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Your Guide to Mexican Independence Day: Lo Más Chingón de Las Fiestas Patrias

BY Remezcla Estaff | PUBLISHED: Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
Your Guide to Mexican Independence Day: Lo Más Chingón de Las Fiestas Patrias

On September 16, 1810 Father Miguel Hidalgo from Dolores, Mexico along with several conspirators – including Iganacio Allende and Doña Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez- rang the bell of his little church, calling everyone to rise up against the Spanish and cast off the 300 years of mostly devastating colonial rule (deadly epidemics that demolished the indigenous population, strict racial stratification, economic exploitation, etc.) This was the beginning of the Mexican Independence War, which lasted 10 years, and was pretty much a total downer. However! The end result – Mexican Independence – not only paved the way for Mexico’s self-determination, it also paved the way for an annual reventón of epic proportions. So it’s really the gift that keeps on giving. Here at Remezcla we want you to celebrate Mexican Independence in true Mexican style – con una corrida de juerga – so we’ve put together a guide for where to Eat/Drink/Party/Scream/Then Drunkenly Eat Some More in your city. ¡Qué viva México, carajo!

NYMIACHILA SF

Los Angeles
FOOD & DRINK GUIDE

The Mexican Día de la Independencia in Los Angeles is anything but ordinary! With a Mexican population exceeding that of most towns and cities in México, you can be sure you will find lots of celebrations around this very latin town. But where to find Mexican food that doesn’t taste like Californian mexican food?- THAT IS A CHALLENGE! Lucky for you, we have this small but amazing guide to places where you will satisfy your craving for a good mexican drink and antojitos:

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LA GUELAGUETZA

guelaguetza3014 West Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 427-0608

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Right in the middle of Koreatown, you will find this gem of a restaurant. It has such a good Oaxacan style menu, that it will be difficult to pick what to eat. We recommend the Botana Oaxaqueña, some Tlayudas, and why not! a plate of crickets to share with your friends, while getting your buzz on with the 2 for 1 margarita special! Or a flight of mezcal tasters. All of their margaritas are made with mezcal, so beware! – they are addictive, especially the Mango Margarita.

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EL CARMEN (Mid-city West)

carmen8138 W Third St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 852-1552

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With the largest tequila and mezcal bar in the city, this place never disappoints! Imagine having to choose from 300 different types of tequila while listening to great music, surrounded by mexican wrestler decor, the kitschiest velvet paintings, and the best nachos in the area. And to celebrate Mexican Independence day, they are having a $5 margarita and $3 Tecate drink special event. Don’t even think of going to this place and not trying their spicy Jalapeño Margarita and carnitas tacos!

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LA CUEVITA (Highland Park)

cuevita5922 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 255-6871

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This little bar is somewhat off the beaten path, but if you like good cocktails, it’s a must! Have you ever tried a Mole Manhattan? or how about a Mezcalada (roasted poblano peer, clamato, mezcal, lime and corona beer)? … No? Neither had we! It will blow your mind. They refer to themselves as an “ Old-World Mexican grotto,” we just refer to them as AMAZING! They have a cute patio with great tacos during the evening, and a little bit of a dark/goth Mexican decor. Oh, and they’ll have a $5 drinks special event until 10 pm, so you can get to try all their exotic mezcal blends.

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PLAYA RIVERA (Mid-City West)

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This is the best on the list, especially if you REALLY want 100% authentic mexican food, love mariscos, and don’t want to take a trip south of the border to get your ceviche fix. Throughout the month of September Play Rivera will be hosting the top names of the culinary revolution of Baja California as guest chefs. This series of cultural exchange events will begin on September 16th, hooray for us! And it kickstarts with the famous Sabina Banderas “La Guerrerense”, the most famous woman in Ensenada. She is bringing to LA her delicious 20 salsas, fish paté, and various exotic tostadas: sea urchin, sea snails, pismo clam, and more traditional ones like octopus, abalone shrimp, etc. This event is not to be missed! After you have tried her creations, you will want to move to Ensenada just to be around the corner from her stand. But what about the drinks in this place? We’ll let them speak for themselves… you are in for a delicious treat! But we will recommend the “A Vicious Rumour” cocktail, with Butter-Washed Mezcal, Fresh Lemon, Peach Brandy, Celery Shrub, Cinnamon Bark Tincture.

So, pick whichever of these fine establishments is nearest to you, because you probably shouldn’t drive after trying these places out, and don’t forget to have a shot of tequila or mezcal while letting out a very enthusiastic: “VIVA MEXICO!”

PARTIES & EVENTS GUIDE
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Writers Bloc Presents Junot Diaz w/ Christian Lander

Thursday, September 13th at 7:30pm at Los Angeles Theater Center
On the week that we celebrate Mexican Independence, it seems somehow fitting that we check out Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz - whose work...
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Viva Lucha Libre w/ Mexican Institute of Sound

Friday, September 14th at 7:00pm at Museum of Latin American Art
What's more Mexican than lucha libre? NOT MUCH! The Museum of Latin American Art hosts a night of lucha, tequila and baile just in time for...
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Las Cafeteras “It’s Time” CD Release Party

Friday, September 14th at 6:00pm at Mariachi Plaza
Orale, Boyle Heights son jarocho outfit Las Cafeteras return in a big way with their latest album, It's Time. The band will celebrate the album's...
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Los Amigos Invisibles

Friday, September 14th from 8:00pm to 10:00pm at Troubador
Remezcla favorites Los Amigos Invisibles play at LA's Troubador. For twenty-one years now, these Venezuelans have  have been revolutionizing latin...
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Fiestas Patrias 2012

Saturday, September 15th at 12:00pm at Plaza Mexico
Plaza Mexico and Univision present the Fiestas Patrias 2012 with El Coyote Y Su Banda Tierra Santa, Hermanos Yaipen and more. Larry Hernandez will...
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The Cumbia Cruise feat. Very Be Careful

Saturday, September 15th at 10:00pm at Grand Romance Riverboat
It's the last Cumbia Cruise of the summer and the year! Join DJs Robert Beltran and Charlie C. as they welcome local act Very Be Careful aboard the...
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Latino Heritage Month at the Autry: Kickoff Celebration!

Saturday, September 15th at 11:00am at Autry National Center
The Autry celebrates the generations of Latinos who have influenced and enriched the American West with a grand celebration to kick off Latino...
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¡Viva México!: A Mexican Independence Day Celebration

Sunday, September 16th at 12:00pm at La Plaza de Cultura y Arte
Head over to La Plaza de Cultura y Arte across from Olvera Street for some Mexican Independence Day fun for the whole family. There'll be plenty to...
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Watch Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs Sergio Martinez

Saturday, September 15th at 6:00pm at
Mexican boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is a "chicken" who avoided tough fights -- despite being a world champion -- to wait, to improve, to get better...
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El Grito Extravaganza w/ El Conjunto Nueva Ola

Saturday, September 15th at 9:00pm at La Cita
Well, this makes perfect sense. Who better to celebrate El Grito De Dolores/Mexican Independence Day with none other than L.A.'s masked men of mayhem...
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Gustavo Arellano Book Reading & Signing

Sunday, September 16th at 2:00pm at Museum of Latin American Art
Join Gustavo Arellano for a reading and Q&A of his newest book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. Known for his witty syndicated...
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Latino Heritage Festival @ MOLAA

Sunday, September 16th at 11:00am at Museum of Latin American Art
Celebrate Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month with this free festival for the whole family at the Museum of Latin American Art. The festival will include...
Curated by Paloma Encinas and Afroxander


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