Words by Iona Judd
With extreme landscapes from deserts to rainforests, vivid colours, bright characters and an abundance of tacos (ranging from tacos de canasta, birria tacos and tlayudas – all washed down with an agua fresca or jarritos), I have been dreaming of going to Mexico for years. While I haven’t quite made it there yet, I did go somewhere recently which can at least rival it in the taco stakes: Los Angeles.
LA has a large Mexican population and there are well over 4,000 taco trucks, or loncheras, spread throughout the city. At each, the range of tacos served are as varied as the landscapes they come from. Regions are famed for certain spice mixes or cuts of meat, for their methods of cooking or their salsas, and these regional offerings are almost all represented, including the Taco Arabe – thought to be the first taco to ever exist.