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Baja Camper’s Corner: La Paz Here We Come

Baja Camper’s Corner: La Paz Here We Come

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We just call him “TEX” now!

December 1, 2014 – Well we arrived today in La Paz and have set up at Campestra Maranatha, a campground just north of La Paz in El Centenario. Our visit to Todos Santos earlier today is always a favorite, as many always look forward to the Hotel California experience.

They have a wonderful Cultural Center, Mission, Saints Alley and so many interesting shops. Lisa and I enjoyed our brunch, some headed over to George’s Taco Stand others at Cafelix. It was only a short drive today from Pescadero where we stayed at the Los Cerritos Surf Colony RV Park the night before. Although this is called an RV Park it is not much more than a parking lot with access to other amenities. Unfortunately the place sustained heavy damage from Hurricane Odile and was just commencing operation with the official opening tomorrow. The swim up bar and restaurant remained in renovation and should be ready in a couple of weeks. When we showed up they were just filling pool and only 2 tourists other than us were present. Teresa from Oregon office was supervising the opening and getting the operation up and going. We did manage to get in the pool and of course on the beach.

At 5 p.m. we headed for La Pasadita in Pescadero for our hosted dinner. Jose always does a great job and after for those interested we watched the Grey Cup game played in Vancouver at BC Place Stadium. It was an exciting game at the end and came down to a final play.

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Happy Hour is Happy!

As our time in Los Cabos was extended we had time to join our friends Rick & Ronnie for dinner at Lattitude 22, home of No Bad Days (well maybe one: Hurricane Odile). We also went for dinner with Peter & Geraldine who live at Cabo Bello. We had the usual excursions – Playa Santa Maria, San Jose Art District – and I met Frank Arnold and partner Carmen who have a Gallery in San Jose del Cabo. Many of the gang were out and about, Chris went diving and organized a boat ride to the Arch, Lover’s and Divorce beaches. Peter and I headed out into the mountains on Peter’s Razor (Side X Side). This adventure included the community of La Candelaria. You would not believe how much water there was in the arroyo.  Our Playa Medano Happy Hour was a great success. As always, we sure had fun.

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Looks like Dixie may be swimmin’.

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Sunrise in Los Cabos.

Tomorrow we have an excursion planned to La Paz. The tour continues, with more fun and adventure!

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Diego Rivera

Did you know?

Diego Rivera was born on December 8, 1886, in Guanajuato, Mexico. When his career began, the main focal point behind his works was to depict the lives of Mexico and its people. In 1921, working with the government, he began work on a series of murals that were located in public buildings. Some of his work was quite controversial; in fact, the Man at the Crossroads, which featured a portrait of Vladmir Lenin, which went up in NYC at the RCA building, was destroyed by the Rockefeller Family. He is today known as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, and began working and drawing at the age of 10.

His passion for art emerged early on. He began drawing as a child. Around the age of 10, Rivera went to study art at the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts in Mexico City. One of his early influences was artist José Posada who ran a print shop near Rivera’s school and furthered his education in Europe in 1907; while in Europe, he became friends with several famous artists, including Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, and Piet Mondrian.

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Parked for our visit to Todos Santos.

Famous Muralist

Diego Rivera had some success as a Cubist painter in Europe, but the course of world events would strongly change the style and subject of his work. Inspired by the political ideals of the Mexican Revolution (1914-15) and the Russian Revolution (1917), Rivera wanted to make art that reflected the lives of the working class and native peoples of Mexico. He developed an interest in making murals during a trip to Italy, finding inspiration in the Renaissance frescoes there. Returning to Mexico, Rivera began to express his artistic ideas about Mexico. He received funding from the government to create a series of murals about the country’s people and its history on the walls of public buildings. In 1922, Rivera completed the first of the murals at the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria in Mexico City.

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Great selection at Afrain’s.

Due to the controversial nature of this, as well as the other works which Diego Rivera created during this illustrious career, he became known as one of the leading artists in the 20th century. Not only in the US, where much of his work was debated, and even destroyed, but around the world. Since he took a worldly view on art, and depicted controversial scenes which depicted different forms of politics, which were not established around the world, many of his art pieces were quite unique, and were distinct in nature from the work which other muralists had done. And the fact that he shared an interest in certain political views, which were not widely accepted around the world, contributed to the distinct style in the murals he created during the course of his career.

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That was fun, thank you Jose!

Commercial Success

In the 1930s and 40s, Diego Rivera painted several murals in the United States. As mentioned earlier some of his works created controversy, especially the one he did for the Rockefeller family in the RCA building in New York City. The mural, known as “Man at the Crossroads,” featured a portrait of Russian Communist leader Vladimir Lenin. The artist had reportedly included Lenin in his piece to portray the turbulent political atmosphere at the time, which was largely defined by conflicting capitalist and socialist ideologies and escalating fears surrounding the Communist Party. The Rockefellers disliked Rivera’s insertion of Lenin and thus asked Rivera to remove the portrait. The painter refused, and the Rockefellers then had Rivera stop work on the mural.

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David in the Cerritos Surf.

In 1934, Nelson Rockefeller famously ordered the demolition of “Man at the Crossroads.” Publish backlash against the Rockefellers ensued; after long proclaiming a deep dedication to the arts, the powerful family now looked both hypocritical and tyrannical. John D. Rockefeller Jr. later attempted to explain the destruction of the mural, stating, “The picture was obscene and, in the judgment of Rockefeller Center, an offense to good taste. It was for this reason primarily that Rockefeller Center decided to destroy it.”

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La Calendaria

Later Life and Work

In the late 1930s, Rivera went through a slow period in terms of work. He had no major mural commissions around this time so he devoted himself to painting other works. While they always had a stormy relationship, Rivera and Frida Kahlo decided to divorce in 1939. But the pair reunited the following year and remarried. The couple hosted Communist exile Leon Trotsky at their home during this period. Rivera returned to murals with one made for the 1940 Golden Gate International Exposition held in San Francisco. In Mexico City, he spent from 1945 to 1951 working on a series of murals known as “From the Pre-Hispanic Civilization to the Conquest.” His last mural was called “Popular History of Mexico.”

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Great spot, eh?

Personal Life and Death

Diego had a twin brother named Carlos, who died two years after they were born. His mother was a Converso, whose ancestors were forced to convert from Judaism to Catholicism. Speaking about himself, Rivera wrote in 1935: “My Jewishness is the dominant element in my life.” Rivera began drawing at the age of three, a year after his twin brother’s death. He had been caught drawing on the walls. His parents, rather than punishing him, installed chalkboards and canvas on the walls.

As an adult, he married Angelina Beloff in 1911, and she gave birth to a son, Diego (1916–1918). Maria Vorobieff-Stebelska gave birth to a daughter named Marika in 1918 or 1919 when Rivera was married to Angelina (according to House on the Bridge: Ten Turbulent Years with Diego Rivera, and Angelina’s memoirs called Memorias). He married his second wife, Guadalupe Marín, in June 1922, with whom he had two daughters: Ruth and Guadalupe. He was still married when he met art student Frida Kahlo. Rivera and Kahlo shared an interest in radical politics and Marxism. They married on August 21, 1929 when he was 42 and she was 22.

Diego Rivera lost his wife, Frida Kahlo, in 1954. The following year, He married Emma Hurtado, his art dealer. By this time, Rivera’s health was in decline and traveled abroad for cancer treatment, but doctors were unable to cure him. Diego Rivera died of heart failure on November 24, 1957, in Mexico City, Mexico.

Diego Rivera is remembered as an important figure in 20th century art. His childhood home is now a museum in Mexico. His life and relationship with Frida Kahlo has been remained a subject of great fascination and speculation. On the big screen, actor Ruben Blades portrayed Rivera in the 1999 movie Cradle Will Rock. Alfred Molina later brought Rivera to life, co-starring with Salma Hayek in the 2002 acclaimed biographical film Frida.

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Darlene was the first at the bar in the 2014/2015 season!

Whether or not you agree with his political stands, or the relationships he engaged in during his lifetime, the creative manner and approach and the disregard for what people thought about his art distinguishes Diego Rivera as one of the most famous and most renowned artists of his time. Rivera’s philosophy of art and life correspond to no specific dogma. But instead he had an extraordinarily well developed intuitive sense that shaped his understanding of the world and his humanistic understanding of the role of the artist and the role of art in society. His ability to masterfully present universal images and ideas in his art continues to captivate viewers today.

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This Happy Hour is always fun!

Some of Rivera’s most famous murals are featured at the National School of Agriculture at Chapingo near Texcoco (1925–27), in the Cortés Palace in Cuernavaca (1929–30), and the National Palace in Mexico City (1929–30, 1935).

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Watch for these.

 

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Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: December Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals & Fiestas: December Events in Baja

December in Baja is a time for family-friendly festivities and religious celebrations, as well as sporting events and glamorous galas that in the true spirit of the holiday season often benefit the peninsula’s less fortunate citizens. Of course, visitors seeking the ultimate in glitz and glamor under the Baja stars should explore the dazzling array of year-end events offered by some of the region’s top luxury lodgings.

There are hundreds of local events for everyone that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite selections.

Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip.

December Events in Baja

Todos Santos: First Friday Art Walk

When:   Dec. 5

The Todos Santos Caminata de Arte (Art Walk) – unlike the weekly version held each Thursday during tourist season in Baja California Sur’s other artistic hotbed, San Jose del Cabo – takes place on the first Friday of every month. The intent is the same, however: to promote and showcase paintings, sculptures and other creative endeavors by area artists. Locals and visitors alike are invited to explore the work on display in the pueblo magico’s top galleries.

Cost: Free admission

December Events in Baja

San Jose del Cabo:  9th Annual Sabor a Cabo

When:  Dec. 6

Following a week of culinary-themed events, the centerpiece of Los Cabos’ largest food and wine festival will take place December 6 in the sculpture garden at Puerto Los Cabos, a luxurious development located just outside San José del Cabo. Over 2,000 guests are expected to attend the final fête, which will feature delicious offerings from dozens of local restaurants, as well as jazz, opera and pop music from a variety of renowned musical guests. All proceeds go to benefit local firefighters.

Cost:  $125 – 160

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Cabo San Lucas:  9th Annual Dressed to the K9s Gala Christmas Party

When:   Dec. 13

The Los Cabos Humane Society’s Dressed to the K-9s Gala Christmas Party is an annual holiday fundraiser to benefit animals and community services in Los Cabos. This year’s event, to be held on the Vista Skypool level at the Wyndham Cabo San Lucas Resort, will feature “A Night in New York” theme. Entertainment includes a Best of Broadway song and dance number, as well as a stirring Tina Turner tribute from Lisa Monet and the Byron Uribe Dancers will perform a stirring tribute to Tina Turner. A New York City style buffet complete with martinis and more will be provided courtesy of Chef Silviano Orozco and Solomon’s Landing.

Cost:  $110

December Events in Baja

Todos Santos5th Annual Por Que 5k Run/Walk

When:   Dec. 27

The annual 5K run/walk is organized by the Palapa Society of Todos Santos, which donates all proceeds to the Chino Project for local children with major medical needs. In addition to the 5K race, there is also a shorter 1K children’s run, as well as raffle prizes, live music and other fun-filled festivities. Generous sorts are also encouraged to pay additional entry fees, or to donate directly.

Cost: $500 pesos

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Rosarito:  Rosarito Beach Hotel New Year’s Eve Dinner Celebration

When:  Dec. 31

Each year on Dec. 31, the legendary Rosarito Beach Hotel invites revelers from both sides of the border to ring in the New Year with dinner, drinks, and dancing, as well as a spectacular international show in the hotel’s Salon Mexicano ballroom. Dinner tickets are $49 for children (under 12 years of age) and $89 for adults before Dec. 20; $10 more per person afterwards.

Cost:  $89 – 99 for adults; $49 – 59 for children

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Cabo San Lucas:  Sammy Hagar Free New Year’s Eve Concert at Cabo Wabo Cantina

When:   Dec. 31

For decades, former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar has been celebrating his birthday with a series of October concerts at Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas. This year’s “bashes” were moved to Las Vegas due to damages caused by Hurricane Odile, but the Red Rocker is returning to ring in 2015 with a free show on New Year’s Eve. Reservations for admission are first come, first serve via email at webmaster@cabowabocantina.com, and fans are encouraged to support the recovery effort by contributing to Los Cabos Children’s Foundation. Donation boxes will be scattered throughout Cabo Wabo Cantina on the night of the show.

Cost:  Free admission

 

 

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Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: November Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: November Events in Baja 

As the weather cools down in November, Baja event season heats up, with signature art, food and film festivals scheduled to take place around the peninsula. The month’s most notable event, however, is neither artistic nor culinary in nature, but rather a legendary test of dauntlessness and endurance. The 47th running of the iconic Baja 1000 features a point to point layout, with drivers attempting to conquer Baja’s most trackless terrain, and their vehicle class competitors, in a rugged off-road race from Ensenada to La Paz.

There are hundreds of local events that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite selections.

Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip.

November Events in Baja

Todos Santos: First Friday Caminata de Arte (Art Walk)

When:  Nov. 7

The recently launched Todos Santos First Friday Caminata de Arte (Art Walk) is a monthly event designed to  promote  the world-class work on display in the pueblo magico’s top fine arts galleries. Locals and visitors alike are welcome to browse downtown shops and studios, and to meet and interact with talented area artists.

Cost:  Free admission

November Events in Baja

San Felipe:  22nd Annual Shrimp Festival

When:  Nov. 7 – 9

San Felipe, AKA the “Gateway to the Sea of Cortez,” is back with its most traditional festival, a three-day showcase for  fruits of the sea – particularly jumbo blue shrimp – on the town’s malecón. Live music will also be featured, and celebrity judges from the Food Network will be part of a panel taste testing the region’s best seafood recipes.

Cost:  Free admission

November Events in Baja

Ensenada:  Tecate SCORE Baja 1000

When:   Nov. 11 – 15

The world’s most legendary off-road race returns for its 47th  running, with intrepid drivers in cars, trucks, motorcycles, buggies and more attempting to triumph over some of Baja’s toughest terrain.  This year’s point to point race clocks in at approximately 1130 miles, from Ensenada to La Paz, and will be followed awards celebration and after party at Malecón Plaza in downtown La Paz.

Cost:  $2,420 – 4,070

 

November Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas3rd annual Los Cabos International Film Festival

When:  Nov. 12 – 16

The Los Cabos International Film Festival celebrates its third anniversary with a mix of red carpet premieres, A-list parties and programs designed to promote collaboration between the film industries of Canada, México and the U.S. Highlights include a master class with acclaimed Canadian director Atom Egoyan, as well as eagerly anticipated screenings at theaters near the Cabo San Lucas Marina.

Cost:  $70 – 250

November Events in Baja

San Jose del Cabo9th Annual Sabor a Cabo Food & Wine Festival

When:  Nov. 30 – Dec. 6

Los Cabos’ largest culinary festival offers a week of palate pleasing parties– a country food and wine tasting, a sunset Taittinger cruise, a beer fest, a wine and art walk, and celebrity chef “dine around” – leading up to the main event: an enormous food and wine tasting to take place December 6 in the sculpture garden at Puerto Los Cabos, a luxurious development located just outside San José del Cabo.

Cost:  $125 – 160

 

 

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Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: October Events in Baja

 Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: October Events in Baja 

October is typically one of the busiest event months in Los Cabos, but due to ongoing cleanup and repair efforts following Hurricane Odile, a devastating storm that caused widespread damage throughout Baja California Sur, several of the area’s most highly anticipated upcoming events – including the Cabo Comedy Festival and Sammy Hagar’s Birthday Bash – have been postponed or moved to other locations. Big-game anglers will be heartened to hear, however, that Bisbee’s two signature October fishing tournaments – the Los Cabos Offshore and the Black & Blue – will take place as planned in Cabo San Lucas during the latter half of the month.

October also signals the return of several popular food and beverage fests around the peninsula, most notably the 14th annual Tequila Expo in Tijuana, and the 22nd annual Festival de la Langosta in the charming “lobster village” of Puerto Nuevo.

There are hundreds of local events that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite selections.

Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip.

 October Events in Baja

Tijuana:  XIV Tequila Expo Tijuana

When:   Oct.  8 – 12

Now an annual tradition in Tijuana, the history and culture of tequila are celebrated with live music and dancing, and of course frequent tastings and samplers of Mexico’s national beverage. The event takes place from 2 – 11 p.m. daily, October 8 – 12 on Avenida Revolucion.

Cost: 75 pesos ($6 U.S.)

Information:  http://baja.com/tijuana/events/xiv-tijuana-tequila-expo/

October Events in Baja

Rosarito Beach:  XXII Puerto Nuevo Lobster Festival 

When:  Oct. 12

This annual crustacean celebration kicks off lobster season (Oct. – Mar.) in Puerto Nuevo, a village famed for its delicious lobster dishes. The festival features plenty of langosta, of course, as well as beer and wine, and live entertainment courtesy of folkloric dancers, mariachis and other musical performers.

Cost:  300 pesos ($24 U.S.)

Information:  http://baja.com/rosarito/events/xxii-puerto-nuevo-lobster-festival/

 October Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas:  Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Charity Fishing Tournament

When:  Oct. 17 – 19

Affectionately known as “Little Bisbee’s,” the Los Cabos Offshore offers cash prizes and daily jackpots to anglers who reel in the biggest game (tuna and dorado) and billfish (black and blue marlin). Trophies are awarded to the three teams earning the most billfish release points.

Cost:  $1,500 per team

Information:  http://baja.com/cabo-san-lucas/events/bisbees-los-cabos-offshore-charity-fishing-tournament/

October Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas:  Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament

When:   Oct. 21 – 25

Often billed as “the world’s richest fishing tournament” – the 2013 event featured $2.9 million in overall prize money – Bisbee’s Black & Blue annually draws big-game fishermen to Baja California Sur to compete for cash prizes, challenges and daily jackpots based on the biggest blue and black marlin caught.

Cost:  $5,000 per team

Information:  http://baja.com/cabo-san-lucas/events/bisbees-black-and-blue-marlin-fishing-tournament/

October Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas:  XXI Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers Rally

When:  Oct. 26 – Nov. 8

Swag bags, beach parties and 750 miles of sailing headline the attractions of this annual two-week autumn cruisers rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, with stops at Bahia Tortugas and Bahia Santa Maria.  All boats must be at least 27′ and maintained for open ocean sailing, with a minimum of two crew members.

Cost:  $375 per boat

Information:  http://baja.com/cabo-san-lucas/events/xxi-baja-ha-ha-cruisers-rally/

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Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: September Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: September Events in Baja

September’s biggest event isn’t just celebrated in Baja California, but across the nation. México’s Independence Day is honored annually on September 16th, but reenactments and parades in remembrance of Miguel Hidalgo’s 1810 Grito de Dolores—a call for revolution that culminated 11 years later with México’s independence from Spain—are celebrated on both the 15th and 16th, and numerous other patriotic celebrations, or las fiestas patrias, take place throughout the month.

Visitors interested in viewing traditional Independence Day observances will find a similar schedule of events in towns and cities around the peninsula, from Tijuana to Los Cabos: a grito reenactment by public officials at 11 p.m. on September 15th,  highlighted  by Hidalgo’s famous rallying cry—which ends with ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México!—followed by community celebrations featuring food, drinks, live music and festive firework celebrations. Parades typically take place the next morning, on Independence Day itself.

September also sees the return of one of Baja’s most popular outdoor activities, the biannual Rosarito to Ensenada Fun Bicycle Ride. Pedalling the 50 mile distance in under six hours requires a bit of effort, particularly given the warm seasonal temperatures, but hardy participants are amply rewarded with gorgeous views en route, as well as food, drinks and entertainment at the aptly named Finish Line Fiesta on the Ensenada waterfront.

There are hundreds of local events that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite selections.

 

September Events in Baja

Los Cabos:  Mexican Independence Day

When:   Sept.  15 – 16

México’s version of the 4th of July, El Día de la Independencia, is celebrated in Los Cabos much as it is in other communities across the country. Grito reenactments are performed by public officials in both cape cities, Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, at 11 p.m.  on the 15th, followed by drinking, dancing and fireworks. Each of the cape cities also hosts an Independence Day Parade.

Cost:   Free admission

Information:  http://baja.com/cabo-san-lucas/events/mexican-independence-day/

September Events in Baja

Ensenada35th Anniversary Rosarito to Ensenada 50 Mile Fun Bicycle Ride

When:  Sept. 27

Dubbed “The Original Party on Wheels,” the 50 mile fun ride started in 1979, when a group of friends pedaled from Rosarito to Ensenada on a lark. Now a biannual event, the scenic rides are among the highlights of the regional social calendar, and conclude with a Finish Line Fiesta featuring food, drinks, souvenirs, live music, and massages for participants.

Cost:  $42

Information:  http://baja.com/ensenada/events/35th-anniversary-rosarito-to-ensenada-50-mile-fun-bicycle-ride-2/

September Events in Baja

Rosarito:  Viking  5K Obstacle Race

When:   Sept. 28

Even the rugged Norse raiders of old would struggle to finish this 5K race, which ratchets ups the difficulty level with 30 obstacles, each designed to test athletic traits such as stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, and agility.

Cost:  $25 – $35

Information:  http://baja.com/rosarito/events/viking-5k-obstacle-race/

 

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2014 Latin Food Fest: Buen Provecho San Diego!

2014 Latin Food Fest: Buen Provecho San Diego! 

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA –  Last year, San Diego played host to the inaugural ¡LATIN FOOD FEST! which featured the world’s best chefs and vintners and the region’s top restaurants. This year marks the second for the event and promises to be even more delicious. Over 7,000 guests are expected to attend this culinary weekend celebrating Latin food, wine, and culture. A span of seven events over three days will include everything from cocktail parties to celebrity cooking stages, an experience sure to please all palates. Proceeds from a silent auction held during the event will benefit Feeding America San Diego.

Latin Food Fest

2014 Latin Food Fest, Embarcadero Marina Park, San Diego, California

The event will take place on September 11-13 at the San Diego Embarcadero Marine Park and will feature Latin culinary delights, wines, cocktails, chefs, music and more. And if you’ve been following El Gringo as of late through the Valle de Guadalupe, you know how much I love the wine there! Amado Garza of Viñas de Garza recently stated, “For a few years now Guadalupe Valley wines have been very popular within the Mexican community and this year with the help of our friends from ¡LATIN FOOD FEST! we will be crossing over our concepts and introducing them to a new market.” Cava Aragon 126 owner, Victor Segura, added, “We are so thrilled to have an opportunity to participate in this year’s ¡LATIN FOOD FEST! and show the San Diego community a little taste of what our beloved Baja has to offer.” In addition to Baja wines, over 100 varietals from all over Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal will be represented.

Latin Food Fest

Attendees sample various wines from the Valle de Guadalupe in the “Taste Baja” pavilion at the 2013 event.

El Gringo sat down recently over tequila with Richie Matthews, the organizer of ¡LATIN FOOD FEST!. Richie enthused, “Last year, the Baja wines were very successful and introduced a lot of people to what’s happening in Mexico. This year, we want to put more focus on spirits, and will include tastings of Bacanora, Pisco, Mezcal, Raicilla, Rum, Sotol, and Tequila at the Spirits of the Americas Expo.” Richie also emphasized that this year, the festival will be the largest Latin food, wine and spirits event in the US. Salud!

Latin Food Fest

What’s in your Paloma Cocktail? Squirt is the official provider this year and mixed with tequila, rocks and lime.

The Grand Tasting Village, presented by The Lincoln Motor Company, will take place on September 13 at the Embarcadero and will feature 100 tasting tents, cooking demonstrations, a live music stage, book signings and thematic brand hosted pavilions. El Gringo will be on hand personally for this event and I look forward to trying a little bit of the best Latin America has to offer, right here in my backyard (for a change)!

Latin Food Fest

Thinly sliced jamon is a staple around many parts of Latin America. And ready for tasting at the 2014 Latin Food Fest.

Join El Gringo there and see what the Latin America cuisine craze is all about first-hand. Your tastebuds will say GRACIAS!

When: September 11-13
Where: 
Embarcadero Marina Park North
What: 
¡LATIN FOOD FEST!, the largest Latin food festival in California

More information and tickets for the “Grand Tasting Village” at visit www.latinfoodfest.com. Join the festival’s Facebook page at: facebook.com/latinfoodfest.

 

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Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: August Events in Baja

Don’t let the dog days get you down. The month of August brings some of the peninsula’s biggest events, most notably the Fiestas de la Vendimia, or harvest festival, in Baja California’s wine country. This annual viticultural celebration features wine tastings, dinners, and concerts centered around Ensenada and Valle de Guadalupe, with affiliated events in Rosarito Beach, Tijuana, Tecate and Mexicali. Rosarito Beach is also home to another signature August bash, The Baja Blues Fest, an outdoor showcase highlighted by live performances from some of the biggest names on the contemporary blues scene.

There are hundreds of local events that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite selections.

Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip.

August Events in Baja

Ensenada: Fiestas de la Vendimia

When:  Aug. 1 – 17

Fiestas de la Vendimia are a series of annual events celebrating the grape harvest in Baja California’s wine country, capped by the traditional Concurso de Paellas (paella contest) at the winery Viña de Linceaga in Valle de Guadalupe. The food and wine fêtes are organized by Provino, a committee dedicated to promoting the region’s wines, and primarily take place along the Ruta del Vino.

Cost: $30 – 120, depending upon the event

August Events in Baja

Buenavista:  Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore

When: Aug. 5 – 9

Bisbee’s kicks off its 2014 tournament season with the East Cape Offshore, in which anglers compete to bring in the biggest tuna, dorado, and black and blue marlin. It’s the perfect warm-up for Bisbee’s flagship event, the Black and Blue, held each October in Cabo San Lucas. Billed as the world’s richest fishing tournaments –  the Black and Blue features multi-million dollar payouts – Bisbee’s Baja-based competitions are the gold standard for serious anglers.

Cost: $1500 per team

August Events in Baja

Tijuana:  10th Annual TJ Beer Fest

When: Aug. 15 – 16

Tijuana is ground zero for Baja’s craft brew scene, and the 10th annual TJ Beer Fest offers visitors a chance to sample over 200 local and regional specialties from some of the peninsula’s best beer makers. In addition to the superb suds, the brew fest will feature live music from over two dozen bands, and tasty cuisine from both sides of the border.

Cost:  $8

August Events in Baja

Tijuana:  XXXIII Feria del Platillo Mexicano

When: Aug. 17

CANIRAC, the local restaurant association, sponsors this fair celebrating Mexican history and culture, with traditional dishes showcasing regional cuisine from around the country, work from local artists and craftsmen, and live music. Attendance at last year’s event topped 4,000, and similar crowds are expected this year.

Cost: free admission

August Events in Baja

Rosarito Beach:  3rd Annual Baja Blues Fest

When: Aug. 22 – 24

Kid Ramos and The Mannish Boys headlines the list of performers at the 3rd annual Baja Blues Fest at the Rosarito Beach Hotel. The weekend centerpiece is an all-day, outdoor blues bash on Saturday, August 23, with live music, local artists and food vendors, and raffle prizes that include a trip to Baja’s wine country, Valle de Guadalupe.

Cost:  $10 – 35

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Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: July Events in Baja California

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: July Events in Baja California

Summer is the slow season in Baja California, and the time of year when the event focus traditionally shifts from cultural festivities to water-based activities like fishing, surfing, and diving (with visibility increasing as water temperatures rise). Many of the premier summer events are in fact fishing tournaments, and Los Barriles is home to July’s top sporting competition, the 10th annual East Cape Dorado Shoot Out, with over $125,000 in cash and prizes on the line as teams vie to bring in the biggest dorado (known in some regions of the U.S. as mahi mahi or dolphinfish).

July Events in Baja California

Cabo San Lucas luxury resort Capella Pedregal will host its 3rd annual Food and Wine Festival July 9 – 13, 2014.

A few cultural and food and wine festivals are on tap this month, however, including the 3rd annual Capella Pedregal Food and Wine Festival. The Cabo San Lucas luxury resort is bringing in some big name U.S. chefs, and will feature first-class wines from Napa and Guadalupe Valleys, as well as hand-crafted prohibition era cocktails from one of the top mixologists in New York City.

No official dates have been set as yet for the 8th annual Pitahayas Festival in Miraflores – the schedule is dependent on when the cactus fruit is at its ripest – but July visitors to Baja California Sur should keep an eye out for this traditional three-day celebration, which showcases eating, drinking, dancing, and the crowning of the queen of the festival. The star of the show is the antioxidant rich fruit that many consider the secret to the notable longevity of residents of this small town, which is located near Santiago, about an hour’s drive north of San Jose del Cabo.

There are hundreds of local events that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite selections.

Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip.

July Events in Baja California

Cabo San Lucas:  3rd Annual Capella Pedregal Food and Wine Festival

When:  July 9 – 13

For the third consecutive year, Cabo San Lucas’ most exclusive resort is offering a four-day celebration of food and wine, with a cocktail reception, tequila seminar, wine and cheese tastings, cooking and cocktail demonstrations, and a five-course meal prepared by a celebrated cast of chefs that include Kent Rathburn of Dallas’ Abacus and Jasper, and Peruvian born Ricardo Zarate, founder of the chic L.A. eateries Mo-chica and Picca.

Cost:  Cost varies according to accommodations options.

July Events in Baja California

Los Barriles:  10th Annual East Cape Dorado Shoot Out

When: July 17 – 19

The rules are simple for the 10th annual East Cape Dorado Shoot Out in Los Barriles: catch the heaviest dorado on July 19, 2014, and your team walks away with brand new, fully loaded 4×4 pickup truck. Registration begins at 3 p.m. on July 17 at the Hotel Palmas de Cortez. The hotel also hosts the post-tournament awards ceremony—with dinner, music, and over $20,000 in raffle items—scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 19th.

Cost: $500 per team

July Events in Baja California

Cabo San Lucas:  Champagne World Tour at Nikki Beach

When: July 19

Looking to beat the summer heat in high Cabo style? After stops in Miami and St. Tropez, the season’s coolest event arrives poolside at ME Cabo near the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula. Pop a few corks and enjoy all the poolside action at Nikki Beach in Cabo San Lucas on July 19, 2014, with hip DJs and gorgeous views of Land’s End and El Arco.

Cost:  $88 -290

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Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: Baja Events in June

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas:  Baja Events in June

Junes ushers in a bevy of summertime fiestas in Baja, from fashion shows in Los Cabos to off-road racing events and outdoor festivals in the wine country of Valle de Guadalupe. But June’s biggest Baja-themed event doesn’t take place in Baja, but rather in the greater San Diego area. The “Baja Bash” is back for its third go-round in 2014, with organizers looking to build on last year’s huge success. The Wildcoast sponsored charity event will benefit Baja’s coastal and marine ecosystems, and features Baja-inspired sustainable cuisine, a silent auction, and the infectious rhythms of SoCal rock band Los Hollywood at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club.

There are hundreds of local events that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite selections.

Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip.

Baja Events in June

Ensenada:  46th Tecate SCORE Baja 500

When:  June 5 – 8

The 46th edition of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 is part of the series of off-road races that includes the San Felipe 250 and Baja 1000, The approximately 500 mile course starts and finishes in Ensenada, and is open to over 30 vehicle classes encompassing cars, trucks, ATVs, UTVs and motorcycles. Affiliated events will be centered around the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada.

Cost:  $1,275 – 2,170 for registration

 Baja Events in June

Ensenada:  Horse, Art and Wine Festival

When: June 8

Mexican art, food, folk dancing, fine wine, and horses are the main attractions at the Festival del Caballo, Arte y Vin0, held yearly in Baja’s wine country, Valle de Guadalupe, outside Ensenada. The 11th edition of the popular festival take place at the equestrian facilities of Adobe Guadalupe Vineyards & Inn.

Cost: $23 for adults; free for children 12 and under

Baja Events in June

Cabo San Lucas:  Nikki Beach Lifestyle Presents “What Women Want”

When: June 14 – 15

Nikki Beach Lifestyle’s annual fashion series, “What Women Want,” features hot designers showcasing their latest collections on the runway while guests enjoy pampering beauty treatments, tropical cocktails, and, of course, plenty of shopping. The annual two-day fashion extravaganza is held at Club Nikki Beach at the boutique Hotel ME Cabo on Medano Beach.

Cost:  $58 – 232

Baja Events in June

San Jose del Cabo:  Los Cabos Open of Surf

When:  June 16 – 22

The Los Cabos Open of Surf returns for the second consecutive year to Zippers beach break off Playa Costa Azul in San Jose del Cabo, and is once again expected to attract top professional surfers from around the world. At last year’s inaugural event, U.S. surfer Dillon Perillo took home the $25,000 first prize. This year, for the first time, the 6-Star ASP sanctioned event will expand to include both men’s and women’s categories, with a combined total of $155,000 in cash and prizes on the line.

Cost:  Free admission

June Events in Baja

San Diego:  3rd Annual Baja Bash

When:  June 28

The Baja Bash is an annual celebration to raise money for Wildcoast, an organization dedicated to conserving coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife on both sides of the border. This year’s event is at the beautiful Coronado Cays Yacht Club, and will feature Baja-inspired sustainable cuisine, a silent auction, and live music by up-and-coming Southern California trio “Los Hollywood.” Dress is “Baja chic.”

Cost:  $100

 

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Captain Hook’s Gallery: Baja’s Bountiful Billfish

Captain Hook’s Gallery: Baja’s Bountiful Billfish

Most striped marlin caught off the Baja peninsula inhabit the waters of Baja Sur, particularly off of Los Cabos and the East Cape. But they can also be successfully targeted by anglers who are fishing off of the Pacific coast of Baja Norte during summer, when they and a bevy of other migrating pelagic gamefish make there way up the coast to briefly visit the seas off of the coastal islands in northern Baja and southern California.

A freshly hooked striped marlin taking to the air off Los Cabos.

In past decades, trolling has been the most commonly employed method for finding and catching marlin, particularly when they are observed meandering around near the surface. On other occasions, trolled lures are pulled through an area in an attempt to provoke a blind strike. Live bait also works well, but it requires a lot more effort since the fish must be visually located before the cast.

When you are fishing for marlin with bait and feel your offering being picked up, it is important to keep your reel in free spool and gently use your thumb to slow the line release while pointing your rod tip in the direction of the fish. As it begins to swim away from the boat, count about 4 to 5 seconds before engaging your drag and setting the hook. Once feeding marlin are located, live bait can be one of your most effective tools in actually catch them.

Fly fishing guide Jeff DeBrown stands in awe watching his client catch the fish of his dreams, an East Cape marlin taken on the fly.

Over the past several years, however, the popularity of fly fishing for marlin has skyrocketed. The flies used for these fish are usually twelve to fourteen inches long, and come in various patterns that have been crafted to represent baits such as squid, mackerel, and small bonito. Don’t get me wrong, marlin will attack much smaller flies than that, but their hooks are almost always far too small for the really big ones.

Nonetheless, trolling is still one of the best ways to find the marlin that you don’t see, but it is always a good idea not to be fishing alone when you intend to go after one. An especially exciting moment for avid Baja angler Bobby Arms occurred when he casually decided to go trolling for dorado offshore just southwest of San Diego.

Bobby Arms with a striped marlin that he hooked and landed all by himself while trolling off the coast of Baja Norte.

During his lone quest to find a quality grade dorado or yellowfin tuna, he decided to troll a pink Zuker jet head lure behind his boat, but little did he know that it would be suddenly inhaled by a roving striped marlin. After a 40 minute battle, both he and the fish were totally exhausted as he grabbed the short leader.

It was apparent that the great fish would not survive their heated battle, so he was eventually able to shove his hand and forearm up under the striper’s gill plate and, after much frustrating effort, managed to wrestle the huge fish onto his deck. This placed him in rather unique company, since only a handful of highly skilled anglers have ever performed an amazing feat of this nature. Back at the dock in San Diego his striped marlin weighed in at just over 110 pounds.

While Baja’s more northerly waters host striped marlin a few months out of the year, they become far more prolific as you proceed south, finally achieving their apex of activity at the southern tip of the peninsula off of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. This area also offers anglers a seasonal opportunity to hook up to the larger and highly coveted blue and black marlin.

Fishing guide Jim Sammons shows his client that you can even catch marlin from a kayak in the billfish rich waters off Baja Sur.

While the appeal of landing a big marlin may be what brings many anglers to Baja, it is important that they remember they are a very valuable resource. And since the food value of marlin is limited, practicing catch & release is highly recommended. In some instances it may be legally required. It is also vital that hooked fish are set free in a manner that will allow them to survive after the encounter. For this reason, it is a good idea to use circle hooks, which tend to catch in the corner of the fish’s mouth rather than hooking it down the gullet as many ‘J’ hooks tend to do.

The marlin is one of the most avidly pursued gamefish on the planet, and Baja has been blessed with a healthy population of them. It is hence the solemn responsibility of everyone who targets them to do so in a manner that will allow this valuable resource to be sustained for generations to come.

 

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