Wednesday, December 4, 2013
A giant in the world of tacos died yesterday. Raul Martinez Senior, founder of King Taco, was 74. The following statement was posted on the chain’s website:
Con mucha tristeza y duelo les informamos a nuestra estimada clientela que el día 3 de diciembre de este año en corzo falleció unos de nuestros fundadores, el Sr. Raul Martinez. Por respeto y duelo el día 4 de diciembre todas las sucursales Estarán cerrados por luto. Que dios nos bendiga a todos, y en especial a su familia en estos momentos.
To our beloved customers, it is with great pain and sorrow that we inform you that on December 3rd one of our founders Raul Martinez Sr. Passed away. In respect to him and his family all King Taco locations will be closed in his honor. He will be truly missed. May God bless everyone and his family.
Our heartfelt condolences to the Martinez Family, and everyone at King Taco.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
What’s your favorite taco spot?
Mariscos 4 Vientos in Boyle Heights.
What brought you to LA from MIA?
My friend Ikon moved from Hialeah to Venice Beach in 06/07.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Lalo Alcaraz has been our hero for a long time now, but his last cartoon had us wondering if he’s been reading our minds. Of course, it’s not the first time he’s plumbed the taco cart for humor, and it surely won’t be the last…
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
This lithograph by Diego Rivera called El Niño del taco (The Boy with the Taco) is part of LACMA’s permanent collection although it is not currently on display. The print is from 1932, and was a gift of studio executive J. J. Cohn.
© 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Reproduction of Diego Rivera governed by Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Argentina Celebrity Chef Maru Botana outraged Mexicans worldwide last week with her rendition of tacos, which bore little resemblance to the actual food. The strange preparation, ingredients and choice of fillings seemed to be almost intentionally offensive to many who viewed the program, sparking outraged online articles, comments, blog posts, and tweets from within Argentina and around the Spanish-speaking world. Wikipedia describes the incident as:
En Noviembre del mismo año, durante una transmisión, se ganó el repudio de México por hacer una receta de tacos a ojo vistas insultante, debido a que virtualmente asesinó al taco mismo al hacerlos de forma tan errática que incluso muchos la consideran persona non grata de viajar a dicho país.
Maru Botana: Taco Assassin.
Friday, November 8, 2013
“Go For Sisters” is the latest film starring Los Angeles film icon Edward James Olmos. The film is directed by two-time Academy Award nominee John Sayles (Lone Star, Matewan) and stars Olmos, LisaGay Hamilton (“The Practice”), and Yolonda Ross (HBO’s “Treme”).
Edward James Olmos grew up in L.A. and attended Montebello High School, but where does he get his tacos?
For me and tacos it’s “el Tepeyac”…. Great portions for honest prices
and authentic tastes… “Tacos de res or pollo”…
www.manuelseltepeyac.com …. On N. Evergreen Ave… Heart of East LA
… It’s a “Go For Sisters” kind of place….
GO FOR SISTERS opens 11/15 at the Landmark NuArt Theatre
There will be special Q&A’s with Edward James Olmos, John Sayles and LisaGay Hamilton following the 7:00pm shows on Friday 11/15 and Saturday 11/16!
Tickets & Details: www.goforsistersmovie.com/#theaters
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Music producer Kastle produces bass-heavy, futuristic music that also has a great appreciation for the emotional vocals and melodies of R&B. He’s bringing his visionary sound to this weekend’s HARD: Day of the Dead festival in DTLA. Catch him on the Harder stage from 3:15-4:15 on Saturday. As someone who loves tacos and recently moved to Los Angeles, we had to find out where he gets his taco on in his new town.
So, Kastle, what’s your favorite taco?
“I spend most of my time downtown, and on a tight schedule I’m a creature of convenience but still never sacrifice quality. I’ve really been enjoying TLT Food‘s tacos since they moved into their new DTLA spot on west 7th. The pork belly and beef short rib are my favs.”
Keep reading for some Kastle music, mixtapes, and free downloads…
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
L.A born and raised producer/ beat maker Jennifer Lee (aka TOKiMONSTA) has made her presence known in the music scene for the last few years as she has graced stages worldwide and unleashed her captivating beats on the masses. Years ago TOKiMONSTA’s sound captured the attention of Flying Lotus, who later made her the first female artist signed to BRAINFEEDER.
As you’d expect given her association with BRAINFEEDER, TOKiMONSTA’s sound is fluid and deep. Each heavy yet dreamy beat and song she puts together has made a mark on the Los Angeles electronic music scene, leading to a huge year for one of LA’s most promising young producers– she released her hit EP Half Shadows that included a collab with Kool Keith, and this coming Saturday will take the R.B.M.A. Discotheque stage at HARD Day of the Dead at 4:15pm. L.A. Taco’s Desilu Muñoz had the chance to catch up with TOKiMONSTA this week as she prepared for her set. Read the interview below and clear your schedule so you can space out with her hypnotic beats.
What does Tokimonsta mean? How did you get this name?
Toki means rabbit in Korean. Monsta is a silly way I wrote monster. It was a childhood nickname and screen name way back in the day and so I ended up making it my artist name.
Has being born and raised in Los Angeles influenced your sound?
Totally has. I wouldn’t of even probably be making music if I didn’t live in this city. I’ve met so many helpful people throughout the years. Having places like Low End Theory really made a difference too. It’s been amazing to be able create music in Los Angeles.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Tacos Árabes LA is a taco truck that serves up Puebla’s street food favorites: Tacos Arabes and Cemitas on the corner of Olympic and Esperanza, in Boyle Heights. Their Taco is our Taco of the day! But what exactly is a taco árabe? We asked the proprietors to explain…
Whenever we get curious or new customers at the truck their initial reaction is, “what is a taco arabe and what is behind such a name?”. I like to answer that the taco árabe is the cousin of al pastor and both preparations are similar, yet vary in taste. However, what is perhaps most interesting about tacos arabes is its history.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
GARY RICHARDS, who DJs as DESTRUCTO is a legend in the LA dance music scene. From warehouse events to the city’s biggest parties, HARD has grown into one of the largest and most innovative electronic music promoters in the world. This weekend’s HARD: Day of the Dead will bring tens of thousands of people to downtown Los Angeles for a two day festival featuring every aspect of the dance music scene. What’s it like to be Gary in the days before a massive undertaking like Day of the Dead? See him at work and at home in the video above, which was directed by Zeke Piestrup.
What we really wanted to know is where DESTRUCTO gets his tacos. So, Gary, what’s your favorite taco?
“La Playita in Venice. 3306 Lincoln. Their tacos are great, but I go for the ceviche.”
Thank you, Gary!
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Our friends at KPCC report today on a new website released by Mayor Eric Garcetti which attempts to shine a light on city finances by making all expenditures public.
A new city website unveiled Wednesday allows the public to snoop through the city’s expenditures, revenue and audits.
Control Panel L.A., released by the office of Controller Ron Galperin, is in line with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s efforts to “open up” City Hall to the public.
“This data is not our data. It is the public’s data,” Garcetti said at a morning press event to launch the website. “The more tools we give to people to look at data, to track important measures, the more power that they will have to control the direction of their city government.”
Of course the first thing we searched for was tacos, which revealed only one hit– a $1,432.76 expense for Sky’s Tacos on 7/6/12 for the Mayor’s Office.