Nareed
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November 1st, 2010 at 8:37:50 AM permalink
Quote: Mosca

LOL, well yeah, there's that. I did mean the taste, not the serving or setting. Marinated shredded meat, cilantro, onions, lime. Soft shell lightly fried. A decent taco.



Shredded meat? That's no good for most tacos. For instance, beef tacos are made of very thin steaks chopped in small pieces, or whole, really thin, small steaks. If you're ever in mexico City try either El Tizoncito or El Farolito (no plastic plates with bags there), and try tacos al pastor or a nice alambre (that's meat with bell peppers, bacon and onion) or if you want something really good try Los Panchos in Anzures, best pork (carnitas) tacos in the city.

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We've eaten at San Angel Inn several times, it's very good. I usually take pictures of meals (I have one of the street tacos, but not on-line to link here), but none from inside the San Angel, it's too dark and I won't take flash pictures in restaurants. San Angel is one of the better meals at Disney, I'd recommend it.



I've eaten a couple of times at the original in San Angel. It's good, but overpriced. Of course most such restaurants are overpriced.

Overall when I travel to the US I don't go looking for Mexican food. I'm convonced it won't be as good, plus I can get it at home any time I want it. Instead I try more local options, or nice Italian, Chinese or Japanese places. In Vegas I mostly stick to buffets. I used to try Tex-Mex palces, but we get that at home, too.
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November 1st, 2010 at 9:07:02 AM permalink
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I only go to Vegas to gamble, thats all. I have a recurring dream that my wife and I are in Vegas for 10 days and get caught up in all the hoopla and are at the airport leaving and realize we never gambled once. I'm not joking, I have the dream all the time.


That's funny - I go to Vegas most often on business and I've had at least two trips in the past year where I didn't get a single bet down anywhere. I actually do get to the airport to leave and realize I never gambled once.
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November 1st, 2010 at 9:18:01 AM permalink
Nareed, I'll post up the photo when I get home. I'm not saying they were like street tacos in Mexico, they're like street tacos from a taco truck or a stand here in the US, like in Philly or NYC. I've never been to Mexico.

Alambre, that sounds fantastic.

Everything in Disney is overpriced, regular overpriced sounds reasonable by comparison! Meals at San Angel Inn in EPCOT go about $30 for entrees. If you like local options in the US, I suggest you visit Roadfood; URL is what it looks like it would be. I participate there as Mosca as well, been a member for about 7 years. That's where you'll get the best recommendations for the kind of food that the locals know about and the tourists don't.
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Nareed
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November 1st, 2010 at 2:52:41 PM permalink
Quote: Mosca

Nareed, I'll post up the photo when I get home. I'm not saying they were like street tacos in Mexico, they're like street tacos from a taco truck or a stand here in the US, like in Philly or NYC. I've never been to Mexico.



I suppose they bear the same resemblance to the real thing, as hot dogs here have to those sold in the US. Would you believe no mustard on a hot dog???

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Alambre, that sounds fantastic.



Originally the meat, peppers, bacon and onions were placed on a skewer and then grilled. "Alambre" means "wire." these day the ingredints are just thrown on the grill, but the effect is the same and the name stuck.

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Everything in Disney is overpriced,



I know. I've been there. I mannaged to eat most meals outside the parks the last time I was there.

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Meals at San Angel Inn in EPCOT go about $30 for entrees.



You know, it's been years since I went to the original, so I can't tell you what the current prices are, but it sounds high.

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If you like local options in the US, I suggest you visit Roadfood; URL is what it looks like it would be. I participate there as Mosca as well, been a member for about 7 years. That's where you'll get the best recommendations for the kind of food that the locals know about and the tourists don't.



Thanks. I'll look it up.
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November 1st, 2010 at 3:12:41 PM permalink
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among food people, Las Vegas is getting a reputation as a gourmet destination. I can see that. If I were to win big, I wouldn't buy anything in a jewelry store, or a leather goods store, but I might blow $300 on a memorable meal. For me, it is all about the experience, and owning something isn't part of the experience. But the meals are. Again, everyone is different, and I know some people are going to think that that attitude is nuts... just like I think $300 for a round of golf is ridiculous, I suppose. Or, let's choose instead to say, "Vive le difference!" And be happy that both choices are available in Las Vegas!


Food and Wine seems very much "in" with the Yuppies these days. Womens Wine Tastings are frequent in the Vegas area, various wine parties abound, gourmet restaurants holding special events seem to be all over the calendar for Las Vegas yuppies.

Decades ago one might splurge on a VCR but then along came TIVO and DVDs and besides, the shows aren't so great anyway even if you happen to be the showrunner. If your company gets downsized, you have to lug all those electronic toys with you. Instead of acquiring an asset that needs to be dusted from time to time, many people are opting for the short term pleasures of the food and wine. You stay in an upscale neighborhood with what used to be called "the in crowd". Its all Eat, Drink and Be Merry... for tomorrow you may be hawking bottled water on the Strip.
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November 1st, 2010 at 3:48:17 PM permalink
Quote: MathExtremist

That's funny - I go to Vegas most often on business and I've had at least two trips in the past year where I didn't get a single bet down anywhere. I actually do get to the airport to leave and realize I never gambled once.



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Mosca
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November 1st, 2010 at 5:42:36 PM permalink
Pic of "street tacos":


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November 1st, 2010 at 5:59:30 PM permalink
Quote: Mosca

Pic of "street tacos":



Is it legal to post taco porn on the internet?
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November 1st, 2010 at 6:13:52 PM permalink
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Is it legal to post taco porn on the internet?



Those freakin' food shots are vexing. There's never enough light, flash blows out the highlights, increasing the aperture reduces depth of field, and bumping ISO on the little cameras used in restaurants increases grain. Add to that that Mrs Mosca hates me shooting food so I have to work quickly, and most of my food shots don't come out that nice.
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November 1st, 2010 at 6:17:44 PM permalink
My buddy says, "Gambling's only fun in Las Vegas". I must say I agree with him. He lives near a government run casino in Brantford, Ontario, Canada and he never goes there. I went to the Brantford casino once and have never been back. Why? Because the gambling there is the only thing to do and it's there soley to part you from your money. It's mostly slots. They have 6/5 Jacks or better VP as their best game. They don't really give you a chance because they're really there to collect money for the government.

Las Vegas at least gives you options that don't vaccum your wallet out when you gamble. Sure I go knowing that at the end I'm going to lose -- 3-4-5x craps, hit soft 17 BJ with a 0.5% house edge, 9/6 Jacks or better VP -- but I don't want to give away 5% or more in house edge.

I enjoy people watching. I enjoy the supersitious crowd at the craps table. My wife and I have had very nice chats with fellow players and dealers at the BJ tables or relax with a drink and an hour or two of video poker together.

The local casino just doesn't feel the same. Partly because it's the only thing there. In Las Vegas, when you get tired of gambling (we only play an hour or two at a stretch) there are sights to see, entertainers to amuse, shopping to do, hikes at Red Rock Canyon to take, nicely prepared meals to eat, photographs to shoot all packed within a short walk or an easy drive.

I would love to be a part of something random and rare. I would love to be at the craps table when the record for the longest roll got set. I am still waiting to hit my first Royal Flush on VP. I would love to win 10 hands in a row in blackjack. Sure the money won would be nice, but that would be secondary for me (I don't bet large amounts anyway). The energy in participating in something like that in Las Vegas seems amplified compared to other places.

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