Last night, my wife and I had the best Thanksgiving dinner we have ever experienced.  It was right here in Puerto Vallarta at the recently established Layla’s Restaurant located one block North of Hotel Rosita on Venezuela Street.  The husband and wife owners, and their chef, were formerly serving in a similar capacity at a prominent New York City restaurant.  They decided to return to their roots here in Puerto Vallarta this past summer, and we should all be thankful for that move!

Our dinner started off with a saucer of lemon crushed ice and tequila to cleanse the palette, along with outstanding homemade focaccia bread and an olive oil balsamic dip.  This was followed by sliced apple mozzarella cheese salad with grapefruit segments and balsamic vinaigrette.  Then came a delicious cream of carrot soup followed by the main entry:  moist, delicious turkey cooked to perfection; homemade traditional stuffing served from a circular mold; mashed potatoes and freshly cooked green beans with sliced carrots; and, for desert, beautifully presented Flan.

The husband and wife owners both personally checked up on our satisfaction during the meal, and the chef came by toward the end to address any questions.  He explained that they avoid unhealthy ingredients, citing the turkey gravy preparation without butter, flour, or milk as an example.

We have had similarly great experiences at Layla’s in the past, and we could not recommend their Mexican food more highly!

Fred C. Conta

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  1. Timeshare owners who vacation in Puerto Vallarta, beside paying the up front cost of the 25 year contract which is usually thousands of U.S dollars, there is the yearly maintenance fee, and then there is a 15% VAT on the daily cost of your lodging. With all the taxes one pays to enter and leave Mexico plus the U.S. on the plane ticket, also the VAT on many of your purchases made by credit card, a low cost vacation winds up costing more than planned for.

    As one vendor on the beach said, “our new president is not very smart, for he is adding new taxes and increasing the existing taxes on us”. Many of the young store clerks said that if you do not live with your parents, you cannot afford to live in Puerto Vallarta, for it is a vacation city.

    Why, I remember in the early years in PV it was a very affordable place to vacation and shop. As time went by the costs of tipping and everything else went up, just like in the vacation city of San Francisco, where I live. The only families that can afford to live in SF there are those who live in or have inherited their parents home. Actually that is not necessarily true – for unless your home is covered by Prop.13 that limited the city property tax since 1972, most cannot afford to pay the property tax.

    San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities to live in the U.S. One either has to be wealthy, or be poor. The middle class has mostly been pushed out. I assume that that is the same in Puerto Vallarta also.

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