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About W. Scott Koenig (103 Articles)
San Diego-based lifestyle writer W. Scott Koenig is founder of the blog AGringoInMexico.com, author of the book 7 Days in The Valle: Baja California’s Wine Country Cuisine and writes columns for DiningOut San Diego Magazine, SanDiegoRed.com and DiscoverBaja.com. Scott is also the Food Expert for Baja California at XtremeFoodies.tv (formerly FoodieHub), an international culinary site curated by over 275 experts.

El Clavo Nails It in the Valle de Guadalupe

August 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

El Clavo Cocina de Baja, Chef Ryan Steyn, Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
VALLE DE GUADALUPE, B.C. – When I visited chef Ryan Steyn’s El Clavo Cocina de Baja last year at its former location next to winery Madera 5 in Ensenada’s industrial zone, I asked the chef about his new project’s name. He explained “El Clavo means to ‘nail it’, to do something really [Read More]

FIRST LOOK: Sabina Restaurante by La Guerrerense

August 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

sabina-restaurante-la-guerrerense-ensenada-baja-california
ENSENADA, BAJA CALIFORNIA – Famous for her family’s street cart mariscos (Mexican seafood), Sabina Bandera of La Gurrerense is opening her new indoor location, Sabina Restaurante, on Saturday, August 6 — just steps from her cart a block east of Ensenada’s malecon. In business since 1960, [Read More]

Mexican Chefs Do American Steakhouse in East County

June 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

Chef Mario Medina, The Main Course Restaurant, Ramona, San Diego, California
RAMONA, CALIFORNIA – When I heard that Mario Medina was taking over the kitchen at American steakhouse The Main Course Restaurant in Ramona, I couldn’t make the connection. When I met chef Mario – originally from Mexico City – he was executive chef at Finch’s in La Jolla, where he [Read More]

Where to Eat and Drink in Mexicali

April 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Wok, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
MEXICALI, B.C. – Mexicali – a border town 90 minutes east of San Diego – is known outside of Baja California primarily for its agriculture, its maquiladoras, its Chinatown (la Chinesca), and that Grateful Dead song (is there anything a man don’t stand to lose?). And though most are aware [Read More]

RESTORING VALOR

March 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

Restoring Valor, Deported Veterans House of Tijuana, San Diego, Claudia Sandoval, Javier Plascencia
SAN DIEGO – On Wednesday, March 9 from 6 -10PM, San Diegans will have the opportunity to sample the cuisine of Master Chef winner Claudia Sandoval and Master Chef 4th place winner Nick Nappi during RESTORING VALOR, a fundraising dinner and silent auction being held at Border X Brewing in Barrio [Read More]

And in this Corner…

February 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

Mision 19, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
TIJUANA – “Every year, there is a twist to this meal,” a fellow guest excitedly confided as we were seated for Tijuana restaurant Misión 19’s fifth anniversary dinner on January 21st. “Last year, the theme was the five senses. They served one course with a blindfold, so that you had to [Read More]

Notes from the Mexicali Chinese Underground

January 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

La Chinesca, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
MEXICALI, B.C. – The Chinese shop owner stepped out from behind the 1970’s era cash register. She raised the trapdoor behind her glass display counter, revealing a set of wooden stairs covered with ancient, flaking green paint. The musty smell wafted up from the red-lit basement below, as our [Read More]

10 Baja California Culinary Favorites for 2015

December 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tijuana, Ensenada, Valle de Guadalupe, Rosarito Beach, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
BAJA CALIFORNIA – 2015 was a good year in the advancement of Baja California as a contender for one of Mexico’s top culinary regions. So good that Travel + Leisure magazine hosted the 2015 Mexican Gourmet Awards in Ensenada, Valle de Guadalupe restaurant La Cocina de Doña Esthela was awarded [Read More]