Tacolandia Live Blog (Attending 'Hounds, Please Participate!)
- PeterCC Jun 22, 2013 08:48 PM
Tomorrow (Sunday) is Tacolandia, and 30 restaurants will be serving tacos and, I presume, other foods, from noon to 5 PM. I am not going to attempt to live blog the event all by myself--I'd like to actually enjoy the festivities--but I do plan on posting some on-the-spot reports and reviews of items, as well as photos, to this thread. I'm hoping other Chowhounds will do the same here.
From the other Tacolandia thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/904668), I believe the following 'hounds will be there: ns1, Dommy (and Mattapoisett?), ClarissaW, kevin, WildSwede. I'm dragging chrishei with me and my family. Anyone else coming? Do we want pick a time and booth and have a quick informal meet-up? Or should we remain in obscurity and anonymity (well, except for ClarissaW)?
Another question to hopefully get the thread going before the event starts: Which restaurants' grub are you looking forward to having/trying most?
For me, probably La Guerrerense, since they're in Ensenada and a bit difficult for me to get to outside these north-of-the-border events. I'm also looking forward to trying whatever dish Bistro LQ's is serving with rabbit liver (chef Laurent Quenioux has been posting pics on Twitter). And of course I want to know what interesting dish Tacos Punta Cabras will be serving that chef Daniel Snukal says will be so good it'll make me want to punch someone (but I won't--I'm an eater, not a fighter).
According to the official site (http://microapp.laweekly.com/tacolandia/), here's the list of participants:
Flor del Rio Restaurant
George's At The Cove
Gish Bac Restaurante Oaxaqueno
La Monarca Bakery
La Tiendita Mexicana
Leo's Taco Truck
Mariscos El Mazateno
Mexicali Taco Co.
Rocios Mole De Los Dioses
SOL Mexican Cocina
Spirit House Bar
Tacos Punta Cabras
I've also uploaded a preliminary map that Soho Taco posted a week ago for reference. Unfortunately it's missing the legend, but if we do decide to gather somewhere, we can use it to pick a place, or name a restaurant's booth to meet at and then see which booth it is when we all arrive.
re: Johnny L
The Spirit House taco was the last one I had. It was quite simple compared to the other tacos but it was very good. I was a bit disheartened that the first 10 or so tacos I had, their tortillas came from a bag and didn't add anything and in a few cases detracted from the tacos they were apart of.
Bistro LQ – Rabbit Green Mole Taco, Rabbit Liver Taco
Chef Laurent actually had multiple variations of tacos available during the festival (including “FG” for those who knew the secret password), but these 2 rabbit-based tacos were very good. The rabbit in green mole was very traditional in execution and flavor, with the pulled rabbit meat being ever-so-tender. The rabbit livers, on the other hand, was very interesting, not unlike chicken livers.
Tasty enough for a tasting menu, but didn't have that "OMG let's drive down there and get some right now!" effect. I wouldn't want to eat 5 of them, let's put it that way.