Four Seasons Cabo at Las Palmas, Cabo Cooking!

One of my fondest pleasures in traveling is meeting and chatting with chefs and of course, tasting and trying their recipes.

Chef Tono at Four Seasons Cabo at Las Palmas

My first post pandemic adventure took me straight to Cabo – it more than fulfilled my escape plan: short flight, luxury surroundings, enough activity to entertain me over a week and scrumptious dining! Sitting in a restaurant, cocktail in hand and drooling over a menu was probably one of my most missed activities – to be out and about and have someone prepare a delicious meal was heavenly!

I’ve stayed at the Four Seasons Las Palmas in Cabo just after opening, Limón the alfresco restaurant was on the drawing board, it’s now serving dinner every night in the mini lemon grove. I was happy to dine several times during my week-long visit. Overlooking the cove beach and harbor, Limón is a very cozy farm-to-table al fresco experience featuring produce harvested from Costa Palmas’ on-site orchards and farm.

Limón at Four Seasons Cabo at Las Palmas

During the week, Tonatiuh Cuevas Manzano, or Chef Tona offers a couple of authentic participation cooking experiences. Mexican food is rich and based on recipes that change just a bit from state-to- state. Drawing from his heritage, a massive pot is elevated over a wood burning fire pit. A flavorful broth begins the process for carnitas. While stirring chicken legs, spices, and fresh peppers he explained that he learned the recipes from his grandmother and hasn’t modified much of her recipes. The flavorful mix simmers all day over the fire pit, arrive late afternoon for the savory tasting!

A unique rustic experience, follow the fragrance and the wood smoke to the tiered garden setting lit by strings of lights, glowing paper lanterns dangling from the lemon trees. A massive grill is front and center in the outdoor kitchen, book ended by a colorful bar. The restaurant focuses on fresh seafood and grilled steaks, with a broad selection of wines, including several from Mexican vineyards.

Favorite menu items include Organic Pork Ribs, Plantain and Chile Guajillo Puree. Roasted organic chicken thighs flavored with jicama, basil, mint, pineapple, chile and ancho adobe. Spoil the entire table and feast on the ribeye that is aged 45 days.  The catch of the day was scrumptious served in verde with fire roasted vegetables, prepared simply with olive oil, salt, and pepper. It’s natural and delicious!  All accompanied by a choice of Chimichurri, Guajillo Bearnaise or Birra reduction. One evening, I noshed on a roasted mushroom ragout, green salad, and the kid’s size steak- by all appearances, the meat servings were massive, kid menu was perfect for me!

Four Seasons Cabo at Las Palmas

Highly recommend Limón, an authentic organic ode to provincial Mexican cuisine, featuring fresh and plentiful Baja seafood and grilled meats.  – from spotted cabrilla, clams, fresh tuna, and dorado. The extensive bar menu includes wines from Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe and Baja sourced craft beers, and of course, frosty Margarita’s, one of the best of the week!

We can organize a cooking class with Chef Tomo, a special dinner, anything your culinary heart desires!

Carnitas for a Crowd

Pork shoulder 2 pieces (3 pounds approx.)

Pork Legs 2 pieces (3 pounds approx.)

Por ribs 2 pieces (3 pounds approx.)

Pork Skin (2 pounds approx.)

Pork lard 10 pounds


Water 2 liters

Method: Boiled the lard in a pot large enough for the liquid and the meat, add the legs and the shoulder, cook until it turns golden, dissolve salt in the water and add it carefully, reduce heat for two hours and add the ribs, add more salt to the water, boil for 1 hour or more until the shoulder is tender, add the skin and boiled for 40 min more, strain all the meat and reserve broth.  Serve the meat chopped with Tortillas, salsas, chopped cilantro, chopped onion for tacos.

Duck Enchiladas

9 pc ancho chiles, seeded and deveined; seeds reserved

6 pc pasilla chiles, seeded and deveined; seeds reserved

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup white onion, chopped

½ head garlic, chopped

1 cup pecans

2 cup pitted dates

1 1/4 cup ripe plantain, peeled and sliced

3 Corn tortillas, cut into squares

4 cups chicken stock

1 cup grated or chopped piloncillo or brown sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

5 cloves, whole

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

Preheat a comal, cast iron pan or nonstick skillet over low-medium heat. Toast chiles gently for about 10 seconds per side, being careful not to let them burn.

In a large, extended sauté pan, add lard and set over medium-high heat until hot, 1 or 2 minutes. Add onion and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, until the onion starts to soften. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add all chiles, and the dates and cook for 3 to 4 minutes; until lightly crunchy.

Buen Provecho!

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Four Seasons Cabo at Las Palmas

Four Seasons Los Cabo Resort at Costa Palmas

Cabo San Lucas is a quick flight down the coast to sunny Baja, many of our clients love Cabo and we can now share an inside peek at the Four Seasons Hottest Luxe Resort. Located in undiscovered and undeveloped Costa Palmas. A hidden gem awaits at the East Cape in a spectacular desert landscape.

Sunset Four Seasons Los Cabo Resort at Costa Palmas

Just a bit over an hour drive from the airport, through a desolate desert, passing a few small villages, but mostly appreciate striking stands of stately cactus! In a quick map-quest, I located a small town enroute and asked my driver to make a brief detour through Santiago – an authentic sleepy village on a side road. This area feels like ancient México, pass through the blocks, the town consists of a small mission style church, a colorful library and a Zoo! I didn’t feel compelled to stroll, it was satisfying enough to pass through a quiet village.

Four Seasons Los Cabo Resort at Costa Palmas Casa de Brasa

The arrival is subtle, the meandering property is accessed by a sandy road noted by the iconic Four Seasons image on a rust colored sign, an enormous spread of cactus and tall trees are dotted thought the meandering dusty road to the resort. The edges of the 18-hole Robert Trent Jones II designed golf course appear before you reach the soaring roofline of the arrival pavilion. Reflecting pools of still and trickling water, broad expanses of shadowed walkways, the arrival foyer sets the stage with an extended view toward the sea over small pools and exquisite manicured cactus gardens. The landscaping is even more captivating at night as the buildings are terraced with architectural plantings and are brilliantly lit. It’s secluded and remote, it may not be for everyone, until the local community is built up, however I felt like I was on the edge of the world.

Four Seasons Los Cabo Resort, Suite Dreams

From my beach lounger under a massive white umbrella, the view of the Sea of Cortez was enhanced by the enveloping backdrop of the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range and a few small islands off in the distance. In the winter, a breeze blows most days, keeping you cool and creating a few waves in the sea. Spring and summer, the breeze dissipates, which might make the days feel a bit warmer. It was the perfect combination for endless days of chaise reading. I missed the Four Seasons Maldives beach butler buttons, but the beach butlers hustled to the chaise with menus, ice water, and of course the personal cabana guy who randomly passed by with sunscreen, chilled cocktails and baby corn on a stick! Notable interruptions to my hours of reading! Four pools, including an expansive kiddy pool, Jacuzzi pools, a lap pool behind the state of the art gym, tennis courts with pro, basketball court, kids club and golf! Small kiddy fountain is just outside the Kids Club.

Activities: water sports are 15-20 mins away where it is safer to loft in the wind away from the hotel buildings. The expansive desert will entertain with ATV adventures, biking and horseback riding, hiking to waterfalls, and dipping in hot springs – all within minutes of the resort.
The numbers: rooms, all 141 guest rooms, including 23 suites, all have views of the Sea of Cortez and private terraces, many ground floor rooms have plunge pools. The basic starter rooms are enormous with massive open bathrooms, a walk-through dressing room and a separate half bath. The spacious rooms provide a sense of place, a cool combination of light and shade, shelves dotted with books, and comfy furniture.

Four Seasons Los Cabo Resort at Costa Palmas

My plunge pool terrace also included an outdoor sitting area with a relaxing sofa and beach chair – which replicates the terraces on the second and third floor rooms. The third-floor rooms have views of the sea. Arranged in several horseshoe zones, the resort doesn’t feel huge. My personal fave rooms weren’t open yet, but I took a tour with the GM. Opening soon, the ocean front rooms on the jetty end of the resort, sit precisely where the dawn sun rises from the sea with a technicolor display of pinks and mauve hued clouds. These larger suites feel more secluded and just a few steps away, a small pool and a protected space of loungers and palm trees seem like a private enclave. Plus, you have unobstructed views of the sea and the arm of the rocky jetty extending into the horizon. On the exact opposite side of the resort sits the three-bedroom Presidential Suite – also with unobstructed ocean views, it was under construction, but we tiptoed through it. An L shaped plunge pool is off the master bedroom, living room windows encase a small cactus garden, a full kitchen and dining area make this a suite not to be left at all!

Señora, would you like a baby corn on a stick!? Si si! Four Seasons Los Cabo Resort at Costa Palmas

The Sea of Cortez is one of the richest and most diverse on the planet. The deep, protected marina, once fully constructed will accommodate sleek yachts up to 250 feet, and a promised marina village with cafes and boutiques. A UNESCO Marine World Heritage site, the nearby Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park is home to 695 species of aquatic plants and 891 species of fish. Jacques Cousteau called it “The Aquarium of the World.” Plan a boat trip from the marina for unforgettable diving and snorkeling. Take a short hike and go for swim beneath a waterfall pouring off granite cliffs. Or head to El Triunfo, a 19th-century mining town where several old buildings have been restored and converted to restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and a museum. Try your hand at Organic Gardening remarkably lush and green, the vast Costa Palmas community includes 18 acres of organic farms and orchards – providing truly locally sourced ingredients for the Four Seasons restaurants. Meet the farmers and get hands-on to learn the latest techniques in sustainable organic growing

Five dining options including world-renowned Estiatorio Milos on the beach. Recognized as one of the finest Mediterranean seafood restaurants in the world, Estiatorio Milos was founded by acclaimed chef Costas Spiliadis who has made it an unparalleled culinary destination in Montreal, New York, Athens, Las Vegas, Miami and London. International flair meets local ingredients at this chic beachside restaurant and bar.

Four Seasons Los Cabo Resort at Costa Palmas Casa de Brasa

Keep it casual at Casa de Brasa, the poolside Baja brasserie, serving fresh favorites such as grilled shrimp tacos, chopped salads and guacamole made to order. Choose from craft beers, classic margaritas and frozen cocktails. Lounge dining is delivered fresh from Casa de Brasa.

Ceviche Bar – Taste the freshest local ceviches, tossed with your choice of chili vinegars and herbs from our garden. Or try the tostadas, topped with sailfish, jicama and jalapeño.

Head to sea and cast a rod for the Catch Your Own Dinner program at Casa De Brasa. Board a fishing boat at the private marina and venture out onto the Sea of Cortez to catch your own sailfish, snapper or marlin. The chef will then custom-prepare your meal with your choice of our signature sauces and sides. Among the options is Pescado Sarandeado from Mexico’s Nayarit region, featuring snapper marinated in a spicy paste of ancho and guajillo chilis.

We are keeping an eye on soon to open Villas and beachside suites! Aren’t you feeling the urge to escape?

Four Seasons Los Cabo Resort at Costa Palmas
Four Seasons Los Cabo Resort at Costa Palmas