Suffering from extreme wanderlust and a schedule that won’t permit excessive galavanting, I searched for a fun getaway that checked enough boxes to feel like *real* travel without having to, well, travel. Thankfully, we happen to live in a mega-region that puts us a short distance from Mexico’s most fertile wine country and some unexpectedly delicious food. Plus, ya know, it was Valentine’s Day weekend and a holiday – in other words a perfect time for a quick trip. And thus was born our three-day adventure to El Valle de Guadalupe!
I broke these posts up into travel tips and food. And then broke the food up by restaurant. I missed the several reputedly delicious trucks/stands my friend Colin Parent wrote about here, but did go 30 minutes out of our way at Bill Esparza’s recommendation to find one fish taco spot Bourdain missed. I also took a great recommendation I found here and on Life & Food Blog for breakfast and then one other on the spur of the moment from Chef Javier Plascencia that led to my favorite meal this year, so please kick back, enjoy and by all means share whatever feedback you like.
Travel Tips Pt. I – for people who like signage
Travel Tips Pt. II – “directions” and night driving
La Cocina de Dona Esthela – breakfast done right
Restaurante Hacienda Guadalupe y Laja – let the tasting begin
Malva – our best meal in the Valle
Travel Tips Pt. III – places to rest your weary glass-raising arms
Latitud 32 – Swing and a miss (my condolences to the Chef)
Headed home – Ensenada fish tacos, friends and border entrepreneurs
Thanks for reading, best of luck on your trip. We had fun and really can’t wait to go back. Cheers