Miniature in the Mail #8: "Chicharrón"

5" x 5"
Oil on masonite
Nothing says urban centreand an urban centre with a living culturelike a food truck. To me they're up there with bike messengers, pigeons, and old fellas playing chess on concrete tables.

I found this particularly supercharged one, Los Reyes del Elote, in Santa Ana, where apparently latinos, especially Mexicans, constitute around 80 percent of the population.

Tacos. Burritos. Elote asado (grilled corn on the cob). Mole (sauce). Huitlacoche (a fungus that grows on corn). Nopalitos (cactus pads). Sopes (thick tortilla bowls topped with meat or vegetables). And of course, chicharrón (fried pork rinds).

Thank goodness for this real food in the United States.

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