LA Times: Carlos Salgado’s Taco María is The Times’ 2018 Restaurant of the Year

Yet no restaurant in years may have had quite the impact that Taco María and its chef Carlos Salgado have had on the Southern California scene. The restaurant, which serves tasting menus of Salgado’s Mexican-influenced cooking, is at the center of a culinary movement that seems to grow in importance each year. By regarding tortillas with a seriousness familiar to any fanatical French baker, by using perfect seasonal produce and by treating regional Mexican dishes with both imagination and respect, Salgado has propelled California-Mexican cooking into the jet stream of abstracted modernist cuisine.

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OC Register: Taco Maria’s Chef Carlos Salgado Singled Best Chef: West

Two Orange County restaurants and one chef were recognized as semifinalists in the prestigious James Beard Awards honoring industry professionals, the Beard Foundation announced Wednesday.

 Studio at the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach will compete in the outstanding wine program category and Marche Moderne will be a contender in the outstanding service race. (Marche is currently closed as it is relocating from Costa Mesa to Newport Beach. It is scheduled to reopen this spring.)

LA Times: Celebrated Taco Maria chef heads to Palm Springs

Desert tacos: Chef Carlos Salgado, whose Costa Mesa restaurant Taco Maria has been among the top five restaurants on Jonathan Gold’s best restaurants list for the last two years, is heading to the desert. Salgado was recently named a culinary partner at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs, and he’ll be responsible for revamping the hotel restaurant and bar. The chef took over for Brooklyn’s Five Leaves, the hotel’s former food and beverage partner. Salgado’s new menus will be available Feb. 1. 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, (760) 325-9900, www.acehotel.com/palmsprings

 

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CBS LA: Susie Cakes Best Place For Cupcakes In Orange County

susie-cakesSusie Cakes has made quite the impression on Southern California residents (Northern California too), these days. In fact, in just a matter of years, they have expanded their dessert operation to include multiple locations throughout OC, including Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, and Laguna Niguel in Orange County alone. LA offers several locations too. What’s so good about the desserts here? Well, everything of course. SusieCakes is an all-American bakery offering home-style dessert favorites baked entirely from scratch. Their signature cupcakes include daily selections like vanilla with pastel vanilla frosting, chocolate chocolate, fluffy coconut, luscious lemon, strawberry, mocha, peanut butter, red velvet and chocolate mint. But, if that’s not enough for you, they also offer seasonal offerings during the holidays and will even create a custom made cupcake for you. Want a miniature cupcake? They’ll do that too. Creating bite sized cupcakes topped with any of their butter-creamed frostings is perfect for yourself or for a party. Using the freshest and finest ingredients, their cupcakes are a dessert-lovers dream.

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