Mariela Rebollo of Barcelona On the Go, Part 1EXPAND
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Mariela Rebollo of Barcelona On the Go, Part 1

We've interviewed the chefs of fancy places, we've interviewed the chefs of hidden holes in the wall, but we've never interviewed the chef of a food truck until now. Mariela Rebollo is the force in the mobile kitchen of Barcelona on the Go, a Spanish food truck that's been prowling the streets of OC serving up great tapas--all they need now is a wine permit. Tune in tomorrow for more questions, and Thursday for a recipe from the chef herself.

OC Weekly: What are six words to describe your food?

Mariela Rebollo: Fresh, traditional, simple, tasteful, quality ingredients, and good presentation.

OCW: What are ten words to describe you?

MR: Innovative, detail-oriented, perfectionist, passionate, hard-working, professional, resourceful, serious, impatient, task-oriented.

OCW: What's your best recent food find?

MR: Can't think of one.

OCW: What's the most undervalued ingredient?

MR: Bay leaves.

OCW: Rules of conduct in your kitchens:

MR: Safety, freshness of ingredients, and staying customer-focused.

OCW: Is there one food you particularly detest?

MR: Durian.

OCW: Is there one food you can't live without?

MR: Good bread and chocolate.

OCW: Culinary speaking, Orange County has the best:

MR: Potential for great food and people to appreciate it.

OCW: What is your fast-food guilty pleasure and why?

MR: In-N-Out; it's family-owned, with a secret menu and respect for their employees.

OCW: What's your best culinary tip for home cooks?

MR: Don't be afraid to screw up, keep trying and learn from your mistakes. Keep it easy and don't be afraid to adapt recipes with what's on hand.

OCW: What's your after-work hangout?

MR: At home with my boys and husband.

OCW: If you could cook for one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

MR: Albert Einstein.

OCW: Who's your favorite celebrity chef?

MR: Ina Garten and José Andrés.

OCW: Celebrity chef who should shut up:

MR: Rachael Ray.

OCW: What's next for you?

MR: Continuing to acquire knowledge about food, using a variety of ingredients, and different cuisines.

OCW: What's your proudest moment as a chef?

MR: Launching a food truck.

OCW: What's your favorite music to cook by?

MR: I listen to all types of music while I cook.

OCW: What's the best food city in America?

MR: New York.

OCW: What's your favorite restaurant in America?

MR: Very hard to say, as there are many depending on the cuisine.

OCW: What would you like to see more of in Orange County from a culinary standpoint?

MR: More family-owned restaurants.

Visit BarcelonaOntheGo.com for more info and follow them on Twitter at @BrcelonaOntheGo!

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