Culinary Corner May 2024

Diego Hernandez to Open New Valle de Guadalupe Restaurant

Beloved Baja California chef Diego Hernandez has plans to reopen a new Valle de Guadalupe restaurant in the space where Laja restaurant was located. His previous landmark restaurant, Corazón de Tierra, which opened in 2011 on the Villa del Valle property, was the first Valle de Guadalupe restaurant to land on Latin America’s 50 Best list. That restaurant closed its doors March 2020 with the beginning of the pandemic. The new restaurant, to be called Restaurant Diego Hernández will open with a first phase in June with some a la carte options, bar bites, and a tasting menu. By January, the chef hopes to have a new build-out complete with a 60-seat dining room and terrace, 40 seats at the bar for walk-ins, and a 15-seat chef’s counter. The space that the new restaurant will take over previously housed the famed Laja restaurant which was launched 25 years ago by chef Jair Téllez, and was the pioneer restaurant in establishing Valle de Guadalupe cuisine. Laja officially closed in the fall of 2023.

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Rosarito Beer Fest

The Rosarito Beer Fest will take place Saturday, July 20, 2024 at Las Rocas Resort just south of Rosarito. The event will feature craft beer from local breweries as well as food and live entertainment. More information will be on the Rosarito Beer Fest Facebook page as it becomes available.

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La Paz Oyster Festival

The 3rd annual Oyster Festival will take place in La Paz this weekend on Saturday, May 11 at the Puerta Cortes resort. The festival is held in collaboration with the Mexican Association of Oyster Farmers. This year the festival will have over 20 celebrated chefs as well as an open bar and live music. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at Puerta Cortes.

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Tijuana Taco Museum

Tijuana has a new taco museum that recently opened and offers visitors an interactive look at the history of Mexico’s famous street food. For an entrance fee of 180 pesos, the small museum offers fun exhibits for all ages as well as an area to purchase and eat tacos. For more information, visit the Museo Del Taco website.

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