Taco Thursday Special at Casa Vega

Many Mexican restaurants offer Taco Tuesdays, however Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks is offering a 60¢ taco starting Thursday, March 31 through June 1. Celebrating their 60th year, Casa Vega is offering a Throwback Thursday “Tacos & Tequila” promotion. When guests order founder Ray Vega’s namesake margarita “The Boss” they can pair it with a…

Mexican flavors with modernist techniques – Dia de Campo

Sitting in a spacious wooden booth next to a window at Día de Campo, we watched two middle-aged surfers walk back to their car after a day at the beach. After putting their boards on car racks, they changed into dry clothes, flipped their hair a few times and walked inside Día de Campo for…

Red O’s Newest Santa Monica Location

Fans of celebrity chef Rick Bayless will be happy to hear that his outstanding Mexican restaurant, Red O, has opened a location in Santa Monica. A group of friends recently met at Red O for a delightful multi-course dinner paired with cocktails and wine. I’ve been a fan of chef Bayless since he won the…

Creative Mexican Street Food and Cocktails at Cocina Condesa

It didn’t bother me that I was drinking out of a paper bag while dining at the new Cocina Condesa in Studio City. But rather than hiding a 40 oz. Modelo, the bag actually carried the crazy fun, barrio-inspired Boyz In The Hood cocktail, one of the most popular beverages at this new street food…

10 Places In LA To Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Looking for a fun place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles? Check out these muy bueno hot-spots: 1. Cinco de Mayo at Spaghetinni and the Dave Koz Lounge Menu Features short rib tacos and shrimp ceviche along with all new small plates, specialty margaritas (yes, skinny too) and tequila + Tecate shots. The legendary…

Authentic Mexican Cuisine in LA

“Mexico City has the largest population of Mexican people. Los Angeles has the second largest and Guadalajara has the third,” said Executive Chef Jimmy Shaw during a two-hour lunch with him and a friend at Lotería Grill. Shaw is an affable chef that was raised in Mexico City and cooks the Mex-Mex way, not Tex-Mex…

Tortilla Republic

My first experience at Tortilla Republic was in Poipu Beach, Kauai. The modern Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar offers a creative menu without using lard, unwanted preservatives or additives. Owned by the same restaurateurs who own Taste in the Pacific Palisades and on Melrose, they opened a second Tortilla Republic in West Hollywood in March…

Casa Vega

In the late 50s, Marlon Brando and Cary Grant used to leave the studio after a day of filming and step into Casa Vega for authentic Mexican food and delicious margaritas. Located on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, now you will find Ryan Seacrest and the Kardashian family slipping inside to nibble on chunky guacamole with warm…

La Sandia: Upscale Mexican Cuisine

 Last week, on Mexican Independence day, I decided to lunch at Richard Sandoval’s newest Mexican restaurant, La Sandia, at the Santa Monica Place. A friend met me at the impressively renovated, open-air, modern shopping mall. The third floor now has an exciting, chef-driven rooftop dining-deck. Here, noted executive chefs from around the world have opened…