Category: Peruvian

  • Once by Ricardo Zarate at Santino’s

    Once by Ricardo Zarate at Santino’s

    I was a late-comer to Ricardo Zarate‘s cooking, having never dined at Mo-Chica (neither the original at Mercado la Paloma, or at the standalone store where B.S. Taqueria is now) or at Picca when he was still a part of that operation.  The only restaurant of his that I’ve dined at was Paiche and that […]

  • Ceviche Project at Skybar

    Ceviche Project at Skybar

    Last month, I experienced one of those “only in L.A.” moments that I’ve encountered just a handful of times since moving to the left coast over a decade ago.  I found myself at Skybar in the Mondrian Hotel in the heart of West Hollywood, surrounded by beautiful people, enjoying gorgeous seafood paired with fancy cocktails.  […]

  • COCHON 555 Los Angeles 2015

    COCHON 555 Los Angeles 2015

    This past weekend, COCHON 555 descended on the Viceroy hotel in Santa Monica for its 2015 Los Angeles competition, pitting 5 chefs with 5 whole heritage pigs against each other.  The prize was the title of Prince of Porc and to move on to the Grand Cochon competition in Aspen, Colorado, where the winning chefs […]

  • Two Afternoons at Paiche

    Two Afternoons at Paiche

    Paiche, the self-described Peruvian Izakaya by Ricardo Zarate of Mo-Chica/Picca fame, opened in mid-April.  Having never tried either of Zarate’s other two very well regarded restaurants, I was very excited that one of his restaurants was opening in MDR, close to my neck of the woods. On two separate sleepy Saturday afternoons in April I […]