Baja Road Trip: epic seafood in Ensenada

by foodhoe on April 14, 2014

We continued on our Baja road trip and drove down to Ensenada, a port town where every day, long-line vessels and fiberglass sport-fishing boats come into port to unload a bounty of sea bass and yellowtail, sea urchin and lobsters, and many other delectable squishies of the sea.  


We stayed downtown at a modest hotel, which was walking distance to everything.  We loved exploring the el Mercado Negro fish market, an amazing building filled with booths selling beautiful, fresh seafood.


This booth had particularly fanciful and artistic displays


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Baja road trip – Rosarito Beach

by foodhoe on April 6, 2014

Mr. K and I took a quick road trip in the new car down to Baja California last week which I was keen to explore after reading many mouthwatering accounts of the gustatory delights that can only be found south of the border. We left San Leandro at an ungodly early morning hour, and were rewarded by virtually no traffic all the way past L.A. and San Diego, arriving at Rosarito Beach by 1 pm!


I found a great deal through Travelzoo for a studio suite at the Rosarito Beach Hotel, a historic spot right on the beach that was easy walking distance to shopping and restaurants.  We were there a couple of weeks before spring break, so it felt almost like we had the place to ourselves, the beaches were empty, and the weather was unsettled with dark cloudy skies one moment, then blue skies and sunshine the next.


The hotel had lots of nice amenities like the tub of fresh flowers that was changed daily in the lobby, and the bathroom was twice as big as ours at home.


Couldn’t believe the gorgeous views of the ocean from our balcony.


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Dinner at Coi Restaurant in San Francisco

March 24, 2014
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373 Broadway, SF, CA 94133 | 415.393.9000 |  website Last week, I received an email from my friend Jeffrey that he was in town and was I free for dinner?  And he next inquired if I had been to Coi?  No, I haven’t been although I’d walked by many times and looked in but had […]

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A James Beard Chefs Tour Dinner at Bridges in Danville

March 17, 2014
surf and turf

44 Church St, Danville, CA 94526 | 925.820.7200 | website Are you familiar with James Beard?  He was the OG Dean of American Cookery, a pioneer who inspired generations of chefs and who planted the seeds for the food revolution that has helped America get a foot in the arena of global gastronomy.  A bon vivant chef, he […]

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El Aguila Mexican Cuisine in Pleasant Hill

March 10, 2014

1300 Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill | 925.682-444 | website Tues – Sat 10.30am – 9pm |Sun 10.30am – 8.30pm | closed Monday I  have to tell you about this hidden gem out in Pleasant Hill, where you will find a charming restaurant serving delicious homemade Mexican cuisine.  It is tucked away in one of […]

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The Lobsta Truck

February 28, 2014
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found at various locations | facebook | online schedule It’s raining and pouring, which is not so good for food truck whoring touring, but I really do have to tell you about a new truck in town.  Last week the Lobsta Truck which has been dazzling the hungry hordes in Southern California, had its Norcal debut at […]

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Dinner at Izakaya Kou

February 22, 2014
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1560 Fillmore (at Geary) | 415.441.9294 |website Dinner 5:30 p.m.-midnight Tuesday-Thursday, until 1 a.m. Friday-Saturday, until 11 p.m. Sunday. Mr. K and I were invited to dine as guests of the house at Izakaya Kou last week for a lively Valentines dinner.  The restaurant opened last September and is in the Fillmore district which is […]

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