Photos and Words by Josie Ouellette
Going to Mexico, I expected tacos and margaritas galore. Luckily, that is exactly what I got. Although I stayed at an all-inclusive resort, meaning I had unlimited drinks (by drinks I mean alcohol) and food, I still wanted to venture out to get a real taste of Mexican cuisine. My friend Adrienne and I ended up going to Mexico at the same time as another friend of ours. We decided to meet up for drinks and tacos, and so we wound up at a place called Tacos y Tequila.
We started out with margaritas, because what else would you want to possibly start your night off with? They had numerous different kinds of margaritas, and they were served in 16-ounce cups. Our waiter referred to the 16-ounce cup as “small,” which we all died over. The margarita was delicious. It was salted around the rim, and mint leaves and pineapple were mixed in with the generous portion of Tequila. The taste was refreshing, sweet, and overall very strong.
Soon after getting our drinks, we received our food, and boy was I excited. I decided to order the Pastor Pescado, which had freshly caught fish and a mixture of spices, pineapple, and cilantro on top. The fish was marinated in a special concoction that the waiter would not enlighten me about and grilled lightly. It was served on corn tortillas and came with two sides. I decided to get the cactus salad, and guacamole. For those who don’t know what cactus tastes like, think of fried okra. If you have never had fried okra, then you are really missing out on something special, and I encourage you to expand your tastebuds.
I am an absolute guacaholic and loved their guacamole. After adding it to my fish tacos, I was practically crying tears of happiness. All the flavors together, including the margarita, went together perfectly. Adrienne ended up ordering the Nopal, which is cactus tacos. As I had mentioned before, if you haven’t tried okra, then you are really missing out on the taste of cactus, especially cactus tacos. Cactus is a little gooey, but also has a nice crunch to it. In a way it's like tofu because it tastes like whatever you put on it. Overall it’s very tasty, and if you're trying to be that one healthy person on vacation, then this dish is for you.
Overall Tacos y Tequila was wonderful, and I suggest it to anyone who goes to visit Mexico. Although it was located in a shopping mall, don’t let looks deceive you. I figured it to be a mainstream restaurant, like a Mexican Chili's, but I was surprised by the quality and deliciousness of the food.
As a word of advice, I believe that anyone who goes to visit a foreign country should go out and explore the native cuisines. It is amazing what countries can do with ingredients you would most likely never look twice at, such as cactus. I am a huge fan of trying new things, and I think you should never turn your head at something you have never tried. As the comedian Trevor Noah once said, “travel is the cure to ignorance.” I think he is absolutely correct.
Mexico is a beautiful place to go, but I will warn you about their tequila portions. They have no reserve when it comes to such things as measuring; it’s mostly just an estimate. Let it be known that by the end of my stay in Mexico, we could not taste tequila anymore due to the sheer amount we consumed. Not saying that is a bad thing, but just a warning! Adios muchachos!