rodeo-drive-03October has to be one of the most delightful months of the year. Ideal weather tops the reasons. It is Good-bye to Summer as Rodeo Drive comes back to life.

David, owner and chef at Mariachi’s and Tequila is re-opening after the summer hiatus and we’re anxiously waiting to see what surprises he has in store this year. A wonderful menu featuring great food, wonderful service and charming atmosphere- definitely something not to be missed. On Saturday the 8th he’s treating his patrons to live music along with his gastronomic delights.

The highlight of the month is the “Dia de los Muertos” [or Day of the Dead] celebration which coincides with Halloween, that is celebrated in the United States. Celebrated throughout Mexico, it honors the dead with festivals and happy celebrations. Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl, the Aztec Queen of the underworld and ruler over the afterlife.

The custom was combined with the Catholic All Saints Day and All Souls Day brought to the region by Spanish conquistadores.

Thinking the dead would be insulted by mourning and sadness they celebrate the lives of the deceased with food, drink and parties that are to help support their friends and family who have died on their spiritual journey.

Rodeo Drive, being always up for a party, does its own celebration for the day. You can see special alters and Katrinas (skeletons dressed as beautiful women) up and down the street. The celebration on Rodeo Drive is usually the last weekend in October. You can go to Mexican Rodeo Drive on Facebook for dates and times.

Now if all this isn’t enough wait until you see the new murals up and down the street. Perfect photo ops are everywhere you look. Always friendly merchants, outstanding selection and best prices in town. See you on the Drive.