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Staff Pick: Feed Me, California

Posted by Aaron Higgins on

This month’s Staff Pick is the Wrap Game. As far as we’re concerned, Taqueria, California is a warm, friendly place we all call home, no matter where we are.

Today, food is more than just daily sustenance, it’s a way of life. Similar to how each region of the U.S. has its staples, California is paving the way in cuisine and has lots to offer on the menu. After many a lunchtime conversation, we’ve come up with a few staples we would put on our very own California menu:

Tacos, you say? Some of our favorites include carnitas, al pastor, shrimp, and fish; but also, who doesn’t love pollo? Surprisingly, sour cream proved to either be a great hit or a wide miss. However, the great thing about tacos is that the possibilities are endless and the end result is always delicious.

For those with a larger appetite than two tacos can satiate, the burrito is definitely the way to go. Perhaps it’s the way they’re warm and swaddled in foil like a starchy, newborn baby. Or perhaps they’re just delicious. Regardless, a good burrito always hits the spot. Regular or super? You’ll just have to choose your own adventure.

We truly believe that if butter was a fruit, it would an avocado. Avocado has earned its own menu item, because it truly is the most versatile California staple, in addition to being tasty as hell. Avocado goes with anything; salad, eggs, all aforementioned and following menu items…everything. Remember, when in doubt about go the avo route – always tell yourself “W.A.I.T.” (With Avocados It’s Tastier)

We might be the last people talking about kale and broccoli is a little old school, but California really does grow all of America’s fruits and vegetables. You can get almost any vegetable you want here and so amazingly fresh. Are we the only ones obsessed with Hidden Valley Ranch commercials?

Not only are they perfect depictions of what happens when happy meets healthy, they’re based on facts! Hidden Valley Ranch was invented in Santa Barbara in the 1950s, because of course, when life gives you vegetables, make salad dressing.

If you’ve never had In-N-Out, stop reading this right now, get in your car, and proceed to the nearest In-N-Out location immediately. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. If you’re a vegetarian, don’t worry, you will have the grilled cheese.

Put a bunch of green veggies, avocado, and cheese on a thin crust pie and like magic, you have a California pizza. Usually best enjoyed after seven straight days of tacos or when the In N’ Out drive-thru line is just way too long.

What’s on your personal California menu? And what other regional cuisine are you missing while kicking it out west? We want to know! Hungry now?



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