Dwell on Design and Mobile Eateries

Ξ June 29th, 2009 | → 3 Comments | ∇ Beyond Northeast, Food |

This weekend brought Dwell Magazine’s Dwell on Design to the convention center.  I took part in a Friday chat with the editor of the Square Meal feature, Sarah Rich, who was putting together a discussion on the new mutation of “gourmet” taco trucks.  I shared the stage with Sue Moore and Larry Bain from the Let’s Be Frank hot dog cart and Kam Miceli, founder of the Westside’s Green Truck.  I was asked to attend to give a sense of context to the movement by talking about last year’s petition to save the taco trucks and the ongoing negotiations between local governments and the lonchero’s association.  In a spirit of full disclosure, I’ve only eaten at one of these new incarnations of the taco truck (who shall remain unnamed), and to say the least, there turned out to be a slight personality conflict.  I was worried that these recent additions to the mobile dining scene would bring a similar attitude with them but I couldn’t have been more wrong.  Kam, Larry, and Sue where friendly, down to earth, and had clearly put significant thought into the taste of their food and it’s enviornmental impact.  What may have pleased me most was their accepatance that they were had common interests with more traditional truck owners despite serving very different demographics.

The highlight of the weekend was on Saturday evening at the Geffen Contemporary Museum, where Rich put on a mobile restaurant row.  I’ll try to let the pictures speak for themselves but all of these trucks, probably save Sprinkles, are worth a lunch break on the Westside or a dinner if they ever head east.

Bay area transplants Let’s Be Frank, promotes their “dogs gone good”: Locally raised meat prepared without nitrates, nitrites, hormones, or antibiotics.  Barbie’s Q is a new truck to the scene located in Venice.

Barbie's Q


 Barbie’s Q’s pulled pork sandwich was so delicious we ended up eating two.


Kam Micelli’s Green Truck is so ecologically conscious, it makes the Sierra Club look like a strip mining operation.  the burger and sweet potato fries were excellent.
Green Truck
CoolHaus’ ice cream sandwiches are tasty and architecturally themed.  To be honest, most of their puns were beyond me.  Still, awesome people run this truck and their putting out a great product.  You can even order edible paper for an extra $0.50 to save on waste.
Cool Haus Ice Cream Sandwiches


Finally, for the wealthy mobile foodie who has everything, Sprinkles is selling $3.00 red velvet cupcakes out of their new van.  Hey, different strokes for different folks, but as a frame of reference, $3.00 will buy you two tacos and a drink at a traditional truck.  I complain, but they were completely sold out by the end of the evening.



Good News from the Northeast in the Times

Ξ June 27th, 2009 | → 1 Comments | ∇ Highland Park |

So often, news stories on the Northeast can focus on the negative: Crime, struggling businesses, or falling home prices to name a few. Today it was nice to see our alma mater is doing well even during la crisis. Despite the fact that he never graduated from the school (unlike a few local bloggers), it looks like Oxy is receiving a bit of a bump thanks to President Obama.  Read the story here.

Also, in today’s Times was coverage of the city’s Drew St. party celebrating the one year anniversary of the LAPD arresting dozens of gang members with a federal racketeering inditement.  Despite all the complaints we frequently hurl at the city, I do have to give credit where credit is due with public safety.  Anyone who heard Chief Bratton on Pat Morrison’s radio program last week has to appreciate his straightforward style.


Concerts at the Square

Ξ June 27th, 2009 | → 1 Comments | ∇ Highland Park |

Heritage Square Museum begins it’s annual concert series on July 16th with Mariahi Divas, a group that’s built a bit of a fan base here in Northeast LA with their performance at last year’s Lummis Day.  The ladies won a grammy for 2008′s Canciones del Amor.  Enjoy their live performance of Malaguena below.  The rest of the museum’s concert series can be found on their website.


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