Tacos al Pastor
Wow! That was fun to watch. But now I am hungry for tacos al pastor.
They are like choreographed dancers from the tortillas being placed on the griddle, to the shaving of the meat, to the pick-off of the pineapple and more. And it is repeated in puesto after puesto across Mexico.
They have this down to an art.
I noticed teh pineapple flick, that was pretty cool :-). Did you see the shot where the taquero cuts of a tiny slice of the pineapple and flew through the air and landed right in the middle fo the taco he was holding in his other hand. It went by really fast. I was fascinated watching the guy doing the taortillas. There was certainly a routine he was following
At Pastorcita in Playa del Carmen, one of the cooks is quite a showman - he slices the pastor onto the tortilla, does the pineapple flick, spins around, and catches the pineapple on the taco - behind his back. He gets nice applause and nicer tips.
One other neat feature of the usual pastor cooking contraption: the metal bar that holds the top of the spindle in place is hinged, and has a series of other holes, so when the meat is carved off to a progressively smaller diameter, they lift the bar, tilt the spindle with the meat toward the fire, and lower the bar over the spindle on the next closer hole, so that the meat stays a more constant distance from the flames from start to finish.