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Taco Tuesday

Taco Tuesday. My favorite day of the week. The people of my Facebook & Instagram know it, ’cause I get tagged in more Taco Memes than I can shake a bottle of Valentina’s hot sauce at. So it’s really been only a matter of time before I write you a Taco Tuesday post.

 

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When did my love for tacos blossom? Hell if I know. I didn’t grow up eating them. Living in the Great White North of Alberta, Canada, it’s not like tacos are a staple around here.  But if I had to guess when it all started, it would’ve been when my friend Kathy asked me to go to Tres Carnales Taqueria with her, located in Downtown Edmonton. Generally my favorite taco anywhere I go is a fish taco. And though the Tres Carnales Pescado was a long time #1, I tried their Al Pastor (slow roasted pork) on a taco platter one time and never looked back. If you make it into Tres Carnales be sure to get a pitcher of their Sangria. Its a pitcher, so its probably meant to be shared, but when its that good, you won’t be judged if you drink one to yourself! Like to have a starter? Try their Papas Fritas which are droolworthy fried chunks of taters topped with guajillo chile chimmichurri, queso fresco and cilantro. PS- I dont really know what most of that is; but what I do know is it’s delicious and you should try it!

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Fish Tacos, a glass from the pitcher of Sangria, and my fave hot sauce: Valentina’s

There are two other restaurants I would suggest you visit for their tacos. Of course there are probably 1000 other great taco joints, I just haven’t found them yet! 

One is located in Las Vegas Nevada, just off of Fremont street. Nacho Daddy caught my eye as we were leaving Fremont to head back to our hotel for a nap. Though all I had was their $2 lunch shrimp tacos, and a giant plate of Nachos which they are famous for (& we werent overly impressed by) looking back at their menu now makes me want to get on a plane to Sin City right this minute. They have Lobster Tail Tacos. *insert that heavenly sound when the gates are opening* I really love lobster & tacos, this could be a match made in heaven, it could be a disaster, but I must find out!
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Just off of Whyte Ave. in Edmonton is El Cortez. As soon as you set foot in the door you feel like you’re in Mexico, and maybe you’re like me and a brief moment of panic sets in as you remember you can’t speak a lick of Spanish. The waitress asks you in perfect English, “how many to be seated?” phewf, you’re good to go.

My first visit to this little slice of Mexi heaven, Kathy and I shared the guacamole, which is second to none, the Valentina’s Fried Cauliflower, which is to die for, and I had their grilled pescado/fish tacos which are topped with a deep fried shrimp and coconut. All of which I highly recommend. The Valentina’s Cauliflower is NOT spicy as you might think. Its more sweet and tangy and freaking unreal. No need to feel guilty here if you order it for yourself and not to share, its just cauliflower! If anything pat yourself on the back for eating your veggie intake for the day! Now, remember how much I loved the sangria from Tres Carnales? Still love theirs, but hot damn, El Cortez Sangria is de-lightful! This sangria is a little sweeter and less dry than the Tres Carnales version. If Sangria isn’t your thing, they do have fantastic margaritas!

I highly suggest you visit this place the next time you come into the city of Edmonton.

Top left – the best guac to ever hit your mouth, bottom center the Velentina’s Fried Cauliflower

Grilled Pescado – Habanero Aioli, Crispy Shrimp, Coconut Tropical Salsa

Do you have a taco joint you’d recommend I visit? Let me know below!  🙂 

 

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