How Velvet Taco keeps up with its Weekly Taco Feature

Velvet Taco is very much attempting to redefine the standard definition of a taco and is doing so by offering unique creations such as the Kobe bacon burger taco, beer battered cauliflower taco, and the chicken and waffle taco.

There’s also the company’s signature Weekly Taco Feature, or WTF, which has included everything from chimichurri veggie to French dip tacos to its annual Pride taco to the 420 Blazin’. During a recent tour of a Dallas Velvet Taco location, the team served up a lasagna taco, with a parmesan crusted tortilla, meat sauce made in-house, and ricotta balls on top, as well as a potsticker taco, with seasoned pork, scallions, sweet chile sauce, sriracha aioli, and kimchee slaw.

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Louisville Taco Week is back! Here is your guide to the week-long event

Whether you take your tacos with breakfast sausage, street-style, influenced by smashed burgers, infused with bourbon, or served with a side of a wasabi-splashed tequila drink, this upcoming week-long event will give you something to taco-bout.

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Mark National Burrito Day with the Original Flavor of Miguel’s Jr. on April 4

Get ready for a flavor-filled celebration at Miguel’s Jr. in honor of National Burrito Day on Thursday, April 4! Join in the festivities and enjoy the beloved Bean, Rice, and Cheese Burrito along with the classic Bean and Cheese Burrito, each priced at just $1.99 for this special one-day event.

Prepare yourself for perfection with Miguel’s Jr.’s finest offerings, showcasing what has made this family owned Mexican quick-service restaurant a beloved favorite. Dive into their signature Bean & Cheese Burrito, featuring homestyle refried beans and a blanket of freshly grated cheddar cheese, all snugly wrapped in a hand-stretched flour tortilla. Each pinto bean is meticulously hand-sorted and slow-cooked twice daily to achieve absolute perfection. For those who crave an extra layer of taste, the Bean, Rice & Cheese Burrito awaits, boasting the same premium ingredients complemented by savory Spanish rice. It’s a celebration of flavor and tradition that one won’t want to miss!

Miguel’s Jr. invites you to indulge in the irresistible $1.99 National Burrito Day deal available at all locations. Whether you prefer the ambiance of dine-in, the convenience of take-out, the ease of online ordering, or the speed of the drive-thru, we’ve got you covered from open to close. Join us in savoring the spice and celebrating in style – because at Miguel’s Jr., flavor knows no bounds.

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For more details on our menu and store locations, as well as to subscribe to our text and email promotional offers, please visit Miguel’s Jr. at MiguelsJr.com.

Plates Join Puesto’s Menu of Award-Winning Modern Mexico City Cuisine

Adding an entirely new category to its menu of modern Mexico City cuisine, Puesto Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Bar has introduced “Plates” at all locations. Served at Lunch and Dinner services, the new Plates are meant to serve as main course options for guests to enjoy before or alongside Puesto’s award-winning tacos.

The new Plate offerings are served with handmade, organic, non-GMO blue corn tortillas, herb-lime rice, and traditional black beans. Currently, Puesto offers three unique Plates, each created with a focus on flavor and balance.

In addition to the new elements in Puesto’s culinary program, come new cocktails offerings, as the brand’s craft bar program continues to reach new heights. Beau du Bois, Puesto VP of Bar & Spirits, adds a refreshing Honeydew Mezcal Margarita and Ginger Margarita. Guests will also be able to experience a new Cadillac Margarita presentation, which features a mini bottle of Grand Marnier.

Ginger Marg2

PUESTO WEEKLY SPECIALS

THE ULTIMATE TACO TUESDAY

Puesto highlights the “taco” in “Taco Tuesday” with half off all tacos for dine-in service from 3 p.m. to close every Tuesday. Among the things that make Puesto’s tacos so craveable are handmade, non-GMO, organic blue corn stone-ground tortillas; jidori chicken and other sustainable meats; Baja and local line caught seafood; and local produce and scratch salsas. Guests are encouraged to mix and match from a selection of nearly a dozen unique tacos, including Filet Mignon, Chicken al Pastor, Carnitas, and Shrimp Tamarindo; as well as vegetarian options, such as Verduras and Mushroom.

THE HAPPIEST HAPPY HOUR

Puesto offers a weekday Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Monday through Friday with killer dine-in specials, including $10 Puesto Perfect margaritas; $9 wines by the glass; and half off all Snacks & Shares. Guests can enjoy Puesto draft beers for $6 during Happy Hour. All brewed at the Puesto Cervecería in Mission Valley, San Diego, the beer selections include a rotating Puseto IPA, Mexican Lager, Mexican Amber, and Mexican Negra Lager, which was awarded a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival. Pro tip: on Tuesdays, guests can stack these specials with Taco Tuesday!

Honeydew Marg

Guests may experience the new menu offerings at all locations, and can find more information, including full menus, locations and hours, online at www.eatpuesto.com.

Here’s what Taco Bell looks for with its menu collaborations

Taco Bell has partnered with major brands like Doritos for years, but the restaurant chain is picking up the pace of its partnerships with smaller brands, too, noting it can learn something from them.

Last year, Yellowbird and Truff’s were well-known sauce brands in their respective home markets of Austin, Texas, and Southern California. Now, their brand recognition likely extends beyond those areas. Well beyond.

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Miguel’s Jr. Brings Back Beloved Winter Favorite For The New Year

Miguel’s Jr. is ringing in the New Year by offering guests value and comfort with the return of a seasonal favorite and a mouthwatering lineup of new limited-time menu values. Don’t miss the highly anticipated return of Founder and Chief Recipe Officer Mary Vasquez’s flavorful housemade Pozole and a selection of craveable “Double Up” deals on Tacos, Taquitos, and Burritos available for dine-in, takeout, drive-thru and online ordering for a limited time beginning Wednesday, January 3 through Tuesday, February 27 at all Miguel’s Jr. locations.

“Our Pozole is full of flavor and spice, just like my mother used to make when I was a child growing up in Central Mexico,” said Co-Founder and Chief Recipe Officer Mary Vasquez. “It warms the soul and is the perfect comfort food to enjoy all winter long – it’s no wonder why our guests have been asking about the return of our Pozole since the temperatures started dropping. We’re delighted to satisfy our guests’ cravings with this traditional dish to start the New Year along with a series of special deals to ‘double up’ on favorite Miguel’s Jr. menu items at a great price.”

Mary’s Pozole will be available as a 16 oz. bowl for $4.99 and by the quart for $9.39 beginning January 3, for a limited time. Featuring a slow-simmered, chile-based broth, this traditional Mexican soup is generously filled with tender hominy and a choice of Miguel’s Jr.’s authentically seasoned shredded chicken or slow-roasted chile verde pork. The flavorful and hearty pozole is served with a side of lemons, cabbage and onions for guests to customize to their preference.

Double Up Taquitos

Miguel’s Jr.’s new “Double Up” deals serve up a changing rotation of two Traditional or Soft Tacos for $5.69, two orders of Taquitos for $10.00, two Bean, Rice & Cheese Burritos for $6.59 or two Original Burritos for $10.00. Fans know to order from the “secret menu” and kick the flavor up a notch by asking for their Miguel’s Jr. burritos to be prepared with their famous, freshly made hot sauce layered inside the burrito. Follow @MiguelsJr for more information and to stay updated on the “Double Up” deal schedule.

Miguels Tacos

Miguel’s Jr.’s entire flavor-packed menu is available for dine-in, take-out, drive-thru and online ordering daily from open to close. For more information including hours and locations, please visit www.MiguelsJr.com.

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Descanso Restaurant Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Descanso Restaurant in Costa Mesa, is celebrating five years on Thursday, November 16, and is inviting the community to join in a day of festivities with live music, all-day drink specials, featured menu items, giveaways and more. The first concept of its kind, Descanso’s unique and award-winning Plancha dining experience catapulted the Mexican eatery to the top of Orange County’s dining scene shortly after opening in the fall of 2018. To commemorate the occasion, Descanso Executive Chef Jose Angulo and Mixologist Krys Modawell will introduce new menu items that will be featured throughout the month of November.

“Five years ago we started Descanso with the idea of bringing people together to commune over great food and a memorable experience,” said Rob Arellano, Owner of Descanso, SoCal’s only full-service Mexican restaurant known for preparing authentic cuisine a la minute in front of the guest on a traditional Plancha. “We’re thrilled to celebrate this milestone with our community, and we look forward to our most exciting year yet as we prepare to expand to Los Angeles in 2024.”

Chicken Enchiladas - with guajillo sauce, tomatillo sauce, melted 3 quesos, sour cream, queso fresco, red onion 

Photo courtesy of Descanso Restaurant.

Join Descanso in celebrating five years of authentic Mexican flavors. Enjoy complimentary bites, half-off margaritas, beers, tequila flights and wine bottles. Vibe to live music on Descanso’s spacious patio and savor a rotating collection of special menu items and cocktails which will be featured through November 30. 

Featured Anniversary Menu Items

Cocktail

Quinta Fiesta – Cazadores Blanco, crème de cassis, lime juice, ginger beer, morita chili salt rim, edible flower garnish, lime wheel.

November 12 -18 

Lunch special 

Hamachi En Leche de Tigre – sashimi grade hamachi, leche de tigre, pomegranate

Dinner Special

Braised Lamb Shank – butternut squash mash, black olive juice, gremolata

November 19-25 

Lunch special 

Chicken Enchiladas – with guajillo sauce, tomatillo sauce, melted 3 quesos, sour cream, queso fresco, red onion 

Dinner special

Beef Cheek Agnolotti – slow braised beef cheeks, root vegetables, ancho chili beef reduction, black garlic, chanterelle mushrooms

November 26-30 

Lunch special 

Crispy Lobster Tacos – butter poached fresh Maine lobster, morita aioli, mango relish, red cabbage, crispy blue corn tortilla 

Dinner special  

Seared Sea Bass – pistachio crust, poblano sauce, garlic spinach  

Descanso Restaurant is located at 1555 Adams Ave. Ste. 103, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

Hours of operation are Monday from 3–9 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Weekly happenings include Weekend Brunch from 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 3–6 p.m., Taquero Tuesdays in the Plancha Room from 5 p.m. to close, and Wine Wednesday with live music beginning at 6 p.m.For more information and to make a reservation visit DescansoRestaurant.com or call 714.486.3798.  

Aliens and Tacos

From Andromeda with Love: TacoTuesday.com Unveils Your Ultimate Taco Tuesday Buddy

Meet Alien: the not-so-typical resident of Earth, brought to you by TacoTuesday.com. Although his name is spelled Alien, the “i” is silent, hence, Alen. For those who’ve already shared a taco (or ten) with him, he’s simply “AL”. 

Years ago, Alen embarked on a covert mission to Earth, aiming to gather cosmic intel from our little blue dot. Of all Earth’s wonders, what truly hooked this otherworldly explorer are our beloved tacos! Upon abducting a few for “research”, he was convinced that tacos are not just Earth’s, but the Universe’s, unparalleled delicacy.  Now he’s obsessed!

Alien drinking margs on the beach

Standing tall (or, by his standards, gigantic) at 8 inches, Alien hails from a corner of the Andromeda galaxy. Here on Earth, you might recognize him as a gray alien. But don’t be fooled! His unique Earthly tan gives him a distinct green hue. When not indulging in taco feasts, you might spot him munching on burgers, off-brand cereals, succulent watermelon, tamales, or diving fork-first into a pie. His expanding circle of Earthling pals frequently document their global taco escapades, and these antics are taking social media by storm! Besides his insatiable appetite, the TacoTuesday.com crew vouches for AL’s impeccable listening skills, heartwarming embraces, and a peculiar fondness for the clang of cowbells.

AL reminiscing under a tree

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TacoTuesday.com isn’t just a platform; it’s a movement! Anchored in the joys of food, camaraderie, and celebration, we champion the idea that every Tuesday offers a fresh start—a chance to relish good food and create even better memories. A haven for restaurants and taco aficionados alike, our platform provides an array of resources from a curated taco search engine to delightful recipes and engaging podcasts. Make every Tuesday a Taco Tuesday at TacoTuesday.com!

To learn more about Alien and join the waitlist to receive your own Alien, visit TacoTuesday.com

Taco-strology: What Your Horoscope Reveals About Your Ultimate Taco Combo!

Ever wondered if the universe’s celestial spin plays a role in your taco preferences? Well, wonder no more! Dive shell-first into the saucy world of Taco-strology, where we spill the beans on how your zodiac sign determines your taco destiny and your drink of choice. It’s written in the salsa, folks!

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Taco of Choice: Spicy chorizo taco with extra jalapeños

Celestial Sip: A bold Bloody Mary

Oh, fiery Aries, your adventurous spirit and confidence mean you’re not afraid to embrace the spice in life. Your taco is loaded with the zestiest ingredients, and your drink isn’t for the faint-hearted either. You live for the thrill of the heat!

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Taco of Choice: Classic steak taco with all the trimmings

Celestial Sip: A luxurious glass of aged red wine

Taurus, your reliability and taste for the finer things in life shine through in your taco preference. A well-made classic is your go-to, paired, of course, with a sip that speaks of your sophisticated palate. Pure indulgence is your motto.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Taco of Choice: Half chicken, half shrimp, because why not both?

Celestial Sip: A mojito with a twist

Indecisive Gemini, with your ever-changing moods and tastes, a taco with variety is your heart’s true desire. Your dual nature also reflects in your drink, something classic with an unexpected twist. Cheers to never having to choose!

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Taco of Choice: Heartwarming homemade taco with grandma’s secret sauce

Celestial Sip: A comforting hot chocolate

Nurturing Cancer, you’re all about comfort and emotional connection. Your ideal taco is one that tastes like family and love, and your drink? It’s as warm and soothing as your spirit.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Taco of Choice: Gourmet taco with gold leaf because you’re royal

Celestial Sip: Champagne, darling

Leo, your flamboyance and love for the spotlight are legendary. Naturally, your taco is as extravagant as your personality, and your drink is nothing less than a bubbly celebration of your fabulousness.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Taco of Choice: Perfectly balanced veggie taco, with a meticulously organized topping distribution

Celestial Sip: A carefully crafted artisanal beer

Detail-oriented Virgo, everything you choose is about precision and health. Your taco is a well-calculated affair of nutrition and taste, while your drink showcases your appreciation for craftsmanship.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Taco of Choice: The taco with the most aesthetically pleasing presentation

Celestial Sip: An Instagram-worthy cocktail

Libra, your sense of harmony extends to your taco choices. It’s not just about taste; it’s about visual appeal and balance in flavors. Your drink? If it’s not picturesque, it’s not in your glass.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Taco of Choice: Mysteriously dark blue corn taco with an intense hot sauce

Celestial Sip: A shot of top-shelf tequila

Oh, enigmatic Scorpio, your taco is as deep and complex as your emotions, coupled with a drink that’s as intense and straightforward as your will.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Taco of Choice: An exotic fusion taco from the latest food trend

Celestial Sip: A travel-inspired tropical smoothie

Worldly Sagittarius, your adventurous soul means your taco choice is global and trendy. Your drink is a delightful mix reminiscent of your last or future vacation.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Taco of Choice: No-nonsense, high-protein, low-carb taco

Celestial Sip: A classic whiskey on the rocks

Practical Capricorn, your taco is all about functionality and quality, much like you. Your drink? Timeless, dependable, and strong.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Taco of Choice: Vegan taco with unconventional toppings

Celestial Sip: Kombucha, because regular drinks just don’t do it

Innovative Aquarius, your taco choice defies the norms and embraces the new. Your drink, like you, is just a tad off-beat but entirely captivating.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Taco of Choice: Fish taco with a dreamy sauce

Celestial Sip: A whimsical mermaid-themed cocktail

Empathetic and imaginative Pisces, your taco is a sea of flavors that speaks to your soul, and your drink is a fantasy in a glass.

The Stars Spoke, and They Said Tacos!

Whether you’re the kind of person who checks your horoscope daily or you just enjoy a good laugh, we hope this whimsical journey through the Zodiac has you seeing tacos in a whole new astral light. So, the next time you’re gazing up at the night sky, remember: those stars might just be aligning to guide you to your perfect taco and drink combo.

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Halloween Horoscopes: Unearth Your Fate & Feast on October 31st

As All Hallows’ Eve approaches, the stars align in ways that influence our moods, desires, and appetites. Dive into the cosmos and discover your Halloween horoscope, complete with taco and margarita pairings that’ll ensure your spirits (both astral and alcoholic) remain high!

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

This Halloween, let the stars guide your festivities and flavors. Whether you’re a fiery Aries or a dreamy Pisces, there’s a taco and margarita pairing just waiting to elevate your night. Cheers to a fate-filled and flavor-packed Halloween!

Check out our Halloween Margarita recipes

What Halloween Costume You Should Wear Based on Your Horoscope

Puesto Celebrates National Taco Day By Surprising Guests With Golden Tickets

To celebrate National Taco Day on Wednesday, October 4, Puesto Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Bar is presenting guests with an opportunity to win a Puesto Golden Ticket, redeemable for a $50 gift card! Golden Ticket’s can be found at random attached to the bottom of three-taco plates ordered for dine-in service, the promotion will be offered all day at all three Orange County Puesto locations, while supplies of Golden Tickets last.

Puesto currently offers the following taco options, each served on a handmade, organic, non-GMO corn tortilla:

Guests can enhance their National Taco Day celebrations by adding a signature cocktail from Puesto’s craft bar program, which features freshly squeezed juices, house-made sodas, and a curated list of agave spirits (tequilas, mezcals, sotols, bacanoras & raicillas) sourced from throughout Mexico.

Find Puesto’s menu, Orange County locations, and hours online at www.eatpuesto.com.

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The Evolving Palette: Trends in Mexican Cuisine

Mexican cuisine, with its rich history, diverse flavors, and intricate techniques, has long been a global favorite. However, as with all culinary traditions, it has continued to evolve. The recent trends in Mexican dining not only pay homage to the ancient and time-tested, but they also infuse fresh, contemporary spins that cater to the changing palate of today’s discerning food lover.

1. Zooming into Regions

Gone are the days when Mexican food was painted with a broad brush. The global diner now seeks the specific. Whether it’s the complex mole sauces of Oaxaca, the seafood-dominated plates of Baja California, or the Mayan-influenced dishes from Yucatán, regional Mexican cuisines are stepping into the limelight.

2. The Magic of Pueblos Mágicos

The ‘Magic Towns’ of Mexico, known for their historical and cultural importance, are now also emerging as gastronomic destinations. From traditional candies in Morelia to coffee in Coatepec, these towns offer unique, localized culinary experiences.

3. Street Food, the Gourmet Way

While tacos, tlacoyos, and tamales have been street favorites forever, they are now finding their way into fine dining menus. Chefs are elevating these humble dishes with gourmet fillings, artisanal preparation methods, and plating techniques that are nothing short of art.

4. Beyond Tequila: The Agave Wave

Tequila is to Mexico what wine is to France. But there’s more to the agave spirit family. Mezcal, with its smoky allure, raicilla’s rustic charm, and the subtle complexity of bacanora, are capturing the imagination of spirit enthusiasts worldwide.

5. Health on the Plate

Modern Mexican restaurants are increasingly mindful of health. Ancient grains like amaranth and chia are back on the plate. Vegan and gluten-free variations of traditional dishes are becoming mainstream, ensuring the cuisine caters to all.

6. The Revival of Nixtamalization

A process as old as the Aztecs, nixtamalization is seeing a resurgence. More and more chefs are valuing this method for its nutritional benefits and the depth of flavor it brings, particularly in tortillas.

7. Green and Fresh: The Sustainable Turn

Mexican cuisine is tracing back its roots to sustainable practices. From farm-to-table eateries to establishments growing their own herbs and vegetables, the focus is on fresh, local, and sustainable.

8. A World of Fusion

Mexican flavors are going global! From sushi rolls with a spicy Mexican twist in Tokyo to Berlin food trucks selling chipotle-infused burgers, the world is blending and experimenting with Mexican ingredients.

9. Collaborate to Innovate

Pop-ups, chef swaps, and collaborations are the order of the day. Chefs from various culinary backgrounds are coming together to experiment and present Mexican food in ways previously unimagined.

Mexican cuisine’s beauty lies in its ability to evolve while staying deeply rooted in tradition. These trends are a testament to the cuisine’s dynamism, proving that even centuries-old traditions can adapt, innovate, and continue to tantalize taste buds globally. As diners, we’re just fortunate to witness and taste this evolution. ¡Buen provecho!

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A Weekend Fiesta in San Diego’s Gaslamp District: Where Culture and Cuisine Collide

Ah, the Gaslamp District—a lively downtown neighborhood in sunny San Diego that beckons with its stunning architecture, pulsating nightlife, and mouthwatering food. With its rich cultural blend and youthful energy, it’s the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. But what’s a trip to this SoCal gem without diving into its celebrated Mexican food scene? Buckle up, amigos; this weekend itinerary is going to be a fiesta of flavors and fun!

Friday Evening: Let the Weekend Begin!

Check-In and Freshen Up

Start by checking into one of the boutique hotels in the Gaslamp District. Drop your bags, freshen up, and get ready to explore.

Kick-Off Dinner: Las Hadas Bar and Grill

Located on 4th Avenue, Las Hadas offers a seamless blend of modern style and traditional Mexican flavors. Think chicken enchiladas draped in rich mole sauce, and cocktails that range from classic margaritas to creative tequila-based concoctions. With its energetic atmosphere, it’s a perfect spot to kick off your weekend.

Saturday: A Day to Remember

Morning Exploration: Architectural Wonders

The Gaslamp District isn’t just about food and nightlife; it’s also rich in history and architecture. Take a morning stroll to appreciate the Victorian-era buildings and learn about the area’s transformation from a red-light district to a bustling cultural hub.

Late Lunch: La Puerta

Around noon, your stomach might start protesting for food. Head over to La Puerta on 4th Avenue. Try their delectable carne asada tacos or opt for a vegan burrito filled with seasoned vegetables and beans. Whatever you choose, make sure you accompany it with their house-made guacamole and a refreshing agua fresca.

Evening Festivities: Bar Hopping and Street Performers

As the sun sets, the Gaslamp District truly comes alive. Enjoy the vibrant street performances and perhaps sip on a couple of craft beers at local bars. The nightlife here is rich and varied, offering something for every taste.

Sunday: Farewell Fiesta

Brunch: Café 21

While not strictly a Mexican restaurant, Café 21 offers a fusion menu that includes some outstanding Mexican-inspired brunch items like chilaquiles. A perfect mix of flavors to start your last day in San Diego.

Leisurely Afternoon: Shopping and Souvenirs

Before you say adiós to the Gaslamp District, make sure to pick up some souvenirs from local boutiques. From artisanal crafts to gourmet spices, you’ll find plenty of unique items to remind you of your trip.

The Last Supper: Mezé Greek Fusion

As a palate cleanser, consider rounding out your weekend with something a little different. Mezé offers a Mediterranean menu but includes a “Mexican Ouzo” cocktail, a delightful blend of Mexican and Greek cultures in a glass.

When it comes to a weekend trip in the Gaslamp District, it’s about the culture, the history, and the vivacious spirit that makes this area one of San Diego’s most treasured neighborhoods. So, pack your bags and prepare your taste buds; the Gaslamp District is waiting to serve you an unforgettable weekend. ¡Salud!

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Taco Bell Will Help Pay For Your Taco Tuesday Celebration — Even If It’s Not At Taco Bell

To celebrate the liberation of the Taco Tuesday trademark registration in 49 states, and to support and spotlight restaurants who now have the right to freely use Taco Tuesday, Taco Bell has announced that on Tuesday, September 12, Taco Tuesday fans (nearly) everywhere* can celebrate Taco Tuesday (nearly) anywhere – and Taco Bell will help pay for it.

On Taco Tuesday, September 12, Taco Bell, in partnership with DoorDash, is opening a $5 million taco tab to cover a portion of taco fans’ orders from any participating vendor selling Mexican cuisine. Because now that Taco Tuesday is free* – your tacos should be, too.

Leading up to the September 12 celebration, all Taco Bell locations will be offering a free Doritos® Locos Taco every Tuesday, no purchase necessary, on 8/15, 8/22, 8/29 and 9/5**.

“Taco Tuesday belongs to all who make, sell, eat and celebrate tacos, and this Free-For-All will not only thank taco fans who supported the cause, but will also spotlight local restaurants and vendors who can now embrace Taco Tuesdays without fear of legal action,” said Taco Bell U.S. Chief Marketing Officer, Taylor Montgomery. “When tacos win, we all win. We all win when Taco John’s decides to release its trademark registration, we all win when taco vendors everywhere are free to join the movement, and we all win when taco fans can freely celebrate and support Taco Tuesdays at Taco Bell or anywhere else.”

Taco Tuesday Sign

The Road to Freeing Taco Tuesday
In May 2023, Taco Bell took a bold step on behalf of taco lovers nationwide by filing legal petitions to cancel the two Taco Tuesday trademark registrations. The aim was simple: to free the phrase for restaurants nationwide. The message was clear: Taco Tuesday belongs to everyone, from Taco Bell to Taco John’s to your favorite local taco spot.

In late July, Taco John’s courageously decided to abandon its Taco Tuesday trademark registration. Not only did Taco John’s act benefit thousands of businesses across 49 states by making the term Taco Tuesday more freely available, Taco John’s also made a meaningful donation to Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE) for $40,000, which the Taco Bell Foundation has matched.

Freedom Brewing Taco Tuesday sign

Supporting The Taco Community
Taco Bell has also committed to donating $1 million in partnership with the Taco Bell Foundation to support young people who make, sell, eat and celebrate tacos. Donations made by Rounding Up at checkout on Tuesdays will be matched up to $1 million. These donations will continue to fund the Taco Bell Foundation’s Community Grants and the Live Más Scholarship for fans and team members.

The Taco Tuesday Anthem for Planet Earth is here.

Listen to The Taco Tuesday Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR5HCb0mY1A

TacoTuesday.com and music industry veteran, Jud Nester, united forces to create an original Taco Tuesday anthem for planet earth that’s sure to get stuck in everyone’s head. The catchy new tune for taco lovers rickrolls listeners to get excited about Taco Tuesday and shake their moneymakers.

“We needed a TacoTuesday.com song that matches our fun vibe. This song gets everyone excited to go out for tacos and captures the happiness that Taco Tuesday brings to the people of Earth. Jud’s infectious energy expresses the feelings of joining friends and family to celebrate Taco Tuesday, and we couldn’t be happier with what he has produced,” said Pamela Waitt, founder of TacoTuesday.com. “In fact, we love this song so much, that we’re challenging the internet to make their own Taco Tuesday videos using this original music.”

For the next three weeks, the crew at TacoTuesday.com will monitor Instagram for original content using the official Taco Tuesday anthem, tagging @TacoTuesday.official, and using the hashtag #TacoTuesdayChallenge. Videos can consist of visiting a favorite Taco Tuesday restaurant, dancing to the song, celebrating Taco Tuesday at home, or any creative use of the song + tacos. A winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 22nd based on creativity and originality.  One winner will be awarded a $500 gift card, plus awesome TacoTuesday.com merchandise.

“I was immediately drawn to TacoTuesday.com and their mission of spreading happiness through tacos,” said Jud Nester, a renowned trailblazer in the music industry and master at his craft. “My passion for music is translated into this song and the energy is contagious. It’s impossible not to groove to this jam AND crave tacos.”

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Sip Into Summer: Red Wine Sangria Recipe

Summer is synonymous with vibrant colors, warm weather, and most importantly, refreshing drinks. One of the best ways to enjoy the summer season is by sipping on a chilled glass of Sangria. Originally from Spain, Sangria has become a favorite all around the world. It’s perfect blend of wine, fruit, and a touch of sweetness makes it the ultimate summer beverage. In this article, we’ll dive into a simple yet delightful Red Wine Sangria recipe that you can whip up for your next gathering.

A Bit About Sangria
Sangria is a Spanish drink made with red wine, chopped fruits, a sweetener, and a small amount of brandy or any other spirit. You can also find variations with white wine known as Sangria Blanca. Its name is derived from the Spanish word ‘sangre,’ which means blood, referencing the deep red color of the drink.

Ingredients
• 1 bottle of red wine (750 ml) (Spanish wine like Tempranillo, Garnacha is preferred)
• 1 orange, thinly sliced
• 1 lemon, thinly sliced
• 1 apple, cored and cut into thin wedges
• 1 to 2 cups of seasonal fruits (like berries, peaches, or pineapple)
• ¼ cup of brandy
• ¼ cup of sugar or honey (adjust to taste)
• 1 can of soda water or lemon-lime soda (optional for a bubbly version)
• Ice cubes
• Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)

Instructions
• Prep the Fruit: Wash all the fruits properly. Thinly slice the orange and lemon and cut the apple into thin wedges. If you’re using other fruits like peaches or pineapples, cut them into bite-sized pieces.
• Mix Wine and Spirits: In a large pitcher, combine the red wine and brandy.
• Add Sweetness: Add sugar or honey to the pitcher. Stir well until the sugar is dissolved. Taste the mixture and adjust the sweetness according to your preference.
• Add Fruits: Add the sliced oranges, lemons, apples, and any other fruits you’re using to the pitcher. Stir to combine.
• Chill: Cover the pitcher with plastic wrap or a lid and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight. This allows the flavors to meld together. The longer it sits, the more flavorful it will be.
• Serve: Before serving, if you want to add some bubbles to your Sangria, pour in the soda water or lemon-lime soda. Fill glasses with ice and pour the Sangria over the ice. You can also add some of the soaked fruits into the glasses.
• Garnish and Enjoy: Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint, if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy your refreshing Red Wine Sangria!

This Red Wine Sangria is not only easy to make, but it’s also incredibly versatile. Feel free to experiment with different fruits, adjust the sweetness, or even try different types of wine. Remember, the key to the perfect Sangria is allowing it to chill long enough for all the flavors to come together. So, raise your glass and toast to the joys of summer with this delectable drink. Cheers!

A Match Made in Culinary Heaven: The Rising Trend of Tacos and Champagne

In the eclectic world of culinary pairings, one combination is creating a fizz – Tacos and Champagne. This seemingly unlikely duo has been gaining popularity among food enthusiasts and connoisseurs. This article explores the rise of this trend, the synergy behind it, and how you can get in on the fun.

The Emergence of the Trend

It’s no secret that tacos have been a beloved staple for many, but when did the bubbly come into the picture? The trend of pairing tacos with Champagne began gaining traction in upscale restaurants and trendy urban eateries. Chefs and sommeliers discovered that the crisp and effervescent qualities of Champagne could beautifully cut through and complement the rich and varied flavors of tacos.

Why It Works

1. Balance of Flavors

Tacos are known for their robust flavors, combining spicy, savory, and sometimes sweet elements. Champagne, with its acidity and bubbles, acts as a palate cleanser. Effervescence helps in refreshing the palate, readying it for the next bite.

2. Complementing Textures

The crunchiness of a hard-shell taco or the soft, chewy texture of a corn tortilla can be the perfect foil for the lively and sparkling texture of Champagne. The bubbles in Champagne add an extra dimension to the dining experience.

3. Versatility

Tacos are incredibly versatile. From classic carne asada and al pastor to inventive fillings like Korean bulgogi or vegan alternatives, there’s a taco for everyone. Similarly, Champagne comes in various styles – Brut, Rosé, Blanc de Blancs. This diversity makes it easy to find combinations that work splendidly together.

4. Celebratory Nature

Champagne is often associated with celebrations and good times. Pairing it with tacos, which are generally considered comfort food, elevates the casual nature of the dish and turns any meal into a festivity.

How to Pair Tacos and Champagne

To get the most out of this culinary combination, consider the following:

1. Match Intensity

Pair bolder Champagnes, like a Vintage or Rosé, with heartier taco fillings like beef or lamb. Lighter Champagnes, like a Brut or Extra Brut, work well with lighter fillings such as fish or vegetables.

2. Experiment with Sauces

The sauces and salsas used in tacos can be pivotal in pairing. For a spicy salsa, try a sweeter Champagne to balance the heat. A dry Champagne can complement a citrusy or tangy salsa.

3. Temperature Matters

Ensure that the Champagne is well chilled, as this enhances its crispness, making it a better counterpart to the warm and flavorful taco fillings.

The pairing of tacos and Champagne reflects a broader movement in the culinary world, where boundaries are being pushed, and unconventional combinations are celebrated. It symbolizes an openness to experiment and find harmony in contrasts. So, next time you’re enjoying some delicious tacos, why not pop open a bottle of Champagne and toast to the delightful fusion of flavors? Cheers to a match made in culinary heaven!

The Art of Guacamole: Secrets to Making the Ultimate Guacamole

Guacamole, we can’t live without it! This creamy and zesty dip is a staple in many households and restaurants. But what’s the secret to making an extraordinary guacamole that leaves everyone wanting more? This article reveals the tricks and tips for crafting the ultimate guacamole.

1. Use Ripe Avocados

The foundation of great guacamole is ripe avocados. They should yield slightly when gently squeezed, indicating that they are ripe and ready. Under-ripe avocados won’t mash well, and overripe ones may have an off flavor. To speed up the ripening process, you can place avocados in a brown paper bag with a banana or apple.

2. Coarse Mashing

It’s tempting to mash avocados into a smooth purée, but the best guacamole has texture. Use a fork to coarsely mash avocados, leaving some small chunks for a more interesting mouthfeel.

3. Fresh Lime Juice is a Must

Lime juice adds acidity that balances the creaminess of avocados. It’s essential to use fresh lime juice as bottled juices can have a dull and sometimes bitter flavor. Adjust the quantity to your preference, but don’t skip on this key ingredient.

4. Season Generously

Don’t be shy with salt. Avocados need a good amount of salt to bring out their flavor. Taste and adjust as you go. Adding a dash of black pepper can also enhance the depth of flavors.

5. Include Cilantro

Cilantro is often a part of traditional guacamole recipes. It adds a fresh, herbal note that pairs wonderfully with the other ingredients. If you’re not a fan of cilantro, you can use chopped parsley or even a little bit of mint.

6. Onions and Garlic

Diced red or white onions contribute crunch and a slight pungency that cuts through the richness of the avocado. Fresh garlic, used sparingly, adds another layer of flavor. Some people prefer to use green onions for a milder taste.

7. Spice It Up

If you like a kick in your guacamole, add some diced jalapeños or a dash of cayenne pepper. Removing the seeds and membranes from the jalapeños will reduce their heat.

8. Add-ins for Extra Oomph

Consider adding diced tomatoes, roasted corn, or even pomegranate seeds for a twist. Some people also like to add a dash of cumin for a warm, earthy flavor.

9. Freshness is Key

Guacamole is best enjoyed fresh. However, if you must store it, press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the guacamole to prevent air from reaching it. This helps to minimize browning. A few drops of lime juice on the surface can also help.

10. Serve at Room Temperature

While you might store guacamole in the fridge, it’s best served at room temperature. The flavors are more pronounced, and the texture is perfect.

Ready, Set, Guacamole!

You’re ready to make the ultimate guacamole. Grab some tortilla chips, fresh veggies, or tacos, and dive into the creamy goodness of homemade guacamole. Enjoy!

Sabor Mexicano: The Top Beers of Mexico

Mexico, a country famous for its rich history, vibrant culture, and delectable cuisine, has another accolade to its name – fantastic beer! With a brewing history that dates back centuries, Mexico is now one of the largest beer producers in the world. This article takes you on a journey through the best cervezas that the country has to offer.

1. Corona Extra ABV: 4.5%

Let’s start with an international favorite. Corona Extra is a pale lager and probably one of the most recognizable Mexican beers around the globe. It’s light, crisp, and extremely refreshing, especially when served with a wedge of lime. Perfect for sipping on a beach or at a BBQ.

2. Modelo Especial ABV: 4.4%

Modelo Especial is a rich, full-flavored pilsner-style lager that has an orange blossom honey aroma with a hint of herb. Modelo Especial’s light hop character, tantalizing taste, and slightly sweet finish make it an excellent choice for those looking for a balanced, easy-drinking beer.

3. Negra Modelo ABV: 5.4%

Also known as Modelo Negra, this is a Munich-style Dunkel lager, and it’s a true classic. With its slow-roasted caramel malts, it’s richer and darker than its sibling, Modelo Especial. It offers a smooth taste with hints of chocolate and a slightly nutty finish.

4. Pacifico Clara ABV: 4.5%

Also known as Cerveza Pacifico, this pilsner-style lager was first brewed in 1900. With a crisp and light flavor profile, Pacifico Clara is especially popular amongst surfers. It’s the beer to grab after a day in the sun and surf.

5. Dos Equis Ambar ABV: 4.7%

Dos Equis Ambar is a Vienna-style lager with a full-bodied, malty flavor profile, with rich notes of toasty grains and subtle hints of almond and spice. This is the choice for someone looking to explore beyond the pale lagers while still enjoying a very drinkable beer.

6. Bohemia Clásica ABV: 4.7%

Bohemia Clásica is one of Mexico’s oldest beers and is a very refined pilsner. It offers a slightly fruity character with a crisp hop finish, courtesy of the noble Saaz hops. Its complex yet balanced flavor makes it a favorite amongst beer connoisseurs.

7. Cucapá Chupacabras Pale Ale ABV: 5.8%

Cucapá is a craft brewery from Mexicali, and Chupacabras Pale Ale is one of its flagship beers. It’s a well-hopped American Pale Ale that offers a nice balance between caramel malts and citrusy hops. For those seeking something bolder and craftier, this is a great choice.

8. Indio ABV: 5.0%

Indio is a dark lager with a malty taste profile. It has a balanced sweetness with hints of caramel and a light hop bitterness. With its unique flavor, it stands out among other Mexican lagers and is best enjoyed with hearty foods.

9. Calavera Mexican Imperial Stout ABV: 9.0%

Calavera is a microbrewery known for pushing boundaries, and their Mexican Imperial Stout is no exception. This is a bold, rich, and heavy beer with notes of coffee, chocolate, and dried fruit. Its high alcohol content and complex flavor profile make it an excellent choice for savoring slowly, perhaps as a dessert beer or with a rich, flavorful meal.

10. Tijuana Morena ABV: 4.8%

From the Tijuana-based brewery, Cerveza Tijuana, Morena is an amber lager with a rich malt profile. With its caramel sweetness balanced by a touch of hop bitterness, it is an excellent choice for those looking for a full-flavored lager that is still highly drinkable.

A Toast to Mexican Brews!

Mexican beers are as diverse and vibrant as the country itself. From the internationally recognized lagers to bold craft beers, there is something for every beer enthusiast. These top beers of Mexico are a testament to the country’s brewing heritage and modern creativity. So, next time you find yourself in the mood for a cerveza, consider exploring beyond the usual and savor the diverse flavors that Mexican beers have to offer. ¡Salud!

Tacos & Bubbles: The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Tacos with Wine and Champagne

It’s time to elevate your taco night with the irresistible duo of tacos and wine or champagne. Who says that wine and champagne should be reserved for fancy dinner parties? Tacos, with their complex flavors and textures, are the perfect partners to a variety of wines and bubbles. So, let’s dive into this sumptuous guide to pairing tacos with your favorite libations.

The Classic Beef Taco & Zinfandel

Let’s start with the classic ground beef taco, topped with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and a dollop of sour cream. The savory, rich taste of the beef pairs exquisitely with a bold Zinfandel. The black fruit notes and hint of spice in Zinfandel work wonders in enhancing the flavors of the beef, while its medium tannins don’t overpower the taco.

Fish Tacos & Sauvignon Blanc

Next up are the ever-so-popular fish tacos, usually made with a white fish, cabbage slaw, and a citrusy dressing. A chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect accompaniment. The wine’s bright acidity and citrus notes are fantastic with the fish, and its herbaceous qualities are a match made in heaven with the fresh slaw.

Chicken Tinga Tacos & Chardonnay

Chicken Tinga tacos, made with shredded chicken in a smoky, spicy tomato sauce, go beautifully with a lightly oaked Chardonnay. The wine’s hints of butter and vanilla harmonize with the smoky flavors, and its acidity is just right to cut through the richness of the sauce.

Carnitas Tacos & Tempranillo

The slow-cooked goodness of Carnitas tacos, with their tender pork and crispy edges, need a wine with a strong character. Step in Tempranillo! With its dark fruit flavors, hints of tobacco and leather, and subtle earthiness, it’s the perfect backdrop for the succulent carnitas.

Shrimp Tacos & Champagne

Shrimp tacos usually come with zesty lime, creamy avocado, and spicy salsa, so let’s bring in the bubbles! A classic Brut Champagne is the ideal match. The effervescence cleanses your palate from the richness of the avocado, while the bright acidity contrasts nicely with the spicy and citrusy notes.

Barbacoa Tacos & Malbec

Barbacoa tacos, known for their deep, rich flavors from slow-cooked beef, call for an equally intense wine. A full-bodied Malbec with its dark fruit flavors, hints of chocolate, and plush tannins is just what you need to bring out the best in these sumptuous tacos.

Vegan Tacos & Rosé

For our vegan friends, a veggie-loaded taco with guacamole pairs delightfully with a dry Rosé. The freshness and red fruit flavors of Rosé complement the vegetables, while its acidity cuts through the creaminess of the avocado.

As you can see, there’s a wine for every type of taco. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your pairings – the world of wine is vast, and the taco possibilities are endless. Just remember that the best pairing is the one that makes your taste buds dance! So, grab your favorite tacos, pour a glass of your preferred wine or champagne, and say “Cheers” to a taco feast like no other.

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