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Southern California must-trys: Filipino tacos and 'flan icing'

Photo by Ariel Edwards-Levy for KPCC

White Rabbit's red velvet flan: Filipino-style flan on top, the world's trendiest cake on the bottom

KPCC intern Ariel Edwards-Levy is on a mission to find some of the more intriguing tastes to come out of Southern California's cultural stew. We could call it fusion, but we won't. Let's just call it what comes naturally in a place like this.

Ariel's first entry involves a combination as Californian as the Beach Boys, the blending of Filipino and Mexican cuisines. Immigrants from both countries and their descendants have a long and intertwined history in the West that dates back generations. So the offerings of White Rabbit, a gourmet Filipino-Mexican food truck (and its newish brick-and-mortar Canoga Park cafe, housed in what looks like a former Taco Bell), are a naturally-occuring So Cal phenomenon. Hit it, Ariel:

The concept: Filipino-style meats and flavors fused with Mexican-style influences