One of my favorite parts about being a professional cyclist is being able to travel all over the world and experience new places and cultures by bike. It is a pretty special experience to ride around a World Cup venue and realize that you may have just heard 10 different languages being spoken in the course of a few moments. These experiences not only spark my curiosity about other cultures - they also reveal the ways in which the unique cultures of the country, state and city that I grew up in have shaped my interests and preferences.
One of those preferences - a very strong one I might add - is my love of tacos. When traveling in the states or training at home, I love seeking out great tacos at the end of an epic ride. After a few social media posts, my love of tacos has become a running joke and when I visit new places, kind souls often message me with their local recommendations. This blog will be a place to document my journey as I test out tacos around the country and world. Hopefully it will be a win-win for everyone! I will be doing the heavy lifting of taco tasting and fellow travelers will get to cut corners and head straight to the best spot in town.
I am also a firm believer that tacos are best enjoyed after a long bike ride! Tacos are actually a great food to help you refuel - they have carbs (tortilla, rice, beans), protein (meat if not a vegetarian, beans) and you can be sure to incorporate some healthy fats (avocados!!!). I will try to include ride recommendations in the area for each of the places I review. Consider your day planned.
Finally - a disclaimer. I am not actually an expert on tacos - but I really do like them and eat them often. I will do my best to give an honest and fair assessment. As my dad says when tasting wine - "the only thing that really matters is whether or not you like it". Like fine wine, fine tacos can be analyzed on so many different levels - authenticity, quality, size, taste, etc. - but for the moment I am going to stick to talking about overall experience, enjoyment and deliciousness.
If you have recommendations or suggestions - please send them my way :)
First stop: Palo Alto, California.