Chorizo-Stuffed Waffles, Wild Boar Bacon & More Insane Eats in NoHo


When you think of food like chorizo and waffles, you obviously think about breakfast, but it’s not often that you see them morphed together into a delicious creation that melts in your mouth.

Fellow Foodbeaster Peter Pham and I took a trip down to the NoHo Arts District in North Hollywood, Calif. to check out Bow & Truss’ Chorizo and Cotija Waffle and the rest of the crazy eats they had to offer.

With a calculated effort to not only make every dish stand out, but actually taste legit, Bow & Truss holds its own as a chill, up-and-coming spot in California with an inventive menu.

When we sat down, we immediately read the menu, looked at each other and said, ‘Where do we start?’


We started with Chorizo and Cotija Waffles


Isai: I’m at a point in my life where I’m 94 percent sure I’ve tried everything with bacon, and I feel chorizo is fit to be my next addiction. Chorizo inside the waffle? Good lord. The cotija cheese was a nice touch that added to the Mexican-style flavor. It might sound weird to pour on a spice-filled sauce on a waffle, but the cayenne pepper sauce made it complete.

Peter: I’ve thrown practically everything into waffle batter. But I’ve never thought to include one of my favorite meats ever: chorizo. Orgasmically savory with chucks of chorizo in every other bite, this was worth the drive alone.

Note: They also have dulce de leche and strawberry banana stuffed waffles on the menu. Both sound insanely good.

Wild Boar Bacon


Isai: When the waitress warned us that it’s not regular bacon, I got chills. This thing was like bacon disguised as a steak. Wild indeed.

Peter: I love bacon. So when the idea of eating bacon that looks like it was carved from the belly of the Incredible Hulk presented itself, we HAD to jump onboard.

Pork Tacos


Isai: I didn’t know how to eat these massive tacos. I waited to see what Peter did and followed. The homemade tortillas made them look kind of like sopes, but if they tell me it’s a taco, I’m not arguing.

Peter: The Pork Belly tacos were a mountain of meat onboard tiny pieces of tortillas. And I was OK with that. I had to trim it down with a fork before I could even fold it.

Note: We’d like to apologize for the lack of taco in the picture. There were actually four tacos on the plate, but we skipped breakfast that morning and. . . yeah.

Cheesy Jamon con Huevos


Peter: I’ll let the picture I took speak for itself.

Isai: This plate had ham and over easy eggs on top of an open-faced baguette. It had slices of pickled jalapeno mixed in that gave it a bit of a kick. When we cut it in half and the egg oozed out, we just stopped and admired it for a second. It was like a ham sandwich for hipsters.



Isai: Head pastry chef Stephanie Garcia had the nerve to tell us this was just a regular cheesecake. It was not just a regular cheesecake, it was the perfect ending to a glorious meal. The cake was topped with a caramel syrup that made it taste like some kind of flan cake. Peter did take a small bite of the cheesecake, however, and said something along the lines of, “Oh, wow… I hate my body.”

Peter: Ugh. Lactose intolerant fail.



Isai: I did not have room for anything more. Peter did take a plate of these home and…

Peter: It’s an awesome breakfast item I’ve grown to love over the last year. Definitely something I’d come back for. The flavors were on point.

All in all, we were thoroughly impressed with the menu here. We didn’t even get to touch on the dinner menu, but it’s obvious that every plate is intended to have its own personality. It’s not often that you can order anything on a menu and know it’s going to be tastefully different, but Bow and Truss does it successfully.

Photography by Peter Pham

Bow & Truss

11122 Magnolia Blvd.

North Hollywood, CA

Fast Food

Del Taco Brings Back Carnitas & Rolls Out New Carnitas Loaded Fries


For those of you on your fast food game, here’s a bit a news: Shredded Carnitas are back at Del Taco for a limited time. The chain’s seasonal summer item features its tender, slow braised pork and comes packed in the Carnitas Taco al Carbon and Combo Burrito. The newest addition to the line-up includes the Carnitas Loaded Fries, featuring shredded pork, melted cheese and chopped onions a top a bed of crispy fries.

This particular cheese and pork-laden offering makes for a solid AM snack. If you plan on rolling through Del Taco sometime soon, you can swoop up a coupon for a free Carnitas Taco al Carbon with any drink purchase here.


NYC Food Bank Will Draw Food For Food

Last week the team over at NYC Food Bank combined a love for art and foods to raise money to provide meals for those who are in need. A person who donated $20 or more could send in their favorite food and have it drawn by a group of talented artists. They drew pictures of chips nervously jumping into a kiddy pool of salsa, wrote haikus about steaks and made Inari sushi seem almost too cute to eat. Needless to say, they were successful in raising money — $6,000, which is the equivalent of 30,000 meals. Here are our top three:
If I ever feel bad about eating carnitas, I will just think of the happy pig that loved carnitas, too. So much that he ate his own arm.


You’ll never be the guy who brings Cheese Whiz and Milton’s Crackers to a potluck with this simple Cheese & Cracker drawing. 


Donut Haiku, AKA Commute to Work Haiku.

Of course, these are just 3 drawings out of a multitude of clever and charming creations found on their website.


via Will Draw For Food

Fast Food

El Pollo Loco Launches Chicken Carnitas and Brings Back Tamales

Quietly entering the fast food spectrum last week, El Pollo Loco introduced Chicken Carnitas to the menu in 4 new variations. The carnitas will be available in taco form, bowl, burrito and as part of a meal platter. Along for the ride, the El Pollo Loco team has brought back Chicken Tamales, made the traditional way with authentic corn masa, filled with their spiced chicken simmered in Colorado chile sauce, infused with MExican herbs and spices, hand-wrapped in cornhusks and then cooked. The tamales will be sold individually or as bundles of four served with the brand’s fresh made salsa.

Here’s how the Carnitas meals break down:

  • Carnitas Taco combines El Pollo Loco’s tasty new Chicken Carnitas with diced onion, wedge of lemon and fresh cilantro piled in warm corn tortillas.
  • Carnitas Bowl is a tasty twist on El Pollo Loco’s Pollo Bowl® with plenty of Chicken Carnitas served with diced onion, wedge of lemon, fresh cilantro and Pico de Gallo salsa atop Spanish rice and pinto beans.
  • Carnitas Burrito combines Chicken Carnitas with diced onion, fresh cilantro, Spanish rice, pinto beans, melted Jack cheese and a mild salsa prepared with Poblano chilies and wrapped in a warm flour tortilla.
  • Carnitas Meal features a generous portion of Chicken Carnitas accompanied by Spanish rice, pinto beans, wedge of lemon, warm tortillas and freshly prepared salsa.


Fast Food

Del Taco To Add Carnitas to the Menu on September 7th

The Del Taco brand has been teasing its customers and fans via social media outlets as of late, prompting them with questions like “What’s shredded, tender, and full of flavor?” Well, we have an answer for them, a day before it’s launch — Carnitas. Not sure what shape or form they will take, but the above snapshot comes by way of an Anaheim, CA Del Taco location announcing a “Countdown to Carnitas.

We’d like to generally assume, considering their wordplay pluralizes “menu items,” we can look forward to carnitas in possibly both burrito and taco formats. September 7th is but a day away!



ampm: $1.29 Chicken, Pork or Beef Torta Sandwiches

ampm, known for its tagline “Too much good stuff” is trying to hammer the saying home with this new flavor fiesta-inspired meal offering. If you’re down for some tortas with the quickness, ampm locations everywhere are beginning to offer up three variations of a Torta Sandwich for $1.29. These Latin-inspired sandwiches will come in three flavors, Chicken Chili Verde, Carne Asada, and Carnitas. I guess for $1.29, it’s definitely worth a shot, right?


Craving: Torta Gigante

This is a nice looking torta being dubbed the “Torta Gigante!” by our friends over at SuperSizedMeals. The torta we’re looking at, which came from a torta truck in Portland entitled La Catrina, is a mixed torta of pastor and carnitas, accented with dripping avocado and chile de arbol salsas.

Adventures News

Alberto's: Anaheim

Cruised over to Alberto’s on my bike the other day for lunch. Great food for good prices. Carnitas quesdilla was an excellent choice, and Alberto’s is pretty much the only traditional mexican non-sitdown place I know that serves their tacos in hardshells. More pictures after the jump!