Boozy Brunch At Toca Madera LA

Boozy Brunch At Toca Madera LA

If you’re from Southern California and spent any time away from it, you know that Mexican cuisine withdrawal is real!  My earliest taco memory is an original hard-shelled taco from Taco Bell, which, by the way, has been voted America’s Best Mexican restaurant in the 2018 Harris Poll.  Today, Mexican dishes are a staple in my weekly food rotation.  Having been a loyal customer since 1984, my neighborhood take-out and I are on a first name basis.  Direct from the airport it is my first stop when returning from a long trip.  My welcome home meal is invariably the “Studio Plate”, white rice, grilled chicken, black beans, Caesar salad, served with house-made corn tortillas.  Simple, healthy and delicious!

5 Healthy & Hearty Power Bowls to Eat This Spring

5 Healthy & Hearty Power Bowls to Eat This Spring

This bowl is all about bold Mexican flavors—spicy-sweet corn, creamy black beans, vegetable-flecked quinoa—and it’s just as delicious if you replace the chicken with your favorite tofu. All of this goodness was inspired by a popular bowl served at the California-based chain Tocaya Organica.

Charity Johnston Of Toca Madera Tells Us Where To Drink In L.A.

Charity Johnston Of Toca Madera Tells Us Where To Drink In L.A.

After working at some of L.A.’s top bars, Johnston was ready to tackle her own program — times two. She heads up the bar programs at Tocaya Organica and Toca Madera. Are you a fan of the classics? Charity has your margaritas and aguas frescas. Are you possessed of an adventurous palate? Activated charcoal agave, pineapple tomatillo shrub, and house-made Coca-Cola syrup are just a few of the ingredients you’ll find on the menu now; but stop in frequently! Her drinks are made fresh with seasonal produce and her creativity is boundless. And after you visit her for a drink, we think your enthusiasm for her craft will be boundless too.

Old School Spirits Bring New Dimensions to Bar Menus

Old School Spirits Bring New Dimensions to Bar Menus

“Brown spirits go incredibly with Latin or Mexican food.” Affirms Charity Johnston, beverage director of The Madera Group in Los Angeles. “When you (use) a brown spirit, you get earthy, charred tones, along with vanillas, chocolate and cinnamon. The influence of a barrel can add complexity to a spirit. When I started working for a Mexican concept, I realized I had even more flexibility in some ways.

The Madera Group to open 11 locations by year's end, first overseas store

The Madera Group to open 11 locations by year's end, first overseas store

Expansion is clearly on the near horizon for The Madera Group, which plans to open 11 locations in the U.S. and abroadby the end of 2019.

The Los Angeles-based hospitality company is funding the expansion of is modern organic mexican concept, Tocaya Organica, through a $20.85 million capital investment received last fall from Breakwater Management LP, according to a press release.

Recipe Friday: Tocaya Organica Guacamole

Recipe Friday: Tocaya Organica Guacamole

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party and looking for an easy game day snack, A.j. McCloud, regional chef at Tocaya Organica shares a recipe for guacamole.

What’s the secret to making good guacamole? “It’s texture,” McCloud says. “When you taste store bought guacamole that’s been put through a machine and hasn’t been made by human hands, it’s just like smooth paste.”

7 TEQUILA COCKTAILS TO WARM YOUR BODY AND MIND

7 TEQUILA COCKTAILS TO WARM YOUR BODY AND MIND

It’s cold! And it’s damp, and it’s overcast, and you need something to warm your insides and your spirits. Charity Johnston, Beverage Director for The Madera Group (Toca Madera and Tocaya Organica) to rescue. Charity has put together seven thoughtful tequila cocktails for Drink Me readers, to banish your winter woes and transport you to tequila tranquility.

Healthy food: 13 restaurants for the best power bowls in Phoenix

Healthy food: 13 restaurants for the best power bowls in Phoenix

This new healthy, fast-casual Mexican restaurant just added the Keto Bowl ($13.95) to its menu. It's packed with Spanish-style cauliflower rice, sauteed tri-color peppers, avocado, sauteed garlic Brussels sprouts, Roma tomatoes, black olives and arbol salsa. It’s served with your choice of protein and queso.

Five Cauliflower Dishes to Eat Right Now in San Diego County

Five Cauliflower Dishes to Eat Right Now in San Diego County

The vegan, gluten-free roasted cauliflower at Tocaya Organica is spiced with curry, garlic, and cumin for a delicious alternative to potatoes. While most of the menu has a Mexican flair, the Indian flavors in their cauliflower works nicely as a counterpoint to their main dishes. The fast casual new spot is a good place to get your cauliflower fix when you’re on the go.

November Openings and Closings: More Doughnuts, Barbecue, and Another Whining Pig

November Openings and Closings: More Doughnuts, Barbecue, and Another Whining Pig

Sea bass, carne asada, vegan picadillo, and adobo tofu are being used to create organic Mexican fare at Tocaya Organica. This fast casual restaurant located in Kierland Commons focuses on pairing high-quality ingredients with bold flavors. The versatile menu is rooted in traditional Mexican recipes. A variety of gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options are also available.

The Madera Group secures nearly $21M in funding

The Madera Group secures nearly $21M in funding

Multi-concept restaurant operator The Madera Group has secured nearly $21 million in funding from Breakwater Management to accelerate growth of its chef-driven Mexican food brands.

Madera’s brands include fast-casual Tocaya Organica and fine-dining concepts Toca Madera and Casa Madera. Casa Madera is a coastal lounge concept slated to open its first location in Dubai in partnership with Caesars Entertainment.

The Madera Group secures nearly $21M in funding

The Madera Group secures nearly $21M in funding

Multi-concept restaurant operator The Madera Group has secured nearly $21 million in funding from Breakwater Management to accelerate growth of its chef-driven Mexican food brands.

Madera’s brands include fast-casual Tocaya Organica and fine-dining concepts Toca Madera and Casa Madera. Casa Madera is a coastal lounge concept slated to open its first location in Dubai in partnership with Caesars Entertainment.

Taste Tidbits

Taste Tidbits

Tocaya Organica at Kierland Commons will be hosting “First Round’s on Us” all day on Wednesday, Dec. 5, also known as Neighborhood Appreciation Day. Your first two tacos are free with any purchase of a beverage, side or entrée from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., the deal applies to Tocaya’s Carne Molida, Chicken Tinga, Achiote Chicken, Turkey Picante, Adobo Tofu tacos (upcharges still apply for premium proteins).