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Saturday, October 12, 2013
Arturo's Puffy Taco
15693 Leffingwell Rd
Whittier, CA 90604
Listing at Los Angeles Foodie
Listing on Yahoo! Local
No known official website.
After hearing for years about Arturo's Puffy Taco I finally made the pilgrimage to it a couple weeks ago. Arturo's is its own blend of Tex-Mex and Southwestern-Mex. Of course, those two subsets of Mexican food are not all that dissimilar, but they do have their differences and Arturo's incorporates them both. Their namesake item, the puffy taco, is a traditional Mexican taco except that instead of being served in a crisp shell or a soft shell tortilla it is served in Navajo fry bread, which ends up being somewhere between soft and crispy. That's where the Southwestern aspect comes in, that blend of Mexican food and Native American influences. Images of sombreros resting against cacti further that just-barely-north-of-the-border theme. The fry bread holds it shape when the taco stands up instead of slumping like a soft shell does, but melds with the ingredients better than a crisp shell does. I got my first puffy taco with ground beef but you can also get it with carne asada, carnitas, carne guisada (stewed beef), chicken, or picadillo.
A Little Secret
Arturo's is CASH ONLY. I think they have one of those cheap little rickety ATM's that I hate using, and only partly because of the nasty surcharges. Also, whether you're going to eat inside or outside you still have to place your order at the outside window.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
L.A. James Beard Award-Winning Yuca's Restaurant Honored at Día Del Yucateo Ceremony
Restaurant Owner Socorro Herrera celebrated for providing good food and love
Los Angeles, CA - Serving up some of LA's most mouth-watering Mexican cuisine, Los Angeles' very own Yuca's Restaurant founder, Socorro Herrera, is being lauded at the Ceremonial Proclamation of the Resolution of the City of Los Angeles: Día del Yucateco (Yucatan Day) on Friday May 24th, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Los Angeles City Hall.
Herrera, A.K.A. Mama Yuca, will be honored at the ceremony, presented by Casa de la Cultura Maya (House of Mayan Culture) and honorable councilmember Ed P. Reyes. This special ceremony will celebrate the hard working people of the Yucatan living in LA who have made a significant effort to promote their culture and the state of Yucatan. Socorro Herrera used her culinary passion combined with her family's dedication of community development to make a cultural impact on this city.
Officially a local favorite and one of USA Today Travel Guide's Top 10 places to eat, Yuca's came from humble beginnings nearly 40 years ago when Socorro turned an old shoe shine booth into a thriving little taco stand. In 2007, the family opened a second location, Yuca's on Hollywood, not far from the taco stand; that location has flourished in popularity the way the taco stand did. Their delicious, authentic Yucatan recipes have been enjoyed and highly praised by a vast amount of food lovers, tourists, and food critics.
Aside from helming a popular taco stand, Mama Yuca also excelled in the role of Christmas toy and wreath vendor, fashion industry sample-maker and Avon representative. Socorro's efforts at Yuca's, along with her daughter, Dora, won the restaurant the acclaimed 2005 James Beard award and put Yuca's on the map as one of "America's Classics." Since receiving its first press review by the Los Angeles Examiner, food connoisseurs have taken an acute interest. Yuca's most popular items have been featured in many publications including LA Magazine, GQ, IN STYLE, Vogue, Ciudad Magazine and Gourmet Magazine.
Today, Dora Herrera continues to follow the family's tradition of success. Hand-picked by Fresh & Easy as the Hispanic spokesperson of its Ready-to-Cook line last summer, Dora visited different cities across the country to promote the line. She appeared on morning television showcasing how to BBQ and grill the delicious hassle-free meals. Her segment was featured on the Las Vegas, NV Spanish network Telemundo affiliate KBLR-TV and Telemundo station KUNA-TV.
Still serving the community with good food and love, Yuca's success and longevity is definitely the product of Socorro's enduring life motto - if you're going to do it, do it well. And according to a great portion of Los Angeles, Yuca's certainly does it well.
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Join the celebration filled with food, music and entertainment!
When: Friday, May 24, 2013 at 10AM
Where: City Hall: 200 N. Spring Street, L.A. 90012
Friday, March 15, 2013
Bumblefoot's Hot Sauces
And here's the official press release:
Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal
Launches new line of natural/gluten free gourmet hot sauces and wins 3 of the coveted Golden Chile Awards at the 2013 Fiery Food Challenge.
The Fiery Food Challenge, which kicked off ZestFest 2013, is the longest running, most prestigious competition of zesty products in the industry.
Working with the masters at CaJohns Fiery Foods, Ron developed a line of Bumblefoot hot sauces that are all natural, no preservatives, gluten free, peanut allergy safe, with flavors ranging from mild cherry bourbon "Bumblicious!" to high-energy heart-pounding "BumbleF**KED" with ginger, tropical fruit, ginseng and caffeine. Proceeds from the "BumbleBabe" hot sauce will be donated to women's health organizations.
"It was 1981, family get-together in Brooklyn. I was 12 years old, and my older cousin Steve dared me $5 to eat a hot cherry pepper. I ate it. That was my earliest memory of 'the rush' you get from spicy food. And it grew from there. Extra wasabi with sushi... extra peppers in Thai food... extra hot sauce on Mexican food. Always ordering things "as spicy as you can make it" and testing my limits. Friends would get me hot sauces as gifts; I'd be eating spicy chili and adding 12-Million-Scoville extract to it. People would ask, 'Do you even taste the flavor of the food anymore?' Yes - when you've developed a high tolerance, you can enjoy the food more, as the heat isn't a distraction, it's a complimentary sensation to the colors and aroma and taste. I love the rush."
"With music, I've always felt such excitement in discovering new bands, new sounds. It inspired me to learn and make music, to develop it, and eventually share it, give others the enjoyment I experienced from it all. It's the same for anything that inspires - art, music, entertainment, knowledge, food, everything. When you're passionate about something in life, it follows a process - you love it, then you make it, then you share it. It was like this with music, it's the same with hot sauce. Love it, make it, share it..."
"For years I've had ideas, recipes, flavors that I wanted to share. It was my good friend Brimstone at Hound Entertainment that put the pieces together and introduced me to the masters at CaJohns Fiery Foods. I flew out between GNR shows in Vegas to CaJohns' headquarters in Ohio where me, Brimstone, Cajohn Hard (CEO) and Chef Steve Lawrence played mad scientist in the kitchen and brought these flavors to life.
"And now, after years of saying 'someday' I finally got to hold bottles of Bumblefoot hot sauces in my hands, and share them with all of you. I hope you enjoy these creations! These hot sauces are available to everyone everywhere in the world through CaJohns.com. I hope to see a growing number of stores, distributors, pubs & restaurants, and food trucks carrying them. If you know one, or are one, please reach out to CaJohns! I'll be attending food festivals with Cajohns and giving my personal support whenever I can, and will keep an updated schedule of events at bumblefoot.com - hope to see you there!
"Final thought – cousin Steve never gave me the $5. I still joked about it with him when he'd see me loading hot peppers onto my turkey sandwich at get-togethers. He passed away unexpectedly, before these hot sauces had come to life. To the man who tricked me into eating my first hot pepper and started me on this journey, these hot sauces are dedicated to you." - Thank you!
Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal
Heat level: Mild
1st Place Winner at ZestFest Awards 2013, Condiments: Specialty category
Sweet & savory cherries, Bourbon & chipotle with a subtle kick – your wings, ribs, chips (and guests) will thank you.
Heat level: HOT!!!
Tropical fruit & ginger, followed by a 6-million-Scoville sledgehammer of caffeine & ginseng. Hi-energy heart-pounder for “pain junkies” like me...
Heat level: Mild
1st Place Winner at ZestFest Awards 2013, Hot Sauce: Jalapeno category
Heat level: HOT!!!
1st Place Winner at ZestFest Awards 2013, Hot Sauce: X Hot category
Thermo-nuclear heat with a Caribbean kick - tamarind & Island spices, Bhut Jolokia peppers, long-lasting taste & brutality. *Not for beginners.
Heat level: Medium
A twist of curry, cumin & citrus, inspired by my favorite tours of the Far East.
Heat level: Mil
Hot sauce with women's pleasure in mind – chocolate & cherry, indulgent & edgy, sweet & fiery, like the rocker ladies that inspired it.
A percentage of proceeds from the sales of BumbleBabe will be donated to help fight breast cancer
About: Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal
Thursday, October 4, 2012
La Feria de Los Moles 2012
Just a reminder that this Sunday, October 7, from 10am to 7pm is the annual Feria de Los Moles at Olvera St. in Los Angeles. Come and enjoy the festivities and try various molés from Puebla and Oaxaca. The state of Guerrero will be making its first appearance this year too.
Here's some photos of when I went to their blogger preview event this past Saturday:
Monday, September 24, 2012
El Burrito Jr. (Torrance)
21141 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503-4615
Listing at MenuPages
Listing on Dineries
No known official website.
Somebody recommended El Burrito Jr. to me recently and I can't remember who it was. Then I got a contract position working in Torrance and on my very first day there a co-worker suggested going to El Burrito Jr. for lunch. It must be fate, huh? Well, if fate designed it then fate wanted me to find out that El Burrito Jr. is almost exactly like Super Mex. Very similar menu, the same unbroken tostadas served with salsa, the same Orange bang and other beverages, and the same propensity to serve all burritos wet. And, like Super Mex, it is fast-food-type food served.
My co-worker got the two enchilada platter, one with shredded beef and one with ground beef and was satisfied with his "food for fuel:"
I ordered the shrimp and fish ceviche and thought it was going to be about half the size that it turned out to be. Pretty fresh and worth the $4 and I had some to eat the next day:
My entree was a burrito, and while I don't normally get burritos I thought this was the item that had been recommended to me. What I thought I was ordering was a regular (not wet) burrito with ground beef, cheese and green sauce inside. What I ended up getting was a wet burrito with shredded beef and the green sauce and cheese on the outside:
Serviceable and at least free from gristle.
This place is nothing amazing and doesn't pretend to be. Can't fault it for living up to its average expectations. El Burrito Jr. also has another location in Torrance as well as spots in Lomita and Redondo Beach. Click on any photo above to be taken to the complete flickr album page.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
LA Area Pollo Campero Locations are Giving Away Free Empanadas
On July 23rd, Pollo Campero will introduce 3 new Latin American-inspired empanadas to their menu. To celebrate the launch, they will be giving away free empanadas to their customers on July 27th.
According to Vice President of Marketing, Lisken Kastalanych, "[Empanadas] are one of the most popular Latin comfort foods and we are so proud to be the first national brand to introduce them to American consumers."
These empanadas will have a Campero twist. All empanadas feature Pollo Campero’s signature blend of more than 15 Latin herbs and spices, high quality ingredients and are made fresh to order. Two of the three Campero empanadas are made with Pollo Campero’s famous chicken that is hand prepared every day.
The three choices include a Spicy Chicken empanada filled with Campero’s famous juicy chicken, green tomatillo salsa, Monterrey Jack cheese and freshly chopped cilantro; the Citrus Chicken empanada made with Campero chicken, grilled onions, tamarindo sauce and shredded Monterrey Jack cheese; and a Black Bean and Cheese empanada filled with flavorful black beans, Monterrey Jack cheese, fresh cilantro, diced onion, and a touch of smoked chipotle.
The promotion will be available in the LA area locations.