Watch as city lights transform us – AFI
Tonight, the city lights of my beloved Los Angeles took me back to Baja. All of my senses were enlightened with the sounds, taste, smell, sight, and feeling of being in Mexico eating tacos, tostadas, and quesadillas under the stars. There was so much nostalgia as two of my worlds collided tonight. My two identities, together. As a Baja Californian at heart…tonight was an experience that I long to repeat…
It all started when my paisano Ricky (of fish taco fame) told RE that there was a taco stand in DTLA that sold authentic baja style tacos. The only catch was that tonight would be their last night at the parking lot where they usually set up. Since Ricky said they were good…we decided to check them out tonight. RE says she had heard of this stand before, but never knew the address.
Now that I’ve had these tacos, I’m totally kicking myself for not finding them sooner! How is it that there isn’t more talk about these guys! Sure you can find good tacos around LA, but these guys take it to the next level in regards to authenticity! Tonight I became their number one fangirl. This is why:
Thin plastic plates – Check.
Coca Cola tables/chairs – Check.
Plastic Salt Shaker – Check.
Plastic bag over plastic plate -Check.
Baja accent – Check.
Taco guy wearing a Bimbo jersey – Check.
Tree trunk chopping block – Check.
Use of the word ‘Orale’ – Check.
Canel’s – Check. Check.
Baja Hospitality – Check. Check. Check.
Tortillas that are actually bought in Mexicali – JACKPOT
I had a quesadilla, a cachetada and a vampiro. Everything I ate was instant magic. I could have stayed there all night just eating and taking it all in. This wave of nostalgia was very healthy for my soul. It goes to show street food is alive and well in my beloved City of Angels.
I want to thank these three guys right here for allowing me to escape the thought of lesson planning, work, meetings, and other stressful things. For an hour or so, I was among friends in Baja…I was in a state of bliss. Gracias a mis paisanos…
Watch as city lights dance for us…
As we were paying, we were handed some Canel’s. Instant. Flashback. Wow.
Sometimes the littlest details can mean so much.
So apparently these guys can keep their location for a little bit longer! Catch them while you can!
1st & Beaudry, DTLA
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
This Baja experience is something I would like to repeat over and over and it is something that I can’t wait to introduce my friends to.
It will change your life. Trust.
Feel free to give them a call: (323) 274-8907