One thing that I love about living in San Diego is being able to decide on a whim to have brunch in Mexico. We woke up one Sunday and took an impromptu roadtrip to Valle de Guadalupe aka the Napa of Baja which has been gaining a reputation as a burgeoning food and wine destination.
It was my first visit and we went to Troika and the Vena Cava winery.
The 2 hour drive from Downtown San Diego to the valley was pleasant since the drive along the coast toward Ensenada was picturesque and serene.
Troika food truck outdoor seating. The vast majestic valley has a calm spiritual vibe and I felt happy and grateful to be dining there.
Lechon (suckling pig) with chicharron, salsa, beans, queso fresco and one of the creamiest guacamoles that I have ever tasted.
The Vena Cava tasting room is carved into a hillside, uses salvaged wood and recycled glass and the ceiling is an upside down boat. So cool. It feels creative and experimental....like an artist colony with a vineyard.
I kept on staring at the canopy. I would love chairs made out of it.
This dish is perfection and I love the crispy pork skin and succulent meat. It has the familiar flavor of the Filipino lechon that I grew up eating but is prepared in a way that is very different from what I know. I never thought I would crave for lechon with cheese but I have been thinking of this daily since our trip last week.
Like an excellent first date, I left intrigued, wanting to explore more. I am happy that it is only a few hours away from Downtown San Diego. I feel like it is the beginning of a great adventure and Valle de Guadalupe will be a frequent destination.
We better apply for our SENTRI passes.
The directions that we took to go to Troika and Vena Cava.