A Beginner’s Guide to Offal Tacos by The Offalo ~ Part One

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We’ve long admired the food writing and reviews of “The Offalo,” an Angeleño who loves food and especially cuts of meat that others may be unfamiliar with. We asked him if he would be interested in exploring the offal side of our city’s taco scene, and he jumped directly into the job, as you can read below. We hope this guide will help the uninitiated be bold and try some delicious tacos they ordinarily wouldn’t have ordered, while also guiding those who do walk on the offal side some suggestions for where to get their fix….

Offal. The word itself doesn’t sound that great. Depending on how you pronounce it, it could come suspiciously close to “awful”. However, as “awful” meant “awesome” once upon a time, “offal” wasn’t a four-letter word with Americans until recent decades (see “Liver & Onions” in many an old-fashioned diner menu). But with factory farms bringing affordable beef steaks and chicken breasts to the masses, the need, and thus the demand, for organ meats has declined in the last half century-plus.

However, like the maligned boiled-grey Brussels sprouts of yore reborn as one of the past decade’s hottest vegetables, offal is making a comeback of sorts.   High end restaurants around the country are highlighting dishes made with pig ears and tails, beef and lamb hearts, and housemade terrines of headcheese. And roasted bone marrow might be just as ubiquitous as roasted Brussels sprouts these days.
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Taco Madness 2015: Let the Madness Begin

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Welcome L.A. Taco lovers, it’s that time of year again, when we band together as a community and argue passionately over what is our city’s best taco. This year we’ve shaken things up a little bit, let us walk you through the basic changes.

Update, 12-29-2015
The Final Four is Set! Thank you to all the competitors, you were all worthy of wearing the crown of L.A.’s favorite taco. The winners of their brackets were Mexicali Taco & Co., Guerrilla Tacos, Mariscos Jalisco, and Carnitas El Momo. Now, taco lovers, you will need to throw style/category out the window and vote for your favorite tacos to get to the finals.

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Preview: Mtendere Mandowa “Overgrown” ~ Opens March 14th

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Mtendere Mandowa, known to many as Teebs, first got onto our radar as a musician. His otherworldly music and unique sense of time and space within sound was mind-unravelling. As soon as we heard him play at Low End a few years ago, we knew he was on to something very special.

Back in 2012 he agreed to do an interview with LA TACO and while researching him, we discovered that he was an exceptionally talented visual artist. Many creative people excel at various forms of art, but it was still surprising to see just how accomplished and interesting his painting was, even back then at a fairly early stage.

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My Favorite Taco ~ The Most Best

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The Echo Park collective known as The Most Best make catchy electronic pop that can be either chill, or danceable and are winning new fans in LA and worldwide thanks to the single “Gold” (stream below). The band plays TONIGHT at Lot 1 in Echo Park, and on March 10th at Harvard and Stone. They also really know their tacos, as we found out below…
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Tortas+Art+Music+Craft Beer: MAN ONE Mural Unveiling at La Chuperia ~ Lincoln Heights

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What if I told you there’s an old school spot on the Eastside combining my four loves—tortas, street art, music and craft beer all in one place? Would you believe me? You should.

The Torta Spot in Lincoln Heights is flipping the script by continuing it’s tradition of serving up some of the tastiest tortas in the city (since 1990) and supporting dope local art. What’s new? Well, they are now offering an inspired selection of craft brews through it’s newest incarnation: La Chuperia (Spanish for “the drinking place” or “a place to get your sip on”).
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Tacos Straight Outta Compton

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Our friends at First We Feast are celebrating “LA WEEK”, which you know is going to include lots of tacos. One article which stands out is L.A. Taco contributor Tony Chen’s Rise of the Compton Taco. Chen takes you on a tour of the various taco stands, restaurants, and catering options in Compton that feature what he calls “organic cross-cultural pollination” between the city’s Black business owners and the city’s majority Latino population.
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We Need to Do Something About Eric Andre

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Eric André is one of the funniest people on television and regularly delights us with his absurd, sometimes straight up insane comedy. His talk show is the last talk show that ever needs to be created as he pretty much demolishes the entire genre. Literally.
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10 Essential Seafood Tacos in Baja Chosen by Bill Esparza

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Our friends at FirstWeFeast sent over this excellent article on seafood tacos in Baja, which begins thusly:

“It’s a place where a middle-class guy like me can make it rain,” says Bill Esparza, the unofficial spokesman of Baja’s food scene, and the man and mouth behind food blog Street Gourmet LA. Esparza first went to Tijuana in 1988 with college friends “to drink dollar beers, meet San Diego State girls, and eat bacon-wrapped hot dogs at 5am before stumbling back across the border.” Around 2000, he started making regular trips to the area, and he’s been leading culinary tours of Baja for the past 14 years.

FirstWeFeast is based in NYC, but they know who to ask about Baja tacos. The piece runs through 10 locations you’ll need to try in Baja and includes awe-inducing photographs like the one above. Read the full post here.

Taco Truck Confessions Ep. 1 ~ Love Trouble

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We went out looking for stories about Love, and found that it gets complicated… especially if cheating is involved or suspected. Hear the true stories of real Angeleños at the city’s best and most delicious meeting spot– the taco truck. Specifically, Gus’ Lunchbox in Silver Lake.

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Here is Our Example of an Authentic Taco Emoji

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We reported last year that Taco Bell was taking up a cause the Taco Lifestyle has advocated for a few years now– adding a taco emoji. In that same report, we asked that the taco emoji be based on an authentic taco and not the American fast-food version. Some of our friends on Twitter asked us to put up or shut up and show the world what an authentic version might look like.

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Interview with RELAX, Co-Author of The History of Los Angeles Graffiti Art Volumes 1 and 2

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RELAX and WISK are two OG L.A. graffiti artists who collaborated to create what most consider to the be the bible of Los Angeles graffiti history, The History of L.A. Graffiti Art Volume One. Now they have turned to Kickstarter to launch Volume Two, but need your help to make their project a reality. There are only eight days left, so if you’re interested in this kind of art, check it out before it’s too late. We interviewed co-author Robert “RELAX” Reiling via email to find out more about the project and how it all came together.

Favorite taco spots in LA? 

RELAX – Favorite Taco spot is located on York Blvd by Eagle Rock called Azteca Huarache.

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