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Bourdain in Baja

The Baja episode of Anthony Bourdains No Reservations airs tomorrow night (May 28th) 6 pm and 9 pm on the Travel Channel.

AB has called the food in Baja "some of the best in the world" and for those of us that have been eating there, it's true.

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  1. Thanks, DD, I'll catch it. I have major memories ( and wounds!) from hitchhiking the 980 tough miles between S.D. and La Paz. In summer.

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    1. re: Veggo

      The Baja peninsula in the summer? That's brutal Veggo, major kudos to you.

      1. re: DiningDiva

        I remember tearing off bottle caps of warm beer with my teeth it was so hot along the way. It was SO hot. La Paz is an extraordinary destination, mostly the architecture, honeymoon quality. I hope AB doesn't skip it for CSL. I bailed from Pichilingue to Mazatlan on the ferry after a couple months of serious seafood. 1974. I have been back several times, but that first adventure left a large impression.

        1. re: Veggo

          Impressive Veggo!

          La Paz is so close, yet so far for me. Hard to get to from SD.

          1. re: DiningDiva

            Love La Paz and after seeing Bourdain on his Baja journey last night, makes me want to get some KTM's and Dune buggies loaded up with lots of Pacifico's and hit the food stand where the Mariscos abuela was holding court in Ensenada for those fantastic looking ceviche tostadas and sea urchins things of beauty.

            Veggo...we should do a 916 Memorial down the cape, since we are both born on the same day!
            Odelay

            1. re: Beach Chick

              BC, your idea is better than Boudain's. I thought he looked old, tired, bloated and bored by the whole thing. Beach, beer, food, fun...I can go for that :-)

              1. re: DiningDiva

                imho, he drinks way too much and that is why he looks old, bloated and tired.
                I prefered the KPBS specials on Baja..
                What is the name of the Abuela's stand in Ensenada?

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  Substance abuse was his friend for far too many years and it shows. Too bad, I've always like his edgy POV. Glad to see, however, all the guys and gals in Baja finally getting their due.

                  I'm going to mangle the spelling of the mariscos cart in Ensenada, but it's something like Guerrerense (it derives from the name of the State of Guerrero). Here's a link with better information, including a little map and the actual address (imagine that!) - http://www.foodgps.com/la-guerrerense...

                  1. re: DiningDiva

                    with his drinking like he does, might be his little friend is back..

                    'Once Sabina Bandera gets to know you, she may just make you her specialty, a tostada slathered with hot sea urchin blended with pico de gallo and rosy slices of tender Pismo clam, fresh shucked avocado and chile sauce.'

                    That sea urchin with Pismo clams and avo looks out of this world good!

                    1. re: DiningDiva

                      Does anyone know what the prices are at Guerrerense?

                      1. re: Philly Ray

                        I don't, but based on what it is and where it is, the prices are probably very reasonable for what you get.

                        1. re: DiningDiva

                          I just saw an article that was a few years old that said $3. Even if the price has gone up to $5, it's still a steal.

              2. re: DiningDiva

                La Paz is not really difficult to get to from San Diego if you fly out of Tijuana. Volaris has flights everyday. There is a shuttle from downtown SD to the airport, or it is about a $10 cab ride from the border.

                The thing about the Mexican airlines is that there is a large range of ticket prices so you need to get on the web and check prices before you book your flight.

                Looking at the Volaris website you can find flights to La Paz in the next week or so ranging in price from $112 USD to $238. (I know which flight I would choose!) I've flown people into La Paz for as little as $85 each way.

                People who base their feeling about Baja Calif. Sur from just being in Cabo are missing out, in my opinion. I explain it like this: Cabo is to Las Vegas as La Paz is to Santa Fe NM.

                1. re: svnirvana

                  I would compare La Paz on par with Taos NOT Santa Fe...

                  I've been going to Cabo for over 30 years and sad that it used to be like La Paz but no more...you can go up the Cape to Buena Vista or on the other side, Todos Santos.

                  Back in the day, emergency crash landed in La Paz and they were saying 'Mayday' and I got the flight attendants to pass out all the beers to the patrons in the plane and if we were going down, we might as well have a cold one under our belt...we landed with tires blown but I was carried out over the shoulder by the Baja 1000 riders with the Captain leading the parade...ahhhhh, good ol' Mexico..hee hee

                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    "I would compare La Paz on par with Taos NOT Santa Fe..."

                    Yeah, I"ll agree with that, it's just that most of the people you would want to tell that to have never heard of Taos.

                    I think I flew on that airline once back in the 70's.

                    1. re: svnirvana

                      'I think I flew on that airline once back in the 70's' ...total cowboy mentality that is terribly missed...'keep calm and carry on', seemed to play over and over in the Modela/Pacifico haze on the 8 track loop while we averted a plane crash of epic proportions.

                    2. re: Beach Chick

                      holy cow, what a story!

                      1. re: kukubura

                        Thanks kukubura...

                    3. re: svnirvana

                      Love Volaris, I've flown it many times out of Tijuana (LOVE the uniforms for their flight attendants, chic). Just took it R/T to Oaxaca last month :-). I've taken the shuttle from the Greyhound station in SD to the airport. It's so-so, not really a fan of it. But; I'm blessed to have friends in Chula Vista who will let me park at their house and the ITT shuttle from Tijuana will come pick us up. Worst part is crossing north. Last time I took the Volaris shuttle from TIJ, it was a 2+ hour wait at the border stuck on bus that had seen better days. That pretty much sucked, could have used some of BCs Pacificos. But...I just got my SENTRI pass, so I think using TIJ will be much more appealing.

                      Too hot for La Paz now, but come Fall it won't be.

            2. I just want to know... why, why, WHY did he go to Las Ahumaderas? Why not Tortas Washmobile, or Tacos Franc, or any of a million other places open at oh-dark-thirty to try and stave off the cruda?