Friday, March 7, 2014
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! The whole thing culminates with Taco Madness Presented by Groupon at Grand Park on April 5th, where you can taste some of the city’s best tacos, watch the city’s best artists paint live, enjoy a bar run by Bricia & Fernando Lopez of La Guelaguetza, and listen to the best sounds of LA’s finest DJs… Stay tuned for the brackets!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
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.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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.
Friday, February 21, 2014
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/
Thursday, February 20, 2014
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.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
When Los Angeles Magazine proclaims the best carnitas in the city, state, and possibly country, those in the taco lifestyle community sit up and take note. That’s what happened at the end of 2013 when Bill “StreetGourmetLA” Esparza started introducing the world to Carnitas El Momo. Their two trucks bring some of the most authentic Guanajuato-style carnitas, including buche and other cuts of hog, to Los Angeles every Saturday and Sunday morning. This Sunday, some of the L.A. Taco crew hit the location that parks on Vermont a couple blocks north of Melrose (Near LACC, four blocks south of the Vermont/Santa Monica Blvd. Metro stop) to sample the goods.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Wayne White is from Chattanooga, TN, but has lived in Los Angeles for years. He recently released his first print in quite awhile through 1XRUN “Spark in the Void” (available here, image below). Reached via Twitter, we asked Mr. White what his favorite taco shop is. The answer?
Yuca’s on Hillhurst.
Thank you, Wayne. Your art speaks to us, as the painting above clearly shows. You can see that one in person just a few blocks away from Yuca’s at Fred62 on Vermont.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
In Japan they very helpfully provide a visual guide for how to put together and eat a taco. This comes to us from the Royal Host restaurant in Tokyo, during a special weeklong taco menu. Photo by cheyennevera on Instagram, used with permissionm.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Did you know that the Wyoming-based taco chain “Taco Johns” owns the trademark on the phrase “Taco Tuesday” in every state in the U.S.A. except for New Jersey? It’s news to us, and to thousands of bars and restaurants who use the taco tuesday as a way to get patrons through the doors on what is usually a fairly slow night. Recently a place in Wisconsin, The Old Fashioned, found this out the hard way, as they got served with a Cease and Desist letter from Taco John’s legal council. These plucky midwesterners have decided not to fight back, but to turn it into an opportunity to come up with a new phrase. From their Facebook page:
Taco John’s has notified us at The Old Fashioned that we are wrongfully using the name “Taco Tuesday” for our weekly special and must cease immediately. Taco John’s has a nationwide (except New Jersey) trademark on the name since 1989. We have been using this phrase since opening in 2005 and now need your help. We are putting on a contest now thru Feb. 9th to rename our Tuesday special. The individual that has the winning name will win free tacos for one year. On Feb. 18th we will be holding a taco party to reveal the new name. You may submit entrees via Facebook, Twitter, direct email (email@example.com) or in the restaurant. Good luck and thank you!
It seems silly that someone own “Taco Tuesday”, especially when the tacos they serve are of highly dubious authenticity (photo above of the taco portion of the menu, individual shots below for your viewing pleasure). How do they decide who to enforce the trademark on, given the phrase’s widespread, generic use?
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Mexican illustrator Charles Glaubitz lives in Tijuana, and teaches at San Diego City College. His illustrations are fantastic and glow with a certain joy of life, especially these taco shop drawings. At first these works look like they could’ve been on the wall of your favorite taqueria growing up. As you look closer, you see an uncommon level of mastery combined with wonderful layering. These were created for Chilango Magazine to celebrate the best tacos in Mexico City.