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Carnival in Mazatlan – The Return of the Muses

After shaking off all that confetti and getting an ash cross on our forehead, it’s time to share the on-the-ground experience of Dancing Chef Maaike. One of the world-famous Carnivals, after Rio de Janeiro and Venice, Mazatlan hosted a 5-day party all around town. This year’s theme was called ‘the return of the muses’, showing four mermaids: Artida from the Actic, Meridia from the African oceans, Ocasia from the Western seas and Levantia from Persia who inspires people to celebrate!

It started on Thursday March 3rd with the coronation of the King of Carnival, also known as the Ugly King (‘El rey feo’). Friday featured the coronation of the Floral Queen (‘reina de los juegos florales’). The Floral Queen is the first runner-up at the election of a dozen candidates. This year the concert for the Floral Queen was a tribute to the Beattles and Queen, combining a live rock band, the Sinaloa symphonic orchestra, Delfos contemporary dance and the local Angela Peralta opera choir of over 80 members. It was a vibrant concert of colour, sounds and movement with many sing-a-longs, like ‘We will rock you’ where everybody stood up and stomped and clapped to the beat.


On Saturday was the Coronation of the Queen of Carnival with a concert of David Bisbal, a famous Spanish singer. After the concert the newly crowned Queen was brought to down-town Olas Altas beach, to start the Naval Combat (‘Combate Naval’) which is a 30-minutes fireworks show on the 2 sides of the Olas Altas beach.

Sunday afternoon was the start of the first Parade: take a look at the pictures to see the highlights! Between each float there was a troop of colourfully dressed dancers. It was a wonderful family experience which gathered over 35.000 spectators.

The Infant Queen (‘la reina infantil’) was crowned on Monday with the nationally-known band OV7. All the under-18 population was at the concert, followed with a special small parade at Malécon. Tuesday March 8th was the last day of Carnival, with another Parade towards the historic centre.


After all that partying it was time to get back to work and school, since everything gets suspended during Carnival. It was a great time of celebration and joy with the whole family at the Gem of the Mexican Pacific: Mazatlan!!!


Greetings from Dancing Chef Maaike! Olé!!!



Well tomorrow is officially Mexican Independence Day (Sept 16th).  We have a lot of fun with this holiday in Mazatlan.  From festivities to parades, our little city has it all.  The parties and music begin tonight, with Mexico’s famous “Cry of Independence”, held every year in most mayor cities in Mexico where there is a Plaza or Municipality.

The country celebrates what is called “El Grito”, which translated, is “The Yell”.

Extracted from Wikipedia,

“This event has since assumed an almost mythic status.[4][5] Since the late 20th century, Hidalgo y Costilla’s “cry of independence” has become emblematic of Mexican independence. Each year on the night of September 15, the President of Mexico rings the bell of the National Palace in Mexico City. He repeats a cry of patriotism (a Grito Mexicano) based upon the “Grito de Dolores” from the balcony of the palace to the assembled crowd in the Plaza de la Constitución, or Zócalo, one of the largest public plazas in the world. This event draws up to half a million spectators. On the dawn of September 16, or Independence Day, the national military parade starts in the Zócalo, passes the Hidalgo Memorial and ends on the Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City’s main boulevard.

A similar celebration occurs in cities and towns all over Mexico. The mayor (or governor, in the case of state capitals), rings a bell and gives the traditional words. In the 19th century, it became common practice for Mexican presidents in their final year in office to re-enact the Grito in Dolores Hidalgo, rather than in the National Palace. President Calderón is expected to officiate the Grito in Dolores Hidalgo as part of the bicentennial celebrations in 2010.

The following day, September 16 is Independence Day in Mexico and is considered a patriotic holiday, or fiesta patria (literally, holiday of the Fatherland).”

Today and tomorrow, we have Mexican Flags and fun Mexican colors decorating our tables at Salsa and Salsa.  We will have fun pics to share later in the week.  We’re really getting into the spirit of it all…and hope you will too!  OLE!  Enjoy the You Tube video which gave me chills when I saw it, HOW FUN!!  Hope you enjoy it 🙂


Being patriotic to Mexico means a lot to all the girls from Salsa and Salsa!  Leonique and Maaike are from Holland, Pamela from Chile and Australia and Stephanie is  born and raised in Mazatlan, so celebrating this holiday is a time of happiness!!  We’re sharing the fun of this patriotic holiday with you and send you all happy vibes 🙂



Carnival Splendor! The Fun Ship Indeed!

Leonique and I recently added a new member to the Salsa team.  Her name is Maaike (pronounced Mike-ah).  She is from Holland also (like Leonique) and she is the perfect balance to help us with the ever-growing success of SALSA AND SALSA!  Welcome to the team Maaike!

Carnival Splendor was docked in our lovely city yesterday, and boy oh boy do they know how to have fun!  We had everything in this bunch, young and old (can I say that?!), Americans, Canadians, drinkers, non-drinkers but they all had one thing in common…they all wanted to simply enjoy themselves and enjoy their time in Mazatlan.

I have to share the story of the three couples, none of whom knew each other…but by the end of the tour, were best friends!  One was from Alabama, the other Vegas (woohoo! go Vegas) and the other from Oklahoma.  Two of the fellas were in the Airforce so we made them come up and sing their Airforce song…10 points for getting up in front of everyone and giving it a go…but only 3 points for singing off key hahaha!  Good job guys.

As always, we started with our Margaritas, and Billy (he’s the one with the white head thing!) informed us he had never made a Margarita, let alone tried one, so how exciting to be the first to give him that experience!

As the day progressed, their table got louder and louder, which was really quite entertaining for everyone else.  We certainly hope you all find each other once you get back home – finding people you get along with is hard to do, but both Leonique and I have many many overseas friends and we both truly love staying in touch with them all.

We had a great recipe idea from one of the passengers yesterday.  I’m pretty sure his name was Nick, but don’t hold me to that!  Anyway, Nick suggested we put up a recipe for Queso Fundido (Mexican Melted Cheese).  We thought what a great idea, so here it is:

Serving Suggestion



1 lb Chihuahua Cheese, or Oaxacan Cheese or Monterrey Cheese (If you do not have access to a local Mexican grocer, Mozarella works just as well)

1 Poblano Chile, finely chopped, seeded

2 tbsp Olive Oil

2 Garlic Cloves, minced

1 lb Fresh Mushrooms, stem removed, cap quartered

You will need:

Molcajete and Manita (Mexican Mortar and Pestle – available for purchase on

Frying Pan


Cutting Board

Sharp Knife

  • In a skillet or frying pan, heat on low 1/2 tsp of oil.  Fry garlic and poblano until garlic begins to brown.  Remove from heat.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (185 degrees C)
  • Add to your Molcajete and mush till it becomes a paste.
  • Add the remaining oil and mush for one minute.
  • In skillet, or frying pan, add mushrooms and fry for 10 mins.  Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Add cheese to Molcajete and mix into chile and garlic paste.
  • Place Molcajete into oven and allow cheese to melt (about 10-15 mins)
  • Remove from oven (be careful, will be very hot!) and serve immediately.

**If you have a broiler, place Molcajete under broiler for 5 mins or until golden on top.  Also, if you’re feeling creative, fry up some bell pepper and onions and serve on top (see picture!)  YUM!  Serve with warm tortillas and your favorite salsa!  Enjoy! **

Let us know what you think of the recipe!  Request your recipe or share your recipe with other fellow Salsa and Mexican cuisine lovers! We’ll take great joy in sharing your family recipes…but make sure you send us your photo, we have to put a face to the recipe!  😉

Now I’m hungry… off to the kitchen!


Pamela Hormazabal

(Dancing Chef)