been in the food business. His family also made their own wine, olive oil and canned tomato sauce.
After receiving his diploma in hotel/restaurant management he worked throughout Europe and travelled the Caribbean with a cruise line. He and a friend had a bet going and Francesco won, the prize being a trip to Puerto Vallarta. He has lived here now for more than seventeen years and opened his Italian restaurant, La Quinta di Francesco, eleven years ago. Summer hours are 3 – 11pm, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Find him on Facebook or at Retorno Las Palmas 1. Kelly’s pick: lasagna
For the co-owner of Lateral Cafe & Bistro, “It all started with a beautiful girl.” Born in British Columbia, he was a drywaller who met his future wife while she was vacationing from Mexico. He followed her back here, giving up a planned trip to Australia with friends. They’ve been married now for more than twenty-four years. Initially selling timeshare, he always had a desire to own a restaurant. He is now into his third season of catering to clientele, offering delicious breakfast and lunch options at Narcozari 126, Monday to Saturday, 8 am – 3 pm. Kelly’s pick: breakfast sandwich
As these stories describe, sometimes life throws a curveball, including unknown destinations. If you’re planning to spend a week here sometime, you should consider packing an extra bag. You never know, you might just stay.