Like millions of people around the world, I loved Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The minute the iconic opening song played, I got goosebumps and wanted to cry. I felt like I was transported back to childhood and felt the exact same excitement and awe when I watched Star Wars for the first time. Han Solo still has swagger and Princess Leia still rocks! I was happy that the movie was awesome. I went home, went to the Star Wars Facebook page and made a comment on how I wished they would re release the Star Wars trilogy in the movie theaters before the next installation.
Last April, my wish kind of came true when I flew Japan Airlines business class (JAL 65, Boeing 787-8) using American Airlines points from San Diego to Narita and the Star Wars Trilogy was on the movie list. Watching Star Wars in the air, while being served champagne, sake and Japanese meals is not how I envisioned watching the movies, but it was one of life's unexpected delights and the flight was exceptional.
I am always game for an epic gastro trip and one of my joys is traveling with close friends and family to eat and try new cuisines. One of my best friends, Carmina (aka @thecrazycook_ph) visited San Diego with her family in May. She read about the burgeoning Guadalupe Valley food and wine scene in the and wanted to visit.
We invited Candice, who recommended restaurants and the seven of us drove into Mexico on a beautiful Wednesday in May.
Our first stop was at Doña Sabina Bandera's La Guerrerense in Ensanada, the street mariscos cart made famous by Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations in 2012. I heard lots of great things about their tostadas and was intrigued. I bit into a sea urchin and clam tostada and my first thought was that is is not chilled (most raw food that I eat in the States is refrigerated) followed by the taste of pure fresh seafood deliciousness. The tostada was phenomenal and I can see why they were invited to be a vendor at Anthony Bourdain's Pier 57 food hall opening in New York on August 1, 2017.