Montejo, Manny Mota + Mariachi

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#VivaMontejo raisedbyculture.com

You can’t visit Dodger Stadium and not fall in love with one of LA’s most iconic landmarks. I went to my first game a few months ago and it was love at first sight. The historic ballpark is home to Hall of Famers, no-hitters, MVPs and Cy Young Award winners. And since 2014, home to Montejo, the official beer sponsor of the ballpark. Beer and baseball, the perfect match. So when you get an invite to attend a tailgate dinner on the field prepared by Chef Eddie Ruiz of Corazón y Miel, you don’t say no. You thank the Universe and start a countdown clock. This would soon be my favorite night of summer, celebrating my new favorite M’s: Montejo, Manny Mota + Mariachi.

A tour of Dodger Stadium gave us a peek in the clubhouse. No cameras allowed for the players’ privacy. I asked the guard for chisme, bet you wanna know what he said. Saw the World Series trophies, MVP, Cy Young, Silver Slugger and Rookie of the Year awards.

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This bobble head display case was just outside the clubhouse doors, packed with hundreds of these from over the years. I kinda favor the old school vintage ones over the modern realistic bobbles. #VivaMontejo raisedbyculture.com

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Me and Dodgers Legend Manny Mota in the dugout!!! Thems the phones behind us. #VivaMontejo raisedbyculture.com

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#VivaMontejo raisedbyculture.com

And now we feast! The whole menu was inspired and prepared with Montejo, a golden lager beer with more than 100 years of Mexican brewing tradition. New to the US only last year. If you can find it, get it. Montejo is brewed at Cerveceria Modelo S. de R.L. de C.V. in Tuxtepec, Oaxaca, Mexico. Chef Eddie Ruiz knows food and he knows beer, I’ve never eaten so good. Taking tailgating grub to the next level. #VivaMontejo raisedbyculture.com

Queso Fundido – hongos confitados, chorizo escalfado con Montejo, panela, Oaxaca#VivaMontejo raisedbyculture.com

Hongo Adobado – salsa de barbacoa con Montejo, coliflor silvestre, remoulade, brioche#VivaMontejo raisedbyculture.com

Pescado Con Papas – lubina rebozada con Montejo, crema de malta, papas Kennebec#VivaMontejo raisedbyculture.com

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Gallina Embriagada – gallina en salmuera Montejo, chirivia asada, caramelo, zarcillos de chicharos#VivaMontejo raisedbyculture.com

Gran Bistec – mignoneta con chimichurri, sunchokes, papas peewee#VivaMontejo raisedbyculture.com

Sadly I didn’t get a good picture of dessert. The puff-pastry wrapped fried banana covered in cinnamon con salsa de caramelo hecho con Montejo aka bañuelos was devoured, like all the dishes before it. Gone. I don’t have a favorite dish of the night, they were all good. You know that thing where someone kisses their fingers and gives their regards to the chef, that. I was actually surprised by the hongo adobado. I hate to even admit this but I looked at it like oh, it’s pretty but it’s mushroom. Like how good can a mushroom sandwich be? Well shut me up, it was freakin’ amazing. You are a magician, Chef Ruiz, making me like vegetarian food like that. And the micheladas were on point. Who can I thank for that?

Cause I love you, here is video of the mariachi band.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Montejo. The opinions and text are all mine.

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