If there is one restaurant that makes my mouth water at the sheer thought of dining there,
Asi Y Asado is THAT PLACE!
Guy Fieri would have to agree, since he recently filmed an episode of "Drive-Ins, Diners and Dives" at this barbeque restaurant. A travel channel show "Bikini's and Boardwalks" also recently filmed here. It is worth a stop, to see what all the fuss is about!
The exterior is unassuming, and certainly the hardest part of getting here may be finding a parking spot! It is located at KM 3.8, on the Service road heading east of Cabo san Lucas, between the Go Cart track and Office Depot, across the highway from Costco, and about a 5 minute drive from Casa Esquina.
The menu is simple...written on the wall in English and Spanish. Prices are very reasonable (35 pesos for a taco). Corn on the cob or grilled green onions are a great side to your meal. Tacos, Empanadas, and Wraps are all a hit with Gringos and locals alike.
While any meal here is great washed down with a cold Pacifico, they also have a great selection of non-alcoholic refreshing beverages....Jamaica (hibiscus sweet tea), Horchata ( a sweet spiced rice milk), and Cucumber and peppermint waters (with free refills).
The fresh condiment bar is one of my favorite features of this restaurant. Each sauce is clearly marked with a temperature guide to help you choose toppings to suit your taste. Beware of the temptation of the fried onions with the habanero bits...a little goes a long way!!
On my last trip we stopped to eat here FIVE times...a first meal after an airport pick-up with hungry guests, again on our way home from a shopping trip, again after a day hanging around the pool when no one wanted to cook, a quick lunch on our way to the beach, and "just one more stop please, before we leave Cabo"!
To say we love Asi y Asado is probably an understatement, and anytime is a good time to stop here!
Karen Barnert loves the cuisine of Baja California Sur. Asi Y Asado Parilla is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Phone: 624 105 9500, COL EL TEZAL, KM.3.8 CARRETERA TRANSPENINSULAR CABO SAN LUCAS-SAN JOSE DEL CABO
An hour north of Casa Esquina, up scenic Highway 1, at mile 69, along the pacific coast lies a stretch of beach called Cerritos. Most every day it's a quiet beach frequented most by surfers and expats that live in the area. On Sunday however the beach comes to life...with the sound of music.
Venture off the highway, travel down a dusty, bumpy road to Cerritos Beach Club for a Sunday afternoon you won't soon forget. One friend describes Cerrito's as her
"Heaven on Earth".
Daline Jones and Diego Ramirez are celebrating 7 years of performing their jazz stylings at Cerritos. "I loved them them on our very first trip to Cabo, and now plan our flights to make sure there is always a free Sunday to make the trip up towards El Pescadero".
During whale season, you might even see a few Greys bobbing in the surf to the music, which may be Jazz, Soul, Latin or Pop. Performances are 2-5 pm. Get there early for a good table.
Kick off your sandals, settle your toes in the soft sand, sit back and enjoy or get up and dance.
You can pack your own beach chairs, umbrellas and even cooler if you wish but the waiters will provide service right to the water's edge. There are also many loungers and umbrellas in the restaurant vicinity for use by restaurant patrons. However, sitting between the stage and the surf will not allow optimum enjoyment of the music.
For the best experience, I recommend planning for lunch at Cerritos Beach Club. The new menu is greatly improved with a good variety of choices from Ceviche to Hamburgers. Drinks will run you 4.50 for a beer and 8.00 for cocktails. The chili dog and beer combo at 5 bucks is budget friendly. They also have their own brand of tequila, that I have been told is pretty good, and is served ice-cold.
If you're looking for something for the kids to do, while you hang out at the beach bar, Mario's Surf School provides 1 or 2 hour lessons. Private lessons are available starting at 60.00 per student. Great instruction and attention will ensure the kids will be at least standing on the boards before the lesson is over, and be sound asleep in the car on the ride home! Send Mario an email a few days ahead to secure your reservation. The beach here provides pretty reliable waves.
Don't forget to pack the boogie boards as well. You'll see every age group here playing in the waves. It's nice to be able to go out quite a ways and still be able to touch bottom,
For the ultimate relaxation, a beach massage can fit the bill. There were at least 7 massage tables set up on our last visit and they were all busy.
Or perhaps a peaceful walk down the couple mile stretch of beach, past the surfers, the fisherman, the kiters and the kids is what your heart desires.
Donkeys and cows frequent the highway so hit the road before it gets dark. Have your waiter stamp your parking pass and it's customary to tip the parking attendant.
On the drive home you can try to figure out how to change your flights so you can do it all again next week.
Karen Barnert never tires of Sunday's at Cerrito's. You can also catch Daline and Diego at Medano Beach at Cascada's on Tuesday evenings, or The Office on Fridays. For surf lessons www.mariosurfschool.com For off season updates on entertainment schedules www.ceritosbcs.com
MOVE OVER MARGUERITA...
THERES A NEW COCKTAIL IN TOWN
On my first trip to Cabo, after a few hot October hours playing tourista, we had to pause to quench the thirst. It was noon-ish...5'O'Clock somewhere we joked.
Our girl's "Book Club" getaway, took a pit stop at Baja Cantina Marina. Not Marguerita drinkers and trying to steer clear of heavy creamy calorie laden cocktails, we asked the waiter for suggestions. "I recommend a frozen drink with mint, honeydew melon and Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum. It's called a HoneyDew." he said confidently. Feeling adventurous, and partial to rum, we ordered a round.
From the first sip, we were hooked! As we drank, we tried to unravel the complexities of the flavors. My friend Brenda, with her bartending background and the rest of us with our drinking background, surely could replicate this at home. A stop at Walmart for a honeydew melon and mint and we were ready to master this cocktail. Toss it in the blender, with some rum and ice and we had this wierd green (dare I say rather revolting) smoothie that did not come close to the original.
Back to Baja Cantina for another taste test. Ohhhh, it must be Melon liqueur in this drink, we reasoned. A stop at La Europea and 45.00 later we were sure we had what we needed. We agreed that we MUST use "Captain Morgan's" brand Spiced Rum, not the cheap stuff we were trying to shortcut with. While a splash of 7-UP made the drink bearable, it still wasn't right, and certainly was NOT a "Honeydew".
Back to Baja Cantina. Again. We asked for the drink with the honeydew melon in it. The puzzled waiter said he wasn't sure but he would check with the bartender. The bartender looked over, waved and knew exactly what we wanted. We were becoming regulars! After the second round of contemplation, we had a revelation prior to ordering the third. "What if we asked the bartender to demonstrate how he made them?". His english was excellent, and he was delighted to give us a honeydew lesson. We tipped generously, and laughed at ourselves for not thinking to ask earlier! The lesson revealed, most importantly, that there was NO HONEYDEW at all in the recipe, and the secret ingredient is pickled ginger!
This drink has become special to us. Always reminding us of our time together in Cabo. 5 months later, in the throws of our Canadian winter, with over 900 kms. between us, our "Book Club" girls meet on-line via Skype. Hubby and I had put an offer to purchase Casa Esquina, and it was accepted. We are celebrating, Honeydews in hand.
Even though we have all mastered the recipe, nothing beats the ones served in the beautiful Marina setting (we've tried the ones at Baja Cantina Beach and were disappointed). Baja Cantina is a must stop, on every trip to Cabo. As we order our HoneyDew's, our waiter does a double-take and says "Welcome Back, Ladies". "Muchos Gracias" we say.
"It's good to be home!"
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Baja Cantina's HoneyDew Recipe
1.5 oz. Captain Morgan's rum
3 oz. lime mix
1/2-1 oz simple syrup (to taste)
a few pieces of sushi-type pickled ginger
approx. 6 fresh mint leaves
Blend with ice and top with a splash of soda
Karen Barnert enjoys her time with friends and values that special time of every vacation day called "Happy Hour".