One of the best things about living here in Stockton is all the ethnic stores. I want to copy becoming a foodie's idea of taking twenty dollars and just picking up some food at some ethnic store. She went to Whole Paycheck (i.e. Whole Foods). I'm thinking I want to be a little more adventurous. So what do you guys think? Where should I go first? Take my poll up in the right hand corner.
Back to what I was writing about, ahhhh the stores. La Sierra is my favorite Mexican market. On the weekends, there is a little old man wearing a straw cowboy hat out grilling chickens and beef and peppers. The smell is unbelievably good and he knows it. He'll start flirting with you, waving his smoky good scent your way to tempt you into ruining your dinner. Oh man, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.
When you walk into La Sierra it's dim and cool. You can smell the spices in the air and a little vinegar, too. Hanging down from the ceiling there are piñatas and on the walls there are beer and footbol posters. In the refrigerator cases, there are homemade salsas, guacamole, and tamales for sale, but that's not the best part. The best part is their carne asada that's already marinated in spices, onions, and peppers.
This dinner is very easy. Grill the carne asada until done. Mine was done in four minutes on a really hot grill. La Sierra's carne asada is very thin and cooks fast. So watch out! There is nothing worse than eating tough steak in a taco. Watch this season of Top Chef when Rick Bayless was on. It wasn't pretty, folks. It's also bad to not warm up your corn tortillas on the grill. Matter of fact, I consider it a culinary sin!
What to add to your carne asada tacos:
If we are going to keep it old school and traditional:
chopped white onions
maybe some pickled jalapenos and chopped radishes
If you are The Man:
also add some guacamole. and cheese. and sour cream.
Have I mentioned he's the whitest Mexican I know?
If you have to add cheese find some cojita and don't use sour cream use some crema fresca. You are only allowed to use cheese and sour cream if there isn't a Mexican market in your town. Trust me, I will know if you didn't go. I will smell the guilt through the computer screen.