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Tempted by Tacos

Tempted by Tacos

Even baby boomers have a difficult time remembering when tacos—like pizza—weren’t a ubiquitous part of the culinary landscape. (Glen Bell opened the first Taco Bell restaurant in 1962 and went public with his franchise in 1970.) Now, Americans eat more than 4.5 billion tacos a year. Tacos rank among our most beloved fast foods, good for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a late-night snack after the bars close. The anglicized tacos of our youth started with a boxed kit containing fragile U-shaped taco shells, salsa, and a packet of seasoning...

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Tonight: Fabulous Fish Tacos

Tonight: Fabulous Fish Tacos

Whether you’re observing the last Friday of Lent by abstaining from meat or simply looking for lighter dining options now that spring’s officially launched, take a cue from south-of-the-border: serve grilled fish tacos tonight. (The community fish fry will get along just fine without you.) In coastal Mexico, from the Baja peninsula to the Yucatán, fish tacos are not so much a recipe as an appetizing equation: fish + wrappers + condiments = fish tacos. Consequently, they’re infinitely customizable. There’s the protein: impeccably fresh fish, minimally...

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Grilled Feast

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Grilled Feast

Today is Cinco de Mayo—May 5—and tonight, Mexican-themed restaurants and bars will be crowded with American revelers who are not quite sure what they are celebrating. If queried, many would say they’re honoring Mexico’s Independence Day. (Sorry, but that’s actually September 16.) For the record, Cinco de Mayo marks the anniversary of a battle for Puebla fought in 1862. A barefoot and under-equipped Mexican army miraculously defeated the French in a fight reminiscent of David and Goliath. But why let the facts get between...

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BOOK TOUR – BOSTON

BOOK TOUR CHRONICLES: BOSTON Meet Andy Husbands, owner of Tremont 647 in Boston's South End. Or if you're a barbecue buff--and we know you are--you might know him as a co-author of one of the best barbecue books of the year, Wicked Good Barbecue (Fair Winds Books). We happened to visit on a Tuesday night--taco night--and Andy rewarded with turkey spiced chili tacos, chorizo with pickled onions, pulled pork with sweet potato, and fried fish with...

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KOGI TRUCK – STEVEN

HOT STUFF FROM LOS ANGELES  You don't need a degree in restaurant hopping to know that some of the best food in L.A. (or Portland, Oregon, or New York City) comes off a truck. Steven finally caught up with with the Kogi truck on trendy Abbot Kinney in Venice, California, that his assistant had been raving about for months. So what's everyone lined up for? Chef Roy Choi's Korean barbecue tacos--available as beef short ribs (sweet and...

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Need some warm weather?

Need some warm weather? Greetings from Playa del Carmen in Mexico's Yucatan. First things first: great tacos al pastor at El Fogon on the main avenue. The pork is marinated in achiote paste and pineapple and roasted on a vertical spit in a charcoal-burning rotisserie. It's continuously carved with a slice of fresh pineapple (see top of skewer), so everyone get's an end cut. The beach at the Rosewood Mayakoba. Luxury. Serenity. And ocean...

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