KATRINA’S KITCHEN FOODIE TRAVELS BLOG

Deckman’s En El Mogor!

Mexico. I love it, highly recommend it.

My husband for as long as I have known him has wanted to take me wine tasting in the Guadalupe Valley in Baja Norte, Mexico. It has grown so much since he was there last, expanding from around 25 wineries to over 125 today and still counting.

This story actually begins in San Jose Del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas, the southern most tip of the Baja Peninsula. We go there often (but not often enough). I heard of and researched this great Chef named Drew Deckman. By the time I made it to Cabo, Deckman’s had moved and I was very sad about it.

So fast forward a few years to this summer. We drove down to Rosarito and made it a point to get out to the Guadalupe Valley for wine tasting, with our ultimate destination to be this fantastic outdoor restaurant where EVERYTHING is locally sourced and cooked on a grill. Yes- a grill.

We pull up to this gorgeous inside/outside dining room that overlooks a vineyard. On our way to our table we pass the “kitchen” which is indeed a giant outdoor grilling area.

Everything on the menu sounded delicious. Everything we tasted was scrumptious. The chicken I ordered was so unique- perfectly cooked so that the skin is crispy but the meat is still tender and comes right off the bone. I rarely eat the skin but did because it was so deliciously prepared. All of the fresh veggies and greens are from the on site garden. It made me want a second helping except I was too full. Sitting there in Mexican Wine country I felt so far away from home even though I could make it back to LA by car in 3.5 hours.

On my way out of the restaurant I notice the logo and the Chef. I think to myself how familiar it all seems but it can’t be possible because this is my very first time here. Then it dawns on me. This is THE Chef I was researching in Cabo and had my heart set on trying his cuisine, and here we are all these years later in a different part of Mexico! Drew Deckman knows his culinary arts!

My lunch at Deckman’s is hands down one of the best meals I’ve ever had. It isn’t cheap fare, but it is worth all the hype (of which there is much here in the growing like wild-fire Guadalupe Valley Wine Country). This destination is growing in popularity. The lodging is becoming more high end to meet the demand of visitors and their fine pallets for gourmet food and wine. There’s a buzz (pun intended) that a new airport will be built soon to accommodate the tourism traffic.

If you find yourself curious and wanting to explore make sure you get yourself to Deckman’s.  Your taste buds will thank you.

Xo

K