September 20, 2020

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80 Hours in Baja: Puerto Nuevo, Valle de Guadelupe and Ensenada

80 Hours in Baja: Puerto Nuevo, Valle de Guadelupe and Ensenada



I have been indicating to return to the Valle de Guadelupe and Ensenada ever because an epic trip back in 2009. It took an total 10 years to make it take place, but I eventually produced my way this earlier November alongside with The Astronomer, my mother, and June. We had a great time.

Puerto Nuevo #1 – Puerto Nuevo

Restaurant Puerto Nuevo #1

When we could have pushed from San Diego straight to our lodging in the Valle de Guadelupe, it was much extra pleasant to swing by way of Puerto Nuevo for lunch. Rounding out the feast of lobsters were being rice, beans, salsa, produced-to-purchase flour tortillas, and plenty of drawn butter.

Lumi – Valle de Guadelupe

LUMI - Valle de Gauadelupe

From Puerto Nuevo, we drove to the Valle de Guadelupe. A fortuitous world wide web rabbit hole led me to Lumi, a Scandinavian-Mexican escape in the heart of Mexico’s wine state. When my mother stayed in a effectively-appointed transformed delivery container, The Astronomer, June and I glamped our hearts out.

LUMI - Valle de Gauadelupe

We expended our times hanging on the container’s rooftop, taking dips in the jacuzzi, and chilling at the on-web-site playground. The Valle is actually spectacular, specifically at sunset.

Our only regret about the timing of our journey was the lack of sunlight through dinnertime several hours, which intended that we couldn’t absolutely appreciate the stunning homes and vineyards the place we dined.

Deckman’s en el Mogor – Valle de Guadelupe

Deckman's en el Mogor - Valle de Guadelupe

For our initially food in the Valle, we headed to Deckman’s en el Mogor for tremendous-fresh seafood and fireplace-licked proteins. June relished the canine laying at our ft throughout the food, a standby of Valle life.

Deckman's en el Mogor - Valle de Guadelupe

The evening’s feast bundled Kumiai oysters with a chapulin mignonette, a yellowtail crudo, mussels, quail, and rabbit with mole.

La Cocina de Dona Esthela – Valle de Guadelupe

La Cocina de Dona Esthela - Valle de Guadalupe1472

I couldn’t wait around to wake up the pursuing morning for breakfast at La Cocina de Dona Esthela. Mother and I sipped heat mugs of cafe when we waited for el desayuno to arrive.

La Cocina de Dona Esthela - Valle de Guadalupe

The house-unique borrego tatemado, shredded wooden-roasted lamb, was just unforgettable. Served on the side of the crisp and flavorful meat were being freshly produced corn and flour tortillas, chopped onions and cilantro, limes, and heat consomme.

La Cocina de Dona Esthela - Valle de Guadalupe

Although we purchased the corn pancakes for June, The Astronomer and I couldn’t enable having a lot more than our reasonable share. The pancakes’ coarse texture, sweet taste, and fluffy nature actually created an impression.

We liked our breakfast below so a lot that we returned a couple days afterwards for the ultimate meal of the trip.

Fauna – Valle de Guadelupe

Fauna - Valle de Guadelupe

Our fanciest dinner was at Fauna in honor of my mom’s 67th birthday. We ordered Fauna’s Feast, a multi-training course tasting that provided a most extraordinary taco program finish with browned butter scallops, squid ink, and griddled blue corn tortillas.

Fauna - Valle de Guadelupe

Also unforgettable was the very to start with course, vegetables from the restaurant’s backyard garden served on ice with delicate basil and avocado sauces plated a la Pujol. 

Fauna - Valle de Guadelupe

We sipped eyeglasses of Bruma Tinto de la Casa Barbera 2018 and experienced a grand previous time in the dynamic eating area.

Clos de Tres Cantos – Valle de Guadalupe

Clos de Tres Cantos - Valle de Guadalupe

The adhering to early morning, we liked a attractive breakfast at our lodge and explored the lone vineyard of the vacation.

Clos de Tres Cantos - Valle de Guadalupe

Even though the 21 and above established sampled a trio of wines, June experienced a fantastic time checking out the assets.

La Guerrerense – Ensenada

La Guerrerense - Ensenada

Lunchtime took us to the legendary La Guerrerense cart in Ensenada for seafood tostadas.

La Guerrerense - Ensenada

The sea urchin tostada seduced me after more with its unbeatable oceanic flare.

La Guerrerense - Ensenada

My mother is the coolest.

Finca Altozano – Valle de Gauadelupe

Finca Altozano - Valle de Gauadelupe

Our final supper introduced us to Chef Javier Plascencia’s rustic and everyday Finca Altozano the place we shared a parade of dishes that integrated beef tartar, fideos, roasted peppers, and grilled sausages.

Finca Altozano - Valle de Gauadelupe

We walked close to the spectacular grounds in the dark right after supper, but have to have to return to truly acquire in the views.

La Cocina de Dona Esthela, Valle de Guadelupe

La Cocina de Dona Esthela - Valle de Guadalupe

We returned for breakfast at Dona Esthela ahead of producing the push back again to San Diego.

La Cocina de Dona Esthela - Valle de Guadalupe

On the table ended up our favorites which include the lamb tatemado…

La Cocina de Dona Esthela - Valle de Guadalupe_1480

…and the corn pancakes.

La Cocina de Dona Esthela - Valle de Guadalupe

New to the scene was a standout machaca and an order of pork-pores and skin chalupas.

We traveled to Baja trying to get a little bit of experience and a great deal of superior ingesting, and returned property totally glad on the two fronts. We’ll be again before the up coming 10 years, assure.

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