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Without DACA, Vegas Wouldn’t Have Its Best Al Pastor Tacos

Sure we’re all familiar with Plato’s quote, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” It’s true, for the most part. But invention isn’t exclusive to the phrase as well. Survival is a logical byproduct of necessity, facilitating dreams to be manifested and goals to be achieved. Such is the case with sisters Faviola and Gabriella Trujillo, whose own chain of successful taco restaurants, Taco Y Taco, was born from a need to simply survive, especially with odds stacked against them.

Their father is an entrepreneurial success story as well, starting from a small butcher shop in Mexico, to opening up multiple full-service markets in Las Vegas, NV. But when economic downturn forced him to close up locations save for one, the Trujillo sisters knew that their circumstance as undocumented individuals made it likely that no one would hire them or offer them a work permit. The necessity to survive immediately grew from that seed of uncertainty and led them to formulate a sound business plan that would serve as the blueprint for their now successful business.

But defying the odds isn’t new to Faviola and Gabriella, who beyond their immigration status in the country, also broke through the typical perception of what a Mexican restaurant is, and presented a unique and different approach to a customer’s dining experience. Fresh ingredients, tried and true recipes, and attention to detail highlight Taco Y Taco’s model, creating a meal that’s memorable through a couple euphoric bites of their nationally-recognized al pastor tacos or simply knowing that it was built through taking a chance and living out one’s own dreams, no matter what circumstances or how daunting they initially seem to be.

Faviola and Gabriella have definitely made their mark in the world — have they or other similar experiences inspired you to do the same? 

Recognizing that everyone has the ability and potential to do so, Cerveza Montejo wants to empower people to share their ideas with the world and turn them into pathways for extraordinary success. With the launch of their Stories That Defy Contest, Montejo is providing an opportunity for someone to win $10,000 to start their own business, artistry, or pursue creative endeavors. Find out more and enter now at StoriesThatDefy.com.

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Created in partnership with Montejo.

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Packaged Food

Uncrustables Makes Taco Sandwiches Now, Here’s What It Tastes Like

Not too long ago, my wife and I stocked up on a ton of Uncrustables Chocolate-flavored Hazelnut Spread to last us a few months while we worked remotely. Since she’s allergic to peanuts, this was the only form of Uncrustables she could finally try. Turns out the Smucker’s brand goes much further beyond PB&J crustless sandwiches.

Foodbeast Costa spotted a variety of different savory offerings that Uncrustables appears to recently have dropped at Target. One of which was something called Taco Bites.

As you can see from the packaging, it includes beef crumble, cheese, salsa, and taco seasoning encased in a crust-less vessel of bread.

Here’s what Costa had to say about the new item, after picking up a pack for himself:

“So the Uncrustables come in packs of two, each one is about the size of a Hawaiian roll or a White Castle slider,” he said. “They microwave in 40 seconds. They’re not super super cheesy and not super spicy either, more of a savory taco meat bite. Pretty easy quick snack to heat up, but also looks very different to what you’d expect when you hear the word ‘Uncrustables’ which, to me, is a large bread pocket of PB & J.”

Each box comes with three packs of two Taco Bites, six in total. You can find them at participating Target locations.

“I could eat those, but I don’t think I’d want to,” my wife tells me, after showing this to her. I mean, give it a shot babe. Costa did.

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13 Lockdown Recipes You Can Make And Stun Your Social Feed

Sure, we’re all stuck at home but think of it as us doing our part to make sure the coronavirus doesn’t spread to our local community. Yes, it’s making us a bit stir-crazy, but it’s what the world needs right now. Staying at home, however, doesn’t mean that you can’t live the life of a Foodbeast.

For those itching to create something unconventional and out-of-the-box in the kitchen while they’re self-quarantined, we put together a lockdown playlist of chefs, influencers, and home cooks who have been making some amazing things from the confines of their own home kitchens.

Top talent includes the personalities such as @TheVulgarChef, @NishCooks, @TheJoshElkin, @FitWaffle, and @TheNaughtyFork.

Some mouthwatering recipes you can expect to see are: a Bloomin’ Onion, banana bread, Hot Cheetos deviled eggs, cereal marshmallow bars, a 1o-minute baked potato, homemade McChicken, pasty pie in a mug, cheesy taco fries, mashed potato grilled cheese, pancakes from scratch, a Boiling Crab feast, and peanut butter Nutella s’mores.

Check out the video above and see what dishes you’d like to recreate in your kitchen. If this video inspires a Foodbeast-worthy recipe in your soul, DM us a photo!

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Feel Good Restaurants

The Great American Takeout: An Urgent Call To Support Your Favorite Restaurant On March 24

The restaurant industry has taken a serious beating over these last few weeks due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. With Americans staying home and practicing self-distancing, restaurants have seen a massive plunge in revenue — many of which have had to close their doors for the time being.

In an effort to support restaurants and restaurant workers across the nation, a coalition of restaurants are starting that they call The Great American Takeout.

Beginning tomorrow, March 24, here’s what everyone can do to support local restaurant and their workers:

  1. Folks are challenged to order at least one delivery or takeout meal to help the struggling restaurant industry.
  2. Encourage others to participate in the upcoming event on social media, using the hashtag #TheGreatAmericanTakeout
  3. Share a photo of your takeout after it arrives with the hashtag #TheGreatAmericanTakeout

Created by a coalition of restaurants that include Panda Express, Panera Bread, Noodles & Company, Jason’s Deli, Veggie Grill, El Torito, California Pizza Kitchen, The Habit, Lemonade, Modern Market, Ike’s Love & Sandwiches, PizzaRev, and Chevys, the group came up with an unconventional way to support their fellow struggling restaurant owners during these trying times.

The movement is a modern day Hands Across America, but with a little more social distancing and chicken wings. The idea is to get the ball rolling in the country’s minds that there are still restaurants open and in need of support in the weeks or months to come. Gotta think of a good spot to support for this tomorrow. Though, there are three meals in the day, right?

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News What's New

A Birria Festival Is Coming to Los Angeles, Of Course

Birria’s popularity appears to be reaching critical mass as Birriamania, an entire festival presented by L.A. Taco in honor of the stewed meat, will be held at San Gabriel Valley’s Santa Anita Park on March 21st. 

Very few foods had a moment like birria in 2019, as plates stacked with vibrant red, shredded meat-filled tacos lined Instagram explore pages and food websites alike– including ours

The new festival showcases many of the taco spots that became famous in the wake of birria’s explosion onto the scene, such as Teddy’s Red Tacos and Birria Gonzalez. 

There’s far more to birria than the oft-covered Tijuana-style birria de res, though. The line up reflects that, as it features the Zacatecan Birria Nochistlan and The Goat Mafia, a Compton-based joint that uses a more traditional recipe with goat meat. Other, more fusion-based choices, like L.A. Birria’s birria ramen, will be available as well.

In addition to a lot of tender meat and rich consomé, there’s also a prize at stake here: the fabled Birriamania Championship Belt. Each attendee will vote for their favorite birria, and a panel of judges with supreme birria knowledge will be in attendance.

Tickets can be purchased here for $19 until March 5th, when they become $30. Considering a ticket comes with four tacos and a beer, that’s not too bad at all. I’ve definitely spent $30 in much, much worse ways in LA. 

It might be time to skip the overpriced drinks and club cover charges, and spend a nice Saturday eating delicious birria and drinking cold beer. 

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Brand

These Vegan Breakfast Tacos Are As Good As The Real Thing

Mexican food, though one of the most delicious cuisines on the planet, often heavily incorporates animal products, leaving vegans who crave it hanging out to dry. Though the term “Mexican food” is indeed broad and covers thousands of dishes, it’d be remiss to ignore the prevalence of ingredients like lard and cheese in most dishes. It’s in this respect that Sugar Taco has been moving to shift the culture, by working to prove that delicious, plant-based Mexican food is entirely possible.

Earlier this month at the Vegan Brunchdown presented by Java Monster, the stars of Los Angeles’ vegan scenes were out to play, including Sugar Taco, who showcased a drool-worthy breakfast taco.

As quite a few of their menu items are, these tacos use a homemade, hand-pressed tortilla as their base. They use a vegan scramble as a hearty egg substitute and compliment that with a scoop of their savory black beans. Topped with a drizzle of pico de gallo and a handful of cilantro, the color on these tacos pop off the plate, especially when paired with a healthy scoop of Sugar Taco’s Just F*ck Me Up Guacamole.

The tacos are light, fresh, and won’t leave you feeling bogged down in the morning. In this sense, they pair perfectly with the new Java Monster Farmer’s Oats drink. Made with real coffee and oatmilk, this drink aims to do the same as the tacos: provide a plant-based start to your day without leaving you drained later on.

These breakfast tacos can be purchased from Sugar Taco during the weekends, where they’ll be selling breakfast until it sells out for the day, so make sure to get there early!


Created in partnership with Monster Energy. 

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Hit-Or-Miss

Dessert Tacos In DC Should Make Your Next Taco Tuesday Sweeter

There are many dates and moments in our lives that prove to be monumental: birthdays, anniversaries, and Taco Tuesdays. Yes, bless the marriage of meat and tortilla, a tried and true duo that’s as dynamic as the various kinds of fillings that make it up. But what if we add the sweet variety on to that list of taco style?

I can see you nodding in approval now. And since we’re all in agreement over here, let me divulge further. Roy Boys in Washington D.C., which is an establishment that touts itself as a fried chicken & oysters joint, also serves ice cream tacos. Between those three items, the level of indulgence here is through the roof.

Diners can choose from various mouth-watering choices like Birthday Cake with yellow cake and Fruity Pebbles cereal or Mango Pina Colada with fresh mango and toasted coconut. This sweet reality just made Taco Tuesdays a whole lot more versatile. Also, be on the look out for their special monthly flavors, which is already a lot to like.

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Fast Food

Jack In The Box Testing Tiny Versions Of Their Classic Tacos

When you’re trying to eat something cheap and fast, Jack In The Box’s tacos are always a perfect go-to move. The tacos have become a staple and now Jack In The Box is downsizing its classic tacos to the point of being bite-sized.

In one of the most exciting tests that Jack has announced in a while, ‘Tiny Tacos’ now exist in five, 15, and 25 pieces. On top of that, you can turn up with a 15-piece “Loaded” version that’s covered in nacho cheese, hot sauce and shredded lettuce.

Jack’s accompanying the tacos with taco sauce, buttermilk ranch and avocado lime sauce that you can dip these little snackable tacos with.

The bad news is that these are only testing in select Austin, Dallas, and Fresno Jack In The Box locations. The good news is that there’s a pretty high chance that these mini tacos will blow up and we will force Jack In The Box to make them available nationwide.