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

$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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  1. 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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    1. re: ns1

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

      1. re: ns1

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

        --Dommy!

      2. 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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        1. re: linus

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

          1. re: PeterCC

            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.

            1. re: linus

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

          2. re: linus

            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.

            1. re: revets2

              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...

              1. re: Dommy

                "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.

                1. re: linus

                  "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.

              2. re: revets2

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

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              1. re: ClarissaW

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

                1. re: PeterCC

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

                  1. re: ClarissaW

                    Sounds like a prospective hound get together.

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

                    1. re: kevin

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

                        1. re: PeterCC

                          My bad.

                          I thought it was a heavy hitter in cost too.

                          so it's only about 20 bucks ?

                            1. re: kevin

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

                              1. re: PeterCC

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

                                Please save some tacos for me too.

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

                      1. 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! :-)