Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Foodie Tips: Gringo in Mexico

Friend of the blog, Scott Koenig, offers up some of his Baja culinary favorites (including several from the Valle) in his latest blog post.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Adobe Guadalupe Food Truck Open 12/31 and 1/1

Leda passed along the following info via Facebook this morning.

Amigos del Adobe Food Truck feliz primer día de invierno; como verán este martes 22 de diciembre no podremos abrir el camión debido a la lluvia. Aprovechamos para avisarles que el 24 y el 25 de diciembre no abriremos por las fiestas navideñas. Sin embargo, para fin de año trabajaremos de manera normal... a menos que llueva. ¡Salud y felices fiestas!
Dear friends of the Adobe Food Truck happy first day of winter! As you can see, we won´t be able to open the food truck due to the rain today December 22nd. As the holidays are around the corner, we won´t be open the 24th and the 25th as well. However, for we will be working as usual 31st of December as the 1st of January... unless is raining. Enjoy this rainy Tuesday
Leda Gamboa Rojas - Facebook

Monday, December 21, 2015

Wine Tips: Arturo Bedenstet

After blind tasting nearly 600 Mexican wines Arturo Bodenstet lists his favorites.  The Valle is well represented.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Trip Report: FoodWineTravelChix,com

La Cocina de Doña Esthela - Finca La Carrodilla - Estacion de Oficios - Clos de Tres Cantos - Casa Mayoral -  La Guerrerense - Museo del Vinos - Cuatro Cuatros

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Telefonica Gastro Park Coming to the Valle?

I was doing a little research in advance of a quick trip to Tijuana and noticed this picture on Telefonica Gastro Park's Facebook page.  I have no other information other than it's coming soon, but I'll be sure to post further details as soon as they become available.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Lodging Report: Airbnb - Cozy Cabin

We were empty nesters this past Thanksgiving, so we took the opportunity to head to the Valle and have Thanksgiving dinner at Drew Deckman's chef's table.  (BTW, having a Michelin starred chef prepare the turkey feast is highly recommended.)  

In need of a place stay we rented the "Cozy Cabin" through Airbnb.  It's nicely appointed, reasonably priced ($80), and is in very convenient location (San Antonio de las Minas).


Cozy cabin in Baja's wine country

Travel Guide: Don't Quit Your Daydream - Valle de Guadalupe

I received an email today from "dreamingbosslady" pointing me to a guide to Valle de Guadalupe she had put together.  Its extensive and the printable map and listings of wineries, eateries, and lodging looks to be a useful planning tool.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Desert Nest Zip Line

Valle visitors who crave an activity a little more extreme than wine tasting no longer have to travel very far to get their adrenaline rushes.  

Cuatro Cuatros now offers thrill seekers zip lining.

Deckman's December Dates

Deckman's En El Mogor - Facebook

El Pinar Cocina de Ismene - Closed for the Season

It was only a couple years ago that the Valle's campestres (open air seasonal restaurants) were only open a month or two.  It's a sign of the Valle's vitality that the campestre season now runs from March through December.  And, in the case Finca Altozano, Malva, and Deckmans the season is year round.

El Pinar - Cocina de Ismene -- Facebook

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Winery Report: Decantos Vinícola

We made a quick trip to the Valle last Thursday and visited the new Decantos Vinícola for the first time.

It is a state of art facility with a million dollar view.

Next time we'll check out their food.

We will be back.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Trip Report: Rick Bayless (Yes, that Rick Bayless)

Chef Rick Bayless recently made a whirlwind trip to our neck of the woods with stops in San Diego, Tijuana, Ensenada, and Valle de Guadalupe.  

Here's his report:

Friday, November 20, 2015

Shout Out: Whitney A. - La Cocina de Doña Esthela

Event: Verbena Navideña en el Valle (Christmas in the Wine Valley) - Vinedo Alximia

Via Facebook:

Verbena Navideña en el Valle... ya para el segundo año!!
¡Música, vino, comida y más!

"Christmas in the Wine Valley"... now for the 2nd year!!
Music, wine, food and more!

Escapa de la locura y festeja la Navidad entre viñedos en el Valle de Guadalupe. 

Escape the craziness of the holidays and get into the holiday spirit amongst the vineyards of Valle de Guadalupe, near Ensenada, BC.

Ven a disfrutar de música en vivo con cantantes del coro de la Ópera de San Diego, vinos de Alximia y comida a cargo del Chef Martin San Roman.

Come enjoy holiday music at it's finest, with powerful voices from the San Diego Opera Chorus, wines from Alximia and food prepared by the one and only Chef Martin San Roman.

También podrás comprar regalos distintos de nuestros diferentes expositores y apoyar el comercio local.

Still need a few presents? There'll be local merchants selling their artisanal food products and more!

$200.00 pesos

$200.00 pesos

El evento empiece a las 2:00pm, musica en vivo a las 3:00pm.

Event starts at 2:00pm, live music at 3:00pm.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Monday, November 9, 2015

Tour: San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival - Expedition: Baja

Photo credit: Edgar Lima


08:30 Meeting at Pick-Up Location
09:00 Departure from San Diego
11:00 Baja Wine + Food Reception/Winery tour at Finca La Carrodilla 
12:00 Lunch at Finca La Carrodilla with Executive Chef Flor Franco 
14:30 Wine tasting at Torres Alegre y Familia Winery
16:00 Wine tasting at Adobe Guadalupe Winery
17:30 Departure from Valle de Guadalupe
19:00 Dinner at Mision 19 with Chef/Owner Javier Plascencia
21:30 Return to San Diego

New Lodging: El Encinal @ Vinos y Villas Maglen

Vinos y Villas Maglen is a collection of properties that includes an event venue, the restaurant Ha Che, and the Hotel Tesela.  They have recently added another hotel named El Encinal.

Trip Report: WINEnormous

I'm a bit tardy with this link that is dated August 23, 2015.

La Cocina de Doña Esthela - Finca La Carrodilla - Estacíon de Oficios El Porvenir  (La Esuelita) - Clos de Tres Cantos

Baja's Incredible Valle de Guadalupe

Thursday, November 5, 2015

TV Show: Sam the Cooking Guy - 2 Days in Baja - Day 2

Here's a nice introduction to the Valle.

Sam spends some time at La Cocina de Doña Esthela,  La Cooperativa, Monte Xanic, Deckman's and then hits a couple spots in Ensenada.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Restaurant Guide: San Diego Magazine

While San Diego embraces its newfound love for elevated Mexican cuisine, Baja Norte has been upping its culinary game for nearly a decade. It’s time you took a weekend, or three, and ate your way through a Mexican vacation. Here’s your hit list.