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2016 Sabor de Baja Hits New Heights

And the Legend Lives On

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Over numerous decades, the Rosarito Beach Hotel has played host to a myriad of Hollywood celebrities, international dignitaries and discriminating visitors from around the globe.  As a matter of fact, as the years have passed, some of its regular guests even began referring to it simply as ‘the legend’; paying homage to the fact that the hotel has remained one of the top properties of its kind on the Baja coast since the days of the early 20th Century.

As it turns out, during the past several years, the hotel along with Chef Bo Bendana of the Mi Casa Supper Club have worked together to create yet another legend, which now draws throngs of eager epicureans and wine lovers to the annual Sabor de Baja that features delightful samplings of our region’s finest wines and craft brews pared with gourmet cuisine from top local restaurants.  Without a doubt, the 2016 event set a new standard in that regard.

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The popular Fuego restaurant in Valle Guadalupe grilled some exquisitely tender pork loin, while Tijuana’s famed Caesar’s restaurant switched things up from their popular salad and instead offered trays of succulent, freshly shucked oysters on the half shell.

This year’s affair was also upgraded with a new VIP section, which offered reserved table seating that was situated adjacent to the main stage.  Guests who took advantage of this option enjoyed easy access to the wine and food along with a close up view of the featured entertainment and presentation ceremonies.

An increase in onsite staffing ensured that the general admission attendees were also well accommodated with additional chairs for their tables whenever necessary.  As always, however, it was the exceptional performance of the many vintners, brewers, chefs and restaurateurs taking part in this annual event that elevated it to its new apex in 2016.

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The team at Madera 5, known for their fine red wines wowed this year’s guests with a stunningly crisp and lightly fruity Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay blend aged in stainless steel tanks, which allows for a light, clean finish.

Although wine was the most predominant beverage being served, there were also a few wonderful craft brews available; most notably, the Veraniega Mexican ale provided by Ensenada’s Wendlandt Cerveceria.

Nonetheless, from velvety reds to crisp whites and an occasional well rounded blush or rosé, it was indeed the many fine wines available that created some of the best pairing opportunities.  Evaluating the many varietals in an attempt to find a clear ‘winner’ can often become quite subjective; yet one of them must ultimately end up prevailing over all the others.

The judges at the 4th Annual Sabor de Baja had the daunting task of tasting food items from 20 different chefs and tasting 16 wines and 4 craft beers; and then had to determine the winners in each of those categories in a mere 2 hours.

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The Alximia winery presented a velvety Temperanillo and Cabernet along with a selection of light Grenache, blush and Helios Rosé.

In the end, they came to a unanimous decision.  It was the cuisine of Chef Armas Gomez and his Ensenada restaurant Mantou Gastropub, paired with a fine red wine from Vinicola Corona Del Valle that ended up taking the top honors.  Yet, the high quality of all the entries presented to them made for some very fierce competition.

Attendees also got an opportunity to weigh in on the many restaurants that took part in the event.  Once again the voting was close, but it was the Rosarito Beach Hotel’s gourmet restaurant Chabert’s that ultimately took the People’s Choice Award for presenting the best cuisine at the competition.

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Chabert’s, the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, ended up winning the People’s Choice Award.

The annual Sabor de Baja event not only continues to consistently set the regional standard for upscale wine and food pairings of this nature; it also plays an important role in drawing further international attention to the world class wines, chefs and exquisite gastronomic resources that are available in northern Baja California.

 

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Baja Restaurant is Among Nominees for 100 Top Experiences In Mexico

Mi Casa Supper Club In Mexico Tourism Board Competition; Your Vote Can Decide Winners

Bo at Mi Casa

Chef Bo Bendana at Mi Casa Supper Club.

Rosarito’s Mi Casa Supper Club has been nominated in the Mexico Tourism Board’s effort to determine the nation’s 100 “must” experiences for 2016.

Winners will be selected by popular vote from nine categories which include hotels, attractions, event, entertainment, historical sites and art. Mi Casa Supper Club is nominated in the gastronomy category.

Ms. Bendana and her husband Dennis Sein also organize Sabor De Baja, a yearly competition among Baja’s top chefs.

The fourth annual edition of that all-white-attire affair will be held Aug. 31 in the oceanfront gardens of the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort, Hundreds of people attend the event where 20 chefs’ creations are paired with Baja wines and craft beers

For further information on the 100 essential experiences competition, click here. To vote for Mi Casa Supper Club – which you can do daily – click here.

Mi Casa Supper Club is an elegant experience that features Chef Bo Bendana’s blending of Baja, Mediterranian and Moroccan cuisines.

Mi Casa Supper Club It is located at 54 Estero,  San Antonio Del Mar, Tijuana, just north of Rosarito and off of the Scenic Highway. The restaurant’s hours are Thursday to Saturday 5 – 10 p.m., Sunday brunch and dinner 9 a.m. – 8 p.m-. Its website is www MiCasaSupperClub.com.

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

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Trouble Remembering Valentine’s Day? The Rosarito Beach Hotel Has 29 Of Them

Baja hotel & resort offers special monthly packages plus a masked Valentine’s Ball

Declaring February the “Month of Love,” Baja California’s largest and best known beachfront lodging, the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort, is offering one-night My Sweet Valentine Packages at special prices for all 29 days.

And on Valentine’s weekend (Feb. 12 and 13), separate one- and two-night packages are available that include tickets to the Saturday night Valentine’s Ball, a romantic dinner event featuring live music and dancing.

Valentine's Day Rosarito

February is the month of love at Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort, with special rates available for all 29 nights.

The Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort  has been a top destination for visitors from California  and the Southwestern U.S. since 1925. A short scenic drive south of the border, yet rich in Old World charm, the resort is the perfect spot for a two-nation vacation.

With 500 rooms – 271 suites in its Pacifico Tower – the resort has rates and specials to fit almost any travel budget. Lodging choices range from standard oceanfront rooms to a variety of elegant, fully-equipped suites.

Mexican  presidents and a galaxy of Hollywood stars including Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe , Gregory Peck and Rita Hayworth have been  guests over the years. And the property is conveniently close to many major Baja attractions, including the Puerto Nuevo Lobster Village (10 miles away), and the wine country of Valle de Guadalupe (just 37 miles south).

All February, one-night weekday packages in a standard oceanfront room are $159. Each includes getaway dinners for two, complimentary bottle of Guadalupe Valley wine, plate of chocolate-covered strawberries and marshmallows, and two 30-minute Swedish massages.

Valentine's Day Rosarito

Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort is hosting a romantic, masked ball for Valentine’s Day, with a buffet dinner and dancing to band Sonora con Inamita.

On Valentine’s weekend, one-night packages in a standard oceanfront room are $159 and  two-night packages $249. One-night packages in a deluxe one-bedroom condo are $229 and two-night packages $389. All include a late Sunday check-out.

Each package includes a complimentary bottle of wine, chocolate-covered strawberries and marshmallows, two tickets to the Valentine’s Ball, plus getaway dinners for two with two-night stays, Tickets to the ball purchased separately from a package are $39 per person.

The Valentine’s Ball will start at 7 p.m. in the Salon Mexicano Ballroom. Each ticket includes welcome margarita, carnival mask and free parking, As well as an expansive buffet and live music by Sonora con Inamita.

Plus, those who wear red to the Ball will have the chance to win a weekend getaway at the resort.

Reservations are available by calling 1-800-343-8582 (from the U.S.)  or 01-800-265-2322 (from Mexico), or by email online at reservation@rosaritobeachhotel.com.

 

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

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Rosarito Beach Hotel Offers Special Rates to Potential Vacation Club Members

$55 and $99 2-Night Packages Available Through February 2016

Looking for an annual vacation spot and have Mexico in mind? From now until February, the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort has an appealing offer.

Through Feb. 29 people interested in purchasing annual vacation time at Baja’s best known beachfront resort, just 30 miles south of San Diego, can ‘test drive’ the experience with a two-night stay in either a standard oceanfront room or deluxe condominium.

Sunday through Thursday, the special two-night stays in a standard room are $55 and $99 in a deluxe condominium , plus tax. Friday and Saturday night stays are $20 per night more. Each includes accommodations for two adults and two children 12 and under.

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Once frequented by celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe, the Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort remains a cross-border weekend getaway mecca for Southern Californians.

Each Vacation Club package includes four welcome margaritas and, to make it easier for guests to sample resort amenities, stays include a 20 percent discount on food and 20 percent at the luxurious Casa Playa Spa, once the mansion of the resort’s founding family.

To qualify for these rates, couples need only attend a 90-minute Vacation Club presentation during their stay.  The offer is open to married couples ages 32 to 62, with minimum  annual incomes of $45,000 and at least one major credit (not debit) card.

Mention the following code upon reserving: RBHCLUB. Available November until February 29, 2015, except Holidays and special events.  To reserve call 1-866-ROSARITO (from the U.S.) or 01-800-265-2322 (from Mexico). Offer based on availability only with prior reservations.

With almost 500 rooms and suites, the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Spa is Baja’s largest and best known oceanfront resort. It includes restaurants, bars, world-class spa, shops, pools, fishing pier, expansive beach and a host of other amenities.

Since it opened its doors in 1925, the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort, has attracted millions of visitors as well as international royalty with its romantic old-world charm and hospitality. A galaxy of stars including Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra have been guests.

The Rosarito Beach Hotel is a totally self-contained resort and yet only a short stroll from the city’s downtown. It is near major Baja attractions, including the Puerto Nuevo Lobster Village and Baja’s Wine Country,

The resort also offers ownership options through its Residences program in its luxurious yet affordable 17-story Pacifico Tower, which opened in 2008.

Only 20 miles from the U.S. border, Rosarito Beach is home to mariachi bands, poets, artists and some of the best food in the world. Baja Studios, where Titanic, Master & Commander and other blockbusters were filmed is here

Rosarito also is known for surfing, fishing, off-roading, fine food and a myriad of nearby attractions – including the Guadalupe Valley Wine Country, just 37 miles away.

 

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

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Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort Offers Special Packages For Epic Mariachi Concert

Famed mariachi group will appear with a binational symphony orchestra on Dec. 12

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO—World famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán will perform with a full binational symphony orchestra in a gala concert Dec. 12 at the Baja California Center, off the scenic road in northern Rosarito.

In conjunction with the prestigious event, the Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort will offer special lodging and concert packages ranging from $169 to $699 for the performance, which begins at 8 p.m. after select VIP events.

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The famed Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan will perform with a binational symphony orchestra in Rosarito on Dec. 12, 2015.

The resort’s $169 package includes a one-night stay in an oceanfront room plus two general admission concert tickets. A $269 package includes lodging in a deluxe one-bedroom condo in the resort’s Pacifico Tower, plus two gold section tickets.

A $699 Gala VIP package includes the deluxe condo stay plus concert, a preshow meet and greet with Mariachi Vargas at the Baja California Center, and a four-course gourmet dinner paired with fine wines.

Those who purchase the VIP package also will receive a commemorative program containing the history of mariachi and Mariachi Vargas’ position within that history, autographed pictures of the group’s members, and Spanish/English lyrics for all of the evening’s concert selections.

These concert packages are available by phone only at 1-866-ROSARITO. More information on Baja’s largest and best known beachfront resort, plus other specials and events offered there are available at www.rosaritobeachhotel.com

Tickets for the concert only are $60, $100 and $350 per person for the VIP gala. For more information, please call (818) 966-3966 or visit the website at: www.thebigconcert.com or www.bajaconcerts.com. The Spanish website is www.elgranconciertomariachi.com.

Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort

Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort is offering accommodation and concert packages for the epic concert, with prices ranging from $169 – 699.

“There are certain moments in musical history when we wish we could say ‘I was there,’” stated Ed Marsh, executive producer of the show.

“This musical event will be historical due to its uniqueness, and groundbreaking production values. Who to best perform this epic event if not the greatest mariachi ensemble of all time: Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan!”

The Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort was founded in 1925. The historic property is totally self-contained, yet only a short stroll from the downtown tourist district and a short drive from major Baja attractions like the Puerto Nuevo Lobster Village, Baja Studios (where Titanic was filmed) and the wine country of Valle de Guadalupe.

“This is a truly exceptional event at Baja’s state-of-the- art convention center,” said resort owner and former Rosarito Mayor Hugo Torres. “It will be a wonderful evening both for long time fans of great mariachi and those new to the genre. We are pleased to be associated with it.”

The Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort also hosts an annual mariachi and folkloric ballet festival, one of the larger ones in the world, organized by Rosarito resident and author Gil Sperry.

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

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Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort Serves Up Special Packages for Thanksgiving

Historic Resort Celebrates Holiday with a Tasty Two-Nation Celebration

Just 30 miles south of San Diego, the Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort is a great locale for U.S. residents seeking to transform a traditional holiday into a two-nation celebration or mini-vacation.

This time of year, there are many opportunities to do so, from Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s Eve. Thanksgiving includes some of the tastiest specials in Rosarito, a resort city that’s home to an estimated 14,000 expats.

Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort Serves Up Special Packages for Thanksgiving

Two-night lodging and dining packages are offered from $259 between Nov. 26 – 29, and three-night packages from $339. Packages includes lodging in a standard oceanfront room for up to two adults and two children (ages 12 and under), plus one traditional Thanksgiving dinner for each guest.

For those interested only in the dining option, the Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort offers three-course Thanksgiving dinners (including desserts) from Nov. 26 through 29. Early bird prices (before 6 p.m.) are $14.90 for adults, and $7.90 for children ages 12 and under. After 6 p.m., prices are $19.90 and $10.90, respectively.

The Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort has been a top destination for visitors from California and the Southwestern U.S., as well as from mainland Mexico. A short scenic drive south of the border, yet rich in Old World charm, the resort is the perfect spot for a two-nation vacation.

Founded in 1925, the resort boasts over 500 rooms – including 271 suites in its Pacifico Tower – with rooms, rates and specials to fit almost any travel budget. Lodging choices range from standard oceanfront rooms to a variety of fully equipped elegant suites.

The property is conveniently close to the downtown tourist district, and a short drive from major Baja California attractions like the Puerto Nuevo Lobster Village, Baja Studios (where Titanic was filmed), and the wine country of Valle de Guadalupe.

These packages are only available by phone reservation. Rates include tax, and no other discounts apply. Rooms are subject to availability. To reserve from the U.S., call 1-866-ROSARITO. From Mexico, dial 01-800-265-2322.

For information about other holiday specials, including Christmas and New Year’s Eve, go to www.rosaritobeachhotel.com.

 

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

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Former Navy Vessel to Serve as Centerpiece of Rosarito Underwater Park

Destination Dive: Date Set for Sinking of Decommissioned Mexican Patrol Boat, Creation of Artificial Reef and Underwater Park Near Puerto Nuevo

On November 21, 2015, a few carefully calibrated charges will send the decommissioned Mexican Navy patrol boat Uribe to her final resting place: in 90’ of water in Bahía El Descanso, two miles off the coast of the famed lobster village of Puerto Nuevo.

Rosarito Underwater Park

Named for a hero of the Battle of Veracruz in 1914, the ARM Uribe served as a Mexican Navy patrol boat for nearly 30 years.

The sinking will be the culmination of years of hard work – bringing the 220’ ship over from Manzanillo, cleaning and preparing her, and determining her ideal underwater location were all expensive and time consuming propositions – but also the beginning of a far more ambitious project, which is the formation of the 100-acre Rosarito Underwater Park (or Parque Submarino Rosarito).

In addition to a “ship graveyard” and artificial reef formed by the Uribe and three other vessels, the underwater park will also feature shallower sections showcasing, respectively, pyramids and statues that evoke Mexico’s Pre-Hispanic past, and a Titanic tribute with chimneys, propellers and other pieces of wreckage. There will also be an onshore museum.

Rosarito Underwater Park

The 100-acre Rosarito Underwater Park will feature a graveyard of sunken ships, as well as a Pre-Hispanic “Atlantis,” and a tribute to the Titanic.

Although it will take at least two more years for the artificial reef to develop into a flourishing marine habitat, it is expected that the park will eventually become a Pacific Coast dive mecca and major tourist draw. And since late summer and early autumn are the best times to dive – warmer waters translate to increased visibility – the park should provide a much needed boost during the region´s slow, off-peak travel season. Forecasts estimate as many as 100,000 people a year will visit the park, many form nearby Southern California.

The Uribe, or ARM (Armada de la República Mexicana) P121, was launched in 1982, and was the first of six Spanish built Uribe Class patrol vessels. These were the first ships in the Mexican Navy to operate onboard helicopters. P121 was named for Virgilio Uribe, a young Naval Cadet who died fighting U.S. Marines during the Battle of Veracruz in 1914. The ARM Uribe was retired following a crippling fire in 2011.

For more information, or to help contribute to the project, visit www.rosaritounderwaterpark.com.

 

The Uribe may well be the centerpiece of the most ambitious artificial reef ever created off the Baja California peninsula, but it will not be the first. That honor belongs to the Fang Ming, which along with another vessel confiscated for transporting illegal Chinese immigrants, was sunk near Isla Espíritu Santo – just north of La Paz – in November 1999. The Fang Ming lies approximately 70’ beneath the Sea of Cortez, and is now a thriving habitat for fish, mollusks, sea turtles, and other marine life.

 

And Cabo San Lucas has recently begun offering dive trips to its own artificial reef, thanks to Hurricane Odile. The category 4 storm devastated the Los Cabos area when it made landfall on September 14, 2014, but it did have at least one positive long-term effect: partially uncovering the forward half of the SS Harry Lundeberg, a cargo ship that went down in 1954 while transporting gypsum plaster from San Marcos Island near Santa Rosalía. That the ship sunk so close to Land’s End is rather curious, and local legend has it that the first mate knowingly steered her to her doom after suffering massive gambling losses. Whatever the cause, the shipwreck is now the site of a burgeoning artificial reef, and the southernmost city’s most exciting new dive destination.

 

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

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Best Costume Wins Big Treats at Rosarito Beach Hotel Halloween Party

Weekend Lodging Specials Also Offered

The Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort will feature a Halloween party in its Rosa & Rita Bar the night of Oct. 31, with prizes for the person with the best costume.

Rosarito Beach Hotel Halloween PartyThe winner gets a luxurious one-night stay in a one-bedroom condo in the resort’s 17-story Pacifico Tower, as well as brunch for two, and two 30-minute Swedish massages.

In addition to the costume contest, the Halloween party includes happy hour prices from 8 to 10 p.m., plus karaoke at the historic hotel, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.

For those who want to expand the party into a stay at Baja’s largest and best known beachfront resort, the hotel offers a lodging special Friday and Saturday nights: $109 nightly for a standard oceanfront room, and $139 for a one-bedroom condo.

Each nightly stay includes Getaways dinner for two, and two children (12 and under) can stay free in their parents’ room. (Rates are plus tax and subject to availability; no other discounts apply).

Rosarito Beach Hotel Halloween Party

Since 1925, the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort has been a top destination for visitors from California and the Southwestern U.S., as well as Mexico. A short scenic drive south of the border is rich in Old World charm, and the resort is the perfect spot for a two-nation vacation.

With 500 rooms – including 271 suites in its Pacifico Tower – the resort has rates and specials to fit almost any travel budget. Lodging choices range from standard oceanfront rooms to a variety of elegant, fully-equipped suites.

The resort is totally self-contained, yet only a short stroll from the downtown tourist district, and a short drive from major Baja attractions like the Puerto Nuevo Lobster Village, Baja Studios (where Titanic was filmed), and the Guadalupe Valley Wine Country.

To reserve the Halloween lodging special, call 1-866-ROSARITO, or go to www.rosaritobeachhotel.com.

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

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Rosarito Beach Hotel Kicks Off Baja California’s Crustacean Season with its Annual Steak and Lobster Festival

October brings the start of fresh lobster season in Baja California, and with it the annual Steak and Lobster Festival in the oceanfront gardens of the Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort. Ten restaurants will be featured at the festival, scheduled from noon until 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 25.

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The annual Steak and Lobster Festival coincides with the start of fresh lobster season, which extends from October until March.

Lobsters helped make Baja California famous, and the Rosarito region has given its name to the most famous preparation for the spiny crustacean:  Puerto Nuevo-style. Millions are served in the region, often along with fresh tortillas, beans and rice…and sometimes margaritas.

Dinners that include steak, lobster and a drink will be served for $20. But admission to the event, which will also feature music, dancing and local artists, is free. CANIRAC Rosarito, the local restaurant association, is the sponsor. Further details are available at (661) 612-0700 or canirac.rosarito@gmail.com.

The Steak and Lobster Festival is one of many special events featured at the Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort during the year, and the property is offering specials for those who want to combine a weekend mini-vacation with a destination event.

Specials include deals on both standard rooms and suites, for both weekdays and weekends. Each includes lodging for two adults and two children (12 and under), daily dinners, and two 30-minute Swedish massages or facials.

Standard rooms Sundays to Thursdays are $129 per night, and $259 for a Friday and Saturday night package. Deluxe one-bedroom condos in the Pacifico Tower from Sundays through Thursdays are $179 per night; $339 for the Friday and Saturday package.

(Spa treatments are available daily throughout the work week, but are limited to one for weekend stays. Rates plus tax are based on double occupancy. Packages are valid until December 22, 2015, except during holidays or special events. Spa packages require advance reservations.).

To reserve one of these specials including spa time, call 1-866 ROSARITO, or go to www.rosaritobeachhotel.com and select reservation@rosaritobeachhotel.com.

The resort is totally self-contained, yet only a short stroll from the downtown tourist district, and a short drive from major regional attractions like the Puerto Nuevo Lobster Village, Baja Studios (where Titanic was filmed), and the Valle de Guadalupe wine country.

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

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Sabor de Baja Reaches New Heights in 2015

Elegant End-of-Summer Affair at the Rosarito Beach Hotel Draws Rave Reviews from White-Clad Attendees

Sabor de Baja

The 3rd annual Sabor de Baja gala and culinary competition was held Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at the Rosarito Beach Hotel.

The weather was hot and humid – more like Acapulco than northern Baja – but the impassioned competition ended up being even hotter.

For the third year in a row, the annual Sabor de Baja event at the Rosarito Beach Hotel was a smashing success.  As a matter of fact, many of the guests at the sold out event indicated that they thought the 2015 gala set a new standard for elegant attire (dress code: all white), and elegantly prepared cuisine paired with Baja California’s finest wines.

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Chef Bo Bendana of Mi Casa Supper Club founded Sabor de Baja in 2013.

The founder of Sabor de Baja is Chef Bo Bendana of Rosarito’s venerated Mi Casa Supper Club. The restaurant is well known for its unique “Moroxican” fusion, which highlights the best notes of cuisines that originate in both northern Africa and the Republic of Mexico.

However, the true purpose of this annual gala is not to focus merely on the tasting of epicurean fare and fine wine, but rather upon the gastronomic magic that takes place when they are artfully paired.  Hence, the emphasis is on booths comprised of carefully selected teams of both a vintner and a restaurateur.

Chef Bendana explains: “Our Judges rate each pair of entries not only on how the food, wine or beer may taste individually, but on how well they work together.”

This year’s lineup of participating chefs included Erick Alcazar, Manuel Brito, Iker Castillo, Antonio de Liver, Nadya Fernandez, Jaime Galindo, Giannina Gavaldon, Diego Hernandez, Javier Plascencia and Martin San Roman.

The judging panel was made up of a variety of reviewers, which included TV Show host, chef and author Porter Brooks, Ms. Anita Lau, who is an international author, food and lifestyle blogger and food TV guest judge, Michelin starred Chef Drew Deckman, owner of Deckman’s of El Mogor restaurant, national food blogger Michael Gardiner and aspiring chef Marco Antonio Amado, who also happens to be the top enologist in the Valle De Guadalupe region.

Without a doubt, being a judge at the Sabor de Baja is not an easy task, since every entrant in the competition, whether vintner, brewer or restaurateur, represent the apex of their particular craft. Needless to say, winning top honors at an upscale event of this nature is the ultimate prize, yet simply being included as a contestant is a special distinction in and of itself.

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The Rosarito Beach Hotel’s chef and his kitchen staff show off their skills at the 3rd annual Sabor de Baja.

In the end, Chef Marco Marin of restaurant Latitud 32 and El Cielo wines from Valle Guadalupe took first place. El Cielo’s delightful 2014 Cassiopea Sauvignon Blanc proved to be the perfect pairing with Marin’s mouthwatering Mayan Black Ceviche, which incorporated a robust orange habanero chili oil, fresh tomato, red onion, cilantro sprouts and a dusting of recado negro.

In addition to wonderful food and wine, the lively entertainment on stage kept guests engaged throughout the event. Even though it was a bit warm, the music inspired many attendees to make it out onto the dance floor as the evening wore on.

Once again, the superlative efforts of Chef Bo Bendana and the Rosarito Beach Hotel combined to produce yet another top flight Sabor de Baja.  And, since they seem to get better and better every year, the tickets for this annual gala might very well end up being sold out even quicker in 2016.

 

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The weather was hot, but the oysters were on ice at Sabor de Baja.

 

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