Pass me a taco... getting my fill at The Taste of Mexico in Los Angeles...
|I was recently in Los Angeles helping a friend of mine who is an executive with the MultiCultural Cooking Network.|
Our "job" was to cover The Taste of Mexico event held at Vibiana's, a wonderful old church that has been converted to an event space in downtown Los Angeles. This is an annual event that brings together some of the best Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles for a night of incredible gastronomy.
Tacos, tortas, mole, sopes, chiles en nogada, seafood and even kosher Mexican food from Chef Katsuji Tanabe of Mexikosher... it was all on display here, held together by some great mariachi music, and of course tequila.
This was Mexican food Los Angeles style where authenticity is king. No Tex-Mex or yellow cheese here covering up the wonderful tastes of the chiles, spices and flavors of Mexico. All of the founders of this event, each of them from Mexico and who return home frequently to spot new trends and recipes, are aiming for that "authentic" taste you'll find only as you travel in Mexico.
Take it from me, as one who spends considerable time visiting our neighbors to the south, if you can't get there, the restaurants represented at The Taste are the next best thing.
Here are a couple of videos from the event, you can't taste the food, but hopefully you'll get the flavor!