LAJA a culinary reference for world famous chefs in the heart of the Guadalupe Valley

LAJA a culinary reference for world famous chefs in the heart of the Guadalupe Valley

Dec 30, 2017

“It’s worth the journey just to eat the vegetable tostada,” said Noma chef René Redzepi, referring to the secret, off-menu dish at Laja, a restaurant in Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe. But 16 years ago, when Laja’s owner and executive chef, Jair Téllez, opened the place—in the middle of nowhere as he describes it—he never imagined it would become a food destination loved by the likes of Redzepi, Nancy Silverton, and Anthony Bourdain. Valle de Guadalupe, the wine country of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, is a 4-hour drive from Los Angeles. It got its start in the 18th century when priests first planted wine grapes there. Baja’s Mediterranean climate and porous soil eventually proved fertile, and wineries began to sprout in the 1970s. The first tourism boom was in 2006, and now the region has upward of 100 wineries. With Laja, Téllez inspired many more chefs to open their own farm-to-table restaurants, including David Castro Hussong, who once worked for him and then left for prodigious kitchens such as New York’s Eleven Madison Park and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Castro returned to the valley last year to open Fauna, a restaurant inside the sleek new resort Bruma, adding the flavors of his own journey to this burgeoning gustatory destination....

In Mexicali, Mexican and Chinese food meet in a distinct, delicious way

In Mexicali, Mexican and Chinese food meet in a distinct, delicious way

Dec 29, 2017

“It means ‘welcome’ in Chinese,” a man said to me in Spanish, looking up at me from a grey velvet loveseat. He pointed to the wooden sign I was looking at, with large, gold Chinese characters set against a red background. I was in Mexicali, a city of 900,000 and the capital of the Mexican state of Baja California. It’s two hours east of Tijuana, the more populous part of the state. It isn’t near much of anything, save for a fleet of high-producing maquiladoras (manufacturing plants), a slew of commercial farms and the United States-Mexico border, which runs along the northern terminus of the city with Calexico on the other side. It’s also the home of Mexico’s largest Chinese community, earning Mexicali the nickname “Little Canton” in China. As a result, the area is known for its Mexican-influenced Chinese cuisine, which has put Mexicali on the culinary map. Ask anyone who lives in or grew up in Mexicali what they do on Sundays, regardless of ethnic background, and the answer is likely that they and their families head to a Chinese restaurant, Javier Gutiérrez, a Mexicali native and the project coordinator for Baja California’s Secretary of Tourism, said in an interview. Click here for full article on https://mic.com/...

Merry Christmas with a Mexican Flavor!

Merry Christmas with a Mexican Flavor!

Dec 16, 2017

Christmas time in Mexican culture is about our loved ones. That is why food plays such an important part of the festivities. It is a feast that begins in the eyes with its vibrant colors, through the mouth and soul with its lavish flavors.  Our celebrations aren’t complete without family and friends sharing a meal together ― and a few tequilas― to keep body and soul warm. Enjoy one of our favorite holidays the way we do, with the following ideas either on Christmas Eve ―Noche Buena― or Christmas Day. These Mexican Christmas food ideas will make your tummy happy!   Entrée. Mexican Christmas Salad or Ensalada de Nochebuena This salad is traditionally served at dinnertime on Christmas Eve. It has an amazing flavor and a beautiful combination of colors with its reds, greens, and whites. Although many variations exist, three main ingredients are at its foundation: beets, pomegranate, and jicama. Past these three, additions may include arugula or lettuce, carrots, apples, bananas, oranges or tangerines, and pecans or peanuts. Find this recipe here: https://www.recetasgratis.net/Receta-de-Ensalada-nochebuena-receta-10114.html   Tamales Tamales are at the heart and soul of every Mexican Christmas tradition and are considered a special holiday food. This amazing dish can be made from cornmeal masa and filled with a variety of meats, mole, cheeses, vegetables or spices. Some people prefer sweet tamales, which are made with sugar, and filled with fruits or jam, then wrapped in corn husks and steamed. Making tamales is definitely a labor of love as they take quite a considerable amount of time to prepare, but your palate will tell you it was very well worth the wait! Photo from: https://www.dondeir.com Find tamales recipes at: https://www.recetasgratis.net/busqueda?q=tamales   Pozole These is the ultimate remedy for the hangover and one of the most traditional Mexican soups. Pozole is made with chicken or pork, seasoned with chiles. It requires up to five hours of cooking time. Since this traditional food is made in large batches, it is a perfect food for large crowds and will leave everyone feeling full, happy and with a runny nose. https://www.recetasgratis.net/busqueda?q=pozole+rojo   Pechuga de pavo con relleno de nogada, pan de mole y salsa de arándano Turkey breast with nogada...

Enjoy the famous “Chocolate Clams” at Grand Velas Los Cabos

Enjoy the famous “Chocolate Clams” at Grand Velas Los Cabos

Dec 12, 2017

Guests can now enjoy Baja California’s “Candy of the Sea” chocolate clams freshly shucked poolside at Grand Velas Los Cabos. Stocked daily from local waters, a large aquarium at the resort’s poolside cevicheria, Cabrilla, features freshly-caught Chocolate Clams for guests to pluck from. To prepare the clams, the chef shucks the clam then serves the sliced meat in the shell, accompanied by lemons and finely diced tomato, onion, and cilantro. These ceviche-esque elements bring out the sweet flavor of the meaty clam, named for the uniform brown color of its shell. At Cabrilla, guests can also enjoy other favorites like the Ceviche Los Cabos made with freshly caught fish, octopus, cocktail sauce, avocado, cilantro, and crispy corn; Octopus Tostada; Shrimp Aguachile; Tuna Tiradito; and more. Gourmet meals and premium branded beverages are included in the rates. Rates at Grand Velas Los Cabos’ all-inclusive resort start at $548 per person per night in double occupancy. Rate also includes luxury suite accommodations, 24-hour in-suite service, nightly entertainment, taxes, gratuity, and more. For reservations or additional information, please call 1-888-407-4869 or...

Did you know that the most expensive Taco in the world is served in Cabo?

Did you know that the most expensive Taco in the world is served in Cabo?

Nov 25, 2017

De pastor, barbacoa, carnitas, Mexican stews, canasta; soft or crunchy, in Mexico the tacos arouse passions and appetite. But in Los Cabos you can eat the absolutely ultimate “King of Tacos”… specially tailored for the rich and eccentric. The most expensive taco in the world is served here, and it is sold for the ridiculous amount of 25 thousand American dollars! You can order this taco at Frida restaurant of the Grand Velas Resort in Los Cabos. The price may sound crazy but when you find out that the tortilla is made with 24 carats edible gold sheets, and it is stuffed with Beluga caviar, French brie, white and black truffle, Japanese Kobe meat and lobster, the cost makes sense. But not only its “stuffing” and tortilla make it expensive, but also the sauce because its creator, executive chef Juan Licerio Alcalá, created a unique sauce exclusively for this mighty expensive taco, that features ingredients such as: morita chilli pepper, civet coffee and Pasion Azteca ultra  premium tequila, which cost per drink is around 1,500 dollars, while the bottle (made of platinum encrusted with diamonds) costs 150 thousand dollars. So… Would you like to Taco ’bout it?...

Date Fair to take place this weekend in Mexicali

Date Fair to take place this weekend in Mexicali

Nov 22, 2017

Producers of Date in the Valley of Mexicali, authorities of the Municipality and the Executive Branch presented on Monday November 20 the fifth edition of the Mexicali Valley Date Fair. During the event more than 50 exhibitors will participate who will not only present the well-known fruit in its natural form, but there will be samples of other products created with dates such as tamales and various sweets. Also, there will be the presentation of traditional dance and live music, as well as various craftsmen and producers of craft beer. The fair will take place from November 24 to 26 at the Ejido Jalapa facility, and the events will be presented from 10 in the morning until 9 in the evening. Source:...