After the release of my book Tacocity: Los Angeles last year, I was approached by Authentic Shows about creating a podcast based on the book. But unlike the book, which is based solely around my hometown of Los Angeles, the podcast had to appeal to everyone across the country. Someone living in say, Muncie, Indiana isn’t necessarily going to want me to give them a review of a place they can’t eat at regularly.
So I went away to the East Coast for a few months and scored the last season of the show The New Adventures of Peter & Wendy, and thought about the podcast. Aside from making it a glorified Yelp review show, I couldn’t figure out how to make it interesting. During the trip to New Jersey and back, my wife and I drove. She’s a true crime podcast junkie, so during the 9 days driving there in October and the 11 days coming home in January, we listened to nothing but podcasts. Serial, Truth & Justice, Real Crime Profile – all of them are excellent and engaging. But there was one podcast that caused me to have a lightbulb moment in the quest for my own show. That podcast is Undisclosed.
Undisclosed has three hosts – Rabia Chaudry, Colin Miller, and Susan Simpson. All three of them are excellent podcasters and hosts, and more importantly, they’re all storytellers. During the first two seasons they all took turns narrating episodes, with one case per season. Susan Simpson in particular has this way of startling her story with something that you think has nothing to do with the case, and then she weaves it back around and into the main story so effortlessly, you almost say “AHHH” aloud. And after we got back in January, I realized that’s what I wanted to do with Tacocity – storytelling.
I’ve been working my butt off for months, semi-secretly, but it’s time to unleash the Tacocity Podcast on the world. It’s about tacos, but it’s so much more than that. It’s about the people who make them, who struggled to build a business, some who immigrated here with nothing but recipes and a dream, who toiled for years under the radar until they could go mainstream. Everyone has a story, and these are the stories behind the tacos, from Los Angeles to Austin to Orlando to Hoboken, and everywhere in-between.
Episodes will come out every Taco Tuesday – each one will feature a different restaurant and a recipe of my own concoction (or one from the chefs, if they’re willing). I’ll walk you through the recipe in the podcast. You can take the phone into the kitchen and we’ll cook together in real time. Tacocity is available on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and SoundCloud. Head over and subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode – the teaser episode is below, and the first full one releases next Tuesday, September 12th, and features chef Esdras Ochoa of Mexicali Taco Company!
Welcome to Tacocity.