Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Shout Out: Modern Luxury Riviera San Diego

Trip Report: San Diego Reader - Part II

As I have noted before, craft beer is emerging as an important part of Valle de Guadalupe's culinary scene.  In part II of Brandon Hernandez's trip report he details some of the progress Baja brewers have made bringing craft beer to the Valle.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

ChuckAlek Independent Brewers Visit Valle de Guadalupe

Located in Ramona California ChuckAlek Independent Brewers is a family run operation with brewer/owner Grant Fraley at the helm.  They posted a picture on Instagram of Vena Cava and its Foodtruck Troika with an interesting hashtag -  #bajabeerproject2015.

I reached out for a little clarification and received the following reponse:

"Hammering out details now, but we're talking with Baja breweries, chefs, wineries and a hop farm to bring a collaborative project over the course of 2015!"

Sounds like a winning combination,

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Trip Report: San Diego Reader

Brandon Hernandez has carved out a nice niche in San Diego's media as the go-to "Beer Guy".  He recently spent some time in Baja exploring the area's burgeoning craft beer scene.

Here are his dispatches from Valle de Guadalupe.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

La Esperanza to Open October 16

Chef Miguel Angel Guerrero (La Querencia, El Colegio, El Taller) is a powerhouse in the world of Baja cuisine. It was a very big deal when the news broke early this year that he would be returning to Valle de Guadalupe with a new restaurant on the LA Cetto property.  

Months ago there were mentions on his Instagram feed that the restaurant, La Esperanza, might be open as early as April.  When I checked the calendar this morning and noticed it was now September I started wondering what was happening with La Esperanza, so I reached out to Chef via Twitter and asked. 

His response - October 16.


Trip Report: Atomic Nony

Monday, September 22, 2014

Event Alert: Taco A Las Brasas at Legado Sais Winery

Bringing in Tacos Kokopelli (who are absolutely killing it in Tijuana) for this event is a very very good idea.  

Can I put in an order for a kraken taco right now?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Latitud 32's New Chef

Carlos Quijano Perez is the new chef at Latitud 32 the restaurant at El Cielo Winery. He fills the vacancy created when Chef Ryan Steyn left to helm El Jardin Adobe.

Hoppy Valle

Photo credit @larutavcc on Instagram

Lately I have been paying closer attention to Valle de Guadalupe's emerging craft beer scene, and hearing about brewers using locally sourced hops.  That sounded a bit strange as the Valle doesn't exactly have a climate well suited for growing lupulo.

La Ruta VCC's picture above pointed me towards Rancho Loza, and with a couple clicks I learned they're indeed growing hops in Baja's wine country.

Mujeres Catadores de Cerveza en Mexico posted a trip report to Rancho Loza here:

Friday, September 19, 2014

Javier Plascencia TV Star?

With restaurants in Valle de Guadalupe, Tijuana, and San Diego,  Javier Plascencia is an icon of Baja cooking.  It looks like he will be spreading the word about Baja cuisine on American TV.

Via @JanPlascencia on Twitter:

New Restaurant Alert: El Apple Pie Cafe

I am not exactly sure why, but apple pie is kind of a big deal in Valle de Guadalupe.  Several of the restaurants that primarily serve residents feature it on their menus.  And soon, the Valle will have a place dedicated to la manzana.

Opening September 27

W. Scott Koenig lists some his favorite Valle dishes

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Design of Malva's Logo by Golpeavisa

This is kinda cool.

The graphic design studio, Golpeavisa, has done some really nice work for Roberto Alcocer's Valle de Guadalupe restaurant.

Golpeavisa - Malva

Tour Alert: Club Tengo Hambre - October 25

Media Perra Brewery's New Tasting Room in Valle de Guadalupe

Photo credit: @prannied on Instagram

The craft beer scene in Valle Guadalupe is growing very quickly.  From the looks of @prannied's picture, Media Perra is going to have a very cool place to sample their wares.

More information and pictures can be found here:

Monday, September 15, 2014

San Ysidro Border Crossing - More Lanes + Art!

Progress on the SY crossing has been painfully slow, but the Union-Tribune reports that additional lanes and some art will be ready in October.

Alta Cocina Dinners

I first posted about about this pop-up dinner here - Roberto Alcocer Brings his Talents to So Cal

Here is LA Weekly's post about the first Alta Cocina dinner - Alta Cocina Dinners Bring Baja Chef's Cuisine to Lon Beach

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Rondo del Valle Hosted a Special Campestre on Sunday

Rondo del Valle is the winery at Rancho Parral.  Located right next to the Alixmia Winery they opened their tasting room to the public this summer.  On Sunday September 14 they hosted a campestre where they served paella and tapas.

From the looks of the pictures they posted on their Facebook page the event was a success.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ensenada Toll Road Opening Postponed Until December

April 2014

This is not really much of a surprise. If the road does open in December it would still be remarkable achievement to get it open a year after the collapse.

Cool Picture: Alixmia Winery

Photo credit: @bench on Instagram

New Venue Alert: Hacienda San Jose

Photo credit:  @haciendasanjose65 on Instagram

Anyone need a cool spot to get married or have an epic fiesta.  Hacienda San Jose might just be the spot.  It's a new event venue located in Valle de Guadalupe.  

Not much of a presence on the internet, but you can email them for more info here:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Chef Roberto Alcocer Takes His Talents to So Cal

For a couple of nights anyway.

Valle de Guadalupe based chef, Roberto Alcocer, (Malva and Tahal) will be doing his chef thing at a couple of pop-up dinners in Southern California this month.

To start things off Chef Alcocer will be preparing a seven course meal at Aventura Travel's very first Alta Cocina pop-up dinner on September 23 in Long Beach.  

Then on September 28 in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego he will prepare a five course meal for Let's Go Clandestino's 1 year anniversary party.

Details:  Let's Go Clandestino 1 Year Anniversary Party

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Grape Harvest and Wine Production at Concierto Enologico

Sofia Sarabia Quintero's family has a small winery in Valle de Guadalupe.  She describes this year's havest and the beginning of wine production in a post on her blog, oreganotomilloylaurel.

Consecho de Concierto Enologico en el Valle de Guadalupe

Need a translation?  Just paste the url into the box here:  Google Translate

Cool Picture: Valle de Guadalupe

Photo credit: @alinaelizaldec on Instagram

Friday, September 5, 2014

Zarco Opening Soon

The cross pollination of food, wine, and beer culture between Baja and the San Diego area is a big bowl of awesome.  Chef Flor Franco (Convivia and Resguardo in Valle de Guadalupe) is continuing the trend with a new restaurant, Zarco, in Chula Vista.

Rumor has it that Zarco will be open to the public on September 16.

Update:  Zarco is open!!

Sneak Peek: Resguardo at Hotel Encuentro

@encuentroantiresorts posted this picture of Flor Franco's new restaurant on the pool deck at Hotel Encuentro.  The restaurant called Resguardo should be open very soon.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

New Winery Alert: Clos de Tres Cantos

As I was cruising through my Twitter feed this afternoon I noticed a tweet by @Life+Food mentioning a new winery in Valle de Guadalupe called Clos de Tres Cantos.  Life + Food reports that it was designed by Alejandro D'Acosta and from the looks of the place Clos de Tres Cantos will be yet another Valle de Guadalupe "must see".

Clos de Tres Cantos (web site under construction)


Winery/Restaurant Report: Passports & Cocktails

Valle de Guadalupe - Half Marathon

I previously posted about this running event here: Event Alert: Half Marathon

Here is some additional information:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

San Diego's Baja Wine Club

I first posted about the Baja Wine Club here:  Baja Wine Club Inaugural Wine Tasting Event

The San Diego Union-Tribune has additional information about the club in this article from September 2:  The Dish: Adult Only Dessert

They also have a web site that as of this writing appears to be under construction:  Baja Wine Club