Posts Categorized: Food

Malva: Modern Mexican, Rustic Kitchen

Valle de Guadalupe restaurant layers flavors using only hyper-local ingredients By: W. Scott Koenig The perennial and edible herb malva—known in English as mallow—grows wild in the Valle de Guadalupe and is one of the earliest cited plants in recorded history. Wikipedia credits a physician from the third century BC as proclaiming, “The mallow nourishes,… Read more »

Buen Provecho: Tras/Horizonte

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By Jennifer Kramer Kokopelli tacos has been a locals’ favorite in Tijuana for years. In true bootstrapping fashion, they started with humble beginnings as a street taco cart in 2012. Their gourmet tacos were a hit and they soon opened up a small permanent location—a place where hip Tijuanenses would go to nosh on gourmet tacos… Read more »

La Cocina Que Canta: Brunch-Wine-Bazar

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By Jennifer Kramer It’s hard to mention the town of Tecate, Baja California without the name Rancho La Puerta coming up. For 75 years, the ranch has had a stronghold in the community, welcoming guests who come to escape everyday life through yoga and meditation classes, clean eating, art workshops, hiking, and a myriad of… Read more »

La Cava de Marcelo: The Cheese Cave of Ojos Negros

By Jennifer Kramer A drive east of Ensenada on the southern branch of Mexico 3 (heading toward San Felipe) will bring travelers to the small dusty town of Ojos Negros, located in the namesake valley. The Valle de Ojos Negros gets its name (“Black Eyes”) from all of the wells in this sparsely populated agricultural valley that look… Read more »

The Food Colectivos of Northern Baja

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By Jennifer Kramer The food truck phenomenon has been sweeping the U.S. for some time, and northern Baja California was quick to catch on and then take the movement one step further. Colectivos (collectives) are groups of small food stands or food trucks gathered together, allowing customers to try a selection of food from multiple independent eateries… Read more »

Bringing the Funk to Northern Baja: Baja Calypso and Quino

Baja Calypso

by Jennifer Kramer It’s Friday night at Baja Calypso and there’s a calm but buzzing energy pulsating through the restaurant. The soft glow of warm light comes from colorful Moroccan lanterns hanging from the ceiling and the candles perched in wine bottles on the tabletops. There’s some quiet conversation, but for the most part, the… Read more »

La Cocina de Doña Esthela

La Cocina de Dona Esthela

By Jennifer Kramer www.bajatheothercalifornia.com   While glamorous campestres with famous chefs may be the trend for restaurants in the Valle de Guadalupe these days, sometimes nothing beats a traditional, homemade meal. If you’re looking for an authentic meal with the soul that characterizes local Mexican food, then check out La Cocina de Doña Esthela. The… Read more »

Baja’s New Foodie Ambassador: Sam the Cooking Guy

Sam the cooking guy

By Jennifer Kramer In case you needed more proof that Baja’s culinary scene is on the brink of explosion, Baja’s department of tourism recently appointed a Baja “Foodie Ambassador” to help spread the word to gringos who haven’t yet received the memo about the bourgeoning food scene in northern Baja. Sam Zien, of Sam the… Read more »

El Lugar de Nos

By Carol Kramer The middle of December, Hugh and I were invited to help pass out blankets and food with the Trinitarians of Mary at Mount Tabor Monastary in Tecate. By noon, our work was finished and we went to find a place to eat. We had heard about El Lugar de Nos from DB… Read more »