It's the Baja edition of Good Food. We start 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 Baja-inspired eats in LA.
The Baja Show: Javier Plascencia, Baja Craft Beer and Wine
From this Episode:
La Escuelita: Baja's Wine Incubator
Estación de Oficios del Porvenir , most often called La Escuelita, is a wine school located in El Porvenir in the Valle de Guadalupe. The tiny school is an incubator for...
Meet One of Baja's Wine Makers
Victor Segura is one of the leading winemakers in the Valle de Guadalupe. He sells his wine under the label Las Nubes . You can visit his winery in the valley or look for...
Our first stop in Tijuana is the Mercado Hidalgo, one of the largest central markets in the city, where vendors sell everything from produce and dried goods to cheese and...
Where to Find a Taste of Baja in Los Angeles
Knowing that not everyone will be able to race across the border to taste La Guerrerense's tostadas, we asked Jonathan Gold to give us a run down of where to get Baja-style...
Baja's Craft Beer Scene
Rubén Valenzuela co-owns Baja Craft Beers with his brother. The pub at BCB has over 40 beers on tap and refrigerators stuffed with bottles of craft beer from Mexico and...
In Ensenada we visited with Sabina Bandera - aka La Guerrerense - and her daughter Mariana Oviedo. Bandera runs a unique street food cart serving some of the fresh seafood...
The Origins of the Fish Taco
Bill Esparza, author of StreetGourmetLA , contributor to Los Angeles Magazine's Digest blog and creator of Tacolandia , was our guide in Baja. He explains that the beer...