snapshots of mexico, literal and figurative

April 24, 2009, 2:34 pm
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A delicious reminder of Taco Week

A delicious reminder of Taco Week

Came across this drool-inducing photo of tacos al pastor from Taco Week’s opening meal in a post on my buddy mikenote’s website and had to share.  Oh man, it’s making me hungry just looking at it…  I think it’s lunch time.


April 22, 2009, 11:54 am
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Taco #100, de barbacoa, at Bigo's in the Guadalajara market

Taco #100, de barbacoa, at Bigo's in the Guadalajara market

April 8, 2009, 9:59 pm
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Final Count:  100 tacos

I lost a day to stomach issues, an hour to the time change (this past weekend in Mexico), and 12 hours in various forms of transit, but at the end of the week, my quest was successful.  As I consumed my 10th and final taco of the morning in Guadalajara’s marketplace–picture to come once the film is developed–I was satisfied, both with my breakfast and my journey.  Not all the tacos were fantastic, not all the stands were hygienic, but when it comes down to it, I don’t regret a single bite… other than whichever one it was that gave me gastritis.

Carnes Asadas Bigo’s, Guadalajara – 7 tacos al pastor, 1 de chorizo, 1 de tripitas, and 1 final taco de barbacoa.  Decent market taco stand.  B

A big thanks to Juan, Maria, and Carlos, as I’m sure at least several of the taqueros who served me had one of these names.

10 away…
April 7, 2009, 10:00 pm
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Current Count:  90 tacos

I have until 3 PM to consume 10 tacos.  The week has been more of a challenge than expected, but I’ve gotten to sample some fantastic tacos and only had one crippling bout off gastritis.  I should be taking in my final tacos in the early afternoon in the town of Tequila.  Maybe, just maybe, I’ll have a little toast once I finish.

El Senador, Jamay, Jalisco – 7 tacos de filete de mar a la diabla.  Second visit to this fantastic restaurant on the shore of Lake Chapala.  A

Tacos Mayte, Guadalajara – 3 tacos de lengua, 3 de suadero, 6 pesos each.  Decent, large market stall tacos.  B-

El Mexicano, Guadalajara – 11 tacos de pastor, 50 peso plate.  Dry, but nothing a little guacamole couldn’t help with.  C

Los Tacos de Jalisco
April 6, 2009, 12:45 pm
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Current count:  66 tacos

I’m back on pace to my goal of 100 tacos by the end of the week–34 tacos in the last two days leaves me two-thirds of the way to my goal despite losing a day to stomach issues.  I’ve taken the challenge to the beautiful state of Jalisco, where I’m currently in Jamay, a small town on Lake Chapala with fellow Fulbrighter Mauricio (who happens to be related to half of Jamay’s population).  In the next few days we’ll head to Guadalajara, Los Altos de Jalisco, and of course, the magical town of Tequila (you can guess why it’s famous).

In not particularly related, but none-the-less positive news, I bought a $5 camera (completely with film and batteries) and should eventually have some photos again.  Hopefully I can get them developed and put on a CD as I have no idea what to do with actual prints anymore…

Villamelon – 4 tacos campechanos.  Large, salty campechanos with chicharron thrown in as well.  Busy pre-match taco shop gets a B+.  14 pesos per taco

Taco stand near Napoles Metrobus – 4 tacos campechanos.  My local taco dealer, and one of the best I’ve found.  7 pesos per taco.  A

Taco stand near Hospital San Vincente, Ocotlan, Jalisco – 5 tacos de birria for breakfast.  a little sloppy, but delicious.  4.50 per taco.  B

El Senador, Jamay, Jal. – 4 tacos de pescadilla, 3 de hueva.  Fantastic view of Lake Chapala and good use of its fish.  8/7 pesos.  B+

Taco stand, Jamay, Jal. – 8 tacos of some delicious marinated meat.  Not completely sure what it was, other than fantastic.  6 pesos per taco.  A

Taco stand, Jamay, Jalisco – 6 tacos al vapor; 3 picadillo, 2 papas, 1 chicharron.  Chicharron was the best of the bunch, unforuntately at it last.  3.50 per taco.  B-

Back on the Taco Train
April 4, 2009, 1:22 pm
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Current count:  32 tacos

A day without tacos is a sad day, but yesterday, it was necessary to preserve my stomach for the rest of my quest.  Following my medical team’s advice (ie myself and a few emails from friends), I spent the day doing shots of Pepto-Bismol and avoiding heartburn-provoking foods (caffeine, spicy foods, greasy foods, alcohol… ie pretty much my diet in Mexico).  The day of eating nothing but rice and corn tortillas (and a couple beers that snuck in somehow) seems to have paid off, however, and I need to pick up the pace as I get back on the rails to taco town.

3:30 PM it’s off to Villamelon, a highly recommended taco shop near Estadio Azul, where I’ll be taking in a futbol match later in the evening.  UUUU NI VERRR SI DAAAAD!

Taco-ing at Los Arbolitos, San Angel

Taco-ing at Los Arbolitos, San Angel

Speed bump or road block?
April 3, 2009, 10:19 am
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Current count: 32 tacos

After six tacos de tripa and two campechanos last night–all excellent tacos–I found myself slightly ahead of the 100 taco pace and feeling pretty good about my prospects of completing taco week.  At 5 AM this morning, I was no longer so confident.

I tend to have a stomach of steel–typical street taco worries like food poisoning, Montezuma’s revenge, etc. generally don’t have much effect on me.  As I searched desperately and to  no avail for some sort of antacid in the early morning, however, I began to weigh the glory of tacos against the excessive stomach acid which felt like it was burning through everything between my esophagus to my ileum.

I’ll be heading directly to Farmacia San Borja once I leave the house this morning for a PPI, some pepto-bismol, and possibly some Tums (yes, it was so bad last night that I feel the need to self-medicate 3 times over…).  After that, if my stomach is willing, I’ll consider crossing the street for a breakfast… of tacos.

Taco stand, Insurgentes Sur near the Jose Velasco Metrobus – 6 pesos/taco; solid tacos, generous with the meat, was ready to give them a full A until my heartburn/ulcer/autodigestion debacle.  Instead, they get an incomplete until I figure out if they are directly to blame for the pain.