Friday, December 5, 2014

Tijuana After Dark, the Rebirth of Prohibition-Era Tijuana on Friday, December 12 with Club Tengo Hambre, Chef Javier Plascencia and Caesar's Restaurant


I'm thrilled to announce our first Repeal Day, Prohibition-themed event for Club Tengo Hambre in collaboration with chef Javier Plascencia, Caesar's Restaurant with live jazz and burlesque at an undisclosed location in Tijuana's Red Light District.

After many chats with Plascencia about the Golden Age of Tijuana we've turned this dream into reality. Tijuana's seedy past and present collide with the glamour and raciness of Hollywood during the 20's and 30's--hey Big Spendors, let's all go south of the border for a good time.

Tijuana After Dark by Club Tengo Hambre, Chef Javier Plascencia, and Caesar's Restaurant
Friday, December 12 @ 6:30pm
$110.00 a person
For tickets and more information go to this link.
 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Vitamina T Alert! Chefs Wes Avila and Eduardo Ruiz are at Corazon y Miel This Monday, December 8, 2014



Christmas is coming early this year. This Monday night, a monumental taco tasting will pair two of the rising stars of Alta California cuisine, chef Wes Avila of Guerrilla Tacos and chef Eduardo Ruiz of Corazon y Miel. This Taco Monday tasting will consist of 6 courses for $45, from 6pm to 10pm at Corazon y Miel in Bell, California.

This will be one of the most important events of the year for taco aficionados and will feature some surprise ingredients, and special tacos created just for this event. You'll not want to miss out on this street gourmet experience.


Taco Tasting with Chefs Wes Avila and Eduardo Ruiz
Monday, December 8. 2014
6pm to 10 pm
$45 for 6 courses, to get tickets click on this link.
Corazon y Miel, 6626 Atlantic Bl., Bell, (323) 560-1776

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It's 4 Stars for Los Putos on YELP?

Update: as of 11/30/2014, Yelp has corrected the mistake and Los Putos is now listed as their real name, Los Poblanos. Great news for them.


Putos, a delicious Filipino treat


Bad form!


I don't think Yelp meant to call Los Poblanos, a cemitas poblanas truck in Boyle Heights, Los Putos, which while has wide acceptance in Mexico, is the Spanish word for a derogatory name used towards homosexuals.


I have no clue how Yelp operates nor how that happened but how could a popular website in Los Angeles not know what that word means?


Yelpers, you're an interesting bunch, from your Yelp Elite eating spree events, to Payola scams, to your ridiculous reviews but this is an all-time low.


Los Putos, http://www.yelp.com/biz/los-putos-los-angeles
4 Stars on Yelp




Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thanksgiving in Baja with Club Tengo Hambre, Saturday, November 29th



Please join us at chef Javier Plascencia's Finca Altozano for a Baja wine country cook out with wines poured by Victor Segura of Las Nubes. For more information go to clubtengohambre.com or click on this link


Thanksgiving in Baja
Saturday, November 29th
Finca Altozano

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Club Tengo Hambre, Mexico City for Street Food Essentials



Club Tengo Hambre, the roving supper club I founded with Jason Thomas Fritz (Tijuanalandia), Kristin Diaz de Sandi and Antonio Diaz de Sandi (Both of Life and Food Blog) has begun to offer our Street Food Essentials tour after months of test runs since our inaugural outing. This tour highlights the most delicious and sought after local street foods in Mexico's capitol. For those who've joined us over the past two seasons in Baja California, expect the same commitment to presenting the best local cuisine, chefs, cooks, and artisans; attentive service, and a fully curated experience that replicates our own personal adventures.

Join us for a taste of Street Food Essentials in Mexico City with a local, food loving chilango guide with the best tour company in Mexico's capitol--we capture the bold flavors of Mexico City like no other. Tours are available now at clubtengohambre.com! See you in Mexico City.

Club Tengo Hambre





Thursday, November 6, 2014

Mariscos El Cristalazo: The New L.A. Standard in Sinaloan Cuisine in Los Angeles Magazine


Tamales barbones at Mariscos El Cristalazo

Well, it's easier than you think to find great new spots in L.A. for street food and mom and pops given our limitless urban sprawl. South Central is particularly rich in Mexican street food during the weekend mornings and afternoons; East LA, Boyle Heights and South Central are also constantly losing and gaining food trucks, stands and casas (houses); and MacArthur Park has the same fluid motion in terms of Guatemalan and Salvadoran street food. But 2014 has yielded an even more substantial trio of exceptional finds: Carnitas El Momo, Tacos Quetzalcoatl and now Mariscos El Cristalazo.


Chilitos Cri Cri--bacon wrapped chile güeros stuffed with shrimp and cheese


Mariscos El Cristalazo is a traditional seafood vendor from Escuinapa, Sinaloa that bridges the gap between the conventional barra fria (cold bar) and barra caliente (hot bar) of our local Sinaloan seafood restaurants and the contemporary Mexican seafood practitioners like Guerrilla Tacos, Tacos Puntas Cabras, Bizarra Capital and Taco Maria.


Cocktails: the Cristalazo--shrimp ceviche, aguachile and call de hacha with a chabela, a super-sized michelada 

Ninive Vargas brings in fresh seafood products from Mexico just like Coni'Seafood from Sinaloa's southern neighbor, Nayarit, which shares a similar seafood tradition, but with both subtle and unmistakable differences. You can read more about this delicious find in Essential T: Tamales Barbones at Mariscos El Cristalazo and Mariscos El Cristalazo Sets the Standard for Sinaloan Seafood in L.A. in my latest posts for the Los Angeles Magazine Digest.
 

Tacos de marlin


 Best callo de hacha in L.A.


 Lemon pepper shrimp


Botana Reniz: callo de hacha, oysters, and a little spice


 Shrimp albondigas, grandmother's recipe 


Tlaxtihuille, a pre-Hispanic mole with shrimp, one of the best Mexican dishes to enjoy in Los Angeles


Follow Mariscos El Cristalazo on Instagram @el_critalazo

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tacos Quetzalcoatl, a New Contender for the Top Taquero in Los Angeles--my Latest in Los Angeles Magazine

Chalmita, Estado de Mexico-style tacos



Tacos Quetzacoatl, East L.A.



I finally got around to trying Tacos Quetzacoatl in East L.A., and it was more than worth the wait. Tacos Quetzalcoatl is the best taco spot in L.A. for vegetarian, after Guerrilla Tacos, but it's entire Chalmita-style menu makes this one of the top 5 taco vendors in Los Angeles, for excellent barbacoa, cecina, adobo, chicharron prensado, pancita, and of course wild greens, like red amaranth and huauzontles. Check it out on Los Angeles Magazine's Digest blog.