Golf on Baja’s Gold Coast: Bajamar’s Challenges and Rewards

Golf on Baja's Golf Coast:  Hole #2 on the Vista course

Golf on Baja’s Golf Coast offers magnificent vistas, geographic challenges and lots of opportunities to par, birdie or even…. By David Quiroz Golf on Baja’s Gold Coast is spectacular. I just learned that fact:  I am a relative newcomer to this part of Baja (having moved here from the Cabo area earlier in 2012).  It all began in 1976, when architect Percy Clifford designed the first and most challenging nine holes (called the Vista course) of what are now 27 holes at Bajamar Oceanfront Resort, at kilometer 77.5 (just south of La Salina ) on the toll road.   That was 36 years ago — and …

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La Salina, Baja’s Northern-most Marina (and a Funky Cantina!)

La Salina, Baja’s Northern-most Marina, is just 45 minutes south of the US border. By Tom Gatch   Let’s say you are heading south from the border, looking for La Salina, Baja’s  northern-most marina.  If you happen to be meandering south along the well maintained coastal highway that stretches between Playas Rosarito and Ensenada , there are a couple of interesting side trips that you might consider taking if you have the time. One of the most popular of these is the famed lobster village of Puerto Nuevo ; a place where throngs of hungry visitors seasonally congregate in search of one of the tastiest crustaceans on …

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Cerveceria Wendlandt in Ensenada

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Written for Baja.com by  Kristin Díaz de Sandi  of  Life & Food . Kristin Díaz de Sandi’s Life & Food  blog , created in conjunction with her husband Antonio, has helped drive recognition of the gastronomic resurgence of Baja California.  She and Antonio have merged efforts with colleagues Bill Esparza and Jason Thomas Fritz to create Club Tengo Hambre, a roving supper club, that explores food and wine cuisine in Baja. One of Ensenada’ s newest additions: A Gastropub that features locally brewed craft beers and a menu to complement the beverages.   The weather in Southern California and Baja has been exceptionally warm this year. It is technically fall now, but …

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Sano’s Steak House: Ensenada’s Prime Choice

Sano's Steak House:  Great food and an inspired bar in Ensenada

by Tom Gatch After decades of political correctness, it has once again become socially acceptable for a person to admit that relishing the sheer primal delight of sinking teeth into a tender piece of steak , a juicy chop or a succulent slice of roast.  And, to our good fortune, Ensenada  diners have been blessed with a gourmet quality purveyor of premier quality grilled and roasted meats that will delight even the most jaded gringo palate at Sano’s Steak House. While it was certainly possible to enjoy a decent steak at a restaurant in Baja California during the later part of the …

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The Red Snapper of Baja Norte’s Pacific Coast

The red snapper of Baja Norte's Pacific Coast

Cook up some fun when you go fishing off of Baja Norte’s Pacific Coast:  Recipe below! by Tom Gatch “Look dad!” exclaimed my fishing buddy’s excited 6-year old daughter as she watched his brilliantly hued fish come to color as he cranked it up from the depths. “That fish with the big eyes is sticking its tongue out at us!!” she added, furrowing her young brow. Indeed…she was looking at a red snapper from the waters of Baja Norte ‘s Pacific Coast.   After my friend and I finished chuckling, he quickly pointed out to her that our catch had been brought up from …

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The Iconic Nico Saad: Water Skier, Promoter, Hotel Founder and Honorary Citizen

Nico Saad, founder/owner of the San Nicolas Hotel, was once a water skiing champion.

Nico Saad’s life is legendary and iconic.  He is part of Ensenada ‘s historical fabric.  As his hotel, the San Nicolas, enters a new era, Nico helps move the city into the future.     Nico Saad is an Ensenada native.  His family came from Lebanon in the mid 1930’s, originally engaged in the dry goods business but eventually moving into agriculture and then tourism.  It was here, in the world of travel, where Nico ultimately discovered what would be his future. Until he was 12 years old, Nico attended Catholic school in Ensenada, and then high school at Brown Military Academy in San …

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La Bocana, A Remote and Beautiful Cove with a History

La Bocana:  A Remote and Beautiful Cove with a History

by Martina Dobesh I’m bouncing along on a washboard road raising dust in great billowing clouds, wondering what the hey I am doing. My friend and I were struck by the Baja Adventure Bug at the same time and I talked her into taking a drive with me to a place I’d seen on the map, on the Pacific Ocean, south of Ensenada and west of the vineyards of Santo Tomas called La Bocana. I was actually hoping to get a story about early wine production and the shipping that was said to have happened there, predating the Russians in the Guadalupe Valley. …

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Restaurant El Rey Sol Celebrates 65 Years: Ensenada’s French Connection

Restaurant El Rey Sol:  Ensenada's French Connection

by Tom Gatch   When visitors first see the prominent sign above one of Ensenada’s most popular restaurants , El Rey Sol, it is quite likely that many may assume that it is a reference to some ancient Aztec god.  Actually, it is meant to pay homage to France’s King Louis XVI, often referred to in his time as The Sun King.  He chose the sun as his emblem, which was associated with Apollo, god of peace and arts, and was also the heavenly body which gave life and regulated all things as it rose and set.  He was also a fastidious gourmet whose passion …

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A Night of Pizza, Beer, Music and Art in Ensenada

a Stella Session’s first installment at Distrito Barra Pública in Ensenada.

A night of pizza, beer and art in Ensenada:  La Stella! A night of pizza, beer, music and art took place at the end of August during La Stella Session’s first installment at Distrito Barra Pública in Ensenada . The love for music and design of two enterprising youngsters culminated in an event that showcased local talent for hours.   La Stella Pizza and Distrito Barra Pública were the hosts of the night while people gathered at the bar and admired the exhibition of pizza boxes decked by guest visual artists like Acamonchi, Alberto Nájera, Anita Mejía, Cactus, El Juan, Emiliano Barajas, Enrique Alcántar …

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Torres Alegre: Knowledge and Love Nurture These Wines in the Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada

Dr. Victor Torres Alegre

Torres-Alegre: Knowledge and Love Nurture These Wines in the Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada by Carla White   Valle de Guadalupe , Ensenada, Baja California — Far off the beaten path, on the road that runs behind Adobe Guadalupe Vineyards and Inn , there is a vineyard (seven hectares of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Grenache and Nebbiolo) and a very new winery…sort of a modern-day, high-tech palace where wine is king, and where winemakers serve its noble cause.  The symbol of the winery is, indeed, a Spanish-looking castle, but in reality the name of the operation – Vinicola Torres-Alegre y Familia — reflects the passion and dedication of Dr. Victor …

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