Upon arrival, J and I prioritized our grubbing and headed straight for the Baja section of the festival, which featured several chefs from the region selected by my good friend Bill of Street Gourmet LA.
Pacific oyster asada with chicharron shortrib, Serrano ponzu and lemongrass foam by Javier Plascencia/Mision 19-- winner of Best in Show and the People's Choice Award.
Mini beef cheek tacos from Javier Plascencia/Casa Plascencia
Uni (sea urchin) tostada from Sabina Bandera/ La Guerrerense-- winner of Best Original Showmanship
With some prodding from Bill and J, this non-adventurous, seafood-fearing gal even sampled oysters and beef cheek! (Didn't like either of them, even with a shot of tequila...)
Other dishes we sampled:
Hawaiian burgers with Grandma's sauce from Waiola Burger
Venison chorizo verde with Serrano relish and goat cheese crema on jicama tortilla from Cacao Mexicatessen
Bibimbap from Moo Dae Po II
Sonoma Lamb Shoulder from Tione's Quality Meats
Cochinita Pibil Taco from La Flor de Yucatan
Moqueca Teste (Brazilian fish stew) from Sabor de Bahia
Taco from Tacos Cuernavaca
Okonomiyaki from Glowfish
Some of my favorites of the fest included:
Vampiro (garlic-infused quesadilla) from Mexicali Taco Company
Quinoa fritters from Border Grill Truck
Tacos dorado de camaron (crunchy shrimp taco) from Mariscos Jalisco
Peruvian Cau Cau (tripe stew) from Picca/Chef Ricardo Zarate-- winner of Best Noveau Street Food
Artisanal shaved ice from Ice Ice Shavie
Everything (alambre taco, mini pambaso and potato taco) from Antojitos Carmen
Julian Cox is, hands down, one of my favorite people in LA because of the incredible drinks he creates. The mixologist was on-hand, serving up two different drinks.
I slurped down the first without snapping a photo and returned for seconds-- the Gin Y Hendricks, a combination of Hendrick's, lime juice, sugar and mint topped with a cucumber espuma.
Congratulations to all of the winners and to those who hosted and worked the event. Smooth sailing and delicious eats!