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A Picture Review of All My Friends

All My Friends is an annual music festival in Northern Baja, mostly near Tijuana. The premise of the festival is that every year it changes venue and time of year. This year, ALMV was beachside at the Hotel Castillos del Mar, the perfect location for a summer concert.

On top of having different kinds of music, there was plenty of food and crafts to be purchased. From Marfil’s awesome sweatshirts to brownies and everything in between, there was something you would want to buy. There was even a tattoo art gallery!

Welcome to All My Friends
Welcome to All My Friends
La Brownie Girl's delicious brownies were the perfect amount of sweet, without being over chocolatey
La Brownie Girl’s delicious brownies were the perfect amount of sweet, without being over chocolatey
Tibetan prayer flags, incense, cool shirts, you could find a little bit of everything!
VPaix was selling postcards
VPaix was selling postcards
Marfil with some great stuff and stickers!
Marfil with some great stuff and stickers!
Make sure you don't fall off the cliff!
Make sure you don’t fall off the cliff!
Tattoo art
Tattoo art
Beach concert, literally!
Beach concert, literally!
Not too sure what was going on during this performance
Not too sure what was going on during this performance
ALMV sunset
ALMV sunset
The crowd enjoying the music
The crowd enjoying the music

All My Friends was an interesting event, there was a garden, pool and beach stage. All attracting plenty of music lovers. Even if a particular band wasn’t to your liking, you could spend that time eating or browsing the arts and crafts.

Where and when will they be next year??

 

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It doesn’t have to be Friday for you to eat at a food truck!

Right after the Boulevard Aguacaliente on the libre (free) road to Rosarito there exists a hidden food truck haven; have you heard of Estacion 55 yet? It’s relatively new, about six months old or so and is definitely worth the trip to Tijuana or a perfect lunch break on your way south.

How far are you from burgers, pizzas, tacos and crepes?? Closer than Paris or Sydney!
How far are you from burgers, pizzas, tacos and crepes?? Closer than Paris or Sydney!

So, you’re probably wondering what’s available? Well, there is something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a burger, pizza, fish tacos, tortas (burger-sandwich hybrid), empanadas, or crepes, you are sure to find something to suit your appetite. It’s the perfect place if your friends are picky eaters because there are meat, fish, and vegetarian options. (But, for lack of a liquor license, not the best place if you want to support local breweries!)

Tuna tostada loaded with guacamole and salsa
Tuna tostada loaded with guacamole and salsa

There are many ways to go about eating at the restaurant. You can either go for your meal and dessert, just your meal, a sampling of all the trucks, a snack, or just for dessert. It’s up to you!

Cheese, corn, and "rajas" empanada... Yummy!
Cheese, corn, and “rajas” empanada… Yummy!

As an appetizer, order one of the many combinations of empanadas. All are $19 pesos ($1.50 dollar) and accompanied by a boat of salsas. There are various types of empanadas you can order, chorizo with Oaxaca cheese (the king of Mexican cheeses), corn and rajas, picadillo, as well as other great combinations.

Try everything!
Try everything!

If you are craving fish and shrimp, try Ta’Costeno. Whether you ask the waitress what she recommends or you go for the “try everything for $150 pesos (about $12 dollars)” platter you will find your meal delicious.  I highly recommend the “try everything” platter, you try every taco and get the agua fresca of the day. If you aren’t too hungry and don’t want to try everything, give the shrimp taco or the tuna tostada a try.

Looks good and the shell shaped plates are awesome! Even if you’re not crazy about octopus, the Tentaculo Negro is a must try!

If you’re not in the mood for seafood, give Via Bistro a try. It’s a brick oven pizza with all kinds of combinations. And if you don’t feel like trying any other food truck, order a greek salad as your appetizer and a pizza as your main meal. Whatever you order, make sure you try the sauce; it’s the perfect companion to your tasty pizza.

Make sure to ask for the daily special, it's not on the menu but can surprise you, today's was ricotta cheese with basil
Make sure to ask for the daily special, it’s not on the menu but can surprise you, today’s was ricotta cheese with basil

And, the best for last, DESSERT! Make sure you try Rodante’s crepes and macaroons. The crepes are usually Nutella, caramel, Suzette (orange), berries, or apples. Obviously you can never go wrong with Nutella, but it’s always nice to try something new!

Apple crepe
Apple crepe

After eating all that food, there was no place for the tortas and burgers. However, considering everything else was exquisite, I can only imagine those are both great. The burgers have an eating contest, kind of like Man v Food; where you have to eat a GIANT burger, 1 liter of soda and french fries, all within 30 minutes. Are you capable?

Will you try?
If you make it, the meal is on the house!

I’m sure you can tell you should eat there, but the best part was the price. Sharing between four friends, we spent $100 pesos each (about $8 dollars)! How great is that?

 

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Mami’s Place, Fresh Ingredients, Delicious Food

Right behind the Xolos stadium, in an area known as La Herradura, there is a cute, fresh, delicious restaurant, Mami’s Place. It offers both indoor and outdoor seating as well as a variety of food, drinks, and daily specials.

Outside the restaurant. It's right by a roundabout and a Soriana.
Outside the restaurant. It’s right by a roundabout and a Soriana.

Mami’s Place offers pizzas, salads, paninis, appetizers, fresh juices, wine and beer. You can also ask for the “platillo del dia,” the menu of the day. Today there was chicken or fish with vegetables and rice, both accompanied by beet soup. However, I chose to split a salad and a shrimp pizza.

The House Salad. plenty of colors to brighten your day!
The House Salad. plenty of colors to brighten your day!

The health starts as soon as you are offered the “wait for us snack,” whereas most restaurants give tortilla chips or bread, Mami’s Place gives you carrots and cucumbers with Tajin, a chile powder used on fruits and vegetables.

Fresh squeezed green and energetic juices as well as a fresh garden salad, what else could you ask for?
Fresh squeezed green and energetic juices as well as a fresh garden salad, what else could you ask for?

We ordered the House Salad, which had mixed salad greens, tomatoes and red onions. However the salad selection was varied and offered a red berry salad, a salad with orange slices, among other healthy options. You could either choose the small or large portion, because we said that we would be sharing, we got both a large salad and pizza. A lot of food!

A feast for two!
A feast for two!

There are many pizzas to choose from, whether you are vegetarian, pescatarian or a meat lover, there will be a pizza for you. The “camaron” pizza is shrimp pizza with chipotle seasoning and fresh avocados. It was the perfect amount of spicy and if you wanted more spice, they offer jalapenos and spicy olive oil.

Healthy combo
Healthy combo

The service is great and from the fresh juices to the freshly made pizza and salad, everything is served on time. Just make sure you specify which portion you want, otherwise the waitress will assume you are famished. To make sure the service is fast, the waitress gives you a buzzer in case you need something urgently.

Highly recommend this quaint restaurant. If you’ve been let me know if you liked it!

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Taco Fest, What Tijuana Does Best!

There was a lot going on this week-end, from the Craft Beer Expo to the Tijuana Rumble Fest, there was something for every taste. However, I was feeling hungry and knew there were two more beer fests (one in July on the Revolucion and another in August at the CECUT), so I decided to go to Rock’n’Taco. A festival where rock and tacos were combined to offer a fun afternoon.

It sure attracted a lot of people!

The event was held on the world famous Revolucion between calles 8 and 9. The event was free and welcomed 20 local taquerias and seven local bands. As the night went on, the bands were better. Some bands even came from Ensenada.

Taquerias everywhere!
Taquerias everywhere!

You could find a little of everything, from the famous Kokopelli seafood and vegetarian tacos to soy based tacos, and obviously delicious meat tacos. There were birria tacos, adobada tacos, regular beef tacos, everything tacos!

Birria tacos… YU-MMY

I believe this was the event’s first time, however there’s a good chance they will be able to make this an annual one. I’ll be sure to keep you posted if it happens, I didn’t know about it until the day before. I’ll make sure you are aware ahead of time next time!

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Week-end Idea: the CECUT’s Expo Artesanal

Are you not sure what you should do this week-end? If you passport hasn’t expired and you want to explore Mexico, not just Tijuana, drive to the CECUT, Tijuana’s cultural center. There’s currently an artesania (craft) fair you should definitely check out.

The CECUT set itself up with tents, food, and a fun concert.
The CECUT set itself up with tents, food, and a fun concert.

There are vendors from all over Mexico,such as Michoacan, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Nayarit. You name the state, it will most likely be represented. The variety of crafts being sold goes from organic make-up to intricately woven dresses and copper bathtubs.

The hand sewn dresses cost around $400 dollars, once you see the work that goes into it, you'll understand.
The hand sewn dresses cost around $400 dollars, once you see the work that goes into it, you’ll understand.

But if you’re looking for a small souvenir, you’ll also be able to find it, there is cool Mexican jewelry. From beaded necklaces and bracelets to silver earrings and cuffs, there’s something for everyone. There are even little backpacks and key-chains if you just want something small.

Little souvenirs you can take home... You can even pretend you traveled elsewhere than Tijuana!
Little souvenirs you can take home… You can even pretend you traveled elsewhere than Tijuana!

But the crafts are not the only reason you should visit. There is an abundance of food, drink, and salsa sampling from all over Mexico (think cool alcoholic beverages you’ve probably never heard of). If you get thirsty, you can buy a mug of café de olla, a typically Mexican way of making coffee or atole, a fruit and milk based hot drink (not the best idea considering the day’s heat but luckily the night was cooler!).

Mexico's typical atole and café de olla booth. You can also buy a cool mug for $35, it's way more eco-friendly than the styrofoam cups they usually come in!
Mexico’s typical atole and café de olla booth. You can also buy a cool mug for $35, it’s way more eco-friendly than the Styrofoam cups they usually come in.

The food involved your typical tacos and meat-based meals, however the ingredients were fresh. If there is a picky eater in your family or group of friends, you will be able to find something for them. Pancakes and nutella crepes were available for those afraid to try something new; and for those of you who have already tried tacos, try branching out by eating a huarache (beef on cactus).

Freshly made tacos!
Freshly made tacos!

To add to the already pleasant atmosphere, there was a great band playing in the background. The show went on until 11, when the band stopped and the booths rested until 10 am tomorrow morning.

Typical Mexican candy booth.
Typical Mexican candy stand.

If you can’t think of anything to do this week-end, definitely think of going to Tijuana. This event is a Mexican experience and you will get to see much more of Mexico than if you were to visit TJ on a regular week-end.

Intricately woven mantle pieces, also available as pillowcases.
Intricately woven mantle pieces, also available as pillowcases.

I’m hoping to hear about your experience; please share it in the comments!

To get to the CECUT: after crossing the border, stay on the route that says ZONA RIO you will see a big ball on your left. That’s the CECUT.

 

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Tijuana’s Kokopelli Tacos: An Explosion of Flavor

What used to be a food truck in the center of Tijuana, and is now located in the Zona Rio, Kokopelli is a cute taco restaurant specializing in grilled fish, shrimp, octopus, and portobello mushrooms.

Jelly fish swimming around you as you eat
Jelly fish swim around you as you eat

When you first sit down, the friendly waiter will bring you an interesting assortment of sauces to try with tortilla chips. Don’t be fooled by his smile, some of the salsas he is offering you are deadly! They go from least spicy to the spiciest; even if you know this, you will not be prepared for what you may accidentally taste.

The salsas, the ones in the front are the deadly ones and as you go further up, they become less spicy.
The salsas, the ones in the front are the deadly ones and as you go further up, they become less spicy.

These tacos are mostly for seafood lovers, however there are some vegan and meat-eating options. The portobello mushroom tostadas are delicious and different from anything else you’ll find in Tijuana. And considering that Tijuana’s main market is meat-eaters, it’s nice to find a vegetarian alternative.

Funky: cheddar cheese, portobello mushrooms, spinach and a goat cheese based sauce.
Funky: cheddar cheese, portobello mushrooms, spinach and a goat cheese based sauce.

The presentation of the food is quite interesting, from aguachile filled boats to regularly presented tacos the restaurant gives its food an interesting touch. Although I don’t have a picture of it, I highly recommend the Gringos en Vacaciones (Americans on Vacation); it’s a shrimp taco with red sauce and spices, and it’s delicious!

The Pineapple Aguachile: pineapple, lemon cooked shrimp, jicama, avocado
The Pineapple Aguachile: pineapple, lemon cooked shrimp, jicama, avocado

The cool thing about Kokopelli is that it supports local breweries. Border Psycho in Tijuana and Agua Mala from Ensenada are a few of the local beers they support. These offer pilsens, IPAs, stouts and pale ales among others. And of course, the regular Tecate, Indio, and other Mexican beers are available.

Have you tried the Border Psycho?
Have you tried the Border Psycho yet?

So, if you are bored of eating the same thing every day and want delicious and affordable fish, shrimp, octopus, or mushroom tacos, try Kokopelli. You will enjoy the change of scenery and love the food!

To get there: after crossing the border, stay on the left, going towards Zona Rio. After the scissor roundabout and right before the Moctezuma roundabout, take a right. You’ll see a stop light, at the light keep straight and it will be on your right, before the next road.

 

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The Tijuana Zonkeys, not just a Streetside Attraction

A couple months ago, I was at the Lakers’ historic defeat against the Clippers, the mood was off, the fans we silent, and the tickets super expensive. So when I was invited to the Tijuana Zonkeys game I was a little apprehensive. I still went and am glad I did so.

The Tijuana Zonkeys, fighting the win against the Hermosillo Rayos
The Tijuana Zonkeys, fighting the win against the Hermosillo Rayos

When many hear of zonkeys, they think of the zebra stripped donkeys on Tijuana’s avenida Revolucion. I am not talking about those! I went to the Tijuana Zonkeys vs. Hermosillo Rayos game two weeks ago. It was a great game! The entire game, the team was tied (until Hermosillo won in overtime) and the team was scoring great 3-pointers. The crowd was as into the game as any game in the US. It was great.

Game time
Game time

Something I haven’t mentioned yet are the reasonably cheap tickets. General admission is $100 pesos ($8), VIP is $300 pesos ($24 USD). You would think they would sell the beer more expensive, but it was still only $25 pesos ($2 dollars). So, if you’re looking for a fun, cheap guy or girl’s night out…. Think Tijuana Zonkeys!

The team has their own cheerleaders!
The team has their own cheerleaders!

The whole game was a blast and I will definitely go back and support the Tijuana Zonkeys because, and I truly mean this, I had a lot more fun at this game than at the Lakers’ game.

Friendly handshake at the end of the game.
Friendly handshake at the end of the game.

So next, time you don’t know what to do, catch a game at the Auditorio Municipal by the Galerias Mall. Here is a calendar of their games.

 

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