October 9th was my nephew's wedding, he married Patricia Rincon, the
weather girl on Tijuana's channel 12 t.v. station. The wedding was at
Santa Maria Estrella del Mar Catholic Church in Playas de Tijuana,
Mexico and the reception was later in the day at the Hotel Coral and
Marina in Ensenada, Mexico.
Stan and I drove over to San Diego from Yuma on Thursday and stayed
with our daughter (Vicky, some of you met her at the San Diego
cookins) and son in law Thursday night. Every time we go to San Diego
we like to eat at Lido's Italian Restaurant in Lemon Grove, the food's
great and it's a place we grew up with.
Our daughter and son in law keep raving about the Olive Garden
Restaurant and wanted to eat there, we had only eaten at an Olive
Garden Restaurant one time before when we were in Phoenix and we
didn't care for it, but the kids always go to Lido's for us so we went
to the Olive Garden, it was fine, we were with the kids, so we were
We (Stan and I) went to Tijuana on Friday the day before the wedding
with my two brothers, we wanted to cross the border early enough
Friday to miss the Friday night "run for the border" but we didn't
cross until about 5:00 pm, the traffic wasn't too bad, but I'll tell
you, unless you know exactly which lane you need to be in and where
you are going you could get really lost, really fast. (One of the
guests ended up miles out of the way, missed the wedding and was
thoroughly unhappy by the time we all arrived in Ensenada for the
reception. I should have bought her another Margarita when we got
I had to laugh when we got to, and across the border. Every one is
jockeying for position and trying to get in the lane that's moving the
fastest to cross the border, then once across the border, chaos
I think there are about 5 lanes for crossing the border, but once
everyone crosses they want to be in the lane farthest away from where
they crossed, everyone in the right lanes dash for the left lanes and
vice a versa.
I was riding with my one brother and he was in the farthest left lane
but the minute we crossed the border he dashes for the farthest right
lane, bucking all the traffic dashing for the farthest left lane, all
the time checking in the rear view mirror hoping that our other
brother that Stan was riding with stays close enough behind so they
don't get lost. Whew!!!!!!!! we were able to stay close enough
together and we all made the turnoff ok, sure am glad I was riding
with the brother that had made the trip several times before.
There were so many out of state family members coming to the wedding
my sister had hired a bus and driver to transport the wedding guests
to and from Mexico. She made each person a sack lunch and had coolers
with sodas and water on the bus for them, for the trip down, what a
The bus took them to the wedding, then on to Ensenada for the
reception and returned the next day at 2:00 to pick every one up.
We stayed at the Hacienda Del Mar Hotel on Paseo Playas in Playas de
Tijuana, a very nice hotel with secure parking and a restaurant and
bar. I brought my "bar" with me and was walking between our rooms,
visiting with my brothers while we were all settling in, sipping on a
gin and tonic, my one brother told me I wasn't allowed to do that, I
thought he was kidding me but he showed me the hotel pamphlet that
states no alcohol or food is allowed in the rooms that are not
purchased from the hotel restaurant and bar, I was amazed, I'm not
well traveled but I have never heard of such a thing, it also stated
no visitors are allowed in the rooms.
I wonder since it's a beach community if some people haven't come down
there to party hearty and were not nice guests.
We wanted to eat somewhere other than a hotel restaurant so the desk
clerk (Oscar, a very nice man) gave us directions to Tito's, a
restaurant within walking distance of the hotel that is popular with
the locals. I don't remember the name of the street its on but you
turn left onto Ave Paseo Ensenada off of Paseo Playas as you are
coming into Playas de Tijuana and it's one block behind McDonalds.
It's a very nice steak and seafood restaurant, white tablecloths and
cloth napkins type of place.
When we first sat down we were served tortilla chips with a salsa
cruda, a roasted tomatillo salsa which was the hottest one, a bowl of
ceviche and something that tasted like a ranch dip type tarter sauce,
there were a lot of seafood choices on the menu so I'm assuming it was
a tarter sauce for any fish dishes that might be ordered, anyway it
was good on the chips with a dollop of the tomatillo salsa. <g>
We had beers with our dinners I prefer Pacifico but they didn't have
that so we all had Dos Equis.
We were given the choice of having a salad or soup which came with the
dinner, I had the soup, so did my brothers and Stan had the salad, the
soup was some kind of fish soup in a tomato base stock, I never did
understand what kind of fish were used in the soup, with my limited
Spanish and the waiter's no English I think we did excellent getting
what we thought we ordered. The salad was a beautiful crisp mixed
greens salad with tomatoes and cucumbers.
I had the shrimp in chipolte sauce which was great, plenty of heat but
not just hot, it had a lot of flavor, it's one of my favorite dishes
any way, I usually eat it until I can't feel my lips anymore
then I doggie bag the rest. Stan had the Tampiquena plate, it
consisted of a steak, an enchilada and a chile relleno, he said his
steak was excellent and the enchilada sauce was a nice rich dark
My one brother had the Tampiquena plate also and he was very happy
with his also, my other brother (Darrell ;-) had a steak which he
said was done to perfection and couldn't remember when was the last
time he had such a good meal, we were all in accord with that.
All dinners were served with refried beans and a healthy serving of
guacamole, each served in their own little tortilla bowls and potato
salad served on a bed of alfalfa sprouts, and pickled onions and raw
jalapeno peppers. I was surprised to see potato salad on the plate
instead of rice, it was very nice.
Stan and I had after dinner drinks, he had a Kaluha and I had an
Amaretto and we all shared a huge piece of gooey chocolate cake.
I took my new digital camera with me to the restaurant and was taking
the typical tourist type photos of us at the table, our waiter offered
to take our photos for us and in our conversation I told him why we
were down there and found out he knows my nephew and Patricia and her
family, is this were I say "small world" ?
We ate ourselves silly and had to practically roll each other back to
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I see that often, especially in the larger hotels. They don't care if
you drink, but if you do, they'd like it to be their booze ... have you
ever checked out how much they charge?? A ten dollar bottle of wine
is probably going to cost twenty-six. I don't think so. Besides, when
I travel by car, I always have a cooler with me for food and soda and
some beer and wine. No one's ever called me on it.
I've never heard the "no visitors" thing, but how much do you want to
bet that college students will rent a room for two and there are ten
others sleeping on the floor ... after partying all night annoying the
rest of the guests. I'm sure resort areas need different rules.
Thanks for the great story.
hehe - guilty! About 10 years ago my college friends and I tried to do
just that (not knowing it wasn't allowed). It was in Ensenada, a beach
hotel. Once we'd arrived and stayed one night, then were told we'd have
to rent more rooms (there were 8 of us in 2 rooms). We found another
beach resort that let us rent one big room for all of us (I think they
just charged us for a quad). We didn't however, annoy the
guests....didn't bother to "party" at the hotel, found a nightclub for
that. The hotel room was for sleeping it off... they wouldn't have even
known we were there.
Ahh....that was a fun week :-)
ps- the wedding weekend sounds great.
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Yes I always cry at weddings, but had to keep my composure so I could
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Before you buy.
>I brought my "bar" with me and was walking between our rooms,
>visiting with my brothers while we were all settling in, sipping on a
>gin and tonic,
I'm ashamed of you. Gin and tonic? In Mexico? You weren't walking
between the rooms with a bottle of tequila? What's this world come
> The hubster isn't much of a drinker and had a few drinks at the
> reception, he went up to our room to take his evening vitamins, he
> picked up a bottle thinking it was water and slugged down 4 healthy
> shots of the gin I had put in an empty tonic bottle that I'd taken the
> label off of, he about turned inside out.
(astonished!) I've never understood why people thought vodka was
odorless/tasteless, never mind gin! That tonic water must be some
>On Mon, 08 Nov 1999 04:32:19 GMT, Psta...@primenet.com (Koko) wrote:
>>I brought my "bar" with me and was walking between our rooms,
>>visiting with my brothers while we were all settling in, sipping on a
>>gin and tonic,
>I'm ashamed of you. Gin and tonic? In Mexico? You weren't walking
>between the rooms with a bottle of tequila? What's this world come
First my condolences for your loss.
Damn, I was afraid you'd see this.
I did make up for it at the reception though, they had an open bar and
very attentive waiters.
The tequila sangria's flowed. <VBG>
The hubster isn't much of a drinker and had a few drinks at the
reception, he went up to our room to take his evening vitamins, he
picked up a bottle thinking it was water and slugged down 4 healthy
shots of the gin I had put in an empty tonic bottle that I'd taken the
label off of, he about turned inside out.
He came back down to the reception and it wasn't too long that he
started feeling the effects and went back to the room, poor guy, but
the party was about over anyway.
I felt so bad for him, but I couldn't help laughing when I thought of
how he must have reacted once he realized he'd chugged gin.
>>>I brought my "bar" with me and was walking between our rooms,
>>>visiting with my brothers while we were all settling in, sipping on a
>>>gin and tonic,
>>I'm ashamed of you. Gin and tonic? In Mexico? You weren't walking
>>between the rooms with a bottle of tequila? What's this world come
>Damn, I was afraid you'd see this.
What? You thought I might not read?
>I did make up for it at the reception though, they had an open bar and
>very attentive waiters.
>The tequila sangria's flowed. <VBG>
>The hubster isn't much of a drinker and had a few drinks at the
>reception, he went up to our room to take his evening vitamins, he
>picked up a bottle thinking it was water and slugged down 4 healthy
>shots of the gin I had put in an empty tonic bottle that I'd taken the
>label off of, he about turned inside out.
>He came back down to the reception and it wasn't too long that he
>started feeling the effects and went back to the room, poor guy, but
>the party was about over anyway.
> I felt so bad for him, but I couldn't help laughing when I thought of
>how he must have reacted once he realized he'd chugged gin.
What were the 4 gulps for? Didn't he figure out the score after the
1st gulp? I think he must have wanted to get drunk.