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Sleepy San Jose del Cabo

…sleepy San Jose del Cabo

by David Maynard, host of #FishChat on Twitter

 

On our sojourn to Baja, we have made it our goal to “discover” new places and really familiarize ourselves with MORE than just the typical Cabo San Lucas stuff! To that end Mary and I headed to San Jose del Cabo, a 20 minute trip to the east, and visited the Centro part of the old town.

Art galleries and shops line the street in sleepy San Jose del Cabo.

We had been here before on a quick business lunch but now had the whole afternoon to walk the streets and visit a plethora of art galleries and shops that line nearly every street of old town. San Jose is the “anti Cabo” in very many respects and gives you a feeling of “old Mexico” with its cobblestone streets and adobe buildings.

One of the best things is there is parking everywhere and tho crowded you can usually park fairly close to where you want but if not a stroll thru the splendid sidewalks is delightful to say the least.

Having lunch at La Panga Antiqua (the Antique Panga) was spectacular with its courtyard setting and great food. I highly recommend it!

Sleepy San Jose del Cabo evokes the 'old Mexico'.

David Maynard, www.fishthebaja.com, can be contacted at dmaynard@fishthebaja.com. Dave hosts  #FishChat on Twitter from 7-8 p.m., mountain time, where you can indulge in some scaled up fish talk!  

Want to find out where to stay when you are visiting charming San Jose del Cabo? How about these hotels?

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Sabor a Cabo Returns: Food Festival Celebrates its 7th Year

Sabor a Cabo Food Festival has something for all tastes!

by Chris Sands

 

Tastes buds are already tingling for the 7th annual Sabor a Cabo, or Flavor of Cabo, the food and wine festival organized by CANIRAC, Los Cabos’ restaurant association. The festival itself is slated for December 1st, but there will be a weeklong run-up of food and wine related events scheduled from November 25 -30. This year’s version of the annual culinary extravaganza is being hosted by Club Campestre, a Grupo Questro managed golf course in San Jose del Cabo, and will feature food from the area’s best restaurants, wines from Mexico’s premier growing areas, live music, a silent auction, and fireworks, with a portion of the proceeds donated to local fire fighters.

 

A food festival for all tastes: Week-long events include cooking classes and more.

The foodie festivities kick-off on Sunday, November 25th with “An Afternoon at Rancho Parralito,” a food tasting showcasing regional specialties, followed by five days of cooking classes from some of the area’s most celebrated chefs. Classes will be held from Monday, November 26th, through Friday, November 30th, and will be hosted by local restaurants. Participants include San Jose standouts Drew Deckman of Deckman’s at Havana, and Tadd Chapman of Don Sanchez; and Cabo San Lucas top chefs Jesus Castro Valle of Edith’s and The Office, Edgar Roman of Mi Casa, Carlos Bonilla of Casa Dorada’s 12 Tribes, Javier Barrera of Senor Sweets, Emanuele Olivero of DOC Wine Bar, and Denis Gabriel of Dennis Catering. Sushi master Angel Carbajal will show off his knife skills at Nick San‘s Las Tiendas de Palmilla location.

The main event, which in previous years has attracted as many as 4,000 participants, will be highlighted by culinary treasures from Los Cabos’ premier fine dining establishments, as well as benchmark wines from Mexico’s four great wine valleys: Valle de Parras, Valle de Santo Tomas, Valle de Ojos Negros, and of course, Valle de Guadalupe. The event will also feature live Latin music courtesy of Los Pulpos en su Tinto. Club Campestre, a Jack Nicklaus designed course known for its rugged beauty and challenging greens, will host the fun-filled evening. It is one of three area courses managed by event sponsor Grupo Questro – Cabo Real and Puerto Los Cabos are the others – and was chosen for its easy accessibility, security, and parking facilities.

 

Sabor a Cabo food festival will be held at Club Campestre, a rugged and beautiful layout from golfing legend Jack Nicklaus.

For more information about Sabor a Cabo, visit www.saboracabo.mx, email tickets@ saboracabo.mx, and call (624)143-7440, or 143-9444. Tickets must be bought per table of 10 or 20 guests, and are available at several price points, ranging from 10,000 to 100,000 pesos.

For those interested in attending one or more of the cooking classes, arrangements must be made through the chef or host restaurant. Contact information for all participating chefs and restaurants is listed below:

10/26

Angel Carbajal, Nick San: carmen@nicksan.com, or (624) 144-6262.

Carlos Bonilla, 12 Tribes at Casa Dorada: fernado.lugo@ casadorada.com, or (624) 163-5733.

10/27

Jesus Castro Valle, Edith’s: (624) 143-0801.

Tadd Chapman, Don Sanchez:  tadd@dsanchezcantina.com, or (624) 142-2444.

 

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Hail To The Chef: Habanero’s in San Jose del Cabo

by Chris Sands

Tadd Chapman’s Habanero’s in San Jose del Cabo features spicy offerings from one of San Jose del Cabo’s most seasoned culinary craftsmen.

 

 

Since its opening in 2004, Habanero’s Gastro Grill & Tequila Bar has been one of the brighter stars in San Jose del Cabo’s fine dining firmament, offering an intimate, casually upscale bistro environment, and first-class cuisine courtesy of celebrity chef Tadd Chapman. Chapman is one of Los Cabos’ most noted restaurateurs. He’s opened several restaurants in the downtown area, and is currently helming the major renovation of another local dining treasure, Don Sanchez Cantina Restaurante. Habanero’s can’t compete with the new Don Sanchez in terms of square footage, but the restaurant has many endearing charms.

Affordability is one Habanero’s signal assets. Food this good is seldom available at such generous prices, but Chapman is committed to maintaining his local following, and the combination of superior quality and budgetary value has attracted a lot of loyalty. The breakfast menu will appeal to even the most frugal visitors, with a selection of Mexican and American favorites offered at extremely affordable prices. Enjoy bagels and breakfast burritos, build your own omelet, or live it up with one of the delicious Eggs Benedict options. For a real treat, try the French Toast stuffed with black forest ham and cheese in a cinnamon egg batter, and topped with butter and syrup. Pair the french toast with a mimosa, and you’ve found one of the better ways to begin a day.

Tadd Chapman’s Habanero’s in San Jose del Cabo features specialties like sliders

Habanero’s also benefits from a lack of pretension. The restaurant has a friendly, informal atmosphere, and Chapman doesn’t attempt to show off with exotic ingredients and baroque presentations. He’s confident enough in his considerable abilities to dispense with such frivolities, and the lunch menu provides a perfect example of his casual yet precise approach to culinary excellence, a comfort food feast that features fine dining twists on favorites like tacos, fajitas, and hamburgers. Highlights include the sublime Chipotle Tequila BBQ Baby Back Ribs, served with French fries and Caesar salad, and the Mexican Combo platter. The latter will satisfy the heartiest of appetites, and showcases an assortment of traditional delicacies such as cheese and epazote chile rellenos, red enchiladas, grilled flank steak, prickly pear cactus, black beans, and poblano rice.

Restaurants rarely establish their reputations on breakfast and lunch dishes, however. Dinner is the star maker, and Habanero’s shines brightest after the sun goes down. Chapman specializes in “Mexican Fusion,” but the menu features enough variety to please all palates. Steak lovers will thrill to the superb Filet Mignon, a prime cut of Sonoran beef with port and portabella au jus, garlic mashed potatoes, and fresh seasonal vegetables. Couples can share the Surf and Turf for Two, in which a broiled lobster is added to keep the filet company. Temporarily, anyway.  And fish aficionados will appreciate the Blackened Ahi Tuna with papaya and pineapple salsa. In fact, the tuna dishes here all all terrific, including delicious appetizers like Ginger Ahi Tuna Ceviche and Habanero’s signature Spicy Tuna Sushizza.

Habanero’s in San Jose del Cabo adds a twist to Ahi ceviche

In addition to his culinary capabilities, Chapman is also an oenophile, and the wine list reflects the chef’s love of the grape, offering a rich array of internationally representative selections from the U.S., Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Spain, Italy, Australia, and New Zealand. Baja’s Guadalupe Valley is particularly well represented, with bottles from some of the best wineries in the country’s best wine region. You can even order a glass of aged port to accompany your Cajeta Butterscotch Flan, one of many decadent pleasures on the dessert menu. Offerings from the onsite bar are also available, from cocktail specialties like mojitos and margaritas to single malt scotch and premium tequilas. Habanero’s tequila selection is immense, by the way, and adventurous sorts can sample a few liquid treasures from premium producers of this traditional Mexican liquor. It’s a fitting way to end an evening at one of Los Cabos’ most consistently satisfying restaurants.

General Information:
Habanero’s in San Jose del Cabo is located on Boulevard Mijares, and is open for breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dinner is served nightly from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m., and reservations are recommended. For more information, call (624) 142-2626, or visit their website at www.habanerosgastrogrill.com

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All photos courtesy of Habanero’s Gastro Grill and Tequila Bar.

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