It's Better to Travel than Arrive?

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive"

Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, 1881.


"Robert Louis Stevenson speaks utter tosh and has

obviously never flown long haul economy class"

Kristy, first ever blog post, 2011.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Restaurant Review : Baja Cantina, Carmel, CA, USA


The blurb from this great local cantina reads:-

Get away from the city and join us for fantastic food, an exceptional bar, and a festive lively atmosphere where everyone feels like part of the party!  Stop by and see our vintage automobile memorabilia or soak in the beautiful scenery of the valley on our heated patio (sorry, no pets allowed).  Baja Cantina is a fun, friendly place to dine, catch up with friends, watch sporting events, or hang out and enjoy an award winning Margarita.

- and it was true!

This place was jumping and jammed full of locals having a ball.  Great atmosphere with cheery, efficient staff keeping everyone's drinks topped up and serving fab food.



As you might have guessed from the name, the menu leans towards Mexican cuisine and there's loads to choose from.  Click HERE for the dinner menu, and HERE for the lunch menu.

We started with the fresh guacamole and veggies to share, then I went with the fabulous Oaxacan Prawn Scampi - sautéed jumbo prawns served in a sizzling skillet, served with green salad, rice, refried pinto beans and warm tortillas - YUM!  I had a large, lovely, icy cocktail too, but I honestly can't remember which one it was!



This is a great place to meet up with your mates, watch the sport, have some great food and drinks, and just kick back - we would definitely return.  Those who love vintage cars will like it even more, the walls and roof are covered with car parts, licence plates, old signs, petrol pumps etc.  Loads of parking too, because it's not in the middle of town.

Baja Cantina
Valley Hills Centre
7166 Carmel Valley Road
Carmel  CA  93923
Phone:- 831 625 2252

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Restaurant Review : Cafe Coyote, San Diego, CA, USA



We wandered into Cafe Coyote midway through our San Diego Trolley Tour for a late lunch.  It's in San Diego Old Town, on San Diego Avenue.  There were loads of tables and a decent amount of people for so late in the day, and we chose a table in a sunny window.

The one thing with San Diego is that there's never any shortage of good Mexican restaurants, and Cafe Coyote didn't disappoint.

We were absolutely gasping for a drink and each downed a large glass of water as soon as it was poured for us, before moving onto a beer for hubby and an icy cocktail for me whilst we perused the menu.

I ordered the Carne Asada Tacos - two soft corn tortillas filled with grilled and chopped marinated steak, served with guacamole (everything should be served with guacamole!) and salsa fresca - $10.95.  It was another generous serve (yay for America!) and I couldn't finish all of it, though it was very fresh and scrumptious.



Hubby ordered the Coyote Caesar Salad - crisp romaine lettuce tossed with parmesan cheese, crunch tortilla strips an a traditional Caesar dressing invented in Tijuana (get it, get it?) with added margarita chicken breast - $7.50 plus $4.95 for the chicken.  He said it was great.

The service was fast and friendly and the food was good, and we were out of there and back to the trolley pick up point in really good time (with maybe just a few stops at shops along the way).  This would be a great place to go for lunch or dinner with a group of friends and get stuck into their HUGE Tequila and Margarita selection.

Cafe Coyote
2461 San Diego Avenue
San Diego  CA  92110  USA
Phone:- 619 291 4695