Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Chef Ricardo Diaz's Colonia Taco Lounge in This Weeks Vitamina T for the LA Magazine Digest. Open August 1st!

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Colonia Taco Lounge, a set on Flickr.
This week's Vitamina T takes a peek at Chef Ricardo Diaz's new Colonia Taco Lounge, where I was introduced to Diaz's taco de pollo tesmole. Run don't walk to this exciting new restaurant in the SGV.

T is for tesmole!

Monday, July 29, 2013

7th Annual Festival Colombiano is the Sexiest Event in L.A. with Regional Food, Music, and Colombian Beauties

I'm still feeling the South American rhythms of Colombia, smell the familiar scents of Colombian street foods, and see the confidence and energy of the the beautiful paisas, caleñas, and costeñas: the women of Colombia.

The Festival Colombiano is still unknown to non-Latinos--I'd say the crowd was mostly Colombian, Mexican, and other Latino groups--I maybe saw 10 non-Latinos the entire time I was there. You can read about the rare regional Colombian food I enjoyed in Los Angeles Magazine's Digest.    

I'm sad that I wasn't able to attend the last 3 years--I always had a conflict--but this happens every July around Colombian Independence Day; it's always at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, and I can't wait to go next summer. It's bacanisimo!!!!

Festival Colombiano 2013 slide show on Flickr
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Festival Colombiano 2013, a set on Flickr.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Geraldo Rivera Likes to Drink Tequila Alone

Geraldo Rivera gets a twitter beat down for flashing his naked body

In my latest for the Los Angeles Magazine Digest, I suggest 3 appropriate tequilas for Sr. Rivera to drink in those lonely hours, and get him in the mood for some hot sexting.

You've seen the picture, so no need to beat an old dog, or spoil your appetite here.

Salud! Please Drink Responsibly!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dine LA, Summer 2013 Edition is Better Than Ever: Date Night, Indulge, New, and Ethnic Dining

Braised veal and bone marrow agnolotti at Scarpetta

Dine LA's Restaurant Week(July 15-26) began yesterday--it's on right this minute--and it's better than ever. I'm a writer for Dine LA, but have been a Dine LAer years before I ever wrote a story for the current administrator, Stacey Sun. Under her watch Dine LA has grown by leaps and bounds.

Dine LA is about supporting our city, and getting to know its flavors and charms on a dime--its about promoting Los Angeles cuisine to the world--L.A. is the undisputed king of global dining. We have a wealth of international enclaves that have cuisines that are as authentic--in many cases--as can be found abroad. We have fine dining, and we have a rising number of world class chefs opening casual restaurants that feature bold, inventive plates in a more inclusive setting.

Lots of fine dining in NYC, and San Francisco?--Tired! We have it all-- dining luxury for all walks and all pocket books.

Restaurant Week has it all--all that is great about dining in Los Angeles. Here are some suggestions from my own tried and true experiences in the town that never sleeps? No--in L.A. we get our beauty sleep so we can get up and do it again, and again.