Introduction to Baja California!

The Flavors and Landscapes of Baja California

Baja California is a singular physical landscape, that has equally singular expressions in food and a burgeoning micro-wine industry. Join us to experience the best of Baja’s cuisine, wine and craft beers in Tijuana, Tecate,  Valley of Guadalupe, Ensendada and more! Meet chefs, vintners and others involved in the region and learn why the food style, as coined by one chef, is known as “Baja Med”. Join us!

Trip Summary

Given its climate and soil, the cuisine is akin to a Mediterranean one, and has been coined, “Baja Med” by Chef Miguel Angel Guerrero, one of its early and foremost protagonists. Vintners Camilo Magoni and Hugo d’Acosta are among the early pioneers. We’ll learn of the earliest settlers and wine makers of this region by visiting the Museo de las Californias and the Kumiai Community Museum, in Tijuana and Tecate. By visiting the premiere and burgeoning wine production region, Valle de Guadalupe, we’ll explore wine, olive oil and cheese production, all with the unique notes of the region and vintners who are not afraid to experiment.

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We’ll savor the most creative dishes at the innovative and gourmet food trucks of Tijuana, eating plates such as octopus hamburgers, kimchi tacos, Hamachi carpaccio and more. Craft beers will pare nicely with these foods! Traveling deeper into the Valley, we’ll eat and dine “campestre” field style, as well as explore the flavors of the Pacific Coast in Ensenada and Rosarito. Here, the fish markets and mongers are famous and the seafood tostadas and tacos will make you cry. Join us after IACP to explore this incredible and emerging food, wine and craft beer destination: Baja California!

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Itinerary Overview

 

Day One, Arrive Tijuana

  • Introduction to Baja Cuisine and Wine Production: Culinary Arts School
  • CECUT, Museo de Las Americas: History of the Region
  • Gastro Park Telefonica: New Food Truck Parks!
  • Tijuana, Mercado Hidalgo and Ceasars: Historic Markets and Restaurants!
  • La Querencia, Chef Miguel Angel Guerrero: New Cuisine termed, “Baja Med”!

 

Day Two: Tecate and Cooking School, La Cocina Que Canta, Overnight Tecate

  • Craft Beer Culture of Tijuana
  • Transfer to Tecate, Stopping at Kumiai Museum, The original people of the region.
  • Cooking Class La Cocina que Canta or Rancho La Puerta (TBD)

 

Day Three, Breakfast Dona Esthela, Valle de Guadalupe, Wineries, Finca Altozano and one other culinary experience, Overnight Valle de Guadalupe

  • Breakfast at Dona Esthelas
  • Winery Visits
  • Finca Altosano, Lunch
  • Winery Visits
  • Deckman’s en el Mogor, Dinner

 

Day Four, Valle de Guadalupe – Ensenada, More activities in Valle de Guadalupe in the a.m., transfer to Ensenada, Fish market, tostadas El Guerrero, Margaritas, Overnight Cuatro Cuatro.

  • Visit La Escuelita, Wine School created by Hugo d’Acosta
  • Ensendada: Mercado Negro Fish Market, Tacos Phoenix, Tostadas Guerrerense, Margaritas (the original!)
  • Dinner: Benito Molina’s Manzanilla
  • Overnight Cuatro Cuatro

 

Day Five, Rosarito – Tijuana, Closing Dinner, Mision 19, Chef Javier Placencia, Overnight Tijuana.

  • Popotla for Seafood!
  • Return to Tijuana
  • Closing dinner at Javier Placencia’s Mision 19

 

Return Home

NOTES

 

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