Monday, February 14

Dinner at Mo-Chica and a Recipe (Peruvian Ceviche)

I was recently invited by The National Honey Board to a Valentines Day dinner at Mo-Chica in downtown LA.  A Peruvian restaurant.  We were fortunate to have Peruvian Chef Ricardo Zárate cook our lovely meal.

 I love learning about cultures through food! And tasting a tiny bit of Peru was amazing.  Chef Zárate  aims to use locally sourced, seasonal and organic ingredients.  This I love.  And will definitely be returning.

My favorite was the ceviche.  I have the recipe to share along with a couple more in upcoming posts and know you will enjoy all the dishes as much I did.  I would have loved to share my own pictures...but ofcoarse...I remembered my camera and forgot the batteries!

with Chef Zárate and Catalina 

This would make a very lovely start to any romantic dinner!

Sea Bass Ceviche

For the ceviche sause:
1/3 cup honey
4 garlic cloves
1/4 red onion
4 stalks of celery
1/8 lb fresh sea bass
1 cup lime juice
1/2 cup coconut juice
1 tbs aji amarillo paste

For the ceviche:
1 lb fresh sea bass, diced
1/2 red onion, sliced
1 tbs chopped cilantro
Red serrano chili (to taste)
salt & pepper (to taste)

In a blender, blend all the ceviche sauce ingredients together.
Mix the ceviche sauce with all the ingredients of the ceviche and them marinate for 15 minutes before serving.
Note: Aji Amarillo paste is a yellow Peruvian chili paste available in Latin supermarkets. You may also use any chili paste of your choice. You can substitute the serrano chili for jalapeño or habanero chili. 

And a drink to enjoy your ceviche with:

Bee's Knees Cocktail
this tastes lovely ( :

1 tablespoon Honey
1/2 shot (2oz) gin
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice

Combine all ingredients and ice and shake vigorously. 
To avoid the honey from clumping.  Add a tad bit of hot water until the honey is dissolved then continue with recipe (this makes 1 serving).


Happy Valentines Day!

*no compensation was given for sharing.  I was invited to Mo-Chica for a lovely dinner and want to share the recipes.  (they are yummy).  
photo credit: The National Honey Board


Laura (Bandida Blog) said...

Ceviche recipe!
I absolutely love Peruvian food, You're so lucky to have a Peruvian restaurant close to you. I was always a big fan of the Lomo Saltado, but I'm happy to bring ceviche into the mix. Thanks for the recipe chica.

I'm so happy you are back and blogging, I truly do love your blog.
Happy V-Day!

Brenda / Mejorando mi Hogar said...

Wow I have never tried Peruvian ceviche, I love Mexican Ceviche but I have to try this one, Sounds deli!!

Hope you had a great time in Mexican Rivera!

Have a happy Valentine's day!!

Connie Leon said...

OMG! I LOOOOVE PERUVIAN CEVICHE!!!!! We used to have the best little oyster bar not far from our house where the owner was Peruvian and made the BEST ceviche and secret spicy habanero sauce...TO DIE FOR! Well he passed the receipes on to my brother-in-law who used to work with he makes it... and then the P.ceviche fever caught on and now my Father in law and Hubby's uncles make it as well... OMG..I LOVE IT... Last time we had it was SuperBowl Sunday...and now I am gonna have to have it! lol.. I am 32 weeks pregnant...and by the way... we are Mexican....hehehehe... it's the best! :D Have you had Cuban and Colombian food....aggghhhh it's great also! lol..I love living in Houston..SOOO MANY CULTURES AND FOOOOOOODDD!!! :D

Catalina said...

Loved that you were there too! The ceviche was one of my favorites of the evening. I've been craving to go back so my guys can taste it too.


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