We hope you can make it to the last market of 2012. We have lots of stuff to share with you and that you can share with your friends and family. We returned to the market at the beginning of December with hot tamales, flour tortilla kits, pickled red onion and pickled jalepeños and frozen ½ dozens of tamales for folks to take home for Christmas or other holiday celebrations.
Why no tacos? Tacos aren't the only thing we want to bring to NYC. Tamales are something a San Antonio native like me expects to eat this time of year. It's a traditional foodstuff in Mexican-American families in my home state and it brings back fond memories of heading down to the local tortilleria with my Grammy Grams and picking up two dozen of the piping hot delights and heading back to her kitchen to devour them. I never understood back then how much they would imprint my brain with a sense of season and cultural grounding, but that is exactly what they do for me - they link me back to home.
Lonestar Taco, for both of us, has always been about that link to Texas, an origin story. As a Texan, I can't deny my background, but there is a great deal of misunderstanding around the myth and sense of what it is to be a Texan. Many famous Texans, particularly of the political bend, have shaped the consciousness of New Yorkers to focus on the more negative and ignorant ways of my fair state.
We want to bring to light some of the cultural aspects that we love and adore, from the warmth, the genuine hospitality and graciousness of many Texans to the love in sharing what we have grown up with. The quality and character of our food and products will speak for themselves and begin to quell the fear that Texas is a vast state devoid of intellect or intellectual curiosity. It is anything but that. The hope is that some day Tex-Mex won't be such a dirty word with connotations of gringified cheese sauce poured over watery tortillas, shrouded in puddles of lard-filled beans and overcooked rice. There is a place for that, but need it be the only thing that comes to mind?