El Jefe

Food Inc. Review

If you haven’t yet seen Food Inc., I’ve got a DVD for you. Just send an email to with the subject line “Food Inc. Please!” The first two emails I get will receive a copy. I was half expecting a graphic expose showing all the horrible things that happens in between getting our food […]

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Los Angeles Tamale Vendors

American Public Media’s Marketplace does a piece on Los Angeles tamale vendors: Selling tamales on the streets of Los Angeles is a dangerous game of hide-and-seek. Tamale vendors, or “Tamaleros,” have to avoid obstacles like gangs, traffic, police and health inspectors to make only about $30 a day. Devin Browne talks to one Tamalero whose […]

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Global Street Food at Art Basel

An exhibition displaying the various methods people use to make and sell food on the street: “Global Street Food” is dedicated to the fascination with improvised kitchens in public places. Urban fast food stations navigating the contrast between pragmatic dilettantism and complexity in the smallest of spaces. Mike Meiré will be presenting several objects and […]

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New Orleans bans taqueria trucks

via Metafilter “How do the tacos help gumbo?” Hold the tacos, New Orleans says. In yet another pig-ignorant move in Post-Katrina New Orleans, local politicians have decided to destroy the booming taco-truck business that is feeding the workers (and plenty of the locals) who are rebuilding the city. Blame racism, blame taxes, blame immigration politics: […]

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Chichen Itza

Hidden in plain sight in the Mercado la Paloma, Chichen Itza is located right across the street from the DMV near the USC campus. This place sells Yucatan food and sits toward the back of the market…you’ll first  walk past the Oaxacan stand with the interesting looking desserts, vegan ice creams, and fresh juices. After […]

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