It was time to chase our dream of reliving the carefree days of our youth, savoring the sights, sounds, scents, and textures of our parents’ hometown plaza in Jalisco, Mexico.
We used to spend hours wandering through the narrow and often low corridors between vendors, looking at all the colors of the handicrafts, fruits and veggies; the clothing, both for sale and being worn; the amazing smells of fresh cut fruit; baskets of oh-so-many types of chilis; piles of fresh tortillas; cauldrons of steaming barbacoa; bushels of cut flowers; bins full of fresh-baked goods; the calls of the vendors; the clucking of chickens; the small children gleefully playing with a new toy; buying an ice cream — all a thoroughly magical experience.
Our deepest impressions, however, remain in gathering at our favorite street corner taco stand and in the pleasure of the first bite, turning our head sideways as we held the soft shell (with our pinkies up!) before the whole thing fell apart right in front of you, but not caring at all. Watching the nimble taquero with the quick flick of the wrist and his blade nick the pineapple at the top, and the sliver of fruit falling directly on his open palm. Offsetting the glorious flavors with a squeeze of lime, the only dilemma was deciding between the green and red salsas.
We created a “taco team” to bring a little bit of that delicious place to Raleigh, while also looking into the future: creating new masterpieces and tweaking a few classics. We aim to recreate that magical place for you one taco at a time.