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.

Breakfast began with freshly squeezed orange juice or a delicious cactus and pineapple juice and an assortment of breads and muffins. 

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.

Tortilla soup and scratch margarita.

Tortilla soup and scratch margarita.

Dinner began with a very nice 2013 Calixa Cabernet – Syrah blend.

 Maître d' of Hotel Coral.

Maître d’ of Hotel Coral.

Appetizers included a trio of ceviche, an apple salad with candied walnuts, tomato and mint with a yogurt dressing.

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!

Chef staff at Hotel Coral.

Chef staff at Hotel Coral.

For more information about Hotel Coral’s BC Bistro visit their website: www.hotelcoral.com or visit them on Facebook.

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For more great Baja cuisine check out this review on Palacio Azteca’s Restaurante Ixchel in Tijuana.


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