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Hey, LA: Did Your Favorite Taco Truck Make The List?

There’s a guy who drives around Los Angeles selling tacos from the back of his rusty Ford — a literal taco truck — and whose carnitas are so juicy and tender, you’ll be licking your hands and arm to get every last bit. The bad news is, you’ll never find this mystery man twice. Be sure to keep an eye out for this phantom taco angel! In the meantime, check out these earthly taco trucks that will also blow you away:

10. Oaxaca On Wheels

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Nothing satisfies like a steaming tortilla filled with…pig head? Yup, the tacos de cabeza at Oaxaca on Wheels make for some of the best bites Los Angeles has to offer. Their tasajo tacos are bomb and their vegan tacos are great, too. Go once and you’ll find yourself driving in that direction without even knowing it. Oaxaca on Wheels has more power to draw you west than the ocean itself.

Oaxaca on Wheels can be found near the Sawtelle district at 11975 Santa Monica Blvd.

9. Tacos Los Güichos

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You know this truck is going to be amazing when you drive up because it’s parked at a window tinting shop in the barrio. Go on the weekends when they have their incredible slow-cooked carnitas — and go early because they sell out quick. Pro Tip: Bring your friends and make a tailgate party out of it. It’s BYOB in the parking lot, so you won’t be the only ones swigging Tecate with your meal. Just don’t drink too many; you need to save room for their fresh-made churros.

Tacos Los Güichos parks at 5821 Avalon Boulevard in South LA. 

8. El Chato

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Beware the rich mahogany chipotle sauce you see above: It’s dangerously addictive. We’d brave the 101 to eat a tortilla filled with that alone. Luckily, they also have incredibly juicy meats, like the kind in their delicious tacos al carbon. They also have burritos and quesadillas that are every bit as tasty as their tacos. Add grilled onions and jalapeños, and wash it all down with horchata, Mexican Coke… or more of that chipotle sauce.

Check them out at 5300 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019 near Mid-Wilshire.

7. Carnitas El Momo

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Located in Silver Lake, Carnitas El Momo has hipsters buzzing around the affordable taco truck like bees to a hive. We suspect some of the young, starving artists live on a diet of El Momo alone (and pot brownies, obv). We totally get it. The Guanajuato-style carnitas stew slowly all day in a giant pot and are arguably the best in Los Angeles. Paired with a whole jalapeño and tasty tortillas, you just might lose it. Seriously lose it, just like LA producer and restaurant investor Phil Rosenthal did when he tried these tacos.

Elbow your way through the hipsters to find Carnitas El Momo at 2411 Fairmount Ave.

6. Tacos El Korita

Legit the best I've had #tacos #la

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This little gem  is open until 1 a.m. on weekends for all your drunk food needs. Their carnitas and tacos al carbon would be enough to make the list, but it’s their mulitas that really bring you to your knees. Unlike many of the fantastic places on this list, Korita’s tortillas are made fresh daily and you can taste the difference.

Make the trek to the corner of Loma Vista and Fruitland Avenues in Vernon, CA. It’s worth the gas $$.

5. Tacos Tamix

Al Pastor game. #slicetoorder #alpastor #dollartacos #tacotamix

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There’s a long standing battle for best al pastor in LA: Tacos Leo vs. Tacos Tamix. Although we’ve placed Leo slightly higher on the list, it’s really a matter of preference. Seriously, both trucks are worthy of your undying loyalty. Tacos Tamix is an unassuming little truck in a car wash parking lot, serving up chunkier pieces of pork and slightly heftier portions than Leo’s. The difference is minor, like trying to tell identical twins apart. We love that its often less crowded than Leo’s, but you can’t go wrong either way.

Tacos Tamix is waiting for you at 2402 W Pico Blvd in the Pico-Union area. 

4. Kogi BBQ

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Yup, we’re including a fusion taco. Like every other foodie website in the city, we can’t help but mention these incredible Korean tacos. It’s widely considered the best food truck in LA, period. Something about the spicy, sour, smoky, saltiness of Korean BBQ goes hand in hand with a tortilla. The short rib tacos and kimchi quesadillas are wildly flavorful and truly one-of-a-kind (apart from the Korean fusion places that popped up after Kogi’s success). The burritos with extra meat and kimchi will knock your socks off; just make sure there’s time for a siesta after.

You can find Kogi’s BBQ at Venice, The Brig 1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd, 90291 and all around the city. Track them here.

3. Mariscos Jalisco

No words needed!! Sin palabras #mariscosjalisco

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Ok, we know. Some people are going to be pissed when they see Mariscos Jalisco didn’t make #1. Hardcore fans obsess over this truck like it’s Justin Bieber. But give us a break! Choosing your favorite taco joint is like choosing your favorite child — in truth we love them all equally. Mariscos Jalisco is renowned for its tacos dorado de camarón. For these, they place fresh shrimp in a tortilla and then fry the whole dang thing. As one Yelp reviewer put it: “Definitely the best shrimp taco you’ll ever stuff into your Mexican-taco-truck-loving-pie hole.” We couldn’t agree more.

Mariscos Jalisco can be found at 3040 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023 in Boyle Heights. 

2. Tacos Leo

The best Al Pastor tacos! Leo's taco truck#alpastor #tacos#leostacos

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Ah, the pure, simple art of tacoing. Nobody does it better than Leo’s Taco Truck, perma-stationed at a gas station parking lot at the corner of La Brea and Venice. There are few bells and whistles here: a spit roast of the best al carbon meat you’ve ever had, cradled in tender tortillas and topped with sweet and tangy pineapple. Just watching them prepare the tacos will make your day. There’s also a salsa bar featuring fiery pickled onions and several salsa options. The best part? These tasty little morsels are only a dollar each and probably taste better than 90% of what the fanciest restaurants in LA are serving right now. Why would you eat anywhere else? ¡Riquísimo!

Their main location is at 1515 S La Brea Ave Los Angeles, CA 90019, but check their website for other locations!

1. Guerrilla Tacos

Calamari Tacos at home today. #guerrillatacos #LADontPlay #ThisIsLA #LA #StreetFood #TacoTuesday

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“LA Times” food critic Jonathan Gold has said that if the man who stole his phone swiped through his photos he’d find tacos in lieu of selfies. Not just any tacos, of course: “A startling number of the tacos came from a single source: Guerrilla Tacos.” With complex, consciously-sourced ingredients, it’s a far cry from Leo’s tacos, and incredible in a totally different way. Without flatly calling them the best tacos in Los Angeles, Gold indicated that they are definitely his go-to. Between their oxtail tacos and Peruvian scallop crudo, we can see why.

You can often find Guerilla Tacos near Handsome Coffee Roasters, 582 Mateo St., Los Angeles; but they also frequent Venice and Culver City. For a list of their locations by day (and for mouthwatering taco porn) go to guerrillatacos.com.

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What’s Your favorite LA taco? Tell us in the comments below and don’t forget to share on facebook and twitter!

American Cities And States Announce Mass Closures As They Brace For The Growing COVID-19 Outbreak

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American Cities And States Announce Mass Closures As They Brace For The Growing COVID-19 Outbreak

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A number of states and cities across the U.S. are taking drastic measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Bars, restaurants, movie theaters, concert venues, gyms, and schools are all shutting down to limit the spread of the virus that has infected more than 179,000 people globally. The death toll for COVID-19 in the U.S. continues to climb as more cases are discovered. Major cities are taking the virus seriously and taking extra steps to keep their residents safe and healthy.

COVID-19 has been detected in 49 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.

There are currently more than 3,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. with more than 70 deaths reported. Most of the deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities in Washington state among elderly people. California, New York, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia have also reported deaths from the novel coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of President Trump’s COVID-19 response task force, doesn’t doubt that we are still waiting for the peak of infections and deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19.

“Well, it’s certainly going to get worse before it gets better and the kinds of mitigation strategies, containment, and mitigations that you’re talking about, is to do that kind of physical separation of people, which is one of the very effective ways you really mitigate the spread of the virus,” Dr. Fauci, an official with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said on ABC. ” If you look at the pattern of viruses, particularly these kinds of viruses, and even look at what’s gone on in China and in Italy and in South Korea, you go along like this the way we were then you have this big spike that goes way up. Then after a while, after much disease and suffering and death, it comes back down again.”

Dr. Fauci added: “The purpose of the mitigation is to get that peak and to blunt it so that it’s a bit of a hill as opposed to a mountain. We’re at a critical point now, more in some regions of the country than in others, the kinds of things that are going on will hopefully make that blunting of that peak so that we can save a lot of lives and save a lot of illness.”

Major cities across the U.S. are shutting down businesses and telling residents to self-isolate to curb the spread of the pandemic.

Update on COVID-19 Response from Mayor Eric Garcetti

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, I’m taking executive action to temporarily close bars, nightclubs, restaurants (except takeout/delivery), entertainment venues, and other establishments in the city of Los Angeles. These orders go into effect at midnight tonight and will stay in place until March 31 unless extended. There is no food shortage and grocery stores will remain open. We’re taking these steps to help protect Angelenos, limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, and avoid putting a dangerous strain on our health care system. This will be a tough time, but it is not forever. Angelenos have always risen to meet difficult moments, and we will get through this together.———————————————————Para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de COVID-19, estoy tomando medidas ejecutivas para cerrar temporalmente los bares, discotecas, restaurantes (excepto comida para llevar / a domicilio), lugares de entretenimiento y otros establecimientos en la ciudad de Los Ángeles. Estas órdenes entrarán en vigor a la medianoche de esta noche y permanecerán vigentes hasta el 31 de marzo al menos que se extiendan. No hay escasez de alimentos y los supermercados permanecerán abiertas. Estamos tomando estos pasos para ayudar a proteger a los Angelinos, limitar la propagación del nuevo coronavirus y evitar una tensión peligrosa en nuestro sistema de atención médica.Este será un momento difícil, pero no es para siempre. Los Angelinos siempre se han levantado para enfrentar momentos difíciles, y lo superaremos juntos.

Posted by Mayor Eric Garcetti on Sunday, March 15, 2020

West Virginia, Washington D.C., Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Michigan, Florida, Washington state, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Arizona, North Carolina, Minnesota, Illinois, Los Angeles, New York City, and San Diego have all shut down schools.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Sunday night that entertainment venues, gyms, fitness studios, bars, movie theaters, and nightclubs would be closed until March 31. Bars and restaurants can only serve take-out orders in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf expanded measures to the rest of the state to halt the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Tom Wolf called on the state to close all nonessential government offices and putting a stop to all nonessential business. Health experts are calling for Americans to do a better job od self-isolating and hunkering down to prevent COVID-19 from spreading further.

“This isn’t a decision that I take lightly at all,” Gov. Wolf told the press during a briefing. “It’s one that I’m making because medical experts believe it is the only way we can prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed by patients.”

Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York joined together to pass similar lockdown provisions to tackle COVID-19 together.

‘”Our primary goal is to slow the spread of #Coronavirus so that the wave doesn’t crash our healthcare system,” Gov. Cuomo tweeted. “Social distancing is the best way to do that. I have called on the federal gov’t to implement nationwide protocols, but in their absence we are taking this on ourselves.”

On Sunday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered all hospitals to cancel elective surgeries, closed senior city centers, and postponed an election in Queens. Visitors are also no longer to go to Rikers Island.

Health experts are urging all Americans to take the necessary steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.

Social distancing and self-isolation are important tools Americans can utilize to make sure the COVID-19 outbreak is curbed. It is going to be a very tough time for millions of Americans who are hunkering down and waiting not the next few weeks as the global community tries to get this virus under control. Everyone has a part to play. Now’s the time.

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Moms Are Sharing Videos Of How To Make Their Comida For Their College-Bound Kids After A Mom’s Burrito-Folding Video Went Viral

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Moms Are Sharing Videos Of How To Make Their Comida For Their College-Bound Kids After A Mom’s Burrito-Folding Video Went Viral

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Last week, California Polytechnic State University student, April Olvera posted a video sent to her by her mamá, and the video went viral, already wracking up nearly ten million views, and nearly one million likes in less than seven days.

Olvera, away at college, texted her mom, Silvia Dominguez, to say that she didn’t know how to fold a burrito, and her mom sent her a video that contained a soothing video-folding lesson.

While some couldn’t help but wonder why Olvera didn’t know how to fold a burro, her mamí’s special brand of cariño shown in the forty-second burrito-folding lesson was the focus of the comments that followed.

Other Latinas needed the lesson too!

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Another Latina Twitter user, couldn’t get over the way Olvera’s mother, Silvia, repeated the lesson.

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Two guys commented on Olvera’s mom’s soothing voice, but we think @carys_arsenic nailed it.

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And this guy too who points out Ms. Dominguez’s calm in the face of a world that seems to be coming apart at the seams.

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When Olvera told her mother that her video went viral and inspired so many positive comments, Dominguez said, “Maybe it’s not the burrito. Maybe it’s about family and love.”

Burrito-folding-lesson mom, Silvia Dominguez, speaks Spanish in the video, smiling the whole time, clearly happy to be able to help her daughter away at college with anything, using her own phone propped up on the counter to capture the lesson.

“Okay,” she says in Spanish, holding up a corn tortilla, “Imagine that this is my flour tortilla. Add what you’re going to use, fold it from this side, fold it from that side, and roll it. Did you see that?

And then she unrolls the burro and repeats the steps: It’s a circle. Fold it here, fold it here, and roll it. Nice! Okay, bye. I love you.”

We also like how Burrito-Folding-Lesson Mom is even helping grown-ass men.

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And because imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, here’s a video made by the author for her son on his way to college in the fall.

Watch the video below.

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