Mexican Wine Country, 2015

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It’s been a while now since I was living part-time in Ensenada, and for most of the last couple years I’ve barely had a chance to visit.  Fortunately I’ve recently had occasion to visit a couple times, and things are as great as ever.

Boules has moved into town, into the space behind La Contra wine store where Parque reataurant used to be.  Javi has re-worked the patio into a crazy-fun outdoor restaurant in the middle of the heart of downtown.

 

 Ryan  

Ryan Stein has opened a restaurant at Adobe Guadalupe, called El Jardin.

 

Quail

Ryan’s roasted quail at El Jardin

Tiradito “Bufadora” at El Jardin

 

 

Lamb

Lamb at El Jardin

 

 

Octopus-Steyn

Octopus at El Jardin

 

 

Tiradito-M3

The Jurel (yellowtail) tiradito at Muelle 3 still is the freshest kind of awesome.

 

Shrimp&PorkBelly  

Drew Deckman’s octopus dish at Deckman’s en El Mogor

 

 

YellowtailCollar

Yellowtail (if I remember correctly) collar at Deckman’s en El Mogor

 

 

Deckmans

The dining room at Deckman’s en El Mogor

 

TastingRoom  

Drew is also cooking at the brand new tasting room at Agua Mala brewery, overlooking El Sauzal.

 

 

Marcus-Laja

The patio at Laja

 

 


Our great friend Andres Blanco, formerly of Laja, has moved on to managing the Cuatros Cuatros property, where you’ll find this bar overlooking Salsipuedes Bay.

 

 

VenaCava

The bar at Troika, a casual outdoor gastropub at Vena Cava winery (on the La Villa del Valle property)

Vena Cava winery at La Villa del Valle.

Of course, as usual I have no photos of  Manzanilla because of the late hour and my blood alcohol content.  So, you know, as great as always.

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