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    The Best Los Angeles Food trucks
     
    Food trucks are a staple of L.A.'s cultural identity. While they may be popping up in every major city across the world, it all started in Los Angeles. More specifically, it started with the Mexican food trucks that drove to construction sites, until the concept was revolutionized by Roy Choi and his Kogi truck, where he invented a hybrid of Korean and Mexican deliciousness (think kimchi on tacos instead of salsa). The Kogi truck begat more foodie trucks, and now they are everywhere, roaming every neighborhood across the city. No one seemed to know which in L.A. are the best. We were asked a few times, and couldn't give a proper list of recommendations. So most of the goop team hit Abbot Kinney—a long boulevard in Venice where on the first Friday of every month, many of L.A.'s finest food trucks congregate. We asked some of our friends with the most discerning palates to join us, and set out to make the L.A. food truck guide, hitting more than 40 trucks, and eating our way through 50+ meals in the process.
    L.A.'s Best Food Trucks
    • Arroy

      ARROY
      We tried their insane Spicy Street Corn and delicious Chicken and Beef Brisket Thai Sliders—all while Kendrick Lamar and A$AP blared from their speakers.

    • Baby’s Badass Burgers

      Baby's Badass Burgers*
      The Turkey Cover Girl with "Baby’s Special Sauce…" is delish.

    • Coolhaus

      Coolhaus*
      Construct your own ice cream sandwich: Always a hit.

    • Dogtown Dogs

      Dogtown Dogs*
      The California Dog with avocado, arugula, basil aioli, tomatoes, and fried onions is pretty much not your average hot dog.

    • Grilled Cheese Truck

      Grilled Cheese Truck*
      One of the most popular trucks at The Brig, lines here tend to be long—and justified by the intense (and delicious) grilled cheese sandwiches.

    • India Jones

      India Jones
      We chose the Sag Paneer and the Coconut Yellow Curry: Super spicy and totally excellent.

    • Kogi

      Kogi*
      A Food Truck classic. The Korean-inflected shrimp tacos are always our go-to, though everything here is great.

    • Lobsta Truck

      Lobsta Truck
      Their super fresh Maine Lobster Roll—toasted split top with butter—is unparalleled in L.A. food truckdom.

    • South Philly Experience

      South Philly
      Experience*

      We were blown away by their veggie cheese steak with broccoli rabe, provolone, and mushrooms.

    • Street Kitchen

      Street Kitchen
      The menu here is more of an encyclopedia—and the dishes are equally rich. We liked the Lobster Kobe and the Veggie Quesadilla.

    • Sushi Pirate

      Sushi Pirate
      Both the Pirate House Roll and the Sushi Burrito are meals in and of themselves—and a bit lighter than some of the other offerings on the strip.

    • Takoyaki Tanota

      Takoyaki Tanota
      Takoyaki are little flour balls filled with octopus or shrimp—and then topped with ponzu or Japanese mayo. Delicious.

    • The Urban Oven

      The Urban Oven*
      The kids loved it, which says a lot: They are true pizza snobs.

    • Food Truck Finders

      While dedicated food truck followers are better off keeping tabs on their top trucks via Twitter (they all scatter across the city throughout the week), if you’re in the mood for street food but don’t know where to go, there are a couple apps out there which update daily food maps. (The success of the app depends on the trucks’ diligence in updating their location schedule.) Roaming Hunger keeps a solid watch on trucks nationwide (Austin, Portland, NY and LA), Tweat.it is good for New York, and Food Truck Fiesta is the best for DC.

    * You’ll find them in the lot at The Brig, a local bar which has the most prized parking spots.

    Food Truck Collage
    • Other Hits
    Goes Bananas The Smore Give Me More The French Toast Ice Cream Slider

    Goes Bananas at Wafl

    The ‘Smore Give Me More from Street Kings

    The French Toast Ice Cream Slider (with
    Vanilla and Green Tea Ice Cream) at Recess

    Not Heading to L.A.?
    Food Truck Happenings Worldwide
    • New York
    • Smorgasburg at Brooklyn

      Smorgasburg at Brooklyn
      Bridge Park, Pier 5 |
      Sundays

      Between Brooklyn's Smorgasburg and the Brooklyn Flea, you’re pretty much covered for outdoor eating on the weekends. Our current favorite is Sunday’s Smorgasburg on Pier 5 with vendors like Dough (the ideal doughnut), bigBao (little rice pancakes stuffed with South Asian goodness) and Takumi (Mexi-japanese tacos). Sited right on the water facing downtown Manhattan, this is the perfect family pitstop thanks to built-in public seating and multiple playgrounds.

    • LeFooding Beach Club

      LeFooding Beach Club at
      Beach 97, Rockaway |
      July 11, 12, and 13

      This Brooklyn beach oasis is going to be a fixture of the foodie scene this summer when LeFooding shows up with a weekend-long Beach Club. Thanks to a pre-selected menu from Trois Mec, Rockaway Taco, and Momofuku Milk Bar, it’s worth a trek out to BK’s southern tip. Plus, 10% of proceeds go to restoring Rockaway post-Sandy, which should help to make amends for the weekend invasion.

    • London
    • Kerb at Granary Square

      Kerb at Granary Square |
      1st Saturday of the Month

      Kerb wrangles London’s best mobile food vendors and curates office lunchtime trading at both King’s Cross and The Gherkin. Then, on the third Saturday of each month, Kerb goes all out at Granary Square bringing together around 30 of its vendors for snacks and cocktails.

    • Street Feast

      Street Feast | Friday and Saturday Evenings
      Street Feast in Dalston draws the East London crowd for drinks and dinner from some of the city’s best vendors, including Pizza Pilgrims (which now has its own Soho location) and B.O.B’s for Lobster Rolls. It’s fun to make a night of it with a big group of friends at one of the long communal tables.

     
     
     
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    The Art Scene Ahead
     
    Keeping up with the contemporary art scene can be both intimidating and overwhelming—plus, it moves fast. To that end we asked some friends in the know to walk us through this summer’s MFA Thesis exhibitions. It’s there—at institutions like Yale, Columbia, and UCLA—that students present their work to international gallerists and collectors on the hunt for emerging talent. We sent Rebecca Wilson, Saatchi Art’s chief curator, and Theresa Kneppers, an independent curator in London to scout the MFA shows in LA, London, and New York and find the young artists whose work we’ll be following for the years to come. As a bonus, San Francisco gallerist Jessica Silverman identified five tropes in contemporary art that you’re bound to see at a gallery near you.
     
    13 Rising Art Stars
    • Theodora Allen

      The Moth, No. 2, 2014

      "Theodora Allen (UCLA) was commissioned by Saint Laurent’s Hedi Slimane to design a 100-page book titled "49 Paintings," composed entirely of her works. She already has a show scheduled at a pretty impressive gallery in 2015." - Rebecca Wilson

    • Eleanor Burch

      De-Light, 2014

      "This year’s Goldsmiths BA show had a manic sort of excitement about it, and seemed free from the usual proscribed "in-house style" of the other London schools. The standout is Eleanor Burch’s quietly beautiful piece "De-Light," in which a rough concrete block almost fills a narrow window, the edges of light projecting across the floor. Suffused with a sense of quietude, the work fills the space with an atmosphere of reflection amid the noise and excitement outside." - Theresa Kneppers

    • Esteban Cabeza de Baca

      Dust, 2014.

      "Esteban Cabeza de Baca (Columbia University)
      describes himself as "an observational painter," often working spontaneously in plein air and increasingly using only three colors in his exploration of paint and narrative." - Rebecca Wilson

    • Heidi Howard

      Diner

      "Heidi Howard (Columbia University) decided to become a painter at the age of 17 after reading Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth in which the heroine Lily Bart is constantly at odds with her surroundings. Heidi’s paintings of her close friends, which have been compared to Elizabeth Peyton, capture not only a person in a specific space but a sense of that person's inner life as well." - Rebecca Wilson

    • Shih Hsiung Chou


      "Shih Hsiung Chou (Yale University) pushes the boundaries of painting to a new level: His "oil paintings" are literally made out of recycled engine oil, which is contained behind Perspex." - Rebecca Wilson

    • Nicholas William Johnson

      Detail, A Punk Smelling Flowers at the End of Life, 2014

      "At the RCA, Nicholas William Johnson’s A Crazed Flowering includes four pieces that question whether it is possible to think of beauty without irony. "A Punk Smelling Flowers at the End of Life" features a postcard-size image of Derek Jarman taped to a painting within a painting. It shows Jarman, at the end of his life, leaning over to smell flowers in Monet's garden. The combination of the photographic image with the thickly painted, dark flowers forms a relic from an age of rococo frivolity. This saturated depiction symbolically dislodges earlier concepts of beauty while still attesting to the sensory pleasure of the garden." - Theresa Kneppers

    • Erin Morrison

      The Head of Gauguin, Among Other Objects

      "Erin Morrison (UCLA) makes ‘relief’ paintings, referencing textiles and still life. Her works are a wonderful hybrid of painting and sculpture, abstraction and representation." - Rebecca Wilson

    • Hormazd Nariellwalla

      Le Petit Echo de la Mode

      "Hormazd Nariellwalla (London College of Fashion) transforms Savile Row patterns into exquisite abstract collages that have caught the eye of fashion designer Paul Smith and many collectors around the world." - Rebecca Wilson

    • Amy Parrot


      "Aimee Parrott's monotypes on linen, calico, and silk with spills and smudge in delicate layers were a highlight of the Royal Academy show. Her work skirts around the clichés of MFA abstraction (a phenomena neatly described and unpicked by J. Saltz in a recent article for Vulture Magazine, but has a visual richness that saves it from that homogeneity." - Theresa Kneppers

    • Victoria Roth

      Bird #1, 2014

      "Victoria Roth’s (Columbia University) gauzy paintings are borne out of a process of applying and erasing layers of paint. Their strong physical presence mirrors the performative aspect of her work, which is also evident in her large-scale black and white charcoal drawings." - Rebecca Wilson

    • Evan Whale


      "Evan Whale (Yale University) works with photography in a painterly way, creating minimalist color field panels on photography paper, and challenging our expectations about art materials and the space around us." - Rebecca Wilson

    • Shen Xin

      Counting Blessings, 2014

      "At Slade’s MFA show, the work of Shen Xin—which incorporated a virtual reality device, a drawing by the artist’s father and an autobiographical video—was particularly impressive. The video, "Counting Blessings," was shot in Tibet and shows the artist’s father collecting images of Tibetans, creating a photo archive, and then transforming them into paintings in the style of Russian realist painters. In a segment of the video Shen Xin’s father encourages her to make this same style painting of modern day Tibetans, trading their Nike sweatshirts for traditional robes. These paintings, we learn later in the film, fund her education at the Slade." - Theresa Kneppers

    • Vivien Zhang

      System ("Learning Pastoral")

      "In her abstract paintings Vivien Zhang (Royal College of Art) explores the entrances and exits of gestures that create the multiple spaces in a painting and what’s beyond its edges—perhaps not surprising for this bi-continental artist who divides her time between London and Beijing." - Rebecca Wilson

    5 (Well Used) Tropes in Contemporary Art

    Gallerist Jessica Silverman, whose eponymous gallery in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district has gained a reputation for discovering emergent artists, gives us the download on the contemporary art scene. In Art Basel and LISTE this month, Jessica identified the trends worth taking notice of now.

    1. 3-D imaging. Lots of artists have taken to 3-D imaging technology to produce life-like sculptures, but few are using it as creatively and conceptually as Josh Kline.

      Tropes 1

      Josh Kline, Packing for Peanuts (Fedex Worker’s Head with Knit Cap), 2014
      Courtesy of 47 Canal

    2. Print it on plastic. Whether printed on rigid resin or draped acetate, the images by Aleksandra Domanovic and Amy Yao offer the best examples of this meme.

    3. If in doubt, lean it. "I love Pipilotti Rist's leaning light box and like Sam Ekwurtzel's knotted posts. I saw many examples of this trope, but most were not worth reporting."

      Tropes 3b

      Pipilotti Rist, Untitled, 2009
      Courtesy of Luhring Augustine

      Tropes 3a

      Sam Ekwurtzel, live and dead knots March/April 2014, 2014
      Courtesy of Simone Subal

    4. Paintings made without paint. Jason Loebs’ thermal grease wall works, Mohammed Namou’s fabric "Poches" (aka Pockets) and Scott Lyall's UV radiation "paintings" fit the bill.

      Tropes 4b

      Mohamed Namou, Poches, 2012 – 2014
      Courtesy of The Modern Institute

      Tropes 4a

      Jason Loebs, Untitled, 2014
      Courtesy of Essex Street

    5. Art that makes you hungry. The consumption at art fairs is so frenzied that, ironically, you don’t have time to eat. Rob Pruitt’s refrigerators, Nicolas Party’s "Still Life," and Ken Price's "Orange Pussy" reminded me that it was time for lunch.

      Tropes 5a

      Nicolas Party, Still Life, 2014
      Courtesy of The Modern Institute


      Tropes 5b

      Ken Price, Orange pussy egg, 1960
      Courtesy of Anthony Meier Fine Arts

     
     
     

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