Valle de Guadalupe: TrasLomita — Outdoor Dining Amongst the Beautiful Settings of Baja
The spring time not only brings days of sunshine and more green to the expansive Valle de Guadalupe, but it also starts the beginning of campestre season! Outdoor dining amongst some of the most beautiful settings in Baja, I honestly can't get enough. Chef Humberto Aviles has officially kicked off his second season at Hacienda La Lomita's Traslomita. The whole set up and ambience of this outdoor dining oasis is just stunning! The Bougainvillea that surrounds the property comes in 4 different shades of pinks and purples, and the greenery of the vineyards runs as far as the eye can see. We grabbed a seat, dove right into the menu, and started off with glasses of Lomita's Cursi and Discreto Encanto. It's a lovely spot to bring along the family as well. Wide open spaces, and just steps away from visiting the property's animals. The goats were a huge hit with this little clan.
Antonio and I always try to order at least 3 or 4 different items from the menu when we are out. As much as we would love to order more, we want to be able to throughly enjoy each and every bite. Out came fresh oysters and Ahi tuna tostadas. That tuna, it seriously melted in my mouth, and the bits of salty chicharron added the perfect crunch.
More crispy pork goodness came tucked inside the pulpo & chicharron burritos. Each bite was filled with tender morsels of octopus, melty cheese, and chicharron. So comforting!
To balance it all out, we had to order the grilled seasonal vegetable plate. The colors, the flavors, everything about it was dreamy. I could eat those beets at every single meal hands down. Giovanni's pick of the day was the chicken. The flavor of mesquite smokiness that came through the crisped chicken skin, and juicy meaty interior are the flavors that bring me back to memories of the Valle every time. I also could not stop eating those bright bits of tomato, cucumber, and jicama that came on the plate along side.
If you follow along, by now you have heard me boast about the magical beauty of Mexico's wine region. If you have yet to visit, you must plan a visit down there. It's places like Traslomita that leave me yearning and daydreaming during the times that we can't seem to getaway.