It’s been a very busy Christmas season – filled with family, friends, and just a touch of rain. Well, actually about 7 straight days of rain in California. But who's counting...except just about every news station in town. Californians don't do rain very well...or is that just Southern Californians? Humphh, I think there's a really great freeway joke in there somewhere, but I'm still quite loyal to my sun-kissed brethren. (Just don't mess with anyone driving an SUV while balancing a grande latte on the 405 - not for the faint of heart...or really anyone in a SMART car).
Consequently, all this downpour has left lots of time for hot toddies (brandy optional, but not recommended), tree-trimming, and Christmas parties.
My best friend on the planet, who just happens to live in California and who has resisted several small & large-scale PR campaigns (spearheaded by moi of course) to move to France, started a tree-trimming tradition last year of adding ornaments with the initials of friends & loved ones.
The number of letters is starting to swell, but I've staked prominent tree-estate for my T and Maria continues to rock her red M.
Which brings me to another word that has come to round-out the triad of family, friends, and....yes, shockingly, food. And, as always, no complaints here. If I had to choose my favorite food, well, behind French & Italian of course, it would have to be Mexican. And in this case, three is definitely not a crowd; I've got plenty of plate-space for all my top 3 foodie friends - quite generous of me I'd say, getting into the holiday spirit & all...
Enter our visit to Loteria Grill in Studio City last week, where we may or may not have bumped into a retired actor (from ER, but not of the Clooney variety *dang*). Truth be told, we just gawked from afar, and even though I'm quite bold when it comes to taking photos of food, I draw the line at celebrity stalking. No potential lawsuits when snapping a few shots of modest tacos.
Or of this lovely plate of fried bananas. And with the hefty claim of the Best Mexican Food in Los Angeles, Loteria Grill had a lot to live up to - succotash tacos & all. Suffice to say, you had me, and my lovely lunch companion Breana, at slow-roasted pork in banana leaves, and the rest was the stuff (Southern) California dreams are made of.
Happy Holidays & a very Merry Christmas from l'America!