Tijuana Food Garden Plaza Rio

San Diego Red

You are out with a large group of friends or your family, and you can’t agree on a place to eat. One person wants pizza, the other wants tacos, another wants seafood, another has a hankering for fondue, and yet another wants felafel and hummus. The good news is that there is something for everybody at Foodgarden Market in Plaza Rio.

From the creators of the local favorite, Foodgarden, comes Foodgarden Plaza Rio- a place where you can not only catch a bite to eat before catching a movie next door, but also buy a loaf of bread and wheel of craft cheese for the road from its market. It’s a gourmet food court, coffee shop, and market in one location.

What makes Foodgarden Plaza Rio different than a regular mall food court is the quality of the options. You won’t see franchises like Subway or Burger King here – instead it houses some first time restauranteurs such as Meraki, where I tried a tostada loaded with veggies named the “Vegetarian Vampire”, and another tostada topped roasted coliflour.

Foodgarden Market also hosts scaled down favorites. Rosarito favorite Betuccini’s Pizzeria & Trattoria has opened up a small scale version with its most popular pizza, pasta, and salad options. Erizo, a popular seafood ceviche restaurant in Tijuana, has also opened up shop here with a paired down menu.

Los Chilaquiles has branched off with a new concept called Punta Norte, where you can try their signature chilaquiles served in pretty much any type of sauce you can think of, or mix it up a little and try their other traditional Mexican food options served in small sauce pans called “cazuelitas”. Chef Martin San Roman has returned to Tijuana with a stall of his own, where he is serving up his signature french cuisine.

About half of the location- the “market” portion of the concept- is still under development . There, you will be able to purchase homemade bread and artisanal local cheese, as well as many other items you would expect in an urban market. There are also plans for a bar and craft beer and local wine will be par for the course.

Unlike their flagship location, here you pay each shop for whatever you order. This is a great place to try out a bunch of things at once for tapas style eating, or go for a full entree.

For beverages, the Coldwater Bar serves up the standby aguas frescas from the original location, usually including lemon and cucumber water, lemon and lavender water, watermelon and mint water, Thai Tea, and others. They also serve coffee, beer. and soft drinks.

Foodgarden Market is located in Plaza Rio, in Tijuana’s Zona Rio, right behind the Cinepolis movie theater. The location is not accessible from within the mall; the entrance is directly from the parking lot. For more information, visit their Facebook page.



Costero Closure



Today will be closed vehicular traffic Coastal Boulevard in the stretch of Avenida Rotary Club to Calle Castillo prior to off-road Tipper NORRA Mexican 1000.

According to public safety information from 23 hours to drivers will not be allowed travel on this road to be reopened until Sunday 26 at noon and on Saturday another event selection bikers Baja California is performed.

If you have to use the exit to Ensenada we recommend it for the tenth street, and if you should be driving down the boulevard and the tourist area is told to take precautions.

Whale Song


Optus, the second largest telecommunications company in Australia, has a long association with nature so M&C Saatchi, Sydney set about exploring communication between humans and animals, specifically Humpback whales.

“Whale song is a form of communication,” says Ben Welsh, executive creative director, M&C Saatchi Sydney. “It’s a form of communication that the scientists at The University of Queensland have been able to decipher and learn. I was intrigued by this fact and so we asked ourselves whether it would be possible to emulate a male humpback: to write our own love song and then play it, using the instruments of an orchestra? Could we serenade a humpback ourselves? Then imagine what could happened if the whales were to hear our song. We thought that would prove that when it comes to communication, anything is possible.”

Maneadero Protest

El Vigia

Maneadero laborers block transpeninsular

To demand better working conditions in the field, about 300 laborers of the delegation of Maneadero participate this morning in the partial blockage of the trans road up to the junction with the road to La Bufadora.
The protesters ask to be entitled under the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), salary increase of 200-250 pesos per workday and transportation to the various agricultural ranches in the area.
The participation of workers in the colony Canyon Buena Vista, delegation Ojos Negros and Trinidad Valley is expected; the total of the protesters will march to the facilities of government.
Municipal officers guarding the area, while diverted to alternate streets of the town of Maneadero vehicles.Although it has been interrupted traffic and intercepted some carriers attempting to cross the stretch, after expressing their needs and have allowed several minutes over the road.

Desal Technology

Business Insider

From plants to people, every living thing on this planet needs water. But getting enough to survive, and survive comfortably, that can be a little tricky. Just look at the furor around California’s new water restrictions. If a state as wealthy as California is having to get creative in order to start saving water, you can bet that governments and municipalities with less money and clout are having to turn to even more inventive methods to get clean water without breaking the bank.

Luckily, some of the brightest minds in the world are on the case. USAID recently announced the winners of the Desal Prize, part of a competition to see who could create an affordable desalination solution for developing countries. The idea was to create a system that could remove salt from water and meet three criteria: it had to be cost-effective, environmentally sustainable, and energy efficient.

The winners of the $140,000 first prize were a group from MIT and Jain Irrigation Systems. The group came up with a method that uses solar panels to charge a bank of batteries. The batteries then power a system that removes salt from the water through electrodialysis. On the most basic level, that means that dissolved salt particles, which have a slight electric charge, are drawn out of the water when a small electrical current is applied. In addition to getting rid of salt (which makes water unusable for crops and for drinking), the team also applied UV light to disinfect some of the water as it passed through the system.

Using the sun instead of fossil fuels to power a desalination plant isn’t a totally new idea. Larger solar desalination plants are being seriously investigated in areas where water is becoming a scarce resource, including Chile and California. While proponents hope to eventually could provide water to large numbers of people, the technology is still expensive (though prices are dropping) and requires a lot of intricate technology.

In rural areas or developing countries, durability is key, and technology that requires constant upkeep won’t last long. The MIT/Jain team and their competitors tested their projects at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in New Mexico, where they had to run the system for 24 hours at a time, removing salt from 2,100 gallons of water each day. The next step is to test it in an even harsher environment, exposing it to everyday use with rural farmers in an area where USAID is active. If all goes well, the system could provide enough water to irrigate a small farm.

This article originally appeared on Popular Science

 Bajadock: thanks to our reporter, “coolest bean”, for this article

Señor Salchicha Ensenada

Earth Day Baja

Bajadock: I do like trees, but, prefer hugs from other life forms with less bark.  My mini Earth Day celebration will be with a few friends and cooling the AGW with my recycled deposit bottle Pacifico ballenas tonight.  CHEERS your way.

Pothole Progress

Bajadock: In related news, the stretch of Hwy 1 known as Tramo de Muerte(Flight of Death), continues to receive surgery on the west lanes.  This week, the work reached south to the Baja Country Club entry point.  The potholes are being cut out and repaved.  Result is bumpy, but, smoother than pre-surgery.  Place your bets on Tramo de Muerte or Centro Costero Blvd projects completing first?


Ensenada, B.C.- Esta tarde, trabajadores de la dirección de Servicios Públicos Municipales, realizaban un bacheo programado a lo largo de la Avenida Topacio en Valle Dorado. Los últimos días han recorrido con esta maquinaria de bacheo rápido las calles Riverol, Gastelum, Colonia Hidalgo, Del Puerto, 1er Ayuntamiento, y diversas partes de la Zona Centro.

Fotografía: Ricardo Meza Godoy.




Graham Mackintosh April 21

My next slide presentation — Walking Baja California — will be in Ensenada on Tuesday, April 21 at 7PM. It’s at the State Center for the Arts in Ensenada (CEARTE) next to the famous Riviera de Ensenada civic and cultural center. You can’t miss the impressive white buildings on Blvd Lazaro Cardenas not far from the Marina.
I’ll talk about all four of my Baja books with special emphasis on my first two: Into a Desert Place, A 3000 mile walk around the coast of Baja California, and Journey With a Baja Burro, A 1000 mile walk from Tecate to Loreto with a very horny jackass…

CEARTE Jazz April 25


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