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The Manila Machine: Pinoy Delights Take to the Streets of L.A.

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When it comes to the oft-debated realm of the new wave of food trucks taking to the streets of Los Angeles, the topic tends to move towards what's missing. Finding a niche is key for food trucks who hope to join the ranks of the successful food-making four-wheeled Twitterati who draw lines and accolades. What has been missing for sometime was Filipino food, which is what nourishes a segment of our local population but also represents food that is perfect for a truck, since that means exposure to those who are curious about the cuisine.

Satisfying our curiosity is a duo of food-enthusiasts who bring both culinary expertise and cultural savvy on board the Manila Machine. Nastassia Johnson and Marvin Gapultos are perhaps best known in local food circles as being food bloggers (she is Let Me Eat Cake and he is Burnt Lumpia), but they are both also Filipino-Americans with long-time professional relationships with food.

Recently we headed to Hollywood to catch the truck in the lot of Frosted, the cupcakery that has a weekly food truck day outside their sweets emporium.