Well, I just arrived in Denver again. I immediately drove to a Mexican restaurant I ate at in Golden last time I was here. The place is called El Tapatio, and if you're ever in Colorado, I highly recommend it. Now, I will say, I wasn't a big fan of their steak fajitas when I tried them... but really, the place's specialty is seafood. And the best thing I've eaten there by far is just the basic tacos de camaron. Now, I snapped a picture of it today, and of course, the iPhone takes shitty pictures, so it doesn't look as good as it is, but trust me, this is some of the most fantastic food ever.
And another thing I liked about the place is even just how their free chips and salsa they give out before every meal is really good too. First off, they have particularly good tortilla chips, which a lot of places have, but a surprising number of Mexican food places in Michigan fuck up. Also, the salsa is a really delicious fresh salsa that actually has a little bit of heat. It's still mild, but it's nice to have a salsa that you can tell actually contains chili peppers and uses them so well. I feel like almost all of the Mexican restaurants I go to are too afraid to put out a salsa with any kick or flavor. So anyways, the tacos de camaron (shrimp taco, for those whose Spanish is even more limited than mine... I only know enough to read menus at restaurants, and even then, poorly)... they're just done perfectly. The shrimp are flavorful and cooked perfectly, the corn tortillas are very good. They come with a very tasty pico de gallo that actually has some bite, and they include guacamole, which makes me happy. While I mentioned that the steak fajitas aren't particularly great there, I also tried some of a co-worker's order of their Green Chili, and it was also fantastic.
So yeah... as you can tell, I'm very infatuated with this place. It's too bad it's about 1200 miles from my house. I wonder if I could have time this week to apply for a job as a cook there, learn the recipes, and quit before I fly home. Alas, probably not.
Anyways, it is one of the nice parts about being on the road. It's just a bummer that we can't afford to just have Melissa be a stay-at-home and come along with me. Maybe we could also be food critics like Bruce Schneier and his wife.
So yeah, speaking of Melissa, here was a good New Year's memory for us.
Guess I should get ready for actual work tomorrow, I'm not lucky enough to be flown out here just for the food.
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