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Eating in Valle de Guadalupe, Baja - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Gypsy Jan Dec 10, 2013 11:04 AM

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  1. Beach Chick RE: Gypsy Jan Apr 5, 2014 05:21 PM


    Long weekend in Valle de Guadalupe...Laja, along with a couple wineries.

    Has anyone stayed at the Encuentro Guadalupe on the hillside overlooking the valley?


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    1. re: Beach Chick
      DiningDiva RE: Beach Chick Apr 5, 2014 08:36 PM

      I believe your buddy Mr. Fake Name has stayed there. I was booked in for last August for a pivotal B-day but had to end up cancelling due to family stuff. I still want to stay there simply because it looks so cool.

      I have visited the EG property several times. Very sleek, very modern. Has a nice vibe to it.

      1. re: DiningDiva
        Beach Chick RE: DiningDiva Apr 6, 2014 06:10 AM

        Thanks DD...so, that's the place he was excited to go to but didn't remember the name.

        Is Deckman's close?
        Would you go the Tecate route?

        Gracias Mamacita!

        1. re: Beach Chick
          DiningDiva RE: Beach Chick Apr 6, 2014 09:16 AM

          BC, yes, Deckman's atMogor Baden is close. Maybe a 7 or 8 minute drive away, if that. Javier Plascencia's place Finaca Altazano is also nearby as is Benito Molina's Silvestre. Finca Altazano is already open, I don't think Silvestre probably opens until next month and I'm not sure when Drew intends to open up Deckman's this year. There are also several other of these open air campestre venues in the Valle.

          I would probably definitely do Tecate going South. Coming back would depend upon the day and time. If you're coming back on a Sunday forget Tecate. But if you're coming back on a weekday, anytime after about 10:30ish (AM) the wait should not be too bad. Before that and Tecate backs up with the people crossing that live SOB but work NOB. And if you're thinking about crossing late, remember that the Tecate gate closes promptly at 11:00 pm...and any cars in line that haven't passed through the gates into the crossing area are SOL

          If you've got Sentri then either Otay or San Ysidro would be your best bet for crossing back.

          1. re: DiningDiva
            jayporter RE: DiningDiva Apr 15, 2014 03:21 PM

            I'm in touch with Drew off and on, and he told me that Deckman's is not going to be open in April. If I hear when exactly it is opening, I'll try to remember to let folks know one way or another. Last year I think it was a bit later in the season.

            As an alternative, I believe Chef Ryan Steyn is working at the El Cielo winery, the restaurant is Latitud 32 (mentioned below in another post). (for more, see http://www.lifeandfoodblog.com/?p=5869 ). I've not been there, but I really like Ryan's cooking. http://vinoselcielo.com/contacto.php

            Also, La Villa del Valle has an outdoor, casual place next to their winery (Vena Cava) now, called Troika. It's a pretty enjoyable setup.

            1. re: jayporter
              SDClark5 RE: jayporter Apr 15, 2014 04:48 PM

              FWIW Deckman's opened in June last year.

              There are a couple of new places opening in the next couple months. Miguel Guerrero is returning to the Valle with La Esperanza on the LA Cetto property. And Chef Bossuet from San Miguel de Allende will helm Lozhka Bistrot @ Bibyoff Winery.

              @jayporter When do you think Salsipuedes will open?

              1. re: SDClark5
                jayporter RE: SDClark5 Apr 16, 2014 01:51 PM

                @SDClark5 the current thinking is November/December 2014 but it could be pushed a couple months in either direction depending on circumstances.

                1. re: SDClark5
                  Das Ubergeek RE: SDClark5 Apr 22, 2014 10:37 AM

                  They keep saying November but, well, a ver...

              2. re: DiningDiva
                SDClark5 RE: DiningDiva May 13, 2014 08:36 AM

                Looks like Deckman is returning on July 1. http://thevalledeguadalupe.blogspot.m...

                1. re: SDClark5
                  SDClark5 RE: SDClark5 May 28, 2014 02:25 PM

                  Looks like Deckman couldn't wait. According to Facebook the new official opening date is June 12th.

          2. re: Beach Chick
            SDClark5 RE: Beach Chick Apr 6, 2014 09:59 PM

            Frequent visitor to the Valle here. When are you going? Lots of restaurants now open - Finca Altozano, Malva, Almanzara, Latitud 32, El Pinar de 3 Mujeres, Corazon de Tierra, and Quercus all worthy of a visit. Some info here: http://thevalledeguadalupe.blogspot.com/

            1. re: Beach Chick
              Fake Name RE: Beach Chick Apr 7, 2014 07:57 AM

              Yes, stayed at Encuentro three times, enjoyed each stay. Had lunch once at their restaurant, and it was OK- pretty good. But that restaurant has been in play for a while, I know Flor Franco has been doing special projects (or something) there.

              The thing about Encuentro is going to dinner is distant, given night driving and wine consumption (and for me, riding motorcycle at night, in Mexico, high from great food and 6 wine parings- not a great combination) so a taxi ride is in order. I've had only positive experiences, but you have to factor that into the price of the meal.

              The Mrs and I will be returning (on four wheels) to Encuentro next month, I believe.

              1. re: Fake Name
                Beach Chick RE: Fake Name Apr 7, 2014 08:50 AM

                First of all, I am drooling over that off road thing of beauty..who makes that?
                I would love to ride off road down there with a Mike's Sky Ranch side trip.. ; )

                Second, three times at Encuentro...awesome!

                Third, does the resort have shuttle service..are taxi's out that way?

                Have you been to Deckerman's?
                Look forward to hitting up all the Baja wineries, campestres and resto's.

                Gracias Poppi!

                1. re: Beach Chick
                  DiningDiva RE: Beach Chick Apr 7, 2014 09:56 AM

                  Not, FN, but I can answer some of your questions...

                  Taxis...are ubiquitous is Mexico, you know that. They're everywhere. EG will arrange transportation (i.e. drop off and pick up) for you if you ask

                  Decman's - Yes, I've been to Deckman's. It's definitely worth going. The setting is serene and Drew's food is excellent. He just kept feeding us and each course was almost better than the last. Fabulous rabbit dish that we thought was the entree...until the pork chop arrived. There's a reason he earned a Michelin star ;-)

                  1. re: DiningDiva
                    Fake Name RE: DiningDiva Apr 7, 2014 12:27 PM

                    Well, I might as well just leave. I'm not needed here.


                    Well except to identify that 1000ccs of fuel-injected wonderbike, the KTM 990 Adventure.

                    The food at Mikes gets better with every tequila. With enough of those, the food becomes edible!

                    1. re: Fake Name
                      DiningDiva RE: Fake Name Apr 7, 2014 12:48 PM


                      You're irreplaceable...

                      1. re: Fake Name
                        Beach Chick RE: Fake Name Apr 8, 2014 06:23 AM

                        Love KTM and their signature orange is my fave color.

                        If you have more pics of food and scenery, please showcase..
                        Gracias Senor Fakèy!

                        1. re: Beach Chick
                          Fake Name RE: Beach Chick Apr 8, 2014 09:09 AM

                          Funny. Just added another bike to the stable (retired another) and the first thing I did when I got it home, before I even started it, was to take it apart and replace all the orange with black.

                          If you look at my profile, I believe you can see all the images I've posted. There is a collection from Corazon de Tierra that might interest you.

                          1. re: Fake Name
                            Beach Chick RE: Fake Name Apr 9, 2014 05:39 AM

                            Orange is the new Black. .

                            Look forward to eating and drinking in the Valle.

                      2. re: DiningDiva
                        Beach Chick RE: DiningDiva Apr 8, 2014 06:24 AM

                        Thanks Mamacita..

                  2. re: Beach Chick
                    Das Ubergeek RE: Beach Chick Apr 22, 2014 10:32 AM

                    I have. It's beautiful and romantic and isolated and you have no concerns about noise... ;-)

                    However, it's a pain in the nalgas to get up there and back. You park at the winery and are driven up in a Land Rover... to get back down, you call the front desk on a walkie talkie and ask to be brought down. So only go there when you're ready to stay in for the night.

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek
                      DiningDiva RE: Das Ubergeek Apr 22, 2014 11:21 AM

                      I actually drove my car up the hill to the hotel. My car is not small; it was a bit hairy :-)

                      Driving out of Corazon de Tierra in the dark can also be a pain in the nalgas...thank god for the reflective Mex 3 signs and arrows!

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                    SDClark5 RE: Gypsy Jan Apr 21, 2014 09:08 AM

                    Quick Deckman update. We were in the Valle this weekend and stopped by Mogor. Talked with Natalia mainly about the zoning controversy, but did ask about Deckman's. Seems his tentative plan is come up in August, but nothing is definitively set. Apparently his schedule getting jammed with other demands.

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                    1. re: SDClark5
                      DiningDiva RE: SDClark5 Apr 21, 2014 11:24 AM

                      Yes, the rumor mill says Drew has some exciting new plans that should be announced shortly. Until then...?

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