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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Man Down! Man Down!

A moment of silence as we celebrate the life of Carmen Rocha, the woman, waitress (read: myth/legend) who introduced L.A. to nachos.

That's right. NPR reports that the late Rocha "started working at El Cholo Mexican restaurant in 1959. She brought a special treat from Texas: tortilla wedges, shredded cheddar cheese and slices of jalapeno pepper. One cookbook writer told the Los Angeles Times, 'If they were called 'Carmens,' not nachos, her name would be remembered forever.'" I think this is something we all can agree with.

Next time you're in L.A., visit, order and pay respects:

El Cholo
1121 S. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(323) 734-2773

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