Wordless Weds: Un Cafecito Por Favorcito

It’s been a busy week. Thank God for Coffee…

Coffee Shop pic

Cool sign at Bob’s Big Boy Coffee Shop, in Downey, CA.

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A “Taste of México” in Los Angeles

You know it’s going to be a great evening when the top Mexican restaurants from Los Angeles get together under one roof for one night and bring out the best of la cocina mexicana.

And indeed it was such a night on Friday, when the second annual “A Taste of México”  event was held at the St. Vibiana venue in downtown LA, pulling all the foodies and foodie wannabes who packed the place to capacity. Add a little tequila, mezcal and a mariachi band, plus dos que tres famous celebrities, and you have yourself a fabulous party.

The line to get in was ridiculously long. It went around the block, even with the threat of rain y el “chipi-chipi”, but once inside there was food and fun to be enjoyed by all. Also worth noting, tickets were $50 dollars, so you know these people were really looking forward to the food.

Among the founders of this event are Bricia López from Guelaguetza restaurant,  who was the belle of the ball, a true hostess with the mostess, making sure everybody was well taken care of and promoting the new and amazing lines of their auténtico Mole Oaxaqueño Guelaguetza, among other delicacies and an amazing Michelada Mix. Bravo Bricia!!

We also had a chance to sample food from La Casita Mexicana, with owners Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu a todo lo que daban pero super contentos como siempre, with a great menu to share and a long line at their station; los de Frida restaurant lead by Vicente del Río tenian unos tacos deliciosos, de carnitas, de mole y de pescado en chile colorado, y ademas ceviche, so yummy; y para no olvidar el postre, there was a desert paradise in the form of mini tres leches bites, strawberry shortcake and pan dulce mexicano, cortesía de Ricardo Cervantes and the famous La Monarca Bakery. All good stuff in generous quantities. Nadie se quedó sin probar. Plus not to be outdone, brands like Goya, Tapatio, Guerrero and several cervezas made sure to sample their products.

Made me feel happy and lucky to know there are great Mexican food restaurants and good options all over LA. I’ll make it a point to support authentic Mexican food by visiting these amazing restaurants. ¡Que me esperen en la mesa!

Crowds gather to listen to the ariachi band at Taste of Mexico, held at St. Vibiana's in DTLA

Crowds gather to listen to the Mariachi band at Taste of Mexico, held at St. Vibiana’s in DTLA.

Authentic Mole Oaxaqueño from Guelaguetza restaurant. Delish!

Authentic Mole Oaxaqueño from Guelaguetza restaurant. Delish!

From Bricia Lopez' twitter feed (@bricialopez): You know it's good when La Reina del Sur herself, Kate del Castillo, stops by for a taste of Mexico.

You know it’s good food when La Reina del Sur herself, Kate del Castillo, stops by for a taste of Mexico. (Photo from @BriciaLopez on Twitter.)

Jaime Martin del Campo, from La Casita Mexicana, doing his thing. (Delicioso el pavo en achiote!)

Jaime Martin del Campo, from La Casita Mexicana, doing his thing. (Delicioso el pavo en achiote!)

The food station at La Casita...

The food station at La Casita…

Una probadita de Chilitos en Nogada.

Una probadita de Chilitos en Nogada.

Great food, great service, y de buen ambiente, el equipo de los restaurantes Frida y La Casa Azúl.

Great food, great service, y de buen ambiente, el equipo de los restaurantes Frida y La Casa Azúl.

Everybody's favorite: Tapatío was giving out mini hot sauce botellitas to take on the go.

Everybody’s favorite: Tapatío was giving out mini hot sauce botellitas to take on the go.

El Eugenio Siller se echó unos taquitos ( y nosotros un taco de ojo.)

El Eugenio Siller se echó unos taquitos ( y nosotros un taco de ojo.)

Not only does he do a Rock of Ages, now Diego Boneta is with the Mariachi band!

Not only does he do a Rock of Ages, now Diego Boneta plays with a Mariachi band!

For the sweet tooth que todos llevamos dentro, pastries and pan dulce from La Monarca Bakery.

For the sweet tooth que todos llevamos dentro, pastries and pan dulce from La Monarca Bakery.

Adios Twinkies…Bye-bye Ding Dongs. Se acabaron los Hostess.

Indulge me a little if you will this Friday morning. I am sad the Twinkie is going out of business.

The news and twitter-sphere is buzzing with the shutting down of the Hostess Company, the makers of all the forbidden goodies we grew up with and our invaluable lunch box trading items. “Te cambio mi Twinkie por tu Cupcake!”

When you think about it, it’s really sad news, especially because of the people losing their jobs,  18,500 thousand people. Really bad when you think about it!

But it’s not like we didn’t see this coming over the years. Entre tanto health report and the fact we all grew up and finally realized we’re not supposed to eat that delicious junky mix of sugar and fat,  pues claro que we stopped buying them and Hostess se fue bankrupt.

In the meantime, if you have a Twinkie attack: Not to fear, el New York Times publicó a few alternative recipes que pueden servir para matar el antojo, should you crave it.

Aqui les paso el link, me encantó el nombre del artículo:

It’s Not Junk If I Made It. Recreating snack cakes, cookies and chips at home. By Jennifer Steinhauer. March 6, 2012

Photo from the New York Times article: It’s Not Junk if I Made It.

Y bueno, se nos fue otra semana pues. Happy Weekend Everybody. Get ready for Thanksgiving next week!

Party @ Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Renovations have been on my mind recently, so when I got the invite to go to the Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams party in South Coast Plaza, I instantly rsvp’d.

I’ve been a fan of their furniture for a while, but more importantly, after watching the feature segment recently on CBS Sunday Morning, it is remarkable to see how they run their business. They are good, honest people that have built a great American company. Plus all their furniture items and designs are so gorgeous, and with such quality, it’s hard to pick a favorite. All I know is after seeing them up close, I want it ALL!

The event took place at their “Signature Store” which is spacious and airy, and yet it felt like you were hanging out at the house of a good friend. The party had that vibe, where everybody was relaxed and making themselves comfortable as they “test-drived” all the nice muebles on display. Of course, the beautiful people from the OC came to play, so it had to be a stylish part-ay!

Take a look at the pix below and then check out their catalog at mgandbw.com… you can also find their stores all over the place, even Mexico City (Polanco) for all my amiguitos down there.

And by the way, if you watch “The Good Wife” on CBS, keep an eye for the set decor. Some of their pieces have made their way to the law firm and a few of the characters’ homes.

Arriving at the party, design enthusiasts and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams fans.

White leather sofas as decor for a party scene.

This is what I call a great living room space. Not too big, not complicated, all bold complementing colors, and comfort above everything else.

Neutrals and a vintage inspired mirror equals elegant sophistication.

According to the designers, “A bedroom should be sensuous and stylish at all once.”

Talk about Stylish!

Getting comfortable with the scenery… hanging out with another living room meets family table.

Beautiful people and design lovers.

Chit chat at the foot of the bed.

Beautiful photography ALWAYS makes a room! Love the horse.

This is the Finley “Banquette”… o la Banquita Finley.

Intriguing dress design at the sweets table.

The sweets table.. you know me!

Loving the pewter chairs.

They also had a few other vendors on display, like this optical store with fabulous specs.

Assouline books was also in the house.

This Bulgari bracelet was spectacular.

A great mirror to bring the room together.

The London chaise in burgundy velvet adds a rich pop of color.

Art is essential to every room.

Another angle.

Now that’s a Manifesto!

Spanish Telenovelas, now refritos en Inglés!

Happy Monday everybody…

Reading the LA Times this morning, I found this article on the new telenovela trend catching up with our English speaking amiguitos, specifically how Nickelodeon and Televisa are currently producing a soap opera based on a mexican telenovela adapted for a gringo friendly audience.

Tonight at 9 pm Nick at Nite premieres “Hollywood Heights”…which is based on some novela mexicana that I probaby didn’t watch on Univision, but that garnered good enough ratings to justify the remake en inglés. It’s the same storylines, but with American actors, including a very lovely James Franco in a starring role. To keep it real and transition the content to English, they even brought along our very easy on the eyes and all around nice guy Carlos Ponce for an important role.

I am intrigued!

According to this article, Televisa has even set up shop in Santa Monica (Televisa USA) to keep producing these “refritos en inglés” so you know it has to be a long term commitment with the US networks.

Read the article here “Networks look to clean up with nighttime soaps” from LA Times June 18, 2012. And tonight let’s see what this “Hollywood Heights” is all about.

The cast of Hollywood Heights. Photo from Justjared.com

Carlos Ponce will have a role in the new English only novela, “Hollywood Heights” on Nickelodeon. Photo from Justjared.com

Looks like we’re getting a new stadium in LA. But where’s the NFL Team?

Big changes are in the air for downtown LA, as anyone driving through the 11o freeway can tell you.  Construction, road improvements, street cleanups, and new developments abound. And this week we heard the city has approved a deal to give AEG (the massive sports and entertainment company) the rights to construct a stadium right next to Staples Center.

Never mind the city of Los Angeles has yet to find a football team to bring to LA-LA-Land. The new stadium is happening! It will be called “Farmer’s Field.” And we’re already getting excited.

This news made me think of the phrase: “If you build it they will come.”

(This is actually a line from the movie Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner, although it was written “If you build it, he will come.” According to Wikipedia.)

Here is a link to the report from the LA Times with interesting data on the stadium. Apparently this is a very big boost to jobs creation and the economy in this cash strapped town of ours. Esperemos que sí!!

The stats from the LA Times are very positive. Image from latimes.com, August 10, 2011.

And as for the NFL Team, somehow I don’t envision the Chargers of LA or the Oakland Raiders coming back to their original ‘hood. But that’s just me, I’m no experta.  I say we start promoting the sport with all the latinos who have yet to become fans and we give the new team a cool new name in Spanglish. “Los Fielderos” perhaps? OK, too much, but I’m just throwing it out there. Then we can all embrace the new team.

Check out the report on blogdowntown.com, it has great info.

Here's a rendering of the new downtown LA landscape. Looking good on paper! (Photo credit: blogdowntown.com)