September 27th, 2021
Paradero Todos Santos will kick off its inaugural Taco Series on September 17, 2021 with esteemed chef Dani González of Culiacan’s Casa Bon. The Paradero restaurant is helmed by Chef Eduardo Rios. He was previously with Pujol, ranked one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2020 and is widely considered to be among the best in Mexico. At Paradero, Chef Rios creates simple, elevated dishes that are made up of a maximum of five ingredients, all grown in-house or sourced from family farms and other local purveyors in Todos Santos and Baja California.
The Taco Series events is a collaboration between Chef Eduardo Rios and four visiting chefs from acclaimed restaurants in Mexico City, Tulum, Veracruz, and Culiacan. The chefs will draw on their own culinary backgrounds to create tacos that reflect the authentic flavors of Todos Santos. The charming Pacific Coast town is home to a booming culinary scene, thanks to its Mediterranean climate, farm-to-table ethos, and vibrant community of ranchers and farmers. In addition to the restaurant at Paradero, other standouts include Tijuana born Javier Plascencia’s Jazamango, Barracuda Cantina, a beachside spot that featured in Netflix’s Taco Chronicles, Tres Galline a northern Italian restaurant producing fresh pastas, Noah Sushi, a fresh seafood Baja style sushi restaurant and Hierbabauena, a plant-based eatery helmed by celebrity chef Javier Plascencia.
The Taco Series dinner—the anchoring event of a multi-day weekend program—will be bookended by a Cooking Master Class the following day, as well as a Tasting Menu dinner that night. Space for each event is limited and priority will be given to hotel guests.
During the Taco Series, a total of six inventive tacos will be served, half of which will be the creation of the visiting chef. Paradero’s Chef Rios will create the remaining three tacos, plus dessert. The visiting chefs will put their own distinctive spin on the tacos using fresh, seasonal produce from Paradero’s working organic garden. As Todos Santos is renowned for its seafood, guests can expect creative takes on classic Baja fish tacos, ceviche tostadas, and other regional specialties. Tacos are made from scratch and cooked in a traditional Oaxacan clay oven, while meat and fish are sizzled in a wood fired Josper oven and in a hibachi grill over binchotan charcoal. From $85 USD++ per person excluding beverages; 35 seats, preference for hotel guests.
Visiting chefs to include Dani Gonzàlez of Culiacan’s Casa Bon, Ezequiel Hernandez of Campo Baja, Juan Cruz of Tulum’s Sushi Batta, and finally, Erik Guerrero of Nemik in Veracruz. Below are the 2021 dates:
- September: 17-18 (Fri/Sat) Dani González
- October: October 15-16 (Fri/Sat) Ezequiel Hernandez
- November: 26-27 (Fri/Sat) Juan Cruz
- December: 9-10 (Thu/Fri) Erik Guerrero
The Tasting Menu dinner (from $135 USD++ per person, excluding beverages) will be overseen by Paradero’s Chef Eduardo Rios. The dinner will feature 6-7 courses as well as wine and cocktail pairings. Guests who book the Tasting Menu can also sign up for a Cooking Master Class ($50 USD+ per person) earlier that day. During the hands-on session, guests will learn the art of nixtamalization, a traditional maize preparation process, and create heirloom corn tortillas to take home.
The Taco Series is the latest event to cement Paradero’s reputation as one of Mexico’s top destination restaurants. Executive Chef Rios beat out at least 20 top chefs who interviewed for the job. Other events this fall and winter 2021 include special themed dinners celebrating the Dia de la Independencia (September 15), Dia de los Muertos (November 2), Thanksgiving (November 25), Christmas (December 24), and New Year’s Eve (December 31).
January 20th, 2021
A welcome respite from the winter weather, Mexico also offers an abundance of beaches, cultural offerings and culinary adventures. Whether for a weekend or an extended stay, we’ve rounded up three destinations for travelers looking for a private Mexico getaway.
For an outdoor adventure: Todos Santos
Pablo Carmona and Josh Kremer, Mexican entrepreneurs and financiers, are making their mark with Mexico’s first luxury soft adventure brand, Paradero Hotels, on February 1, 2021. One-hour away from San José del Cabo Airport, Paradero Todos Santos has a barefoot, bohemian vibe and is a haven for surfers and outdoor enthusiasts. Overseen by Mexico City-based POLEN, who was behind the landscape design of Google and Twitter offices in Mexico, Paradero Todos Santos is an 80 percent landscape, 20 percent construction project. 35 suites are situated within the Le Mesa farming community and an agricultural area comprising more than a dozen family-owned farms. Details with a sense of place include: on-site 100,000-sq.ft. botanical garden with 60 endemic species; artisan-made furniture from Mexico; suspended ‘star nets’ that offer high-altitude views of the surrounding farmlands, mountains and ocean; below-ground spa that is inspired by a secret watering hole in Todos Santos; and an open-fire kitchen with a traditional Oaxacan clay oven.
For a beach escape: Riviera Maya
With buildings handcrafted by Mayan masons, traditional Temazcal treatments on the menu, and one of the world’s longest barrier reefs just 10-minutes away, Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa is a true Mexican escape. Days are spent on white sand beaches while nights are best enjoyed over a private dinner in the observation tower. Highlights include the Kinan Spa which offers a variety of wellness programming pulling from its Mayan surroundings as well as honey-based spa treatments thanks to the on-site apiary, and the new ‘Noches de Cantina’ dining experience centered on the ritual of savoring tequila, inspired by Mexico City’s popularization of cantinas in the 1950s. With Belmond’s new ‘Exclusive Places’ offer, families and small groups can enjoy secluded accommodations among the 200 acres of lush jungle. Casa Leo and Casa Aries, each consisting of four suites, feature four plunge pools, private access to the beach and two private palapa spa areas for in-room treatments.
For a cultural celebration: San Miguel de Allende
2021 marks the 200th anniversary of Mexico’s autonomy from Spain with San Miguel de Allende the first town to receive independence. Housed across six historic casonas, or residences, Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada is a 37-room retreat in the heart of San Miguel de Allende. Each casona has been carefully restored with local, handcrafted items, ranging from the wooden headboards, exclusive artworks, or antique tapestries. The buildings include a former convent, a 17-century fort and the former residence of the Archbishop of San Miguel de Allende, connected by courtyards, cloisters and the city streets. Now, families and small groups can enjoy an entire 17th-century casona to themselves – complete with butler and dining service. Spend the day at the Sazón cooking school with private tours of local markets and mastering Mexican specialties including salmon crudo and. Celebrate the city’s rich artistic past at the Artist Corner perusing the mini-gallery or partaking in a workshop to craft your own masterpiece.
How to Get There: Land travel is not permitted through February 21, 2021, but air travel is open. Direct flights to Mexico City, Cabo and Cancun are available from major U.S. cities including Los Angeles, Phoenix, Houston, Chicago, New York, Atlanta and Miami. Belmond has rolled out a selection of value-add offers for private jet travelers. They are collaborating with myriad companies and the list includes but is not limited to Jet Linx, Nicholas Air, Silver Air, TradeWind, Private Jet Service, FlyExclusive, and PRVT. Upon arrival, travelers will need to complete health declaration forms and undergo health screenings, including temperature checks.