Saturday, June 25, 2016

New Restaurant: El Clavo de la Baja at Quinta Monasterio

It's great to see that Chef Ryan Steyn has a place to showcase his talents in the Valle this season.

Trip Report: Sippity Sup

The only problem I have with this report is that he writes about Quinta Maria (one of our favorite places to stay in the Valle).  I was kinda hoping to keep that a secret.

Friday, June 24, 2016

New Lodging: Clos de Tres Cantos

Several weeks ago we visited Clos de Tres Cantos, bought a bottle of wine, and had a deep philosophical conversation with the owner Joaquín.  At some point the discussion veered from the meaning of life to a more concrete topic, the two suites he was  building on the property.

At the time the rooms were empty shells, but by look of the pictures they posted on Facebook today the suites are visitor ready.

Restaurant Report: Animal Gourmet - Silvestre

I believe Benito and Solange Molina's Silvestre was the very first campestre (open air seasonal restaurant) in the Valle.  Silvestre is now open for the season on Saturdays and Sundays. It is located off Hwy 3 at km 73.6.

For reservations call Manzanilla (their restaurant in Ensenada) -- (646) 175-7073

Trip Report: K&L Wines - On the Trail

Restaurant Report: Wabisabi Green - Deckman's

An Overview of the Baja Wine Industry - Maurice's Wine Cru

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Friday, June 17, 2016

Guadalupe Valley Fest Experience - Baja Food + Wine

For those interested in the Guadalupe Valley Culinary and Music Festival, Baja Food + Wine has a tour centered around this event.

Guadalupe Valley Fest Experience - Facebook Event

Details via Facebook

Experience a Weekend of Food, Wine & Music in Valle de Guadalupe. 


- Round trip and local transportation from San Diego in chauffeured vehicle with onboard service and expedited border crossing;
- Two-night stay at Rancho María Teresa* (;
- Breakfast (Saturday & Sunday)
- Two exclusive winery experiences. 

* All rooms are share occupancy


- 3-Day Pass at $160 - Available online at and at Bracero Cocina (Food & Wine at Fest not included.


- 6 spots at $450p/p (two persons per queen bed)
- 8 spots at $530p/p (one person per queen bed)


- Text to 619-770-8037
- Email to


Friday July 1st

4:00pm Departure from Old Town Transit Center
6:30pm Gpe Valley Culinary & Music Fest at Decantos

Saturday July 2nd

Breakfast at La Cocina de Doña Esthela
12:00pm Visit to Traslomita/Lomita Winery
2:00pm Gpe Valley Culinary & Music Fest at Finca Altozano

Sunday July 3rd

Breakfast at Rancho María Teresa
12:00pm Visit to Monte Xanic Winery
2:00pm Guadalupe Valley Culinary & Music Fest at Troika
7:00pm Return to San Diego

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Lodging Report: Life & Food - Nachitas Place (Ensenada)

I don't usually post about lodging options in Ensenada, but I'm making an exception for Nachitas Place.  It is owned and operated by noted architect, Alejandro D'Acosta (Vena Cava, Bruma, Clos de Tres Cantos....) and it would be a great place to stay when the temperatures in the Valle soars.

Checking In: Bohemian chic and coastal vibes at Nachita's Place in Ensenada

Nachitas Place - Facebook

Nachitas Place - Airbnb

Shout Out: OC Weekly

The Valle is well represented in this list.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Event: Jazz en El Mogor - August 12

Concierto de jazz al atardecer, con un picnic creación del Chef Drew Deckman y vinos de la casa.

$900 MN

Jazz en El Mogor

Jazz en El Mogor - Facebook event

Trip and Restaurant Report: Gourmet Globetrotter

Hey Google, why didn't I see these blog posts back in January?

Alximia  •  Vinos Bibyaoff  •  Vena Cava •  La Villa del Valle
Corazon de Tierra  •  L.A. Cetto

And here is his Corazon de Tierra report.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Trip Report: Eat Drink Be SD

La Esperanza  •  Deckman's  •  La Lomita

Shout Out: Luxury Travels

"Far from the beaten track (and relatively undiscovered by hordes of tourists), Valle de Guadalupe is a beautiful location nestled in an other-worldly landscape of green valleys and hills covered in boulders."
 Top Foodie Destinations in 2016

New Hotel: Quinta Evy

New places to stay in the Valle seem to be popping up online everyday.  

Quinta Evy doesn't seem to have an independent internet presence, but it shows up on most of the online booking sites.

You can view pictures here: Quinta Evy -

Monday, June 6, 2016

New Hotel: Hotel Valentino

I've been spending some time updating the Hotels and Lodging page and came across a new listing on  Based upon the pictures it looks like they were inspired by another hillside hotel in the neighborhood.