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Javier Cabral

Editor for James Beard Award-winning L.A. TACO. Associate Producer for JBA-winning Las Crónicas Del Taco. Former restaurant scout for Jonathan Gold. Co-Author of “Oaxaca: Home Cooking From the Heart of Mexico (2019, Abrams) and “Asada: The Art of Mexican-Style Grilling” (2023, Abrams).

At Smorgasburg’s Weekly New Cocktail Bar, You Can Down Rare Mezcal and Zero-Proof Micheladas

Smorgasbar will bring the same Smorgasburg energy to a bar concept, only stripped down. Perfect for those of us who'd rather make the most out of a weekday with a happy hour-like session. Check out the full cocktail and rare mezcal selection to come.

August 7, 2023

The Best Tacos Along the A Line, From Long Beach to Azusa

Fish tacos, low-and-slow carnitas, gorditas de lengua, chilaquiles burritos, and more. All aboard for tacos! From Long Beach to Azusa, let’s get tapping.

August 7, 2023

The 12 Best Places In Los Angeles to Eat Oysters

Whether crowning a taco de camarón or served simply on the half-shell with a refreshing mignonette, Los Angeles is a great oyster town if you know where to look.

August 3, 2023

Highland Park Rocker Foo Martin Fright Breaks Down His Hilariously Accurate, Extremely Viral ‘Punk Hynas’ Parody Video

Martin Fright's viral song "Punk Hynas" is quite possibly the most accurate parody song ever made about L.A.'s famed DIY and backyard punk rock scene.

July 17, 2023

Music Video Premiere: L.A’s Corre Diablo Latino-Led Emo Revival Punk, ‘Heaven’s Lip’

Maturing as a punk and finding your way through its subgenres is one of the most rewarding experiences as a lifer. The anxiety, anger, and most likely dysfunctional upbringing that brought you the pioneers of the genre when you were much younger never goes away; you find emo revival bands like Corre Diablo that still capture that intensity but in a more nuanced way.

July 14, 2023

Eight Stacked Beef Tongues Form Evil Cooks’ Ungodly Trompo de Lengua, Here’s Where To Get It

The first time your eye catches Alex "Pobre Diablo" Garcia's lengua trompo, stacked with ten six-inch long beef tongues, you may be intrigued and slightly horrified at the same time. It's an extremely innovative evolution of the humble al pastor trompo found on every intersection in the city, but is it actually delicious, or is it just another example of TikTok viral video bait stunt food?

July 13, 2023

L.A. Beaches Are a Total Mess After the 4th of July: How You Can Help

July 5th is considered the dirtiest beach day of the year, according to Surfrider Foundation. Among the items reported to be left behind are whole barbecue grills and tents that people were too lazy to break down and take back home. Not to mention a countless amount of plastic-based debris.

July 6, 2023

L.A.’s Next Great Sinaloan-Style Taco Is At a Target Parking Lot in North Long Beach

The taco tides are turning in Los Angeles. After years of birria and Tijuana-style tacos controlling the city's Taco Life, another taco style is emerging as a new trend: Sinaloa-style. But even more specifically, El Verde, Sinaloa. Check out where to find the latest and greatest handmade chorreada in Los Angeles.

June 30, 2023

The Ten Best Tacos Along the Metro E Line, From East L.A. to Santa Monica

Metro's mighty E Line now takes you from deep East Los Angeles to the shores of Santa Monica. Pescado zarandeado with a view in DTLA, a 35-year-old birria de chivo OG in Boyle Heights, and a Mixe-powered al pastor along the way. Get that TAP card out and let's go eat some of the city's best tacos easily accessible by public transit!

June 29, 2023

626 Golden Streets: ArroyoFest Is Shutting Down the 110 Freeway to Walk, Skate, and Bike In

Entering the 110 freeway—originally known as the Arroyo Seco Parkway—at any point from South Pasadena to Montecito Heights is as much of an L.A. experience as eating al pastor tacos on the side of a street or catching a show in the summer at the Bowl.

June 26, 2023