From east to west and points north, tacos were first and foremost on everyone’s minds this week. The New York Times even got a piece of the action with its Taco Issue. One of the articles printed in that section ruffled a few feathers by claiming the Big Apple was just as great a taco capital as Los Angeles. Bill Esparza fired back with a pat on the head: “it’s cute that you keep trying over there.” Gustavo Arellano tempered things with a shoulder squeeze, reminding us that New York’s place in stateside Mexican food history had been secured with Buffalo Bill and Juvencio Maldonado. The latter secured a patent for a tortilla-frying device in 1950 (why is such a significant milestone so easily forgotten?).
We took the opportunity to ramp up activity with interviews, a review, a recipe, a National Taco Day roadmap curated with the help of friends across the United States and Canada. Local publications repackaged old content. For a taste of other Taco Internet goings-on, make the jump.
5 Historic Tacos You Can Eat in Honor of National Taco Day — Stick a Fork in It/OC Weekly
Vitamin T: Hold the Salsa, New York Salsa! We’ve Got Something to Taco ‘Bout — Digest/Los Angeles Magazine
How NOT to connect with workers at your local taqueria — Mission Mission
How Tacos Explain Mexico’s Labor Market — The Atlantic
Hey, New York City: Drop Your Mexican-Food Inferiority Complex, ‘Cause You’re All Right’ — Stick a Fork in It/OC Weekly
The Serious Eats Guide to Tacos on Chicago’s South Side — Serious Eats: Chicago