If you're planning on spending the afternoon of June 23 watching a baseball game (the Dodgers will be in San Diego anyway) or catching a matinee of World War Z, you maybe haven't been paying attention. You have tacos to eat. TiVo the game, watch the movie later, after you've spent the better part of ... More >>
This year's Hola Mexico Film Festival, which is taking place May 15-22 in downtown Los Angeles, suddenly is looking a lot more appetizing. This is thanks in no small part to the efforts of Guelaguetza's Bricia Lopez and a few of her friends. On Thursday, May 16, Lopez is opening up her restaurant to ... More >>
We all eat for pleasure. Some of us also eat in pursuit of academic knowledge. "Food studies" is a burgeoning field where scholars consider food a potent tool for illuminating a vast range of topics and issues. Among L.A. colleges and universities, you'll find classes on "Animal Ethics," "Restaurant ... More >>
If Angelenos are becoming intoxicated by Mexico's culinary renaissance, Northern Baja has been our gateway drug. Several events have popped up in recent years (most recently, at Playa) in which chefs from Tijuana and Ensenada have come up over the border to showcase their talents to eager SoCal fans ... More >>
When the first Test Kitchen dinner launched in fall 2010, located in the lower level space that would later become Sotto, few diners -- if any -- realized the magnitude of what was happening. But by the program's end -- after chefs like Jordan Kahn, Javier Plascencia, Walter Manzke and a dozen other ... More >>
See also: Anthony Bourdain's Baja Episode of No Reservations Will Make You Want to Cross the Border Immediately.
See also: 'Stick a Fork in It' column Tijuana Sí!.
If you're up for a spur of the moment trip across the Mexican border (and who isn't these days) this weekend would be a good time to g ... More >>
You might suspect Gustavo Arellano, the brain and wit behind the popular syndicated and OC Weekly column ¡Ask a Mexican!, as one of those Mexican food sticklers who bristles at ideas of yellow nacho cheese, the chimichonga, the chicken fajita pita, enchilada combination plates and Taco Bell's 50th ... More >>
bulthaup (and no, it's not capitalized), the high-end kitchen designer and manufacturer, will host chef Javier Plascencia of Tijuana's Misión 19 for a five-course meal at its Robertson Blvd. showroom on March 22. The site asks you to RSVP by today, March 15. Check your wallet first; the price is $1 ... More >>
Misión 19 in Tijuana, chef Javier Plascencia's first independent venture, is celebrating its one-year-anniversary. Read "The Missionary," a profile of Plascencia by Dana Goodyear in this week's New Yorker, and you'll learn why that matters.
Plascencia's mission is to bring innovative but authent ... More >>
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.
Today's hot young Me ... More >>
Carmageddon? Where? The traffic-nightmare-that-never-was (westside to Pasadena in under 30 minutes!!!) may have kept cars off the road and eaters from attending LA Street Food Fest, but their loss was our gain. With few lines, we managed to sample from EVERY vendor at the festival. Yes, every v ... More >>
The complaint is nothing new. You spend your hard-earned money on a food truck festival and end up stuck in lines windier than the yellow brick road, slow-cooking in the sun, only to head home only after just a bite or two. But that won't be the case at the 2nd Annual L.A. Street Food Fest Su ... More >>
B. HansenGuillas's prize-winning deconstructed bibimbap
Not a single Korean competed in last Thursday's Top Chef Korean Food Challenge at the San Diego Wine & Culinary Center.
The idea was to see what would become of Korean ingredients in the hands of chefs who don't ordinarily cook this t ... 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 >>