The search for authentic Mexican food—or rather, the struggle to define what that meant—has been going on for two hundred years, and some of the most important battles have been fought outside of Mexico. Notions of authenticity have been contested through interactions between insiders and outsiders, they have changed over time, and they have contributed to broader power relations. The very idea of Mexico was first conceived by Creoles, people of European descent born in the Americas, who imagined a shared past with Aztec monarchs to claim political autonomy within the Spanish empire, but who scorned the native foods made of corn. When independence came in the nineteenth century, attempts to forge a national cuisine were torn between nostalgia for Creole traditions and the allure of European fashions. Foods considered to be Indian were largely ignored, along with yet another variant of Mexican cooking that emerged in the northern territories conquered by Yankee invaders. With the U.S. rise to global power in the twentieth century, this Tex-Mex cooking was industrialized and carried around the world. Mexican elites, confronted with the potential loss of their culinary identity to this powerful neighbor, then sought to ground their national cuisine in the pre-Hispanic past.
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Not the way to get free tacos, but that’s what 28 year old Adam Cooper of San Antonio did when he was craving the tortilla.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, a waitress at the restaurant in the 500 block of S. Loop 1604 E. identified Kramer as the man who walked into the restaurant Monday and ordered six tacos and then refused to pay for them. The waitress told Bexar County sheriff’s detectives that when Kramer was told he’d had to pay, he began pulling a sword in and out of a six-inch sheath on his waist, the affidavit stated. The waitress said at one point when the telephone rang, Kramer walked outside, so she quickly locked the doors, the affidavit stated. The woman said she could hear him outside, yelling that if he didn’t get his free tacos, “someone would die,” the affidavit stated.
Todd Mills, the visionary genius whose persistence resulted in the Taco Bell Doritos Locos Tacos passed on to taco heaven this week at the age of 41 after battling brain cancer. Mills never saw a cent from Taco Bell, but he knew his idea would change the world, so he bugged Frito-Lay to no avail, so he started a grassroots movement to show there was interest in the idea, and then it happened. And now that his work is done, he’s off to spread taco joy to other dimensions.
Tito Chihuahua, the chihuahua shaped taco holder is a must-have gift for taco lovers, especially on Thursdays.
The Community Driven Taco Recipe Repository aims to create the perfect taco, and to provide taco recipes that be shared and enjoyed with an open source ethos, driving taco technology into the future. So many tacos, so few Thursdays.