Cabezas tacos – a chicken head with the neck on a toasted tortilla with crema, queso blanco, chile strips and salsa verde – are just one of the many unique offerings explored by Bill Esparza on his blog, “Street Gourmet LA.” (Photo/Courtesy Bill Esparza)

Food blogs we love: Street Gourmet LA

Who’s blogging: I’m Bill Esparza, professional saxophonist, writer and blogger who’s out to devour Latin America–one country at a time. I learned about Latin American cuisines while on tour, in between sound check and the show, and now writing about its cuisines keeps me busy at Street Gourmet LA.

Explain your blog name: I chose to name my blog Street Gourmet LA because the best and the most culturally-representative cooking in the world is street food. It’s also the most common dining experience on the planet, as most people in the world aren’t rich but want great tasting food; street food is a luxury we can all afford. And LA stands for Los Angeles, one the greatest street food scenes in the U.S.

Blogging since: I started blogging in the Fall of 2007 after meeting blogger Abby Abanes of Pleasure Palate. I didn’t know what a blog was, and after showing her around Breed Street in Los Angeles — a long gone illegal street food market — she asked if she could blog about it. When she told me what a blog was, I realized that I just got scooped because I didn’t have a blog. I started that night!

Blogger Bill Esparza

Blogger Bill Esparza

Blogging from: Los Angeles primarily, but I also post from all over Latin America from Tijuana to Cape Horn and the Caribbean — I’m a frequent traveler.

Most popular post: A guide to al pastor-style tacos featuring L.A. favorite Tacos Leo.

What you’ve learned about food while blogging: The little things. I’ve learned to appreciate traditions more and more, which is often something very subtle.

What has been your favorite food, experience or excursion thanks to the blog?  Being invited by Chef Patricia Quintana to explore 5 states of Mexico along with 90 other journalists and food industry people from all over the the U.S. and Europe. That and getting the opportunity to work with Andrew Zimmern three times on his amazing shows.

Where do you get inspiration for your posts? From the markets of Latin America, I find the traditions that define a city, or a region. Then it’s just a matter of stumbling onto what I’m looking for. And of course, the people I meet — like a woman in Quiroga that quietly sells tamales every day — I wanted to share her simple, meaningful contribution to culture and cuisine. I look for her — someone like her — in every place I visit in the world.

What have you learned from blogging? I’ve learned to stop, listen and take the time to seek out an exceptional experience; living the good life on a dime.

Where else can we find you online? Los Angeles Magazine, L.A. Times, and in videos from the Travel Channel and other networks.

What are your favorite food blogs? I love Flavors of BrazilMexico Cooks and Rotulos de Cachaça, a blog about old cachaça labels.

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