One of the things I love most about Southern California is how I’m able to indulge in my fetish for Mexican food. Proximity to the border combined with an abundant Latino population make this part of the country one of the best areas outside of Mexico to go in search of regional flavors. MoreÂ surprisingÂ is when you happen to stumble upon a place that’s creatively marrying authenticÂ ingredientsÂ with the ethos of California cuisine. Chef Deborah Schneider’s Sol Cocina is such a place. Simple, quick and fresh are the bywords of Baja-style cooking and Sol, with an open kitchen and counter seating not unlike a Baja taco bar, embraces the peculiarities of that peninsula with a winning menu heavilyÂ dependentÂ on seasonal ingredients. Like pomegranate seeds, which pepper a guacamole already studded with walnuts and crumbled queso fresco. And white corn, blended withÂ spicyÂ roasted poblanos into a velvetyÂ pureeÂ with crema and pepitas. (Applause, too, for the brilliant idea of offering a substantial ‘taste’ at the bargain price of $2.50) Â There’s onlyÂ one word that can accurately encapsulate the sweet corn onÂ theÂ cob, grilled with butter, lime, chilesÂ andÂ drizzled with chipotle and cotixa cheese and that’s “sick,” as in I would be happy to eat this in such reckless quantities that I ultimately make myself sick. Tacos have their own surprises: the Vampiro is a double tortilla stuffed with melted cheese and serrano chile, topped with locally sourced carne asada, pico de gallo and cotixa; wild-caught fish isÂ pan-roastedÂ with lemon and garlic in the Gobernador, a refreshing change of pace from your bog standard Ensenda-style deep fry. I should have planned better in preparation forÂ thisÂ meal; there are too many temptations onÂ theÂ menu: Â shortribs braised with guajillos, green pozole, pork pibil roasted in banana leaves, and aÂ mammothÂ grilled burrito that looks like a panini on steroids as it passes me by en route to some lucky table. Then again, such seduction is all part of the fun of eating here in SoCal: otro hermoso dÃa, otra comida magnÃfica.