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  • La Feria de los Moles
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    If you love mole, then there is one place you have to be this weekend: La Feria de los Moles. This festival is in its 7th year, and is held at the iconic Olvera Street Plaza. Restaurants from all over Los Angeles, and some from Mexico, will be serving up their best mole dishes, in a friendly competition to see Continue Reading...
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  • FROM MERIDA, MEXICO MONTEJO BEER COMES TO THE STATES WITH GREAT FANFARE
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    A few weeks back, Montejo, a Czech Pilsner style Mexican lager, debuted in America, and I was there to soak up the suds. From Merida, Mexico, this beer was served exclusively at our very own Dodger Stadium until September 1, 2014; however, it is now available in bars, restaurants and Latino markets throughout California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. Montejo Continue Reading...
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  • FUN TIMES AT THE LA COUNTY FAIR – DON’T MISS IT! FAIR ENDS 9/28
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    When it comes to grub at county fairs after a while bacon wrapped EVERYTHING just gets old for this LatinoFoodie. I can hear some of my friends and cousins moan because they love bacon wrapped EVERYTHING. So when we got invited to visit the Los Angeles County Fair this weekend, I made it a point to seek out something beyond Continue Reading...
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  • DEL REAL FOODS REVIEW & “PARTY IN A BOX” #GIVEAWAY
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    As foodies, we don’t often find ourselves buying prepackaged meals. We enjoy the methodical process of discovering and following a recipe. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen every day. Work, family and client events creep up and next thing you know we are stuffing our faces with unhealthy, flavorless fast food. So when Del Real Foods approached us to sample their Mexican Continue Reading...
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  • WINE AND JAZZ — A PERFECT COMBO FOR SUMMER!
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    Its summertime and jazz is in the air. Last Tuesday LatinoFoodie experienced the sounds of Latin jazz, tasty nibbles and wines for every palate at Hollywood & Highland’s Wine & Jazz Fundraiser and Concert Series.  It was a perfect evening for meeting up with friends, bumping into old friends and making new ones along the way all while listening to Continue Reading...
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  • COOKBOOK REVIEW: L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food by Roy Choi
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    Cookbook Review: L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food By Roy Choi I have been stuck between the pages of Salman Rushdie’s autobiography and another biography about Jack Kerouac, that I have neglected my cookbooks.  We started this food blog to highlight food and culture, and for me that includes books. So I snatched up a copy of Roy Continue Reading...
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  • Mo’ Macaroni and Cheese: 30 Mouthwatering Recipes for America’s Favorite Comfort Food
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    LatinoFoodie is featured in a new e-cookbook and couldn’t be more thrilled as Mo’ Macaroni and Cheese has some amazing recipes, including our own. When we started blogging about three years ago, I never expected the work to be a “social” force in my life. Let’s face it, blogging can get a little lonely. A big part of food blogging Continue Reading...
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  • The Great Pepper Cookbook: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing and Cooking with Peppers by Melissa’s Produce
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    Hot off the presses, our friends at Melissa’s Produce have once again rocked the recipe world with a new cookbook devoted to one of our favorite ingredients: peppers.  We went to the book launch of The Great Pepper Cookbook and sampled their spicy bites and sweet treats. Melissa’s Produce is the largest variety distributor of fresh and dried peppers.  The Continue Reading...
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  • Setting the New Gold Standard: Panda Express Cooks Up Golden Szechuan Fish
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    Happy April Fish Day!  No foolin’! From fools to fish, Panda Express has reclaimed the first of April.  We were recently invited to their headquarters in beautiful Rosemead, CA for a sneak peak at their test kitchen.  When the chefs asked for a volunteer to help cook a meal in their kitchen I jumped at the chance.  Of course I own a wok Continue Reading...
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  • Olive Garden Announces New Lighter Fare Menu
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    *This is a sponsored post, but all of the opinions are our own.  Hey, even LatinoFoodie needs a break from the kitchen time to time and the new menu from Olive Garden offered great variety and value. Just as Italian cuisine has its iconic dishes, like lasagna and spaghetti, the very popular Italian restaurant Olive Garden has a couple iconic Continue Reading...
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  • Absolutely Love Lobster? This Valentine’s Day Treat Your Sweetie to the #BestLobsterFest at Red Lobster
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    *This is a sponsored post, but all of our opinions are our very own. It’s always hard to hear, see or eat a lobster without thinking about Julia Child’s famous “Lobster” episode. It’s Valentine’s Day on Friday and time to think about taking your loved one out for dinner. I was just telling Art that I prefer eating seafood (King Continue Reading...
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  • East LA Meets Napa Features Latin-owned/Operated Wineries & Cuisine
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    Food truck burn out? We’ve got a great alternative. The 8th Annual “East LA Meets Napa & Beyond” food & wine fundraiser is an exclusive pairing event that brings the community together to celebrate the richness of Mexican food and success of Latino-owned restaurants and vineyards in California and beyond. The proceeds benefit AltaMed Health Services and takes place at Union Continue Reading...
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  • L.A. Street Food Fest `Summer Tasting’ Event Back at the Rose Bowl
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    It appears to be food tasting season here in Los Angeles. Art and I are going to be wearing our stretchy pants for the next few weeks that’s for sure! We have Tacolandia this Sunday at the Palladium, East LA Meets Napa next month at Union Station, and another one, the LA Street Food Fest, who is touting itself as Continue Reading...
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  • Tangy Three Bean Salad from Goya Foods + Tacolandia Ticket Giveaway (UPDATE: Contest Closed)
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    It has taken many years of behind-the-scenes work for Bill Esparza of Street Gourmet LA to plan and create the first-ever “Tacolandia” Sunday, June 23 at the Hollywood Palladium (the event is sold out). Presented by L.A. Weekly and curated by Esparza, more than 30 food vendors, some as even far away as Baja, Calif., are bringing their “A” game Continue Reading...
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  • New Hispanic Tea Company — Té Tiempo
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    There are two kinds of people in the world. Coffee people and tea people. I’m definitely a coffee person, but lately I find myself enjoying teas more and more. If we’re at a restaurant, I am ordering an iced tea rather than a soda. At night I enjoy a warm cup of chamomile tea so I can destress from the day’s whirlwind Continue Reading...
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  • Product Review: Zyliss Safety Can Opener
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    Canned goods hidden away behind the pantry door, waiting patiently to be put to use.  Will it be the canned corn tonight?  Perhaps you’ll use the tomato paste or chipotles in adobo sauce?  Or go for some chicken noodle soup?  Canned goods inform many of our meals.  Good quality tools can make prepping those meals a cinch.    A good Continue Reading...
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  • New Cookbook Features 50 Most Nutrient-rich Fruits and Vegetables
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    We all know what we’re supposed to do to stay healthy. Eat more fruits and vegetables and exercise on a regular basis. It’s common sense, right? Sometimes I’ll go into my fridge with the intention to make smart food choices, but the flour tortillas and butter look up at me and say, “Warm me up and smother this goodness all over.”  “Damn Continue Reading...
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  • Stone Brewing Company Store Opens in Pasadena; Beer Lovers Rejoice!
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    Picture it: 2008, a chilly March night in the neon desert that is Las Vegas.  I was sent to Sin City to help open a bookstore and was there almost a month.  Being away from home can be loads of fun, but eating out for every meal can become tedious.  This particular night in March, at dinner time we were confronted with the Continue Reading...
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  • East LA Meets Napa Food & Wine Tasting Event Features Latino-owned Wineries and Restaurants
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    This was probably the prettiest tacos we have ever seen. Great presentation! Chef John Rivera-Sedlar’s Tortillas Florales with Cielo Verde Greens and Herbs.   It’s a summertime tasting event you don’t want to miss! AltaMed is presenting its annual “East LA Meets Napa” event, an exclusive food and wine pairing tasting that celebrates the richness of Mexican food and success of Latino-owned Continue Reading...
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  • Move Over Umami, There’s a New Burger in Town; Fusion Burgers in Highland Park
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    Just like people, food when it is simple and honest and doesn’t pretened to be something it’s not is quite a beautiful thing. This was our experience recently when we discovered a small, corner restaurant with no more than eight tables called Fusion Burgers in Highland Park.  Setting the scene: graffiti etched windows, wrought iron bars on the door, bare bulb ceiling Continue Reading...
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  • Good Food Day LA: Lessons on Sustainable Living
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    Good Food Day L.A. has come and gone but its teachings are here to stay.  Our city’s  Food Policy Council (LAFPC) and the Mayor’s Office sponsored the event along with hundreds of local non-profits working in the food justice arena.  This year the date coincided with Cesar Chavez’ birthday and was the perfect reminder for us to think about our food from farm to Continue Reading...
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  • Chichén Itzá Restaurant Owner/Chef Releases New Cookbook Featuring Cuisine from Yucatan, Mexico
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    On Wednesday night, LatinoFoodie ventured into Mercado la Paloma, which is south of downtown Los Angeles, where a short, stoutly chef sitting behind a table with a stack of cookbooks proudly signed his name one by one. He took a break just long enough to pose for a photo with customers. Jumping up from the book-signing table, he’d disappear into the kitchen emerging seconds later with Continue Reading...
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  • Great Harvest Bread Company in South Pasadena; Despite Being a Chain, Good Bread and Sandwiches
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    Great Harvest South Pasadena serves sandwiches, cereals, salads, soups, and an assortment of pastries. Try the cinnamon buns. For many people this Lenten season, giving up carbs is one way to show restraint. I’m not one of those people. Bread, especially good, homemade multigrain, wheat bread, is my downfall. Today was no exception. We stumbled upon the Great Harvest Bread Company Continue Reading...
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  • Foodies Purchase Your Tickets to get a Taste of Popular LA Latin Restaurants
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    I know what you’re thinking. Another tasting event? Such is the life of food bloggers. We’re excited for this one as it is open to the public and only costs $45 per person. Come on down for some good food, dance and a chance to network in a beautiful, historic setting in downtown LA. The Wall Las Memorias Project will Continue Reading...
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  • ROJO Sabor Latino Honors Chivas USA Player Michael Lahoud; We Learn More About His Love for Food
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    Over eight of the finest Latin cuisine restaurants in Los Angeles will be participating this Wednesday, November 16 at ROJO Sabor Latino tasting event that will benefit The Wall Las Memorias. Monies raised will help The Wall and its efforts to educate the community about HIV/AIDS and the importance of getting tested. You can purchase your tickets ($45 per person) here. This year, Continue Reading...
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  • From Vouvray French Wines to Chicharrones, Lupe Ontiveros Shares Food Indulgences; Award-winning Actress to be Honored at ROJO Sabor Latino
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        Some people may know Lupe Ontiveros as an award-winning actress, producer, activist, and visionary. I remember her being Selena’s KILLER!  Not too many may know that Ontiveros is also a foodie at heart. Recently, LatinoFoodie had the honor to go behind the scenes of Ontivero’s kitchen and ask her some questions. Ontiveros film credits include PICKING UP THE PIECES with Woody Allen; AS GOOD AS Continue Reading...
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  • ROJO Sabor Latino Fundraiser Benefitting The Wall Las Memorias to Feature Oaxacan Restaurant Guelaguetza
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    Who needs to travel all the way to Oaxaca for some good regional cuisine? All you need to do is purchase tickets to the upcoming fundraiser, ROJO Sabor Latino, on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The event will feature the delicious tamales de mole from Restaurante Guelaguetza, located at 3014 W. Olympic Blvd., LA 90006.   A family-owned and operated business, Guelaguetza, is Continue Reading...
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  • Cookbook Review and Giveaway: Lorena Garcia’s New Latin Classics: Fresh Ideas for Favorite Dishes
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    I love complicated cookbooks with extensive ingredients that can only be sourced from specialty markets in Thailand and the dark back allies of Barcelona.  They make great coffee table books, but really, who cooks likes this? Welcome Lorena Garcia’s New Latin Classics: Fresh Ideas for Favorite Dishes. Chef Lorena offers approachable recipes that won’t break the bank or the pantry.  A Continue Reading...
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  • LOS ANGELES TIMES PRESENTS THE TASTE: Best of LA’s Gourmet Taco Scene
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    LatinoFoodie Nation, I’ll confess that day two of the Los Angeles Times’ The Taste nearly broke me.  The night was called Taco Tequila Tryst. Tacos as far as the eye could see!  The night started off with a bang: Loteria Grill served up some ridiculously tasty Tacos Veracruz.  Red Snapper tacos in a tomato, caper, and olive sauce with black refried Continue Reading...
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  • The Taste: Art of Mixing — An Indulgence of LA’s Finest
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    LatinoFoodie Nation, this will be the first of three posts recapping the LA Times/Food & Wine’s The Taste. It was just a lot to digest.  The Taste took place over four days during the Labor Day weekend: nine events in three locations.  This was my first Taste and I was determined to go to every single event.  I won’t hold you Continue Reading...
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  • It’s a Game We Call: WINDOW SHOPPING FOR FOOD
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    Trying to desperately escape the 102 degree heat outside, I drove up and down Valley Boulevard in Alhambra this afternoon, as I sometimes do, looking inside restaurant windows (and for air conditioning) to find a new place to eat. I say “sometimes” as many restaurants in my neighborhood have either Chinese or Vietnamese characters and since I don’t unfortunately read either language Continue Reading...
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  • Husband and Wife Team Offer Exciting, Eclectic Menu at Setá Dine:Lounge
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      A perfect pair are infusing ethnic cuisines to create a contemporary American menu and drinks at Setá Dine:Lounge in Uptown Whittier that breathes new life in this neighborhood’s restaurant scene. As we walked into the upscale and hip restaurant at 13033 Philadelphia Avenue, Executive Chef Hugo Molina came out to greet and personally take us to our table. He excitedly walked Continue Reading...
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  • Book Review: Try This
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    Try This: Traveling the Globe without Leaving the Table By Danyelle Freeman Dear Foodies, you personally may or may not need the following book, but I think it is an important book in the new culinary landscape that is America.  Try This is a restaurant guide that aims to help people break out of a restaurant routine by identifying possibly unknown Continue Reading...
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  • East LA Meets Napa: Carnitas & Cabernet
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    Now, we knew carnitas and an ice cold cerveza combine beautifully. We hadn’t considered carnitas and a robust red wine paired just fine. The East LA Meets Napa event in Los Angeles definitely changed our minds. Set in the enclosed garden patio, AltaMed’s sixth annual East LA Meets Napa event, which is easily one of the best Latino fundraisers in town and claimed to be one of the Continue Reading...
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  • Long Beach Street Food Festival 2011
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    Saturday was a bright day in Long Beach (a bit too bright if you ask me) for these two LatinoFoodies, who just spent the night before in LA gorging ourselves with gourmet Mexican food and imbibing in way too many wine tastings. Yet we put on big boy shorts, you know, the expandable kind, swallowed anti-acid, and trekked off to the Long Continue Reading...
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  • ALTAMED’S “EAST LA MEETS NAPA” SNEAK PEEK PAIRS WINE WITH MICHOACAN-INSPIRED CUISINE
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    AltaMed Health Services hosted LatinoFoodie and other local food bloggers to preview its upcoming 6th Annual East LA Meets Napa celebration at Union Station on Friday, July 8. Now, we’re not talking rice and beans here. This was everything from black mole tamales to duck confit tacos topped with a jamaica and tomatillo sauce. Pictured Left to Right: Lotería Grill Chef & Owner Jimmy Shaw, Continue Reading...
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  • East LA Meets Napa Sneak Preview Tomorrow
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    LatinoFoodie can’t wait to have an exclusive sneak peek into AltaMed’s 6th Annual East LA Meets Napa event paying tribute to the “Flavors of Michoacán.” We’ll be enjoying dishes prepared by some of LA’s premiere chefs and fine wine from Napa Valley. The event will include: Chef Hugo Molina of Setá, Armando de la Torre of Guidados and Jim Shaw Continue Reading...
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  • Make Way for a Frozen Summer
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    Summer is knock-knock-knocking on your door and she’s brought some guests: Frozen Desserts!  Ice Cream is great, but what about the often over-looked cousins?  I’m talking about ices, pops, paletas, and raspados?  Recently, we were exploring the South Pasadena Farmers Market and came across Carmela Ice Creaam.  This unique little creamery located in Pasadena has some delicious ice cream and some amazing Continue Reading...
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  • Lomo Arigato Food Truck Features a “Secret” Aji Sauce that’s to Die For
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    This weekend LatinoFoodie ventured over to the Lummis Festival in Northeast Los Angeles. Our first stop, of course, the food trucks. The Lomo Arigato truck décor alone had us thinking this was going to be a different food experience. On the front hood protruded a butcher’s cleaver knife as if to slice a new flavor in LA’s trendy food truck Continue Reading...
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  • Book Review: Food Trucks
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    Food Trucks by Heather Shouse I picked this book up simply because of the title.  Seriously.  Before I even opened the book, I began to panic: could the promise of the title be yet another let down?  Would I be reading about food trucks in New York or Miami?  What good would that do me here in Los Angeles?  I Continue Reading...
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  • Destination: Long Beach Pride
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    Long Beach Pride 2011 Whether you went for the dance offs, hook ups or the food trucks, LB Pride 2011  had something for everyone.  The two of us at LatinoFoodie were busy working “it” in the various food lines.  There was a lot of the standard festival food fair: roasted corn on the cob (yum elote), chicken & beef skewers, Polish links dripping Continue Reading...
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  • Eva Cooks!
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    We found some surprisingly easy, yet delicious, recipes in Eva’s new cookbook http://huff.to/eqqfxu. Love the idea of homemade tortillas featured in the same cookbook with American fare. Enjoyed reading the back stories about her family in between the recipes....
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  • Strawberry Delicious
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    This weekend we’re headed to Oxnard; pack some sun block and a frivolous attitude as we embrace all things Strawberry!  With over 50 food booths, the California Strawberry Festival will transform this tasty berry into treats like pizza, nachos, kabobs, funnel cakes, wine and beer!  Beyond the bounty of berry-delicious food & drink, the festival promises musical performances,  games, rides, contests, and exhibits all in honor Continue Reading...
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