Capitan Cortez Pescaderia

Wow, an Ensenada vendor who GETS IT!  Capitan Cortez, next door(south) to Ensenada’s Mercado Negro Fish Market struts their stuff in this music video.

Ok, they do a lot of dancing in the olive oil, hot sauce, beverage cooler and paper towel sections, but the tease finally ends with the unveiling of colorful fresh fish on ice.

FYI, the more famous fish market, Mercado Negro,  is on MIRAMAR.  Just walk east/south and you’ll find the Captain.

I have walked by this place a dozen time and never stopped in.  MUST DO!


Ensenada Fish

Intro guy claims that Ensenada Fish Market (aka Mercado Negro) is the #2 tourist attraction in Ensenada.  La Bufadora is #1, COUGH!

The Ensenada Fish Market a fun place and if you can spot the fresh catches, some good values can be had.  Fewer visitors in recent years has meant that the fish inventory is not turning as quickly as vendors and customers would like.

Also, too many bait and switches occur at Mercado Negro.  It’s almost as adventurous as buying Pemex gasoline.

What is your fish shop in Baja???


a) Downtown Ensenada at Miramar and 6th in the Bodegas Santo Tomas is Pescaderia De Garo .  Just do it!

b) Captain Cortez, close to and just south of Ensenada Black Market(Thanks K!)

b) For shrimp, Thursday and weekends, find the shrimp truck on Pedro Loyola, behind(west of) Home Depot and 1 block north.

c) If you are rolling south through Ensenada, try Pescaderia Kennedy for fresh fish and shrimp. 646-154-9125



La Bufadora Reprieve

Bajadock: This sounds like a voluntary rent raise by the tenants or some kind of payoff to the legal landowners?  Dunno if that will satisfy the ejidatarios.  What the heck is “substitute compliance eviction”???
Land ownership, land disputes, the courts and politicians are a tricky thing in Mexico.  Thing may not be as they appear.  Wish the best for all of those families effected AND figger out a way to improve La Bufadora as a tourist destination.  Love the 70 million pesos for “renovation and improvement” idea, but, that seems to be just that.  
Tijuana Noticias Blogspot MX
One of the options proposed is a replacement rule compliance and make the farm payment equal to the ejidatariosEnsenada, Baja Calif Check the deadline to comply with the court order consistent in evicting tenants La Bufadora -same which was ruled by the Seventh Court of the district-mayor, Gilberto Antonio Hirata Chico, date reported in press not press the expulsion of the traders will take place.The mayor explained that he filed the application for innominate motion before the judge, it marks a premise to avoid eviction and propose a substitute compliance, consisting of the payment equal to the cost of land located in La Bufadora, ejidatarios which are the plaintiff in the case.Hirata said Chico to this problem have been sought all possible options to avoid evicting the merchants, as an action of this kind, plus it would affect 400 families depend on these jobs, also hurt the image of such an iconic and emblematic place nationwide as is La Bufadora.He added that acceptance of this proposal by the judge, federal resources for this area of ​​the municipality would be used for payment to plaintiffs equivalent to 14 thousand square meters where places are located, and reported to be searched through the Secretary of Tourism, Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas, investment 70 million for the renovation and improvement of the image of La Bufadora.

He stated that the priority is to find how this iconic attraction is preserved and all parties benefit both the landowners as tenants and the same council.

Moreover, Jesus Agúndez Jaime González, secretary general of the City, explained that if they proceeded to the expulsion of tenants affect dealers who were before the dispute arose.

He reported that for the sake of law and justice, decided to submit an application for substitute compliance eviction since it would represent a benefit outweighs the potential harm.

Agúndez González said that if the judge does not approve the refund and considers the expulsion of tenants is still viable, and then both parties could negotiate a final settlement.

He added that they will go to La Bufadora to publicize the resources exposed tenants to court and subsequently decided to submit it to the landowners, who will give a reply within three days.

Both the mayor, Gilberto Antonio Chico Hirata, Jaime Gonzalez and Jesus Agúndez, general secretary of the council, emphasized that the eviction of tenants is done and the police in any way will not be used.

They also expressed their willingness to continue searching and collaboration remedies that will benefit all parties and dignify La Bufadora foremost, one of the most important tourist attractions in Mexico.

Ensenada Desalination 2016

Baja California’s first large-scale seawater desalination plant is scheduled for completion in 2016, promising an important new water source for Ensenada, a municipality that has been battling shortages this year.

The reverse osmosis facility is expected to produce 5.7 millions gallons of water daily, enough to supply some 96,000 people in the port city. It would be the second utility-scale desalination plant in Mexico, with just more than one-tenth the capacity of the desalination plant under construction in Carlsbad.

Enrique Ruelas, head of the Baja California Water Commission, said Monday that workers started site preparation this month. The plant is being built on the Pacific Ocean south of Ensenada’s urban area.

Of Baja California’s five municipalities, Ensenada is the only one that does not receive water from the Colorado River, and depends largely on aquifers for its supply. As high temperatures and scarce rainfall have driven down already low aquifer levels, authorities instituted a water-rationing program in the city in January.

That program ended June 1, said Abelardo Cárdenas, a spokesman for the state water utility in Ensenada, known as CESPE. Immediate relief has come through the opening of three new wells since May 31, and authorities are preparing to open a fourth this week.

Cárdenas said the city still has a deficit of about 800 gallons per minute, and on hot days residents of some of the city’s higher areas are finding their taps run dry at certain times. But complaints from customers who lack water have gone down about 95 percent, Cárdenas said.

For the medium term, the solution has been construction of the desalination plant at a cost of about $46 million.

The state has contracted with a private company, Aguas de Ensenada, owned by the Korea-based Inima. Mexico’s federal government has contributed $14 million through its National Infrastructure Fund. The North American Development Bank has agreed to lend up to $24.3 million for the project, said spokesman Juan Antonio Flores.

But even as construction moves forward, the city needs to plan for long-term needs if it is to grow. One solution is expanding the desalination plant; under the current design, its capacity could be doubled.

Business leaders have also been pushing for construction of an aqueduct that would carry Ensenada’s allotment of Colorado River water from Tecate to Ensenada. State planners are proposing a less costly alternative through Tijuana.

“They’re attending to the emergency,” said Adrián Olea Mendivil, head of an umbrella group in Ensenada known as the Business Coordinating Council. “But now we have to go from the immediate and start planning for what’s important. It’s very important to have other sources of water that have low energy costs.”

La Bufadora Eviction







Bajadock: This struggle between La Bufadora shop vendors, false landlords and land owners has been bubbling for a long time.  Tuesday is the latest in what seems to have been a dozen deadlines over the past 9 months for eviction.  I can only hope that a renaissance of La Buf occurs that helps everyone.  

Frontera Ensenada


Pemex Profeco Buddies

Bajadock:  Imagine that.  A government bureaucracy(PROFECO) may be involved in alerting gasoline stations to the inspections that hold the gas stations accountable.  Who holds the bureaucracy accountable?  Follow the money.  One gets the government one deserves.  
El Vigia 17 Agosto
Mexico, DF – PROFECO officials are accused of alerting business owners on the inspection
Gas stations do not give liter to liter have a “shield” are alerted by officials PROFECO operational inspection.
Therefore, the federal government investigates employees of Federal Consumer involved in a network that covers up and extorts gasolineros.
According to federal sources, public servants ahead to alert the owners of gas stations operating companies on special dimensioning and to ensure that liter to liter are released.
In the network, according to sources familiar with the investigation, are involved inspectors and heads of delegations of PROFECO in at least 15 states.
Also indicated are the headquarters officials seconded to the address verification and coordination fuels brigades check fuel dependence.
The accused of extortion
Research on whistles, according to the sources, began after isolated complaints received by Pemex gas station in different parts of the country.
For example, federal officials have a complaint companies in Sonora who required them a fee of 5 pesos a month per property, in exchange for not going to conduct inspections.
The authority has complaints in Sonora, Nuevo León, Sinaloa, Baja California, Jalisco, Mexico City, State of Mexico, Puebla, Morelos, Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, Chiapas and Oaxaca.
In some cases, when they are warned gasolineros operating, adjust the vending pumps, and, being reviewed by Profeco that dispense liters is more than one liter.
The frame of the PAN in the Senate warned the Attorney has reduced inspections, and on average, each day visit gas stations just 5 of the more than 10,000 that exist inthe country.
The Directorate General Verification Fuels PROFECO is headed by Manuel Tomás Sánchez Robles, who arrived at the invitation of the Attorney Humberto Benítez Treviño, dismissed in 2013 after the scandal of his daughter, “Lady PROFECO”.


Adobe Guadalupe Tienda


First Look: La Tienda de Adobe

Today on Facebook Leda Gamboa Rojas posted pictures of Adobe Guadalupe’s new tasting room/tienda and the food truck that will be located on site.

Word has it that they are working overtime to open this weekend.


Move to Baja


For 22 years, this successful little tech company in Denver and its building at 1400 South Colorado Blvd was my hangout.  It was a good run for me and I learned a lot about business, technology and people.  9 years ago this week(8/12/2005), I decided to do something different and said “adios” on good terms.

Trips to British Colombia and France that autumn were fabulous.  But, my friend T’s invitation to visit Panama turned out to be my best vacation ever.  Panama’s sights, people and beauty were amazing, as I had never been south of Florida in North America.

But, the possibility of living in Latin America was the biggest part of the vacation.  That Panama trip was January 2006.  BTW, today is the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama canal.  If you have never been to Panama, I highly recommend it for its cosmopolitan city, hidden beaches and beautiful coffee producing mountains.


Photo from my front patio in Denver, 2006…Largest tree was one of 3 maples that all survived.

During a very cold and wet winter in Denver, I continued remodeling my home in order to sell it, make a profit and move.  Where?  After construction work during the day, night time was spent researching the internet for my next home.

Panama, Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, and other countries in Latin America have hundreds of real estate websites full of propaganda.  Promises of future golf/tennis developments, swimming pools, airports, marinas eco parks andon andon are the standard theme “coming soon” to each development that you research.

Climate is also a big expat propaganda item.  Minimizing summer heat and humidity with subjective phrases like “cool ocean breezes” and “gentle Caribbean zephyrs” attempt to mask the 40C/104F temperatures and sauna-like humidity.  Climate happened to be my #1 priority for my next spot in the universe.  I would trade a couple months of cooler(50F days, still golfable) winter weather  in exchange for a mild summer days at 80F and less.

A couple of fuzzy brain cells remind me that the climate thing brought me to researching the Pacific coast of Baja.  The more I read, the more it appeared to be a perfect fit.

In August, 2006, 2 days after my house sale closing, I began my drive west.  Peaked at real estate in Rosarito Beach, Ensenada, San Quintin, and La Paz.  It was 103F in La Paz that September.  Drove all the way back to Denver homeless, boo-hoo.

Two days later, a realtor in Ensenada that was out of town during my trip called and asked when I was returning.  Flew to San Diego 2 days later, took the bus to Ensenada and bought my lot.  Thanks, J, for the SD accommodation.

Back to photo above, I had one of the south facing offices with a terrific view of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs(thanks J &F).  But, I think my current view, below, is a smidgen better and also removes the snow from the mountains.


Good vs Bad Wine

Bajadock: Our staff’s mantra is drink what you like and what you can afford.  I am both impressed and feel somewhat empathetic to the plight of the sommelier/wine expert.  Yes, they have palates far more nuanced than mine and are able to describe subtle differences with hundreds of flavors.  But, do they every simply sit with friends and gleefully enjoy a “big” cabernet or a “light” sauvignon blanc?  (Yep, I know a couple of somms that DO the simple thing well)


The Misconception: Wine is a complicated elixir, full of subtle flavors only an expert can truly distinguish, and experienced tasters are impervious to deception. The Truth: Wine experts and consumers can be fooled by altering their expectations.

You scan the aisles in the liquor store looking for a good wine. It’s a little overwhelming—all those weird bottle shapes with illustrations of castles and vineyards and kangaroos. And all those varieties? Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet—this is serious business. You look to your left and see bottles for around $12; to your right you see bottles for $60. You think back to all the times you’ve seen people tasting wine in movies, holding it up to the light and commenting on tannins and barrels and soil quality—the most expensive wine has to be the better one, right?

Well, you are not so smart. But, don’t fret—neither are all those connoisseurs who swish fermented grape juice around and spit it back out. Wine tasting is a big deal to a lot of people. It can even be a professional career. It goes back thousands of years, but the modern version with all the terminology like notes, tears, integration, and connectedness goes back a few hundred. Wine tasters will mention all sorts of things they can taste in a fine wine as if they were a human spectrograph with the ability to sense the molecular makeup of their beverage. Research shows, however, this perception can be hijacked, fooled, and might just be completely wrong.

In 2001, Frederic Brochet conducted two experiments at the University of Bordeaux. In one experiment, he got 54 oenology (the study of wine tasting and wine making) undergraduates together and had them taste one glass of red wine and one glass of white wine. He had them describe each wine in as much detail as their expertise would allow. What he didn’t tell them was both were the same wine. He just dyed the white one red. In the other experiment, he asked the experts to rate two different bottles of red wine. One was very expensive, the other was cheap. Again, he tricked them. This time he had put the cheap wine in both bottles. So what were the results?

The tasters in the first experiment, the one with the dyed wine, described the sorts of berries and grapes and tannins they could detect in the red wine just as if it really was red. Every single one, all 54, could not tell it was white. In the second experiment, the one with the switched labels, the subjects went on and on about the cheap wine in the expensive bottle. They called it complex and rounded. They called the same wine in the cheap bottle weak and flat.

Another experiment at Cal-Tech pitted five bottles of wine against each other. They ranged in price from $5 to $90. Similarly, the experimenters put cheap wine in the expensive bottles—but this time they put the tasters in a brain scanner. While tasting the wine, the same parts of the brain would light up in the machine every time, but with the wine the tasters thought was expensive, one particular region of the brain became more active. Another study had tasters rate cheese eaten with two different wines. One they were told was from California, the other from North Dakota. The same wine was in both bottles. The tasters rated the cheese they ate with the California wine as being better quality, and they ate more of it.

The Beast of Expectation

So is the fancy world of wine tasting all pretentious bunk? Not exactly. The wine tasters in the experiments above were being influenced by the nasty beast of expectation. A wine expert’s objectivity and powers of taste under normal circumstance might be amazing, but Brochet’s manipulations of the environment misled his subjects enough to dampen their acumen. An expert’s own expectation can act like Kryptonite on their superpowers. Expectation, as it turns out, is just as important as raw sensation. The build up to an experience can completely change how you interpret the information reaching your brain from your otherwise objective senses. In psychology, true objectivity is pretty much considered to be impossible. Memories, emotions, conditioning, and all sorts of other mental flotsam taint every new experience you gain.

In addition to all this, your expectations powerfully influence the final vote in your head over what you believe to be reality. So, when tasting a wine, or watching a movie, or going on a date, or listening to a new stereo through $300 audio cables—some of what you experience comes from within and some comes from without. Expensive wine is like anything else that is expensive, the expectation it will taste better actually makes it taste better.

complete article plus comments here


Bomb Mexico


Mexico Perspective

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter’s July 31 remarks about how she wished Israeli PresidentAnn Coulter on Hannity screenshotBenjamin Netanyahu was in charge of guarding the U.S. border caused a belated reaction in Tijuana this week. Appearing on the “Hannity” show on Fox and referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s forceful attacks on Gaza and its border tunnels, Coulter said, referring to Israel: “We are a country, we have borders, and Netanyahu enforces them. Why can’t we do that in America?”

       On Monday, El Mexicano newspaper ran an El Universal news article about Coulter’s appearance with the headline, “Writer proposes that U.S. bomb Mexico,” with the kicker “Like Israel in Gaza.”

       Then, on Tuesday, El Mexicano ran a cartoon showing Coulter — wearing a low-cut dress with the top half of her nipples exposed — saying, “The U.S. should bomb Mexico. Just like Israel and Palestine.” The title of the cartoon was, “This is how great ideas begin.”

        In fact, however, Coulter never said the U.S. should bomb Mexico, although this could perhaps be inferred. A key sentence in the El Universal story is one she did not utter on the show: That sentence more or less said that Netanyahu could deal with U.S. border problems the way he deals with his own. That sentence unfortunately appeared in the U.S. media before making it into El Universal. The El Universal story also unfortunately truncated the quote cited in the first paragraph above.

      The following are her remarks on the July 31 show:        
      “This is our border here. You keep saying and I agree — I wish we could have Netanyahu as our president.
     “But you know how America would react if these missiles were being shot into our country. Well, I’ll tell you how America would react to what’s happening in Israel right now. More than 100 tunnels have been found on our border, to smuggle in weapons, guns.”
     Sean Hannity interjects, “I was inside one.”
    Coulter continued, “They’re invading, they’re murdering, they’re raping. The head of the DEA said about a year ago that he thinks the surge of homicide in Chicago is a Mexican drug cartel. We are being invaded and I just wish people would talk about our border the way at least people like you and I talk about, the way we talk about Israel’s border. We need a Netanyahu here.”
    After talking about Netanyahu having continued to attack Gaza in response to rocket and other attacks, she continued, referring to Israel, “We (Israel) are a country, we have borders, and Netanyahu enforces them. Why can’t we do that in America?”

     While it is unclear whether she is saying the U.S. should bomb Mexico, Coulter has long advocated tougher enforcement along the border. Still, equating tunnels built by the Hamas government to attack Israel to tunnels built by drug traffickers evading Mexican authorities is an incredible stretch. Guns and weapons are being smuggled into Mexico from the United States — to the dismay of Mexicans — not the other way around. And Mexicans in general come to the United States to work and live better, productive lives, not commit crimes.

     The El Universal article article also dealt with remarks that Coulter made about Ebola. The satirical Daily Currant also made up a story stating that Coulter said migrant children should be infected with the Ebola virus so “parents would think twice before sending their kids to U.S. shores.”    

El Mexicano’s Monday story. Jump.

El Mexicano cartoon.

Coulter’s July 31 appearance on “Hannity.”


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