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