Recap: Taco Madness Presented by Groupon

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A fine day was had by all at Grand Park on April 5th for Taco Madness Presented by Groupon, the culmination of our month-long bracket style tournament to determine the LA’s favorite taco of 2014. The sun was hot, the lines were long, and the micheladas were flowing. As many as 5,000 people filled the park all day long and enjoyed tacos, music, and art. The winner of the online vote was El Coraloense, an inventive seafood spot featuring ceviches, tacos and more in two locations in Downey and Bell Gardens. Above, brother and sister team Leo and Natalie Curie pick up their award on stage as artist Mear One paints in the background. Photos by Erwin Recinos & Desilu Munoz..

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Tacología ~ Ricky’s Fish Tacos

Our friends from Mexico City, WANZ.TV, recently toured California looking for interesting subjects, including the best taqueros in Los Angeles. With that in mind, a visit to Ricky’s Fish Tacos was a must. Enjoy this video highlighting Ricky’s story, food, and customers.

My Favorite Taco with BIG SLEEPS

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LA TACO recently asked BIG SLEEPS about his favorite taco in LA. Here’s what he had to say:
“My fav taco spot is FIESTA MARTIN, 1330 N. La Brea, Inglewood, CA 90302.” Check out some of the artist’s incredible work below before you go.

Get Money, Eat Tacos: How to Get the Most Tacos for the Least Amount of Cash

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One of the most popular ways to eat tacos for less money is to hit up various taco tuesday events in town. Often these are held at bars where the taco quality may be slightly questionable, but you can’t say no to a good deal, especially when beer is included. That said, several legit taco spots in LA currently offer some pretty good taco tuesday deals. Our current favorite is El Siete Mares, a classic mariscos spot in Boyle Heights (with other locations around L.A.) that has $1 fish tacos every tuesday, which is half off the regular price. Did you know that King Taco also offers a slight discount every tuesday? All tacos are marked down to $1.29 every tuesday. Pink Taco is a chain, not the most authentic, and originated at the Hard Rock in Vegas, but $2 tacos and $2 margaritas every Tuesday is not a bad deal at all. Do you have a favorite taco tuesday? Drop us a note in the comments and share the taco.

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Taco Madness 2014 Presented by Groupon: Final Four Set!

It’s been a long journey with plenty of amazingly close battles, but the final four is finally set. In the Sabrocho by far the fiercest competition was between Yuca’s and MexiKosher. Going into the final day, MexiKosher looked strong, having gotten the most total votes through the first 3 rounds, but at the end Yuca’s voters came through with a torrent of votes in the final 6 hours. Yuca’s ended up with the most total votes of any of the final four competitors. Another very close contest was Carnitas el Momo vs. Guerrilla Tacos. Fans of Carnitas El Momo should know that they came within a dozen votes of making it to the next round, and went farther than any carnitas specialist ever has in the history of Taco Madness.

So who are the finalists? Let’s explore…

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Interview with Leeor Brown of Pioneering L.A. Record Label Friends of Friends

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Leeor Brown is the unassuming, quiet force behind some of the most forward-thinking music released by an L.A. record label in the past ten years. He’s worked with next-level artists like Shlohmo, Salva, Perera Elsewhere, Deru, Groundislava, RL Grime, Daedalus, and Jerome LOL, and keeps thinking of innovative ways to promote, release, and support unique and forward-thinking music and art. We recently sat down with Leeor to discuss the five year anniversary of Friends of Friends, Pusha-T, the city of Los Angeles, the music business, and tacos…

What’s happening in 2014 for Friends of Friends? 

First up is the Jerome LOL EP, it’s amazing. Then in April we’re putting out an EP by a new signing “Different Sleep”, originally from San Diego and now based in Chicago. Super dope, emotive stuff with piano and some vocal work. Very diverse producer I’m really excited about. We’re also releasing the deluxe edition of Perera Elsewhere’s EP “Everlast”. The original came out in October, and this edition will have a new song and an entire album of remixes, including  Prefuse73 and Shlohmo.

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Taco Madness 2014 Presented by Groupon

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Taco Madness Presented by Groupon launches the week of March 10th! Get ready for all your favorite taco spots to go head-to-head in one of the world’s most popular bracket-style online competitions! Thank you all for voting and participating, and for coming out the event on April 5th.

Huge congratulations to our winner, El Coraloense! Photos and updates coming soon…

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Tacología Vol. II ~ Guisados

Our friends from Mexico at WANZ.tv are back with the second edition of Tacología in California. This time they get up close and personal with the people behind Guisados, one of LA’s favorite taco spots and early favorite to retake their crown in the upcoming Taco Madness 2014.

Risk and Nathan Ota ~ Our Favorite Taco

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RISK and Nathan Ota have an impressive collaborative show up now at Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City. The show is up until March 8th, so you still have time to stop in and see the new work. In the meantime, please enjoy this preview, but not before we find out the duo’s favorite taco spot in Los Angeles. So, Risk and Nathan Ota, what’s your favorite taco?

Our favorite taco spot is La Reyna taco stand outside the restaurant on the corner of 7th and Mateo. Specifically the stand at night, not the restaurant. Risk also says that when he’s had one too many drinks, nothing beats jack in the Box– 2 tacos for 99 cents :)

Thanks guys! Keep reading for images from the show and its creation, as well as a video interview with RISKY about his latest mural in DTLA.

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Interview with Sticky Rick, Godfather of the L.A. Art Sticker Scene

The Godfather of LA’s vibrant sticker art scene is STICKY RICK. Learn more about this behind-the-scenes don in LA’s art world with this exclusive interview by RYO1. He talks about how he got the business off the ground, what projects he’s working on and of course his favorite taco spot.

GET STICKERS AT: http://stickyricks.net/

The Photography of Mark Rubenstein

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Mark Rubenstein creates beautiful photographic images of young women in an autobiographical series about youth, beauty, and transition. His work has been widely published, he’s been featured in Juxtapoze, Frank151, and elsewhere, and his fashion photography skills are in high demand worldwide. He lives in Los Angeles, and we recently got the chance to ask him a few questions as well as present a gallery of his work at the end of this interview.

What’s your favorite taco?

My favorite taco spot as of late is El Siete Mares in Silver Lake. I pretty much eat there daily. I spend alot of time in Highland park as well so I also frequent Taquerias El Atacor #11.

What brought you to Los Angeles, and what keeps you here?

I lived in New York for many years, and made the move to LA six years ago. I’ve spent the last decade working behind the scenes in the art world. By the end I felt extremely burnt out and in search of something more. Los Angeles had always been a place that inspired me and most of my friends made the transition to move there before me. I decided it was time to make a dramatic change, I sold everything I had and came to LA with a backpack in hand.

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