Is it just me or do other people go on vacation and end up vibing with one place, usually a business, that becomes their home base? This trip Casa Dahlia gallery & cafe was that place for me. Friends and I first stumbled upon Casa Dahlia while touring the various downtown galleries. Casa Dahlia was showing the first exhibit I came across that really captured my attention, and so I spoke with Leah, the owner, about the artists (she is one too). Like everyone I meet who is originally from Oregon, Leah is simply darling, and Casa Dahlia is a darling expression of Leah and her partner Julio's creativity and love. Leah curates the exhibits and hosts weekly movie + dinner nights in the gorgeous outdoor garden cafe, while Julio creates unique mouthwatering meals for breakfast and lunch...like the fish tacos he catches fresh, himself, via spearhead fishing, or the wood-burned pizzas we had on movie night (3 different ones at 3 different times: marguerite, mushroom, and pepperoni, with a first course salad, and flan for dessert. Btw, the serving of the courses, and each slice of pizza, was so well-timed that I was always perfectly satiated throughout the 90-minute film. This is one thoughtful operation.)
But Casa Dhalia didn't win home base status just because of the food. The day after I met Leah I returned to the gallery (which was a block away from our hotel) to get some dinner reccs and beach suggestions, and I met Hector, who also hosts and manages the gallery at times. He was super kind and offered me all sorts of advice while pulling out maps and drawing maps if the ones he had didn't apply. It seemed like every time I went back to my traveling companion with my report she had more questions, and so I must have popped in on Hector with questions at least a dozen times in two days. My friend and I had an absolutely wonderful stay in San Jose del Cabo. The first half of my trip was spent at Cabo Azul Resort, and the second half at a small place in downtown. I have to say, thanks to Casa Dahlia's quality and local hospitality, I enjoyed the second half of my trip even more than the first.
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