Telefónica Gastro Park
What's Good In Your Hood
Visit one of the most innovative food courts in North America – that also happens to be in Tijuana, México.
We're part of many things that make a good name for Tijuana
Food has no walls when no tourists are coming.
We said let's make food for the.
It has been a labor that connects us to the rest of the world
we dining in or do real people cooking the bees are our wa and
the chef is laugh like your finger is good because we're about
to see what good, what's good in your hood is what happens when
you combine your life's work into an experience to share with
And today we're south of the border in Tijuana, Mexico to meet
a duo that's changing the food game and rebuilding Tijuana
Just a literal stone's throw from San Diego.
This is Tijuana.
It's got a reputation for being a bad place, but it's honestly
magical and it's buzzing again.
Tijuana is unique in its fluid border culture language cuisine
and in its vibe.
What's up everybody?
It's Dean and I'm in Tijuana, Mexico at Telefonica Gastro
It's a smorgasbord of flavors brews and new waves of let's
check it out guys.
A culinary revolution is happening in the heart of this controversial
city and Telefonica Gastro Park is at the epicenter.
I'm from San Diego, but I come every weekend because the food
here, I like the food better and there's more variety.
There's actually a lot of Instagram spots here.
You can go anywhere in this place.
I believe every single corner here and you can have a pretty
thick Instagram shot.
How pretty are these?
Fuck, like many of us who take a winding road to our futures
and prosper out of necessity.
And Tony came up during hard times.
Well, I'm, I'm, I'm, I'm from born and raised in Tijuana.
Parents are from Tina also I always love, love food and the
culture here I come from various backgrounds.
So I, I work in the, for many years, eventually I started as
well to venture into the music business.
Uh I still have an electronic music label called disco but
music, you know, and, and all of that kind of, you know, to food
you know, and, and, and beer.
So we ended up meeting, working together and developing the
brewery alongside it.
It has, it has, it has, it has not been easy talk to me about the
dark times of Tijuana.
Well, the dark times are the beginning of the bright times
because when bad things were happening in Tijuana, that's
when Tijuana took it up to the next level.
And that's where the culinary scene took off.
All of the good things that make uh place shine started because
Tijuana said, we, we have to take over the narrative.
We're, we're coming nothing worse because of the bad publicity
I think that's when the beginning of the bright times came
When we said, well, let's make food for ourselves, not for
And now we are finding out that the food and beer that we like
uh everybody likes and what was it like when the tourist left
Was that really hard economically?
Even the, you know, didn't come anymore.
It went away, it just went away.
It was too uh difficult for people to come and trust that nobody
No, nothing was gonna happen.
Yeah, that's also another thing, you know, people think that
the Tijuana and San Diego don't talk to each other.
It's totally the other way around.
You know, the the business side of the San Diego and Tijuana
are always every day talking to each other, how we can connect
because Tijuana is like a border city.
Tijuana has always been characterized as being a place for
Tijuana is a melting pot.
You know, for many people within Mexico, you know, you have
people from Sinaloa, from Mexico City, from Guadalajara
You know, uh and if you add, you know, people who are coming
from other parts of the world, no, that's part of the of the
spice that Tijuana is having in India.
Tijuana is always has an open hearts for everyone.
Tijuana is, is a city that, that has no walls and food translate
into that into that like food has no walls, food transcends
You guys don't seem like bad hombres.
You seem like pretty awesome hombres.
This border town is historically fluent in American culture
with some of its residents working and going back and forth
to school in the States.
This tag team is changing the way that food is consumed and
appreciated in Tijuana and real talk, the food is next level
and definitely worth sharing.
So the first thing you see when you walk into Telefonica is
How are you guys?
They make an amazing octopus taco, you know, with, with and
But you know, they have like American style cheeseburgers
mac and cheese, you know, the works very good.
If you have the munchies, you know, the place that Exactly
we have, which is, you know, incredible Mexican style ramen
That's definitely the Mex of Ramen.
Yeah, we have uh which is like one of the best places where you
could get seafood here in Tijuana.
If I before you know, everyone thought about Baja California
and the baja med style, the whatever was doing it beforehand
you know, he's like original gangster old school is the new
school Telefonica is not only a, a playground for kids, you
know, it was ambition as a playground for adults as well.
I wanna see what it's like on the inside, let's do it.
And as you know, Cesar salad was invented here in Tijuana.
You know, we have a little, little caesars here and then we
have and you are.
So this is the, this is the cheese spot.
This is the cheese spot, mainly the cheese spot.
This is like a little window to the baja.
So we try to promote uh local producers of baja different types
of food, especially the cheese.
We'll be back.
Yes, I'll be here and waiting for you.
Let's see what's next wine.
So this is our wine shop, you know, wines from all over, all
over Baja Guadalupe.
We have a food truck that sells, you know, coffee desserts
best beans in Baja.
And this is the jewel of the crown.
This is the reason why Telefonica is at this new place and it's
because we have our own brewery and this is, this is we're gonna
be soon part of the Baja craft beer scene which is making, you
know, waves all across the world making your own beer.
Hello is one of the most sought out food trucks here at Telefonica
And today we're gonna find out how to make one of their most
This is my good friend Giovanni, owner of um we're gonna do
It's sort of like a hot dog sandwich.
The pork that sounds banging.
Let's find out how to make it.
It's pork time.
What is step one?
So this is a half beef, half pork sausage.
That's why it's called the pork.
We have to like sort of like pan fry them over here.
So they get nice and brown and crispy on the outside.
So after that, the bread is over here, we grill the bread and
it smells like really good.
So we have to fill it up.
So every bite always comes with a sausage.
Cut it in half.
That's very thoughtful.
I appreciate when the sandwich comes already cut in half.
So this is pulled pork, pulled pork low and slow.
And after that, it comes the barbecue sauce, pickled red cabbage
lot of sauerkraut on top.
And after that, we have over here sweet corn and then we have
papi cheese and then you have it.
This is the pork OK?
I gotta try.
This has sausage.
It's so good and then there's more pork on top of it and you get
the crunchiness of the veggies and the barbecue sauce.
Super messy but super do pretty worth it.
My friends, the beautiful cultural exchange that is Tijuana
is marred with negative stereotypes brought on by some politicians
They say that Mexico only brings its worst to the US.
But are these the bad hombres that some are worried about?
I'm at the border and I just met some law students that are actually
learning about immigrant law.
They're on the other side and we're gonna do a border handshake
some people think that coming to Tijuana is not that safe or
it's not worth it or it's not gonna be that cool of experience
But once you come here and you live it by yourself, you can experience
a lot of cool things.
Stay tuned for the big reveal.
Now, Tony, some people come to see one at a party so we come up
with the perfect hangover.
Just make it happen.
Well, starters, we're gonna have a, we put some local olives
off the thing and then we'll have the freshest shrimp here
from the bay and it's, this is a a and then, well, you need some
So 100% ground rib eye and then of course, you got to go to sleep
Like a baby.
So you need a French toast from Mao.
So breakfast and then back to sleep, Tony, I'm gonna go get
a hangover so I can have it all in a sense.
Tijuana's bad reputation is what's protecting its rebirth
from being spoiled.
But word is getting out what we did here is uh incubator for
young chefs that maybe didn't have the money or the resources
to put a brick and mortar restaurant and roll the dice on having
a food truck.
Our first businesses we're here in.
So we're growing together and growing.
You are because we have another location uh in Tijuana.
And uh we're gonna go, uh we're going to go with the gringos
now to flip the tortilla and also go to San Diego and open a place
like this over there.
It's, it's, it's a testament of, of the creativity, you know
overflowing, you know, across the border Telefonica.
And today's Tijuana symbolize a shift that's happening with
changing attitudes, perceptions and adding to the already
rich food landscape of Mexico and the world is starving for
But Tijuana is being reborn through the people with a new vision
of what Tijuana could and should be no longer the on the streets
of the past.
It's becoming a vibrant city of innovation and change for
And Valenti are leading that change through.
What is Telefonica Gastro Park?
Thank you so much for showing me Telefonica.
I can't wait to see what you guys have in store for the future
Everything here is amazing.
Thank you very much for coming to Telefonica for coming to
I hope it has given you a pretty good idea of what life at the
border is like.
I thought there's still so much more to explore in Tijuana
and that's what's good in your hood.
Next time on what's good in your hood.
We're heading to the A TL where we'll explore the south in a
way that you've never seen it.
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