Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Restaurant Alert: Santa Brasa Bar and Grill

This new campestre didn't come up on my Valle restaurant radar, but W. Scott Koenig has all the details in his review of many of the new Valle restaurants.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Better Make a Reservation Right Now

So, Vinisterra is having a special Vendemia dinner event at their place on August 8.  It just so happens that the Chef for the event, Elena Reygadas of Rosetta in Mexico City, has just been named the best female chef in Latin America.  Kudos to Vinisterra.

Mexican Chef Named Latin America's Best Female Chef

Vinisterra Campestre Dinner with Chef Elena Reygadas

Valle de Guadalupe - Restaurant List

Restaurant Reviews: W. Scott Koenig aka A Gringo in Mexico

W. Scott Koenig did some recon in the Valle and has written the first reviews of some of Valle de Guadalupe's newest restaurants.

Travel Guide: The Zen Girl

Not only does Mandy have impeccable taste in blogs, she knows the Valle de Guadalupe very well.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Adobe Guadalupe Food Truck

Adobe Guadalupe winery is racing to finish their new tasting room/tienda in time for las fiestas de Vendemia that begins this weekend.  Like Vena Cava and Emeve the new space will have a food truck.  

It now has a Facebook page.

Tesela Hotel Open

The Tesela Hotel in San Antonio de las Minas has opened just in time for Vedemia.


(646) 132-3262


Convivia's Grand Opening Pictures

Looks like it was a great party.

New Restaurant Alert: Traslomita Cocina de Baja California @ Hacienda La Lomita Winery

We've been wandering the backroads of Vermont and Maine the past couple weeks and I missed the announcement of the opening of Hacienda Lomita's campestre on July 25.  

The details:

Traslomita Cocina de Baja California @ Hacienda La Lomita Winery
Chef Humberto Aviles
Wednesday to Sunday  
12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Menu Report: Convivia (sorta)

Convivia isn't officially open until tomorrow, but they have been hosting a series of events to help themselves get ready.  @gsvinos posted these pictures to Instagram that appear to be the cocktail and sea food pages of their menu.

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Restaurant Alert: Terraza Parrilla

I find it kinda hard to believe, but yes, another campestre is opening its doors to the public this weekend. Terraza Parrilla will start service on Saturday on the grounds of Vinicola Torre Alegre y Familia.

Open Saurdays and Sundays - 1 pm to 6 pm

Terraza Parrilla - Facebook

Vinicola Torre Alegre y Familia - Facebook

Much more restaurant information here:  Valle de Guadalupe - Restaurant List

Vendemia Event: Vinisterra - August 8

Campestre Dinner with Chef Elena Reygadas
Cost:  $1600
(646) 178-3310

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Interview with Flor Franco of Convivia

Troy Johnson of San Diego Magazine has an informative chat with Chef Franco

Road Trip: Convivia

Deckman's En El Mogor Plans to Stay Open Year Round

This paragraph from the Wall Street Journal Online article had some great news for the Valle.

Mr. Deckman is optimistic about the future of the valley. The restaurant has grown so popular since its opening in 2011 that he plans to stay open year 'round. He even gave up his San Jose del Cabo business recently and is applying for a Mexican passport. "I'm not a New Age person," he said, "but there is a calm and a peace here that made me want to stay longer and longer each time I was here."

The Best Wines From Mexico's Burgeoning Baja Wine Region

New Restaurant Alert: Jardin de Adobe

Last Saturday Chef Ryan Steyn announced that he was leaving Latitud 32 at the El Cielo Winery.

We now know that he is staying in the Valle.  Today on Facebook Adobe Guadalupe announced that Chef Steyn will helm a new restaurant on their property called Jardin de Guadalupe. They hope to be open August 28.

The number of restaurant projects in the Valle that have or will open this summer is making my head spin.

Adobe Guadalupe Facebook

Chef Ryan Steyn - Facebook


Travel Guide: Ensenada Tourism Board

I should note that this is sponsored content found on the San Diego magazine web site.  I posted it here because quite frankly the information is just as useful as a lot of the unsponsored stuff.  

The most relevant information is on pages 9 and 10.

The Best of Ensenada

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Restaurant Opening: Convivia at Encuentro Guadalupe

This sounds like a party.

Via Facebook - Convivia:

"Thank you so very much to all our friends and clients who visited Convivia during the soft opening last week. 

We'll be officially open on Sunday 27th and you are welcome to join us after 5 PM to celebrate with us until last customer standing! 

Chef Flor FrancoSnake Oil Cocktail Company & Baja Wine + Food are looking forward to have the honor to serve you!"

Restaurant Review: El Pinar de Tres Mujeres

Chef Ismene Venegas is one of our favorite people in the Valle, and dining at her restaurant, El Pinar de 3 Mujeres is one of life's great pleasures.  Kristin Diaz de Sandi of Life + Food captures the specialness of Ismene's terrific campestre here:

El Pinar de 3 Mujeres

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Shout Out: Wall Street Journal

The Best of Wines of Mexico's Burgeoning Baja Wine Region

Tahal Opens Friday, July 25

That was fast!  

Word leaked about about Robert Alcocer's (Malva) second Valle restaurant to be located at the Baron Balche winery in June.  Today hey announced on Facebook that they will be opening their doors to the public on Friday, July 25.

Tahal Cocina + Vino
Hours:  1:00 - 10:00
Days:  Wednedays - Monday

Thursday, July 17, 2014

First Look at Flor Franco's Convivia Restaurant

Convivia is one of two of Chef Flor Franco's new restaurants located at Hotel Encuentro.  In anticipation of the restaurant's opening Hotel Encuentro posted some pictures on their Instagram feed.

Vendemia Event: Not Your Mother's Campestre Vinicola Vena Cava

Vinicola Vena Cava
August 16, 2014
(646) 156-8053

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Recipe Alert: Drew Deckman's Shrimp Tostados

How to Make Drew Deckman's Shrimp Tostados

Chef Profile: Roberto Alcocer

Death for Food - Recaps

Photo credit:  @sharondaddi on Instagram

By all accounts the Death for Food event held this past Sunday where participants could choose to harvest a farm raised quail to be served as part of the meal was meaningful and special.

With so many creative people taking part I'm sure there will be several accounts posted online.  I'll try to aggregate them here as they become available.

In the mean time, the best place to see pictures and videos of the event is Instagram.  Search for the hashtag  dffvalle.


An artful experience to connect people to food

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

La Terrasse San Roman Now Open - Pictures

La Terrasse San Roman posted pictures of their opening weekend on Facebook.


Essay Alert: Sean Kelley of Mother Sponge Design

For those interested in what makes Valle de Guadalupe a special place, Sean Kelley's essay offers some insight.

Baja Med in my head

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Convivia's New Facebook Page

Convivia one of Chef Flor Franco's two projects at  Encuentro Guadalupe has a brand new Facebook page.  I'm guessing we'll be able to enjoy Chef Franco's food real soon. 

Bodegas Cieli Winery and Brewery

On our last trip to the Valle I noticed the sign for the Bodegas Cieli Winery on Hwy 3 very close to Mogor Badan. Since I had been unaware of its existence before that moment I made a mental note to check for information about it when we returned home,  Of course at my age I retain mental notes for about 15 seconds.  So, it wasn't until today when doing a search for information about another winery that I found their Facebook page and website.  

From the looks of it I may have to put it atop my list of places to check out.

Update:  Cieli Winery and Brewery is a passion project of author R.P. McCabe.

Here is a blog post about his efforts:  Dr. Livingstone I Presume

Sunday, July 6, 2014

La Terrasse San Roman Opens Sunday, July 13

La Terrasse San Roman, Chef Martin San Roman's new restaurant at the Alximia Winery, is set to open on Sunday, July 13

La Terrasse San Roman

The Lunchbox at Emeve Winery

Based upon this picture The Lunchbox posted on Facebook it appears they will have a semi-permanent presence at the Emeve Winery.

The Lunchbox