Posted by: scoopzone | June 1, 2010

Baja in San Diego

Me, Tim and our friend Penni headed to Seaport Village in downtown San Diego for Baja by the Sea, an annual mini-festival put on by the Mexican state government just south of the border to promote all of the best things the Baja, California, peninsula has to offer.

The biggest lines were at booths set up by restaurants and hotels serving tons of free and generally tasty seafood.

The one pictured above was set up by FEDECOOP, a cooperative of seafood producers located in a cluster of seaside towns in central Baja. The canned yellow fin tuna was fantastic! Too bad we can’t buy this stuff here.

The cooperative also served up some of the best cerviché I’ve ever tasted. It seemed like all of the other food booths were serving the marinated seafood dish as well, but their versions weren’t nearly as good.

This was one of the more unusual dishes we came across. It’s a marinated cactus salad topped with baby crawfish, which the booth operators called river shrimp. Remember to click on any pic to view it larger.

There was wine . . .

. . . and beer.

Greyhounds? Yup.

How about a mariachi band? Check.

Weird garden art, too.

And best of all . . .

Overweight, out-of-shape lucha libre!

This guy might look like he’s having fun, but don’t let that fool you.

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