Traveling all over this great nation of ours to taquerias, taco trucks, carnicerias, and anywhere else serving up a serious taco, we narrowed down the national list to 64 contenders divided by region: West, South, Midwest, and East. After much discussion, quite a few intense roadtrips, and a little indigestion, we arrived at our favorites. Up first: the West coast division, from the deep-fried fish tacos of the Southern California coast to the taco trucks in the Bay Area, and all the way up to Washington state.
'Paso Robles' on Serious Eats
Paso Robles has been called the "anti-Napa," "the new Napa," "the Napa 25 years ago." Basically this means you can roll into just about any winery, many of which don't have tasting room fees, and though it feels casual and homey without the hoity-toity pomp, the wines are carefully and contentiously made by obsessives. Since 2000, the number of wineries in this region has more than quadrupled from 50 to more than 200.
"I think most people still feel that Paso is a bunch of hillbillies making wine. In reality, most of the winemakers who excel here are truly visionaries pushing the limits of how wine can be made. Even though most of us still dress like hillbillies."
Last week I blogged up Steve O.'s backyard pizza oven in Wisconsin, asking at the end of that post for photos and stories from any other home-based pizza-makers. Not more than nine hours later, Nick Gladdis's email came in: Adam,I'll bite. Here are some shots of an oven my wife, Robin, and I built, completely, over the course of eight months in 2008. And for the weenies who say they can't, I'm 65 years old. Best thing we ever did, and it complements our olive farm (10 acres with six planted in just less than 1,900 trees). All this...