Show 333, July 20, 2019: Proprietor Rob Arellano, Descanso – A Modern Taqueria, Costa Mesa Part Two

Rob Arellano of Descanso RestaurantDescanso is a modern taqueria in that it celebrates authentic Mexican flavors and recipes executed on a traditional plancha and prepared a la minute in front of you, in a full-service setting. Concept creator and proprietor Rob Arellano pulled from his own Mexican heritage to create a never-before-seen restaurant experience rooted in nostalgia and comfort, that speaks to how we live and eat today, You, our guest, will come face to face with the chef as Mexican classics are made to order in a lively setting that brings in the smells, sounds and energy of a busy Mexican town.”

Descanso was recognized as one of Orange Coast Magazine’s 2019 Best New Restaurants.

“The menu at Descanso features artful dishes that successfully marry tradition with modernity. The cuisine is inspired by the Taquerias of Chef Ortega’s childhood. As someone who grew up from humble origins with access to limited ingredients, Chef Ortega is dedicated to cooking with seasonal ingredients, sustainable seafood and humanely raised meats. Salsas are made fresh daily. Meats and vegetables are cooked in front of guests on a traditional plancha. Guests can enjoy tacos, quesadillas, and alambres; made with options ranging from Angus steak, carnitas, pollo and al pastor, to mahi mahi, shrimp and relleno chile.”

Proprietor Rob Arellano continues.


Show 26, April 27, 2013: Wing Lam, co-founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco and Michael Browne, co-founder of Kosta Browne Wines in Sebastopol, CA

Wing Lam of Wahoo's Fish TacosWing Lam is very familiar to Southern Californians because Wahoo’s Fish Taco (which started in Costa Mesa) is currently celebrating their 25th Anniversary in 2013. Wing is also recognizable as the star of his own, long-running Ford Motor Co. van commercial.

In recent years Wing has developed a fondness for fine wines and knows many prominent winemakers.

Kosta Browne Winery (recognized for outstanding Pinot Noir) just opened a showcase winery in Sebastopol in a new commercial development called the Barlow. It’s the site of a former Gravenstein apple pressing facility well-known to the locals. Incredible boutique food businesses, including one of the most prominent farm-to-table restaurants in the area, will be a part of the appealing complex as it’s completed. It will be a destination for foodies!

The majority of the limited production of Kosta Browne Wines is sold to their highly coveted member list. There is a two to three year wait to secure a place on the list. Twice a year members on The List are invited to The Winery to pick-up their allocation of the wines they are qualified to buy.

The rest of their production (and it’s a small part) is available at fine restaurants. Their website has a restaurant locator feature where you can find the fine establishment in your area that have Kosta Browne Wines in their cellar. It’s a great way to taste these premium California vintages.

Dan Kosta and Michael Browne (self-taught winemakers) met as employees at John Ash & Co. restaurant in Santa Rosa. They saved their tips to fund the start of the winery.

As a gesture of appreciation to the winemakers Wing and his crew were at Kosta Browne on April 20th for the release festivities from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. preparing fresh fish tacos and quesadillas for the invited guests of Kosta Browne.