Taco Day

Americans love their tacos and our ESL students are well aware of local Mexican restaurants weekly participation in Taco Tuesdays all over LA and Orange County. Hancock International College is close to many wonderful places to get tacos and we think tacos for lunch or dinner are always a good idea! Today is a day in addition to Taco Tuesdays where the taco is celebrated so I wanted to share their history and find out more about why tacos are the way they are.

Checkiday.com says, “Today is a day for tacos! There is some evidence that tacos with small fish were eaten in the Valley of Mexico before Spaniards arrived to the continent. In the 18th century Mexican silver miners used “plugs” or “wads”—paper wrappers with gunpowder fillings—to extract ore, and these were also called tacos. Tacos likely got their modern name because they resembled the explosives. Tacos usually consist of a protein such as beef, chicken, pork, or fish, wrapped in a hard or soft shell made of corn or flour. Toppings may include tomatoes, onion, lettuce, cheese, refried beans, cilantro, salsa, sour cream, or guacamole.

Traditional Mexican tacos include the al pastor, carne asada, tacos de camarones (shrimp tacos), tacos de pescado (fish tacos), and others. They are often served at taco stands and many times are accompanied with sliced red radishes, lime, salt, and chilis.

Whereas most traditional tacos have corn tortillas with a soft pliable shell, in the United States the hard-shelled U-shaped taco has been the most popular, and was first described in a cookbook in 1949. Wheat flour soft-shell tacos are also popular in the United States. In 1962 Taco Bell opened in California and helped fuel the rise in popularity of tacos in the United States, and there are now about 5,800 locations. Other popular types of tacos are breakfast tacos—which are soft corn or flour tortilla tacos with meat, eggs, and cheese—and Indian tacos, also known as Navajo tacos, which use frybread instead of tortillas and are commonly eaten by indigenous people in the United States and Canada.”

Full Article: https://www.checkiday.com/370eb5b5e848f107ea16f15a01689fa3/national-taco-day

Idiom of the Day

Blow this Taco Stand

Meaning: To leave a place, especially one that has become dull or of no use or interest, generally in search of something better. Often preceded by “let’s,” it is a variation of “blow this popsicle stand.”

Example: This is boring, let’s blow this taco stand and find something else to do. I graduate in six months, then it’s time to blow this taco stand.