It’s awkward having a birthday in December. Your big day is smack dab in the middle of Thanksgiving and Christmas. So when George (aka Mr. Aloha) and Lisa (visionary extraordinaire) invited us to join them at Rancho Pescadero, the incredible hotel/beach paradise they’ve built, in Todos Santos, Baja for a little birthday fun, we leapt at the chance.
George’s birthday is November 30, Eileen’s is December 1, and Elizabeth, who was our model for our first Rancho Pescadero photo shoot three years ago, has her birthday on November 28—and we all got together to celebrate with old friends and new for a great weekend at the Rancho.
The weekend coincided with a three-day culinary fest at Rancho so we were lucky enough to enjoy great dinners, cooking classes, and cooking demonstrations by visiting chefs Jeff and Susan Mall of Zin restaurant in Healdsburg, chef Kelly Liken of Top Chef fame and Kelly Liken Restaurant in Vail, Colorado, and Rancho’s own head chef Bueno Rodrigo. Good food? Oh yeah, the best. Great company? Yep. We couldn’t have asked for a better group. So. Much. Fun.
And the beach wasn’t bad either…