Haven Of Hot Sauce: Light My Fire
Tantamount to St. Paddy’s in the Northeast, Cinco de Mayo in So-Cal causes whole-hearted celebration. Even if many are ignorant to the meaning of the respective holidays, it’s all about the party. A flavorful fiesta rules Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles, saturated by boisterous bars streaming cold Mexican brews and margaritas, plus can’t-beat-low-cost-tacos. However, if drunken crowds bother, take matters into your own hands…
When making a meal for Cinco de Mayo, enhance it with ass-kicking hot sauce, literally. Adjacent to the Grove in the original Farmer’s Market, Light My Fire keeps a sense of humor while carving out a niche of bottled hot sauce, marinades, mustards, and even popcorn! Weave your way through ample tourists and food-vendors-galore to this tiny shop that resembles a specialty catalogue of hard-hitting condiments. Follow their spice-scale 1-4 (wimpy, Cholula-level), 5-8 (much more bite) and 9-10++ (freakin’ painful) to your eventual desire.
Light My Fire satisfies all spice needs, sourcing small batch suppliers from around the globe. So light a spark in salsa or tacos, fire up shrimp from a soak in harissa-jalapeno...or kick up goat cheese spread on toast with habanero-raspberry-jelly-love—the name and taste blew us and our guests away, packing a punch most cheese plates fail to carry. Oh, and to avoid getting hot and bothered this May 5th, keep plenty of beer on hand to extinguish. Ole!
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