Baja Cuisine: Try Mi Casa Supper Club Moroxican Cuisine

February 27, 2015

Growing up in Casablanca, Bo Bendana was warned that every girl had to learn how to cook or no one will marry her. “But I don’t want to get married!” 12-year-old Bo told her mother. In spite of her resistance, Bo’s mother taught her to cook. That early introduction to savory ingredients and exotic spices contributed to the success Chef Bo is enjoying in Mexico’s Baja California.

moroxican cuisine

Her “Moroxican” (Moroccan-Mexican fusion) restaurant, Mi Casa Supper Club, with its airy Mediterranean-style décor and oceanfront location less than an hour’s drive from San Diego, is drawing patrons from both sides of the border for open-to-the-public dinners, private parties, and holiday festivals.

moroxican cuisine

And her annual white-tie food and wine pairing celebration, Sabor de Baja, held at the famed Rosarito Beach Hotel, has celebrities like Sam the Cooking Guy jumping to be a part of it.

California transplant, Bo Bendana, is putting Baja cuisine on the foodie map.

Mi Casa Supper Club is born

moroxican cuisine

In 2006, Bo Bendana and husband Dennis Sein moved from their home in Newport Beach, California to Rosarito Beach.  Rosarito is just a short drive over the Mexican border on Baja peninsula. The first fledgling concept for Mi Casa began when Bo offered a dinner at her home for eight people to raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club.  Much to her surprise, that dinner was sold for close to $1,000.

Friends urged her to open a restaurant, but Bo was not ready to take on such a major undertaking at that time.  But those friends insured her that whenever she was willing to cook, they would come.  So Bo and Dennis – a wine connoisseur and collector in his own right – started hosting gourmet dinners with food and wine pairing in their own home, once a month.  The dinners were private; a membership card was necessary to gain admittance to the dinners.

The private suppers were wildly successful.  The monthly menu would always include dishes that were not the most common, and guests were at first a little apprehensive…. rabbit, lamb, duck, escargot.  Appetizers ranged from raw oysters to pumpkin mussel soup with toasted peanuts. The dishes were painstakingly prepared and paired with fine wines, and in the end, their guests raved about them and clamored for more.

Word of Bo’s Baja cuisine dinners eventually got out, and Bo suddenly found herself flooded with phone calls – many from outside Mexico and the United States – from people eager to snag an invitation to the home dinner parties.  “I couldn’t do that,” said Bo.  “They were strangers and this was where we lived with our two young children.”

[read rest of Bo Bendana’s Moroxican Cuisine here].

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9 comments

  1. Comment by Kay Dougherty

    Kay Dougherty Reply March 5, 2015 at 10:35 am

    This place looks fabulous! I commented on the other site too and am going to tweet this – it’s all I can do not to head there now!

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply March 5, 2015 at 11:05 am

      Thank you so much, Kay! It’s a fabulous place, made more so by Bo, an incredibly talented and warm woman.

  2. Comment by noel

    noel Reply March 3, 2015 at 1:57 am

    That meal looks so delicious, I would love to sample a whole meal there~

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply March 3, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      I ate so much, I almost made myself sick. Even then, I could not stop and had dessert. 🙂

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply March 3, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      It’s incredibly tasty!

  3. Comment by Donna Janke

    Donna Janke Reply March 1, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    The food Mi Casa Supper Club looks delicious. Great location too.

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply March 1, 2015 at 11:21 pm

      It was fantastic — I haven’t eaten that much in many, many years! Chef Bo is a very warm and gracious host, too.

  4. Comment by Raul Barcena

    Raul Barcena Reply February 28, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Great article!! Proud to live in the area… Just a comment: FYI from Rosarito, you can NOT see the deep blue Atlantic… Its located on the western coast of the Baja California peninsula… Its beach is on the Pacific Ocean!! Wouldn’t want tourists looking for Rosarito on the Atlantic coast.. Hahahaha!!! Keep up the great writing!!!! Thanks…

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