Those of you who have been following my blogging for a while know an old feature I used to run was called "Triptych", which was literally, three unrelated things that I found inspirational. At a more macro level, that is how I envision this blog — as a public sketchbook of sorts. A place where you can turn to for some quirky inspiration when you have a bit weekend afternoon boredom. A place that when you feel run down you can find something small that is new and creative to recharge your batteries. A place that you can poke through and make a random association to help you out of a rut (a bit like Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies cards). Well, I might have jumped the gun with posting exclusively about Botch's "We Are the Romans" album because I had a perfect triptych thrown my way this weekend. So here is part two...
Part Two: Cemitas Poblanas
If you are like every other local in Los Angeles, you have very didactic ideas about your preferred taco. And are willing to fight over the proper burrito. Willing, nay, EGER to try cabesa (stewed head meats) at what your friends colloquially call Taco Zone, owing to it's proximity to Auto Zone, at 3AM. But you know, standing in line, feeling restless, sometimes you need to mix it up, try something new, break out of your asada, carnitas, or chorizo comfort zone. A Cemitas Poblanas is your savior.
A Cemitas is a style of sandvich from the Mexican state of Puebla. It is basically a sesame seed topped roll with crispy fried Milinesa (thin pounded beef steak), rich chipolte chiles in adobo sauce, sliced red onion, fresh feta-like cheese, a bitter Mexican herb called papalo, and (for those of you who aren't allergic) thick slices of avocado. This is one serious flavor bomb. This is the 16% Aussie Shiraz of sandwiches. Deeply smokey, extremely spicey, layered with savory fried meat, piquant onions and cooling avacado this beast reeks of too long in the sun, too much mezcal and strips the taco ennui away. Will your local taco place have on the menu? I'm not sure, it was a special at Tacos Por Favor in Santa Monica, and it is rumored there is an amazing version served by a truck on Venice in front of the Smart and Final store.
Here are two other places to try that I read about:
Cemitas Poblanas Elvirita
3010 E 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90063
Cemitas Don Adrian
14902 Victory Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91411
Part Three to come soon!