Imagine this scene: you are sitting by a table lit by dim candlelight. You have a glass of wine in your hand and in front of you there is a dish with so many delicacies that you do not know which one to try first. You see crab claws, shrimp, octopus and giant clams… The ocean stretches away until it becomes lost in the horizon; the sound of the waves relaxes you and invites you to be part of this paradise. Aren’t you just craving to be here?
Los Cabos is a Garden of Eden located to the south of the Baja California Peninsula. Besides vast beaches, huge rock formations and comfortable hotels to spend a luxury vacation, this destination features a delicious cuisine based on seafood. Fresh delicacies are served every day on Los Cabos’ tables, coming from the Sea of Cortes and the Pacific Ocean: fish, shellfish, and animals you probably never imagined could be eaten.
The chocolate clams are typical of the Baja California coasts. They measure about 2 ¾ inches and there is plenty of meat inside their shells. They are prepared roasted in their shells or tatemadas – cooked upside down on a bed of stones with dried romerillo or chamizo – and are served with flour tortillas and sauces.
Among the most typical dishes are fish tacos, which you will be able to find almost anywhere. There also are shrimp and octopus tacos; these are served with zucchini, guacamole and cream. If you prefer, you can order a golden brown roasted crab or a smoked marlin tostada.
And how about crushed stingray? There probably is no other place where you will be able to taste this delicacy. It has diced tomatoes and green chile, onion and cilantro, dried stingray meat and bay leaf. Everything is fried and then simmered. It is served on a flour tortilla, as if it were a burrito.
Accompany your dishes with a glass of Baja California wine, a clamato – a mixture of tomatoes, onions, celery, spices and a touch of clam --, pitahaya juice or Damiana liqueur, a powerful drink good for the digestion and for relaxing.
Where to eat
La Casa del Vino de Baja California (The Baja California House of Wine)
In this wine cellar you will find a wide variety of wines produced in Baja California, from the Valleys of Guadalupe, San Vicente, Las Palmas and Ojos Negros. Perform wine tasting sessions with experts and accompany your drink with local cheese, olives and homemade preserves. Be sure to take some bottles with you as a souvenir.
Transpeninsular Highway km 31.5, San José del Cabo, B.C.S.
Huerta Los Tamarindos
What could be more inspiring than a restaurant located in the midst of a beautiful landscape? This place, run by its owners, Lulu and Enrique, sits in the midst of an organic garden. The menu includes fresh products, and varies according to the season. You must try the pumpkin soup, the vegetarian lasagna or stuffed squid.
Animas Baja Street, Animas Baja, San José Del Cabo, B.C.S.
In this restaurant, in addition to tasting delicious “fusion” dishes, you will have fun listening to music and drinking margaritas (the menu offers more than 120 tequila labels!) If you want to try something absolutely different, order tuna cebiche with ginger or red pepper shrimp.
Blvd. Mijares s/n, Plaza Misiones, stores 4 and 5, San José del Cabo, B.C.S.