There's at least one national food holiday for every single day of the year, but not all are created equal. National Ceviche Day, which is today's food holiday, is an easy holiday to observe here in Los Angeles -- as both diner and cook, given the vast array of choices in cevicherias and fresh ingredients. Since we've chosen four for a short list of great ceviche dishes, we thought we'd add tips for home cooks interested in trying the dish at home.
Evan Pierce Black bass ceviche
For this, we looked to Octavio Olivas of Ceviche Project, which Olivas runs with his wife Shannon. It's a pop-up fueled by passion for the dish, since the pair have other rather time-consuming careers (he's a lawyer; she's in investor relations).
A native of Mexico City turned Angeleno, Olivas has been making ceviche since childhood when his father would take the family from one coast of Mexico to the other. Nowadays, the couple often travel to different regions of Central America with an agenda of trying new ceviches, going to as many as 10 different restaurants on each trip. It explains how he has, with the exception of an oysters mignonette starter, never repeated a recipe on his 5-course menus. Turn the page for his tips on what to keep in mind when making ceviche at home.More »