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Tacolandia Live Blog (Attending 'Hounds, Please Participate!)

Tomorrow (Sunday) is Tacolandia, and 30 restaurants will be serving tacos and, I presume, other foods, from noon to 5 PM. I am not going to attempt to live blog the event all by myself--I'd like to actually enjoy the festivities--but I do plan on posting some on-the-spot reports and reviews of items, as well as photos, to this thread. I'm hoping other Chowhounds will do the same here.

From the other Tacolandia thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/904668), I believe the following 'hounds will be there: ns1, Dommy (and Mattapoisett?), ClarissaW, kevin, WildSwede. I'm dragging chrishei with me and my family. Anyone else coming? Do we want pick a time and booth and have a quick informal meet-up? Or should we remain in obscurity and anonymity (well, except for ClarissaW)?

Another question to hopefully get the thread going before the event starts: Which restaurants' grub are you looking forward to having/trying most?

For me, probably La Guerrerense, since they're in Ensenada and a bit difficult for me to get to outside these north-of-the-border events. I'm also looking forward to trying whatever dish Bistro LQ's is serving with rabbit liver (chef Laurent Quenioux has been posting pics on Twitter). And of course I want to know what interesting dish Tacos Punta Cabras will be serving that chef Daniel Snukal says will be so good it'll make me want to punch someone (but I won't--I'm an eater, not a fighter).

According to the official site (http://microapp.laweekly.com/tacolandia/), here's the list of participants:

Bistro LQ
Bizarra Capital
Cacao Mexicatessen
Cafecito Organico
Chichen Itza
Coni' Seafood
Erizo
Flor del Rio Restaurant
George's At The Cove
Gish Bac Restaurante Oaxaqueno
Guerilla Tacos
La Guerrerense
La Monarca Bakery
La Tiendita Mexicana
Leo's Taco Truck
Loteria Grill
Mariscos Jaliscos
Mariscos El Mazateno
Mexicali Taco Co.
Mexikosher
Mo-chica
Paiche
Picca
Rocios Mole De Los Dioses
SoHo Taco
SOL Mexican Cocina
Spirit House Bar
Taco Maria
Tacos Kokopelli
Tacos Punta Cabras
Tamales Elena

I've also uploaded a preliminary map that Soho Taco posted a week ago for reference. Unfortunately it's missing the legend, but if we do decide to gather somewhere, we can use it to pick a place, or name a restaurant's booth to meet at and then see which booth it is when we all arrive.

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    1. Dommy or I will have our sail bag back pack with a #4 on it.

      1. Wish I could make it. Looking forward to your reports.

        1. Crowded! Great cured snapper from George's. Spicy marlin tacos from Coni.

           
           
          1. Los Anaya has the only homade tortilla in the place.

            Sorry strike that Soho does too.

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            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

              The Dos Bros Taco truck cross promoting the Turbo movie is making fresh tortilla behind the truck.

               
              1. re: PeterCC

                That was Los Anayas running that truck.

              2. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                Spirit House Bar had handmade tortillas as well.

                1. re: Johnny L

                  The Spirit House taco was the last one I had. It was quite simple compared to the other tacos but it was very good. I was a bit disheartened that the first 10 or so tacos I had, their tortillas came from a bag and didn't add anything and in a few cases detracted from the tacos they were apart of.

                   
                  1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                    To their credit (and for a fair # of participants), the tortillas were indeed handmade. Just wasn't pressed at the event - made beforehand. Can't complain though, as it's a very tall task for a food festival.

                    1. re: chrishei

                      lots of tortillas felt that way (ie handmade beforehand). made the generic store bought tortillas stand out soooooo bad.

                      I'm sure the carnitas taco I had would have been great on any other day, but against all the fresh handmade tortillas it was a poor showing.

                      1. re: ns1

                        What was in the Bistro LQ taco ?

                        1. re: kevin

                          from chrishei:
                          Bistro LQ – Rabbit Green Mole Taco, Rabbit Liver Taco

                          Chef Laurent actually had multiple variations of tacos available during the festival (including “FG” for those who knew the secret password), but these 2 rabbit-based tacos were very good. The rabbit in green mole was very traditional in execution and flavor, with the pulled rabbit meat being ever-so-tender. The rabbit livers, on the other hand, was very interesting, not unlike chicken livers.

                          Tasty enough for a tasting menu, but didn't have that "OMG let's drive down there and get some right now!" effect. I wouldn't want to eat 5 of them, let's put it that way.