I love a girls getaway. Even more fun is a mother-daughter getaway. It’s been a while since my mom, aka Penny Williams and I had a fun road trip or a weekend away together. Even better, this long weekend was in Baja California and was centered around wine tasting, food and spa treatments. I’d say that is the recipe for a relaxing and satisfying trip! We stayed at the Hotel Coral and Marina, located at the North side of Ensenada and had the pleasure of indulging in delicious traditional cuisine at Hotel Coral’s BC Bistro & Cava.
We opted for the buffet each morning, but our waiter tempted us with a breakfast appetizer each day of cheese quesadillas with a duo of salsas. The Hotel Coral buffet included many Mexican specialties such as my favorite, chilaquilles as well as moles, chile relleno, rice, beans, an omelet bar and a great selection of fruit and yogurt.
For lunch we opted for the outdoor patio. I enjoyed a Caesar salad, tortilla soup and a margarita. Now this is a trifecta that will go one of two directions for me. I make an awesome tortilla soup and rarely order it, I bartended for years and make a great Marg and well, I’ve been a connoisseur of Caesar salad for as long as I can remember. They did not disappoint! All three were authentic and delicious.
Dinner began with a very nice 2013 Calixa Cabernet – Syrah blend.
For dinner I tasted both the garlic prawns and the Molcajete, which is a traditional Mexican dish I have somehow never heard of or tried before. It’s presented in a lava bowl with chicken, cactus, onion, salsa, beans and guacamole and served with tortillas. My new favorite!
I loved the Molcajete so much I had to get a photo of the gentlemen behind the magic!
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For more great Baja cuisine check out this review on Palacio Azteca’s Restaurante Ixchel in Tijuana.
Alexa Meisler is the editorial director of 52 Perfect Days. Born in Paris, France she has since lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. She currently resides in San Diego with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring California and Mexico.
Travel has always been a part of her life; traveling to such places as Morocco, Tangiers and Spain as a young child as well as taking many road trips to Mexico with her grandparents as a young girl. Since then, she has traveled abroad to locations such as Russia, Taiwan and throughout Europe.
Prior to working at 52 Perfect Days she was a freelance travel writer; focusing on family and women’s adventure experiences.