Taco Diaries goes live from Danny’s Tacos

Dear Diary,

Last night I had so much fun at the Calle 13 show, I continued the party with some of my favorite tacos.  I asked my friends to send me their favorite taco joints and shared tickets and one of my favorite places in Downtown Los Angeles.  Danny’s Tacos is a taco truck located on the corner of Grand Avenue and Olympic Boulevard, across from the Shell Gas Station.

My friends enjoyed asada and al pastor burritos while I ate my favorite tacos: asada, al pastor and chorizo. I love this place because they make handmade tortillas and they make a spicy green tomato salsa. I love salsas with tomatillos, tangy and spicy mmm… I also love love love that they fry serrano chiles and onions for that extra kick. Patricia and Milton were working the truck and did not reveal any culinary secrets but they did mention that their style of cooking originates from the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico.

Enjoy the video, it was shot live with the help of my sister Ale.  Thanks Ale.

This is the first of many Taco Diaries on video, so please follow Taco Diaries on Qik  for live webcasts or subscribe to Taco Diaries on Youtube.

And please keep suggesting tacos, I’m always hungry.

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La deliciosa pasion de nuestra lengua

Dear Diary,

Today I had the privilege of meeting an inspiring actress from Mexico by the name of Ofelia Medina. She is in town to perform in a play about erotic literature through song and dance in collaboration with one of my favorite musicians, Ruben Albarran from the band Cafe Tacuba. The play celebrates writings of great authors such as Sor Juana Inez De La Cruz, Octavio Paz and Gabriela Mistral. In the press conference it was announced that the work will be recorded and a soundtrack will soon follow.

The production featuring acrobatics, live music and other surprises will be at the new Los Angeles Theater Center in downtown Saturday April 30th and May 1st. For tickets visit thelatc.org.

Ruben Albarran el vocalista de la banda Cafe Tacuba sera parte del elenco de la obra “La Pasion De Nuestra Lengua”. La obra es una colaboracion de sensualidad y erotismo con la actriz Ofelia Medina celebrando las escrituras de grandes autores como Sor Juana Inez Dé La Cruz, Octavio Paz y Gabriela Mistral. La obra estará en Los Angeles dos días esta semana (Abril 30 y Mayo 1) en el New Los Angeles Theater Center (LATV), luego se va para Santa Barbara para el 2 de Mayo.

En la conferencia de prensa se anuncio que la obra será grabada y que lo acompañara un soundtrack en el futuro.

Para boletos visita thelatc.org.

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Street Tacos

Dear Diary,

I am happy to announce that we have tickets available to raffle for the sexy duo from Puerto Rico known as “Calle 13” performing at Club Nokia this coming May 12th.

La fusion del ritmo caribeño y la sabrosura del rap regresa a Los Angeles


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I will be enjoying street tacos after the show at the corner of Olympic and Grand next to the Shell Gas Station located at 504 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca.

Tickets on sale now at http://ow.ly/4FoK3

Calle 13 – CANAL OFICIAL
http://www.youtube.com/user/calle13official

Hope to see you there!
Claudia

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Cycling Safety

Dear Diary,

When I decided to go to my ex’s birthday party, I knew I wanted to make a good impression. I wanted to be mature, caring and reasonable. In the city of Angeles that translated to good tacos, true friendship and bicycle safety.

Choosing what to wear was a challenge because I had my heart set on riding my bike since the party was so close and I was trying really hard to be conscience of my commuting. The question was, “Do I wear something comfortable or something cute?” If you had asked me that in 2002, I would have said “comfortable”. But over the years I have, with the help of all the crazy women in my life, been putting more effort into being feminine.

So I decided to wear something cute with comfortable shoes. Reasonable I thought in the world of fashion influenced cycling. I was cutting edge. But instead what I decided to wear eventually left me half naked on the sidewalk of Centinela Avenue and Washington Place with my lovely dress wrapped and tangled into my back tire. There I was in broad daylight pulling my dress out of my bike in my primary blue tube top and neutral granny panties. I didn’t look up to see a teenage boy and his dad in the car pulling out across the street or the woman watering her front yard until after I put my dress back on. She was nice enough to ask if I was OK… I laughed, shook it off and said yes.

Most mature reasonable people would of gone back home and changed into something else at this point since I was only half way there but, not me. I opted to tie some knots in my dress and felt confident about moving forward to the party. Good times and tacos were full steam ahead; I just needed to keep my clothes on. So I show up flustered from the bike ride and the incident to open arms. I started greeting everyone and next thing you know I’m holding a margarita and telling my story. And then the kicker… I begin walking up the stairs and a true friend whispers in my ear… “There’s a hole in your dress”.

I have really done it this time… Universe I am your fool. What was I thinking! Maturity and reason were far from my reality. The only thing I could do was submit to my ridiculous predicament and swallow my pride. That’s when I knew I was in a Woody Allen film. I wasn’t trying to call attention to myself, I wanted to ride my bike for all the good reasons and wear something cute to spin my world upside down.

The word embarrassing is a buffet of uncomfortable humor. The possibilities are endless but the opportunity rare. Lucy Ricardo was on my shoulder pushing me to the limit, “There’s no turning back now Lampshade girl. It’s all or nothing.” After another margarita and a few silly ways of hiding the hole in the back of my dress, I stopped caring and started having fun.

The tacos were a godsend, literally. My ex is cool and everything but the truth is… I’m just like my mother, I went for the food. The food was a delicious fusion of meats and sauces elaborated none other than by the Takosher king himself, Mr. Lowell Bernstein. I remember my first food moment fondly because when I tried the tangy red salsa, I described it to a T. It was fresh, sour, thick and not too spicy. It reminded me of the house salsa at El Pollo Loco and Tito’s Tacos but better! Then I found out the food was so delicious it came with good news. When I realized I didn’t have to wait for another party to relish in kosher tacos again I was ecstatic because my friend was going public!

Takosher

La Carne Beef and The Chosen Chicken

Takosher is now the first 100% glatt kosher taco truck serving 5 specialty tacos: The Original Brisketaco (Slow Cooked Specialty), La Carne Beef, The Original Latketaco (Crispy Potato Blend), The Chosen Chicken and Fujitas (Fajita Tofu). My favorites are the steak tacos with their juicy tenderness and tangy kick. If you like’em hot just ask for their spicy red salsa and you might want to hug the cook like me! They take their certification very seriously and even have a sink to wash up. It is 100% too legit to quit. Thank goodness for another respectable taco place that can represent the Westside! The official taco tasting followed and now they are well on their way to mobile food success.

When the night fell, I gave the bike a break and hitched a ride with my best Fufi friend. But the opportunity to enjoy comedy, tacos and friends duro y directo desde la cocina is a blessing. Lejaim Lahaim (A La Vida, Por La Vida, Para La Vida)!

– I followed the Takosher taco truck to Pico and Doheny, for more info visit takosher.com, on Twitter @takosher, or on Facebook.

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Free Hugs

Dear Diary,

Last night I gave free hugs to show my luv for the arts.. Musician/Composer/Singer/Songwriter Pilar Diaz is on a mission to go to the “Viva la Cancion” music festival with her crew Gloria and Tony.  This will be an opportunity for Los Angeles Latinos to give Madrid some flavor and to participate in a relief support in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Chile.  Pilar will be sharing the stage with Javiera Mena, Julio De La Rosa, Gabo, Gepe, Chinoy, and others yet to be announced.  The Eastside Luv Vino y Queso bar in Boyle Heights hosted a fundraiser for this event last night that sold out the venue and had everyone dancing the night away to three of my favorite acts today: La Santa Cecilia, Pilar Diaz and Conjunto Nueva Ola.  La Santa Cecilia was the first to take the stage with guitar solos by La Santa Gloria, our kickstarter recipient, while front woman Marisoul shimmied her way up and down the bar/stage, wooing her way to the dance pole for a song and spin.  I love women that rock!  They almost closed their set with a rendition of “Pump Up The Jam” by Salt n Peppa that fed the crowd for more…  La Santa Cecilia delivered.

In the intermission, the Lousy Bunch made sure FREE HUGS were distributed, which gave me the opportunity to meet some of my facebook friends.  Joseph Perez drove up from the OC to the bar for the first time to claim his free hug.  He was extremely happy to be there and couldn’t wait for Pilar to hit the stage.

Once she surfaced, we all knew we were in for a treat.  A treat for our eyes and ears that has been a work in progress for about a decade.  At least that’s how long I’ve been following her music journey, thanks in part to my LATV experience.  She started with lucky number 13, Friday the 13th that is.  As I watched her light up the stage with her song and dance performance, I couldn’t help imagining it all happening in Madrid for them.  It was inspiring to say the least.  I wish I could go.

And just when you think it can’t get any better, a bunch of masked hooligans take over the stage… When Conjunto Nueva Ola shows their luv, it’s overwhelming.  Part comedy, part music, ALL show!  I had flashbacks of things that never happened because I’ve never heard a Devo cumbia before, but it made sense.  All my senses were dancing, singing and screaming “No te metas con mi cucu” and other favorites.  Puro pinche pari!  They hit the scene straight out of a Mexico City Quinceanera on roller skates and bedazzled lucha libre masks!

You can imagine how hungry I was after all this action!  I had a pre and post show taco experience in East LA and Mid City.  The first was with las Hermanas Torres on the corner of E. 1st and S. Breed St.  The taco truck is open from 4-11:45 pm in two locations and accepts phone orders (323) 401-9847.  They operate Thursday thru Sunday.  They set up on the corner of E. 3rd St and S. Breed St. from 4-6:30 pm and on E. 1st St and S. Breed St from 6:30 pm – 11:45 pm.  I enjoyed 2 tacos,  carne asada and al pastor.  I knew it was going to be good when I tried their cucumber salad: a combination of onion, lemon juice and herbs.  I tried the brown salsa and pico de gallo but I had to eat on the run to make it early to the show.  Eastside Luv can fill up fast and having a good seat makes a big difference.  On our way to the venue, we also made a booze stop for a rare rum that my friend had to get his hands on.  That’s where I bought the worst kind of beer I’ve ever had.  Piraat Ale is a strong Belgiam ale that put some hairs on my chest.  I poured it out before I started talking like a pirate.

The second taco stop was after the show near one of my drop off locations… Yes kids, we carpool, you should too.  Tacos Leo on Venice and La Brea (323) 743-5207.  Again, I had a carne asada and al pastor double take.  And oh my goodness… I got some pineapple with my al pastor which is an authentic combination straight out of Michoacan!  Everything was delicious until I topped my taco with a red sauce that turned out to be chipotle.  I am not a fan of chipotle.  The taste of roasted jalapenos is just too powerful and unfortunately doesn’t work for my palette.  I’m hoping to work on it but the tacos were stellar regardless.  I will be back.

I hope Pilar and her crew make their goal and take Madrid by storm.

Show the luv, it’s contagious.

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Birthday Tacos & Drinks!

Dear Diary,

Since my last post, I have become addicted to these Korean BBQ tacos everyone has been raving about. Honestly, The Alibi Room is so close and convenient that it makes it difficult to resist. So for my 32nd birthday I gave in! And invited friends and family to celebrate with me and my tacos.

Birthday Tacos and Drinks!

with the girls at The Alibi Room

I gave everyone my personal recommendation… kogi three taco combo: in this order, 1. bbq chicken 2. spicy pork and 3. short rib… all for $7. Save the best for last I say because the short rib is out of control delicious. Then you wash it all down with a yummy bottle of Hite beer you can share between two. Which I call the Korean Budweiser.

The tacos come in a corn tortilla slightly dipped in oil topped with slaw, cilantro, onions, and salsa roja. The salsa is not very spicy so most people can have it. And for those of you that are on vegetarian/pescatarian/macrobiotic diets… have no fear, my friend Julie tried the tofu tacos and said they were delicious!

Now the party was a little crazy because there was another birthday going on, so it got crowded very fast. I was so happy to be around my best friends as I make my way into my 30s. I was carrying two margaritas at one point.. But the night took us back to my place around 1:30AM for better conversation and live music. My last party guest arrived at 2:30AM!

Thank you all for joining me! Next year, I’m taking it back home!

The Alibi Room is a lounge with full bar and kogi menu open evenings except Sundays. It’s located at 12236 West Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA 90066 (310) 390-9300

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The Perfect Date

Dear Diary,

We met at a pool party, so I guess you can say water brought us together.  Wet to begin with, now that is sexy!  The drinks were  flowing and my laughter invited him in.  He stayed, of course, for the package of delight.

The move to the jacuzzi is where it really went down.  We made a sopa de amor.  It was so spicy, we made people sweat!  The party was asking for more!

This is how Saturday started and turned into Sinday followed by MONday.

Sunday was our Sinday!  We indulged ourselves, inside and out.  Back and forth, over and over again only to surface for air.  The carne asada was the best!  I tried al pastor but my advice is pass on the pastor…  He had carne asada, al pastor and chorizo tacos.

The taco truck was not part of the plan but it did save the night.  We were supposed to go to the Alibi Room for Korean Tacos but unfortunately they take Sinday off too.

The live music at El Zacatecas took us to the dance floor and again center stage.  The fireworks were poppin’.  We were on fire!

I laughed because I couldn’t believe it.  Not only does he exist but he’s here with me and I’m in his arms.

The experience would not be complete without a reminder of the hazards of love…  On the walk back, stuck in the island of Venice, I took a wrong step and twisted my ankle.  But I could hardly feel the pain when he picked me up and kissed me.

Saying good bye gave new meaning to MONday Blues…

Now what?

Taco Truck Location: South Centinela Ave and Venice Blvd across from the Good Hurt

updates to come…

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