Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Vallarta became a
tourist attraction, pirates and smugglers operated out of this harbor.
Vallarta, as it is sometimes called, was a small fishing and pearl-diving
village, turned into a small beach-landing port serving the Sierra towns
Throughout the decade of the 1950's the area on the hill of the downtown
area north of the River Cuale developed as an expatriate neighborhood called
Gringo Gulch. In 1963 Richard Burton was to star in a movie directed by John
Huston, "The Night of the Iguana" to be shot mostly on location in the
jungle at Mismaloya. He and Elizabeth Taylor stayed in Casa Kimberley in
Gringo Gulch, making this area famous world wide as a vacation destination.
Incidentally, Burton ended up buying
Casa Kimberley, a nine-bedroom villa, for $57,000, and gave it to Elizabeth
as a birthday gift for her 32nd birthday, a few months after finishing the
movie and a month before they officially married.
Years ago, we ate at Cafe de Olla and the
food was out of this world. Always packed, this favorite Mexican restaurant
serves traditional fare but has that "za-zoom" in its flavors.
We had to return for a
Tropically painted, Cafe de Olla on
the right, and Hotel Yasmin on the left
This photo was taken earlier in the day
before the lines queue up for dinner. We were told one "must" have a
reservation or leave it to Lady Luck to get a seat.
Hotel Yasmin is a quaint hotel right
beside it. On our previous visits, we stayed in that boutique hotel.
Map of Puerto Vallarta, with Cafe de
Our days were spent at Playa Los
Muertos, frequented by the locals. An unpretentious beach, it was
minutes from our current hotel, Hotel Eloisa.
The River Cuale shown on this map
separates the downtown in the north and the Zona Romantica in the south. The
famous Gringo Gulch is on the north side.
This quaint hotel has a sitting area on
the outside to enjoy the sun, and there is a small swimming pool to the
right of the photo. At this writing, rooms run about $50USD per night.
Menu Cafe de Olla
This is one of the menus from Cafe de
Olla listing their specialties.
370 grams of Filet
Mignon runs about $17USD, and filet of fish (grilled, with garlic, spicy, in
Vera Cruz Style or with butter sauce) runs about $10USD per plate. You can
also order a shrimp burger, fish burger, chicken burger or beef burger for a
little over $5USD.
Enchiladas, a typical Mexican dish
runs about $5USD no matter if they are cheese, chicken, a kind of hash or
grilled. There is a Mexican sampler plate for under $9USD.
This photo cannot possibly tell you how
good this meal was. Billy likes his Enchiladas and I enjoy the
Chile Rellenos. Full plates are served with tortillas, rice and beans.
We also saw several Seafood/Carne Special
Plates being served, HUGE 2 foot long platters with food piled high with
Filet, Lobster, Shrimp, Quesadillas and more, made for two people. These ran
There is live music playing at a table
next to ours, and we are surrounded by the HUGE platters described in the
photo above. They must have been the favorite of the night, those platters!
This is my beach hairstyle - no hair
dryer, just mousse and salt air.
Billy in a shirt that matches his eyes.
Two full Mexican dinners, a beer and a
bottle of water totals just over $13USD. Tip is extra.
By the way, Lady Luck was with us that
night. We didn't have reservations, but we must have made it to Cafe de Olla
about 3 minutes before the crowds started lining up!
If you are ever in Puerto Vallarta, there
are lots of delicious restaurants to choose from. But make a date with Cafe
de Olla. It's worth it.
Basilio Badillo 168, Emiliano
Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
9AM–11PM, Closed Tuesdays
322 223 1626
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