The Sun Will Eventually Explode - On my thirdish date with Clark back in February, we went to the Paseo MIramar trail at the Pacific Palisades. It’s beautiful trail with a grand view of the...
Monday, December 2, 2013
Mexico City is the torta capitol of Mexico, and after many years without any great DF style tortas in L.A., hermanos Jimmy and Edward Shaw are introducing Torta Co., the first ambitious Mexican sandwich shop in Los Angeles. Read about on my latest for Los Angeles Magazine.
Torta Co., 732 S. Figueroa St., Downtown.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Carnitas El Momo Brings Artisanal Craft to the Streets of LA in my Latest Vitamin T for Los Angeles Magazine's Digest
Carnitas fresh from the cazo de cobre (copper pot) at Carnitas El Momo Acosta
Not much more to say about this place, other than that Carnitas El Momo makes the best carnitas in Los Angeles, the state of California, and perhaps the U.S. Truth is, you'd have to go to Central Mexico to get this style and level of artisan in Romulo "El Momo" Acosta.
Sweet, and sticky pig's feet carnitas ready to taco
I went this morning and will be back there tomorrow; it's the only place I get my carnitas right now. Read all about it on my latest Vitamin T for Los Angeles Magazine's Digest--Artisanal Guanajuato-Style Carnitas at Carnitas El Momo.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Catch me Tomorrow Night(10/8) Judging a Cutting Contest between Umami Coporate Chef John Herndon and Red Hill's Trevor Rocco on Esquire's Knife Fight with Chef Ilan Hall
Tomorrow night(10/8) on Esquire's Knife Fight with Chef Ilan Hall, I will be joining the judge's table with chingones Lou Amdur, and the man himself, Mr. Ilan Hall.
The show airs at 9pm PST on the Esquire Network with a fiery showdown between Umami Burger corporate chef, John Herndon, and Chef Trevor Rocco from Red Hill.
Knife Fight is one of the most entertaining food shows to come along in the last few years, with a fresh approach to the culinary battle. It's just two guys, head-to-head in the Gorbal's kitchen, cooking for one hour in real time.
Who will make the cut? Tune in tomorrow night.
Knife Fight airs at 9pm, Tuesdays on the Esquire Network
Saturday, October 5, 2013
6th Annual Feria de los Moles Attains World Class Status with Serious Mole Masters from Puebla, Tlaxcala, and Guerrero to Complement our Local Pueblan and Oaxacan Mole Scene
This Sunday, October 6th, the 6th Annual Feria de Los Moles will take place at Olvera Street from 10am-7pm. The event is free to the public, will have live music, and will feature dozens of booths serving mole from Puebla, Oaxaca, Tlaxcala, and Guerrero along with other foods from our local Oaxacan and Pueblan communities.
Mole poblano at El Mural de Los Poblanos in Puebla
This is the largest Latin-American food festival in the United States, and this year they outdid themselves by bringing the world famous Los Murales de los Poblanos direct from Puebla to serve their mole poblano, and chiles en nogada among other of the restaurant's signature dishes. This is reason alone to go!
If that weren't enough, they are featuring mole masters from the state of Tlaxcala serving mole prieto and mole rojo; from one of my favorite mole cultures, the state of Guerrero will present mole verde, mole rojo, and mole tipo Guerrerense.
Understand that every state of Mexico has moles, not just Puebla and Oaxaca as many cookbook uthors and non-Latino food personalities would have you believe. You will be amazed at the new flavors you'll experience here from the regional chiles used to make the provincial mole. This is getting serious!
From our amazing local Pueblans, there will be the archetypal mole poblano, mole poblano almendrado, pipian verde, pipian rojo, chiles en nogada, mole de Olla, mixiotes de carnero, tamales de Moles, and cemitas de mole.
The Oaxacans will be showing off their mole negro, coloradito, mole verde, and tlayudas drenched with mole negro.
This is the biggest Latino food festival in the U.S. featuring one of Mexico's greatest dishes from the best in L.A. and Mexico. This is essential eating my friends--see you in line at El Mural!!!
6th Annual Feria de Los Moles
Sunday, October 6th
Olvera St., admission is free
Food and beverages can be purchased at the event
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
An Antidote for the New York Times, Pet Wells, and Ligaya Mishan's Collective Tacos Delusiones: An Elegy for Mexican Food and Tacos in New York in LA Magazine's Digest
Mexican food in New York, where Boar's Head Products are proudly served, Reyes Deli
Frayed, dry, flaccid tortillas and meats that would get thrown out at L.A. chains like King Taco and Tacos Mexico. Bring on the Guacala-mole!
As soon as the New York Time's Ligaya Mishan published her piece on how great New York tacos are--on par with Los Angeles according to her--the team at Los Angeles Magazine took to action. Well, light action, as it doesn't require any perspiration to slap the store-bought tortilla out of the New York Times' mouth.
Read what I had to say about Mishan's story in the Los Angeles Magazine Digest.
The New York Times making a taco edition would be like an L.A. publication doing a bagel issue--but we're not that foolish. After reading how Pete Wells became excited over the thought of Alex Stupak handing him tacos like he was at a sushi bar shows something beyond poor judgment and ignorance--cultural elitism.
The reason I love Japanese food culture so much is the similarities it has to Mexican cuisine in its specialization, tradition, and serving methods. Taquerias, stands, and shacks in Mexico have a variety of settings, from the dirty corner space in an industrial part of town, to taquerias in Condessa with valet service--they all serve tacos directly to the customer. Not every sushi bar in Japan is in the Michelin Guide--many are quite humble, and ultimately, this is just a service issue.
Not all tacos have to arrive with urgency--grilled meats yes, but guisados can hold up just fine.
Mr. Wells, you are a lout. Try a little research next time, or consulting someone before you go on a "taco safari", if Mr Stupak wants to provide street style service and can't figure it out, you can always take a trip to Mexico.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Is Justin Timberlake Good for Tequila?-Catch me This Sunday at the Patchwork Festival in Costa Mesa with Chef Marcela Valladolid of Hacienda de la Flor Tequila, Raul Yrastorza of Las Perlas, and Cecilia Rios Murrieta of La Niña del Mezcal
ña del Mezcal; and Chef Marcela Valladolid of tequila Hacienda de la Flor, CBS's American Baking Competition, and Food Network's Mexican Made Easy.
This Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 2PM, I will be moderating a panel on Mexican Spirits called Is Justin Timberlake Good for Tequila? The Gentrification of Agave, at the Patchwork Festival in Costa Mesa, the edible edition.
I'm honored to have dear friend, Chef Marcela Valladolid of CBS's American Baking Competition, and the Food Network's Mexican Made Easy representing her family tequila brand, Hacienda de la Flor; one of the best agave experts in the United States, bartender Raul Yrastorza of Las Perlas; and Cecilia Rios Murrieta and her Oaxacan mezcal label, La Niña del Mezcal.
Our discussion will discuss the future of agave based spirits as a rising global demand is putting pressures on the regions of tequila, mezcal, bacanora, sotol, and more. Will agave survive? Learn more about agave based spirits while sipping on the excellent tequila and mezcal from Valladolid and Murrieta, respectively.
Patchwork Show-Modern Handmade Festival
3303 Hyland Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Panel Discussion moderated by me!
Is Justin Timberlake good for tequila? The Gentrification of Agave
2PM-3PM @ Chuck Jones Gallery Stage
Patchwork Show in Costa Mesa
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Ilan Hall's Knife Fight Brings a Rowdy, Edgy, Old-School Head Cutting Contest to the New Esquire Network, Debuts Tonight
Chef Ilan Hall has been in the trenches--he won Season 2 of Bravo's Top Chef, and is the man behind the Gorbals's restaurant in DTLA, where his new show, Esquire's Knife Fight was shot some months ago.
The new show debuts tonight as part of the Esquire's launch, and will air Tuesdays with back to back episodes at 9p.m. and 9:30p.m EST/PST.
The battling chefs on Knife Fight have one hour in real time to plate, and wow the boozed-up, screaming crowds--and judges--to win bragging rights, and a crappy $3 knife as a trophy. The judges include celebs like Drew Barrymore, and Elijah Wood, and top L.A chefs like Michael Voltaggio, and Michael Cimarusti, as well as other local food personalities like yours truly--I will be a judge on one of the episodes on October, 8, 2013.
Chef Ilan Hall is bringing a party vibe to the stale cooking competition genre with a loose, clubby environment, where the cast, judges, and audience are well lubricated, and encouraged to get up close to the action. Hall started his career with Tom Colicchio, and has worked for Mario Batali's and Bastianich's Casa Mono, and you can catch his at such exclusive festivals in Scottsdale, Aspen, and South Beach, but tonight, he's taking a raw, stripped down approach to Knife Fight, in the bowels of his DTLA kitchen.
Hall isn't afraid of a good, clean fight--here's what he had to say about Esquire's Knife Fight.
SGLA: Who is the most dangerous chef in a knife fight, and why?
IH: I'd say it's a close tie between Octavio Beccera and James Trees. They're both powerful, polarizing chefs who are also big and scary.
SGLA: Can you name a chef you'd like cut down to size in a cooking competition?
IH: Bobby Flay. I'll slice the freckles right off his face (jk, LOL).
SGLA: Is there an ingredient out there that you wouldn't want to have to face in a competition?
IH: Definitely whole blowfish. I'm not precise enough with a knife and scared I'd kill everyone.
SGLA: What was the one thing that all winning chefs brought to Knife Fight?
Esquire's Knife Fight, Tuesday's at 9p.m and 9:30p.m. EST/PST, starting tonight, 9/24/2013