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Foodie File: De La Hacienda

Foodie File: De La Hacienda

Taqueria’s manager on tortilla textures and celebrity sightings 

People know De La Hacienda Taqueria for its unique tortillas and salsa. We sat down with manager Alejandro Aparicio and talked about the restaurant, Aparicio’s family and some celebrity sightings, too.

GT: I love these ornate wooden chairs.

Alejandro Aparicio: They’re very authentic. The posture on them—you’ve got to be very upright, though.

The texture of your flour tortillas is interesting and crispy. Where do you get them?

We get them from La Rosa from Watsonville everyday, and we heat them on the grill. We don’t use a press, which a lot of restaurants do. We sometimes over-warm them. We cook the tortilla thoroughly.

Do people ever tell you your burritos taste like the ones from Tacos Moreno?

Yes, it’s the same family, same recipe. We bought it from my uncle in 2000, out across the street from the Boardwalk. It was too much for them.

I notice you don’t carry the birria that Moreno has.

It doesn’t sell here as much. Or the tongue.

Ooh, the tongue’s great.

I like it, too. That’s why whenever I feel like having tongue, I go over there and get a container, and I’ll bring it in here. That’s the advantage of being relatives. Also, let’s say we run out of beans: call them up and pick them up. Or vice versa. Yesterday they were out of cabbage, so we had to give them a case.

Is it true Matt Damon ate here before going to Saturday’s roller derby bout?

I don’t know, but we have a lot of famous people from town who come here, like that surfer, Nat Young. We have Steve [Lenhart], who plays for the San Jose Earthquakes, and a professional skater kid.

Tell me about your salsa.

That’s what made us famous—the salsa. Everyone likes the salsa. It’s very elaborate. Everything has to be roasted.


INFO: 354 Washington St. Santa Cruz, 427-2200.

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Bespoke Doughnuts Pop-Up

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Doughnuts are an American staple. But San Francisco’s Bespoke Doughnuts is completely flipping the whole idea on its head with flavors like Roasted Pear and Walnut, Herb Pesto and Hummus and Honey Lemon Mint. The company was formed last year by Santa Cruz ex-pat Reilly Meehan and partner Brian Christie.

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Foodie File: Mission St. BBQ

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Barbeque is the subject of much passion and debate. How does one best smoke meat? How long should it smoke? Mission St. BBQ is the latest barbeque joint in town, but the owners aren’t new to the game.

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Foodie File: Santa Cruz County Farmers Markets

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With the Felton and Scotts Valley farmers markets both happening every week into the fall, the summer fruit season is officially in swing. We thought it’d be a good time to check-in with Santa Cruz Community Farmers Markets director Nesh Dhillon, who oversees those two markets, and three others in the county—downtown, Live Oak and on the Westside.

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Foodie File: Eat Like a Greek Food Fair

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Meet the artists and designers behind this year’s edition of FashionART, SantaCruz’s most outrageous fashion show

 

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The Peace Equation

Sunday is the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, a global peace-building day when nations, leaders, governments, communities and individuals are invited to end conflict, cease hostilities, creat 24 hours of non-violence and promote goodwill. Monday is Autumn equinox as the Sun enters Libra (right relations with all of life). The Soul Year now begins. We work in the dark part of the year (Persephone underground) preparing for the new light of winter solstice. Tuesday to Wednesday is the Virgo new moon festival. We know two things about peace. “The absence of war does not signify peace.” And “Peace is an ongoing process.” In its peace-building emphasis, the UNIDP, through education, attempts to create a “culture of peace, understanding and tolerance”. Esoterically we are reminded of the peace equation: “Intentions for goodwill (and acting upon this intention) create right relations with all earth’s kingdoms which create (the ongoing process of) peace on earth.” At noon on Sunday, in all time zones, millions of participating groups will observe a moment of silence for peace on earth. Bells will ring, candles will be lit, and doves released as the New Group of World Servers recite the Great Invocation (humanity’s mantram of direction). To connect with others around the world see www.cultureofpeace.org    Let us join together with the mother (Virgo). Goodwill to all, let peace prevail on earth. The dove is the symbol for the day.
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