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Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico

Remembering Ray

March 20, 2017 // 11 Comments

Ray Magnussen, Lechuza Winery, Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
VALLE DE GUADALUPE, B.C. – One of my favorite people in the Valle de Guadalupe winemaking community passed away suddenly yesterday. As the news and shock spread, I woke up to no less than a dozen tributes to Ray Magnussen on Facebook this morning, along with an outpouring of love for his wife and [Read More]

A Gringo in Mexico’s Top 25 Baja Bites 2016

December 29, 2016 // 2 Comments

A Gringo in Mexico's Top 25 Baja Bites 2016, Baja California, Mexico
As a San Diego-based writer of Mexican food, culture, and travel, I’m in a fortunate position both geographically and gastronomically. The international border and gateway to Baja California is only twenty tasty minutes away by car. Across the frontera lies a plethora of culinary delights — [Read More]

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]

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]

Le Petit Pinche Francés: Running on Taste Memory

July 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

Le Petit Pinche Francés, Torres Alegre y Familia, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico
VALLE DE GUADALUPE, B.C. – Taste memory is an integral thing when preparing regional cuisine. The best chefs and restaurateurs have it and constantly tweak ingredients until their dishes taste just like their mothers’ – and their mothers’ before them. Recipes can be transcribed and handed [Read More]