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Loreto

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  • Day68

    Rolling

    November 14, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Once again, we got up with a gorgeous sunrise. That's the best part of traveling on the East side of Baja! We then started into a pretty scenic, but also very exhausting day of cycling. The route first passed some nice bays, before it went further inland again where it got more mountainous. The most exhausting part was the rolling road. We went up and down all the time and soon stopped counting all the hills we crossed. Plus, there were no shops on the way, so we couldn't buy anything for lunch. So when we got to Loreto, we were so tired that we decided to stay in town instead of going further to a beach. It was a good decision as the city has some nice colonial style buildings, restaurants, live music and a seafront.Read more

  • Day8

    Pizza n Chips...on the pizza

    February 13 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    13th February. Pizza with chips (on the pizza). Loreto.

    Our meal out was meant to be in a traditional place that has no menu and just serves you up whatever the lady of the house is putting together that day. It turned out to be closed. I was a bit disappointed as I was looking forward to an opportunity to experiment and get inquisitive. Our alternative turned out to be an ok pizza (with chips on it?!)- our first non Mexican food we've eaten (out-with our truck, Spud)- but it took an hour to arrive by which time any notion of a nice romantic meal was starting to slide into tiredness, as it was past our standard bedtime or 8pm.

    In Latin America, when it comes to pizza, and maybe even cooking in general, the concept of 'less is more' isn't particularly well understood or practised. So, in the case of pizza, excess cheese is an issue. Yet, we never seemed to bloody learn before. Better now, as we're rarely eating food that isn't traditional for the place we're in.

    A theme that's underpinning my current thinking of how principles such as 'less is more' might translate into whatever I do down the line, is refinement. I like the idea of taking authentic dishes and, whilst keeping them authentic regards flavour profile and, to an extent, texture, improving elements to turn out a more precise product with more distinction in the elements. The test that it should still pass is that someone from the place would still be able to recognise and connect with the dish and see it as a respectful nod. It has to be close enough to the original as well, because I want to be able to say, with integrity, that what I am serving is a real slice of the place. Authenticity is the differentiator that has the power to create an opportunity at home in the UK with Latin American cookery, but precision is what can take it to the next level, should that be the kind of product I decide I want to create. Ask most people what they think of when you say Mexican cuisine, and it'll probably be Fajitas, or other more Tex Mex varietals. I can't wait to serve people Mole, the rich and massively varied sauce from Oaxaca with all it's complex spices and chocolate (in some cases).
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  • Day9

    Pancakes & Peppers

    February 14 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    14th February. Valentine van Chillies Rellenos; salty pancakes. Near Loreto.

    A classic Mexican dish, traditionally done by roasting the pepper (poblano or annaheim), then removing the skin, slicing it open, cleaning it out and stuffing with asadero cheese, maybe with meat of some description, then wrapped up and dipped in a light batter- it would seem with egg whites whisked separately and then into the yolks and flour, before frying. I went for a simpler version for a first attempt- roasted the peppers, left the skin on, pulled out the insides and stuffed with my veggie bean chilli and the asadero cheese. Good result, actually. Trouble with these peppers is they can get a bit hot towards the tip, so maybe using normal peppers would be better for Jen, at least. Pretty tasty first go. A simple, fairly light dinner. If doing traditionally, a tomato sauce/stew would be on top, but not the right thing for this, given the tomato based chilli inside. Expect this will be a regular in the van. Thinking I can prepare them in advance, maybe a batch, then just roast them to order, only taking 10 minutes. Maybe they'd even freeze.

    Jen also did some cooking with a return to her favoured pancakes. New vehicle, new tools, and a new recipe that turned out to be way too salty, resulting in eating them with ketchup to make it a savoury snack. I was happy enough. Jen less so.
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  • Day31

    Vögel in Aktion

    March 25, 2017 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Vögel zu beobachten, fasziniert uns immer wieder. Vögel in Aktion zu fotografieren hat aber einen ganz besonderen Reiz: Erwischen wir den Adler mit Beute in der Luft? Drücken wir rechtzeitig auf den Auslöser, um den Moment zu erfassen, in dem der Fregattvogel versucht, der Möwe den Fisch zu entreißen? Lassen uns die Geier nah genug heran, um zu sehen, wie sie gerade einen Hasen zerlegen? Reicht das letzte Licht des Tages, um die Möwe abzubilden, die gerade eine Muschel auf die Felsen fallen lässt, um sie zu knacken ...?Read more

  • Day41

    Vamos a la playa

    April 4, 2017 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Mit zum Besten, was die Baja California zu bieten hat, gehören die zahllosen Strände, einige mit Einrichtungen wie Plumpsklos und Schattendächern, die meisten aber wild und einsam. Mittlerweile setzen wir sogar Satellitenbilder ein, um die schönsten zu finden ...

  • Day37

    Las Misiones

    March 31, 2017 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Die Rolle der Kirche bei der Eroberung Mexikos durch die Spanier ist umstritten: Einerseits haben die Missionare die Kolonialisierung, in deren Verlauf fast 90% der indigenen Bevölkerung ums Leben kam, erst möglich gemacht, andererseits gab es außer einigen Geistlichen niemanden, der sich für die Rechte der Einheimischen eingesetzt hätte – und Papst Paul III erklärte 1537 immerhin, dass Mexikaner auch Menschen seien. Erfolgreich war die Mission aber in jedem Fall – 1560, gerade mal 37 Jahre nach dem Eintreffen der ersten Kirchenleute – waren Millionen Menschen bekehrt und über 100 Klöster errichtet (um 1800 zählte man über 12000 Gotteshäuser), und heute bekennen sich rund 85% der Bevölkerung zum römisch-katholischen Glauben. Viele der Kirchen aus der Gründerzeit sind noch erhalten oder wurden aufwendig restauriert, so wie diese Misión San Francisco Javier de Viggé-Biound von 1699.
    Wir haben auf dem großen Platz direkt vor der alten Kirche gecampt ...
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  • Day200

    Loretto

    December 2, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ 🌬 20 °C

    So we finally tore ourselves away from the utterly gorgeous beaches and drove an hour down to the town of Loretto, and set up in LA Riveriera RV park. It was really nice to have hot showers and wifi again! We had an incredible pizza (again now one of life's luxuries) and that evening we went down to Augie's, which has a daily happy hour(s) and polished off a few Negra Modelos.

    The next day we made the most of the internet and caught up on the world and with the family. The big adventure of the day was a visit to the supermarket, and we're so happy to find decent food shops at last, with good choice at great prices ($7 scotch anyone?). We couldn't resist going back to Augie's for $1 beers with free snacks and then we ate in a nice non-touristy restaurant in town.

    We were supposed to be leaving the next day but we found it hard to so ended up exploring the lovely old town in with a mission church from 1697, before trawling the tourist shops. Guess what - we ended up at Augie's again! We met a guy from the camp site there and had the most wierd night at a late night tacqueria, with an incredible Mexican chef who grew up in the states, and had fish & prawn tacos to die for!

    We eventually ripped ourselves away from this lovely little town, but not before a MASSIVE breakfast burrito at the same place as last night.
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  • Day5

    Loreto Mexico

    January 11, 2017 in Mexico ⋅ 🌬 23 °C

    Loreto was a great surprise to us. Unlike any location that we had ever seen in Mexico. Clean with lovely people who did not push themselves on you. We walked the safe streets and enjoyed wonderful weather and the Spanish environment.

  • Day210

    Loreto Tag 2

    December 8, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Wir verbringen einen schönen Tag in der kleinen wunderschönen Stadt Loreto, genießen einen traumhaften Sonnenuntergang und verbringen einen lustigen Abend bei Tacos und Buros mit den Belgiern Grisi & Dan.

  • Day214

    Juncalito Beach

    December 12, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Am nächsten Strand treffen wir Jan mit seinem Hund Polo (Man & Mann). Er hat sein Bäckereiunternehmen in Deutschland verkauft und reist seit dem durch die Welt. Eine interessante Persönlichkeit mit interessanten Geschichten.

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