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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Detox and Unwind in Los Cabos

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2. Where to Eat

A musician plays for diners at Flora Farms.  

Schedule a farm tour before a refreshing Mediterranean-Mexican meal at Huerta Los Tamarindos, an organic farm, cooking school, and restaurant just outside San Jose del Cabo. Chef-owner Enrique Silva grows more than twenty varieties of tomatoes, plus zucchini, carrots, kale, and (naturally) tamarinds on the fourteen-acre property. Hands-on classes ($85 per person plus gratuity) typically run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and include a walking tour of the gardens and a four-course lunch. The menu changes according to what’s seasonal, but might include just-picked greens with tamarind dressing ($8) and baked pargo (red snapper) with sundried tomatoes, olives, and eggplant ($17).

Brave the bumpy dirt road leading to Flora Farms. Set amid ten acres of organic produce, the space has evolved from a farm stand and market to a full-fledged restaurant and bar with specialty cocktails like the heirloom carrot Farmarita ($13). Go for family-style brunch ($35 per person), which might include lemon-ricotta pancakes, herb-scrambled farm eggs, and housemade breakfast sausage; lunch standouts include heirloom radish ravioli ($14) and grilled eggplant and zucchini sandwiches ($14). Reserve well in advance: The restaurant books up weeks out.

Sip hibiscus water or cucumber-mint lemonade beneath the shade of the mango trees at San Jose del Cabo’s arts-district newcomer Café de Lolita. Healthy options abound, like La Playalita, an herb-marinated fish salad with amaranth, toasted almonds, and tropical fruits over mixed greens ($13), though it’s certainly tempting to splurge on the cerritos sandwich ($8): poblano chile stuffed with cheese and fresh vegetables like red peppers, corn, and eggplant on housemade bread.

Pair just-caught fish with Mexican wines at El Farallón, the bluffside restaurant at Capella Pedregal. Whatever you order—dorado, marlin, mahi mahi, parrot fish—is grilled a la plancha and simply served with fresh herbs and a selection of sauces. Soup, a trio of family-style appetizers that might include sea bass ceviche, lobster tostadas, and bacon, lettuce, and tomato salad, plus sides like grilled asparagus and cilantro rice, and Mexican doughnuts are included (market price).

Published on Jan 16, 2014 as a web exclusive.

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