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Wine Week

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The pairing dinner ritual always brings the promise of high-end food with an ideal combination of flavors, textures, and aromas for both the wine and the dishes.

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Kampachi tiradito

This September, our Nobu Los Cabos Restaurant joins the wine week with an exceptional pairing dinner that brings a rich experience in history, as well as a mixture of luxury and passion for tradition, aromas, and flavors.

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Chef Manuel Padilla

Our Executive Chef Manuel Padilla shares with us the importance of an extensive preparation of food pairing in the kitchen: It’s not just the food. It is about the whole experience balancing the flavors with the wines. For example, our Sommelier told us about an orange wine with particular aromas and flavors for dinner.

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Toro with caviar, wasabi and aioli

This orange wine (of which the Chef talked about) begins to resurface in wine circles due to its meticulous preparation: when it is prepared in huge clay jars, it changes its fermentation process that, in combination with the grape skin causes a unique color in wine. This wine is from Georgia, and it is not usual for it to arrive in Mexico.

It is also one of the 7 wines chosen for its handicraft production, focused on quality, and created by various vineyards responsible for refining their organic techniques through generations in different parts of the world, to obtain flavors with history. These wines will function as the base for the tasting night led by our guest: Master Sommelier Andrey Ivanov. He is one of the most influential Master Sommeliers in the United States, focused on creating experiences and attracting people to the sublime wine art in a friendly manner.

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Tenderloin with Anticucho sauce

This 5-course menu will guide you through the regions of Alsace, France. Beginning with two white wines that will provide the opportunity to taste the evolution of their grape in time. Besides, the signature dishes chosen from Nobu Restaurant underline a particular balance when accompanied by the wine highlighting quality products such as the caviar seaweed from one of the cold dishes that will be served right next to this white wine.

Follow our blog to learn more about the unique culinary experiences that happen here, and remember to follow us on social media sharing your memories with us through the hashtag #NobuLosCabos.

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Get To Know José Rodríguez

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Meet José Rodríguez, our General Manager at Nobu Los Cabos Restaurant.  

Born and raised in Mexico City, his vast experience in the food and beverage sector can be traced back to his earliest studies of the Hospitality industry in Switzerland.

José was excited when he found out that he would be a father for the first time. Together with his wife, they decided to return to Mexico, because one of their main reasons would be the closeness with the family, a very important trait in our core values at Nobu Hospitality.

Before being the General Manager of Nobu Los Cabos restaurant, his expertise developed worldwide in restaurants and hotel restaurants in countries such as Spain, China, and the Arab Emirates.

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It was this worldwide experience plus working with renowned chefs like Jean-Georges that allowed him to become a member of the Nobu Los Cabos family. And, as expected he celebrated with the family: “In fact, I have one of my favorite whiskeys, which I usually open on special occasions, for example when I found out that my wife was pregnant,  and I opened another bottle when I knew I was going to be Nobu Los Cabos Restaurant General Manager.”

“To welcome every guest because the experience we give is truly unique,” is the most exciting part, says Jose Rodriguez, “the guests are delighted with the style and the food.”

Which brings us to the obvious question, what is the favorite dish of our General Manager at Nobu Los Cabos Restaurant? “Tiradito has been one of my favorite dishes,” says Jose Rodriquez. He loves the combination of the acidity and spices that compliment the fish texture.

Dining at Nobu Restaurant Los Cabos is a private experience with an ocean view and spectacular sunsets. José and his team make sure that each guest feels welcome and will be happy to guide you through our Nobu Experience.

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Sowing Your Tomato Seeds

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The flavor is the result of very specific factors that we have in every treat at our restaurants.

Here at Nobu Hotel Los Cabos, our Yakuzoku garden or Chef’s garden is the centerpiece for this statement to be true. Yakuzoku means promise, and it is in our mission to bring this promise of happiness into every person that comes in contact with us through multiple experiences, including the culinary.

This week we’d like to introduce you to a gardening practice using these easy tips for starting your next tomato garden right in your backyard. For this, you’ll need one juicy tomato.

After a careful selection of one tomato, you will have to cut the vegetable in half, and use a spoon to soak the fillings with the seeds in a glass of water.

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Allow the filling of the tomato to sit in the water while the seeds separate. This step could vary between 5-7 days. You will know when the process is complete once the red filling completely separates from the seeds. Be sure to keep an eye out on the process to avoid mold growth. Once the seeds are separated from the filling, wash over the contents of the glass under running water.

Next, take a hand sifter, empty the glass with the help of it and then put it under the water faucet to let the water run down and clear the tomato remains. After a few minutes, you should only have the seeds in the hand sifter.

Spread the seeds over a plate and let them dry for a night or two. Once they are dry, you can save them in a paper envelope and store them in a dry, dark place or you can also start sowing them in a pot or your garden.

Please, don’t hesitate to show us your results on social media using our hashtags #NobuAtHome #NobuLosCabos. Happy gardening!

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Handmade Pasta For Mom

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As we celebrate Mother’s Day around the world, we recognize that this year’s celebration will be a little different.

Nonetheless, we do not want to miss the opportunity to shower our beloved mothers, even if it’s in the comfort of our own home.

While there are many different ways to celebrate mom, we believe food is the key to anyone’s heart—so we would like to share an easy gnocchi recipe from our Executive Chef Paolo della Corte that can impress the most discerning foodies.

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We’d love to see how you make this recipe your own by sharing your dish and tagging us using #NobuatHome. Don’t forget to follow along on our social at @NobuLosCabos for more at-home activities.

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Potato Gnocchi (8 servings)

Ingredients

  • 5 large potatoes
  • 1 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 2 cups of flour
  • Teaspoon of salt
  • Pinch of pepper

Directions

  1. Boil the potatoes until tender.
  2. Allow the potatoes to cool a little, peel the skin off, and mash until lumps are gone.
  3. Sprinkle some flour on a clean surface or wooden chopping board, and spread the mashed potatoes, half of the flour, eggs, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese.
  4. Start mixing very smoothly and slowly from the bottom to the top, and knead the dough as you carefully add the rest of the flour as needed.
  5. Place the dough in a large bowl, and cover with a kitchen cloth.Then grab portions of the dough and roll in a long tube shape. 
  6. Sprinkle more flour on your surface, and cut the dough in small 1 inch cubes.
  7. Sprinkle flour on the bottom of a tray, and arrange the gnocchi on the tray. 
  8. You can either freeze the dough to cook later, or can cook right away. To cook, bring salted water to a boil then drop the gnocchi one by one. 
  9. Remove the gnocchi when you see that they float to the top, and toss in the basil pesto sauce.
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Basil Pesto Sauce (8 servings)

Ingredients

  • 5 cups fresh basil 
  • 1/4 cup of toasted walnuts, almond or pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese*
  • 1 garlic 
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of Black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil 
  • 3 ice cubes

* For a vegan option, replace ½ cup of cheese with an additional ½ cup of walnuts, and add an extra pinch of salt. 

Directions

  1. Bring water to a boil and add the basil for 30 seconds only. Remove from the water, and add to ice water. Squeeze well to eliminate any bitterness. 
  2. Place basil in a blender with the rest of the ingredients, and blend until you get a smooth and creamy texture. Add ice cubes one minute after blending to prevent sauce from turning dark. 
  3. Store in a well-covered refrigerator for up to 15 days.

Malibu Farm Mashed Potatoes

Malibu Farm Recipes

Malibu Farm boasts simple farm-to-table dining that is fresh, organic and locally-sourced whenever possible. Bright and airy, the Los Cabos and Miami Beach outposts of Chef Helene Henderson’s Californian restaurant, reflects the original Malibu location’s vibe – the epitome of laid-back chic. From the vegan coconut tofu to the grass-fed burger, the menu is sure to satisfy flavor-seekers. 

If you’re looking to shake things up in the kitchen, we’ve got just the recipe for you. Chef Helene’s Mashed Potatoes are a staple at Malibu Farm restaurants. They are a true farm-to-table dish with a comfort food flare and will make the perfect side to go with your favorite entree.

We’d love to see how you make this recipe your own by sharing your dish and tagging us using #NobuatHome. Don’t forget to follow along on our social at @NobuLosCabos for more at-home activities.

Ingredients

  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 3 large Broccoli florets

Directions

  1. Cook your potatoes in boiling, salted water until just soft. 
  2. Dry the potatoes and return the drained potatoes to the hot pan, and stir over heat until the liquid has evaporated. 
  3. Then push the potatoes through a ricer and into a standing mixer. 
  4. Blend in the stick of butter and 1/2 cup of the cream.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Boil or steam your broccoli until just done and still bright green; try not to overcook.
  7. Drain and put the broccoli into a food processor, along with the remaining 1/2 cup cream, until finely chopped. 
  8. Stir the broccoli and the potatoes together and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Enjoy as a side dish with your favorite entree.

Mandalas And Their Meaning

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The literal meaning of the word Mandala means circle, and circle mandalas are also one of the most commonly available forms of mandalas. Their first emergence came from regions across the Himalaya and India, where people used the artistic expression of mandalas to form symbolic relationships between the universe and the spirit. 

Today, mandalas have become a popular symbol of meditation, which aids in enhancing focus, silencing thoughts while meditating, combatting stress and anxiety, appreciating the beauty of nature, and forming a greater connection with oneself. 

For this week’s Nobu at Home activity, we’re providing you with a Mandala Coloring Book. Enjoy coloring these pages with your loved ones at home while taking the time to connect your mind, body, and spirit and bringing in a sense of relaxation. Follow along on our social at @NobuLosCabos and tag us using #NobuatHome to show us your best Mandala creation.

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Nobu At Home Guacamole

As we all navigate through these times together, we’d like to be a source of wellness, inspiration and calmness to help ease your worries. While you’re staying in, we’d like to help you find your zen and provide you with Nobu at Home activities such as simple recipes, spa rituals, and more.

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Our first Nobu at Home is a recipe for Pacific Restaurant’s delicious guacamole—if you don’t have all of the ingredients, feel free to get creative with ingredients you already have. Follow along on our social at @NobuLosCabos and tag us using #NobuatHome to show us your best guacamole recreation.

Ingredients

  • 2 avocados
  • 1/4 red onion, peeled and chopped
  • 6 diced cherry tomatoes
  • Fresh coriander finely chopped to the taste
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to the taste

Directions

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1. Cut the avocados in half. Remove the seed, place in a bowl and proceed to mash the avocados with the help of a fork.

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2. Combine the mix with tomatoes, coriander, onion, and lime juice.

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3. Add salt and pepper to the taste.

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4. Serve with chips, corn tostadas, or any crackers you may have at home and enjoy!

Get To Know Nobu Matsuhisa

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Chef Nobu Matsuhisa provides a local experience with a modern design in every venue. He transmits his concept as a curated individual experience where every property is different.

Nobu Hotels blend fresh modern luxury and minimal Japanese tradition into the concept of a lifestyle hotel. Nobu Hotels, Restaurants, and Residences interact together to provide Nobu products and services that share the common characteristics of unique Nobu food experiences.

Keep reading to find out more about Nobu Matsuhisa, a world-famous chef, icon of gastronomy, and pioneer of the Nobu brand.

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Who is Nobu Matsuhisa?

Nobuyuki Matsuhisa was born in 1949 in Saitama, a city near Tokyo, where hisose parents had moved during the Second World War.

He became interested in the cuisine, watching his grandmother cook. At the age of 12, his brother allowed him to work in a sushi restaurant. After school, he took a job in a family-run sushi restaurant in Tokyo.

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Nobu’s First Job

For several years as a kitchen assistant, he watched the chef selecting, cleaning, and serving the fish. It was until a sous-chef quit when he got promoted and had the opportunity to begin making sushi. This was his job for seven years. He learned to make sushi the traditional way.

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New Experiences

At the age of 24, he moved to Peru due to a job offer from one of his regular clients. One of the first cultural impacts he had was the different sushi culture in South America. The food there was based on ingredients like lemon juice, ceviche, chili peppers, cilantro, olive oil, and tomatoes rather than just soy sauce and wasabi. It became the perfect time to start experimenting with different flavors.

He spent three years in Peru, and a new family member was born. In the business aspect, he started to have misunderstandings with his partner, which led him to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The business was not as predictable as he thought, so he and his family moved back to Japan.

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United States Adventure

Upon returning to Japan, he had an opportunity to open a restaurant in Alaska, which he took. The oil pipeline workers were regular customers, and there was little restaurant competition. The fish was not varied there, but a mixture of recipes and ingredients, the dishes were a success. Unfortunately, the restaurant burned to the ground. 

After this event, Nobu sent his family back to Japan, and he settled in Los Angeles on the advice of a friend. He took a job as a sushi chef in a small restaurant. After a few years, he brought down his family to LA.

In 1987, after earning his way back to solvency, he opened his own restaurant Matsuhisa on La Cienega.

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Own Business

The first two years after opening Matsuhisa were difficult. But as he started importing fish from Japan, the clients noticed the difference on their well-served meals. 

Matsuhisa was an instant success and became a magnet for food lovers and celebrities alike. It was here that his longtime friendship and business relationship with Robert De Niro began. 

Robert De Niro invited him to New York to offer him a business partnership to open a restaurant there. But it was until four years later when Nobu Matsuhisa accepted his offer. In 1994, they opened Nobu New York. 

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Nobu Restaurant Legacy

Today Nobu Restaurants are part of Nobu Hotels, covering around 15 countries all over the world. Japanese cuisine, in addition to a luxury lifestyle and wellbeing, is the brand signature of Nobu.

“The restaurants and hotels that bear my name, Nobu, are considered high-end, but they’re not exclusive. I wasn’t Nobu to bring smiles to our guests’ faces with the bite of food, to give them a place to relax, enjoy good conversation over, a great meal and leave happy”.

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Valentine’s in Cabo’s style

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February 14 is around the corner, and if you consider yourself a romantic, you may be wondering how to make Valentine’s Day all the more special during your stay at Nobu Hotel Los Cabos. Here are some ideas that will help you make the most of your special time together Baja style.

WHALE WATCHING ON A CATAMARAN

Nothing screams more romantic than a once-in-a-lifetime experience like whale watching on the open waters. Valentine’s Day happens to fall over whale season in Los Cabos, and in addition to your search for unforgettable views, you can also enjoy a complete experience on a relaxing catamaran sail that includes light bites, paddleboards, and snorkeling.

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SUNSET DINNER

Cabo is well known for its spectacular sunsets. The private cabanas located in front of the Cortez pool provide the ultimate intimate setting for a memorable dinner. Be sure to ask our front desk team to help you reserve your spot for the exclusive menu that has been specially designed by our executive chef for this evening.

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SAIL ON “TU ENAMORADO” (YOUR LOVER) YACHT 

Spend your special moment aboard this luxurious yacht as you toast to love while overlooking the iconic Arch of Cabo San Lucas. Couples can enjoy some adventure snorkeling, or opt to relax as they take in the scenic view.

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INDULGE WITH A SIGNATURE MASSAGE

Esencia Wellness offers an indulgent menu of massages and spa treatments that couples can enjoy together. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine with a unique Valentine’s Day amenity, followed by a rejuvenating hour of hydrotherapy. For an added touch of wellness, hop over to Malibu Farm which is located steps away, and enjoy a well-balanced meal or freshly pressed juice.

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