October 4, 2012

National Taco Day

"You know how I feel about tacos.  It's the only food shaped like a smile.  A beef smile." - Danielle Sanchez-Witzel and Michael Pennie from My Name is Earl

It's National Taco Day!

Tacos are a traditional Mexican dish made from either soft or hard tortillas (I'm Team Hard). While the filling of a taco varies from region to region of the world, generally they're filled with seafood, chicken, beef, or veggies and garnished with glorious toppings like - but, not limited to - salsa, guacamole, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, olives, and cheese.

The hard shell taco (GOTEAMHARD!) does not stem from initial taco eating days (we've been deep-frying for a long time, but not that long!) was first described in the book "The good life: New Mexican food" by Fabiola Cabeza de Vaca Gilvery in 1949, and patented by New York restaurateur Juvenico Maldonado in 1950. And now? People stuff everything into those edible, crunchy, yellow shaped U-boats of love including scrambled eggs and bacon for "Breakfast Tacos" or chocolate and ice cream for "Dessert Tacos."

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

Happy National Taco Day!