Saturday, January 12, 2008

After the blizzard

I spent the first couple of days of this year in beautiful Leadville, Colorado. At over 10,000 ft. above sea level, it's the highest incorporated city in our country as well as home to the Beck/Bower family - my generous hosts and patient ski instructors.

It's also home a substantial Chicano community; the small Victorian mining town is home to at least one tienda, one taco truck, and a few authentic-looking Mexican restaurants. While exploring the town on my first morning there, I stopped into Manuelita's on Harrison Avenue for an early lunch and enjoyed a delicious torta de adobado.

Dear faithful readers (or) Hey, Jonathan

Apologies for the lack of coverage lately. I forget about blogging sometimes. I don't, however, forget about tacos. Here are a few highlights of the past season:

Reuniting with Blanca, our favorite waitress from the old Las Lupitas, at El Progreso.

Taking my friend Jack, an experienced Los Angeles taco truck lover, for his first lunch on Remount Road.

Discovering a new favorite, La Fortuna, a grocery/carneceria/taqueria in Hanahan. Friendly folks, deliciously spicy guacamole, excellent gorditas, and a wonderful shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Enjoying a fine tamal de rajas with arroz con leche at Michelle's Cafe in Baltimore.

Followed by a tamal dulce, filled with cinnamon and raisins.

My pregnant vegetarian sister patiently keeps me company while I sample Jesus and Michelle's tamales.

Thanks for reading, everyone. Keep those letters coming!

Hasta pronto.