So I feel like Food trucks have taken over the US and it is definitely a trend that has got me going. I mean the food is good, has great flavor and is cheap and recession proof. Do you think these guys make money? Seems like a pretty fun job to me...
Sitting in my little country town in France I started pondering. Would this work in France? Pondering quickly turned to obsession and right now my new thang is the business idea of opening a Taco truck in Paris. Hmm is this an acceptable use of my recently completed MBA?
I think Mexican food is super well received in Paris yet the problem is the final product usually ends up being pretty mediocre. I mean tortillas that are too sweet, oddly shaped and a weird consistency and these are complimented with odd extra creamy guacamole that just taste flat out wrong. This all comes for a price tag of 32 euro. Seems up-surd right?
Food trucks which have recently swept across the US culinary scene like a blazing fire could be a trendy twist in the land of baguettes and gooey chesse. I think a little truck would be super cute and would work well. But... where oh where to park it? Of course my spastic self immediately started writing a business plan. Hahahhah. Who knows if I will follow through but a girl can dream....
So, being home for 1 month in San Francisco I was inspired to spend my first day back on a Taco Truck tasting mission with my mamma. We tasted 3 different places and it was scrumdiddlyumptious delicious. Ohhhh how I miss the heat, flavor and uniqueness of Mexican food. I'm going back next week to learn a few recipes.
Here is a list of where we went in Oakland, ca off Fruitvale and International.
1) First Stop: Guadalajara Taco Truck- 44th and Intl. These taco's were the first of our tasting extravaganza and thus we might have been a bit biased in our rating here as we were soo hungry and craving taco's. We had chicken and al pastor (pork) which were both incredible. They had the perfect amount of heat and the simple addition of diced onions and a pinch of cilantro was really all they needed. I think these were my favorite
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How cute does my momma look nervously deciding which taco to choose :)
2) 2nd Stop: El Ojo De Agua just up the street 1/2 a block from Guadalajara. This time I decided to go off on the edge and try cabeza. I know I have heard time and time again how tasty it was but my culinary pallet I guess just isn't mature enough yet for some scrumptious head. It was really fatty and I just wasn't feeling it. My mom got pescado or fish which is usually quite hard to find at a taco truck and it was really nice. It was smothered in a somewhat hot green salsa which gave it a serious kick of heat. I loved how they gave us some fresh cucumbers on the side and of course the spicy carrots and peppers.
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3) 3rd stop was Taqueria El Paisa on 41st and International. We used these guys for a mobile taco truck catering service for my brothers engagement party. Their taco's were ohh so delicious at the engagement party and I'm hopefully going back next week to have them give me a taco cooking lesson early one morning when they start cooking the meat. Here we had 2 taco's (Chicken and Carne Asada) and a few spicy cucumbers and slurped our tasty meal down with a glass of half Horchata (cinnamon, nutmeg, milk) and hibiscus drink. The horchata was incredible as always and after our 3rd taco each we were filled up with authentic Californian style Mexican food and ready to head back home.
Ummm finished those ones quickly!! Our mouths were on fire from the spicy cucumbers
Here are some good shots of the neighborhood.
I was definitely obessed with the spanish styled houses on Cordova and Fruitvale. They were really each so similar yet unique in their own way with tiled stairs, cactuses, and bright pastel colors. Loved it. If you head to Intl and Fruitvale to taste some taco's make a little pit stop on the way to this cute street to check out a little architecture on your way.