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OC Meets Baja Event

We had the chance to attend a great event over the weekend, OC Meets Napa and Baja! Right here in our own backyard and at the beautiful Mission San Juan Capistrano on a lovely summer evening. The evening food and wine tasting event was hosted by AltaMed, a provider of healthcare and human services here in Orange County.

OC + Baja Food

As we strolled into the courtyard of the Mission we felt as though we’d just left the outside world behind; surrounded by the aroma of delicious food, lovely music and a sea of vineyards. The event brings together gorgeous wines from each of the Napa and Baja regions as well as a variety of restaurants from each area.

The first thing we do is meander over to the food; as we catch a glimpse of others plates, our interest peaked immediately. Seafood and pork seemed to be theme with the use of many brightly colored garnishes; we were ready to take in our first sample of the evening. Tasting a variety of tostadas made us happy; we dined on a fresh, citrus flavored seafood one embellished with petite flowers and a favorite that we had to return for a second time, the Salmon Hamachi Tostada.

Baja in OC

We love that the chefs explore outside the traditional Latin dishes and share with us their creativity and often times fusion style entrees. Continuing to satisfy our pallete with Short Rib Tacos on a Chocolate Tortilla, a giant spicy prawn dish or the varieties of seafood ceviche; we found we gathered information from our favorites to visit in the future.

The compliment of wines from each region was a perfect pairing and we discovered that we were being exposed to so many new ones, especially from Baja! The reds are always a favorite but discovered a great white too. The refreshing margaritas were an additional hit.

The atmosphere was fabulous with intimate seating areas throughout the interior courtyard of Mission San Juan Capistrano, live music set the mood and we enjoyed the tempo as it changed during the evening. The variety of delicious food and wine was stellar, each featuring friendly and lively people from a chef, a sommelier or perhaps an owner. It was an evening to remember, for a great healthcare cause and to share with such a lovely collective group!

Sample at the OC Meets Baja Event

If you’re a lover of good food, delicious wine and have an adventure to explore new things, we suggest you mark your calendar for next years event. In addition, consider a trip south to Baja as we look forward to our own adventure south after tonight.

Darice is a very active mother of a gorgeous daughter. Darice, enjoys a career in sales, surrounded by many friends and family; always taking on another opportunity for growing and networking. A people person who embraces trying new things, helping others, a social butterfly and enjoys cheering on her niece and nephew at soccer and/or volleyball games.
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