Sabor a Cabo – A Festival Celebrating the Tastes of Los Cabos

It is hard to believe that I live so close to Los Cabos, Mexico, yet have never traveled there. Many in Los Angeles escape to Los Cabos because of the warm weather, beautiful ocean water and short flight from LAX. And as I learned at a press event in September, there is another reason to add “Cabo” to my list of places to visit: Sabor A Cabo.

Los Cabos Tourism invited me to a press event in September to highlight and promote the Sabor a Cabo festival which takes place December 4 – 10, 2016 (they also hosted the July Travel Massive Los Angeles event, which featured fantastic food and drinks). Sabor a Cabo is an international food festival featuring the cuisine of Los Cabos and also the cuisine from visiting chefs from notable restaurants around the world. This year, Mexico’s most famous rock band Mana will perform a benefit concert at the main event on December 10th.

The Sabor a Cabo press event was held at Rock & Brews in El Segundo, California. Dave Furano, the co-founder of Rock & Brews, graciously welcomed us. In addition to Rock & Brews in over a dozen U.S. cities, there is a Rock & Brews in San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Chef Rodrigo Cabeza de Vaca, Chairman of CANIRAC, the National Chamber of Restaurants and Seasoned Foods Industry in Mexico, spoke to us about the event and its growth since its founding eleven years ago.

We were treated to a light lunch featuring samples from several top Los Cabos chefs: Ángel Carbajal of Nicksan, Jesús Castro of Edith’s Restaurante, and Paolo de la Corte of Sunset da Mona Lisa. Their tasty bites were a wonderful representation of the local flavors of Cabo.

The food presentation, as you can see, was beautiful, and the food did not disappoint. All of us were oohing and ahhing as each course was delivered to our table.

Chef Angel Carbajal of Nick-san's Compache with Poke at Sabor a Cabo at Rock & Brews El Segundo

Chef Ángel Carbajal of Nick-San prepared this Compache with Poke

Chef Angel Carbajal of Nick-san's Compache with Poke at Sabor a Cabo at Rock & Brews El Segundo

Chef Paolo de la Corte of Sunset da Mona Lisa oysters with truffels for Sabor a Cabo event at Rock & Brews El Segundo

Chef Paolo de la Corte of Sunset da Mona Lisa prepared these oysters with truffles. They were heavenly.

Sabor a Cabo chefs pose with Kiera Reilly at Rock & Brews in El Segundo for Los Cabos Tourism

Posing with Chef Angel Carbajal of Nick-San, Chef Jesus Castro of Edith’s Restaurante, Chef Rodrigo Cabeza de Vaca of La Galeria, and Chef Paolo de la Corte of Sunset da Mona Lisa

The growing popularity of this festival is such that we were told that some of the ticket packages for Sabo a Cabo was already sold-out in September, so make plans now to attend this festival next year. More information can be found on the site, Sabor a Cabo.

Canada #FriFotos Bring Memories of a Special Family Trip

Last week, the #FriFotos theme was Canada. I shared several photos of a trip my family took to Whistler three years ago. What made the trip especially memorable was the unexpected arrival of my nephew Gael. My sister and her husband were enjoying a last vacation before returning home to southern California, moving into their new home and becoming parents. I guess Gael heard all the fun we were having with my parents, my other sister and her husband, and he decided to join the fun.

Since my sister was not due for another two months, it was a very scary situation when she went into labor. Luckily (to make a long story short), she and my nephew received excellent medical care, and we will be celebrating his third birthday tonight.

Here are some of the photos I took before our plans took an unexpected turn to the hospital in Vancouver.

I arrived early in Vancouver to explore the city before our family headed north for a week in Whistler. One of my favorite ways to explore a city is via a bike tour, and the tour I took with Cycle City Tours Vancouver did not disappoint.

We stopped in the Granville Island Public Market where fresh produce was on display everywhere, like these Rainier cherries.

Canada cherries

Rainier cherries on display at Granville Island Public Market.

I was very excited to see the Olympic torch from the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Canada flameWalking around the city one night, I spotted this Maple Leaf on the McDonald’s sign. I have to say, I do like visiting McDonald’s wherever I travel. There are always a few items on their menu that are unique to the country where they are located.

Canada McDAfter the weekend in Vancouver, we drove north to Whistler. We stayed in a rental home and explored the area by bike, foot, ski lift and sea plane. Our first night in Whistler, we saw a beautiful sunset over the mountains.

Canada Whistler sunset

First sunset in Whistler.

On our first day, we took a lift up Whistler Mountain and saw this friendly sign on our way to the top.

Canada Mountie gondolaOne day, I hiked around this beautiful lake with my sister and her husband.

Canada Whistler hike lakeThese Canadian flags looked beautiful in the sunlight atop Whistler mountain.

Canada Flag WhistlerI have many more photos to share from this beautiful corner of the world, but these were the ones I shared for #FriFotos last week. Thank you Canada, for a beautiful family vacation that we will always cherish, not least because my nephew Gael was born there!

New to #FriFotos? Here’s a quick guide on the rules by Jeffrey Epstein.

#FriFotos was started on 15 October 2010 by Jonathan Epstein (@EpsteinTravels). Jonathan is the President and Owner of Celebrated Experiences, a company focusing on travel to the UK and Ireland. He is passionate about photography, his favorite hobby. Each week Jonathan cohosts #FriFotos with Stephanie Diehl (@TravelDesigned), Charles Yap (@CharlesYap), and Spencer Spellman (@SpencerSpellman). Jeffrey Epstein (@jeffreyinmotion), CEO of HBIM was a key advisor in the creation of #FriFotos and continues to assist in the Forum’s growth and success.