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Javier Cabral

Javier Cabral


Freelance writer and photographer born and raised in East Los Angeles. I report on food, booze, punk rock and culture. Follow @theglutster.

Javier has been writing about food and its culture since he was 16 years old. He's written a cover story on Mexican cooking with original recipes for Saveur Magazine and is a restaurant scout for LA Times. He is a proud new contributor to Serious Eats and is ready to cover the thriving Los Angeles food scene as well as divulge some neighborhood gems.

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  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Favorite foods: Ceviche, pulque, durian, nopales, mezcal, beans, handmade tortillas, unpasteurized cheeses and daiya too, mochi, vegenaise...seeing a trend here?
  • Last bite on earth: A clay bowl filled with steaming al dente pinto beans from the latest harvest and a side of wild nopales in red chile. Served with toasted handmade tortillas and a wedge of aged, unpasteurized Mexican cheese from my parent's Zacatecas ranch, at room temp. Hey, you asked.

Where to Buy Mexican Ingredients in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has the highest population of Mexicans in the United States, with the eats to prove it. When you're done completely redefining your regional Mexican food palate by taco touring your way through this sprawling city, there may come a time when you will want to start experimenting with your very own carne asada and long-braised lamb barbacoas at home. When this time comes, you can rest assured that the hundreds of Mexican markets, corner stores, and even some major local supermarket chains will have your back. Here's where to go for the best tortillas, produce, meats, dairy, and more. More

Los Angeles Chefs Bring Their Top Game to The Taste's 'Flavors of LA'

Warm weather and fantastic food welcomed guests to Saturday evening's The Taste: Flavors of LA, theatrically staged in the magical Paramount Studios movie backlot. Organized by the Los Angeles Times, it was but one of The Taste's five food events held over the three-day weekend; it was also the first to sell out, to a hungry crowd of 2,000. See some of our favorite bites in the slideshow! More

6 Refreshing Ceviches Around LA

Summer in Los Angeles: sure, you can dismiss it as a "dry heat," but it's still plenty hot. That's where the refreshing ceviches from the multitude of Latin American cultures who call this city home step in, offering relief in the form of raw fish tossed with an acidic marinade. Here are six ceviches around town that are all but guaranteed to keep you cool. ¡Provecho! More

Great Ethiopian Eats at Azla in South Los Angeles

An Ethiopian restaurant outside of Little Ethiopia's restaurant row in Los Angeles? Now, there's a thought! There aren't many of them in this town, but Azla, a new family-run operation in South LA's Mercado La Paloma food court, is making a name for itself with excellent homestyle Ethiopian eats. Full disclosure: this place is vegan. But hey, so is a lot of Ethiopian food by default, so don't trip out just yet. More

Where to Buy Mexican Ingredients in Los Angeles

@wetdog2 Doh! Forgot to address the common huitlacoche problem! First of all, it's considered an unwanted plague here in the US, so you basically can't get it fresh, ever. For a jarred version that will do the trick, check out "Mercado Mexico" in Boyle Heights, on Whittier Blvd. (3554 Whittier Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90023). Let me know if you find them there, they should have them unless they sell out. Good luck!

Bonavita's Porcelain Immersion Coffee Dripper: The Best of All Worlds?

@swagv And your "trusted stand-bys" being ?

Asian Street Food and Hawker Fare at 626 Night Market, Los Angeles

Thanks Robyn! Glad to be part of the team finally. It took me long enough, right? Haha. Cheers.

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