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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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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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Wii Carnitas

Two many patterns & palettes!

Two many patterns & palettes!

Spending time with peers over good food and playing games never gets old.  Especially when forces of nature like MY friends come together in a tournament.  Competitive, determined, and outrageous!  You gotta love ’em!  This time the occasion was Adam’s birthday, the game was Wii Tennis and the food was of course… TACOS!  The options were/de carnitas (pork), rez deshebrada (shredded beef), and ground turkey & chicken (pavo molido y pollo) with chipotle.  The delicious meats were wrapped in single tiny street taco tortillas.  They were accompanied by your choice of tomatillo (green tomato) green sauce (mild-medium spicy), chunky creamy red tomato sauce (mild-medium) and guacamole (mild).  Hey it had to be non-Latin friendly spicy for the neighbors, but as long as the salsa is tasty, I don’t mind if its not spicy.  Tangy… I live for tang!  My favorite were the carnitas. 

Unfortunately I did not make it past the first round of tennis but my teammate Karina and I did improve our game.  I blame it on the hookah not the stilettos.

Now I have to mention my new found respect for tortillas because I have already learned so much from the pre-Colombian History class I’m taking in my return to school with three intentions: 

1. To fulfill my GE requirements for the BA I have yet to finish…

2. To learn about my culture is fulfilling and motivating, that’s why I’ve decided to go on a backpacking trip through the mesoamerican jungle from Oaxaca to the Yucatan Peninsula.  Action and Adventure, here I come!

3. I started an art collective last summer inspired by theories revolving around the year 2012.  One of the theories is based on the archaeological findings of the mesoamerican tribes (Aztec and Mayan) that our era “as we know it will end” when our planet lines up with the Milky Way & the sun.  This sounds intimidating but our calendar ends on December 31st every year and all we do is party and get a hangover. Will something happen, who knows but it is intriguing, that is why we chose this theme.

So learning more about this civilization has been insightful and inspiring.  Especially when you as a taco lover find out that corn was a work progress… for over 7,000 years!  The process started between 5,000 – 12,000 BC.  Corn was a product of early agricultural experimentation, along with the famous Tomato, Squash and Bean.  I knew Corn was divine because not only does my family still cultivate it, I’ve studied and visited some of the ancient civilization already.

So next time you have a taco, think about how long it took mesoamericans to make the corn in your tortilla.  Cuz I think, that’s hot!

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Comida Latina Expo: Latin Food Convention

Dear Diary,

I am still recovering from the human sacrifice I did for my fellow taco lovers.  I put my life on the line to sample what was a ZOO of goodies.  I didn’t just stop at tacos, salsas, & tortillas.  I think the Pulque, Tequila & Mezcal did me in!

I tried
Soy Tortillas
Habanero Hot Sauces
Tacos
Pistachio Cream Tequila
Mango Pulque
Kiwi Pulque
Sidral Mundet’s Green Apple
Microwaveable Tacos
Nachos & Cheese
etc…
Product details to come!

For more information click on the annual Latin Food Expo!

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