Los Angeles began with only one street called Olvera Street, along with a monument designating this area as ‘El Pueblo De Los Angeles.' It is adorned with all of the festive colors of Mexico, Mexican vendors offering traditional candy and all kinds of Mexican collectables.
This serves as a nostalgic reminder of how the Mexican people continue to influence daily lives in this fair city of angels. The only thing that really symbolizes Mexico more than the reminder of Los Angeles’ humble beginnings is that glorious, mouth-watering, insanely delicious Taco.
Some favorite foods fall out of favor with American food tastes, but not ever has this happened with the Taco. In fact, it would seem, that Tacos are constantly evolving into new varieties. There are still the basic hot, crispy, corn tortilla, served with a sizzling, succulent, hot, juicy meat filling, topped with a fresh, lightly dressed salad, and then garnished with fresh salsa (chopped tomatoes, onions, and cilantro) and cheese.
Sometimes, in order to really guild the lily, Guacamole (a fresh avocado, mashed with lemon, garlic and hot sauce) is added to the cold toppings. There are also the traditional soft Tacos, too. These begin with a fresh (preferably hand-made) corn tortilla, lightly warmed, to bring out the lovely perfume of the corn masa, of which it is made. (corn which has been ground into the consistency of flour). This soft, delectable tortilla is also filled with a savory blend of tasty meat and spices, topped with a virtual garden of fresh salad ingredients, and cheese.
The meat filling in both the crispy and the soft varieties usually begin with one’s choice of chicken, beef or pork, all of which is either simmered in a spiced sauce (which is usually made of cumin, chili powder garlic and salt), then barbequed, grilled or roasted until it becomes infused with the Mexican spices and made to be very tender.
As if it were easy to pick from the various meat fillings, one can also find Tacos made with fresh fish and sometimes even shrimp, all garnished with a wedge of fresh lime. These days, one can choose from so many different kinds of Tacos that it can be mind-boggling! Would you like flour tortillas, or corn? Crispy or soft? How about ‘puffy’? No matter! Just as long as we can have Tacos!