Category Archives: Food & Beverage

Wine and Tatoo Pairing

El Corcho Rosa/Valle Girl Vino

We love body art and we love our red wine. Come and join us July 28th for the release of our 2015 La Dama Tatuada (the tattooed lady) Show us your ink and get a free drink! Women with ink get a free pour. Men with ink featuring a woman get a free pour. People’s Choice Award for Best Ink takes home a free bottle. Bonus: our tasting area is misted to help us all stay cooooooool.




Junior’s Restaurant


Living on the Punta Banda peninsula, south of Ensenada for more than a decade, made my first visit to Junior’s Restaurant this week.  This plate of beef fajitas was a perfect example of sticking to the Mexican basics, while cooking and serving them with pride.

Junior’s view of the tide pools is panoramic.  Feels like you are in a tree house.

Meet/greet from Alejandro and Mauricio was warm and enjoyed the $1 beers for happy hour.  We asked each other when was the last time you bought a $1 beer.

Calimari appeteazer was served with toms and lettuce.  We asked for the guac and highly recommend that addition to the dish.

Menu is straightforward, on one page and most dishes are 100-200 pesos.  Alejandro, our waiter, proudly stated that they carry 23 brands of beer.

It was a quiet night and Junior’s presented a clean dining room.  Warning to old guys with bad knees like me:  Stair climb is only way to access the dining room.  Someone volunteered a fireman’s carry for me if my knees were not up for the challenge.

Beef torta included a side salad with cilantro dressing

Chili rellenos were tonight’s special and the reason we showed up here.  Complimented Chef Victor on tonight’s food, including the care and prepping the beans with chilis.

Junior’s is located at K8 Carretera La Bufadora, just as you approach the tide pools, south(mountain) side of road.  Noon to 8PM are posted hours.

Rest room was also spotless.  As normal, always carry toilet paper in your Baja rig, as you know you are going to need it somewhere soon.

We give Junior’s four out of five tide pool starfish for atmosphere, food, service and fun.  No, epicures need not visit.  But, if you want Mex basics and a good value, check out Junior’s.

Taco and Beer Festival

Ensenada, sabado y domingo

Baja Fiestas Jul-Aug-Sep


BAJA CALIFORNIA.- We are already halfway through the year and the party is just beginning in Baja California, if in the next few days you will have a free day to wander through the region here we leave you a couple of events that you should pay attention to.

Music, beer, wine, food or fun, whatever it is, you will surely find it in any of these events:


Guadalupe Valley Fest

If you are looking for a place to enjoy a rich wine, good food and better music, this is the ideal festival for you. For the moment the Line Up has not been revealed, this will be done in four days so you should be aware of your social networks.

  • Where? Decantos Vinícola, Rancho San Miguel Fraccion A, S / N, Ejido El Porvenir
  • What time? 12:00 pm
  • When? Saturday, September 15
  • Cost: $ 80 dollars, after July 1st at $ 120 dollars
  • More information: Here

3rd Anniversary “Boot Event”

Decantos Vinícola, will celebrate its third anniversary with the return of “Eventos de la Bota”, where regional gastronomy and wine are the main protagonist. Your ticket includes a wine boot (1 liter) and gastronomic samples by chefs, restaurants and traditional food stalls, where chefs Javier Plascencia (Finca Altozano and Erizo), Roberto Alcocer (Malva), Angelo Dal Bon (Tre Galline), Drew Deckman (Conchas de Piedra), Miguel Bahena (Pacific) and Bernardo Piña (Machine 65). The special guest will be the BC Philharmonic Orchestra that will play rock classics of the 70s and 80s.

  • Where? Decantos Vinícola, Rancho San Miguel Fraccion A, S / N, Ejido El Porvenir
  • What time? 4:00 pm
  • When? Saturday, July 21
  • Cost: Ask for a miracle to get tickets with someone who can not go
  • More information: Here

Wine Fest 2018

The fourth edition of this festival will arrive, ideal to enjoy the gastronomy of renowned chefs, foodtrucks, commercial stand, handicraft expo, wine tasting and wine tasting of 10 of the region. The music will be part of the event since it started, so it will be a special guest Denisse Guerrero, vocalist of Belanova and Moderatto as the main band.

  • Where? Vinicola Castillo Ferrer, Carretera el sauzal de rodriguez-Tecate Km.86, 22830 Valle de Guadalupe
  • What time? 4:00 pm
  • When? Saturday, August 18
  • Cost: $ 950 to $ 2,500 pesos
  • More information: Here

Sea and Wine Festival

Imagine 10 hours of entertainment fused with the best marriage as well as culinary and artistic talents.The night will become full of memories when singing and dancing with Magneto, Mercurio and Kabah.

  • Where? Estero Beach Forum, Playas del Estero Street S / N, Ex-Ejido Chapultepec.
  • What time? 4:00 pm
  • When? Saturday, July 21
  • Cost: From $ 710 to $ 4,085 pesos
  • More information: Here


9th Edition of the Festival of Chile en Nogada

Attend and see how they reward the three best dishes of Chile in Nogada, also visit any of the five pavilions that will be: one gastronomic, where of course you can eat this dish among others, another of handicrafts, wines, beers and children’s area .

  • Where? CECUT Esplanade
  • What time? 12:00 pm
  • When? Sunday September 2
  • Cost: Free admission
  • More information: Here


Movies and Comics Convention- Comics & Collectibles has already become a tradition in Plaza Galerias, a 100% family event where you can enjoy an exhibition with more than 20,000 collectable figures. It goes from Marvel, DC, terror to movies like Star. Wars, Transformers, Batman, GI Joe, Legos, among others.There will also be an amateur club with different themes, workshops, make-up artists, music groups, cosplay contest and exclusive sale of Comic Con 2018.

  • Where? Racetrack galleries
  • What time? 11:00 am
  • When? Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August
  • Cost: $ 70 pesos
  • More information: Here

Palenque Tijuana

As part of the Tijuana Fair you can attend the palenque where some will remember their adolescence with old bands, they will dance to the rhythm of the band or you will cry or you will sing to love with pop. The concerts begin on Friday, August 24 and end on Sunday, September 16.

  • Where? Panlenque Tijuana, Tijuana River 3rd Stage, Tijuana in Parque Morelos
  • What time? All concerts 11:00 pm
  • When? From August 24 to September 16
  • Cost: Various prices
  • More information: Here

Mezcal Fair: Tijuana 2018

Tijuana will throw the house out of the window with the Mezcal Fair 2018, where not only will people be able to taste the great variety of this drink, but mezcalier certification will also be given. Exhibition and marketing of this drink, distillates, beer and of course food. You can not miss it!

  • Where? Mamut brewery
  • What time? 12:00 pm
  • When? Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July
  • Cost: $ 250 pesos per day
  • More information: Here


Fair of Rosarito

The fair is the favorite place not only for children, but also for adults, the reason? who does not love to get on the rides to get us all in the stomach, as well as enjoying a night full of music, which turns this into the funniest days of the month of July.

  • Where? Rosarito Fair, Benito Juarez 25000
  • What time? 6:00 pm
  • When? From July 5 to 29
  • Cost: $ 60 pesos adult and $ 30 pesos children
  • More information: Here

Taste of Baja 2018

The sixth installment of the culinary competition will give us a tour of the delicious food, wines and craft beers that the state offers us, where you will have to go dressed in white and enjoy the culinary competition among 25 chefs from Baja California, who will pair with the most emblematic Mexican wines.

  • Where? Gardens of the Historic Hotel Rosarito Beach
  • What time? 6:00 pm
  • When? Wednesday, August 29
  • Cost: $ 70 and $ 85 dollars
  • More information: Here

Baja Sand 2018

As every year, the Sand Art Festival “Baja Sand” will be back to bring amazing sand figures which can be from iconic state monuments to comic superheroes, among others. You can also enjoy the Body Painting exhibition, where artists will recreate their work in the body of its protagonists.

  • Where? Beaches of Rosarito, at the height of the Rosarito Beach Hotel
  • What time? 5:00 pm
  • When? Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August
  • Cost: Free admission
  • More information: Here


Ensenada Beverage Tour


Our Sunday stroll through Ensenada began at Cerveceria Transpeninsular.  FYI, Trans opens at noon.

Our team enjoyed lunch and brews at Trans.  Burgers, wings, fries are the basic supporting actors here.  Beer is the lead role.

One of my beverage buddies decided to check out Habanos cigar shop in the Soriana market across from Hotel Coral.  Good luck finding authentic Cubans in Ensenada is the lesson learned.

Next stop was Cerveceria Agua Mala.

Agua Mala is easy to miss.  It is in El Sauzal(Ensenada norte), approx 1/4 mile south of the 16 story Entremar Condo tower landmark, west/ocean side of Hwy 1.

I like this funky bar upstairs at Agua Mala.

Did not need food, but, the choices are very interesting.  Hasta Pronto!

You know the party is fun when a beer is spilled.  Someone did not have a spare shirt, but, the show must go on.  Shirts get thirsty too!  It was a three bar towel and one shirt cleanup.  A wobbly table was the plausible excuse for the alcohol waste.

We were full of beer, so it was time to get our marguerita on at the Shrine of 1892. By the look of the white shirted server at right, he obviously knew about my poor reputation.

Luckily found a table in the middle of the action.  My team did their best in an attempt to recruit two of Ensenada’s finest professionals, located at table next to us, to provide personal services for me.   I managed to avoid the high fees likely associated with them.

Sometimes you have to rope in the scofflaws in your party.

Someone was paying the band well, as they never stopped playing this Sunday afternoon.

Where to go for our taco dessert?

Cerveceria Transpeninsular

Sunday sun was out with a cool breeze for our outing to Cerveceria Transpeninsular in Ensenada.  Gracias a Equipo Dominguito!!! Our nooner arrival was met with a warm meet and greet as usual here at Trans. That is also a very cool mural on the ceiling as you enter.

Our team selected our favorites with only disappointment being that they were out of the Pilsner.

I admit that I am not a fan of nachos. But, this volcano included guac and some nice carne.

The Trans burger was said to be one of the best in Baja.  Funny how we all like our burgers served differently.  A “hamburguesa tradicional” includes cheese here.  Only reason I prefer a burger without cheese is to minimize the slippery slope factor of the other layers on the cheese.  Fries at Trans are excellent.

This is Cerveceria Transpeninsular’s version of aguachilis.  It is much different than the traditional dish and not as spicy.

Half order of wings is plenty of meat and only 120 pesos.  Buffalo salsa was rich and medium on the picante scale.  I enjoyed these muchos with good crunch factor and big mess on my hands.  A visit to the rest room is necessary for full hose down after your finish.  BBQ salsa is another option.

Trans ceviche was also a bit unusual.  It is a good starter.


Cerveceria Transpeninsular opened about 18 months ago.  Their beer quality and variety is excellent.  The open brew pub is spacious and now includes an outdoor patio with ocean view.  You will find “Trans”on north side of Ensenada, one door south of Hotel Coral.

We award Trans with out five peninsula taps out of a possible 5 for the best brew pub in Baja.

Funny that I have never noticed the use of kilometer marker references south of the Ensenada toll booth before the K5.5 used at Cerveceria Trans.  It is a smart way for businesses to promote their location.

And here is some news from Cerveceria Trans…

Taco Price Rise Warning

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico will impose a 20 percent tariff on U.S. pork imports, two industry officials with direct knowledge of the plan told Reuters on Monday, for the first time providing details of the country’s retaliatory measures to U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Last week, Mexico said the retaliatory tariffs would apply to pork legs and shoulders from U.S. suppliers, which account for about 90 percent of the country’s $1.07 billion annual imports of the cuts.

“It’s a 20 percent (tariff) on legs and shoulders, fresh and frozen … with bones and without bones,” said Heriberto Hernandez, president of Mexico’s leading pork producers association OPORPA, following a briefing earlier on Monday with Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo and his team.

The government has not yet given details of the level of the tariff and did not immediately respond to a request for a comment about the tariff or the meeting.

Hernandez said he supported the Mexican government’s decision and does not expect it to cause pork prices in Mexico to rise because “there are many alternatives” to U.S. suppliers.

The tariff was in response to the Trump administration’s decision last week to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexican exporters on grounds that countries including Mexico engage in competition damaging to U.S. national security.

The U.S. decision to go ahead with the steel and aluminum tariffs has complicated talks with Mexico and Canada to rework the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Other industry officials pointed to Canada as a possible substitute pork supplier that has tariff-free access to Mexico thanks to NAFTA, or the European Union, which recently concluded a revised trade pact with Mexico that allows tariff-free pork imports but does include other restrictions like volume quotas.

The industry officials said the new pork tariff schedule will be published on Tuesday in Mexico’s official gazette and will go into effect on Wednesday.

Last year, Mexico imported nearly 650,000 tonnes of pork legs and shoulders worth an estimated $1.07 billion, according to government data.

Mexico’s overall pork imports in 2017 totaled about 840,000 tonnes.

Pork legs and shoulders are not as highly valued in the United States, where ribs and bacon are in greater demand, but in Mexico they are used to make some of the country’s most popular dishes, including tacos al pastor and carnitas.

Victor Manuel Ochoa, chief executive of top Mexican pork producer Granjas Carroll, said he would support a temporary import deal for Brazilian pork legs if Mexico goes ahead with the tariffs on U.S. imports.

He said prices in Mexico will likely rise as a result of the tariffs on U.S. pork. “We think they’d rise around 15 or 16 percent, and I think that could reduce consumption which worries me,” Ochoa said.

Granjas Carroll is a joint venture of ECOM Agroindustrial Corporation, a major commodity trader, and China’s WH Group.

“It would be very difficult for Mexican pork prices to stay the same,” Ochoa added, if imported U.S. pork prices spike as a result of the tariffs.

Harry’s Cofee Shop La Jolla


Was searching for a unique breakfast spot in San Diego this past Thursday.  Found an article recommending Harry’s Coffee Shop in La Jolla.

Unlike the glitz of pricey bistros on the ocean in LJ, Harry’s is an old school throwback.  Harry’s wife Catherine greeted and seated me.

Spent several minutes soaking up the scene before diving into the menu.  Being transported back into the 1960s, I recalled some childhood diner experiences with my family.  Harry’s walls are filled with Brooklyn Dodger, other baseball photos and old San Diego area photos. A big photo of Harry with my favorite baseball player Willie Mays is near the entrance.

The silverware is perfectly plain.  Classical music lightly dances in the background. Vinyl booths and Formica tables are on the set of this nostalgic diner.

Phyllis, my server, brought a shiny carafe of coffee and set it on my table after pouring my first cup.

Ordered the Eggs Florentine as incentive to boost a scheduled EKG at a medical appointment later. The oozing eggs, creamy Hollandaise, English muffy and crunchy hashed spuds made for a perfect texture and flavor combo.  Oh, add spinach to make you think this is a healthy dish.

I arrived at 11AM to a packed house this Thursday.  But, by noon, tables were emptying.  Outdoor seating is also available.  Adult beverages also are served.  Apparently, weekends have a 30 minute wait by 9AM.

We award Harry’s with five Louisville Sluggers out of five.  FYI, my EKG test was OK.

Harry’s Coffee Shop

7545 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037 Open Daily 6am – 3pm



Baja Gold Medal Wines

Four wines made in Mexico obtained the highest distinction in the “Ensenada Tierra del Vino” Contest when the judges awarded them “Grand Gold” medals, according to the results of the contest held last weekend.

According to the list of 63 labels from Mexico and other countries, only 13 were for the United States and 2 for Spain, while the rest touched on national products.

The first places were for the wineries Cava Aragón 126, Las Nubes (2) and Monte Xanic.

In the case of the “Gold” category medals, there were 47 award-winning products, while the experts awarded 12 “Silver” awards.

The first six wines that reached “Oro” come from the wineries Vino Urbano, In Wine We Lust, Hacienda Bustillos, Bodegas Hacienda La Lomita (2) and Lafarga Vineyards.

And in the case of silver, the first five correspond to Carter Estate Winery (2), Las Nubes, Clos de Tres Cantos and Aldo Palafox.

The XXVI edition of the Contest “Ensenada Tierra del Vino” was organized by the School of Enology and Gastronomy of the UABC during the days 18, 19 and 20 of May, in the facilities of the Social, Civic and Cultural Center Riviera.

The judges tested 300 participating labels during the last two days, in the Red Room; The meeting was attended by representatives of the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) and the Mexican Wine Council (CMV).

The activities included the VII Wine, Culture, Science and Economy Colloquium, also by the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) .

Profitable Harvest

An underground greenhouse, where large quantities of marijuana were produced with a sophisticated farming system, was secured by elements of the Mexican Army, after locating it under a winery under construction by the Vicente Guerrero delegation.

Information disseminated by the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena), through the commanders of the Second Military Region and Second Military Zone, indicates that the important finding was achieved by personnel of the 67th Infantry Battalion.

It was last May 17, in response to a citizen complaint and to make land reconnaissance tours, when members of the military institution secured the property, seized a drug plantation and arrested two likely involved.

The greenhouse had all the necessary elements, as well as technology, for the intensive production of the enervant, difficult to identify, because it was built under a black work of 90 meters wide by 100 meters long.

Inside the underground room they located 4 thousand 400 plants of marijuana, with an approximate weight of 440 kilos, of which they would have obtained around 44 thousand doses, which represents a value that amounts to 4 million 400 thousand pesos in the black market .

The culture system had photoperiod heat lamps for the germination of the crop; heat extractors inside the building and air conditioning to regulate ventilation and the environment for the plants.

It was also equipped with an exterior, interior and underground electricity system; irrigation system with humidity control; Humidifiers to increase the humidity of the environment inside said installation.

In addition various chemicals to accelerate the growth of planting, a vehicle and a quad bike. La Sedena indicated that all the technology seized has a cost of approximately 1 million pesos.

I was several years old
It is estimated that in this underground greenhouse they were able to cultivate up to 4 crops per year and that it worked for several years before, because it was located hidden among cultivated fields to disguise itself.

Finally, the military institution, through the 67th Infantry Battalion, recognized the sense of civic responsibility of the citizens who place their trust in the Mexican Army and Air Force, inviting them to denounce any illicit activity.

The Sedena made available to the population the telephone number (616) 165-30-74 and (616) 165-16-60, as well as the email denuncia6b.i. @, to receive the citizen’s report anonymously.

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