New Gourmet Mexican Menu for Foodies Debuts at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit's Frida Restaurant

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The "Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All-Compare" Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, known for outstanding fine dining, recently debuted a new menu at its gourmet Mexican restaurant, Frida, with ingredients, inspiration and flavors influenced by regional cuisines.

Giant sea scallop, thinly sliced over mango and tequila jelly, with organic greens and charred habanero oil

Ingredients, inspiration, flavors informed by Regional Cuisines

The "Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All-Compare" Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, known for outstanding fine dining, recently debuted a new menu at its gourmet Mexican restaurant, Frida. A tribute to the legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, the AAA Four Diamond restaurant offers a wide range of dishes featuring ingredients from the various regions of Mexico complemented by original and colorful presentations. Specialty ingredients that define Frida’s new menu include Chapulines, or grasshoppers; elote fresco, Mexican grilled corn; Chilhuacle Negro Chile, a very rare chile with strong notes of cocoa, tobacco and dry fruit grown only in Oaxaca; Achiote, used in the Yucatan spice mixture recado rojo; and more.

Menu highlights include thinly sliced Giant Sea Scallop served over mango and tequila jelly, with organic greens and charred habanero oil; Oaxaca cheese casserole with sautéed ajillo-style shrimp; Roasted sweet corn cream soup with cotija cheese and chili oil; Seared ahí tuna steak over diamonds of papaya with mint, tamarind and tequila vinaigrette and salad of sautéed green beans; Sea Bass in avocado and ancho chili, over jalapeño and green tomato sauce with Mexican zucchini; and Dark Chocolate Mousse with a white chocolate and mole poblano center topped with amaranth crisp. Changing every 6 to 8 months, the menu also offers gluten free, organic and vegetarian options.

A perfect complement to the new menu, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit offers its guests the latest in margarita mixology, from Chili Pepper and Tamarind to Avocado Pistachio and Hibiscus. The margarita menu boasts twelve libations including a Cocoa Signature Margarita that combines the full-bodied flavor of chocolate directly from Chiapas with a touch of orange essence; Avocado Pistachio; Cilantro Coriander; Hibiscus, Chili Mango; Huitlacoche Signature Margarita, which combines the corn truffle with tequila, resulting in a slightly salty, very flavorful and unique drink served on the rocks; and more.

Grand Velas Resort’s all-inclusive rate includes luxury suite accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, nightly entertainment and more. For more information or reservations, please call 1.800.839.2123 or visit http://www.vallarta.grandvelas.com.

About Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit:
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, a Leading Hotel of the World, enjoys a privileged natural setting with flowering, landscaped gardens beside a long stretch of pristine beach and a dramatic backdrop of the Sierra Madre mountains. The centerpiece of the gardens is a three-tiered infinity pool, a preferred spot for catching the legendary sunsets. The AAA Five Diamond all-inclusive resort features 267 ocean-view suites, some with private plunge pools, and all with LCD high definition flat screens with digital cable, wireless internet access, fully stocked mini bar, L’Occitane amenities and Nespresso machines. Of the resort’s five restaurants, three, serving French, Italian and Mexican gourmet cuisine, have received AAA Four Diamond awards for distinguished cuisine and presentation. An oasis of wellbeing, the resort’s Leading Spa of the World offers 20 treatment suites, more than 30 spa treatments, many inspired by the native traditions of Mexico and a signature water journey. Other features include a fitness center, 24/7 insuite service, water sports, business center, tennis, baby concierge, Kids Club, and teen lounge during holidays. Puerto Vallarta is just a 15 minute drive away. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit features more than 25,000 square feet of indoor meeting facilities, including the Grand Marissa Ballroom, which consists of more than 6,000 square feet and is easily subdivided into five separate rooms. The resort’s facilities also include four other rooms ranging from 681 to more than 1,954 square feet that offer several arrangement variations to maximize meeting productivity and efficiency. The resort has won numerous awards from Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, TripAdvisor, U.S. News and World Report and Forbes, which named it one of the Top Ten Coolest All-Inclusives in 2012. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit was built and is operated by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, majority owner, founder and president of Velas Resorts, with brother Juan Vela by his side, vice president of Velas Resorts.

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