El Rey del Sabor Review: El Rey del Sabor and food shizzle

El Rey del Sabor Review: El Rey del Sabor and food shizzle

You ever get that feeling that you just need to dial your life up a notch? Just a little? Because it’s almost Christmas? Anytime you want to dial it up, you probably want some Latin food. I just made that up, but you’re ok to dispute with me. Zach posted about El Rey Del Sabor food cart earlier this week and I rushed out to eat some. Why rush? Well, when the U.S. economy falls into a recession, I’ll be eating to cheer myself up. So it’s imperative to eat before the recession really hits. You gotta eat while the world is still a happy place. What could make you happier than a crunchy empanada or a huarache?

For eight dollars I got a chorizo huarache ($5), beef empanada ($1.50), and chicken tamale ($1.50). There are worse ways to spend your money, like getting a salad for example. Just kidding, I really should eat more salad, my main problem with salad is that why should it cost $7 dollars if a huarache, empanada, and a tamale only cost $8? Right?

If you get the same trio of food items, it would be smart to start with the empanada first. It’s crunchy and savory. Mine came with ground beef so it was like a warm Latin cookie, that has a beef filling and it’s deep fried and it’s savory instead of sweet. Yea that’s it. Beef cookie. Get some.

I think if you get the tamale, you have to get them to do it up like they did for Zach. They added some magic (aka, salsa verde) on his and it looked even better. I actually like tamales quite a bit, but they’re so small they’ll never make you full. I could probably eat 6 in one sitting or something like that. This was not as good as the empanada, but if you try this, make sure you get it with magic sauce.

The last part of my three course lunch was the chorizo huarache. I’m not sure what a huarache is because google wouldn’t tell me except to say it’s a sandal. It most definitely is NOT a sandal because I ate it. And I don’t eat sandals. Bunnies, maybe. Sandals, no.

Chorizo was the meat of choice because Zach’s original writeup said that pork was kind of dry. They take this kind of tortilla/flatbread thing, add a sort of bean sauce, chopped up chorizo, and put some bunny food on top of that. It’s kind of like a salad, but with chorizo. The FDA would probably say this satisfies every block in your food pyramid. It’s refreshing, filling, and tasty all at the same time.

You could also stop by Dylan’s Candy when you’re done and get a snack. It would make you very happy, I promise. And if it doesn’t make you happy, you need to cheer the fuck up or something. Seriously. Dial up the fun for your stomach people. Do it.

Speaking of random non-sense, my fantasy basketball team sucks this week. The world is just not fair, really. Do you know how much time I spend staring at my daily lineups? Almost as much time as I do opening the fridge and staring at my roommates food. But that’s not the point. To bring this whole thing together, between basketball and dialing it up a notch… here’s a blurb from The New Yorker. It’s about Obama:

Obama, who is not without an ego, regarded himself as just as gifted as his top strategists in the art and practice of politics. Patrick Gaspard, the campaign’s political director, said that when, in early 2007, he interviewed for a job with Obama and Plouffe, Obama said that he liked being surrounded by people who expressed strong opinions, but he also said, “I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.” After Obama’s first debate with McCain, on September 26th, Gaspard sent him an e-mail. “You are more clutch than Michael Jordan,” he wrote. Obama replied, “Just give me the ball.”

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