Adventuring in Mexico Part 2: Rosarito and Ensenada


Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 11+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

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  1. your crossing back story is insane!!! ahh i would go crazy it already takes SO long to cross back the border. and who knew about the rum thing, what an oddly specific thing and even more so why can’t they just let you toss it and then continue on to the US, like if you carried a water bottle into the TSA screening? At least there were street churros!

    • mary says:

      I believe the agent was trying to “teach us a lesson” or something to that effect. She seemed like she was in a really pissy mood. I was also wondering why we couldn’t just toss it but frankly I was kind of afraid to ask, like she would fine us for asking or something. I think it’s anything Cuban is illegal – which I didn’t know. Perhaps I should have, but the lesson is certainly learned now! The churros were soooooo good at least. Almost bought another bag but resisted.

  2. i have friends that have the Sentri pass. If I were to ride with them, I would actually have to get out of the car and walk across and still have to wait. My friend La Ley has the pass but her mother doesn’t so when they go to TJ and have to go back to the US, her mom has to get out and then it takes longer because they have to process her at the border. That sux.

    The last time I was in Mexico was about 10 years ago for La Ley’s wedding reception. Getting in to MX was easy but getting back to the US sucked. I actually forgot my ID and passport. Bert’s dad’s funeral was the week before the reception and I had switched purses. Well, I forgot my wallet in the other bag. The guy at the border was a total a-hole – an older grumpy white guy who quizzed us mercilessly especially after he found out Bert was born in the Philippines (they asked us our place of birth) and after he found out I didn’t have any ID on my except for my work ID. Luckily, we did NOT get sent to secondary. He very easily could have sent us there. But we did have to wait a super long time in line, about three hours. It totally would have been my fault if we got sent to secondary. This was around 1 am. OMG. This incident made me not want to cross the border ever again. Even if I do have my ID card, passport, etc.

    As for the food you guys had there – wow, no wonder my Mexican friends think the taco prices in the US are a ripoff! It’s dirt cheap in MX! I can’t believe the garibaldi is sold there. It’s protected here and illegal to capture/kill/eat them. The young garibaldi are quite aggressive and territorial. Bert went snorkeling in La Jolla Cove back in college (this was before those damn seals took over and polluted the water and the air) and many of them were “rushing” at him and making clicking noises.

    The fried fish looks pretty good, teeth and all. I know my parents would have been excited to eat that, ha ha (Filipinos).

    Looks like you guys had a great time, except for the ordeal on the way back to cross the border. Great food, good prices and experiencing a different culture.

    • mary says:

      Yeah, I should have looked up what the Sentri pass was first… I had no idea! It’s good for it you cross the border a lot but no good if you go in that lane and don’t have it. Ugh. I think the Border Patrol peeps don’t have fun at their job – I mean, their job is to basically find criminal activity so I guess that’s what makes them so grumpy!

      The tacos are soooo cheap! Pretty much all of our meals were very cheap down there. I forgot to put the price we paid for the tamales – but it was less than a dollar per tamale from that little roadside stand. I definitely want to go back and try more food… just need to pay more attention when we cross the border…

  3. Sorry for the longass comment.

  4. Awesome vacation photos! It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Mexico. Nice of you to show me what it’s like now. Looks really fun riding horses on the beach.

  5. Oooh yay plenty of my favorites!! The Rosarito beaches are absolutely beautiful. And those tacos look SOOO good!! Kinda looks like the ones they sell at Tacos El Gordo. I’ve made several trips to Ensenada too, and we usually always hit up the fish market-we usually buy our own fish and then bring it to one of the nearby restaurants and they’ll cook it for us. I think I’ve taken the San Ysidro crossing once but we usually just take the Otay one…although it still takes about 2 hours. At least there are hot churros!! 😉

    • Mary says:

      Hi Joleen – Mexico was a lot of fun! We may just take that Otay crossing next time and hope for less of a wait. The churros were the best!

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