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In the Belly of Baja
By Misty Tosh

In the Belly of Baja

Misty ToshAbout the author: When she's not sailing her pirate style sailboat around the Sea of Cortez, New Mexico based TV producer Misty Tosh spends all her free time traipsing the backroads of Mexico (Baja in particular) on the hunt for the next great culinary find. Follow her travels @bigsweettooth and her NM foodie/garden delights @thelittleranchito.





Baja Beach
Airstreams, Private Beaches, and Provisions
Oh, the 2019 Baja high season is warmly upon us and we have a new toy to meander down Highway 1 with. You see, we finally got our hands on a new... Read more
Tortilla Soup La Fogata Baja
Finding Fitness and Fried Tacos in Baja
My expeditions down to Baja always and forever start out with health on the mind. I tell myself, this is the trip where I get freakishly healthy... Read more
Finding the Simple Life Again
Finding the Simple Life Again
I’ve come to the conclusion that a quarterly tech break is necessary for all of humanity to continue to keep up the with the pace... Read more
Acre: The One Stop Shop for all of Baja’s Magic
Acre: The One Stop Shop for all of Baja’s Magic
Sometimes, the road can get a little trying and one just needs one pit stop to fulfill all of their desires. Food, drink, pool, farm... Read more
Come Back Memories, Baja-Style
Come Back Memories, Baja-Style
Some memories are not to be meddled with, especially when they come to affairs of the mouth. Like when a certain herb surprises you... Read more
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The Lonchería Experience
A good number of people do not know that Baja exists as a remarkable wonderland wide open and ready to be explored. It’s... Read more
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Seafood, Sailboats and the Sea - A Life Dream Realized
I have spent most of my adult life attempting to sort out where to keep my sailboat. I have always reasoned... Read more
Cabo Pulmo Baja
The Slow Coastal Seduction of Baja
The top of the year is around the time cabin fever hits and an on-the-fly trip to the glorious white sand beaches of Baja is in order. Over the course of a few... Read more
Los Barriles Baja
Baja Mania: New Season, New Temptations
Truly, the joy of driving the entirety of Baja multiple times a year is due in part to the profound change that continues to happen up... Read more
Los Barriles Baja
How to Become an Off-Season Baja Local in Four Easy Steps
Deep in the heart of off season in Baja, I had a very important decision to make. I wanted to spend a big chunk of time in a small Mexican town... Read more
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Sea of Cortez Perfection
Now is about the time of year where the dog days of summer start to really suck the life out of everything. The heat index soars, the wind is like a hair... Read more
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First Tries Abound In Baja
Let me start by saying this: new beginnings thrill me…that feeling of anything is possible. That uncontrollable drive to get rid of the old... Read more
Rancho Las Cruces
Rancho Las Cruces
There has never been any doubt in my mind that Baja holds multiple well-kept secrets. Mysteries that slowly reveal themselves... Read more
Two Fresh Bites in Baja that are Worth the Trip Alone!
Two Fresh Bites in Baja that are Worth the Trip Alone!
2018 is in full swing and with her came a whole new chunk of flavors south of the border. The seductive charms of the French, the... Read more
Eating Like A Local
Eating Like A Local
When it comes to playing local vs. tourist in Baja, it can be a very tricky path to walk. And, especially when it comes to food... Read more
El Refugio Mezcalería
El Refugio Mezcalería
There are restaurants and chefs in Baja that are good, really good. They are there to feed us, keep us happy and really, to simply... Read more
The Best Baja Bites On The Long Road Home
The Best Baja Bites On The Long Road Home
Having a reliable set of wheels in Baja is a must; especially if you’re like me and each day can twist on a dime as quickly as the wind... Read more
Discovering Balandra Beach Through Food
Discovering Balandra Beach Through Food
‘Is there anyplace else left to discover?' I’ve been traversing Baja for over fifteen years and it’s a question I ask myself... Read more
Jazamango
Jazamango
There are restaurants that take the farm to table movement to heart and source locally, with a keen eye kept on serving organic produce and sustainable... Read more
Taste Testing San Felipe For The First Time
Taste Testing San Felipe For The First Time
The infamous Mexico 5. I’ve never been down her way before. But this trip down to Baja was going to be different. We were departing from New Mexico and a good pal... Read more
Baja Breakfast of Champions
Baja Breakfast of Champions
I’ve never really been a breakfast person. Perhaps because I usually wake up hours before sunrise and by the time the morning meal is due, it feels like... Read more
Loreto Gets A Gastroteca. Applause!
Loreto Gets A Gastroteca. Applause!
Drifting into Loreto these days is a study in current day commerce. The streets are being judiciously swept the moment the sun rises. The merchant smiles... Read more
You Can Always Go Deeper South In Baja
You Can Always Go Deeper South In Baja
There’s an old saying where I come from: You can take the girl out of the south but you can never take the south out of the girl. That is a statement that hit close... Read more
A Summertime San Carlos Getaway
A Summertime San Carlos Getaway
Earlier this year, my boyfriend and I bought a rural 6-acre ranch in Northern New Mexico. I never thought the Southwest is where I would finally have my own patch of land, but somehow the call of the wild was too enticing... Read more
Going Shrimp, Fish, and Grain in the Desert
Going Shrimp, Fish, and Grain in the Desert
here comes a time in everyone's travels where the eating marathons must end - where the portions have to become smaller and the eyes a little less big. It must stop... Read more
Pit Stops And Carne Obsessions
Pit Stops And Carne Obsessions
When you are in Baja for long spurts of time such as much as I am, it’s rather easy to become obsessed. Not only with the next great village you’re headed to, but... Read more
Breaking The Baja Heat Wave
Breaking The Baja Heat Wave
When May rolls around the corner down South, it brings two things – the cheer of Cinco de Mayo and start of major heat waves across the peninsula. Most... Read more
Where Wind Meets Water
Where Wind Meets Water
The reason I hit the road every few months is quite simple. I go for the food. And with that food quest comes the path I traverse to get there – it’s... Read more
Eating And Laughing In Baja
Eating And Laughing In Baja
Epic battles have been raged on the roads that crisscross the Baja; at least in my dusty truck they have. And every single battle revolves around food. Should we eat... Read more
New Bites For The Baja Culinary Junkie
New Bites For The Baja Culinary Junkie
The flavors that I seek out while on expeditions in Baja can (and do) change day-by-day, even minute-by- minute. And, thankfully, there are enough innovators and chefs... Read more
Best Little Things In Baja
Best Little Things In Baja
Oh Orlando’s – how many times have I sung your praises? Let me count the ways I love you. The blended margaritas at 9 am. The piping hot – and homemade - tortillas... Read more
Foodie Finds and Furry Friends
Foodie Finds and Furry Friends
I always knew that when it came time to rescue another puppy, it would have to be done in Baja. There is something reassuring about the born-on-the-streets nature of Mexican... Read more
Quickie Fall Eats For The Baja Obsessed
Quickie Fall Eats For The Baja Obsessed
Fall will come with a roar this year. Here in Southern California, all anyone can speak about is the weather turning from blazing hot to torrential downpours – a weather... Read more
Guaranteed Good Baja Grub
Guaranteed Good Baja Grub
My stomach and her demands are governed by a different compass - one that leads me down forgotten backroads, through dark alleys and into overlooked street... Read more
Wine Valley Foodie Finds
Wine Valley Foodie Finds
In my nomadic mind, Baja is made up of quadrants, and all of them serve my hungry soul. The southern triangle is for seafood lovers (La Ventana); sport fishing fanatics... Read more
Breaking Bread In Todos Santos
Breaking Bread In Todos Santos
Todos Santos is a very tolerant village. She dusts off nasty hurricanes, she kisses the faces of exhausted tourists, and mostly she welcomes all levels of epicureans intos... Read more
Exploring Isla Coronados
Exploring Isla Coronados
I first learned to sail on the Sea of Cortez and even back then I knew there was something special about that particular body of water. The way the smoky mist skirted... Read more
Roaming The Baja - One Tip At A Time
Roaming The Baja - One Tip At A Time
No matter where I land in the world, I’m the gal who searches out the funkiest dive bar, the most remote farm to table restaurant, the sauciest cantina, and the tiniest... Read more
Rancho La Puerta - Fun, Food and Fitness
Rancho La Puerta - Fun, Food and Fitness
Border towns are not generally known as sanctuaries for harried travellers, but in the case of award- winning destination resort/spa Rancho la Puerta, the typical conceptions... Read more
Delicious Baja Bites Worth Braking For
Delicious Baja Bites Worth Braking For
The clip at which I move through Baja is a lot like that of a jackrabbit; constantly in motion, with very little time in between for leisurely meanders toward... Read more
Baja on the Cheap - A 36 Hour Getaway
Per usual, my adventure in Baja began and ended with food. 36 hours before, I’d crossed the border – with no real destination in mind, not much coin in... Read more
More to Crave in Loreto? Always...
The stats on Loreto, a Sea of Cortez based expat haven, are somewhat mind-boggling. Colonial village atmosphere? Check. Shimmering ocean front... Read more
All Faraway Dreams Can Come True in Baja
As one hits a certain crossroads in life, an unruly wanderlust type perspective starts to take the place of the day-to-day reality that makes up most folks... Read more
Amazing Meals on the Road
Just because you are passing through a particular town doesn’t mean you can't find a killer meal there. The spots I usually fly through without a second thought... Read more
Flora Farms - The Trip You Must Make in 2014
If there is one trip that should be on your radar in the upcoming months, it’s absolutely got to be to the magical estate that is Flora Farms. This dreamlike... Read more
Unexpected Baja...for the Curious Kind
Intrepid wanderers have flocked to Baja for centuries and who can blame them? Dirt roads that meander off to stellar oceanside fish shacks; seaside palapas... Read more
A Shortie Fall Weekend in Baja's Wine Valley
Fall food escapes are the best and there is no better place to disappear than Valle de Guadalupe – a Napa-like wine valley a mere 3.5 hours drive time from... Read more
Plotting & Planning for the Start of Snowbird Season
Summer is starting to wind down in the U.S. and October is just around the corner - and I think we all know what this means! The beginning of the high season... Read more
Saving Your Road Weary Soul in Todos Santos
I first landed in the quaint seaside village of Todos Santos just over ten years ago. Me and a small film crew were blazing through Baja filming stories of... Read more
Minka the One-Year-Old Pup Goes Into the Belly of Baja
As a dog, there are a couple of things I will always know to be true when I hop in the truck with my mom and dad. There will always be a big adventure when we finally... Read more
4 Food & Drink Excursions That Demand a Magazine Cover
All my trips to Baja revolve around one thing and one thing only. Meals…and the drinks that go with them. Through this simple love affair with food, I’ve managed... Read more
"Next Time" Surprises to Experience in Baja
Road trips to Baja always start off a thing of beauty. You say to yourself – "This time I'm definitely going to kayak over to Espiritu Santo and camp in a protected cove... Read more
Baja's Perfect Mid-Winter Escape
f you're like most of America in the achingly long winter months of January to April, all you're dreaming about is warm weather and the onslaught of spring. Snowy day imaginations... Read more
4 Mouthwatering Reasons To Head South of the Border Right Now
Most confuse Baja with renegades, fish tacos and dirt roads. Sure, these do exist south of the border, but these days the descriptions of what's happening in Baja are... Read more