Oh my, did I get your attention? This week let’s get peppery, fiery, and piquant! That’s right, the topic is salsas! Salsa meaning “sauce” is the cherry on top of taco truck delights. Which kind of salsa is your favorite? Perhaps it’s one of the four in the list below?
How many of these salsas have you tried? All four? Well, the amazing thing about salsa is that the recipes vary so much you need to get out there and explore them all over again! What are you waiting for?
Here is a recipe for Spicy Latina Mom's famous Salsa Verde:
This week on the blog we are going to taco 'bout 5 taco fun facts! What’s better than eating tacos? Learning about them! Well, almost, but if you don’t have a taco right now, this will have to do! Let’s get started:
Fun Fact #1)
If you’ve been on the Internet at all, you know that TACO CAT spelled backwards is TACO CAT. Okay, we got that out of the way, now on to the real fun facts ☺
Fun Fact #2)
A lot of people would say that taco means, “light lunch” in Spanish. It could also translate to “plug” or “wad” in the sense of a stoppage for the flow of liquids. I think maybe, “light lunch” fits more of our purpose here. Though, whenever I eat tacos it’s more like a “mega meal”. Can you eat only 1 or 2 tacos??
Fun Fact #3)
The first ever (credited) taco truck was opened by Raul Martinez in 1974. He used an old ice cream truck and parked it just outside of a Los Angeles bar. And yes, you guessed correctly, this was a HUGE success. Now you see Taco trucks all over California and the Southwest. Though, there is another account of the first taco truck being started by two New York housewives back in 1966. The date would claim that this is actually the first taco truck, though it didn’t have a full kitchen. Let’s just say both were ONE of the first taco trucks ever!
Fun Fact #4)
Americans eat so many tacos. Last year, it is estimated that we ate over 4.5 billion tacos! As the old adage goes, if you lined up all the tacos it would make a taco bridge to the moon and back!
Fun Fact #5)
National Taco Day is October 4th! It conveniently shares this day with National Vodka Day. So, mark your calendars now to take visit a taco truck, preferably El Burrito Loco, and eat your taco heart out!
If you were reading these facts while not eating tacos, I think you know what you have to do next…that’s right…order some tacos!
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I’m not sure about you, but every Tuesday I do one of two things 1) think about tacos 2) go get some tacos because it’s TACO TUESDAY! But, have you ever wondered where that phrase comes from? Taco Tuesday feels so familiar, so beloved, one of those things that’s just a given, that it’s like a fun slide from the phrase directly to the taco truck.
So this Tuesday while eating my tacos (carnitas, add guacamole) I decided to do some research on the Internet. I took out my phone and asked with my mouth full of taco, “Siri, where does Taco Tuesday come from?” And so you don’t have to do the same thing, let me tell you about what siri found for me:
The term Taco Tuesday has been trademarked since 1989 by a restaurant chain from Cheyenne, Wyoming called Taco John’s. Apparently in 2010, Taco John’s brought a suit against a small restaurant chain in Oklahoma who used this memorable phrase. I’m not going to go on a rant about the crazy corporate domination of a beloved English phrase, but, WHAT? Unsurprisingly, it turned out to be terrible PR for them and it seems that Taco John’s hasn’t brought on a suit since then.
Even though I found that the phrase itself was trademarked, this doesn’t tell me who the first EVER person was who said this out loud. It could be your grandma for all we know. Taco John’s does claim on their website that they started Taco Tuesday. This could be true. Maybe it’s not. Who knows for sure?
I suppose the takeaway here is that Tuesdays might just be the perfect day for tacos. As long as you don’t say it loud enough for Taco John’s to hear? Also, while you’re here, might I suggest Torta Thursdays? Is that just as catchy? Has that phrase been trademarked yet? ;)
Jessi, from C & L Web Design, has a deep passion for the English language, and luckily, also an artistic knack for “making things look and sound beautiful”. Jessi has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and has since taken on independent course work in graphic design, online branding, and marketing.