Posts for November 14, 2012

Who's Coming to Taste of Mexico, Friday November 30 in Downtown

Taste of Mexico

On Friday, November 30, the Taste of Mexico returns to Downtown's Saint Vibiana cathedral to highlight the country's regional cuisine through the cooking of Casita Mexicana, Casa Azul, Guelaguetza, Frida, and La Monarca bakery. This year, the event has even more collaborators on the comida. Joining the growing stable of restaurants and entertainers this year will be John Sedlar's Playa, Yuca's, Guisado's, Coni'Seafood, Jimmy Shaw's Loteria, Red O, La Sandia, Mexikosher, Tortas Bravas, La Tiendita, and Candela Taco Bar. The roster is still getting bigger, organizers tell us, making $50 sort of a steal if you want to plump up on sixteen eating options. Beer, tequila, and mezcal vendors will offer free sips of their spirits to VIPs paying $70 a pop, and mariachis and regional dancers will help spice things up, with proceeds going to support the Downtown Artwalk. Tickets available online.

Earlier: What You Missed at 200 Years of Mexican Cuisine [GS]

C.A.V.E. Gallery Presents "Restitution Taco," Saturday in Venice

Restitution TacoPhoto: Ryan Graeff

This Saturday, civic-minded, screen-print publisher Ryan Graeff, the main force behind Restitution Press, is paying homage to some of Los Angeles' greatest taco providers with an art show called "Restitution Taco" at Abbot-Kinney's C.A.V.E. Gallery.

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Patina Teams With Teatro Zinzanni in Costa Mesa

Teatro Zinanni, the off-beat live revue that made a splash during runs in its hometown of San Francisco and touring Seattle over the last ten years, is currently set up in a 100-year-old Belgian circus tent in the center of Costa Mesa's Segerstrom Center for the Arts through the end of the year. Blending comedy, cabaret, and circus acts into its new three-hour show "Love, Chaos, and Dinner," the $125 ticket comes with a five-course meal catered by Joachim Splichal's Patina.

What to Eat For Sunday Brunch at Mo-Chica, Starting November 18


This Sunday, Ricardo Zarate's Mo-Chica begins an end-of-the-weekend brunch, serving both Peruvian and North American familiars, and fusing and recipes flavors together with a pronounced pinch of ajícito. Served from 10:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. and priced between $8.00 and $13.00 each and every Domingo, morning mash-ups include vegan empandas with eggplant, raisins, and sweet-smoky aji panca paste, plus pecan French toast served bread pudding-style with aji amarillo honey, eggs benedict with rocoto hollandaise, and the Lima breakfast staple pan con chicharron, with crispy pork shoulder crammed into a ciabatta roll with sweet potato, salsa criolla, and huancaina. Other Peruvian-pecked pleasures include a quinoa salad with rocoto vinaigrette, skirt steak anticucho with fried eggs, lomo al jugo, fresh-squeezed juice, Peruvian coffee, and of course, chicha morada. Take a look at Zarate's full Sunday brunch menu below, kicking off November 18.

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How Bartender Eric Tecosky Invented "The Surfer on Acid"


Eric Tecosky, bartender at Jones Hollywood and the only memorable feature that comes to mind when recalling Beverly Hills' understandably short-lived Erbe Matte, should be the first guy who gets his name on a shamrock at the new Tom Bergin's. According to KCET, the guy's been coming here roughly three nights a week for the last seven years. Recalling the days when Carry Grant would spirit his flames here and feasting on reuben balls, Tecosky breaks down the origins of one of his own cocktail creations, The Surfer on Acid, a drink that's gone national in the past few years. Calling his baby, "the most lowbrow drink", Tecosky cites the libations birth back to "a club on Sunset in the early '90s." He says, "a bunch of young twentysomethings came up to the bar and ordered 'Surfer on Acid.' I had never heard of it, so I asked them what it was."

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Dita Von Teese Is Seduced by Uni, Eats Leftovers Wearing Lingerie

Dita takes a drink.Photo: Charles Gallay

Dita Von Teese, burlesque royalty, designer of the Von Follies lingerie line, and Cointreau ambassador, satisfies her desire to eat well by chasing down delicacies in Paris, where she has a soufflé named in her honor at Le Cigale Recamier, and seeking out simpler charms when back home in L.A. "I'm spoiled. I get to go to a lot of great restaurants," Von Teese tells Grub Street. "But sometimes I just want real food and no sauces and foams and white tablecloths. Some days I just want to find a simple, old-school steakhouse with red leather banquettes, but I really love watching someone transform vegetarian food into something glorious." So what did Dita ravish this week? Come take a look in today's L.A. Diet.

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Soba Sojibo Overtaking Orris on Sawtelle

Sawtelle is now saturated with ramen spots, boding well for Soba Sojibo's seizure of the former Orris space at the end of the month, with its fine-spun, hairline noodles of buckwheat flour, made daily and served ice-shocked, cold, and slippery with sides like seaweed and funky-fresh natto. The Japanese chain opened its first U.S. outpost in Torrance earlier this year, quickly gaining a glow from Squid Ink's Garret Snyder, who described it as "carb heaven." The West L.A. location is currently staffing up for an opening sometime around November 30, adding another dependable noodle-nexus to Little Osaka. 2006 Sawtelle Blvd. West L.A..

White Gold: A Look at the 2012 Italian Truffle Trade

A humongous Italian truffle in Alba.Photo: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/Getty

For Americans, this time of year means turkeys and pumpkin pies. For Italians, and owners of the world's most expensive restaurants, it means white truffles. From late October until Christmas, the ten-week season is one of the shortest — and most profitable — on the culinary calendar. But this year, a hot, dry summer has left many patches barren, and some are calling it one of the scarcest truffle seasons ever. Even still, restaurants don't seem to be having too much trouble tracking truffles down this year. How so? We tracked truffles from Italy to restaurant tables in the U.S. to find out.

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Accusations Continue to Fly in Point Dume Plaza Dispute


Words continue to fly back and forth over Paul Shoemaker's recent departure from Malibu, following the shutter of the chef's restaurant, Savory, last week. The Malibu Times notes the growing consternation local businesses have around the seaside city regarding exorbitant shopping center rents affordable only to the kind of big-name brands that rarely attract local dollars. Shoemaker, who was expected to take part in a City Council meeting discussing protections for small businesses last night, was one of three restaurants that vacated Point Dume Village in the last few weeks, leading in part to a confrontation last Friday where 30 Malibu residents and activists confronted the property manager and accused owner Zan Marquis of bullying businesses with his lease negotiation tactics.

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Papa John’s Sued for Pizza Spam

Fanning the flames of controversy.Illustration: Mary-Louise Price

It's the middle of the night. You've downed a greasy slice or two of pizza and settled in for a peaceful slumber, Adult Swim flickering in the background, when your phone rattles. A text! You sit up, rub your eyes, and wonder if you really did give out your number at the bar last weekend ... and to whom. You grope about in the dark, trepidatious but a touch excited. And then you see it: The text is from Papa John's. And they want to sell you more pizza. You drop the phone and roll over. Until your phone rattles again. And again. And again. Up to sixteen times in a row. Well good news, person who was text-spammed by Peyton Manning's favorite pizza place — you aren't alone.

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Twenty-eight of the Best Twitter Reactions to the New York Times’ Guy Fieri Takedown

How's he doing today?

If you're like us, you were woken up at 2 a.m. by a call from your 80-year-old grandmother in Butte wondering who exactly this Pete Wells person is and what did Guy Fieri ever do to him that would cause the New York Times to publish such a negative review of the Food Network host's sprawling 500-seat restaurant in Times Square. The review — in which Wells compares the house margaritas to radiator fluid and formaldehyde and ruminates, in an all-question format, about the exact origins of Guy's "Donkey Sauce" — has now been tweeted around the world. As should be expected, Wells has some new fans, and Fieri has some staunch supporters here in New York. But the rest of the county? Let's just see what @teenmom4evr has to say about all of this.

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Of Course Someone Involved in the Petraeus Sex Scandal Appeared on Food Network

Jill Kelley, not cooking alligator.Photo: Chris O'Meara/AP/Corbis

Jill Kelley, the Florida woman whose initial complaints about harassing e-mails set the entire Petraeus sex scandal in motion, has apparently been in the spotlight before. Sounds like she and her twin sister appeared in a 2003 episode of a no-longer-in-existence Food Network show called Food Fight. There isn't any footage online (yet — give it like three more hours), but according to an old write-up in the St. Petersburg Times, Kelley and her twin sister took on two brothers in an alligator cook-off.

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