Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
There's GOLD in them
It was February of 1889
when Southern California newsmen popularized the story of gold being discovered
in Baja California, Mexico. Based primarily on hearsay, these rumors and dreams
of finding gold were published in short pamphlets, newspapers and mining
There was very little data
or documented fact of gold actually being found in the area known as Ensenada today. The
Santa Clara gold rush of 1889 lasted less than a month, however, merchants,
businessmen and enterprising individuals temporarily profited.
Men with their dreams of
striking it rich came here from all over the world to find their fortune.
Hussong's Cantina today
The photo above is the original Hussong's
Cantina, surrounded today by modern buildings.
Hussong's Cantina is the
oldest and best known cantina in Baja California, Mexico. The original was
established in 1892.
Johann Hussong was 25 years old when he
arrived from Germany looking for gold and he had left his sweetheart Louise, back
home. Johann soon realized that making his fortune from mining gold was more
fantasy than reality
A closer look at
With the initial publicity of the gold
discovery, the steamship lines, stagecoach lines, as well as the relatively
newfangled railroad all sought to capitalize on the mining throngs going to Mexico
from all over the United States.
The steamers doubled their regular fees and
scheduled extra runs. They were loaded to the gills every time with men, animals
Johann Hussong (who changed his name to John)
could see the writing on the wall, and instead of mining, began began to run supplies up and down
the Baja coast. He was able to talk his girlfriend, Louise, into coming to the
new frontier to be his wife.
He also hunted fowl and sold these to the restaurants
which opened up to feed the miners. He was dong so well, that in 1890 he began
running a six-horse carriage
service between the town of Ensenada into the gold rush camps on
a very bad road. One day he and his companion Newt House, flipped the carriage
and Newt broke his leg.
Inside Hussong's Cantina today
With no nearby hospital for recuperation, Newt was put up in a
cantina called Meigg's Bar, owned by J.J. Meiggs, the only “watering hole in town.”
As the story goes, two days after John
and Newt arrived at the bar, Meiggs went after his wife with an axe. Meiggs was
sent to jail and his wife fled to California.
When he got out of jail, J.J. asked John
to manage his bar while he went up north to retrieve his wife. And John did so
for nearly a year,
but Meiggs never returned.
Hussong's Cantina is
popular on both sides of the border
Across the street from Meiggs Cantina was the stagecoach stop. John purchased the
building, remodeled it and then opened a small restaurant where he sold beer for a
nickel and whiskey for a dime.
In 1892 he bought his liquor license, #002, which
is still on the books today. John Hussong at 29, now owned what would become the
oldest and most famous bar still in operation in all of Baja California.
That is quite a feat!
The original flooring in Hussong's Cantina
The oak wood floor you see above is the very same floor
walked on by the four generations of Hussong’s that would continue the lineage
up to the great grandchildren.
Bags of whole peanuts are the tradition here,
and are sold today for 80Pesos, about $4USD. The shells are thrown on the floor
where pigeons fight over the scraps walking in and around your legs undeterred.
Legend goes that the
Margarita was created here in 1941 by their bartender, Don Carlos Orozco.
Margarita Henkel was the
daughter of the German Ambassador to Mexico, and used to frequent Hussong's
Cantina. Orozco made a concoction of equal parts tequila, damiana and lime which
was served over ice in a salt-rimmed glass - made especially for her, he named
the drink "Margarita" in her honor!
Another view of Hussong's Cantina
Today, Hussong's Cantina is in the same building in which it was
founded and little has changed since it opened.
You can see historical
photos and news clippings line the walls.
The second Hussong's Cantina opened in Las
Vegas, Nevada, in January 2010. It is located on the Las Vegas strip, at the Mandalay Bay
Our bill for 2 people
Along with the Gunslingers,
movie stars and revolutionaries who have quenched their thirst at Hussong's,
you'll find Billy and Akaisha doing the same thing.
This is our bill, totaling
360Pesos before tip, about $18USD.
You can see on the bill
that if you pay in USD instead of Pesos, their exchange fee is a bit more.
Of course, being local
Mexicans ourselves, we paid for our drinks in Pesos.
Definitely recommended for
Avenida Ruíz 113
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Tele: 646. 178. 3210
Specials: Tuesdays 2 for
one beer, Saturdays 2 for one Margaritas
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