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Taco Bell’s “Steal A Base, Steal A Taco” Returns For 2017

Baseball AND Free Tacos? Everybody Wins!

Taco Bell Steal A Base Steal A Taco 2017
Taco Bell Steal A Base Steal A Taco 2017

Move over hot dogs, Taco Bell is moving in on America’s Favorite Past Time by once again offering their “Steal A Base, Steal A Taco” promotion.

If a player from either team in game 1 or 2 of the World Series steals a base, every person in the U.S. 50 states and D.C. will be entitled to one free Doritos Locos taco on November 1, 2017 from 2-6pm. Only the first stolen base will count, but you’re still eligible for a free taco even if it’s not your team that steals the base.

Even better, there’s a second opportunity to score free tacos in this year’s Fall Classic. The first player from either team to steal a base in Continue reading Taco Bell’s “Steal A Base, Steal A Taco” Returns For 2017

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Hacienda la Joya, Mission Viejo – First Review: We Kissed All the Tacos and We Liked Them

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No One Hit Wonder Here, They’re All Good!

Hacienda la Joya Mission Viejo Taco Tuesday Tacos
Hacienda la Joya Mission Viejo Taco Tuesday Tacos

Until visiting Hacienda La Joya, we’d been to taco places that had great carnitas tacos, and others that had great carne asada tacos, and still others that specialized in some other kind of tacos. But those specialty items were more often than not, one hit wonders. Typically, anything else on the menu paled in comparison to that one great item that made our mouths water and our bellies happy.

Hacienda La Joya has conquered the one hit wonder curse. We’ve eaten here many times, but haven’t reviewed it yet. It could be we are in disbelief that everything on the menu can be so good. It could Continue reading Hacienda la Joya, Mission Viejo – First Review: We Kissed All the Tacos and We Liked Them

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La Vida Cantina, Costa Mesa – First Review: Not Too Loca, Not Too Square

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Cantina Life in A Crazy Triangle Square

Three Tacos At La Vida Cantina Costa Mesa
Three Tacos At La Vida Cantina Costa Mesa

We first spotted La Vida Cantina on one of our frequent trips to the Starlight Cinemas at Triangle Square in Costa Mesa. We head to Starlight frequently for movies on the weekends because they are never crowded and there’s usually a great deal on Groupon so we can see the latest movies for bargain prices.

In addition, there’s always a good vibe at the restaurants in the Triangle, with lots of people getting together after work, or for weekend fun, enjoying the open fire pits on many of the outdoor Continue reading La Vida Cantina, Costa Mesa – First Review: Not Too Loca, Not Too Square

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Cecilia’s Tortilla Grill – First Review: Thinking Outside the Taco

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It’s Not Just What’s On the Inside that Counts

Cecilia's Tortilla Grill - charbroiled steak on a jalapeno tortilla and pulled pork on a cilantro lime tortilla
Cecilia’s Tortilla Grill – charbroiled steak on a jalapeno tortilla and pulled pork on a cilantro lime tortilla

Flour or corn tortillas? This is the choice facing most taco lovers as they place their orders at the counter or with their waiter. For me it’s pretty simple, I like carnitas and al pastor on a corn tortilla, but prefer flour tortillas for chicken or asada. Anything else, and it’s a simple coin flip to decide. Well, put the change back in your pocket, because a coin toss isn’t going to cut it at Cecilia’s Tortilla Grill. At Cecilia’s they make all their tortillas, flour and corn, fresh on the premises. But they go a step further. In addition to traditional tortillas, you also have three Continue reading Cecilia’s Tortilla Grill – First Review: Thinking Outside the Taco

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Rasta Taco (Laguna Beach) – First Review: When is a Taco Not a Taco?

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When It’s Not Just Another Taco

Rasta Taco Al Pastor and Chicken Tacos
Rasta Taco Al Pastor and Chicken Tacos

Tacos are tacos, right? Just a tortilla loosely folded in half and filled with some meat and a few toppings. I mean anyone can make ’em, can’t they?

Just like a canvas is a canvas… at least until someone applies a few brush strokes. Anyone can do that as well. But how many of those brush stroked canvases make their way into art galleries? Only the ones painted by truly gifted artists.

So, when a taco is created by a culinary artist, shouldn’t it be considered something more than a brush stroked canvas or a folded and stuffed tortilla?

Such is the case at Rasta Taco. Here, they are not creating your run Continue reading Rasta Taco (Laguna Beach) – First Review: When is a Taco Not a Taco?

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Emerald Lounge (Laguna Hills) – First Review: Seeking the Wizard of Ahhs at the Emerald Lounge

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There is No Ahhs and The Emerald Lounge is… Sapphire?

Emerald Lounge Steak Taco
Emerald Lounge Steak Taco

You’re out following the Yellow Brick Road, and decide to stop for the night. You pull your farmhouse off the to the side of the tornado you’ve been riding, find a nice independent hotel (a former Holiday Inn) in sleepy little Mission Viejo, make sure you didn’t accidentally park on any wicked witches, and decide it’s a good place to crash for the night. Not wanting to go back out, you decide to hit the Taco Tuesday right here in the hotel at the Emerald Lounge. Sorry, Toto. The tacos are going to taste like you’re still in Kansas, and the lounge isn’t Emerald.

To be fair, a moderately priced hotel lounge is not the place you’d expect to find great food, even by cheap Taco Tuesday standards. Hotel lounges in this price range are usually more about Continue reading Emerald Lounge (Laguna Hills) – First Review: Seeking the Wizard of Ahhs at the Emerald Lounge

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Hacienda on the Lake – First Review: Breaking the Chains of Suburban Dining

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Waterside Dining Without Soaking Your Wallet

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With a name like Mission Viejo, you’d think good tasting Mexican food in a full service restaurant would be easy to find. But it seems suburbanites in the sleepy little bedroom community of south Orange County, like their dining establishments like they like their houses: expensive, in a limited number of floorplans, and only available in earth tones. So, it’s no surprise, uniform and boring chain restaurants dominate the foodscape where cookie cutter is the rule of the day. There are exceptions to every rule, though, and today’s Continue reading Hacienda on the Lake – First Review: Breaking the Chains of Suburban Dining

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Jimboy’s Tacos (Aliso Viejo) – First Review: Can a Gas Station Taco Give You More Than Gas?

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Fill Me Up with Regular, Hold the Premium

Jimboy's Original Ground Beef Taco
Jimboy’s Original Ground Beef Taco

When I first heard the local Shell Station in Aliso Viejo was going to be selling tacos, I scoffed. How could a gas station offer anything better than hotdogs with questionable expiration dates endlessly rotating for days on end on steel rollers under a heat lamp? The answer is simple: It wasn’t the gas station that was serving them. Despite numerous trips to Lake Tahoe, I had never heard of Jimboy’s Tacos so had no idea they were Continue reading Jimboy’s Tacos (Aliso Viejo) – First Review: Can a Gas Station Taco Give You More Than Gas?

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