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San Diego Cali-Baja Food Revolution

The Cali-Baja food revolution is happening in San Diego right now; an ingenious merging of two cultures to make the ultimate mouthful teaming with not only flavour but upmost freshness, with produce straight from local farmers, pulled together with inspiration from Tijuana.

San Diego shares its border with Mexico, so the culture there is heavily influenced by both American and Mexican culture. This diverse culture is reflected in the food scene of the vibrant California country. The beautiful merging of both influences has been dubbed the Cali-Baja cuisine.

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The Cali-Baja inspiration from Tijuana in Mexico, lies in Mexico’s Baja Med cuisine. This unique cuisine is a food revolution in itself, achieving worldwide recognition for its use of Mediterranean produce with traditional Mexican dishes and ingredients.

San Diego chefs take Baja Med inspiration from Mexico, and adds their own Californian flair, to create the Cali-Baja food scene. The Californian food scene centres around ingredients that are local and fresh, as well as using experimental and modern cooking techniques.

San Diego has the perfect climate allowing local organic farmers to grow just about anything. This allows for a strong focus on fresh, organic, and seasonal produce. In fact the county of San Diego has more small farms than the rest of the country. And with the addition of the close proximity of the Sea of Cortez, and the Pacific Ocean, chefs are blessed an abundance of fresh seafood.

With the help of the farm-to-table and fish-to-fork movements, San Diego has the best of both worlds. This has helped to create the perfect recipe for a new and exciting food scene, that beautifully reflects the culture and land of the county into its delicious food.

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A few restaurants where you can experience the flavour explosion that is Cali-Baja food are; Coasterra on Harbour Island, Puesto in Seaport Village, Las Jolla also in Seaport village, Galaxy Taco, King & Queen Cantina, and even the fast food chain Rubio’s; which is famous for bringing Baja fish tacos across the border. And if you are looking for the best Taco’s that San Diego has to offer. Here you will find the ‘Top 10 killer Taco Joints’.

The San Diego food scene is like no other in the United States, and with the innovated addition of the Cali-Baja food revolution and cross-border influences, San Diego really is worth the trip.

Peta McEachern

About Peta McEachern

If Peta isn’t spending time with her dog, treating her as if she were a small child, she’s out hiking basking in solitude, hunting down delicious food, or sleeping… because everyone likes a happy camper.
Peta McEachern
Peta McEachern
If Peta isn’t spending time with her dog, treating her as if she were a small child, she’s out hiking basking in solitude, hunting down delicious food, or sleeping… because everyone likes a happy camper.
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