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Hakkasan Group and their Culinary Jewels

Herringbone and Casa Calavera
Interview with Executive Chef Alex Branch

By Antonio Vargas

Originally from Mexico City, with studies in Hotel Management, Alex Branch, Executive Chef of Hakkasan Group gave us a delightful interview to talk about the Herringbone and Casa Calavera restaurants. Located inside the Resort Vidanta Los Cabos in San José del Cabo.

Herringbone Restaurant

With thirty-six years old, Alex Branch is a young chef with a high culinary talent and a great deal of experience, and although he began in the hotel sector, he was always more interested in the restaurant area. Curiously enough, Alex didn’t like cooking, he says he would love to have romantic stories about it, involving his grandmother, the molcajete, the tortillas, the smells of bread, but the truth of the matter is that for him at first, it was just a job that allowed him to get money to buy beer. His first job was as a kitchen assistant at the Restaurant del Lago in Mexico City and it was there that he realized that he was attracted to the restaurant industry.

He later moved to Playa del Carmen where he worked in a bar in various positions, he would return to Mexico City a while later; one day he accompanied a friend to a school that offered the academic training of a chef and there he stayed to begin formal studies in the culinary career.

Casa Calavera Restaurant

Asia, Europe, Australia, are places where his cooking talent took him. Alex Branch tells us that architecture and spaces attract his attention powerfully, for him it is very important that the spaces have meaning and they should be harmonious. He tells us he is a fan of seafood, loves to eat, work, manipulate and use things that come from the sea. The balance of the fish is something incredible as a cook and as a customer, because it doesn’t give you much room for error, or it’s the right thing or totally wrong, there are no average terms. The sea product has a lot of subtlety. If I had to talk about influences within my career,” he says, “I’m very interested in the methodology and philosophy of Japanese cuisine, it’s something I could sum up in two words, Respect and Honesty”.

“My team and I are guided by four principles. Be honest with yourself, be honest with your partner, be honest with the ingredient and in the end be honest with the customer.

Today Alex Branch is in charge of the Herringbone and Casa Calavera restaurants.

Herringbone is focused on seafood, offering food from the Californian coast, from Los Cabos to the northern border of the state of California. The restaurant handles elements in its decoration similar to the other Herringbone restaurants found in the United States, for example, olive trees, nautical motifs, such as ropes, pangas, etc… The service is personal, the concept is casual; it is a place where you go to eat good products in a relaxed atmosphere.

Casa Calavera Interior

And as for Casa Calavera, it became the first Mexican restaurant in the Hakkasan group’s portfolio and they chose Los Cabos for its launch because they essentially wanted to open a Mexican restaurant in Mexico. The kitchen, worth the redundancy is purely Mexican, mostly “street”, tacos, esquites, guacamole, etc… The image of the restaurant revolves around the traditional Day of the Dead. It must be taken into account that it also includes sea themes, as it is located right on the beach with a spectacular view, lends itself to the idea of spending a whole day there with your feet in the sand. On Tuesdays, you can enjoy the Taco Tuesday special, all the tacos you can eat for one price. I must mention that the tacos can be considered gourmet and the sauces are absolutely delicious, at night from 7 to 9 pm they have live music.

Live Music at Casa Calavera

When we asked Alex how he saw his work personally, he told us that he felt that his main role is that of a teacher, someone who is at the service of or in support of the people who honor him and take pride in his work. He considers his main job to be his cooks, who are in an environment that rewards them and not only economically but also makes them grow as human beings in every way, who can advance their careers and their lives. He told us: “This is how I grew up, attending the different kitchens in which I was trained, thinking, what am I going to learn today? And how this is going to help me in the future?”

Casa Calavera Entrance

He became Executive Chef for the first time at the age of thirty, it was a goal accomplished and his next goal in the future is to have his own restaurant. From what we have managed to appreciate his cooking and tenacity, we are confident that it is something you will achieve in time.

Casa Calavera Bar

Herringbone and Casa Calavera are now two culinary options that have come to revitalize the activity in San Jose del Cabo, we highly recommend these two restaurants, be sure to visit them to enjoy the cuisine of Alex Branch and the pleasant and charming atmosphere of both restaurants. Herringbone is open from 5 to 11 pm, Sunday brunch will be back in October and Casa Calavera is open from 11 am to 11 pm. Located inside the Resort Vidanta Los Cabos in San José del Cabo.

5TH. EDITION OF SABOR A CABO RURAL.

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Written by Diney Manríquez

With the aim of promoting the local product and gastronomy of Baja California Sur, this Wednesday, November 1, 2017, the director of Sabor a Cabo Rural, also owner of the organic garden Los Tamarindos “Enrique Silva”, released the details that will give life, for the 5th time to this event; reiterating on several occasions the importance of keeping alive the essence of our ancestors, with each recipe that we inherited and that some chefs currently give themselves to the task of offering in some restaurants in the region.

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Silva also stressed that another of the priorities of this gastronomic congregation is to support the communities, so the cost of the ticket will be very economical, so that all local families can attend and know the riches that they have FROM THE GARDEN TO THE TABLE . Sabor a Cabo Rural will be enjoyed next December 3, at Huerta Los Tamarindos, located in San José del Cabo, starting at 1:00 pm and ending at approximately 5:30 p.m., as in previous years, everything that is raised in the sale of tickets, will be destined in support to the Integral Development of the Family (DIF) of the municipality of Los Cabos, donation that will be used, in the diverse necessities that the institution generates, the tickets will be for sale to Starting next week, in restaurants and bars such as Tequila, Pitahayas, Tamarindo and in government institutions such as the Secretary of Tourism and the DIF.

The presidium was formed by the founder of Sabor a Cabo, Mrs. Edith Jiménez, the director of the DIF Manuel Castro who attended on behalf of Mrs. Vianey de La Rosa, president of DIF, Jacobo Turky president of Sabor a Cabo Great Event and the aforementioned Enrique Silva Chef and Director of Sabor a Cabo.

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Los Cabos Film Festival 6th Edition 2017 Preview

Come and see what the neighbors are doing

Los Cabos Film Festival 6th Edition 2017 Preview November 8th to 12th

By Antonio Vargas

Once again and for the sixth time Los Cabos welcomes film artists from several regions of the world, with a wide variety of contents and unique forms of presenting life experiences, the festival will share astounding film material.

Hugo Villa Smythe, General Director of the Los Cabos Film Festival stated at the first press conference that the event has been growing little by little, focusing in quality, understanding that the niche for this particular festival are the businesses in Mexico, United States and Canada. He also remarked that this is a talent showcase that already is bearing fruit. Compared with other renowned film festivals in this country, this one at Los Cabos, has enormous potential and incredible projection to the world even though this is a very small community with limited infrastructure for events of such magnitude. About 75% of the film creators are repeating their participations and some of them had been selected for the Gabriel Figueroa Fund.

Los Cabos Films Festival 2017 Preview

Los Cabos Films Festival 2017 Preview

This time the effort is also focalized to a good cause; All the money collected in the sale of tickets for galas and coupons will be donated entirely to Red Autismo, an association founded by Lemonia Aretos; this is a non profit organization located in Los Cabos that aims to provide specialized care for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) seeking the development of skills to improve their quality of life and that of their family. In this effort the Mexican sculptor Nacho Gallardo “El Nacho” is also donating some of his work. As part of the activities held in the blue day (the Red Autismo day) through a silent auction, the money raised in this event will also be donated to the cause.

Los Cabos Films Festival 2017 Preview

Los Cabos Films Festival 2017 Preview

The press conference panel were also attended by Jesus Serafin Ochoa, representative of the Baja California Sur Tourism Mexican Federal Institution SECTUR, Karina Corral Raygoza, Municipal Director for Los Cabos, Raoul Chollet Rochin, FONATUR Los Cabos, Rodrigo Esponda Cascajares, FITURCA Los Cabos, Lindsay Orsi, Representative of the Hotels in Los Cabos and Francis Doring Mendoza, Co-Founder of Red Autismo.

40 films of recent production and one retrospective movie integrate the festival. 90% of the titles will be premiere right here in Los Cabos. Five world premieres, three international premieres, eight Latin American premieres and twenty premieres in Mexico.

Los Cabos Films Festival 2017 Preview

Mexican sculptor Nacho Gallardo “El Nacho”

Sections Green, B-Side and Special Presentations are integrated by the best and most recent film productions in the international community. The Festival on its sixth edition will be pleased to announce the winners of Los Cabos Lab in collaboration with Huffpost.

The film program of this edition is wide and spectacular, we are sure you will encounter extraordinary art proposals and sublime experiences on your theater seat.
So, just let it go and enjoy.

Recital de Ópera

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Recital de Ópera :
Daniel Silva (tenor)
Paola Torner (Messosoprano)
Nahum Aquino (pianista)

Con la presentación de Sarah Vardy ( Soprano Internacional de la Ópera de Viena).

Ballet del Estudio del Ángel.

Viernes 06 de Octubre 8pm
Dirige Maestro Daniel Silva.

Preventa: 624 355 49 78
Cooperación: $300.00

Boletos en Taquilla!!!