Monday, December 16, 2013

Join Cecilia Rios Murrieta of La Niña del Mezcal for A Night in Oaxaca at Petty Cash Taqueria, Wednesday, December 18th @ 7 P.M.

This Wednesday, December 18th at 7 p.m., Chef Walter Manzke's Petty Cash Taqueria will have a special mezcal tasting with the charming Cecilia Rios Murrieta of La Niña del Mezcal. For $30, you can taste her current product line including varietals of mezcal not yet available in the U.S. Murrieta will be pouring pechuga(triple-distilled with a Turkey breast and a mixture of seasonal fruits, including plums, prunes, tejocotes, apples, cinnamon, cloves and more!), primario (40 proof espadin), tobala, and madrecuixe.

The exciting thing about mezcal for me are the diverse expressions of the many agaves used in the mezcal region, and even those outside the Denomination of Origin.

I met Cecilia at an event in L.A. and then sipped the night away in Toluca back in June at Chef Pablo Salas' Amaranta on her sublime madrecuixe mezcal--I was hooked.

Petty Cash Taqueria, on behalf of Chef Walter Manzke; and bartenders Julian Cox, Nick Meyers, and Danielle Cadena, is proud to present this first event in our series of agave spirit tastings.

There will be food available from a selection of Chef's Favorites to sustain your evening's libations Cecilia will be there to talk, mezcal, Oaxaca, and agave with you over memorable drinks of her signature line of agave spirits--come meet the new face of mezcal: La Niña!

A Night in Oaxaca with La Niña del Mezcal ($30 per person for mezcal tasting only)
Petty Cash Taqueria
Wednesday, December 18th @7pm
7360 Beverly Bl., Los Angeles
RSVP @ (323) 933-5300  or         

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Fixing the Wall Street Journal's, The Best Fish Taco in Baja California, Mexico

Back at the beginning of this past summer, I was called by the Wall Street Journal to help writer Georgia Freeman do a story on the Baja fish taco--I was referred by Lesley Téllez of the Mija Chronicles, and my original fish taco crawl of Ensenada had also peaked their interest.

I'm quoted in the article and there's a nice plug for Club Tengo Hambre (but I only curated the entire list, from Ensenada to San Felipe to Tijuana). Ms. Freeman was a pleasure to hang out with--we met up in Tijuana in between my Singapore trip for the World Street Food Congress and Tacolandia.

It's a great article, and a stellar list--if I do say so myself--of places to enjoy fish and seafood tacos in Baja California, so, check out where I took the Wall Street Journal.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Jimmy and Andrew Shaw's Mexico City Style Torta Co. Opens this Friday, December 13th

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.