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Without DACA, Vegas Wouldn’t Have Its Best Al Pastor Tacos

Sure we’re all familiar with Plato’s quote, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” It’s true, for the most part. But invention isn’t exclusive to the phrase as well. Survival is a logical byproduct of necessity, facilitating dreams to be manifested and goals to be achieved. Such is the case with sisters Faviola and Gabriella Trujillo, whose own chain of successful taco restaurants, Taco Y Taco, was born from a need to simply survive, especially with odds stacked against them.

Their father is an entrepreneurial success story as well, starting from a small butcher shop in Mexico, to opening up multiple full-service markets in Las Vegas, NV. But when economic downturn forced him to close up locations save for one, the Trujillo sisters knew that their circumstance as undocumented individuals made it likely that no one would hire them or offer them a work permit. The necessity to survive immediately grew from that seed of uncertainty and led them to formulate a sound business plan that would serve as the blueprint for their now successful business.

But defying the odds isn’t new to Faviola and Gabriella, who beyond their immigration status in the country, also broke through the typical perception of what a Mexican restaurant is, and presented a unique and different approach to a customer’s dining experience. Fresh ingredients, tried and true recipes, and attention to detail highlight Taco Y Taco’s model, creating a meal that’s memorable through a couple euphoric bites of their nationally-recognized al pastor tacos or simply knowing that it was built through taking a chance and living out one’s own dreams, no matter what circumstances or how daunting they initially seem to be.

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Dominique Ansel’s All-You-Can-Eat Pie Buffet Features AL PASTOR PIE

Dominique Ansel is putting together an Avengers-like ensemble of figureheads for an upcoming all-you-can-eat pie buffet. One of the most intriguing creations for the event, however, is an Al Pastor Pie of his own design.

Photo courtesy of 189 by Dominique Ansel

That pie, featured at the top of the above photo, is one of many that will be available at Pie Nights, a four-night dinner and experience at Ansel’s Los Angeles restaurant, 189. The Al Pastor pie comes with slow-cooked al pastor, spit-roasted pineapple, corn, tomato, chilies, and lime, making it one of the more unique savory pies in the ensemble.

Al pastor, in particular, has already been at the heart of some fusions, like the viral Al Pastor Pizza, so it’s interesting to see it being used in another format.

Other pies at this lineup include a chocolate cream pie designed by Wolfgang Puck, a brisket shepherd’s pie from the mind of Aaron Franklin, green chile chicken pot pie from Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and a sour cherry crostata imagined by legendary food writer Ruth Reichl.

Pie Nights will happen from October 8th-11th, with two 90-minute seatings available each night at 6 and 8pm. Tickets, which go on sale on this website at 12 PM PST on September 20th, are $59 for all-you-can-eat pie plus ice cream to get the sweet ones a la mode. A special craft cocktail you can top off throughout the night will also be served, as well as warm mulled cider for the road home.

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You Can Make Legit Shawarma At Home With This Vertical Oven

One of the coolest things things to see in a Mediterranean kitchen, or even a Mexican kitchen for that matter, is a vertical spit full of meat.

Whether it’s shawarma, kabobs, or al pastor, there’s just a little more showmanship and honestly a little more flavor when the meat is prepared on a vertical spit.

A vertical spit isn’t normally something you can just keep in your home kitchen, but there are actually at-home versions that’ll help you cook up your favorite shawarma, or even rotisserie chicken.

From this NutriChef rotating oven that almost looks like a blender, to a Thritop vertical oven, Amazon actually has a couple options on deck, which is pretty exciting if you’re a fan of this type of style.

Looking through the Amazon reviews, it looks like these have been around since at least 2017, which is a little maddening that we here at Foodbeast are barely coming around to finding these.

Is it exactly like the fiery vertical spits you see the local taco truck? No, but it’s still pretty awesome, and definitely going to be a new staple in my household.

 

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Pizza And Tacos Collide With This Al Pastor Pizza

Al pastor tacos are a staple in the Mexican street food scene and while you’d probably never think to find the classic marinated pork on a pizza, it is now on the list of things you didn’t know you needed in your life.

Rose City Pizza in Rosemead, California is known for getting a little crazy with its pizzas after introducing an Elote Pizza, and even spreading Flamin’ Hot Cheetos all over their pies, so it may or may not be surprising that they practically threw a whole taco on top.


Photo by Peter Pham/Foodbeast

They start off with a layer of cheese over their crust, because some of it has to resemble a pizza, then the rest is taco toppings. Starting with pineapple, which is integral to an al pastor taco, chopped onions, radish slices, and of course the grilled al pastor that they cut straight from a vertical spit, just as you’d see inside any good taco shop. Since no taco is complete without a good salsa, they top off the whole thing with a jalapeno aioli drizzled over for added flavor.


Photo by Peter Pham/Foodbeast

Even if you’re not a fan of pineapple on pizza, you have to admit this pizza looks pretty bomb, and if you’re a fan of al pastor tacos, this pizza’s a no-brainer.

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Dodger Stadium Goes All Out For Its World Series Menu

The World Series is upon us and as Dodger Stadium gets ready to host the first two games, they’ve loaded up their menu with food as impressive as the teams on the field.

Over the last couple of years, stadium food has evolved into a competition to see who can come up with the most Instagram-worthy dishes, and Dodger Stadium has done its due diligence in that sense.

From Flamin’ Hot Cheetos-covered elotes, to upgrading their nachos and smothering them in al pastor taco meat, Dodger Stadium’s food scene is going to be lit for the World Series.

If you were one of the lucky few who was able to get tickets to one of these games, you might as well go all out and try something a little different than the usual Dodger Dog.

Some of these items aren’t brand new, while others are making their debut, but none of them lack the wow factor that would make the person sitting next to you ask where you found them.

We’ll see if they keep these on the menu for next season, but for now, its a championship  food lineup, worthy of being on the World Series roster.

Check them out below:

Al Pastor Fries in a Helmet


Staying true to the Los Angeles street food scene, Dodger Stadium will have a souvenir helmet filled with crispy fries topped with al pastor-style pork, pico de gallo & avocado crema. These can be found at LA Taqueria on Field level (section 10), and Reserve level (section 15).
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Al Pastor Nacho Helmet


The nachos, like the fries, will be topped with al pastor, and can also be found at LA Taqueria on Field level (section 10) and the Reserve level (section 15).
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Cheet-o-Lote


Not only are they going to have an elote, but they’re covering it Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. These can be found at the King’s Hawaiian Grill on Left Field Plaza and LA Taqueria on Reserve levels (section 15).

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Chicken & Waffle Sammy


L.A. is known for the legendary Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, and the Dodgers are putting their own twist on the concept. It consists of spicy fried chicken and candied smoked bacon in between a Belgian waffle that’s covered in maple syrup. These can be found at Chick N’ Tots on Field level (section 8), Lots O’ Tots on Loge (section 136), and Tenders Etc. on Reserve level (section 14).
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This Team Dodger Dog


You can find everything and the kitchen sink in this Dodger Dog. It’s a 1/3 lb. all-beef dog topped with chili, cheese sauce, pastrami, and then drizzled with spicy mustard and pickles. These can be found at Extreme Loaded Dog on Field level (section 48), Loge level (section 135), and Reserve level (section 2).
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King’s Hawaiian Lobster Roll


Dodger Stadium works closely with King’s Hawaiian, which results in some amazing items, like this lobster roll. It consists of a New England style lobster mix on a King’s Hawaiian Sweet Roll, served with a side of garlic fries. This can be found at the King’s Hawaiian Grill on Left Field Plaza.
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Short Rib Waffle Fries


If you’re in the mood for barbecue, these waffle fries are smothered in braised short ribs, red wine reduction sauce, and crispy cheese curds. These are located at Bud & Burgers booth the on Field level (section 47) and Top Deck Dogs Too on the Top Deck (section 4).
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Smoked Chicken Leg Platter


Keeping with the barbecue theme, the smoked chicken leg and thigh is smothered in sweet, smoky BBQ sauce, and served with roasted corn, ramen slaw, and corn bread. These can be found at King’s Hawaiian Grill on Left Field Plaza.
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Dodgers Wagyu Cheeseburger

Getting a little fancy with their burgers, they put together a Kobe-style American beef ½ lb burger, creamy American cheese, crispy bacon, grilled onions, herbed mayo on a brioche bun with kettle chips on the side.
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Shrimp Shooter


The only thing better than a Michelada is probably a michelada with a jumbo shrimp to shoot. These can be found at Blue Heaven on Earth Bar in the Right Field Plaza, and #ITFDB Bar on the Left Field Plaza.

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Vegan Nachos


Dodger Stadium is starting to cater to the vegan community, and has a couple of menu items for those who do not consume meat. Located in LA Taqueira on the Field level (section 10), these nachos consist of Crispy tortilla chips topped with Vegan cheese, pico de gallo, jalapeños, and salsa verde.
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Vegan Noodle Bowl

The second vegan option is a Vietnamese bean thread noodle bowl with nappa cabbage, shredded carrots, diced cucumber, peanuts, diced jalapeño, and peanut sauce. These will be served at Base Bowls on Field level (section 45).
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Churro Sundae Helmet


It’s going to be over 100 degrees in L.A., you might want some ice cream and churros. These will be at Trolley Dodger Treats on Field level (section 46), and LA Taqueria on Reserve level (section 15). You’re welcome.
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Ice Cream Donut Sandwich


A bit of an homage to the After’s Milky Bun, this donut sandwich will be covered in blue glaze, blue and white sprinkles, and stuffed with blue vanilla ice cream. The treat can be found at Trolley Dodger Treats on Field level (section 46).
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Candied Apples


For kids and big kids alike, the caramel apples come in three flavors: Crushed Oreos, S’mores, or Chamoy. These will be at the Trolley Dodger Treats on Field level (section 46), Marketplace on Loge level (section 137), Reserve level (section 5).
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Souvenir Moscow Mule


This mule consists of Ketel One Vodka, lime juice, ginger beer, and a lime wedge. Probably the coolest thing is the sweet ass souvenir mug it comes in. Find these at Blue Heaven on Earth Bar on the Right Field Plaza, and the #ITFDB Bar in the Left Field Plaza.
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Blue Slugger


You’ll probably need a cold drink in the heat, and this Blue Slugger could help you out. It consists of Vodka, Blue Curacao, pineapple juice, and fresh lemon sour mix with a splash of Sprite. These can be found all over the place, like the Think Blue Bar on Field level (section 1), Reserve level (section 13), Blue Heaven on Earth Bar on Right Field Plaza, #ITFDB Bar on Left Field Plaza, Hite Bar on Loge level (section 107), Rita Cabana Bar on Loge level (section 161), and Top Deck Buds on Top Deck (section 5).

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This Al Pastor Ramen Dish Is The Mexican-Japanese Hybrid LA Has Been Waiting For

We love ramen. Let’s get that clear and out of the way. Any kind of ramen you can think of, we’d be more than happy to have a bite and a slurp. Rakken Tacos, a Asian-Mexican fusion spot in Southern California, has developed a bowl of dry ramen topped with al pastor.

The Commerce-based restaurant uses Asha noodles served with lemongrass al pastor. It’s topped with a house-made spicy mayo and topped with some freshly-chopped green onions and cilantro.

While the dish doesn’t feature ramen’s classic broth, it still looks like it can hold its own against the traditional takes on iconic the Japanese dish.

I mean, look at it.

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The dish is the most recent entry into innovative ramen creations. By now, we’ve all heard of the infamous Ramen Burger. Then, folks started adding ramen to everyday foods to get even more ramen hybrids out there. We got ramen pizza, ramen donuts, ramen fries…hell, someone even made a ramen pot pie!

Welcome to the world, Al Pastor Ramen. Prepare to be devoured.

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Craving: Chronic Taco Grilled Fish Burrito

I’m pretty sure the picture above is an Al Pastor burrito from Chronic Taco, but just a few hours ago I had the pleasure of enjoying a grilled fish burrito from this awesome taco/burrito spot (video coming soon!). Ever since I left the restaurant, all I could think about is what my excuse would be for going back so soon and getting about 2 more of the burritos. If you get a chance and you’re into fish, try one with everything on it, I promise you won’t be dissapointed. (Thx holapenguin)

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Taco Tuesday Taco Truck

Every Tuesday in the Orange Circle, for the last two years there is a bike ride from Orange to Santa Ana to a 24hour taco truck. Well the two year anniversary ride just passed, so myself and about 80 other people made the ride. After the line had died down, we finally ate.