Time to start off the year by trying something new. On Sunday I ventured off to explore what Valle de Guadalupe has to offer. Valle de Guadalupe is Baja California’s premier wine country with over 100 wineries. Located about two hours from the San Ysidro border lays a scenic route seeing the beautiful beach coast of Ensenada. I have never been here before but it was fun trying out all sorts of different wines. We got picked up and driven around by Five Star Tours who showed us around L.A Cetto, Casa FRIDA Valle de Guadalupe, El Cielo Valle de Guadalupe, and a local cheese and jam market called Sol de Medianoche. Many of the winery’s have been here for years and are locally owned. The views of the winery’s are stunning with mountains and acres of vineyards scattered around.
This is the first winery we went to on our tour. The tour started by looking at all the production methods and equptment that goes to making and creating wine. From the grinding all the way to consumption there are lots of steps involved to make the perfect bottle of wine. It was a very informative tour learning all about different types of wine and the tannins. We got to sample four different types of wine that are produced on site.
Casa Frida had a less traditional winery look but instead was full with artist flairs in the style of Frida Kahlo. This place is full of art and traditional Mexican artisans. We had lunch here including some avocado ceviche and tacos de lechon. Lechon is a seasoned pork topped with fried pork skin also known as chicharrones. Lunch was of course paired with a wine tasting.
We started off with a tour of the winery and saw the way that they make and store the wine. They store the wine here underground with low light. On the property there are a couple of peacocks just roaming around freely. Ending the day with more wine tastings.
A local artisan market filled with locally produced jams, cheeses, wines, candy and much more. To start we began with a cheese tasting. We sampled lots of different jams. The jams included lots of interesting flavors including Jamaica, mango, chipotle, and pear. One of the most interesting things was the chocolate wine which was rich and decadent.
Shout outs to Five Star Tours for inviting us out to check our the Baja California Tour.
I have never dyed my hair but I have tried lots of different temporary hair colors. I am obsessed with the look of having crazy hair but I don’t want the commitment that comes with dying your hair. Over the years I have tried different chalk and spray on temporary colors but the problem is that most of the time they do not show up on my dark hair. I decided to try out L’oreal Colorist 1 day spray which washes out when you shower. I picked up the purple 200 color. As soon as I sprayed it, you can definitely see it even on dark hair. I love the way it turned out. This is the perfect look for a crazy hair day, a way to stand out or a music festival. When I showered it came out easily. But I did try this two other times and accidentally got it on my skin and it was a lot harder to get it off. In order to avoid getting it on your skin be sure to cover your neck with an old t-shirt. I did get some on my fingers and it came off easily when I immediately washed my hands afterwards. This is a great way to bring some color in to your hair for a day.
If your in San Diego and looking for a new taco place check out City Taco. I came to try this place out for the first time in the North Park location. All the food that I tried was delicious and had a interesting twist to the traditional tacos.
The first taco I tried is called the Mexicali which is a carne asada taco which stands out with the mashed potatoes, melted asadero cheese, poblano chiles and a sprinkle of cotija cheese. That may seem like a lot but the ingredients all go well together. The second taco I got was camaron which is a shrimp taco. They add corn and squash which goes perfectly with the perfectly battered shrimp. The last taco I got was coliflor which translates to cauliflower. This taco is vegan and paleo. Instead of a regular tortilla the tortilla is a slice of jicama. Using jicama as a tortilla was interesting and a healthy approach. It also added this cool crunchy aspect to the taco. As always there was a variety of salsa, jicama, limes and cucumbers.
The frijoles veggies complemented the tacos. They were covered with melted oaxaca and cotija cheese. A little bit of spice is added with a grilled serrano chili. For dessert I had the churros which came with cajeta and chocolate syrup.
If you want to check it out for yourself City Taco is located in North Park, La Mesa and coming soon in late January is the opening in Encinitas.