A special shout out:
So much has been written about the spectacular Valle de Guadalupe just outside of Ensenada.
But never too much can be said.
With now more than 50 wineries, the area is beginning to flourish with restaurants and even hotels. The food ranges from campesino-style (basic but tasty farm-style food) to gourmet and even uber-gourmet.
But virtually all of it is created from what the land has to offer.
Famed Chef Diego Hernandez and Corazon de Tierra, the stunning restaurant of La Villa del Valle country retreat, reflect the cutting edge of cuisine that utilizes organic produce, highest quality meats and ingredients, and the most modern cooking techniques to create dishes that are worthy of and have received accolades from throughout the world. Laja restaurant offers a Provencal experience, in its setting and rustic facility, combined with finesse and flavor in its prix fixe menus.
The culinary movement in Baja California has been driven largely by what is here:
grapes and wine, seafood, and produce. It is not a coincidence that as the Valle de Guadalupe has emerged as a powerhouse, producing about 92-95% of Mexico's wines, the food industry here has realized the need to elevate from
beer and tacos to pairing its Zinfandels, Tempranillos, Cabernets, Merlots and other wines with foods that complement them.
Baja is to food and wine what Napa Valley was 25 years ago.
It's exciting, fresh, organic, and sustainable. Hey, wait a minutemaybe that's where those buzzwords came from.
Any dining hints for Baja Norte? Tell us which restaurants and dishes tantalize your tastebuds!
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