Sion's Mexican Diner in Manhattan Beach

This little cafe has been there forever and is attached to the Seahorse Motel on PCH. They have AWESOME breakfast, comfy booths and old school Mexican cooking. GREAT service. They are so friendly and fast and inexpensive.

I like to go there alone and do a crossword puzzle while eating Huevos Rancheros, but their tacos are good too.

If you are anywhere nearby, give them a try.

Tofu Taco Recipes and Mini Guide to Tofu Tacos in LA

My favorite kind of taco is a pastor off the spit (trompo) with grilled pineapple, BUT, these tofu tacos that we made Taco Talk Episode #30 were pretty darn GREAT.

To recap, our favorite Tofu Tacos in LA so far are....

Las Anitas on Olvera St. (crispy soy taco)
The Calbi Taco Truck (Asian firm tofu taco)
Taco Spot on Colorado (In Eagle Rock - ALL their tacos are pretty light there)
Trejo's Tacos (Mid Wilshire Area at 1048 S. La Brea)
Tacos Tu Madre (Westwood Blvd and 1824 N. Vermont in Los Feliz)

I recommend two kinds of Tofu Tacos. For one kind, you can use the same seasoning as you would for a ground beef taco - use spice packets, fresh jalapeno, canned tomato, chili powder, canned corn, add beans etc. Serve in a crispy shell and garnish with the usual suspects (shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, etc.)

The trick is to not let it get too soupy. Strain a little if you have too so your taco won't sog out.

For the second, I always use an EXTRA FIRM SEASONED TOFU. Healthfood stores are full of options with savory seasonings. You slice it like you would cheese. You don't even need to heat it. Heat your tortilla, get a nice combo bowl of finly shredded stuff (carrots, cabbage, onion, cilantro, beets) and add whatever salsa or cheese (feta?) that you like.

If you have a favorite ginger sesame dressing, this works well drizzled over instead of salsa. Most market sell a good one in the Japanese section.

Lots of room to be creative here!

Say 'Tofu' and smile.


What is Pulque?

This mysterious drink has been taunting me. I first heard it mentioned at Cabo Baja Taco Grill and then a few more foodies threw it out there but no one could tell me where to get it, except in Mexico City. Not helpful!!!!

Well, now that I've watched this amazing video on this mysterious beverage I understand why it's impossible to find in LA.

It has about the same alcohol content as beer and is made from the fermented 'honey water' of the Agave plant. The same plant used to make Tequila and Agave Syrup. Such a plant this is! OY.

Even though this movie is in Spanish (it won an Emmy!) you can still get the gist if you don't speak Latin.

I find it all to be terribly fascinating!


El Puerto Escondido, Mariscos in Inglewood

For this episode we ate a LOT of seafood. Mmmmmmm (drool) seafooooood.

They don't have a website. WAH.

But they are open 24 hours serving GREAT seafood, tacos and even American food (which I didn't try). They also have plenty 'o booze including beer, micheladas and tequila!

Link to their YELP page (they have several locations) http://www.yelp.com/biz/el-puerto-escondido-inglewood

We particularly loved the crab plate (alot of crab for $10.99) and the crispy taco/chile relleno plate.

The restaurant is large and very comfortable. There are several booths that would seat at least 6 so it's a fun place to gather with friends.

Check out our video! Nom nom. Muy rico.


Taco Crossword Puzzle

We made our very own Taco Crossword.

It's nice and easy. Grab a taco and a beer and print that sucker out.

Email: Thetacomaven@gmail.com for the solution!

Puzzle created by James Longton of Longton Puzzleworks.


Delicia Brasil, Catering and Prepared Foods


Who are these amazing people???? Check out their website. Hire them as caterers. Their food is so good that I bought some frozen, defrosted it, baked it up and WOW. I only tried the chicken balls and the kibbeh but I would love to try more.

They aren't kidding about the delicious part.


Loteria Grill, Jimmy Shaw and the Original LA Guisado Taco

A cornupcopia of fun videos about Jimmy Shaw and his wonderful Trio of restaurants.

A Santa Monica location is coming soon!

Watch, enjoy, and eat.