The Return of a Tulsa Gem!

I couldn’t be more excited to announce the return of a true Tulsa gem, Las Americas Restaurant on 3rd Street!
I was grief- stricken after their closing in the fall of 2014.

Los Americas Restaurant 2118 E 3rd St
Los Americas Restaurant   2118 E 3rd St

So at seeing the big yellow sign,”We are back!”, my heart literally skipped a beat.
Apparently, they reopened mid June.
(Man, I’ve been off my taco game… gotta get my sh*t together.)
According to Alma Martinez, the general manager, it’s the original crew and everything. Not just original from before they closed in 2014, but original from when they first opened in 2002. How amazing is that?!
There are a few noticeable differences though. The largest being the addition of a buffet. The buffet occupies the space that was previously a small Mexican grocery store. I used to enjoy looking at all the pinatas and other exotic imported items. However, a grander Los Americas Grocery Store is only three blocks away and owned by the same man. I’m sure the logistics of running a smaller second store, just down the street, were complicated and not worth the hassle.

Even with the loss of the grocery store, the place feels the same. The salsa taste the same and still comes in little disposable clear cups. They have the full original menu in addition to the new buffet. I’m not much of a buffet lady myself, but I will note that there were about 20 construction worker types savoring the buffet offerings… I may not be the demographic they were going for… odd… Hard to believe the world doesn’t revolve around me.

In all seriousness, if you’ve never been, make it happen. Las Americas is open each day for lunch at 10:30. You should go. Soon.

Pastor Tacos. Yum!
My favorite, Tacos Al Pastor. Yum!

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Ignore my misspelling =)
Ignore my misspelling =)

Cinco De Mayo on Tulsa Time

Hello Tulsa!
Here’s the downtown agenda for Cinco De Mayo.

12pm- 4pm: El Guapos Cantina
This annual street party starts at noon. So go for lunch and stay a while. Can’t go for lunch?… Well, you still need to stop by after work, enjoy a margarita, and grab your new party shirt. This year’s party is featuring live music and the game “PLINKO DE MAYO”.  Uhh, Fun!!

Yeah, this is real and you need it.
Yeah, this is real and you need one. (Tear)

 

Next Stop Soundpony Bar
This stop is especially important because it’s Soundpony’s Tenth Anniversary. Tenth!!
If your night starts and ends here, there will be no judgement. This place has become a staple in Tulsa’s night scene and for all the right reasons.

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7pm: Elote
7pm is essential because that’s when the Chihuahua Races start. Like El Guapos, Elote is having a whole street festival of fun.
If you still have not eaten, you should really make that happen. I suggest puffy tacos. For my vegetarian friends they will be serving sweet potato puffy tacos. Delish.

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Last Stop: Hodges Bend
Get yourself out of the street party chaos and head over to Hodges Bend. They have an amazing drink on their menu, the Abeja.  It contains both tequila and Irish whiskey.
Uh, yyeesssss!, both Irish and Mexican. Soooo Goood.

 

If you still have energy and you aren’t driving or adulting Friday moring, revisit Soundpony .
The Soundpony, much like The Colony, is always a bad idea at this point in the night. If you’ve never made this mistake, you haven’t lived.

Enjoy!
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The “Original” Irish Taco

I’ve been an artist as long as I can remember. As a first grader, I always won the class coloring contest. By high school I had broadened my skills and practiced multiple mediums, besides crayon. I received a scholarship for art even.

As an adult, I do not practice my art as much.
I find myself more interested in choosing paint colors for my walls, despite my day job as an art teacher. I’m not sure if it’s more of a time issue or a lack of inspiration.

None of my ideas are original…Or at least it feels that way.

I’m sure many artist have felt these same woes.
I can’t imagine trying to write and original song or design a new basketball shoe. I mean Air Jordans. The Beatles. Hello?
There’s even better taco blogs than mine. I know. It’s shocking.
But are there better Irish Mexican Taco Blog Recipe Makers?
I think not.
Clearly, I was feeling quite smug after creating the Irish Michelada, so I decided to make an Irish Taco, with corned beef of course.

This week after slow cooking a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner for my family, I started to work on my Irish Taco recipe.
I was pumped, not only for the fun and original concept of this recipe, but with the end result. #winning

Below is my masterpiece.

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Corned Beef Taco made with Spicy Cole Slaw.

Doesn’t it look great?!

 

After finalizing my recipe and taking a picture, I had a strange thought. A sense. That’s when I Googled Corned Beef Taco.

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Look at all those dumb corned beef tacos made with stupid slaws.

 

Ha!

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Irish Michelada

After my latest visit to Mexico I was feeling self conscious about my red hair and ivory complexion. I just did not blend with my people.
Like at all.
I was the whitest girl on the Quinceañera dance floor. Admittedly, that could have something to do with my lack of moves. Either way, I have some undeniable non-Hispanic traits. 

So, I’ve decided that I’m Irish Mexican.
Obviously.

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In honor of my self proclaimed Irish Mexican heritage, I’ve created a new drink. The Irish Michelada made with Guinness Draught.

WTH, you say?
Maybe it’s just my eclectic taste buds, but the Irish Michelada is delightful.

I went lighter on the lime than I do with my normal (aka boring) Michelada and I added a few dashes of Worcestershire Sauce. Worcestershire isn’t an uncommon ingredient and can be found in Micheladas all across Mexico. Micheladas can also be made with bouillon cubes, but those are high in sodium and weird.

 

What you need:

1 can of Guinness Draught
1/4 lime or about 1/2 tablespoon of lime juice
1/2 cup of bloody mary mix or regular old tomato juice could work
2-4 dashes of a hot sauce of your choosing
3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce

Optional: salt and chili powder for glass rim, and more lime for garnish


What to do:

First salt the rim of your glass by combining some salt and chili powder on a small plate. Rub a lime wedge along the rim of the glass and then dip into your salt. Avoiding the rim of the glass pour in your Bloody Mary mix, hot sauce, Worcestershire and lime. Stir. Next pour in your can of beer. Don’t be timid about this step. Don’t worry about holding your beer or glass at an angle. The Guinness Draught is best when just dumped upside down into the glass. Wait for it to settle. Then drink.

Now I just need to decide what pairs best with an Irish Michelada.
Tequila or Irish Whiskey?

Enjoy!
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On Fleek

My students taught me a slang word today. Fleek.

For Example:
My taco blog is on fleek.
As are my taco blog resolutions… Oh wait, not so much. At least our Facebook is going swimmingly.

What an astounding number of people reached. On the bright side, I did get tacos for Valentines Day. My Valentines Day was seriously on fleek.
What an astounding number of people reached. On the bright side, I did get tacos for Valentines Day. My Valentines Day was seriously on fleek.

 

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Taco Blog Resolutions/ Strategic Taco Blog Plans

Well, we survived New Years Eve, barely.

 

I was talking to my sister about my taco blog and creating a strategic plan for 2016. I’m big on making plans. I read on a lululemon window once that said “a goal without a plan is just wish”. It was an odd place to recieve life changing advice, but hey, I’ll take good advice anyplace I can get it. Now that I’m a planner, I like to look at the end goal and work my way backwards. I was explaining this whole concept to my sister and the importance of creating my strategic taco blog plan. She laughed at my goal of one day having a taco book published or better yet a taco tv show.
I went on to explain how awesome my tv show would be and how John and I would travel around and eat tacos. Then she said something like “that’s already a show”.

What??!!!!

Not having cable TV doesn’t normally have much effect on me. Like when a friend asks me have you seen this or that and blah blah other stuff… But this lack of information was a huge blow. Complete bubble buster.

 

After my shock and disgust passed I looked the show up. It’s a real thing. This Aaron Sanchez guy travels around eats tacos and he’s a chef and a Mexican. I mean, John’s a chef, but neither of us could pass for Mexican. Although, I do look good in a sombrero.

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After watching a few episodes of Taco Trip starring chef Sanchez, I’ve decided that there is room in the world for more than one taco show. My show concept is more of a MTV Road Rules had a baby with Taco Trip. I can see clips in my head of John and I arguing about directions whilst driving through the ghetto in a large taco shaped van (I’ll be wearing a sombrero of course).

 

Taco Blog Resolutions/ Plans for 2016

  • Blog at least once a week
  • Figure out Twitter or how to log into multiple Instagram accounts
  • Proof Read!! Pre-write!! Just overall better writing.
    Hell, maybe even take comp once again.  
  • Meet chef Aaron Sanchez.
    (Chef Sanchez,
    If you read this, just know that you have an open invite here in Tulsa. I have a real nice air mattress with your name on it. My husband also has a cousin in Red Hook and we talked about making a trip to New York this summer. I’ll get back with you on the deats. 😉  

I’ve often wished I had Mexican ancestry.

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