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Don’t miss CAESAR SALAD on your next Mexican Yacht Vacation!

In my early yachting years in Mexico, it was such a treat to enjoy a tasty, authentic Caesar Salad served tableside with great panache!  The Caesar Salad is just one more reason to make your next yachting vacation in the Sea of Cortez or Mexican Riviera.

Last week I had an opportunity to revisit CAESAR’S RESTAURANT in Tijuana, home of the original Caesar Salad.

Caesar's Restarurant Bar Tijuana Mexico Baja California Sea of Cortez

MARTA PLASCENCIA WITH SAN DIEGO FRIENDS

The restaurant has recently reopened after a meticulous restoration effort by the Plascencia Group, a family of restaurateurs.   The long mahogany bar was gleaming and renewed to its original splendor, and the walls are decorated with fascinating vintage photos.Caesar's Restarurant Bar Tijuana Mexico Baja California Sea of Cortez

CAESAR’S originally opened in 1927 during prohibition when the Hollywood set and bon vivants  flocked to Tijuana for a good time!  Italian-born Mexican, Caesar Cardini, hosted his patrons with great service and style.

Caesar's Restarurant Bar Tijuana Mexico Baja California Sea of Cortez

AUTHOR WITH PORTRAIT OF CAESAR CARDINI

According to his daughter, Rosa, the Caesar Salad was first created on a busy July 4 weekend when the restaurant was short on supplies.  Cardini took ingredients he had on hand and added the dramatic flair of tossing the salad tableside.

Caesar's Restarurant Bar Tijuana Mexico Baja California Sea of Cortez

The  Caesar Salad became an instant hit and the recipe was soon distributed to various restaurants in the U.S. by Hollywood fans.  Wallis Simpson, future wife of Prince Edward VIII of Wales, is credited with introducing her favorite salad to Europe.  In the 1930s, Caesar Salad was voted by the master chefs of the International Society of Epicures in Paris as the “greatest recipe to originate from the Americas in fifty years.”

Today, manager Julian Plascencia treats his guests to the same great service experienced by CAESAR’S original patrons more than eight decades ago.

Caesar's Restarurant Bar Tijuana Mexico Baja California Sea of Cortez

MANAGER JULIAN PLASCENCIA - GRACIOUS HOST

CAESAR’S  has generously shared their signture recipe:

Caesar's Restarurant Bar Tijuana Mexico Baja California Sea of Cortez

1 head Romaine lettuce
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tablespoon ground mustard
1 clove crushed garlic
1  coddled egg
1 lime, juiced
fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 sliced baguette oven baked garlic croutons
2 anchovy filets

Clean lettuce thoroughly and refrigerate until crisp, at least 1 hour or more. In a wooden  bowl combine  olive oil , mustard ,anchovies , garlic and part of the grated parmesan ,     whisk with a wooden paddle until it forms a paste. Once cooled crack open the egg and whisk into dressing until thoroughly blended.  Add whole Romaine lettuce leaves and gently roll them into the dressing add the rest of the grated cheese, croutons freshly ground pepper and salt to taste.
The original Caesar Salad Tijuana Mexico Baja California Yacht Charter

The original Caesar Salad was served on whole leaves of Romaine lettuce which were meant to be lifted by the stem and eaten by the fingers! The original Caesar Salad was served on whole leaves of Romaine lettuce which were meant to be lifted by the stem and eaten by the fingers!

Hint from the author …
Start your dining experience with a delicious Tamarind Margarita –  a house specialty! Tamarind Margarita Caesars Baja Mexico Yacht CharterTamarind Margarita Caesars Baja Mexico Yacht Charter

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