The Los Angeles house music legend takes us around her culinary world…
Your perfect breakfast would be…
Pan con tomate y Jamon Iberico de Bellota. You are making me hungry!
The most unusual thing I have ever eaten…
Turtle meat, it was actually very delicious and soft. It melted in my mouth.
The dish that reminds me of my childhood…
Arroz con huevo for breakfast and for dinner, surprisingly enough I still love it (rice with eggs).
Who taught you to cook?
No one I am self taught, cooking is something that comes naturally for me. I really enjoy it, it relaxes me.
Your favourite 3 restaurants in your home town/city
Iroha Sushi – the food is AMAZING!!! And super fresh, it almost feels like a tucked-away house in Japan (and the service is magnificent, which in Los Angeles it’s hard to find). My husband took me to this place when I first came to the USA and let’s just say that I am a regular at this spot!
Asanebo – (Sushi) – again the food is super fresh and they have the most interesting dishes. It’s pure creativity and all about the presentation, it’s food art. This place is perfect for people with adventurous taste in food. I fully recommend it, definitely one of the greats!
Vincenzo Ristorante Italiano – is definitely one of my favorites with his specialty “Spaghetti Vincenzo”. Vincenzo has been breaking ground in the Los Angeles Westside Italian gastronomy for more than 20 years. This one is definitely a must if you are in the States.
5 other restaurants from around the world you love.
Puerto Sagua – in the heart of Miami (SOBE) is one of my favorite places. Their authentic Cuban cuisine would have you coming back for more.
Beauty and Essex – is in the Lower East side of Manhattan, the restaurant is beautiful and the food is outstanding.
…but what makes it even cooler is that it has a hidden entrance in a pawn shop which makes it a bit trendy drawing a glam kind of crowd. A place you can’t miss if you are in NYC. The place is owned by good friend celebrity chef Chris Santos.
Joe’s Pizza – Joe’s is best known for it’s authentic New York-style pizza. It is a must if you are in NY. They have locations in LA and around NY but the original, on Bleeker St in NYC is the best!
Taberna Mas Al Sur – en Madrid, great food and people!
Tao (Las Vegas) – great food that incorporates tastes from China, Japan and Thailand. Represents Vegas perfectly!
Your guilty pleasure food. You know you shouldn’t but you always do…
The Tres Leches cake from Portos Cuban Restaurant in Burbank, CA! Yes please!
What is your signature dish?
My signature traditional Spanish tortilla de patatas, that my step-father taught me how to make when I was a teenager in Spain.
If you could have a master-class with a celebrity chef, who’d you pick and why?
Chris Santos! To be able to make AMAZING food is an art that not many people have. Chris is one of the few people that truly amazes me with his recipes and how he turns a traditional dish into a Chris Santos signature dish. The food in his restaurants is just INCREDIBLE!
Dead or alive – 3 famous people you would invite around for dinner…
- John Lennon, because he was a musical genus and a social-political activist.
- Mick Jagger, because when he performs, he is not really performing but instead he becomes truly free
- Martin Luther king, because he has the heart of a lion.
- And Mother Teresa, I would like to ask her what is in the other side?
I know the question was 3 people, but I have too many questions!
A dish you have yet to master…
The secret Vincenzo sauce. He gave me the recipe, but it seems I cannot get it right…
Your favourite pizza topping
Pepperoncini, I love it!
Your biggest ever food cook up
I had a BBQ one year in the 4th of July, when I used to live by the beach,and I ended up making 5 times more food than I actually needed. That day, everyone went home with a doggy bag.
The most expensive meal you have ever had?
Last time I was at Mastro’s Ocean Club in Las Vegas. It was worth it!
A dish you just cannot stomach
This is not a dish, its an ingredient. I can’t stand BBQ sauce, I just really really don’t like it. I feel like when BBQ sauce is on your food, you cannot taste the actual food but you are covering the taste with a bunch of chemicals and sugar. Sorry for those who like BBQ sauce. It is just not my thing at all.
You get in from the club pissed, dive in the fridge and usually come out with…?
I do not drink alcohol, so I never get home “Pissed” hahaha! I usually pick up Joe’s pizza on my way home, when I get home I top it with Pepperoncini, and ready to enjoy!
The most disgusting thing you have ever eaten at a festival
A hot dog, omg nooooooooo! I usually love hot dogs, but this one was bad!
The last time you used a cook book for a meal…
Last weekend, I was looking up a breakfast dish, I remember It had, baguette, egg, spinach, ricotta cheese, etc. It was really good.
My favourite restaurants on the island…
Hard to say. I grew up in Madrid so I am a big fan of the Mediterranean flavour. La Bodega is on the top of my list when I am in Ibiza.
The best sunset spot for a cold drink…
I’m a big hiker so I would have to pick an outdoor natural environment like San Antonio- Cala Salada. It’s such a beautiful place, perfect to enjoy the sunset away from everything.
A record that always reminds you of Ibiza
So much music is played in Ibiza, over the years so many DJ’s have broke records on this island educating people and teaching them about musicality and the different influences around the world that come together during the summer to the island. It’s hard to pick just one record, I want of think of Ibiza as a vibe, not only a record. Different tracks make me feel connected to people when I am in the island and I want to keep it that way.
Your favourite Ibiza dish
Even though it is not an “Ibiza” dish, it is a Spanish dish, specifically a Galician style dish. Pulpo a la gallega.
The perfect 24 hours in Ibiza would be…
Waking up late, getting together with friends for breakfast, swimming in the ocean and in the late afternoon going out to enjoy quality music with old and new friends and family…