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On this Memorial Day weekend, we revisit our Baja edition of Good Food, starting with a market report from the Mercado Hidalgo in Tijuana. Chef Javier Plascencia says he stops by at least once a week to pick up everything from dried chiles to local honey. Next, we visit with Rubén Valenzuela, owner of Baja Craft Beers, a pub and distributing company for craft beers in Mexico. We travel south to Ensenada to visit Sabina Bandera - aka La Guerrerense - who is famous for her uni tostadas with fresh clams and homemade salsas. Bill Esparza, our leader on the Baja adventure, explains that the classic fish tacos from Ensenada originated as a snack for local fisherman. Next, we drive fifteen minutes inland to the Valle de Guadalupe, home to over fifty wineries. Also in the valley are roughly fifteen campestres. These campsite restaurants are outdoor and seasonal, operating only during the summer months. Chef Benito Molina operates Silvestre, one of the first campestres in the area with a 180° view of vineyards and low lying mountains. Down the road is La Escuelita, a wine incubator owned by local wine legend Hugo D'Acosta. The director of the school, Tomas Egly, explains that the school's mission is to give aspiring winemakers the tools to make quality wines. Our last stop in the Valle de Guadalupe is Las Nubes, a winery owned by Victor Segura. Wine-making is a second career for Segura who worked in seafood for many years. Now he operates the tasting room and tends the vines at Las Nubes. Back in Los Angeles, Jonathan Gold drops by to discuss where you can find great tacos in the OC.

Special thanks to our guide, Bill Esparza, and photographer Oana Marian for contributing to this episode of Good Food.

Lunch at the Shop

Peter Miller

Producers:
Gillian Ferguson
Laryl Garcia
Sarah Rogozen
Caroline Chamberlain

Campestres: Eating Outdoors in the Valle de Guadalupe 6 MIN, 44 SEC

Evan Kleiman's taste of life, culture and the human species.

Jonathan Gold Reviews Taco Maria 7 MIN, 51 SEC

Evan Kleiman's taste of life, culture and the human species.

La Escuelita: Baja's Wine Incubator 7 MIN, 54 SEC

Evan Kleiman's taste of life, culture and the human species.

Meet One of Baja's Wine Makers 5 MIN, 47 SEC

Evan Kleiman's taste of life, culture and the human species.

Market Report 8 MIN, 43 SEC

Evan Kleiman's taste of life, culture and the human species.

Baja's Craft Beer Scene 8 MIN

Evan Kleiman's taste of life, culture and the human species.

La Guerrerense 7 MIN, 57 SEC

Evan Kleiman's taste of life, culture and the human species.

The Origins of the Fish Taco 2 MIN, 8 SEC

Evan Kleiman's taste of life, culture and the human species.

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