Since today is Cinco de Mayo, it seemed like a good day to have tacos for lunch. This day marks the 1862 Mexican victory over France at the Battle of Puebla, but most Americans just see it as a perfect day to have margaritas and beer. In fact, it’s a much bigger celebration in the U.S. than it is in Mexico, where only Puebla hosts a really large fiesta. Even so, Los Angeles holds Fiesta Broadway which has been called the largest Cinco de Mayo party in the world, dwarfing the one in Puebla entirely. That sounds exhausting and with way too many people, so I’m happy just celebrating with a few tacos.
I’ve actually only been to Mexico once, staying in a lovely costal town called Bucerías outside of Puerto Vallarta. Of course the beach was the main highlight of the trip, but second on the list were fish tacos (not shown here as that wasn’t on the menu today). There was a little restaurant in Bucerías with purple and yellow walls and a name that’s been long forgotten. They had the most amazing fish tacos served “dorado” style which means “golden.” Though the word and translation sound lovely, it was really just a poetic way to say “fish bits deep fried in yesterday’s oil.” They were delicious!
No matter the version of taco I’m eating these days, it always takes me back to that wonderful little restaurant in Bucerías. After almost a decade, I’m not sure if it would feel the same if I ever went back. I’ve spun the memory in my head so much now it’s really more of a fantasy than a reality. But perhaps one day I’ll make the trek back to that little spot to see if the purple and yellow-walled taqueria is still there. Or maybe not. Sometimes a good fantasy can be even more delicious than reality.
You’re all invited to a Doodlewash Dinner Party during the month of May! Just tag your food or drink image #doodlewashdinner and I’ll feature you and your culinary creations in a delicious Doodlewash Gallery at the end of the month!