After losing my Aunt earlier this month, I've been looking through old photos, intending to compile them. In the process I found lots of great photos, mostly from 2010.
It seems right to do some retro blogging since it's the end of the year and we all are reflecting back.
So here begins a 4-part series on my July 2010 Baja California group trip with Bill Esparza, Street Gourmet LA.
Before the "tour" officially started, Bill already got us started off with these Gorditas de Nata snacks.
Street Food Tacos
|Taqueria Franc - mulita|
There were so many other fantastic taco places we went to, I left off the ones covered in prior Baja food posts, and a few we tried only on this trip. Out of many, the ones below stood out as unique.
|Tacos Aaron - milanesa taco|
Things got crunchier at Tacos el Poblano, where we even had taco cones, wrapped in paper (think of sushi cones).
|Tacos el Poblano - tostada|
|Tacos el Poblano - beef birria|
The meat, after being grilled, sits on the pan in their own juices. Leading to the mouthwatering torta above, one of the best sandwiches I've ever had.
Their horchata (traditional Mexican rice beverage flavored with cinammon, sugar and lime) also was the best many of us had ever had. No chalkiness whatsoever.
|Tortas Wash Mobile - horchata|
We're still on tacos, but Tacos Salceados deserves its own category, offering exciting tacos and an open kitchen. The crowds below should attest to that.
I'll let the photos do the talking.
Seafood Street Food
For seafood lovers, Tijuana provides a vast selection of seafood, all fresh and plentiful, with no lack of seasoning available.
|El Mazateno - condiments|
El Conchal, a tiny cart with picnic benches around it, provided a fresh and light reprieve from meaty tacos.
|El Conchal - ceviche mixte|
|El Conchal - aguachile|
|El Conchal - clams|
Mariscos Ruben, another seafood gem, showed us even more local delicacies, lovingly prepared by these amazing women.
|Mariscos Ruben - crab tostada|
|Mariscos Ruben - seafood gratin|
|Mariscos Ruben - crab taco (with flour tortilla)|
|Erizo Cebicheria - Chef/Owner Javier Plasencia|
|Erizo Cebicheria - Pisco Sour Coco|
|Erizo Cebicheria - margarita|
Erizo Cebicheria - sea urchin capuccino
|Erizo Cebicheria - octopus carpaccio|
|Erizo Cebicheria - swordfish tacos (cochinita pibil style)|
Adjacent to the El Conchal cart, we cleansed our palates from the paleteria (ice cream shop). I tried the rich and creamy rompope, an eggnog type Mexican beverage, ice cream in the plastic tubes (center of photo).
We also visited Teposnieves, sampling fantastic flavors like tequila con limon, nata (cream), queso (cheese) and fruit and chile topping sauces.
My flavors were queso, tres leches and cajeta (goat's milk caramel).
If you'd like to read about the trip from this year, you can find the posts at the following links:
Baja Culinary Festival
Baja Street Food
Baja - Erizo Cebicheria
Baja - Unplanned Adventures
Baja - Mision 19
In the meantime, I'd like to wish you a joyous holiday season.