'Vista L.A.' broadcast Dec. 27

Originally aired Sun., Dec. 27, at 11:30 a.m.
LOS ANGELES Here's some information from the show:

The new flavor of Mexico

It seems like everyone in L.A. loves Mexican food, but it's more than just tacos and burritos being served up at some local favorites. Vista L.A. visited three Mexican restaurants expanding the palette. Guelaguetza Restaurants serve regional dishes from the state of Oaxaca in Southern Mexico. The first Loteria Grill Restaurant opened its doors in 2002 at L.A.'s Original Farmers Market. In 2008, Loteria Grill Chef/Owner Jimmy Shaw opened a second location in Hollywood. In downtown Los Angeles, renowned chef John Rivera Sedlar is serving up his own brand of modern Latino cooking at Rivera Restaurant, who also uses his restaurant as a vehicle to educate people about Latino cuisine and elevate it to what he calls its proper place in the culinary world.

Guelaguetza Restaurants

3014 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 427-0608

Plaza Mexico
11215 Long Beach Blvd #1010
(310) 884-9234

8th Street
3337 1/2 W. 8th Street
Los Angeles CA 90005
(213) 427-0601

Loteria Grill
Original Farmers Market
6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 930-2211

6627 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 465-2500

Rivera Restaurant

Downtown LA
1050 S. Flower St. #102
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 749-1460

Besame beauty

Gabriela Hernandez, a local artist, is the creator of Bésame, a vintage-inspired line of cosmetics. She has found her niche combining Latino roots and classic Hollywood.

For more information, including a list of boutiques where you can purchase Bésame, click here: Besame Cosmetics

Remembering Ricardo Montalban

Vista L.A. pays tribute to the life and career of the Latino Hollywood legend Ricardo Montalban, who passed away earlier this year. In a distinguished career spanning seven decades, Montalban made well over one hundred film and television appearances. He will perhaps be most remembered for his iconic role as Mr. Roarke on the long-running television show, Fantasy Island. Others will remember him as the menacing Khan in the Star Trek movies or from his role on the Robert Rodriguez "Spy Kids" trilogy. In 1970, Ricardo Montalban founded the "Nosotros" organization to help open doors for Latino actors in Hollywood. Ricardo Montalban passed away on January 14, 2009.

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