Weekend in Baja California (Tijuana & Rosarito)

It was an extra long weekend. I entertained guests in town and we packed our schedules.

We started our road trip with Mexican (French?) breakfast at Anepalco here in Orange County – breakfast tacos and chilaquiles.

Then it was non-stop to Tijuana. We easily crossed the border.


We walked around downtown, getting super strong cold brew at Container Coffee Roasters before going to the tasting room next door Teorema/Lúdica.


But our favorite was Mamut Brewing, where we shared a pitched of their witbier and some wings. They also have pizza, which everyone else ordered.


Our true destination was 30 minutes away, in Rosarito. After checking into our AirBnb at La Paloma Resort, we had a lobster dinner in Puerto Nuevo, the world famous lobster village, and relaxed in the hot tubs at the resort.


In the morning, Kris and I walked on the beach and grabbed coffee. Our AirBnb is a 2 minute walk to the beach and just south of the pier and the main drag!


I went to Cafe de la Fonda twice this weekend and got their perica with almond/soy milk. It’s a latte that isn’t too sweet at all. Kris got one of their made-to-order churros too.


For breakfast, we got menudo then we laid at the beach in the morning.


We preferred to swim in the super clean pool at the resort since the Pacific is freezing all the time.


Afterwards, we drove down the coast and into the Valle de Guadalupe. This was our favorite of all even Jordan who doesn’t drink wine!


We stopped at Vinicola Torres Alegre y Familia, a winery opened by the only person with a PhD in wine making, and then to the popular and fancy Monte XanicWe also got road side coconut cut open with a machete on the way back!


After naps, we had dinner on Benito Juarez, the main strip in Rosarito, at El NidoIt’s not much to rave about but there were lots of tourists as well as locals. No ceviche though and the lard in Mexican food turned my stomach.

Then it was time for the main event, 4 hours at Papas & Beer. It only took us 10 years to get here! We give it 3 stars – the mega club is huge and has space for dancing, sitting at the bar, or just standing around. There was enough space so it wasn’t packed and drinks were cheap, but the crowd seemed very young.

I did spot one handsome white American guy in a flannel… 

*Tip: Do not get the open bar wristband because the drinks sucked and it made us more sober?


It was busy weekend, not as relaxing as I hoped and we realized how terrible our Spanish is/how poorly we are at assimilating to non-Western cultures, but it was great to spend time with friends.


We made some stop in San Diego on the way home: retro Clayton’s Coffee Shop on Coronado Island for fantastic brunch and Pure Project Brewing in Miramar (get their Murklands triple IPA with organic strawberries!)

Where else would you visit in Mexico?

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