Las Cafeteras don't bow to tradition, and it's hard not to love them for it. In 2011 we wrote about how the seven-member east side group was taking flack for playing Veracruz-style Son Jarocho music in ways that some conservative musicians found upsetting; the story got a lot of people in music and ... More >>
Queztal and Los Cojolites The Breed Street Shul 2/9/13 Better than: A Hollywood Grammy red carpet party Saturday night's celebration of some of the year's Grammy nominees in the Latin category brought the sounds of Son Jarocho music to Boyle Heights. Before doors opened at 8 am, the line for the f ... More >>
Man cannot live on taco trucks alone, try as he might. For that reason there are places like Taqueria Los Anaya in West Adams. The family-run restaurant, which opened in March, happens to dabble in the kind of home-cooked Mexican food that inspires weekend drives to La Super Rica in Santa Barbara ... More >>
It used to be, a dozen years ago or so, that there weren't that many spots in town where you could find a decent seafood taco, much less a great one. Fast forward to 2012, and fish and shrimp tacos have gone through something of an evolution. There are plenty of fish in the sea now; you can barely ... More >>
Guzzle & NoshAn entrant at a previous Cupcake Challenge.TEDxSantaMonica The theme at this month's smartypants gathering is food, specifically how local Santa Monicans are transforming their community. After cocktails and mingling, there will be a discussion with chef and radio host Evan Kleim ... More >>
See also: *Las Cafeteras Defy Tradition Sitting in a Highland Park restaurant behind a plate of french fries and a mint tea, Quetzal Flores talks about gentrification. The subject plays into his new album with his Mexican-Afro-Cuban rock band Quetzal, called Imaginaries, which is out next month on ... More >>
Brandon ShowersEditor's note: This week Erica E. Phillips tells the remarkable story of Los Angeles group Las Cafeteras, a seven-piece who play a traditional type of Veracruz music called Son Jarocho. But they're controversial because they put their own spin on it -- merging a punk ethos, imp ... More >>
Their take on Veracruz music is pissing some folks off
Anne Fishbeinthe invisible restaurant critic Dear Mr. Gold: Chef Rick Bayless has continuously told the media that he thinks L.A. is a "timid" food city and that we do not have as good regional Mexican cooking as what he can find in Chicago. He seems to think that we only have "California" Me ... More >>
Listen up Gringos! Today might be Cinco De Mayo but did you know there's a lot more to the strangely non-English language celebration than rhyming 'Cinco' with 'Drinko'? There is! You see, there's this country called 'Mexico' just south of here, and it turns out Cinco De Mayo actually commemorates ... More >>
B. HansenRick Bayless at Red O, with Edgar Vazquez (left) and Victor Torres (right)Red O was jammed the other night, but for the real action, you had to have an invitation to the tequila lounge. The highlight of the party in there was an appearance by Rick Bayless, who had flown from Chicago ... More >>
Quell carnitas craving at Cacao Mexicatessen
Anne FishbeinMr. Gold, with dim sum menuDear Mr. Gold: Where can I find good carnitas? I'm thinking like the kind I'd get off the taco trucks in Oakland -- we loved to go to El Ojo de Agua. Relatively close to Pasadena would be nice. --Nina K. Dear Ms. K.: You are, alas, a few years too la ... More >>
Courtesy of KCRW.Chef Rick Bayless.Now that chef Rick Bayless has succeeded in finally introducing Los Angeles to authentic Mexican cuisine, he's introducing us to authentic music. The controversial Chicago chef behind (well sorta kinda behind) recently opened upscale Mexican restaurant Red ... More >>
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