Editor’s Note: Beans, Beans the Magical Fruit!

Last weekend I was invited to judge the chili cook-off competition being held at El Rio BBQ and Bar up in Paso Ancho, in support of the Jay Sadler Project. It was a tasty task. There were 18 chilies served up in all manner of style and flavor. Now, I think I make a pretty mean chili – lots of beans, ground beef and pork and chipotle to add some heat but fellow judge and chili connoisseur Jim Lee assured me real chili doesn’t have beans. Or at least, Texas Chili doesn’t. And it was amazing to experience 18 distinctly different variations of this comfort food. Congratulations to all the contestants for their efforts. I was full of chili by the time I rolled myself out of there.

AJ Freeman has all the details and the winners in his Vibes & Vices column this week on page 11. Contributor Anita Draycott is back with another food-related piece on her recent tour of Mayto with Vallarta Food Tours on their latest adventure tour offering. I love me some Mayto. If you have traveled south to the ‘Costalegre’, this might be the opportunity you’re looking for. Gorgeous windswept beaches and tiny little pueblos, serving up authentic Mexican cuisine – sounds perfect to me.

The Tribune is thrilled to have a couple new writers in the pages – Bronwen White, a former food columnist has joined us to write a new column on dining out in Vallarta and visiting writer Michelle Beauregard took a recent tour to the Purr Project Ranch and reports back on all the adorable kitties they support.

As usual, our pages are filled to overflowing with events happening around the bay. From puppies to parrots we got you covered. This week we’ve printed the entire schedule for the upcoming Vallarta Bird and Nature Festival being run out of the Vallarta Botanical Gardens March 8-10. We probably won’t have space for it again next week, so snip it and save it now.

And finally, I have a lovely note from a reader in Nuevo Vallarta that just wanted to remind everyone to be aware of the cyclists that use the many bike paths and to treat everyone respectfully.

This weekend is the 2-day Annual Riverfest music festival at El Rio BBQ which the Vallarta Tribune once again proudly sponsors. Hopefully, I’ll see you there!

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Living in Mexico full time since 2011, Madeline is a graphic designer, writer, iPhone photographer and road tripper.