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Adoboloco: Pour, Taste & Repeat!

A few days ago we got a little package at GOF headquarters. Adoboloco, a Hawaiian company that specializes in making homemade sauces, sent us their top sellers so we could give them a try. Naturally this package made it to my hands because I love salsas after all I am a Mexican. They are ingrained in my DNA. I am like a sommelier of sauces and let me tell you I was very impressed with Adoboloco.

Adoboloco
http://www.adoboloco.com
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Adoboloco is a family run business that was born out of a homeschooling garden project. Their sauces are made with lots of love. How do I know that? Well, their products are all natural and non-GMO. On top of that, they don’t put any fillers, refined sugars or oils in their salsas.
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The sauces are naturally preserved by its own ingredients and best of all they only have 4 to 5 ingredients; ingredients that you can actually read and understand like habanero peppers and sea salt. They came in a multi-pack package that has a super cool design, and I really mean that! Somebody took the time to create and label the box. Inside the box were three salsas: Mangoes! Bumbye!, Pineapple and Hamajang.

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All of the sauces were super tasty. I tried them at home first on their own, then I had them on chips and finally on popcorn… yes I love to pour sauces and salsas on my popcorn. But I wanted to taste them in an appropriate environment, so I took them to my favorite taco truck. There I had Pineapple on my chorizo tacos and the Hamjang on my suadero (brisket) taco.

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Then I smothered my potato gordita with the Magoes! Bumbye! It was spicy and sweet. You can immediately taste the sweetness of the mangos. This sauce made me think of fresh and light meals like a ceviche, or any seafood dish would be perfect for it.

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Then I tried the pineapple sauce, and I really enjoyed this one. I would say that this one is hot for the average user but to me it was delicious. There is such a good balance between the habanero peppers, the pineapple, and the apple cider vinegar. I could see me using it with carnitas, Easter Carlona BBQ and well basically anything with pork. Somehow I feel that pineapple and pork are a match made in heaven.

And last but not least I had the Hamajang. This was my favorite one. This one is definitely on the hotter and very spicy side. When I read on the label that it had ghost peppers, it made me so happy. The Hamajang has a complex smokey flavor, and I could pour this baby on nearly everything: eggs, popcorn, steak, pork, fish, etc. The sky is the limit!!

Adoboloco is a hot sauce company that is 100% made in the Hawaii, that supports clean labeling and that also partners with small local farms to source some of the ingredients for their delicious sauces. Mahalo Nui Loa!

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Tipsy at the Tacos and Tequila Festival in San Diego

IMG_6415When you think of San Diego, you think of tacos, tequila, and craft beer, so when I heard there was an event that combined all three, I knew I had to check it out. The Tacos & Tequila Festival was held in the SILO at the Makers Quarter downtown, an excellent outdoor event space and the perfect spot for a fun and boozy Saturday afternoon.

Tacos and Tequila Festival
http://www.tacostequilafestival.com/

The Tacos and Tequila Festival featured several unique tequilas, fifteen breweries, and several restaurants whipping up tacos to compete for the best taco in San Diego! Lines were long but tequila was flowing, some amazing DJ’s and bands were providing tunes, and the tacos were well worth the wait.

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Upon arrival, we swung by Martin San Ramon to pick up a taste of mezcal topped with a sprinkle of Tajin and then were immediately roped into a very intense game of Jenga, hosted by Giant Games. We win (!!!) and then head off to find some tacos!

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Thirty seconds into our taco search, we decide to make our first beer stop and pop by Ironfire Brewing to sample their Mexican Lager, which was the perfect light and crisp sip for a warm day.

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Our first taco stop was at Tacos de Panson, which was serving up two types, a chicken chile Verde, and a vegetarian zucchini with cheese. They were both fresh and tasty, topped with a tomatillo salsa, cilantro, and onions, and served with a lime. While waiting for our tacos, a sketchy little booth with just a keg tapped cooler popped up in the corner, and we, of course, had to check it out. Turns out they were serving up ice cold Dos Equis, which while not a craft brew, was still a perfect taco compliment!

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Our next few brew stops were at St. Archer, Garage Brewing, and Belching Beaver, where we sampled the White Ale, Mango Hefeweizen, and Coconut Pineapple IPA. The Mango Hefeweizen was nice and subtle while still delivering a kick of mango with each sip, but the Coconut Pineapple IPA was the surprise of the day. I have always loved Belching Beaver but stuck primarily to their delicious stouts (they were also serving the peanut butter stout, made with Mexican hot chocolate, and if you haven’t tried it- do so immediately!). This Pineapple Coconut IPA was an IPA that could turn you into an IPA lover, they are definitely not my favorite, but this one was so light and refreshing and just hoppy enough without the bitterness I usually shy away from.

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We then made a quick stop at Fortaleza to sample both their Blanco and Reposado tequilas, and they were both so smooth and delicious! After getting our tequila on, it was time for another taco, this time from Cassanova Fish Tacos. This taco was seriously so tasty and blew me away, the sauce had a mix of cilantro and ginger and was tangy and stood up to the substantial serving of fish. Cassanova is a truck that travels around town, and I will be hunting it down, because if they can make a taco this great at an event of this scale, I can’t imagine how amazing they are straight from the source!

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Our next few beer stops were at Acoustic Ales, Common Cider, and Hangar 24, where we sampled the Pale Ale, Orange Wheat, and Hibiscus Cider. The Hibiscus Cider from Common was such a nice surprising treat; it was just the right amount of sweet, and also a pretty shade of pink!

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Our last few tequila tastings were at Sin Rival, Camarena, and Leyendas de mi Pueblo. We were in love with the bottles at Leyendas de mi Pueblo, but the stand out tequila of the day had to be Sin Rival. We tried the extra reposado, and it was seriously amazing. They also were offering up four different types and were able to provide a wealth of knowledge on each of their tequilas, taking the time to talk to each festival goer, it was clear that they are so passionate about what they do!

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Before heading out for the day, we made a couple of final beer stops. The first was for the Ninkase Citrus IPA, which, while a little too hoppy for me, was pretty damn good. The last drink of the day was Damn Fine Cider’s Black Currant. Oh my goodness am I in love with this cider! It was so unique, crisp and light and a perfect finale!

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This was such a fun event that was so uniquely San Diego, and made me so happy to live here! We really do know what we’re doing down here when it comes to tacos, tequila, and beer, and the Tacos and Tequila Festival was proof of that. The SILO at the Makers Quarter might be my new favorite event space, and I will be visiting some of the featured breweries and taco shops in the future to taste more of my favorites!

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Dawn Digs In: Taco Libre Festival in Dallas, TX

Taco Libre Festival
Main Street Garden, 1902 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201
http://tacolibredallas.com/

taco libre main signThe storms cleared in Dallas just in time for the 2nd Annual Taco Libre Festival. I was there when the gates opened. This girl was ready, I came prepared with: cash, camera and a list of the taquerias I wanted to try. Taco Libre is a festival of tacos, music and Lucha Libre wrestling. I have, to be honest, I was there for the tacos; although I did listen to the music as I tacoed. Unfortunately, no wrestling for me. Masks freak me out. The 21 taquerias at Taco Libre were hand-picked by taco aficionado, Jose Ralat. Check out his website called The Taco Trail. There were traditional and non-traditional taco choices.

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From left: Barbacoa, Frontera Fundido Sirloin & El Frijolero,

The first stop on my list was Tacodeli. Robert Espinosa opened his first Tacodeli in Austin, TX in 1999. I, for one, am so glad he did. I ordered each of the three tacos on the menu for the day. I started with the vegetarian El Frijolero. This taco was crazy good. The flour tortilla was filled with organic refried beans and sauteed poblano-onion rajas. Then on top of that was a creamy, rich slice of grilled queso fresco. I paired it with their Salsa Dona. Next up was the Frontera Fundido Sirloin. This taco is made with tender, grilled sirloin, jack cheese glaze and some more of those crispy, sauteed poblano-onion rajas. This taco was great with the Salsa Roja. The last taco at this stop was the Barbacoa. This was the classic red chile braised barbacoa with a distinctively savory flavor with the freshness of the cilantro and onion on top. No salsa needed on this baby.

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Next up was El Come Taco. I ordered the Fajita Taco. The meat was grilled perfectly and served street-style on a flour tortilla with cilantro, onions, salsa verde and a slice of lemon. I also ordered and a churro. The equivalent of a mid-meal sorbet. It was piping hot and loaded with cinnamon sugar. Yay!!!

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Pollo de Mole Taco

My last stop was the Revolver Taco Lounge. I tried the Pollo de Mole taco. The mole sauce was not too bitter or heavy for the moist chicken. This taco was topped with pickled red onion and queso fresco. I was really pleased with this choice.

Taco Libre is a cool way to try a bunch of awesomely different tacos. Seriously, 21 taquerias in one location selling their best tacos for $2 a piece. You can’t beat it. Main Street Garden is a great location. Parking is available in a garage a block away for $3. Two tips for those planning on attending next year:

  • Buy your tickets early – they have sold out both years.
  • Pace yourself! There are a lot of tacos to try!

The Buffet at Aria, Las Vegas

With the new arena opening, there is going to be a massive influx of people towards the South end of the Las Vegas Strip. Tourists and locals alike are going to be bombarded with SO MANY choices for places to eat. But ladies (and gents), let me help you make the decision!

In honor of #buffetbitch on our Instagram (a little hashtag we started), I’ve decided to highlight an underrated buffet.

The Buffet at Aria
3730 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
http://aria.com

Compared to other hotels, it’s not as crowded and not as expensive. Walking in, you would notice that most, if not all, the buffet guests are either locals or guests of the hotel which is not necessarily a bad thing either!

They offer the typical buffet go-to’s which include:

  1. Salad: there are plenty of options for greens, toppings, and dressings
  2. Bread and Cheese: aesthetic AND delicious
  3. Meat: their wish is your command
  4. Seafood: cold or hot, you have your pick
  5. Dessert: sugar, sugar-free, they have it all

They also offer some unique features as well:

  1. Rotating gelato freezer: it seems that the flavors vary each visit, but you are guaranteed to find one you like
  2. DIY Street Taco: what’s better than a street taco? A DIY taco!

The Buffet at Aria differentiates itself by consistently maintaining the quality of the food. Since Aria is one of the nicer hotels, their buffet clearly reflects that as well. I noticed the respective chefs of each station were always checking the temperature of the food, as well as wiping any spills caused by the guests.

$25.99 for lunch, I would say that’s a pretty good deal! Go ahead and give it a shot.
The Buffet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Dim Sum Good Takos!: Tako Cheena in Orlando

Tako Cheena
932 North Mills Ave, Orlando, Fl 32803
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Tako Cheena is the prime late night stop in Orlando. Located in the Mills 50 area, it is surrounded by cool dive bars and is just a few minutes away from the crowded downtown scene. Open until midnight most days and four a.m. on the weekends, Tako Cheena always feels like a party. The staff treats you like a friend and the throwback hip-hop on the stereo adds to the relaxed vibes.

I first visited Tako Cheena when it started out as a food truck owned by Pom Pom’s Sandwicheria. Quickly, people realized that they had been suffering from a lack of Asian coleslaw and Mexican arepas dripping in spicy mayo. The food truck gained a big enough following to move to a permanent location and has since expanded to need an even larger building! The popularity is partially due to the inclusive menu, which accommodates any diet- vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, you name it. I suggest trying to make it in before everyone finds out about the churros!

We stopped in last night after a delayed flight home, and it was the best decision I have ever made. After a chilly weekend in New York, I was dying for some warm, seafood tacos. I ordered one Tom Yum Mojo Shrimp Tako, which somehow captures the complexity of the Thai soup in a soft tortilla shell. I also had the Panko Crusted Cod Tako, covered in a sweet and sour sauce and topped with pickled onions and carrots. Both had crisp cilantro and were so colorful they could have just come from a Life in Color festival. The flavors were insane. The textures were next level. I want at least five more of each.

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Needless to say, both of my tacos disappeared as soon as they got to the table. So I did what any hungry girl would do and ordered a Vegetarian Empanada and half of a Three Cheese Arepa. It may seem like a lot, but I have zero regrets. The empanada ingredients rotate daily, but this one had potatoes, peas, corn, and cilantro baked in a yellow curry sauce. The waitress suggested the Sweet Chili and Smoked Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce, and it did not disappoint. It was spicy, tangy, sweet, and delicious. I brought a cup home to pour on everything. The arepa satisfied every cheesy craving I never knew I had. With a thick, fried patty of Queso Blanco and two other melty, Mexican kinds of cheese, I was in heaven. The spicy mayo and Asian slaw gave it the perfect crunch and kick of flavor. I was about to give into a food coma when the waitress mentioned dessert.

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Of course, I ordered dessert! The Cinnamon Apple Empanadas were everything I could have hoped for and more. I wanted to lick what tasted like the Cinnabon cream sauce off the plate when I finished.

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A mix of Asian and Mexican food seems like a challenge to get right, but Tako Cheena blew every expectation out of the water. I may have flown across the country yesterday, but my taste buds went around the world. By using fresh, unusual ingredients, the chef combines the best parts of both Latin and Pan-Asian cuisines. Named as one of the Best Late Night Restaurants by Orlando Magazine, Tako Cheena is quickly gaining a loyal customer base. Their slogan doesn’t lie: “Dim Sum Good Takos!”.
Tako Cheena by Pom Pom Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tacos with an Asian Twist: Rakken Tacos in Commerce, CA

Are you in the mood for some yummy food? Let’s taco ’bout it!

Guys, I love puns just as much as I love food. I just had to get that out of the way. Ok! Now let’s begin.

Rakken Tacos is a very unassuming restaurant in the middle of a strip mall in Commerce. I admit, I had no idea how far Commerce was when I volunteered to go to a tasting here. But let me tell you, it was worth the drive.

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Rakken Tacos
 2444 South Atlantic Boulevard, Commerce, CA 90040
http://www.rakkentacos.com

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The décor is so cute. A large chalkboard with the menu items is the first thing you see when you walk in. There are beautifully stained wood trim, counter tops, and tableschalkboard As I approached the counter top, I was overwhelmed at what to try, so Ken, the owner, recommended that I have a little of everything. I did not argue. First, he encouraged me to try one of their teas, they are native to the east coast and are shipped in just for Rakken. They will soon have an exclusive west coast list of teas. I tried the black rose flavor. They are unsweetened, so it’s perfect for those who don’t want sugar overload. And there are no calories. Trust me; you’ll want to save that for the food.

After taking my order, Ken insisted I try the homemade jerky. His mother makes it especially for the restaurant. How cute is that? And it’s just as delicious. Not too tough and seasoned just right. I decided to look around while I waited for my order. A beautiful mural caught my eye at the other end of Rakken.

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The rest of the walls were left simple, with the exception of the taco joint’s clever slogan on the adjoining wall that says, “Play hard. Eat harder.” Now for the food! First up, was the crab fries. Oh man, I could have easily filled up on these bad boys, but I showed restraint. Definitely a dish worth sharing.

I tried four different tacos. The Rakken al pastor taco, their namesake, had grilled Vietnamese lemongrass pork, sriracha mayo, onions and shiso leaves. The Pho taco had flank steak simmered in pho broth, onions, basil leaves with a hoisin-sriracha drizzle. Buttery shrimp taco had, you guessed it, buttery garlic shrimp with lemon and purple pickled onions. And lastly, but certainly not least, was the yuzu carne asada taco with marinated steak, Japanese citrus sauce, onions and shiso leaves.

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From left, clockwise: Al Pastor, Pho, Shrimp, Yuzu

It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I have to say the Pho tacos were mine. It was such an interesting take on a taco and just the right amount of crunch. But, a close second was the butter shrimp taco. For dessert, I chose the Oreo churro with Vietnamese coffee drizzle. This is the stuff of angels. Rakken is a hip place and an easy drive from the east side of LA. I recommend making stopping here on your way to the casino, before a trip to the outlets, or just anytime you are hungry for a little something different.

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Ashley Visits Taco Spot in Los Angeles, CA

tacospot2Taco Spot in Eagle Rock, CA is one of my favorite taco places in Los Angeles. A little over a year ago I came across Taco Spot on Groupon. The Groupon was good for 2 visits, which was just enough to get me hooked! Taco Spot is located on Colorado Blvd. in the heart of Eagle Rock. The restaurant is often filled with families, young couples from the neighborhoods and obvious regulars. Taco spot offers a variety of amazing Mexican food from taco plates, to carne asada fries and so much in between. Taco spot is gluten free, vegetarian and budget friendly.

Taco Spot
Address: 2006 Colorado Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041
http://www.tacospot.com

On Tuesday’s, I often head to Taco Spot for my Taco Tuesday fix. While I’ve tried every taco they offer my favorite plate is the 2 potato taco entree which included rice, beans and chips. The tacos come in hard shell corn tortillas, are packed with fresh potatoes, lettuce, cheese and sour cream on top. The restaurant also homes a great fresh salsa bar which offers fresh cilantro, minced onion and a fantastic selection of salsas providing an array of salsa combinations to compliment the already delicious food.

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Taco Spot feels like a very small town restaurant. The staff is friendly and the service is exceptional.  I definitely recommend this place if you are looking to grab some tacos, check out a new Mexican restaurant or if you are out exploring Eagle Rock.
Taco Spot Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse Presents the Blacklisted Taco Party

When I first heard of Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse, it was through meeting a new friend. She works for the company and is one awesome girl. Trusting her opinion, I knew Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse, had delicious food, a fun atmosphere and some of the best drinks in town. I first tried Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse, food at the Hotel Thrillst event I attended last month. They had these incredible dumplings with moonshine BBQ sauce that gave me major heart eyes. When Bianca, my friend who works for the company, invited me to a special Taco event I couldn’t turn it down. The Blacklisted Taco Party was in honor of the Arizona Taco Festival that will be happening during the weekend of October 17th – 18th, 2015. I knew I was able to attend the festival, so this invite made me extremely happy!

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This private/media event was insane. There were 5 different types of tacos, including the Pastor, Brisket, Pork, Salmon and veggie. Of course, I had my fair share of all of them. Did I mention they were all you can eat? My husband and I went all out. It isn’t every day you get to experience first hand some of the most delicious tacos in Arizona. I mean, we both could not stop eating these tacos because they were just so good! My favorite was the Salmon! Actually, I think everyones favorite was the salmon.

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Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse has never been able to do the taco competition because of the conflict of interest with the owner, Rick, who owns the Arizona Taco Festival and the restaurant. (Which is TOTALLY not a bad thing!) They decided to invite some of the official National Taco Association judges so they can have the tacos they’ve never/will never be able to have! I am so thankful I was invited to try these delicious tacos!

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Jason & Kailee Asher were there shaking Azunia and Sotol Por Siempre cocktails to really get people prepared for that wonderful tequila tent that’s going to be at the festival on Saturday! Did I mention they are newlyweds? Congratulations Jason & Kailee 🙂

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Thank you to the wonderful Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse team for putting on such a wonderful event and for creating a very satisfying and five star meal. We can’t wait to come back! If you’re in Arizona, and are looking for a great meal accompanied by a delicious beverage, look no further than Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse. 

Taco Tuesday and Craft Cocktails at Harlowe in West Hollywood

My friends and I are bar quiz junkies, so when a new quiz set up shop at Harlowe Bar in West Hollywood that coincided with their Taco Tuesdays, I knew we had to go. And, as it turns out, Harlowe has both delicious tacos AND great drinks. Score!

Harlowe Bar
7321 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
http://www.harlowebar.com

harlowe3Tacos are $3 a piece, and while they are more like h’orderve tacos (the shrimp taco has exactly one fried shrimp on it) they are DELICIOUS. They are the perfect snacks for later in the evening and at $3, they are well worth it. Choices include chicken, beef, and a killer ceviche and each has delicious sauces and vegetables to top your tiny taco. All the ingredients are top quality and each taco packs a bunch of flavor into a small package.  If you’re seeking something a little heartier than a couple tacos, they have a full menu that is also delicious and wroth investigating- but come on, it’s Taco Tuesday!

harlowe2But you don’t just come for the tacos- oh no! Taco Tuesday includes a margarita special as well as a special on a horchata porter than is not to be missed (think the Blue Moon Horchata beer, but richer, chocolatier, and just generally better). But if you feel like going from something off the beaten path (or an old classic with an upgrade) take a look at their draught and specialty cocktails. I have yet to meet a Harlowe cocktail I don’t like. My very favorite drink on the menu might just be the Barrio Sour, which mixes mezcal AND tequila (so you can really get your Taco Tuesday on). However the Slow Dance (St. Germain, sparkling wine, and some other tasty liqueurs) and the Swipe Right (yup) are both winners too. Plus, they have fantastic makeovers of classic cocktails. The updated Aperol Spritz is oh so refreshing and the Sazarac is just fantastics. All their drinks use top shelf ingredients too, so you know you’re getting good quality for your money (or you can play quiz and win them for free!)

harlowe4The bar itself is also just super cool- the whole place is decked out with vintage portraits and has an old fashioned antique vibe. There’s a beautiful porch you can sit on out back and enjoy the nice weather while you feast on your tacos. While Harlowe might not be your typical Taco Tuesday place, it’s work visiting if you want to try something different and get some killer drinks while you snack on some unique tacos.
Harlowe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Taco Tuesday at Joyride Taco House in Gilbert, Arizona

I have lived in Arizona my entire life; born and raised. Which, I would consider pretty lucky. With thousands of authentic and delicious Mexican style restaurants around, it is pretty easy to always find a place to try something new. Enter, Joyride Taco House.

Joyride Taco House LogoJoyride is a part of one of my all time favorite companies in the valley; Upward Projects. Upward Projects are all about creating inspired restaurants that are connected to the communities they serve. Upward Projects began 11 years and has since grown into something many Zonies still get excited about when they announce a new location or restaurant.

Joyride Taco House (two locations)
302 North Gilbert Road
Gilbert, Arizona 85234
http://www.joyridetacohouse.com

Joyride Taco House, set in the ever growing and vibrant downtown Gilbert, Arizona, has an insane atmosphere. The good reviews, the location, and of course, the delicious food draws you in. It is the music, the employees and the house made cocktails that make you want to stay.

Joyride Taco House mealBoth locations of Joyride Taco House (Gilbert and Phoenix) have some really great deals on Tuesday nights. From 2:00 PM to close you can get $2 tacos such as braised beef, chicken tinga, crispy fish and more.  The chicken tinga taco is one of my favorites. It includes avocado, cabbage, cilantro and white magic. White magic is essentially just a house lime aioli sauce, but it sure is delicious. The Tuesday night specials also include great deals on their house made margaritas or pitchers of your favorite Mexican beer for $5. One of my favorite margaritas that they offer on special is their blood orange margarita. It is a blend of tequila, triple sec, house blood orange sour and hibiscus syrup. To make things even better about Joyride Taco House, from 2 to 6 p.m you can double up on deals by taking advantage of the their weekday happy hour. Those specials include $4 quesadilla or $6 ceviche. But you don’t have to stop at what is on special that night. Why not splurge on some of their other delicious items including burritos, enchiladas or one of their agua frescas, which are made fresh daily. You can order pineapple, ,cucumber mint or almond horchata; virgin or spiked. And the best part? You get to decide what type of booze you want to add. You can choose from tequila, vodka, rum, gin, amaretto or frangelico.  I would highly recommend the pineapple with tequila. It is absolutely delicious.

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I am telling you guys, they know what they’re doing. So when you get a chance to visit Arizona, make sure you hit up Joyride Taco House. I would recommend visiting the Phoenix location over the Gilbert location. Phoenix doesn’t seem to have quite as long of a wait time as the Gilbert location does. Either one you chose, you are sure to enjoy!

We also recommend you check out our friends at the Village Bakery for more cooking tips and recipes.
Joyride Taco House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The 5th Annual L.A. Taco Festival

The 5th Annual L.A. Taco Festival was held last Saturday in downtown Los Angeles. The hot August day didn’t stop the crowds from heading outdoors to try some of the best tacos from around the city. 18 vendors set up shop in Grand Park and along a portion of Hill Street which had been blocked off just for the event

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Long lines formed at every vendor during the entire festival. Taco lovers waited for 20 – 30 minutes sometimes more just to snag some of the amazing food they’d come to try. Every taco vendor offered something different to the crowd. Some tacos were very traditional by nature; fresh tortillas, grilled meats or veggies and fresh guacamole. Some were a little more unique, with ingredients like ahi tuna or short rib.

Like so many other attendees I grabbed a soda in a glass bottle marked made in Mexico and sipped on it as I listened to the live band playing in the park square. After strolling around the festival for a while scoping out what I just had to try I spotted Guerrilla Tacos. I knew immediately after reading their unique menu that this was the place for me.

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Guerrilla Tacos is a food truck out of Culver City, CA. Their menu changes daily as they seek local produce and sustainable ingredients. For the L.A. Taco Festival they offered a few dishes. I opted for the Sweet Potato taco and the Baby Squash taco.

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Both tacos were completely new to me and absolutely delicious! The baby squash taco was filled with shredded squash and zucchini. The taco was packed the taco with oaxacan cheese and top everything with chives. Every bite was light and fresh.

The Sweet Potato taco was layered with mashed sweet potatoes, feta cheese, and fried corn. The potatoes had spicy chiles mixed into them which ensured the taco would pack a punch. The feta cheese off set the heat in the most amazing way!

The L.A. Taco Festival was a glimpse of Los Angeles at it’s finest. Grand Park remained busy for hours as Angelenos made their way downtown to eat tacos from around the city as they enjoyed what remains of the summer.

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Website- http://www.latacofestival.com
Instagram- #LATacoFest

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Brooklyn’s Finest: Taco Tuesday at Rocco’s Tacos

IMG_4227-e1439948760880So, it’s Tuesday…what are you doing today/tonight? I’ll tell you something you should do (or plan to do on any future upcoming Tuesday). You NEED to get over to the Rocco’s Tacos closest to you for Taco Tuesday! Roccos’ Tacos boasts an impressive six locations; including one in here in Downtown Brooklyn! I’ve been here a bunch of times, both for Taco Tuesday, as well as other nights of the week, and I’ve never had a disappointing experience. I work literally a half a block away, so my friends and I love to go here for some post work munchies and drinks.

Rocco’s Tacos
339 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 246-8226
http://www.roccostacos.com

Wall art inside Rocco's Tacos Brooklyn
Wall art inside Rocco’s Tacos Brooklyn

The décor is so colorful and funky, with burst of oranges, purples, and blues everywhere. The crowd is fun & hip, and the energy inside that place is ridiculously infectious; like a constant party complete with a modern twist on Mexican Dia De Los Muertos artwork and skeletons that grace the inner walls.

 

 

 

The Mercado
The Mercado

Taco Tuesday is an all day thing here; $15 per person for an “all-you-can-eat” fest of various tacos, with drink specials beginning at 7:00 p.m. Be adventurous and order Guacamole, which they prepare tableside according to your heat tolerance. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Tequila, but from what I hear, their selection of over 400 different ones is impressive. If Tequila isn’t your thing, they make a mean Margarita. You can have it classic, or opt for flavors such as pomegranate, strawberry, or prickly pear, just to name a few. Love mojitos? Pair one of those with your tacos if that’s your thing.

Shrimp Taco
Shrimp Taco

Whatever your poison, just get yourself to Rocco’s Tacos ASAP. See you there! 

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