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The Story Of FRIDA

8 Mar

For the record, we love getting feedback from our fans on social media. And one question that continues to come up is about the “history” of the restaurants. Where did they originate from? How did FRIDA get started? Well, the FRIMEX Blogs are a perfect forum to address the questions and that’s what we plan to do right now! 🙂

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As you probably know, the visionary behind FRIDA’s restaurants is Vicente Del Rio. Born and raised in the central valley of Mexico, he grew up on the country’s traditional recipes. Vicente’s passions stemmed from authentic entrees like Chile en Nogada, Tacos Del Guero and Mole Poblano (just to name a few).

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And he didn’t just enjoy the taste of these delicacies, he enjoyed the “science” behind them. That is to say, the intricacies that went into every dish (every spice, every corn kernel, every poblano). So by the time Vicente was a university student in Mexico City, he was already running his own small taqueria!

It was during this time that the earliest FRIDA concept was born. While in Mexico, Vicente began searching for a visual component to complement his growing restaurant businesses. Something artistic, yet tied to the country’s culture and cuisine. The answer: Frida Kahlo!

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Though you may not know it, Frida Kahlo was an amazing cook and greatly valued the ingredients and flavors of Mexican cuisine. She also represents some of the country’s finest traditions and helped it gain international recognition through her art and expressionism. So when Vicente ultimately moved to Los Angeles and launched his restaurant in Beverly Hills, he never forgot the magic of FRIDA!

In 2002, everything took shape. The first restaurant opened on Beverly Drive, taking Vicente’s mission to blend great food, great art and great customer service. Soon critics and fans alike were spreading the word. It even became a hot spot for local tourists and LA celebs.

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The menu, of course, is what sealed the deal and brought people back over and over again. So after 10 great years running the Beverly Hills restaurant, Vicente decided to expand FRIDA to Westwood (originally known as CASA AZUL); carefully picking a location in the heart of the Village. What made this location unique was that it allowed for a larger dining room, a bigger bar and more HDTV’s! Before long, FRIDA Westwood became a haven for sports events, happy hours and an all-you-can-eat brunch!

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Which leads to the next big question: After two successful FRIDA locations, will there be a third? Never say never! Vicente is clearly not finished with his passions and if you ever see him at the restaurant, feel free to say hi and share your thoughts.

Who knows? You may have the next idea for FRIDA Restaurant #3!

 

FRIDA’s New Site Is Up And Running!

2 Mar

Big news everyone! Our website has gone through a major overhaul and is now completely redesigned to make the FRIDA experience even better.

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Visit FridaRestaurant.com and you’ll be able to learn about what goes into our amazing entrees. You’ll also be able to access details on our signature cocktails, our Sunday Brunch, our tasty desserts and the people behind FRIDA!

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We’ve got profile pics of the whole team and a nice backstory on our founder Vicente Del Rio and his inspirations for creating the restaurant. And that’s not all…There are also updates on our daily Happy Hour specials, details on upcoming events and a BRAND NEW FEATURE that lets you reserve your seating online.

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The site is completely mobile too and can be accessed just as easily from an iPad or Smartphone. So scroll through our amazing dishes, then head over to Beverly Hills or Westwood and enjoy some authentic Mexican Cuisine!

Thanks To All Who Joined Us For TASTE OF MEXICO 2013!

17 Oct

What an incredible Friday we had last week. To our delight, hundreds of Mexican food fans descended upon LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes for TASTE OF MEXICO 2013. The turnout was spectacular and included guests from all across Southern California.

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To our sheer delight, Mexican Ambassador Eduardo Medina-Mora kicked off the event with an impassioned speech about Mexican culture and its impact on Los Angeles. From there, the famous TOM chefs gathered for photo opps and meet-and-greets, sharing “trade secrets” with dozens of fans.

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Our own Vicente Del Rio proved to be quite popular, getting interviewed for local news outlets and proudly shaking hands with a huge line of FRIDA fans. As for our comida selections, we proudly served up our famous Carnitas, Pollo and Steak Tacos and had delicious ceviche samplings (much like what you’ll find at the FRIDA Westwood Brunch).

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Fans made sure to show their FRIDA love, even donning apparel inspired by our famous namesake.

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One huge highlight was getting the opportunity to hang with our friend Kate Del Castillo. One of Spanish television’s most popular stars, “La Reina Del Sur” couldn’t have been more gracious. She happily posed with fans and scored us quite a few ReTweets from her picture with Vicente.

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Those who follow us on Twitter got live updates throughout the night, highlighting everything from the mariachi singers, to the lively speeches, to the delicious appetizers served by our fellow #TOM participants.

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Overall, it was a fantastic night and one that we intend on repeating year after year! To everyone who stayed until the end, we hope you enjoyed your goodie bags. And to those who couldn’t make it out, stay tuned for details on TASTE OF MEXICO 2014!

FRIDA’s Restaurants Partner Up For ‘The Taste’

6 Aug

Have you made your Labor Day plans yet? Well cancel them immediately because we want to see you at the Paramount Lot September 1-3 for the 2nd annual L.A. Times TASTE Event! A true “feast” for the eyes and salivary glands, THE TASTE promises to deliver every type of culinary creation possible…and a ton of goodies from the FRIDA kitchen.

Joining with our buddies from the TASTE OF MEXICO (La Monarca, Guelaguetza and La Casita Mexicana), the FRIDA fam will be front and center for all three days of the event. Expect to see items from our CASA AZUL and FRIDA TACOS menus, as well as some “special” surprises (wink, wink). We’ll also be hanging with legendary foodie Jonathan Gold for Saturday’s “Flavors of L.A.” event.

And keep in mind, THE TASTE encompasses a lot more than appetizer samplers. This massive event hosts reps from 40 of So Cal’s top restaurants and has daily happenings like “Cocktail Confidential” and “Field To Fork.” There will also be tons of celebrity chefs in the house, including our very own Vicente Del Rio! So if you’ve got questions about how to cook up a homemade FRIDA quesadilla, don’t be afraid to ask.

Truth be told, we are absolutely thrilled to be part of this historic event and would love for you to join us. And best of all, it’s a only a small hint of things to come. That’s right, this November the TASTE OF MEXICO is coming back in a major way. But before all that goes down, bring your appetite to Paramount Studios on Labor Day weekend. You won’t regret it!

Click here to pick up your tickets for THE TASTE today!