LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Exploring L.A. through a Latino lens. Vista L.A.'s Patricia Lopez gets the opportunity of a lifetime to be a taco judge at one of the world's biggest taco festivals, Tacolandia! Then, Jovana Lara is doing Suicide Boxing. You'll have to see how she makes it out of that workout. Robert Holguin is exploring the Mexican/Morrissey Phenomenon with a Ph.D. on the subject. And Patricia is back with more food, taking you for a Taste of the Eastside.
LA Weekly's Tacolandia partnered with The Vendy Awards to crown six taco purveyors amongst 80 of Los Angeles and Mexico's top taco vendors at the event. Vista L.A.'s Patricia Lopez was invited to be one of the judges.
Here are the taco vendors we visited:
Guerrilla Tacos in Downtown L.A. & Culver City (Winner "Best New School Taco")
Petty Cash in the Fairfax District
Bar Ama in Downtown L.A.
Amor y Tacos in Cerritos
Taco Maria in Costa Mesa
La Embajada in Monterrey, NL, Mexico
Trejo's Tacos in Mid-Wilshire
See a complete list of the 2015 Tacolandia winners at:
From a garage to a full-fledged gym, Suicide Boxing has made quite a name for itself in San Fernando! The facility now has many dedicated followers, many of whom began doing the intense workouts when the gym was in a garage. Vista's Jovana Lara stopped by to check out this killer workout, and to learn all about the story behind the rise of Suicide Boxing + Fitness. Three years ago, brothers Diego and Jesse Lopez began training neighborhood kids in their garage for fun, but it was also to motivate and inspire them to lead healthier lifestyles. Three years into it, they now have many weight-loss success stories, including Jesse Lopez who has lost over 100 pounds!
A Taste of the Eastside
Vista L.A.'s Patricia Lopez took a mouthwatering culinary tour at the Taste of the Eastside food festival, showcasing some of the finest and most diverse restaurants from L.A.'s Eastside neighborhoods, like Silver Lake, Echo Park, Atwater Village and Los Feliz. All of this deliciousness is for a good cause, the event proceeds benefit Rose Scharlin Cooperative Nursery School in Silver Lake. http://tasteoftheeastside.com/
Here are the restaurant vendors featured in our story:
Bon Vivant Market & Cafe
Polka Polish Cuisine
Knuckle & Claw
Micheladas at Colonia Publica
Colonia Publica in Uptown Whittier focuses on Fideo, one of the ultimate Mexican comfort foods, but they're also leading the way in innovative beer-based Micheladas.
Mexrrissey, The Morrissey/Latino Connection
Vista L.A.'s Robert Holguin explores the Latino fascination with the British alternative rock star, Morrissey. We spoke to Mexrrissey, a collective of Mexican musicians who put together a tour honoring Morrissey. We also visited MorrisseyOke at Boyle Height's Eastside Luv and spoke to Melissa Hidalgo, Ph.D., author of the forthcoming book, "Mozlandia," about this connection.
Eastside Luv's MorrisseyOke