Most of my fondest childhood memories revolve around my family and food. Back in the day growing up in LA on the weekends my parents used to take us to a little Mexican restaurant called La Abeja (The Bee). On a busy street in Cypress Park stood this little inconspicuous restaurant with graffiti style bees. Inside it was a bustling old world filled to the brim with diners. Back back in the days, the restaurant used to be a pharmacy turned store front turned restaurant and remnants of it’s evolution showed. All the typical Mexican trinkets were strewn on the walls, from calendars with the old school Virgin Maria on the cover to vintage Three Stooges photos. The tables were wooden Formica and the chairs were red faux leather. My parents always got the Huevos Rancheros and would occasionally share a menudo. My sister Stephanie always got a quesadilla and I would always get the Cheese Mole Enchiladas. THE. BEST. EVER!! They were soooo cheesy and drowning in mole. I love memories that involve my parents and us sitting a circle whatever the setting may be joking and laughing not realizing that years from then those times would fill our hearts with happiness. It also helps when you have amazing food in front of you. The restaurant still stands there owned by the same family still serving the food of my adolescence.
I wanted to recreate this dish because #1 its delicious and #2 because those flavors take me back to a much simpler time in life. I hope you guys like this one, it comes from the heart.