You Know You Want This Fresno Tacos Baseball Hat

Reader Matthew Klekner sent us the news on Twitter that the Fresno Grizzlies have created a new alternate cap, Fresno Tacos, to support their minor league baseball team. The team will have taco night at the ballpark on August 6th, and name themselves the Tacos with special alternate uniforms and caps.
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L.A. Street Food: Past, Present, and Future ~ An Interview with Farley Elliott

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Farley Elliott has been writing about food in Los Angeles for the last five years, and is the author of the forthcoming book  Los Angeles Street Food: A History from Tamaleros to Taco Trucks, (Amazon) which investigates the current street food scene along with the long and varied history of street food in L.A. The book functions as both a coffee-table book, a history, and a guide to what’s happening right now. We got the chance to interview Farley about the book and his personal faves on the street, tacos and otherwise. You can buy the book and meet the author in person at Skylight Books this weekend

L.A. TACO: What surprised you most about L.A. Street Food when writing the book? 
Farley Elliott: It’s a really endless tunnel to start traveling down. You get into cuisines, then regional versions of certain dishes, then you can start to look at the ways in which L.A. itself has shaped those regional versions. It’s honestly endless. All you can do is keep learning — about the history, the people, the families responsible for bringing certain things here.

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L.A. Taco interview with Allison “Hueman” Torneros

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In honor of POW! WOW! Long Beach which just kicked off on Monday, we’ve been getting in contact with some of the participating artists and organizers. We recently published interviews with Jasper Wong and Benjie Escobar, and this week we bring you an interview with Allison Torneros who goes by the name HUEMAN.

Over the past ten years, Hueman has edged ever closer to the art world spotlight, as her unique blend of mural and gallery skills are appreciated by a an expanding global audience.  Though she just recently moved back to the Bay Area, we still hold her close to our hearts as an honorary Angeleño. Hueman’s work speaks volumes, as the beautiful chaos she creates converges in harmony, causing you to simply stare in wonder at her paintings. Allison has also done work for Nike, Disney, CNN, and Miscrosoft, all while completing walls throughout Los Angeles, San Francisco, Florida, Hawaii and (this week) Long Beach. L.A. Taco’s Desilu recently had the chance to ask Hueman some questions: follow the link for more and remember to check out POW! WOW! Long Beach going down all this week!

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The Offalo’s Top 5 Tacos of Tacolandia

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Another year, another Tacolandia, the food festival curated by Bill “Street Gourmet LA” Esparza and hosted by LA Weekly.

This was the third and biggest year, with 80+ vendors and 4,000+ attendees.  With so many to choose from, how could one possibly pick and rank the top five tacos of the entire event?

Well, first off, I “only” sampled 25 dishes, so I can only name my favorites out of that pool, which included a record number of participants from Mexico, like Corazon de Tierra, La Embajada, La Guerrerense, Manzanilla, Tacos Kokopelli, and chef Eloy Aluri Taller.  I also tried tacos by establishments from across Los Angeles and Southern California including B.S. Taqueria, Bistro LQ, Bizarra Capital, Cacao Mexicatessen, Coni’Seafood, El Cristalazo, chef Priscilla Curiel, Flautas, Guerrilla Tacos, Home State, The Hungry Cat, Moles La Tia, Petty Cash Taqueria, Soho Taco, Taco Maria, and Tacos Punta Cabras.  Honestly, there was not a bad taco/tostada/flautas/vegetarian Frito pie (really) in the bunch!

So, what were my Top 5 of Tacolandia 2015?
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L.A. Taco Interview with Benjie Escobar

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We recently had the chance to sit down with Benjie Escobar at a bomb new ramen spot in Little Tokyo to discuss his current projects, what he’s been into lately, and what he has in store for POW! WOW! Long Beach. A true kid at heart (like most of us) Benjie stays in touch with his roots and aspirations through his multifarious artistic explorations. Benjie is involved in so many art forms it’s hard to keep up– he’s into restoring low rider bikes, illustration, photography, collecting odd stuff, and the ever so delicious musubi.

If you haven’t already heard about POW! WOW!which will be taking place all next week, Benjie will be there painting a huge wall that will be his largest project to date. Even if you don’t know Benjie’s name, you’ve probably seen one of his designs on the internet or on someone’s t-shirt. Most recently one of his designs was copied and reposted all over the internet like Kim Kardashian nudes.  The only downside was that he didn’t get much credit for his witty Venn diagram. Benjie being the humble and funny artist he is made a parody of his original design. Hopefully that one gets ripped off too and makes it to Juxtapoz’s instagram again. 

What are some of your past and current influences?

In no order, going off of stuff I screen shotted on my phone: Horrible internet memes, self embellished clothing, iron on letters, Nintendo, my cat, pizza, burgers, musubi, gremlins 2: the new batch, people who can surf better than I ever will, UFOs, fairy kei, reformed Cholas with old photo albums, margaritas, luchadores, vintage local anything, American gladiators, pointy boots, multi colored hair, dragon ball z, pink or teal sweaters, flaming hot Cheetos, SGV dive bars, street fighter 2 endings, Japan, pastel cyber goths, the original point break, spaghetti, risograph, micheladas, tribal tattoos, and old Schwinns.
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Preview: Ferris Plock “The Fake History of The World” ~ Opens June 12th at Daniel Rolnik Gallery

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Ferris Plock is a San Francisco-based artist who will travel south on June 12th to show new work at Daniel Rolnik Gallery. The new show, “The Fake History of the World” caught our eye right off the bat because one of the series of illustrations is “taco vs. pizza,” one of the truly pressing conundrums of modern urban life. Plock uses acrylic, watercolor, spray paint, India ink, and collage to create detailed characters that have ranged from animals to people to food to anatomically incorrect human figures. This show is light-hearted and includes pizzas, tacos, tacos vs. pizza, and two characters named Richard and Peter who look like they love to have fun but are actually total dicks.

Q: Yo, Ferris, one quick question before we preview your new show. What’s your favorite taco?
A: Seaside Metal in Guernville has my favorite fish tacos.

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Interview with Eli Braden of the Howard Stern Show

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Eli Braden is a musician turned comedy writer who is best known for his song parodies on the Howard Stern Show. His ribald tunes explore every inch of co-host Robin Quivers’ anatomy in graphic and hilarious detail, all set to the top hits of the day. His work on Stern has caught the attention of the comedy world, and he’s written for Television since moving to Los Angeles. Please enjoy this Q&A where Braden discusses family life, his favorite taco spot, and how he get his start in the lucrative world of parody songs… 

Favorite taco spot in LA?
I live in Pasadena and like to go to Taco Lita in Arcadia. It’s really not that great, but supposedly Van Halen ate there back in the day so that’s kinda cool. My favorite tacos in L.A. are always from random food trucks I never remember the names of.

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Interview with POW! WOW! founder Jasper Wong

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Please introduce yourself to the L.A. TACO readers. Who you are and what you do?

My name is Jasper Wong and I’m the founder of POW! WOW! Primarily a mural festival that has become an art and music school, creative community centers, and more. It’s currently held in Hawaii, Texas, California, Taiwan and Japan.

This year is Pow!Wow!’s fifth anniversary. Congratulations. Please describe what Pow!Wow! was when you first started and what it has now become in 2015.

POW! WOW! originally started as an excuse to bring my friends together and paint. A very simple idea that became much larger in scale over the years. What began as a gallery exhibit became a mural festival with 100+ artists painting 70 murals over a period of a week. We’re now expanding globally and creating related programming with our free art and music schools for the youth.

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My Favorite Taco ~ Seven Davis Jr.

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Seven Davis Jr. is the musician your favorite producer listens to, because he pushes subtle but important boundaries in house music and beyond. On July 24th, he will release his long-awaited debut album, Universes, via Ninja Tune. The album is said to be deeply personal, bringing a positive message rooted in freedom, integrity and self-improvement: “Finding your place. Knowing yourself. Being where you belong.” A mysterious figure who who quietly lived in Los Angeles for years, we got the chance to interview Seven over email last week to discuss music, travel, tacos, and happiness…

Favorite taco spot?
La Victoria in San Jose California

You’ve lived all over the world, what eventually brought you to Los Angeles?
Once upon a time I moved to Los Angeles to get away from a bad environment I had been in for years and to begin a new creative life. After almost 8 more (less harsh) years living in LA, I moved to Europe. I now live various places around the world. I still occasionally visit LA.
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Recap: Taco Madness 2015 at Villains Tavern

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In honor of Taco Madness being an event for the people, we decided to give our staff photographers the day off to enjoy their tacos, and instead collected some of our favorite photos from Instagram.

The day long event consisted of good vibes and delicious tacos in every direction, along with some of L.A.’s best graffiti artists doing their thing while being serenaded by the sounds of our favorite DJs. We couldnt help but notice how it seemed like we were hanging out in one of our Tio’s back yards enjoying ice cold drinks and some of the most amazing tacos Los Angeles has to offer. The winner of our Best in Show taco was Tacos Cuernavaca– our mystery judge said it was a very difficult decision because all of them were great, but Cuernavaca was the best.

Huge thanks to Villain’s Tavern, Red Bull LAX, Azul212, AlexandertheGreatestofThemAll, and all the people who came out to celebrate Los Angeles and the taco lifestyle with us.

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10 Essential Street Foods in South Los Angeles

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First We Feast continues to impress with their coverage of all parts of Los Angeles, rare for any publication without its HQ in the city, and often uncommon even for purely local publications. Following up on Tony Chen’s coverage of The Rise of the Compton Taco, editor Erin Mosbaugh files a survey of street food options in South L.A. as recommended by Street Gourmet LA Bill Esparza.

Opening with the line “For those Angelenos who don’t make it south of the 10 Freeway, we have one thing to say: We feel sorry for you.” the roundup includes ten essential street foods including this blog’s favorite carnitas (Carnitas el Momo, winner of our taco of the year award). Here’s an excerpt and the link:

Tortas at Super Tortas D.F.
Address and phone:
 E 41st St (just off the southwestern corner of E 41st St and S Central Ave), South L.A. (323-351-8379)
Good for: Expertly-layered combo sandwiches prepared by trained torteros 

Esparza says: “These guys are genuine, skilled sandwich makers trained in Mexico City, which makes a world of difference. They’re really conscientious about the bread they’re using—it’s made for them at a local bakery to their specifications. They’re offering all those different, fun combinations that you’d find at a Mexico City-style torta stand: sandwiches named after people from different countries (Suiza, Española), states in Mexico (Poblana, Toluqueña), and sexy girls. But the Cubana is the mother of all tortas; it has everything. For the Cubana, the tortero takes some eggs, scrambles them, throws them out on a huge flat crate, and drops some chorizo in there. Then he starts cutting the omelet and folding it in layers. He takes that super-thin, layered omelet and puts it onto the sandwich, along with hot dogs, milanesa, several different cold cuts, yellow and white cheese, avocado, a thin layer of mayo and refried beans, tomato, lettuce, onion, chiles chipotles, and pickled jalapeños.”

Read the full article here.