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Short getaways are always a good idea. We don’t do it enough but we should! It’s good for the soul to decompress and check out for a minute. Now I ask you, do you live in Southern California and are you looking for more stayca beach options that’s close and easy to? Well if your answered yes, plan your next trip to Rosarito, Mexico.
A couple of weekends ago, we took a trip down to Rosarito. I was a little apprehensive at first because it had been a while since I crossed the border and entered Mexico. To my surprise Rosarito is simply GORGEOUS! We were surrounded by beautiful beaches, good weather, plenty of good restaurants to choose from, expats, nice people and no cops around to mess with us. Let me tell you, I was in heaven!
As soon as I arrived at our friend’s condo, I was relaxed! They have the perfect vacation home that sits right in front of the ocean and is next to K38. If you are a surfer you are familiar with K38. It’s where all the surfers go to catch awesome waves. Anyway, all I wanted to do was look out at the ocean, watch the surfers, drink my margarita and eat my way through Rosarito!
Now let’s talk food. We mainly ate at local restaurants but we did hit up one tourist trap by accident. Whatever you do, DON’T go to Puerto Nuevo! This shopping center looks attractive but you can get good lobster and or seafood elsewhere. Below is a list of restaurant recommendations that are delicious, affordable and trust me you won’t see many tourists.
Splash and Pasta y Basta are recommendations made by my dear friends. I trust their judgement and they know good food. Therefore these two restaurants on my next hit list and I recommend you put it on yours too!
- Splash-The lobster is fresh and super cheap!
- Pasta Y Basta-You wouldn’t think to eat pasta in Mexico but from what I hear this restaurant is amaze balls! They make their pasta fresh. Service is impeccable and it won’t break the bank!
- Ruben’s-Our friend’s took us here for brunch. It’s an all you can eat buffet. It was the one time, I prayed for a bigger tummy! There were so many choices to choose from…if you want Italian they serve lasagna. If you are craving American, there’s BBQ, Pancakes and Waffles. There’s even Paella! But of course I opted for Mexican food! I paced myself during the entire meal. I started with Ceviche, Paella then ended with carne asada with cactus tacos. The meat was so juicy and tender, I still can’t stop thinking about it! I promise you, if you dine here you won’t be disappointed.
During our stay, we not only relaxed but we went wine tasting. Yes wine tasting! In Valle de Guadalupe there are over 100 beautiful vineyards. It’s an hour north of Rosarito and worth the ride. The valley was simply divine and each winery was well done. We not only tasted wine but we dined at a Michelin restaurant as well We had a lovely day. Below are places we visited which I highly recommend.
- Deckman’s-You won’t be disappointed! Everything here is delicious from the wine to an affordable 5 course meal. We dined outside at this table in this gorgeous vineyard while Chef Deckman himself prepared our meal. The food, wine, ambiance and service was out of this world! You guys, it truly was an unforgettable experience!
- Monte Xanic-Great White Wines! This vineyard’s wine tasting was set up outside. There was a man made lake near by while we were buzzing it up! The view here was breathtaking!
- Cieli-Good draft beer, wine was okay but food was good. I wasn’t a fan of the cheese but the pasta and beef were delicious.
If you are looking for places to stay there are plenty of rentals in Rosarito. A good spot to rent is Los Gaviatos or La Marea. Check out VRBO. Happy Vacationing!
Tip-Best way to get in and out of Mexico is to apply for a Sentri pass. It’s a separate line/section from the border crossing and it takes less than 30 minutes to cross. It’s worth the time and $. If you are interested in learning more, please click the link below.
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Sabaidee! Happy Monday Everyone! Hope you had a great weekend! Today I’m sharing a simple recipe that is perfect for dinner or lunch, Green Chicken Curry.
I love making this dish because #1 it’s healthy, #2 it doesn’t require many ingredients, #3 it’s easy to make and #4 it’s delicious! In our house, this dish is made at least once a week. Give it a go and let me know what you think. Ma Der Ma Der!
Thai Green Chicken Curry
A Lao & Thai Staple
- 2 cups chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
- 4 Thai eggplants, sliced into 4 pieces or substitute with sliced green zucchini
- 1 fresh red or green Thai chile or serrano pepper finely sliced (optional)
- 1 cup Thai basil leaves or substitute with Italian basil leaves
- 1 cup drained julienne bamboo shoots (optional)
- 1 (13.5 oz.) can coconut milk
- 3 cups water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons green curry paste or use red curry paste (I usually make this dish with red curry paste but for some reason on this night I chose green)
- 1 teaspoon sugar or palm sugar (preferred)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
- Step 1 Boil 3 cups of water, bring to boil and cook bamboo shoots for 3 minutes. Then drain and set aside.
- Step 2 In a wok or large saucepan heat 1/2 can of coconut milk until it bubbles. Add green curry paste and briefly mix the paste with coconut milk until it becomes aromatic (3-4 minutes). Add rest of coconut milk, fish sauce and sugar, simmer for 5 minutes. Turn down heat to low and cover saucepan 3/4 of the way with lid.
- Step 3 Once coconut milk begins to bubble, add chicken. Once chicken is cooked add eggplants and bamboo (if using), cook for 3 minutes. Turn off heat, add basil and chile.
- Step 4 Taste and add a splash of fish sauce if you it salty. Serve with brown or white rice. You can even pour the curry over vermicelli noodles.
*Laotion’s and Thai’s like more liquid in their curry. They use it to flavor their rice. I like my curry in between therefore I do not add water to the base but you are welcome to. If you decide to, add 1/4 cup of water.
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Authentic Laos Food
Good Lao restaurants are not easy to find. In Orange County, Westminster to be exact Vientiane Thai Laos Restaurant is the BEST there is!
It’s not the fanciest place but let me tell you, they can throw down some food here! Your taste buds will be 100% satisfied! What’s good here you ask? Really everything, you can’t go wrong because Auntie and Mom are cooking in the back. But in my opinion I suggest ordering Kow Piek (Fresh thick noodles with shredded Chicken in a creamy broth), Kow Poon (Curry noodles with Chicken), Lao Papaya Salad, Larb (any kind of meat but beef is the best), Crispy Fried Rice, Sticky Rice, Sausage, Deep Fried Catfish, Chicken Satay, Crying Tiger and Naked Shrimp are my usual suspects. I realize that was a long list but it’s ALL GOOD!! I mean I’m even salivating as I’m typing up this post! I promise you won’t be disappointed.