Friday, July 24, 2015

Popotla,Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada,

Yum
Oops I did it again. 

I went back down to Mexico after my first amazing trip to the Valle de Guadalupe that I had to return with others. 

This time, we stopped by the sleepy seaside town of Popotla first.

Here are the highlights:



my car, after it got stuck on the beach.

you roll your car right in front of the crashing waves, grab a table and order

We saw a fisherman get off his boat with this 
BOATLOAD of uni.

this is maria with her stash

They are ALIVE

my hungry companions

A fisherman with his boat

Before our feast

fresh fresh oysters

Oysters so fresh all you need is some lime and hot sauce.

In Popotla, you buy the seafood and bring it to a stand like this
and ask them to do whatever you want. You can also buy the
seafood from the stands as well.



Our bowl of Uni that we got from our purchase.

Everything is so so fresh.

The campechana we got.

Our Uni

Oysters

Ceviche

Spider Crabs




Rowdy people watching the butchering of fish.



This area was very masculine. 
We were the only women there apart from a 
couple of women who were managing the stands. 





The beautiful, dank chocolate mussels


Our spider crab deep fried

They gave us a rock to pound it with.

Maria is crying over how beautiful this lunch now dinner is.

We got another seafood cocktail.


Then we went to one of the restaurants there to check out the 
Rosarito style lobsters.

We got the smoked marlin tacos here but they weren't as good 
as the ones we had in TJ a while ago.

this rosarito style lobster was bomb.com.


The Spread



Then we went to see some dinosaurs before making our way down 
to the Valle de Guadalupe

*****

After driving around in the dark with no streetlights or GPS we somehow found our bed and breakfast!!! It was so charming and beautiful. It's called Casa Encinares and we found them on airbnb.com and got a great deal. For the three of us, we got the big house on top of the hill that was divided in half. We got lucky!!! Well, except for the hike up to our quarters but then again, we sorta needed the exercise seeing how much food we had just consumed and we were about to tackle way more.


In front of our quarters. Too bad I didn't get a good shot of the house.


The main area

We joined the other people who were there for some brekkie


BTW their breakfast was fantastic. 

We opted to do the wine tour with the b&b and oh look! 
You can see our house on top of the hill. 
Yup! Half of that was our quarters!

We made new friends quickly

This is inside our booze bus

Before the wine tour

LA Cetto Winery









Then we went to Endemico! Where I stayed the last time I was there.


So beautiful


Starting to get tipsy

quick cheese tasting

okay, drunk

At one of the 3 wineries we went to

***************

Before heading back to LA, we had to stop by Ensenada to eat at La Guerrerense. By far, this little stand is the most well-known seafood place from Ensenada in LA (and maybe anywhere outside of Ensenada). 


Typically in any port city where cruises dock, you wouldn't assume
that the best place to eat at in that city is right in the middle of
tourist central. But in this case, it is!!!

Just look for locals whenever you travel and you will be at a legit spot.

We got a variety of seafood tostadas and devoured everything




After, we drove down a couple blocks to get some 
amazing fish tacos, ensenada style.

This place was so legit, on the corner of the street.
Absolutely no tourists in sight.

There is no address for that fish taco spot but it was right next to this place

So we got some paletas...

and

Then we did some tourist shit:



Like order micheladas and get friendship bracelets.





It took forever to cross the border back to the U.S.
I think I have to get a SENTRY pass or a fast pass.
I can't deal with the wait and I'm itching to go back again.

My Loot:


Yes, I brought back ONE chair. 
some wine, olive oil, bread, cheese,
two vases, a blanket, 
some ceramics, ONE handmade glass.








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