May 5th, 2013. Happy Cinco de Mayo~~~

Taqueria Playa Tropical

Taqueria Playa Tropical

 
 
 
 
Holidays are a wonderful reason to enjoy food, and Mexican holidays are even better because we can get piggy with tacos!!  I actually discovered this super authentic Mexican hole-in-the-wall in New West and was chomping at the bit to try it out.
Taqueria Playa Tropical

Taqueria Playa Tropical

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Taqueria Playa Tropical is on 6th Street with a few other local gems. When I walked in there was a Mexican band playing, the small restaurant was packed full and decorations had been put up here and there to give it a festive feel.
Taqueria Playa Tropical

Taqueria Playa Tropical

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The super friendly server sat me at a fairly spacious table with a menu and I proceeded to inspect the menu for my options.
Taqueria Playa Tropical

Taqueria Playa Tropical

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Obviously I had to order some Guava Juice. I love sweet tropical fruit!!  Guava and Watermelon. My favourite 2 fruit flavours 😉
Taqueria Playa Tropical

Taqueria Playa Tropical

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The tortilla chips came in this adorable stone mortar which was cool.  Salsa verde and rojo were both pretty legit, too!  I just love condiments ;D
Taqueria Playa Tropical

Taqueria Playa Tropical

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I ended up ordering a trio of tacos: Camaron, Carne Asada and Carnitas. The Carne Asada and Carnitas are my usual barometers for any given taqueria. I figure any self-respecting taqueria has to be able to deliver on these 2 staples.
Taqueria Playa Tropical

Taqueria Playa Tropical

 
 
 
 
 
 
First, the Carne Asada. The brightness of the fresh cilantro, tomato and onion were a refreshing foil to the straightforward beef. I appreciated that the beef wasn’t over done, it had enough moisture so that it didn’t get stringy and tough. Good start!
Taqueria Playa Tropical

Taqueria Playa Tropical

 
 
 
 
Next, the Carnitas! The carnitas was slightly drier than I expected but it had the right amount of heat with the perfect amount of sweet undertone.  And of course the guac was just on point! Just like the toppings on the carne you could tell my just looking at the guacamole that it was fresh. Vibrant color and flavour with the sharp tang of onion and cilantro cooling the heat of the pork. I still enjoyed it 🙂
Taqueria Playa Tropical

Taqueria Playa Tropical

 
I went out on a limb with the Camaron. I usually don’t order shrimp because it’s so easy to over-cook it, get shrimp that’s not fresh, or too small. I have to say, my choice paid off big time! I think I actually almost liked this taco the most! The shrimp was cooked just right having the right amount of spring, crunch and tenderness. Sweet grilled onion with some garlic, celery and cilantro topped with melted cheese.  This? You should eat this. It’s not aggressive, but it’s this wonderful harmony in your mouth! And of course you can always add a little salsa on it to amp it up 😉  This one was so good!
Taqueria Playa Tropical

Taqueria Playa Tropical

 
 
 
 
I give Taqueria Playa Tropical my seal of approval and would come again. It definitely has moved to the top of my list for Mexican food in Vancouver!

Chronic Tacos – New West

November 5, 2013

January 15th, 2013. Birthday Tacos!! 

 

chronic tacos new west

chronic tacos new west

 

 

 

Eunice and Howard asked what I wanted to eat for my birthday..I said: TACOS!  Hahaha!  I had lifegroup later that night so we went to Chronic Tacos in New Westminster for lunch.

 

chronic tacos new west

chronic tacos new west

 

 

 

 

I decided I wanted to go full out and got both the Carne Asada & Carnitas Tacos as well as Chips & Salsa!  The crunch of the chips were so satisfying with the tacos!  Yummy birthday lunch!!

March 12th, 2012. La Taqueria~

la taqueria (fairview slopes)

la taqueria (fairview slopes)

 

 

Yay!!  I was out on assignment in the Fairview Slopes flying solo covering a demonstration being made nearby the Chinese Consulate in protest of the Chinese government releasing North Korean refugees back to North Korea.

la taqueria (fairview slopes)

la taqueria (fairview slopes)

 

 

Figured I should just grab lunch while I’m in the area, so I chose La Taqueria on Broadway and Cambie!  Finally, a chance to satiate my Mexican food craving!  Eric was kind enough to join me for my Mexican lunch break 🙂  Pinche Tacos, baby, pinche tacos!

la taqueria (fairview slopes)

la taqueria (fairview slopes)

 

 

 

I opted for the 4 meat tacos for $9.50.  From bottom left clockwise: Tinga de Pollo (chicken with chorizo in a chipotle tomato sauce topped with mexican cheese and sour cream), Pollo Con Mole (Maple Hills chicken with chocolate mole sauce), Al Pastor (pork marinated in achiote chilli and pineapple), and Carnitas (pork confit with pickled red onions).

la taqueria (fairview slopes)

la taqueria (fairview slopes)

 

I loved the Pollo Con Mole because the mole sauce was so delicious!  Sweet, deeply chocolatey and still savory.  The Tinge de Pollo was great with the cheese and sour cream topping.  The Al Pastor also had that sweet-savory thing going with the pineapples.  Lovely pork!  I thought the Carnitas fell a bit short in flavor, which was sad since it’s one of my favorite types of tacos.

All in all a very satisfying lunch despite a few minor disappointments, such as the lack of cilantro, onions and radishes.  But hey, I’d come back 😉