I was loving the weather this past weekend in Los Angeles. At one time, I may have been one of those annoying Midwest ex-pats that complained about “missing the seasons,” but let’s be honest: Heat wave after heat wave into October does not a City of Angels make. We finally get to bring out the boots and maybe even sweaters. Late October is better than never, as they say.
Inspired by the grey clouds as well as the feeling that we Southern Californians will always have one foot in the sunshine, I recalled Mo-Chica’s Quinotto – a quinoa-mushroom dish that invokes the consistency and tastes of a mushroom risotto. Drizzled with parsley-infused oil, this savory dish is perfect for the grey clouds that have been finally adorning our skies.
Unlike risotto, you’ll find yourself satisfied with its rich flavor profile but not too weighted with the richness of rice. And where better to enjoy quinoa than at Ricardo Zarate’s fast-paced Peruvian restaurant in the heart of Downtown LA? After all, quinoa is basically old news for Peruvians. It’s also perfect for herbivores and omnivores – and nutrition nuts – alike, since quinoa is a complete protein (not to mention fiber, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and even calcium). The wild mushrooms bring in a ton of savory flavor robust enough to satisfy anyone.
Have it for lunch – the Comida Lunch Special is only $15 and comes with 2 sides: rice and a dessert, or have it for dinner as an entree. The choice on how to welcome fall to Los Angeles is yours.