Sunday, January 24, 2016

Fuego's Remodel/Expansion Plans.

This weekend Fuego Restaurant and Lounge posted renderings of their upcoming remodel/expansion on Facebook. They hope to be finished in time for their third anniversary in April and plan to remain open during construction.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Foodtruck News: Le Pinche Francés @ Viñas de la Erre

Starting today Carlos Mariscal's food truck, La Pinche Francés, will be serving French bistrot favorites at Viñas de la Erre.  The current plan is to be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon until 5:00 PM.

Viñas de la Erre is located on Hwy 3 at km 87.5.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Spotlight: Viñas de Frannes

The Valle is booming.

The amount of growth in the Valle in the last few years has been mind boggling and keeping track of all the new wineries and restaurants is close to impossible.  That being said major venues don't usually slip under my radar, but somehow Viñas de Frannes escaped my notice.

Based upon the pictures it's an impressive facility.

In addition to the winery there is also a restaurant on the property.


Friday to Sunday

12:00-17:00 PM. 

Reservations: (646) 155-2433 and (646) 155-2887

Viñas de Frannes

Viñas de Frannes - Facebook

Event: Bicycle Ride - Rosarito to Valle de Guadalupe - March 12

Friday, January 15, 2016

Dinner Event: Una Noche de Amor en el Valle - Hacienda Guadalupe - Feb 13

Dinner Event: Bounty of the Baja - Deckman's En El Mogor - January 30

Via Facebook:

Welcome to 2016 and our new series of monthly Guest Chefs!  

Like last year, we invite culinary friends from near and far to come and burn firewood with us on Rancho Mogor and collaborate in an intimate meal featuring the finest sustainable ingredients the Baja has to offer.

Our "Workshop" begins at 7 pm with a Kumiai Oyster cocktail and then at 8pm we share a table to celebrate our Valley and the abundance in it. Each Chef does at least one plate paired with Guadalupe Valley Wines, Craft Beers and Distillates. 

Our first Workshop includes some very dear friends:

Chef Nancy Leon (Chan's Bistro)

Chef Matt Gordon (Urban Solace, et. al )

Chef Rob Ruiz (The Land and Water Company)

and VERY special guest Jonathan Barbieri (Pierda Almas Mezcal)
Jonathan will be Launching his New Ancestral Corn Whiskey with us on this night!

The meal is (at least) 6 courses with 5 paired beverages.

The 100usd (plus tax and gratuity) fee includes the hour cocktail, dinner and all beverages. Seats are very limited so we reccomend reserving as early as you can if you really wish to attend. 

Please send an email to or
better yet call directly +52 1 646 188 3960 to reserve your spot.

We look forward to welcoming you to Deckmans en el Mogor!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Concert: Carlos Cuevas - February 13 - Bodegas del Valle

Los boletos costarán 
VIP $ 1,100 pesos 
Oro $ 800 pesos 
Plata. $ 550 pesos 
Se le agregara un costo de servicio de Tarjeta de Crédito y servicios de la Empresa que nos da el servicio 
Estos puntos de venta se habilitarán el Viernes para que este al pendiente 
Venta de Boletos en :
Tijuana :
Real Inn (Antes Camino Real) .. (664) 633.4037
Servi Eventos .. (664)688.1080
Ensenada :
Viajes Kinessia (646) 152.1852
Mexicali :
Real Inn (686) 557.3600
Viajes Kinnesia .. (686) 554 4024
Rosarito :
Plaza Comercial Hotel Rosarito Beach
Local 105 .. (661) 100 6805

Bumpy Roads Ahead (Literally)

Photo credit: Sitara Monica Perez

After the Valle received a very much needed 5 inches of rain last week, several of the wineries posted reassuring notices on social media that the Valle's dirt roads were passable and that their tasting rooms were open.  While I'm sure all the wineries are are currently accessible, as the roads dry, it's going to be a very bumpy ride getting to them. 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

eBook Report: Conversations with Winemakers - Valle de Guadalupe Baja, Mexico

Christopher Barnes went to Baja earlier this year and talked with many of the Valle's winery owners, industry insiders, and chefs.  The interviews that were originally published on the Grape Collective website have now been collected in the form of an ebook.

Friday, January 8, 2016

El Niño's Valle Visit

Vinos Pijoan reported on Facebook that they received 5 inches of rain in 3 days.  That's the same amount of rain that the Valle had in all of 2015.

It's going to be a glorious spring.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Shout Out: Whitney A. - Finca La Divina

I give a lot of credit to Javier Plascencia's publicist.  He/she sure helped to generate a lot of buzz for Placencia's new bed and breakfast, Finca La Divina.

Here's another blog post about the opening of FLD.

FMM Information via Discover Baja Travel Club

Even after September when the Mexican government started enforcing the law we never stopped to get an FMM Tourist Permit on our trips to the Valle. After reading this information from DBTC we will probably do so in the future.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Javier Plascencia's Web Site

With very successful restaurants in Valle de Guadalupe, Tijuana, and San Diego Javier Placencia has become the face of the Baja culinary explosion.  His web site is a good place to check out the JP empire.

Cool Instagram: @valdresjan - Bruma