Highlights near San José del Cabo

Los Siete Moles de Oaxaca

I discovered seven remarkably delicious renditions of los moles de Oaxaca at Don Emiliano Restaurant in the center of San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. The executive chef, Margarita C. de Salinas, is internationally renowned for her mind-expanding Mexican haute cuisine. My husband and I tried four of her seven mole masterpieces: the Mole Negro de Fiesta over plantain tortillas and roasted duck, the Chichilo Mole with beef tenderloin medallions and citrus-marinated onions, sea bass in a minted Mole Verde, and chicken Mole Rojo (pictured), and all were quite truly intoxicating. As Giovanni the Neapolitan from Eat, Pray, Love said about Pizzeria da Michele in Naples, "If you do not eat this [mole] when you are in [Los Cabos], please lie to me later and tell me that you did."

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I will defiantly have to go there next time I'm in los cabos, looks awesome!

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Note- this restaurant has closed since it was posted here as a highlight. Chef Carrillo now has a new(ish) restaurant in Mexico City called Turtux. You can read about it (and her move from Los Cabos to DF) in this excellent interview by Lesley Tellez: http://www.themijachronicles.com/2013/03/mexico-city-chef-margarita-carrillo-on-her-new-restaurant-turtux-and-saving-forgotten-tamale-recipes/

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Thanks, Julie! I'm sad to hear that Don Emiliano is no more, but more than that, I'm delighted to learn of Turtux. Mexico City, here I come! Thanks again for the fantastic interview.


Don Emiliano

Primer de Mayo
San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
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