Summer is a wine-drinking marathon in California, and up and down the coast, each weekend brings pleasant opportunities to imbibe outside. The diversity of events reflects the state's varied wine-growing regions. Those on hotel grounds come with a room night package -- a smart way to go.
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Barbara HansenChef John Sedlar (left), his corn flan with fish in curry sauce (right).John Sedlar, chef/owner of Rivera and Playa, once thought that Mexican food would take over the world. Now, the world is taking over Mexican food, he says. And this is not a good thing.
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B. Hansenchefs awaiting awards
The latest list of best Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles comes from Sabores Auténticos de Mexico (Authentic Flavors of Mexico), a non-profit founded to promote authentic cooking outside of Mexico.
The awards were presented Tuesday at a cocktail party and din ... More >>
C. BishopJonagold appleThe ceilings are low, the expectations are high, and the Slayer-loud salsa grooves are making the mezcal tremble in its glass. The wines on the blackboard are all from Baja, mostly from the Guadalupe Valley area, which may be the great wine area closest to Los Angeles; ... More >>
Barbara HansenJavier PlascenciaThe Test Kitchen has scored a coup in persuading Javier Plascencia, Tijuana's charismatic chef and promoter of Baja cuisine, to cook there for three nights, October 13th through 15th.
Plascencia has seven restaurants in Tijuana, another in San Diego and, we he ... More >>
Barbara HansenMary Carmen Salas of La Parrilla at East L.A. Meets NapaAll the Mexican food you could ever dream of eating will be yours for the taking at AltaMed's 5th annual East L.A. Meets Napa benefit July 9.
That evening, Union Station's huge courtyard will be jammed with tables where lo ... More >>
Seven Latin American countries celebrate their independence day in September. That makes it the perfect month for San Antonio Winery's "Taste of the Americas" food and wine festival. The festival, held September 20 in downtown Los Angeles, will feature dishes from five of those countries--Mexico, El ... More >>