Another weekend, another great opportunity to try great dishes!
The Latin Food Fest season kicked off this weekend with a celebration adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier. Attendants had the opportunity to eat, drink, watch demos and mingle with acclaimed chefs while meters away from the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.
This is my fifth year attending one of the festivals (how that happened?). In particular, I stopped by The Gran Tasting, an all-you-can-eat, one-price journey thru Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Spain. More than 50 local restaurants offered delicious, small-sized dishes to attendants.
The 2017 Latin Food Fest, Los Angeles (Santa Monica) included other events such as “Chefs Night Out,”, “Mercado,” and “Latin Supperclub.”
Enough talking! It is time to take a look at the glorious food we had the opportunity to taste.
Grilled meat and chicken served with farofa – Fogo da Chao
Taquitos con mole negro – El Nopal Oaxacan Restaurant
Gringa – El Nopal Oaxacan Restaurant
Taquito with fiery salsa
Sonora dog – Pocho’s Tacos
Carnitas torta – Pocho’s Tacos
Poke infused with Latin flavors – The Poke Shack
Ensalada (means salad in Spanish but it is a Salvadoran beverage consisting of pineapple or passion fruit juice and pieces of fruit and herbs) – Los Molcajes
Pupusa revuelta (mixed pupusa), yuca con chicharron (cassava with pork rinds) y empanada (mashed sweet plantains filled with vanilla custard) – Los Molcajes
Carnitas taco – Northgate Market
Marlin taco – Coni’s Seafood
Ceviche tostada – Coni’s Seafood
Horchata cupcake – Viva los Cupcakes
Squash taco – Mas Malo
Smoked Gouda and mozzarella empanada with pepper jelly – Soca Chef
Tres leches, coconut kiss and sweet empanada
Barbacoa tacos – Aqui es Texcoco
Ropa vieja (stewed shredded beef), coconut rice and fried sweet plantain
Jamon Iberico Pata Negra – Master Carver Pedro Liebana
Lucuma (Peruvian fruit) ice cream – Pops
Organic apple sauce – North Coast
Coconut Water – Obrigado
Assortment of chips – Rise Buddy
Basmati rice with pineapple and raisins – Mahatma
Tacos al pastor – Big Green Egg
Group Mestizo was in charge of the live music (tropical rhythms, of course)
And, what better way to finish the day by strolling along the Santa Monica Pier (only a few steps from the festival location)
- Find more information about the event: http://latinfoodfest.com/
- I suggest signing for the event’s newsletter. In that way, you can keep up with the latest news, discounts and last minute additions to the lineups.
- San Diego – August 18-19, 2017
- Orange County – November 10-11, 2017
Have you attended the Latin Food Fest? What would you like to try?
The good news is that you can prepare some of your favorite festival foods at home. Check out this site for some of the best cooking gear.