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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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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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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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Getting started

Hello hungry taco lovers!

I’m just getting started so be sure to come back soon for reviews and chisme on the best tacos around.

If you can’t wait I understand, so check out my current blog and add me to your myspace by visiting www.tacodiaries.com or myspace.com/tacodiaries.

Cheers until then and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Claudia

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