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Memo Torres

Memo Torres is a multi-media taco journalist, a third-generation landscaper, host of L.A. Taco’s new Plant and Gardening column, Yerbalife, host of Apple Maps’ L.A. food guide on all iPhones, Director of Partnerships for the James Beard award-winning L.A. Taco, a finalist for the Ruben Salazar Award for Latino Journalists, a taco scout for numerous shows, can be seen on Netflix’s Taco Chronicles, Pressure Cooker, Mythical Kitchen, KCRW, and elsewhere.

Rancho Cooking With a Twist: Carnal Opens In Highland Park From Two Titans of Mexican Seafood

The new restaurant is a collaboration from two prized local purveyors of Mexican seafood and fish tacos: Simón LA and Baja Cali Fish + Tacos, though the resulting menus are not at all what you'd expect.

July 8, 2024

Photo Essay: Celebrating Estevan Oriol and Teen Angel’s Magazine at Beyond the Streets

The exhibition charts a visual legacy of Oriol's seminal photography aside a corresponding look at artifacts, images, and original works from Teen Angel's magazine, a pioneering, self-made publication delving deep into Chicano culture in the Southwest U.S. for over 24 years.

July 1, 2024

Here’s Everything You’ll Eat at The Clippers’ New Intuit Dome

Sushi-dogs, three meat pizza, and churros that put all other stadium concessions to shame.

This Underground, Seven-Course Omakase In An El Sereno Front Yard Features Tom Yum Aguachile and Cacao Sopes

Evil Cooks' specially-tailored dinner pop-ups are an excuse to be creative, unshackling their culinary artistry with dishes so splendid and eye-catching, that you may come to the conclusion that they've sold their soul down in Georgia.

Meet The Underground Chorizero Making Handmade Zacatecas-Style Chorizo That’s ‘Too Spicy,’ According to Other Mexicans 

The chorizo is made with coarse ground pork butt, shoulder, and dried chiles. No adobo, paste, or nitrates are used for it compared to other chorizos that will add those elements for flavor and coloring. This emerging chorizo master is so proud of his Zacatecano roots that he even sources the string to tie the links from Zacatecas, too.

May 14, 2024

Straight From Lebanon’s Streets, These Juicy Sandwiches Are Reviving Eagle Rock Plaza’s Lonely Corner Strip Mall

This new family restaurant offers Lebanese-style "rosto" or roast beef, as well as tender beef tongue, rich stewed chicken liver, maanek and sujuk sausages, and infamously pungent basturma. 95% of their spices come from Lebanon.

Meet L.A.’s Queen of Carnitas Succeeding In a Male-Dominated Taco Style

Her Michoacán-style carnitas are so tender, crispy, and sticky, that she's known to sell more than 1,200 pounds on Sundays alone. What sets her apart from other carnitas stars in L.A. is her commitment to making handmade corn tortillas, too. Her story of resilience is the stuff of taquera legends.

March 25, 2024

Burglar Steals Safe From East Hollywood Mexican Restaurant, Runs Up $80,000 In Damages and Stolen Gear

The burglar was wearing a white hoodie and spray-painted the lens of the security cameras. Insurance will only cover $20,000. The owner of El Zarape Melrose says he doesn’t know if this was personal or just a delinquent act by a stranger: “I’m sad, I don’t know how I’m going to do it.”

February 27, 2024

Lumpia Burgers, Tosilog Burritos, and Sisig Quesadillas at Carson’s Filipino Mom-Pop-and-Son Shop

Today, only a weathered banner by the front door hints at the blissful Mexican-American-Filipino fusion that Gilbert, a first-generation, Carson-born-and-raised son of restaurateurs, now hosts at his restaurant, BaBoys.

December 7, 2023

Glendale’s Excellent New Taco Stand Harassed By Self-Described “Police Informant”

A Glendale police officer says he had arrested Emanuel Gulakian for assault with a deadly weapon only a couple of weeks earlier, after the man threw rocks at another taco stand.

November 29, 2023