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Mexican street food in Los Angeles

Thomasina Miers, the chef behind Wahaca, heads to Los Angeles to find inspiration in the city’s vibrant street-food scene – scroll to the end of the article for her pork belly recipe

Thomasina Miers stands on a sunny petrol station forecourt in Highland Park, a neighbourhood to the northeast of Los Angeles, enthusiastically eating a marinated beef-tongue taco. “It’s so delicious,” she says through a mouthful of corn tortilla, coriander and tomatillo salsa.

This low-rise residential area, an hour and a world away from the Walk of Fame, bristles with signs for cheap loans and fast food. It is not on any tourist map. Star-tour buses don’t pull up round here. But rather than celebrities, we’re looking for Mexican street-food trucks, picking out their vivid orange, blue and pink awnings or distinctive fin-shaped roof vents from among the stucco-covered houses, corner shops and drive-throughs. At the La Estrella and El Pique trucks, we found what we crave. We order more tacos, a beef torta (sandwich) and a buttery hot quesadilla and wolf them as the traffic whizzes past, juices running down our chins.

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Emma’s Eccentric Britain: the Museum of Celebrity Leftovers, Cornwall

A piece of bread and butter pudding left by Prince Charles, a bit of cheese toastie abandoned by Pete Doherty … this small example of British eccentricity needs a new home, discovers Emma Kennedy. Time, readers, to step up to the plate

Michael Bennett is, I suspect, great fun to know. For nine and a half years he’s run The Old Boat Store cafe in Kingsand, Cornwall with his wife Francesca.

They’re artists and had never run a cafe before and one day, David Bailey, the photographer, popped in. He had a cheese and tomato sandwich but he left a bit. So thrilled were the Bennetts that Bailey had stopped by that they wanted to commemorate the moment and somehow, “I can’t remember whose idea it was”, they came up with the notion of preserving Bailey’s leftover for posterity.

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