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Tuesday, 8 May 2012

La Taqueria Taco Shop – Yummy Tacos!

_MG_9002 Ah! Back to blogging after such a long time away! Rich recently got a promotion at work and has been super busy, while I’ve been having a terrible schedule for the past two weeks. A couple of weeks ago, we paid the downtown Costco a visit after I finally got a Costco card (after so many years!). Unfortunately for us, you have to pay for parking there. :( We ended up not using up all the parking time, so we were going to eat at the food court. However, upon seeing the super long lineup, we decided to head elsewhere. I remembered that La Taqueria Taco Shop was somewhat close by (~10 minute walk), so off we went for some delicious Mexican food!

The interior is super simple looking with plain light bulbs as fixtures and these cute little coloured stools. The brick wall added a homey feeling to it. Quite charming.

The menu is pretty simple… with not many selections, but for people unfamiliar with Mexican food like us, it was somewhat overwhelming. Fortunately the waiter was super helpful and was keen to suggest choices. We decided to go with 4 veggies and 4 meats, as it seems like 4 tacos is a good portion size for an average appetite.
Rich was also quite captivated by their soda selection, which you can see above… VERY CUTE! They’ve also got old $20 bills tacked on the wall… I wonder if they’ll add the current $20 bill once the new one comes out next year~

Anyhow, we ended up getting a tamarind soda, something we’ve never tried before. I thought it was interesting tasting…with a strange mix of sweetness and tartness. Probably won’t get it again though…

Check out the cute lineup of bottle caps on the table edge~

There were plenty of condiments on the side for you to tailor the taste to your liking, ranging from mild salsa verde to some hot spicy Mexican sauce. :P
First up was our meat platter. I let Rich devour most of it except the chicken one, since he had wanted to get all meat tacos to begin with. Plus, the other three had cilantro on them. :P I did have a taste though.
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Al Pastor – Pork marinated  in achlote chili and pineapple
Asada – Grilled ‘AAA’ flank beef
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Pescado – Grilled seasoned fish with pico de gallo
Tinga De Pollo – Chicken with chorizo in a chipotle tomato sauce, topped with Mexican cheese and sour cream
Next up were our veggie choices:
From the left going clockwise:
1. Tinga de Hongos – sauteed fresh mushrooms in spicy chipotle sauce
2. De Picadillo – sauteed ground tofu in chin-chin’s secret recipe
3. Rajas con Crema – roasted poblano peppers with creamed corn, sour cream and mexican cheese
4. Frijoles Charros con Queso – refried cowboy beans with Mexican cheese

Rich and I both liked the food. There was such a variety of different flavours. I think my personal favourites were the tofu and chicken ones. Rich liked the pork and beef. Each one had its unique flavour, but if you eat four, it kind of just melds into one in your head… at least it did for me. We also made a mess eating these, with sauce dripping everywhere! What is the best way of eating them without spilling?? Would I go back? Likely, but most likely to its Cambie St location instead (since it’s closer to our workplaces).

The Yummies:
  • Relatively cheap
  • Yummy flavours
  • Fresh tasting ingredients
  • Friendly staff
The Yuckies:
  • No parking in this part of town…at least no free parking
  • Can’t really think of anything else… give it a try!

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