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Tacolandia: Anyone Planning on Going? Kill 30 birds with one stone for Dish of the Month!

PeterCC Jun 6, 2013 03:48 PM

$20 for five hours of sampling 30 restaurants' foods, including board faves Tacos Punta Cabras, Coni'Seafood, Tacos Leo; Ricardo Zarate's restos Mo-Chica, Picca, Paiche; Baja favorites like La Guerrerense, etc.

Full list of restaurants here: http://microapp.laweekly.com/tacoland...

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    ns1 Jun 6, 2013 03:50 PM

    Yup got my tickets weeks ago.

    $20 AYCE tacos = awesome.

    mariscos jalisco gonna be there, awesome. Still haven't tried their shrimp tacos...

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      PeterCC Jun 6, 2013 03:51 PM

      I was surprised there's no posts on it. Pretty sure I'm going. Wish they had discounted tix for little kids, though...

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        Dommy Jun 6, 2013 08:32 PM

        No... SUPER AWESOME! Can't wait to go! :D

        --Dommy!

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        linus Jun 6, 2013 03:58 PM

        i love a good taco, but i'm not sure which will be more unpleasant: the crowd or having a taco next to bill esparza.

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          PeterCC Jun 6, 2013 04:07 PM

          Re: Bill Esparza--Why? Only know him from his blog. Seems a pleasant enough fellow.

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            linus Jun 6, 2013 04:10 PM

            well, this isn't the place to go into it. i find him excellent at finding good places to eat.
            other than that, though i haven't met him, i don't think i care for the person who shows up in his writing.
            here's hoping he's not that fellow.

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              PeterCC Jun 6, 2013 04:11 PM

              Mod removal of this entire subthread in 3 2 1... ;-)

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                JAB Jun 6, 2013 05:06 PM

                For real, so judgemental.

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            revets2 Jun 9, 2013 11:35 PM

            I have never met Bill Esparza, but I once emailed him a question and he responded quickly (not his day job, I guess) and was super nice and humble about it.

            Made me an instant fan.

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              Dommy Jun 9, 2013 11:55 PM

              I know Bill and he is very passionate and opinionated about food. This sometimes can come off as arrogant, but as your experience with him has been (And many others tell me as well) at his heart, he's about sharing his knowledge and experiences in good food. For me, that makes him a true hound. If he was really an @$$, he would be a 'foodie'. Those types who show off and then don't share.

              People don't realize the wrangling and trust that one has to develop with cooks, especially street cooks. I always approach people as kindly as I can. Even in respectful Spanish in a humble tone. And still people have declined to give me their names, hem and haw when I ask them about where they source their ingredients, etc... For Bill, it has been his passion (as you noted, not his JOB) to develop these relationships to the benefit of the cook and the audience that will experience things they would might never get to... This event is the perfect example of this...

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                linus Jun 10, 2013 08:57 AM

                "at his heart, he's about sharing his knowledge and experiences in good food. For me, that makes him a true hound. If he was really an @$$, he would be a 'foodie'. Those types who show off and then don't share."

                it's good to hear this is how he's like in person. his writing shows me nothing of this.

                "People don't realize the wrangling and trust that one has to develop with cooks, especially street cooks."

                hashem, how i wish anyone writing about food anywhere would spend less time on this and more time telling me about how the food tastes.
                i get the feeling they would rather eat a shitty taco from the right person rather than a good taco from the wrong one.

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                  kevin Jun 10, 2013 12:05 PM

                  "hashem, how i wish anyone writing about food anywhere would spend less time on this and more time telling me about how the food tastes.
                  i get the feeling they would rather eat a shitty taco from the right person rather than a good taco from the wrong one."

                  That is a solid point.

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                    latindancer Jun 13, 2013 08:58 AM

                    "hashem"

                    Wow.

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                Ciao Bob Jun 10, 2013 11:09 AM

                Count me as a big Bill fan as well. When I went to Mexico City last year he spent a great deal of time pointing me in the right directions for good chow that this gringo would have never found on his own.

                Bummed I cannot make this Taco fest.

            2. ClarissaW Jun 7, 2013 08:09 AM

              PeterCC + ns1. Perhaps I'll finally get to "meet" you guys in person!

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                PeterCC Jun 7, 2013 08:49 AM

                Will you be there for business or pleasure (or both)? That would be cool if we met!

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                  ClarissaW Jun 8, 2013 10:51 PM

                  Pleasure. Bill's a friend of mine. Yeah! That'd be great :]

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                    kevin Jun 10, 2013 12:06 PM

                    Sounds like a prospective hound get together.

                    Too bad I'm too fucking broke right now to afford a hundred fifty dollar event.

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                      ns1 Jun 10, 2013 12:11 PM

                      if by "hundred fifty" you mean "twenty"...

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                        PeterCC Jun 10, 2013 12:24 PM

                        Um...

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                          kevin Jun 10, 2013 12:30 PM

                          My bad.

                          I thought it was a heavy hitter in cost too.

                          so it's only about 20 bucks ?

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                            Ciao Bob Jun 10, 2013 02:04 PM

                            about...

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                              PeterCC Jun 10, 2013 02:09 PM

                              It's only exactly $20, or $40 for the VIP (free drinks). Definitely affordable.

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                                kevin Jun 10, 2013 02:35 PM

                                Ok. In that case, I will see you there Pete.

                                Please save some tacos for me too.

                  2. WildSwede Jun 7, 2013 12:43 PM

                    I bought my ticket.

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                      ns1 Jun 9, 2013 09:52 AM

                      Bill has been posting preview pics with hash tag #tacolandia. Looks awesome.

                      1. PeterCC Jun 12, 2013 03:34 PM

                        Was at Tacos Punta Cabras today for lunch. Chefs Josh and Daniel said they have something really special planned for Tacolandia, something so good you'll want to punch someone, is how I believe Daniel put it... Yikes! :-)

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