Thursday, October 19, 2017

Chef Profiles: KCET - Javier Plascencia • Diego Hernandez • Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins

Jackie Bryant who has written some of the best articles about Valle de Guadalupe talked to some of the Valle's best chefs about the obstacles of operating restaurants in the U.S.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Restaurant Guide: The Culture Trip

The title of this article is a tad misleading as I wouldn't characterize any of the listed places as a seafood restaurant. That being said, they all serve delicious seafood (among other things).

Monday, October 16, 2017

Notas del Valle

A few notes and reminders:

Restaurante Nómada the campestre that set up at Cava Maciel this summer has ended its 5th season.

As of today there were still a few tickets left for the Valle Wine & Food Festival to be held Sunday, October 22 at Finca Altozano.

Colección de Airstreams Glamping Ruta de Arte y Vino is hosting scary movie nights at their campground on October 28 and 29. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Restaurant Report: Mexico Cooks! - La Cocina de Doña Esthela

One of Doña Esthela's most impressive accomplishments is that she has been able to maintain the quality of her food as her restaurant has expanded from a table in her kitchen to 160 seats.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

Chef Profile: San Diego City Beat - Doña Esthela

Doña Esthela was in San Diego last week for what I believe was her very first time.  She cooked at an event in Barrio Logan.   Here's hoping that will be the first of many more visits north of the border.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Restaurant Report: Expat in Baja Mexico - Nomada

As the name suggests Nomada changes location regularly.  This summer they've set up camp at Cava Maciel. 

Here's Baja Doc's report.

Saturday, September 2, 2017


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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Restaurant Report: Discover Baja - Malva

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I don't think Robert Alcocer's restaurant, Malva, gets the recognition for excellence it deserves.  W. Scott Koenig's report should start to provide a remedy for that situation.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


August 10 - Update: Other than a few pictures of smoke posted on various social media sites, I have not seen any additional reports about this fire.  I'm hopeful that the expression, "No news is good news" applies here.

Cinthia SZ posted these pictures on Facebook at approximately 3:30 PM today.  She reports that the fire is located behind Hacienda Guadalupe.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Camping and Scary Movies - October 28

Camping and watching scary movies.  This sounds like the plot most of the horror movies I watched as a kid.

New Project: Agua de Vid

By chance I stumbled upon Agua de Vid's Facebook page.  Apparently the project will include a boutique hotel, a restaurant/bar, a spa, an event space, and a wine shop.

You can see what they are planning here:

Friday, August 4, 2017

Casa Colorada

Today's winery list addition is Casa Colorada

Shout Out: NBC Latino - Valle de Guadalupe

Animalón by Rebeka Sager
Most of the obvious places are mentioned in this article, but it's cool to see that Sager interviewed people who have a lot of first hand knowledge about the Valle.

Guadalupe Valley Fest 2017 Line-up Announced

Boom!  The Guadalupe Valley Festival announced their musical line-up today and I gotta say I'm very impressed with the music performers on the bill.  (Also bummed we will be in Portland that weekend.)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Don Tomás Viñedo and Corazon del Valle

I'm well aware of the fact that my lists of wineries and restaurants in the Valle are woefully incomplete, so this week I'm going to work on them.  They will still be incomplete, but hopefully not as woeful.

First up, an addition to both lists - Don Tomás Viñedo and its restaurant Corazon del Valle.

They also have a restaurant on site headed by Chef Ismael Pérez

Monday, July 31, 2017

Cool Looking Hotel Concept by Fernando Romero

Architect/designer Fernando Romero posted this picture on Twitter today with the caption, "New Hotel Master Plan for Valle de Guadalupe, Baja's Booming Wine Region 

Romero's firm is involved in many very cool projects around the world.

You can check them out here: fr•ee

Lechuza's Email Address

Lechuza is one of my favorite wineries in the Valle. The owners and winemakers, Kris and Adam,  produce excellent wines and are very generous and gracious hosts.

You can email them to make a reservation to visit Lechuza here:  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Trip Report: Financial Times

Jancis Robinson offers up a few opinions about the Valle as well as some wine suggestions.

Use Uber to visit the Valle

I have never used Uber's Valle service, but it certainly solves a problem for people who do not want to drive in Mexico.  

Uber will continue providing the Valle service until September 30.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

150 Wineries!!

I talked to a local winemaker a couple weeks ago who told me that there were now over 150 wineries operating in the Valle.  Which means my winery list is really incomplete and I have a lot of work to do.

Here are three wineries that I recently added to my list with many more to come.