|Sam Bartolone |
|The entrance to Adobe Guadalupe|
*Anthony Bourdain's Baja Episode of No Reservations Will Make You Want to Cross the Border Immediately.
*OC Weekly's column Tijuana Sí!.
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Anthony Bourdain made it look so great. "Baja's like Tuscany!" he'd
proclaimed to the media. And right in L.A.'s backyard. I'd never been,
nor had my best friend, so we booked hotel rooms for ourselves and our
boyfriends in Mexico's nearby wine country. We exchanged dozens of
emails and Gchats in the weeks that followed, twittering back and forth
about the fun we'd have and the feasts we'd devour.
Until one week before we were scheduled to leave. That's when her boyfriend balked.
just refuses to go," she told me, tears welling up in her eyes. Some
friends had gotten in his ear about the danger that awaited us across
the border -- narco-violence, kidnappings, beheadings, certain doom. He
insisted the two back out.
"But we'll be fine," I protested. How
could they doubt Bourdain? Or Andrew Zimmern or Chicago chef Rick
Bayless, all of whom had made recent visits to Baja with TV cameras in
tow, lauding the incredible food and gorgeous scenery?
It was to
no avail. They were out, leaving Sam and me just a twosome in our
Mexican adventure. Still, we packed up my hatchback. "We'll be fine," I
said. "... Right?"