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Where to Buy Tamales for Christmas Eve

Tamales (photo by Yvonne Condes)

Tamales are a traditional Christmas Eve dinner in Mexico and in plenty of homes in Los Angeles as well, including my own. And it’s no surprise, given how delicious they are and what a perfect comfort food they are to share with family and friends. They can also be made with fillings that work for Vegetarians, Vegans and those who are Gluten-Free. Perfect for Angelenos, who all have a different ... Read More »

Latkes for Hanukkah: Five Places in Los Angeles to Buy

Menorah in Los Angeles

Happy Hannukah, Los Angeles! Hannukah begins tonight at sundown and lasts for eight nights, during which time it is customary to eat Latkes (or potato pancakes) along with many other traditions, of course. Here’s a list of a few places to get Latkes in Los Angeles this season – other than your own kitchen.   Linda’s Gourmet Latkes These Latkes can be shipped to you anywhere in the US (Alaska ... Read More »

Hotcakes Bakes: A Mom’s Empire Launches

Elfie Weiss at Hotcakes Bakes

In a little bakery in the del Rey neighborhood of Los Angeles, a Single Mom is giving birth to an empire, and it’s going to be delicious. Elfie Weiss, the owner of Hotcakes Bakes, is poised to grow her business with the addition of a bread bakery and a café (and there are even plans for gelato) – and once she conquers all that, she plans to expand across SoCal. ... Read More »

100 Days of Real Food Cookbook Review

100 Days of Real Food Cookbook Cover

Sarah was given a sample cookbook for review. All opinions about it are her own. This post contains affiliate links. The 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook is based on the very popular blog of the same name. Lisa Leake, the cookbook and blog author, decided her family’s eating needed to be overhauled after seeing Michael Pollan speak about our food supply on an episode of Oprah. Once she learned ... Read More »

Date Night at Riviera 31


I talk about this a lot, but it’s not easy for my husband and I to get away for a date night. That made the invitation to a happy hour cocktail tasting at Riviera 31 Lounge at the Sofitel Hotel that much more exciting. We decided to ask our friends, who we do babysitting trades with, to watch our kids for a couple of hours and we went out. It ... Read More »

Q & A with Celebrity Chef Richard Sandoval


Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur Richard Sandoval shared some of the recipes he created using Abuelita chocolate at El Super market in Paramount last week. I wasn’t able to attend, but I was able to do a Q & A with Sandoval about why he wanted to work with Abuelita and what the upcoming holiday, Dia de los Muertos, means to him. Yvonne: Why did you want to do this campaign ... Read More »

Jelly Shots? Yes! From Ludlows Cocktail Co.

Ludlows Cocktail Co jello shots

Ludlows Cocktail Co. is on a Mission: to Reinvent the Jello Shot. So they have introduced their version, called the Jelly Shots, in 5 flavors: Planter’s Punch, Meyer Lemon Drop, Moscow Mule, Fresh Lime Margarita and an Old Fashioned. MomsLA got a chance to sample the shots recently and we are now big fans. Does it help that they are made with all natural ingredients, no preservatives, and no artificial ... Read More »

La Lechera Challenge


My partner and I eagerly opened up the contents of our box for the La Lechera Cooking Challenge. Inside, we found almond milk, tapioca pearls, hard peaches, dried apricots, basil and, of course, La Lachera sweetened condensed milk and dulce de leche. What could we possibly make out of that? Chef Pati Jinich of Pati’s Mexican Table filled us in on the rules last week at Surfas in Culver City. Our ... Read More »

Hermosa Beach Fish Shop Review

my family selfie at dinner Hermosa Beach Fish Shop Sarah Auerswald

Hermosa Beach is full of surfers, people who like to be near surfers, some of the most beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean in the world, and now a terrific family restaurant as well: Hermosa Beach Fish Shop. My family got to sample the food at Hermosa Beach Fish Shop and we really enjoyed ourselves. The food was delicious and the atmosphere is very comfortable. The Food The first thing you ... Read More »

Date Night at Bacari PDR

beet salad at Bacari PDR

I had a romantic dinner date with my husband at Bacari PDR recently, and let me tell you, it was about time. It’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day busy-ness of life and routine food and forget about dating the man you fell in love with, not to mention the food you fell in love over. And luckily for me, both my husband and Bacari PDR are terrific and worth ... Read More »