Saturday, October 12, 2013

Finca Altozano, Baja California, Mexico

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The latest trip down to Baja California with my girlfriends was super fun. We stayed at a really cute B&B in the Valle de Guadalupe called Casa Encinares and stumbled upon Big Gay Weekend and were welcomed into a fun filled crazy weekend. The three of us were the only estrogen in the group and also the most tired. How the heck do people have so much energy??

We had some time to ourselves and got away to check out Finca Altozano, another one of Javier Plascencia's restaurants. It was pretty much in the middle of nowhere, though the Valle de Guadalupe is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. But we were excited to find a cute little area with interesting outdoor seating made from giant barrels. The vista was incredible.

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We came right around when the sun was setting, which made for a beautiful dinner out, but not the best for pictures.

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The setup is basically outdoors, with the majority of the restaurant underneath a roof (but no walls).

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I took a pic of the menu at the time that we were there (prices are in pesos).

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And now the bad pics will start:

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Pulp del Pacificos a las brasas.
The octopus. So good.

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Calabazas rellena de quesos oreado.
Cheese filled zucchini. These were a good accompaniment but not mind-blowing.

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Borrego (lamb) de Rancho Cortes a la Caja China
This is the dish that everyone talks about. If you're a lamb person you'll love it.
If not, you will feel so so about it. Ours was cold by the time we ate it so it wasn't the best.

The night grew dark and cold really fast and service kept slowing down. It was to the point where once we got the food, it was pretty cold. We weren't sure if it was the weather or the lag but in any case it definitely took away from our experience. No one wants to eat congealed animal fat.


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Cordoniz (quail) Asada en Leña
This dish could have been good if it wasn't cold. Just saying.


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Polenta Vaquera (comes with chorizo and egg).
I would eat this hot or cold, day or night but it would be especially good
for BRUNCH.


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I don't remember what this chuck of meat was to be honest.
I was so drunk by this time (to keep warm) that I don't remember.

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