Despite being close to the border, I have never been to Mexico. This summer, I finally took the plunge for a foodie day trip led by Scott Koenig, frequent traveler and author of A Gringo in Mexico. After picking up two friends in Mission Valley, my assistant navigators directed me to to the last highway exit before Mexico. The border parking lot had cheaper rates on weekdays, only $8 instead of $15, for up to 12 hours, with payment secured by credit card. Scott picked us up there and away we went! The border gate delay was short going into Mexico, which mostly consisted of being asked purpose and length of time for our trip.

fresh scallops from Mariscos Ruben truck in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Tijuana was our first stop. Mariscos Ruben truck, one of the top 50 street vendors per Scott, had an extensive salsa bar with over 15 flavors to spice up your meal!