Taco War 2016

So recently Austin.Eater.com published an article claiming that “Austin TX became the home of the breakfast taco.” If you are not from Texas, I’m not sure you will understand the magnitude that this brings from city to city throughout Texas. This sent out a reaction from over all of Texas about the “birthplace” of Tacos. Especially from San Antonio TX. Even the mayor of Austin announced a “taco war” between the best chefs in Austin to compete to claim this bragging right. Recently, Texas Monthly some of the top Taco Places in Austin. Frankly, I’m not impressed. Through March I will be tacoblogging and rating these from my perspective. I will be rating these places, and critiquing them to the fullest. So I’m going to challenges these places and make my own Tacoblog. I will be posting and hopefully people will see the real taco debate is all about. I will be rating them by presentation, tortillas used, taste and price.

Texas Monthly Best Tacos in AUSTIN

Why is this so important to me?

No offense to whoever wrote this article, but I feel that this incorrectly portrays Mexican Food and does not reflect the opinion of someone of Hispanic/Mexican decent. I think this perspective is critical because it gives a authenticity and integrity to our food and culture. How many times have you heard someone who is traveling and asks, “what’s a good place to eat around here?” in to which someone replies to places where you can find in your home town. F that, me, I want to go to eat where the locals eat. I don’t want to go some suggested place or some hyped up restaurant to find some good food, especially tacos.

Austin Eater Breakfast Taco Austin History

What makes me qualified?

All my life I have struggled with identity, who am I, where do I come from? etc. Well through this struggle I’ve always relied on food to help me identify with my culture. In my opinion, food like music, speaks to me in such a unique way it transcribes a form of identity, understanding and appreciation for my culture. Its also a great way to relate to people who have the same interests and taste. In my quest to learn more about my culture through food, I have dined at the finest. I’ve watched my family growing up making food from scratch. I grew up in El Paso Tx, a mixed blend of influenced food from Old Mexico, Texas and New Mexico. I was culture shocked when I moved from my environment to a more “Tex-Mex” cultured environment. I learned to adapt and find the best places to eat (in general) no matter where I went. I also had the opportunity to work at several restaurants(mexican and others)  throughout the years of my employment which elevated my view on foods, styles and fusions. Am I pro? no. Am I a chef? No. But I think I can point you in the right direction.

Remember its deeper than just tacos.

Entry 1:

Space Cowboy, Tacodeli
Rating: 2 out of 5 molcajetes

Presentation: Overall it had a nice look to it, not greasy, it looked healthy but nothing that stood out other than the salsa and cheese on it.

Tortillas: These tortillas were definitely not homemade. But had a decent taste to them. They were almost transparent. A slap to the face to abuelita that made them from scratch.

Taste: Overall, it had a good taste to it but nothing impressive your tia would slave over the counter for. I enjoyed the adobados taco better than I did the Space Cowboy. It really didn’t impress my taste buds.

Price: $$$ Overly priced for tacos, I would not spend any more than what I did for any taco…… anywhere, well I’m probably have to with these kind of places

Entry 2:

Green Chile Pork Missionary-Style, Torchy’s Tacos
Rating: 2 out of 5 molcajetes

Presentation: Looks like an overstuffed taco with meat to fill you up. Perfect for the frat boy style of getting drunk and shitting your ass out tacos. Should be ordered, “lemme have the green chile pork, fratboy style…” hold the shit.

Tortillas: These tortillas were definitely not homemadeTortilla was not even warm. Tortillas should be like a nice warm vagina that you want to put in your mouth, not just something cold just hold your meat with type of tortilla. Oh, I get sexual with my food.

Taste: Taste was ok, I don’t like how they just threw un-melted cheese on it and called it a taco. It probably tastes better when your are drunk.  This taco had no effect on me or my taste buds. I liked the concept of green chile pork but instead I got green chile porked.

Price: $$$ Overly priced for tacos, you all are getting robbed.

 

Entry 4:

Carne Enchilada, Mi Tradición

Type: Daytime Taco

Rating: 3 out of 5 molcajetes

Presentation: Looks like an street taco, which is different than your regular taco. At first it was kinda plain with nothing to brag to your tio about, however one thing that stood out that I have till this day I don’t understand is the radishes on the plate??? I have never eaten a taco with radishes and do not desire to in the future. They also asked if  I wanted cheese on it but, nah it didn’t look too appetizing with it. Overall Tacos looked pretty good with onions and cilantro. And if you are not a fan of onion or cilantro, you should throw yourself in Lake Travis. It was definitely appropriate for this type of tacos.

Tortillas: Tortillas were pretty decent. They were served on Corn (naturally for a street taco). the tortillas were nice and warm to the touch.

Taste: The Taste was actually pretty good. It had a small crunch to the meat, and was marinade what I like to call Aztec blood. I enjoyed the taste, despite the name and appearance. Tastes nothing like an enchilada, not sure they named it this but i would definitely try them again.

Price: $ Very well priced for the amount you get (3). cheap, good and what you expect from a Taco (street)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Type: Breakfast
Rating: 4.75
Price: $3 – See more at: http://www.texasmonthly.com/food/best-tacos-austin/#sthash.CajlQpMF.dpuf

Migas, Veracruz All Natural
Rating: 2 out of 5 molcajetes

Presentation: Looks like an overstuffed taco with meat to fill you up. Perfect for the frat boy style of getting drunk and shitting your ass out tacos. Should be ordered, “lemme have the green chile pork, fratboy style…” hold the shit.

Tortillas: These tortillas were definitely not homemadeTortilla was not even warm. Tortillas should be like a nice warm vagina that you want to put in your mouth, not just something cold just hold your meat with type of tortilla. Oh, I get sexual with my food.

Taste: Taste was ok, I don’t like how they just threw un-melted cheese on it and called it a taco. It probably tastes better when your are drunk.  This taco had no effect on me or my taste buds. I liked the concept of green chile pork but instead I got green chile porked.

Price: $$$ Overly priced for tacos, you all are getting robbed.

Funniest in South Texas Competition 2016 (San Antonio TX)

Well its that time of the year again, comedy competitions are underway for 2016. First one down for me was the the Funniest in South Texas competition held in San Antonio TX. This competition is done every year held at the new Improv aka as the Rivercenter Comedy Club downtown San Antonio and LOL Club north of downtown. My competition was held at the Rivercenter Club on Feb 8th. It was a weird day for this show as I thought it was going to be cancelled due to a fire above the building in which the competition was held. I thought this was a clever way to sabotage the event, or someone really upset about this competition. LOL turns out it was just a A/C fire, no biggie right? “the show must go on!” (as pictured below).  This was my second year entering the competition and I was pretty sure I was not going to advance in the prelimary rounds.  I surprised myself by advancing in the 1st round. Competition was tough. This was evident by the comics that I shared the stage with that night. It was difficult because I had my Austin buddies and my San Antonio buddies in the same round as me. The first round to advance to the playoffs was my friend Derick Fields (ATX) and Rafael Molina (SA). I was so proud of both of them for advancing, it was a great experience to the growth of your fellow comedians.

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Playoff Rounds were held on Feb. 29th and I was a little nervous because this round had alot of heavy hitters of Texas Comedy. So I decided to go against my gut and do something totally different in my set. Well it turned out to be not my best moves, but hey you gotta try right? I did not end up advancing and all the comedians did great. Especially my San Antonio buddies Larry Garza and Rafael Molina. Rafael aka RAF (real as F**k) I couldn’t be more proud. Raf (also from El Paso) and I have been doing shows together for a minute, it was great to see him advance and grow before my eyes. Its great to see talent from your hometown succeed, in fact most of my El Paso Comedy brothers have made a dent in comedy throughout the years winning competitions, and opening up for some big names. My city is a ticking time bomb of talent. I just hope the world is ready. So all in all it was a great night and great time with friends, I will be rooting on the winners and writing for my next competition Ciao putos!

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Pictures courtesy of Improv Comedy Club San Antonio Tx.

Comedy In El Paso

It was Christmas of 2008/2009, I was back in my hometown of El Paso TX. I stopped at a local bar in which I saw a sign that said “Comedy Open Mic” Tuesdays at Coconuts. I was so thrilled that there was comedy in my hometown, let alone my neighborhood. I quickly began to search for comedy in my hometown. I met my friends for life at my first show with Hazardous Humor with Adam Domiguez, Joe Rodriguez(not pictured) and Iggy Samaniego. These cats were funny! I was an instant fan of their comedy. I knew that these guys were as serious as me about comedy and had similar interests. I kept in touch and began to do show with various upcoming comics.

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I met my good homie Jerry Karnes aka EL Malkreado who grew up in the same area as I did and attended the same High School as I did,  Jerry was and is still in charge of Coconuts bar where I had seen the open mic poster on the wall. Over the years the scene has grown into its own style and flavor of comedy.

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Eventually, I was able to open up for Chingo Bling at the El Paso Comic Strip and was able to meet Bart Reed who is the owner and producer of the El Paso Comic Strip. I have had nothing but open arms with stages in El Paso.

Refried Comedy based out of LA, has really good shows and has helped El Paso comedians with more exposure and stages. I have nothing but respect and admire the hustle these guys do. Sam Butler has pioneered a movement and I have had the pleasure to share the stage with him and like minded comedians. I hope to do future shows with Refried and also introduce them to my stages as well.

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Alot of people have asked me about the El Paso Comedy Scene and all I can say is that it is great! Whether its Coconuts, El Paso Comic Strip, Laughter Hours, or Refried Comedy the scene is there and strong. Im proud to say I am from there and hope to continue to do shows out there in the future. Other touring comics have complimented  the El Paso Comedy scene and have positive views for everyone they have encountered. There is something special brewing there and I know there is unseen talent. EL PASO has talent, not to be overlooked. I only know that it will grow and get better.

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