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Lilian Vega proves that romance blossoms in tough economic times
Lilian Vega proves that romance blossoms in tough economic times
It bears mentioning that there are some businesses that are doing so well that it’s time to open a second location. What business is that? Why, romance, of course! It makes sense that when fewer folks are able to go out on the town to wine and dine, there are some who will find ways to make staying home more fun than not. About a year ago, the lovely Lily Vega opened the first Sex City store in the strip mall (pun intended) across from SuperLey. Just this week, Lily cut the ribbon on her second location, located on the corner of Luis Encinas and Calle 13.

Hardworking and classy, Lily Vega has a store where people of all (mature) ages can shop in comfort. Continued success to you, Lily!

posted by Rosie Glover,

Legendary Hotel Offers Chance To Rediscover Rosarito For $19.25 A Night, September 14 Through October 29

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO---The legendary Rosarito Beach Hotel is offering the chance to rediscover the resort and the tourist city for $19.25 a night Sundays through Thursdays from Sept. 14 through Oct. 29, 2009.

The rate applies to select rooms in its oceanfront Coronado Tower, one of three at the 500-room resort which, not coincidentally, opened in 1925. U.S. holidays and special events are excluded, and reservations must be made by Sept. 14.

“The $19.25 price is the lowest we have offered in decades,” said hotel Executive Director Laura Torres, a third-generation owner of the landmark hotel. “The weather is perfect and it’s a beautiful time to be here.”

“The price of $19.25 is a reminder of the year we opened,” Ms. Torres said. “More importantly, we want to give people an irresistible incentive to rediscover this wonderful area and the resort. That’s why we’re calling the program Rediscover Rosarito.”

The hotel also will offer lower rates on attractive packages and suites, including the 271 in its 18-story luxury condo-hotel Pacifico Tower, which opened in 2007.

Rosarito, 30 miles south of San Diego, is known for its pristine beaches, surfing, fine dining including the famous Puerto Nuevo Lobster Village, exceptional shopping and original arts.

It also home to Baja Studios, where James Cameron’s Titanic and Master & Commander were filmed and which now offers tours and a museum of Titanic sets and memorabilia.

The city has been so popular with its many visitors that an estimated 14,000 expatriates now call it home.

The hotel opened in 1925 and become the resort for Baja and Southern California, including Hollywood. Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Gregory Peck and John Wayne are among the galaxy of stars who have been guests.

The hotel has a quarter-mile fishing pier, two restaurants, including Chabert’s, the world-class Casa Playa Spa located in the former family mansion, world-class music and dance events, bars and fine shops. It also is a popular wedding destination.

Advance registration is required to take advantage of the $19.25 offer. People can or call 1-866-ROSARITO.



La Bamba Labor Day Hours and Fund Raising

Hello all!

Time flies, and Labor Day is nearly upon us! Attached you'll find our "daily specials" menu for September. There are a couple of noteworthy items:

**We are closing early (2:00p.m.) on Labor Day. Once the breakfast/lunch hours end, we're all heading home for a little R&R time!

**We will be CLOSED for one week in September.
Everyone deserves a week to relax, and it's time for La Bamba to shut the doors for a week and spend some time enjoying life, our families, and the September sunshine. We'll be closed starting Friday, the 18th and we will re-open Friday the 25th.

"Helping our Community"
** La Bamba was thrilled to be asked to participate in a fund raiser in August for a local family that recently lost their house to a fire. The event, hosted by Keri & Mike at the Pyramid Resort, made for a beautiful day. We donated apple pies, jams, and gift certificates to the raffle, along with several other local restaurants. We send our continued good wishes out to this family, and hope that the fund raiser is a good start to building a new home.

**On August 30th we provided lunch for 15 of Rosarito's volunteer lifeguards - "las salvavidas". We were pleased that the city asked for our help for these hard-working, much needed volunteers that help to keep our beaches safe.
**A big "thank you" to all of our customers that responded to the call for school supplies for the kids in Primo Tapia! From the folks that I've spoken with, it sounds like there was a good response. We appreciate it, and we know that the kids do, too!

Your continued patronage really help support our efforts to maintain a clean, friendly, quality restaurant while also allowing us to put our best foot forward in our efforts to help the community that we live in and love!

If you know anyone who hasn't been to La Bamba, please bring them in to see us! Once they try us, we hope they'll come back again and again. No matter how many bucks are (or aren't) in the advertising budget, "word of mouth" always works best anyway!!

We look forward to seeing each of you soon.

All the best,
Susan & William
La Bamba 1950's Style American Diner
Km 29.5 Boulevard Popotla
Playas de Rosairto, B.C., Mexico
Phone: 661-100-2560

The Retro Rockets


by Lynn Prince

Music of the 1960s was characteristic of the revolution that was going on during the decade. It was a time of rebellion and counter-culture in which the younger people were questioning everything, including authority, government, every aspect of life and the status quo. It was a fun, unique experience . . . just talk to any baby-boomers who were adolescents during that era and they will tell you how fun and fortunate they were to grow up in the '60s.

With that in mind Sonora Is Safe, in their efforts to promote tourism and the Sonoran economy, has created a Blast From the Past with a two-day concert in San Carlos with one of the best Rock and Roll bands in the Tucson area . . . The Retro Rockets.

Their music is centered on great oldies, and their high-energy classic rock with outrageous vocal harmonies wows audiences young and old alike! Their music is pretty intergenerational . . . so bring the kids to this one!

This four-member Tucson band sings three-part harmony so sweetly that you’ll think you’re listening to the original recording. You will enjoy songs from The Beatles, The Monkees, The Turtles, The Beach Boys and many others.

The Retro Rockets will be at La Palapa Restaurant on September 18 and 19, and November 27 and 28 for a 5–8 p.m. concert on the beach. Don your '60's clothes and come prepared to dance your golden slippers off doing The Twist, the Mashed Potato, the Monster Mash, the Monkey and the Dog, the Frug and the Hully Gully, and all those very cool dances the 60’s music generated . . . because this group's music is fireworks for the dance floor crowd!

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The Little Engine that Could
by Patricia Cochin

Before retiring to San Felipe, the only groups I joined were ones involving my children or my career. So, when I was approached by various local clubs, I politely declined.
Some months ago I was invited to a breakfast meeting by Rotarians Pim & Annika (a delightful couple)and surprised myself by agreeing . . . the surprise being I hate getting up early. Well, long story short, I joined—with my friend Dave as a mentor—and volunteered for three committees.
The reason for this change? The realization of what this small club, led by passionate President Michele MacDonald, had accomplished. San Felipe Rotary has members from all walks of our community, brought together by a desire to improve life for this town’s residents. They provide students financial assistance, school supplies, home improvements for seniors, food, clothing, ambulances for Cruz Rojas, and a fire engine for South Campos, to list just a few accomplishments.
Recently, this spirit of commitment by Rotary, other groups, and dedicated individuals of the Caminata Contra el Cancer, resulted in opening a Cancer Detection Center that provides mammograms regardless of ability to pay.
I am proud to belong to San Felipe Rotary Club and look forward to all of its future projects.

PRESS RELEASE - MLG is Read 166,861 Times

August 20, 2009
For Immediate Release
John Pack, Publisher
Mexico Living - Guide to the Good Life

MLG is Read 166,861 Times
During the month of July 2009
SAN FELIPE, BAJA CALIFORNIA - August 20th - During the month of July 2009, through the combined networks of Issuu, Google, Mexico Living had a combined 166,861 UNIQUE PAGE VIEWSto our online PDF guides. This number represent the number of Mexico Living pages read during the single month. 
September 2009In October 2008, Mexico Living began distributing online editions through the use of Issuu, an online PDF publishing system and network.  The site has its own viewers and members and is also indexed by the Google search engine. This along with Mexico Living's weekly newsletter, website and blog has contributed to the continued growth of Mexico Living readership.
From both an advertising and editorial stand point, it's important to know that Mexico Living advertisers and writers are being exposed to new readers in perpetuity and that Mexico Living has continued monthly readership long after the month of publication.

This number represents ONLY our Issuu readers, not the website, printed edition readership or subscriptions.
Total Number of Unique Page Views: 166,861

Total Number of Unique Page View per edition:

5069 - August 09
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14470 - April 09
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24512 - February 09
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19229 - December 08
7348 - November 08
2529 - October 08
3234 - September 08
2112 - August 08
2470 - July 08
1634 - June 08
1854 - May 08
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3531 - March 08
4991 - February 08
3147 - January 08
1541 - December 07
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392 - June 07
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225 - Febraury 07

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October Edition - HEALTH & WELLNESS

The October edition is our Annual Health & Wellness Special Edition. We will cover all aspects of Mexican healthcare and what you need to know to receive quality care in Baja and Sonora. We'll examine facilities, doctors, insurance, critical care, medicine and so much more. From surgery to massage, spas to homeopathic alternatives being offered in Mexico. If you are involved in the healthcare or wellness fields and would like to be included, please email If you have an experience with medical care in Mexico and would like to share it,

About Mexico Living:
Mexico Living is a monthly guide to Baja California and Sonora. We have been publishing since February 2007. We are committed to promoting Baja and Sonora and the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) region to the limits of our abilities. Mexico Living is distributed in 13 cities and 3 states of Mexico. 

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Discover Baja's High Country

by Benjamin Eugene

Those who picture Baja California as an unrelieved desert would be surprised to discover the highest part of the backbone of the peninsula is covered by conifer forests, with winter snows and flowered meadows in the summer.

This is the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir, a mountain chain that runs north-south along the middle part of the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California, with its name Spanish for "mountains of Saint Peter the Martyr." The highest point is Cerro de la Encantada, 3,096 meters (10,158 feet). Also known as Picacho del Diablo (Devil’s Peak), this is the highest point in the state of Baja California, as well as the entire Baja California Peninsula, and a popular expert rock climbing and rappelling destination.

The Sierra San Pedro Mártir is a sky island of rugged forested ridges and broad meadows, standing high above the coastal slopes to the west and dropping sharply to the San Felipe desert on the east.

The Sierra de San Pedro Mártir is a good example of a "sky island" because the species that inhabit this mountain range have been separated from related creatures that live in adjacent high-elevation areas by their inability to cross the hotter, drier low-elevation deserts. This physical isolation has permitted genetic drifts among several local plant and animal populations, producing variations found only in the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir.

Probably the best example is the Nelson's rainbow trout, a species tolerant of warm water and native to a few permanent pools and west flowing streams. Others animals include 20 subspecies of birds, and 5 species and 8 subspecies of mammals. Beyond these are the more familiar animals such as bighorn sheep, mule deer, cougars and many smaller species.

The Sierra de San Pedro Mártir became a national park in 1947, and work is now underway for it to be designated as part of the International Biosphere Preserve, a most worthy distinction for this unique place.

Its geological history is closely related to the events that were responsible for the formation of the other peninsular range complexes to the north, including the Sierra Juárez of Baja California, the Cuyamaca and Laguna mountains of San Diego County, and the San Jacinto mountains of Riverside County.

The climate is similar to that of mountains of southern California, with the main precipitation coming from winter storms, and occasional summer monsoon storms.

This natural area, which is also home to the National Astronomy Observatory of the Autonomus University of Mexico (Longitude: 115° 27´49; West Latitude: 31° 02´39 North), built in 1971 on a neighboring peak from Picacho del Diablo, and is home to Mexico's largest optical telescope, with a diameter of 2.12 meters, and a weight of 40 tons in total.

The National Observatory is located on a 9,000-foot ridge overlooking the San Felipe Desert thousands of feet below. The facility consists of a world-class 82-inch reflecting telescope, along with several smaller units. Astronomers from around the world come here to take advantage of the excellent conditions where light and atmospheric pollution is minimal.

At the top of the range are ranches and beautiful isolated campsites surrounded by giant old growth, Jeffrey and lodgepole pines, and extensive groves of quaking aspens with hiking trails leading to Blue Bottle, a 2,900-meter (9,500-foot) rise, and Picacho del Diablo.

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Activities: Expeditions, walking, mountaineering, mountain biking, horse riding, camping, flora and fauna watching, as well as sky watching.

A unique experience is walking to the viewpoint at El Altar, at over 8,000 feet, you can see both the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez at the same time, or visiting the Misión de San Pedro Mártir de Verona (1794-1824) by horse ride for two and a half days with the help of a guide.

Classification: National Park since 1947; priority area.

Location: Located in Sierra de San Pedro Mártir mountains in the center of Baja California.

Surface: 65,000 hectares/160,550 acres

Weather: Extreme mediterranean climate, with dry and hot summers, and rainy winters, snowing during cold periods of winter.

Vegetation: Pine, fir, cypress and poplar forests.

Wildlife: Ram, cougar, black tail deer, mountain lion, royal eagle, owl, raccoon, coyotes, among others.

Access: Departing from Ensenada by the transpeninsular road Highway 1 at Km 243 (Km 140 section Ensenada-San Quintín) in San Telmo de Abajo, take the small road to the east (there is a signal), keep going 47 miles and you'll arrive at the National Park entry.

Further information: Request a Baja California National Parks guide in the tourism office of your locality.

Resources: San Diego Natural History Museum, Wikipedia, Discover Baja California, Baja State Secretary of Tourism.

San Felipe Weather... Weekend Weather Forecast

San Felipe Weather... Weekend Weather Forecast

Last night we experienced some pretty comfortable temperatures. As I headed for bed the temp was hovering at right around 80 degrees with very comfortable humidity levels. perfect for throwing open doors & windows, and an opportunity to give the Air Conditioner a well deserved rest.

Today is slow to warm and the high is projected to be only in the mid 90s. This won't last forever in fact this coming week looks like the air will be holding considerable moisture which will drive our heat index up and threaten us with clouds and maybe even a small summer shower or two...we'll just have to see how it pans out.

Updated: 11:00 PM PDT on August 07, 2009
Clear. High: 35 °C . Wind NW 10 km/h .
Saturday Night
Clear. Low: 25 °C . Wind WSW 10 km/h . Heat Index: 28 °C .
Clear. High: 35 °C . Wind ESE 14 km/h . Heat Index: 33 °C .
Sunday Night
Clear. Low: 26 °C . Wind SSE 10 km/h . Heat Index: 29 °C .
Clear. High: 37 °C . Wind ESE 14 km/h . Heat Index: 35 °C .
Monday Night
Chance of Rain. Scattered Clouds. Low: 28 °C . Wind WSW 10 km/h . Chance of precipitation 20% (trace amounts). Heat Index: 31 °C .
Clear. High: 38 °C . Wind East 14 km/h . Heat Index: 37 °C .
Tuesday Night
Partly Cloudy. Low: 30 °C . Wind West 10 km/h . Heat Index: 32 °C .
Scattered Clouds. High: 39 °C . Wind ESE 14 km/h . Heat Index: 38 °C .
Wednesday Night
Chance of Rain. Overcast. Low: 30 °C . Wind WSW 10 km/h . Chance of precipitation 20% (trace amounts). Heat Index: 32 °C .
Chance of Rain. Scattered Clouds. High: 38 °C . Wind ESE 18 km/h . Chance of precipitation 20% (trace amounts). Heat Index: 38 °C .
Thursday Night
Clear. Low: 28 °C . Wind NNW 10 km/h . Heat Index: 32 °C .

Wednesday line dance class & karaoke has been suspended

Hope you don't mind messages on Facebook, I wanted to get this out as soon as possible..

Nan & I will continue our karaoke party on Saturday nights, but due to economic conditions and declining attendance, the Wednesday line dance class & karaoke has been suspended for the month of August, 2009.

Please help spread the word, I know that not all of our folks have email or are on Facebook.

Thanks, mac

DINING - Explore the Culinary Delights

Explore the Culinary Delights
by Stockton Hill and Lucy E. Jackson

Uncovering hidden restaurants and truly superior food is one of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling in Pacific Baja and along the coast of the Sea of Cortez. When it comes to dining, the opportunities are as rich and varied as the towns and villages themselves—each with a unique flavor and specialty.

When the conquistadores arrived in Mexico in 1492, they found that the diet of the people consisted largely of corn-based dishes with chiles and herbs, occasionally complemented with beans and tomatoes; and many such staples are still enjoyed today, like tamales and tortillas.

The conquistadores, like many of you culinary explorers, wanted more and eventually integrated their European ingredients of rice, beef, pork, chicken, wine and garlic with the native indigenous foods of the time, including chocolate, maize, huitlacoche, tomatoes, chile peppers, beans, squash, etc., to shape the gastronomic delights of Mexico.

Today, Mexico is one of the world’s top food destinations, known for its blend of local ingredients and experimental flavors, and Baja and Sonora may be the best example, with a strong influence from the southwestern United States, and a cross section of the entire country—from corn-fed beef and flour tortillas of the north, seafood of the Gulf Coast to the rich molés, spices and stuffed chiles rellenos of the Pueblo region.

Everything is available, from fine dining to street vendors selling tacos or the Americana especial—the hotdog. Our featured restaurants serve mouthwatering national and International specialties, from traditional Mexican, and the world’s best seafood, to cuisine such as American, French, Italian, and sumptuous steaks, or whatever is needed to curb your cravings.

This month we’re going to whet your appetite and give you a “taste” of what’s available in this region of the world. The craft, elegance and sheer diversity of the dining options will please anyone on any occasion.

You can unwind with your favorite drink on the deck overlooking the Sea of Cortez or indulge in a culinary adventure and a feast for your senses—where the local flavor and environment come together in perfect harmony. From elegant dining to a casual beachfront bistro, you can enjoy each savory bite of elegant fare in a relaxing atmosphere.

Enjoy a memorable evening under the stars, or allow them to cater to you in genuine Mexican style; savor the sunset while indulging in a true gourmet’s delight; and discover culinary masterpieces in a magnificent setting with distinctive service and ambiance.

When it comes to dining in Mexico, restaurants are everywhere. Dining out is often a true highlight of the day and it is possible to sample many of the country’s finest dishes, with many of the best dining venues being surprisingly inexpensive.

Along the way, you are likely to sample offerings that range from acceptable to outstanding (but very rarely anything less). In general, restaurants are quite good and very reasonably priced.

Join us, and a couple of our friends, and savor the fresh flavor as we explore the culinary delights of Pacific Baja and the Sea of Cortez.

DINING - Sea of Cortez Sea Salt

Although this is not a restaurant, you're likely to find this product throughout San Felipe and in northern Baja on the table of many of your favorite restaurants—all-natural Sea of Cortez Salt.

The salt is harvested directly from the warm waters in the protected areas of the Sea of Cortez and the Colorado River Delta. Sea of Cortez Salt delivers gourmet sea salt in its simplest form, pure and natural. It's for this reason that the flavor is a "must have" for any kitchen.

In 1974 portions of the upper Sea of Cortez became an environmentally protected area. In 1993 UNESCO designated over 3 million acres of the upper Sea of Cortez and the Colorado River Delta as a Biosphere Reserve. This area has since been extended southerly to include San Felipe Bay and is under the protection of the Mexican Federal Government.

Evaporation ponds within this protected region produce an exquisite salt, pure and clean with a special sunny flavor. No chemicals, drying or anti-caking agents are used; just naturally produced solar sea salt. In fact, Sea of Cortez Sea Salt is 83 percent sodium chloride (compared to regular table salt at 99 percent), which means the salt is 17 percent rich in essential trace minerals.

Packaged in elegant Mexican ceramic "pinch" dishes and handmade glass azure-blue bottles with hand-painted labels and adjustable grinders on top, Sea of Cortez Salt's are beautifully presented—a perfect gift or a special treat for yourself.

Add the amazing fresh flavors of Mexican roasted garlic, chipotle chile and cacao, black peppercorns, or the “HOT” new flavor, chiltepîn . . . you’ll be hooked.

Whether for a margarita rimmed in their All-Natural Margarita Sea Salt or you need just the right seasoning for the catch of the day, you're going to love this salt.

Now that we've pointed the salt out, you'll begin seeing it everywhere. But, if you can't wait, you can contact Sea of Cortez Salt at (686) 209-0074, or visit them at the Plazita on Mar de Cortez in downtown San Felipe.

DINING - The Pavilion Restaurant

Fine Dining at its Best in San Felipe

The Pavilion Restaurant is the choice for fine dining in San Felipe. They offer exceptional service, great food and a large open dining room with amazing views of the golf course, sea and mountains from every window.

Located in the Pavilion of the Las Caras de Mexico Golf Course at La Ventana del Mar, the Pavilion currently serves a number of purposes including offering golf course services. But, if you're after a great meal at a good price, the Pavilion Restaurant will provide a level of cuisine not found elsewhere in the area. Manager Cesar Quirarte says, "At the Pavilion, everyone is family."

They have great dishes, like Filet Mignon, or Churrasco (Argentinian Beef), but the Half Rack of Lamb with Fig and Apricot Glaze is their house specialty. Of course, they offer a wide selection of seafood, like fish or shrimp, and all the traditional Mexican dishes like Fajitas, Enchiladas and Chile Rellenos, Carne Asada Tampiquena, and the favorite Mexican Combo—Enchilada, Chile Relleno, Beef Taco.

In recent months, the Pavilion has changed management and menu, so if you haven't been there in a while, you haven't been there.

DINING - Loreto Islas

The Real Art of Gourmet Dining in Loreto

Loreto Islas is aptly named; a seaside restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows that face east onto the Malecón, the Sea of Cortez and Isla del Carmen.

From outside, Islas shines as bright as the lighthouse that can be seen just down the street. Inside, the same bright bold orange and red colors continue throughout, with the exception of the windows and the deep blues of the sea fading upward towards the soft blue sky—all of which make for a beautiful and inviting dining room.

Chef Francisco Drew Murillo is the master of the menu and, like the art on the walls, he too creates masterpieces, from his amazing sauces to his signature dish—Pescado Menier, which is similar to a paella with a healthy portion of scallops, fish, clams, broccoli and cauliflower mixed in with rice and his menier sauce.

Chef Francisco is considered by many to be the the best in Loreto. He has been producing fine dining for 27 years in many of the best restaurants and hotels in Los Cabos, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and La Paz.

Loreto Islas' menu is simple, made with the freshest produce and ranch-fresh eggs and chicken. Islas also serves the freshest seafood available, caught and prepared the same day.

You can start your day with their signature Huevos Rancheros for breakfast, have fresh seafood tacos or special burgers for lunch, and finish the day with dinner from a wide variety of the daily catch to a tender steak, along with a cold cervesa, cocktail or bottle from an impressive selection of wines from Mexico, Argentina and California. Finish it off with a daily choice of Chef Francisco's fresh flan or freshly baked cheesecake.

Loreto Islas is a must for anyone who wants an elegant dining experience. And, the best part is their prices don't reflect their quality or location; an average entree is only $8–$10.

See you at Islas!

DINING - La Picazon in Loreto

La Picazon Dining in Paradise!

An island paradise unto itself, La Picazon in Loreto, Baja California Sur, is unlike any other restaurant. It's not just the incredible food that makes it special, the amazing hospitality, the beautiful decor, the best view anywhere, or the fact that the Sea of Cortez is only feet from the stunning open-air dining room under a giant palapa, because La Picazon is all of this and more.

La Picazon is six miles north of Loreto, along a winding, graded dirt and gravel road with incredible vistas of the sea, across washes and creek beds, that become raging rivers during hurricane season, isolating La Picazon from town and making it only accessible by boat.

A four-year project of the warm and friendly Igartua family, La Picazon to them is more than a restaurant, it's their home and their own paradise that they graciously share with their customers. Gourmet seafood and Mexican cuisine at a reasonable price and an unforgettable experience.

No visit to Loreto is complete without visiting the Igartua family and La Picazon. You can contact them at (613) 109-9029.

DINING - Americano Cheese Steak

Americano Cheese Steak - Serving Up Some of Your Favorite "Guilty Pleasures"

Two things you'll discover when living in Mexico: Mexican food here is generally better than Mexican food elsewhere, and the reverse is also generally true. However, Americano’s Cheesesteak Grill defies this with real American-style sandwiches, appetizers and desserts. In a land where hot dogs are plentiful, yet chili dogs are unknown, it’s a refreshing break from tortilla-based food.

The grilled cheesesteaks are the closest thing to a true Philly cheesesteak this side of the Appalachians, while the spicy chili dogs take you back to the State Fair. Enjoy some sinful chili cheese fries or picante chicken wings, then cool off with a root beer float or ice cream pie. And, the real star, “Mom’s Apple Pie,” with a crispy crumb topping, is as good as it gets.

Visit the owners, John and Carmina Ashman, as they serve up these guilty pleasures, Tuesday–Saturday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m., at 150 Nicolas Bravo in La Paz.

DINING - Rosita Restaurant

Rosita's is More than Just A San Felipe Favorite

International Rosita Restaurant is a family-owned waterfront Restaurant located in downtown San Felipe at the north end of the Malecón, directly across from the beach. The great location is also why Rosita's is a favorite hangout during spring break and Semana Santa (Easter week). However, anytime of the year is a good time at Rosita's and people can enjoy a great meal, whether on the covered sidewalk tables or in the cool air-conditioned dining room.

If you're wanting something more than just a tasty meal, Rosita Restaurant features a large banquet facility and affordable on and off premises catering for receptions, rehearsal dinners, family reunions, class reunions, company parties or any other seasonal events. For their Net-savvy clientele, they've added Wi-Fi service and a computer terminal.

You'll find a fun and friendly atmosphere all year round, and always the freshest seafood and authentic Mexican dishes, with handmade tortillas. Their fish is so fresh that it was in the sea, earlier the same day.

And if you're into shrimp like Bubba or Forest, you'll love Rosita's shrimp selection. You can have shrimp with garlic, breaded shrimp, barbeque shrimp, shrimp in mole, shrimp tamales, coconut shrimp, cilantro shrimp, shrimp cocktail, shrimp ceviche, veracruz shrimp, plus shrimp tacos, burritos, fajitas, soups and, I'm willing to bet, they'll sell it to you on ice to take home.

If you're planning a party, a nice dinner or just want to have a great place to eat, hangout and enjoy the sights and sounds of San Felipe, there's no better place than Rosita's Restaurant. They're open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and anytime of the day, they offer great food, fair prices and a welcoming smile.

Stop by or call them today at 577-1903.

DINING - La Vaquita Restaurant

San Felipe's Succulent Seafood Restaurant

Whether its fish, shrimp, squid, clams or a fresh salad, you'll find a tasty selection of "right out of the sea” offerings. The owners Ana and Chema have done an amazing job with La Vaquita Restaurant, since they opened in 2006. They've done a remarkable job of transforming their restaurant into an inviting, comfortable and delicious dining establishment.

Fully remodeled and expanded, with new covered patio seating, and a new menu. La Vaquita offers some of the best seafood in San Felipe, voted Best of 2007 in the Mexico Living readers poll. La Vaquita offers either open-air patio seating or you may dine inside.

The menu offers a wide variety, from starters like fresh steamed clams, or shrimp cocktail, to one of the favorites, such as a shrimp platter with the shrimp swimming in a secret-recipe cherry sauce; or for the adventurous palate, Caldo de Siete Mares (soup of the seven seas) combines fish, shrimp, octopus, squid, clams, crab and scallops into a delightful broth. For a main course, try the house specialty, Halibut covered with a light cheese and stuffed with shrimp and squid.

La Vaquita offers an expansive dining area, with a full bar and a great selection of wine, and on the weekends they have live music from various local musicians. If your palate craves a different taste sensation than seafood, their chicken Caesar salad is exquisite. This is a fine seafood restaurant with fantastic food. Their prices may be a little more expensive than other restaurants in the area, but the food is delicious and worth every peso.

You can find La Vaquita Restaurant just off the Malecón on the corner of Mar de Cortez and Puerto Penasco, next to Licores San Felipe.

DINING - Restaurant Los Arcos

Dishing It Up Right!

For the last five years, Restaurant Los Arcos and the Happy Jackass Lounge have been a family-oriented dining establishment specializing in American and Italian cuisine. Owners Cliff and Sue White have been in this location on the south side of the arches entering San Felipe for three years. Both Cliff and Sue are longtime residents of San Felipe, Sue for more than 25 years, and have extensive experience in the restaurant business.

Over the last year, they've been making some big changes; they've changed their menu, decor, prices, staff and much more. What hasn't changed is the full-service bar and the coldest beer in town.

The menu features great burgers, chicken and dumplings, chicken-fried steak, homemade fries, and, if you're a steak lover, Angus beef from the U.S. Local fish and shrimp dishes are featured as specials. The Italian cuisine includes an All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti dinner, plus calzones, fettuccini alfredo and a new concoction called Italian puffs, and, of course, their fresh pizzas round out the menu.

The Happy Jackass, the bar attached to the restaurant, keeps things lively by offering Karaoke and various live music other nights of the week; it also hosts the semimonthly San Felipe Lions Club meetings. “Having activities for the patrons helps both the bar and the restaurant during slow times,” says Cliff.

The lounge has satellite TV on four big screens and features all the sports you could want, including four different NFL games every Sunday. NASCAR is always on one of the screens. The staff is pleasant, the atmosphere is relaxing, the prices are moderate and the portions are very generous. All in all, you will enjoy your dining experience at Los Arcos Restaurant and Lounge.

Stop by Los Arcos Restaurant and The Happy Jackass and say hello to Cliff and Sue. You can’t miss them, they’re on the right as you enter San Felipe. Tell them you saw them in Mexico Living!

Rabbit Pizza Delivers on a Perfect Pie!

Doesn't matter which city or country you're in, there is likely to be a pizza parlor, pizza delivery or at the very least frozen pizza you can take and bake yourself. San Felipe is no different; there are least four different pizza choices. But of them all, one stands out—Rabbit Pizza.

When I first saw Rabbit Pizza, I thought, "now that's interesting, a pizza made with rabbit." As it turns out there was no rabbit on the menu, but rather many of the usual favorites, like combinations, pepperoni, vegetarian, etc. They also offer six specialty pizzas and just about every topping you'd need to create a masterpiece of your own.

Rabbit Pizza is not only known for their great tasting pizza, but also the variety of sizes, including the grande, which will feed an army. It is about three feet in diameter and available with any toppings you desire. The other unique thing about their pizza, that I find delicious, is the sesame seeds they sprinkle around the crust and bake in to perfection.

Rabbit Pizza is located on Chetumal, below the traffic circle on the left as you're heading toward the Malecon. They have a few tables outside, although I don't think the tables are large enough for the "grande." No worries, if you'd rather stay home, they delivery to most of San Felipe, and they do it quickly—sorry no "30 minutes or less, or it's free." However, they don't need it. In no time at all your pizza will arrive hot and delicious. I'm guessing "Rabbit" refers to how quickly you get it.

When ordering by phone, I suggest you have the order ready and know a little Spanish. Of course, you can do as I do and drop in say "hola" and point to your favorite on the menu.

If you like pizza, you've got to have a Rabbit!

DINING - El Rey Sol Restaurant

Gourmet Cuisine and Premium Wine in Ensenada
by Steve Dryden

Jean-Loup Bitterlin is a dynamic community leader and owner of El Rey Sol, one of the best restaurants in Mexico. This renowned family operation began on May 23, 1947, when Jean-Loup’s mother, Virginia Geffroy was invited to open a 10-table cafe at a relative’s motel in downtown Ensenada. After her passing in 1989, Jean-Loup continued the operation, expanding the seating for 240 persons, with a focus on unsurpassed table service. His call for excellence has resulted in Five Star Diamond Awards from the American Academy of Hospitality for seven years in a row, 2003 through 2009.

The quality of the cuisine at El Rey Sol is consistent and speaks for itself. Try exploring some of these popular meals and discover a wine list with over 120 selections of Baja California wines. My favorite dinner is their boneless chicken breast prepared in a sauce of brandy, port wine, prunes and cream. Or, when with a “special friend," you can’t beat the Chateaubriand, beef tenderloin (for two) sliced table side, served with roasted tomato and topped with melted cheese. Another popular meal is a shellfish delight from Pepita’s original recipe called Medallion Doña Pepita, fresh shrimp with bacon belts, topped with sauce of capers and white wine.

Chef Juan Jose Lozano prepares soups daily, as well as creating three weekly specials to add diversity to the regular menu. Sommelier and dinning room manager, Gregario Rochin can help you match some of Mexico’s best wine with these culinary delights from El Rey Sol. Each evening Gregario guides his “wine tasting cart” between the tables, offering lucky guests free samples of local premium wine. Open all year from 7:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., with the breakfast menu from 7:30 a. m. until noon, followed by a lunch to closing menu. Visit them at Av. Lopez Mateos 1000. Phone: (646) 178-1733.

Published August 2009 - Mexico Living Guide