I’m drafting this summary blog post to share with you in one place everywhere I ate during my trip to Baja California Norte. I hope this helps you put together a culinary itinerary for yourself:
Saturday, June 30 : Laja
Sunday, July 1 : Silvestre
Monday, July 2 : Corazon de Tierra
Tuesday, July 3 : Ultramarino and Wendlandt Gastropub
Wednesday, July 4 : Manzanilla
Thursday, July 5 : Endémico (pool-side kitchen)
Friday, July 6 : Taqueria Amigos and Taqueria Los Arcos
Wow. I tweeted @streetgourmetla for a lunch recommendation in Tecate and he suggested a quick pan dulce and cafe at Pan de Tecate. I did not expect to encounter such great output from this bakery. You literally walk through a hallway of sweets. Tour the store virtually via my handheld video. Wowza!
We could not resist purchasing an entire box of baked goods. Highly recommend purchasing empanadas. We bought one filled with meat and aromatic vegetables and the another filled with cheese and chilis. This morning back in Los Angeles we reheated them for breakfast and immediately regretted not purchasing more to bring home! In the photo you’ll see we purchased far too few empanadas. We should have had an entire second box filled with them. On the sweet side I enjoyed my first canastas – cupcake size pastries with fillings. We had one with limon creme and one with pineapple.
Tempt yourself by visiting Pan de Tecate’s web-site. Perhaps you’ll have them do your wedding cake!
If you are ever 30 min from Tecate, Mexico hop over the border for some tacos. I used my Hidden Baja tour guide to refer me to two taco stands:
• Taqueria Los Amigos (on the North East corner of Hidalgo and Rubio)
• Taqueria Los Arcos (on the south side of Juarez just east of Rubio, there is a bus stop right in front of it)
I ordered two Carne Asada tacos from Los Amigos. They are compact and wound tightly into individual paper and aluminum foil wrappings. Burst of flavor. Right-sized.
Next we went to Los Arcos. Here I ordered a Carne Asada, an Adobado Pork, and a Cheese Quesadilla.
The Carne Asada was more tender and moist then Los Amigos. The Adobado Pork was even more outrageously delicious. The cheese quesadilla couldn’t compete with those two other stars but finished me off so I was not hungry the rest of the drive home back to Los Angeles.