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After Getting Shut Down By Cops This Chef Went Guerrilla Style And Opened His Own Food Truck Because Nothing Was Going To Stop His Hustle

Tacos are considered by many to be the perfect food. A little meat, some veggies, a tortilla, seasoning and voila! A self contained meal. But in the food world, there’s always room for improvement and always space for flair. Guerrilla Tacos is that improvement and that flair. And their food is bomb.

Started in Los Angeles by native Angelino, chef Wes Avila, Guerrilla Tacos was an idea that came to him when he was trying to figure out his own style.

Chef Wes Avila is like no other gourmet chef you’ve ever met.

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The man is bearded, tatted up, hat flipped backwards and, most importantly, always wearing a pair of super comfy Crocs. He has cooked in both California and in France with some of the best in the industry.

With just a $167 in his pocket, he launched a small parrilla with taco meat staples like chicken and carne asada.

The word spread quickly of this small taco cart with exceptionally good food, and sure enough, before it really got to take off, it got shut down by the police. So he’d move to another spot to sell tacos, make a new agreement with a different coffee shop each week, and somehow the police always found him and shut him down. He needed to up his game.

Out of that guerrilla style of cooking out on the street, in the trenches and dodging police, came both the name and the need to get to the next level: the taco truck.

With a truck, it made it easier for Avila to both make his tacos and experiment with new and fresh ingredients without being bothered by police. He’d found the way to make it work. And now, he’s killing the game.

Serving up fois gras, beef brisket, yellow fin tuna, sea urchin, duck hearts, and constantly testing new herbs and spices – these aren’t your abuela’s tacos, son.

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He’s constantly trying to find new and improved ingredients and flavors. He’s relentless in giving the people a unique and delicious experience.

Like all good things, the success of Guerrilla Tacos didn’t happen overnight and it didn’t happen without struggle.

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Avila’s mother passed when he was in high school and it became a really trying time for him. As he says, at the time she was the most important person in his life and also one of his biggest influences.

After the loss of his mother, Avila’s father had to take over the cooking.

Happy birthday Chubbs.

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His father became his next big influence. They had always had food adventures, as Avila had been into trying new foods since childhood. They’d go off from the rest of their family and try exotic foods, times which helped shape Avila’s tastes and preferences.

From hitting bottom to getting to the top, Avila’s seen the run of the gamut.

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In 2013 his creation, “the sweet potato taco,” was voted best taco in Los Angeles, by celebrity food critic Jonathan Gold.

So what’s next for the chef of the best taco around? A brick and mortar restaurant, of course.

A long time in the making, Avila and team are opening a brick and mortar, sit-down, taco restaraunt in the Downtown L.A. Arts District. Avila has big plans for it, so keep your eyes peeled.

We can’t wait to see what amazing food Avila and Guerrilla tacos comes up with next!


In the meantime check out more of his story in this episode of “What’s Good In Your Hood” below:

What's Good: Guerrilla Tacos

We're kicking off our first season in none other than the City of Angels with our friends at Guerrilla Tacos — check it out, and then head to #DTLA ASAP to get your own!

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Taco Bell Is Celebrating The ‘Taco Moon’ With A Free Taco Giveaway Around The World

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Taco Bell Is Celebrating The ‘Taco Moon’ With A Free Taco Giveaway Around The World

We’re only a few months into 2021 and we’ve already seen several special moons. We’ve had the “wolf moon,” the “snow moon” and even the “pink moon,” but the next moon may be the tastiest one yet.

In what maybe one of the best marketing campaigns in a generation, Taco Bell recently announced its plans to take over the night sky on May 4 during the crescent moon phase with its very own “taco moon.” And people around the world will be able to celebrate.

Taco Bell announces free giveaway to celebrate the upcoming ‘Taco Moon.’

“On May 4, the world’s largest and brightest object in the night sky will resemble a favorite indulgence, the taco — a new lunar phase* we are affectionately calling the ‘Taco Moon,'” the company shared in a statement.

It added that important asterisk to note while Taco Bell “does not claim to own copyrights to a lunar phase of the moon,” it “stands behind the fact this really does look like a Taco Bell taco.”

And, when the Taco Moon arrives on May 4, hungry fans in the U.S. craving a treat can score a free Crunchy Taco between 8-11:59 p.m. in-store or all day through the app or online.

Fans will need to head to their local Taco Bell restaurant and simply mention the ‘Taco Moon’ or say ‘I saw the Taco Moon’ to claim a free Crunchy Taco Supreme. This fan-fave Taco features a crunchy shell filled with seasoned beef, sour cream, fresh lettuce, tomato, and cheese. No stress for vegetarian taco-lovers, the Taco Supreme can also be made with black beans.

To help keep track of the special lunar phase, Taco Bell even released a helpful chart.

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And Americans aren’t the only ones who can score a freebie. Some international locations are getting in on the action, too.

“Taco Bell has been an established brand in the U.S. for nearly 60 years and we are thrilled by the accelerating fandom we’re seeing globally,” Julie Felss Masino, president of Taco Bell, International, shared. “As we’re opening more and more restaurants internationally, we know the May 4 moon will take us to new ‘heights’ as we introduce ourselves to new future fans in a delicious way.”

Participating Taco Bell restaurants include some locations in the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Puerto Rico, however, in those markets, guests will get a local favorite like a free Crunchy Taco with the purchase of a beverage in Guatemala and the option of a free black bean or seasoned chicken Crunchy Taco in India.

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This Virgen de Guadalupe Mural Was Vandalized In Los Angeles And The Community Is Devastated

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This Virgen de Guadalupe Mural Was Vandalized In Los Angeles And The Community Is Devastated

La Virgen de Guadalupe means so much to so many. Especially the Latino community in Van Nuys, California, near Los Angeles, which is reeling after an important mural depicting La Virgen was vandalized overnight.

Although security cam footage captured an unknown man defacing the mural, the suspect is still at large and the community is asking for help in finding out who committed the vandalism.

A suspect was caught on camera destroying a mural with La Virgen de Guadalupe.

The community of Saint Elisabeth Church near Los Angeles is asking the community for prayers after a mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe was vandalized on church grounds. 

The parish’s security system recorded video footage of an unknown man dressed in black approaching the mural with a sledgehammer at 1:40 a.m. Wednesday morning. He can be seen smashing the tiles that make up Our Lady’s face several times before fleeing.

On Friday, April 23, Father Di Marzio led a prayer service, which was livestreamed on the parish Facebook page. Some 30 parishioners gathered to sing and pray a decade of the rosary in front of the mural, which is roped off with caution tape, while nearly 100 others joined online. In closing, Fr. Di Marzio encouraged parishioners to “continue to pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary to help us, and to touch the heart of the person who did this.” 

Also on Friday, a local artist, Geo Rhodes, was scheduled to visit the mural and discuss a plan for repair, arranged by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. “We hope that soon we will restore the image, or have a new one more beautiful than the one we had before,” Fr. Di Marzio said.  

La Virgen de Guadalupe is extremely important to the church.

The hand-painted tile mural stands between the church and the rectory. It was installed over 35 years ago as a “symbol of community unity,” said business manager Irma Ochoa. Each square tile was sponsored by a parish family. Overlooking a small altar, the mural has become a popular place for parishioners to pray and light candles, asking Our Lady for special blessings. 

“I feel an unspeakable sadness,” said Fr. Antonio Fiorenza, who is in residence at the parish. “But I feel pity for the one who made this sacrilegious gesture. I pray for his conversion and for all those who show contempt to the Virgin Mary.”

To donate to the restoration fund, visit stelisabethchurch.org

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