Taco 1000

Saturday marked the end of the great taco challenge.  Pictured below is #1000, a “Gaona con queso” from El Califa.  This spectacular steak and cheese bomb, later smothered in salsa, lime, and slices of avocado, is easily one of the best tacos to be had in the D.F. and Mexico.

Taco #1000, a spectacular gaona con queso from El Califa.

Taco #1000. Although it came with a knife and fork, I assure you such implements were not necessary.

It’s always nice to accomplish something, though counting one’s way to a 1000 tacos is more of an accomplishment-in-jest (or a disgusting exercise in consumption).  Sometimes, fake goals, set in the irony of a faux-celebration, can take on a life of themselves and, often, spoil the enjoyment of an experience.  Not having to count is something to look forward to… but, in this case, the most disgusting part may be that I haven’t lost my appetite for tacos… in fact….

…nah, this morning will be oatmeal and a run.


México, D.F.

Taco Update!

Yeah, yeah, I know!  It’s about time for another taco count update.

Today, my friend Liz (if she blogged, I’d put link here) and I grabbed dinner at El Califa, a “taqueria” in La Condesa.  I put taqueria in quotes because the place is about as Mexican as Chili’s, the B&G back in the states.  Now, don’t get me wrong, the tacos are fanfreakingtactic, but this place is _high_ end (and not 2 pesos each!).  When you get a steak taco… it’s a steak in a tortilla.  Not some piece of nameless cafeteria-style mystery protein that’s been shredded to bitsy pieces — oh, no… this is a full-on-slab-o-cow.  Mooooooo!  Oh, the meaty juiciness…….  Slap on some carmelized onions, a few grilled-to-sweetness cactus paddles, and salsa so dark you feel it’s gravitation from your seat the second they slide it onto the table… and then drench the whole monument to “sabor”iness with the juice of a helpless baby lime.  Oh, it’s that kind of freaking tastic.  I spent $15; now I need a nap.

After the indulgence at El C., the total taco consumption count now stands at 75.


México, D.F.