Tijuana’s Newest Food Hall, The Park, Opens
Tijuana’s newest hip eatery is a new colectivo food hall boasting the cuisine of beloved TJ restaurants and food stalls such as Tortas Washmobile, Los Compas, Alma Verde, and Oryx. Located inside the NewCity Medical Plaza, The Park offers a range of Tijuana’s best cuisine from street food to high-end dining. There’s an on-site cocktail bar as well as a wine bar focused on Baja California wines. For more information, visit The Park Facebook page.
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Baja’s New “Ruta de la Cerveza” Beer App
It’s no secret that Baja California has one of the fastest-growing beer scenes around. Craft beer from Baja California now represents 17% of the beers coming out of Mexico. And there are around 200 breweries in the region. There’s now a new beer app for Baja California, “Ruta de la Cerveza” that will help you discover all of the breweries in the region. The app features an interactive map, profiles of more than 70 breweries, and the ability to add favorite breweries to a map to create your own personalized beer route map. For those who want to learn more about beer making, there’s educational information about beer terms and ingredients, the culture of artisanal beer, and the process involved in making craft beer. Hotels, beer museums, and other tourism-related sites are also included in the app. The app is available for free download in Google Play or the Apple App Store.
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New Ensenada & Valle de Guadalupe Foodie Map
Starting this month, you’ll be able to find free copies of Ensenada & Valle de Guadalupe foodie maps created by Todos Santos Magazine. The map features some of the best restaurants, wineries, and hotels around Ensenada and Valle de Guadalupe. The map will be available at hotels and restaurants in Ensenada and Valle—be sure to pick up a copy so that you can eat and drink local.
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Mujeres Brew House Opens in Barrio Logan
Newly opened in Barrio Logan, San Diego, in the gallery space on the first floor of the Bread & Salt building, Mujeres Brew House is a collaboration between the female-led Mujeres Brew Club beer education group and Border X Brewing. Mujeres Brew Club is a non-profit managed by women and created to help women—specifically women of color and minorities—enter into, and thrive, in the male-dominated craft beer community. Starting next year, Mujeres Brew House will also be used to host classes in brewing and hospitality. The taproom is open Tuesday-Thursday from 3pm-10pm and Friday-Sunday from 12pm-10pm. You can visit the Mujeres Brew House website for upcoming events and more information.
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Indigenous Mexican Cuisine
There’s a huge movement in the culinary world to revive the traditional recipes of indigenous cuisine. One of the chefs involved in the movement in Baja is Noel Morales, who has Aztec and Omec roots, and runs restaurant and mezcal bar El Refugio Mezcaleria in Todos Santos with wife Rachel Glueck. Earlier this year they published the book “The Native Mexican Kitchen: A Journey into Cuisine, Culture, and Mezcal” featuring centuries-old recipes. Morales was recently featured along with three other chefs in an article on Remezcla discussing the importance of indigenous food of Latin America and sharing recipes to try at home.
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The Story of Nachos
You’ve had them at baseball games, at bowling alleys, and even at certain Mexican restaurants in the U.S., but did you know that nachos are really a Mexican dish created in 1940 in Coahuila, Mexico? Learn all about the history of the dish, and the correct way to make them, in the New York Times article.
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Ponche Navideño Recipe
There are many traditional holiday recipes in Mexico, but one of the best is ponche navideño (Christmas punch). This festive, fruity beverage is served hot, with or without alcohol and is an important part of holiday celebrations. You can get the recipe from Mexico in my Kitchen to make at home this season!