Taco Talk #32 (Final Episode Season 1)

The Downtown LA Lunchtime Taco Crawl! We walked a large 'square' block and tried 5 different taco places. FUN!

What a great season! Thank you Side 'o Rice and Lloyd Scott for making our show so great. Thank you to Dean Valentine and Talk Media Networks for sponsoring. Thank you Emily for your support and technical expertise and thanks to Megan too for helping us get off to a good start!

I had so much fun eating and talking about tacos.

ox The Taco Maven

*** It is now March 2012 and Talk Media Networks is on extended hiatus. We are looking for other ways to continue talking about tacos. For some reason, all of our LIVE video episodes have been taken down from Ustream. I am looking into it. If the above link should also go bad, you can listen to the Final Episode as an MP3 HERE

Until then, we will keep making taco movies that you can find on the Taco Maven Facebook page and on Vimeo.


A Taco Birthday Week!

My birthday fell on a Thurs. this week, so I took the day off from my Taco Talk duties and had a little party at Yamashiro's. I just love that Farmer's Market they have every Thursday replete with killer Asian tacos, the Heirloom LA truck and S'mores that you make at your table! Oh... and... GREAT BOOZE.

They also have fun stuff for kids! balloon animal man, face painting and a fish pond. This time I used their free shuttle service and it was excellent. The only rub is that if your kids need a car seat then they aren't allowed in the van for insurance reasons. In this case you must drive to the top of the hill and pay the valet fee which is around $8.

On the way to Yamashiro's (we came from the West down Venice Blvd. to La Brea) we stopped at the Gallito Truck (bright yellow on the corner) and on the way back, we stopped at Leo's (on the other corner across the street by the gas station).

Both tacos were decent, but Leo's was off that night. The meat tasted like it had been dropped in bbq ash and dusted off. The pineapple tasted canned. There was none of the clean, flat, slightly sweet pink roasted shavings they are famous for. Meat was tough too. Maybe it wasn't even pastor. Maybe my friend ordered the wrong thing.

All is forgiven.... IT WAS A ROCKING TACO BIRTHDAY!!!!!



The Quesadilla


Great article from LA Weekly.

And I ask you... what is the Quesadilla but a melted cheese taco. Am I right? You know I am.

The only requirement is that it have cheese (aka queso). These days anything goes and some are so filled with goodies, they might as well be burritos.

The best darn Quesadilla I have had to date is the Vampiro at Mexicali Taco in Downtown, LA. I tend to avoid melted cheese. It's bad for the butt bags. But it's seriously delicious and great for kids and great for vegetarians.

When I was catering, two favorite appetizers I created back in the 90's were the Blueberry Brie Quesadilla and the Goat Cheese Pear & Caramelized Onion Quesadilla. Good Stuff.


Mi Abuela's Table

Fabulous new cookbook. Looks superfun and the illustrations are gorgeous.

I want it!

It's my birthday!

Web Review below....

'My Abuela’s Table' is a beautifully illustrated, personal journey to the heart of ‘real’ Mexican food. It is a celebration of clean, spicy authentic Mexican flavours. There are none of the obligatory Tex-Mex nachos or hard tacos recipes.

These are loved recipes passed down from generation to generation – to Daniella from her Mexican mother, who scribed them at her mother’s kitchen table

Savoury recipes include Cuete en salsa de nuez (beef in nut sauce); chiles en nogada (stuffed chillies); Langostinos a la veracruzana (Veracruz-style prawns); and Pan de muerto (Day of the Dead bread). Also included are sections on Mexican basics – such as cooking with Mexican herbs and spices, and chilli varieties – as well as classic salsas, rice, tortillas and bean dishes.

Available online at most booksellers.

Taco Talk Episode # 30, #31 & Ortega 120

For Episode # 30, I drove up to Santa Barbara and found an excellent place you can detour to if the line at La Super Rica is too long.

For Episode #31, we had a fun night at Ortega 120 down in Redondo Beach and really enjoyed the place. Check out our VIDEO within the episode and also a live Komodo Truck tasting and a review of Sion's.

Tacos at Ortega 120 in Redondo Beach

Tacos Carillo on Mullholland and Beverly Glen

Sometimes the best part about a Taco Truck is the way you find it and when.

It was 8am. I was STARVING for a breakfast burrito and/or taco. I was late. I was taking a different route that caused me to come up Beverly Glen and turn left on Mullholland to get to Coldwater Canyon heading down into Beverly Hills.

I saw a truck. Two trucks. One had more people but didn't say the word 'TACO'. The other said  'Tacos Carillo'. A very attentive, kind woman took my order. I was very specific, which I always am but usually I'm ignored. I wanted a burrito, but not too big, with rice, beans, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, cheese and onions. I wasn't in the mood for meat or eggs. She nodded, wrote it all down, and charged me $3.50. I also ordered some simple Chicken Tacos for a student I was going to see. He's 10 and doesn't like a lot of spice.

The burrito was PERFECT. The tortilla was so fresh and tender. It wasn't too big. It wasn't hard to eat with one hand while driving a stick shift. The tacos were clean and simple. Big chunks of white meat. He loved them. Sometimes kids are the best critics.

The also have oatmeal (avena) and instead of chips they give you cool mini tostadas. I can't wait to go back and try more. I'm still thinking about the perfection of the burrito as I write this!