Culinary Corner November 2023

Michelin Guide Coming to Mexico

The prestigious Michelin Guide has finally arrived in Mexico! The inspection team has been focused on the regions of Mexico City, Oaxaca, Baja California, Los Cabos, and Nuevo León and will be revealing the initial list of restaurants in 2024. Michelin’s methodology is based on five universal criteria, to ensure each destination’s selection equity: 1) quality products, 2) the harmony of flavors, 3) the mastery of cooking techniques, 4) the voice and personality of the chef reflected in the cuisine, 5) consistency between each visit and throughout the menu (each restaurant is inspected several times a year). The Michelin Guide was first published in France in 1900 to accompany tire sales as it provided practical advice on where to dine and stay to motorists. For more information, read the Michelin article.

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Ensenada Beer Fest Dates Announced

Baja’s most popular beer festival, the Ensenada Beer Fest has announced that the dates for the 2024 festival will be March 22-23. The event takes place at the Riviera cultural center and features regional craft beer, food, and live music. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Ensenada Beer Fest Facebook page.

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Mexicali’s Festival de Día China

Enjoy some of Mexicali’s famous Chinese food and culture at their China Day festival this weekend. The event will feature cultural and music entertainment for the whole family. Entrance fee includes a meal and drink. Additional food available for purchase.

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New Ensenada Eatery

Chef David Castro Hussong (from Valle de Guadalupe’s beloved Fauna restaurant), along with a group of other leaders in the Mexican food industry, have opened a new restaurant in Ensenada called La Morocha. Located downtown in Plaza Santo Tomás, the beautiful space features indoor and outdoor dining, and the menu features familiar Mexican dishes but with a modern twist. You can make a reservation online on Opentable.

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Masienda Tamal Kits Available

Just in time for the holidays, heirloom corn company Masienda, has tamal kits available! Featuring masa harina, corn husks, and a cookbook with 10 recipes for tamales from some of Masienda’s favorite chefs, you’ll be all set to make your own tamales at home. You can purchase the kit on the Masienda website.

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