Baja Tacos at El Segundo Sol

Executive chef Terry Lynch says these tacos were “inspired from many a sunny and surfy trip to the Baja peninsula. This sort of Baja taco and a cold beer has been a great way to recover from a day in the ocean.” Mahimahi is seasoned with a Baja rub (brown sugar, cumin, cayenne and oregano), dipped in tempura beer batter and fried. Assemble the tacos yourself with house-made corn tortillas, shredded cabbage in lime vinaigrette, chipotle chili crema and roasted tomatillo-serrano salsa. Also served with cilantro rice and Oaxacan black beans. $16, in Fashion Show, 258-1211.

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Giovanni Mauro

Giovanni Mauro

By Max Jacobson

For those of us who maintain a connection between fine dining and music, I offer, as an example, Giovanni Mauro. He’s the son of Italian parents who run the locals’ favorite Nora’s Cuisine, 6020 W. Flamingo Road, and he’s one of the most passionate Italian chefs in the city. Gio, as everyone calls him, studied opera at Long Beach State University and later in Milan with famed tenor Carlo Bergonzi. He’s fluent in both Italian and Italian cooking. Today, he expends most of his energy at Nora’s Wine Bar & Osteria in Boca Park.



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