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Another trip to Los Albondigas, I mean, Los Algodones… damn.  I just can’t get that straight!  I guess I just really like albondigas soup.  It was a regular Friday event in my life for many years – the little local mamá y papá taqueria near where I worked had a menudo lunch special that a bunch of my co-workers loved loved loved but I never really liked menudo so I’d always order their albondigas.  Mmmm….

Ok.  Back to the current story…Just a small sampling

After picking up another 100 days worth of medications, along with a couple of jars of penicillin cream, I headed off to find tacos for lunch.  I was hungry!  What I found was a place where you could get your tacos made with fifteen (I counted them!) different kinds of meat!  Whoa baby!  Now, that’s my kind of place.  The carne asada and marinated chicken cooking on the grill on the sidewalk certainly smelled delicioso so I stepped into the sitting area of the little place and sat down.  Molcas TacosWhen the guy came by and asked what I wanted to eat, I said uno taco de pescado y uno taco de camaron, por favor (one shrimp taco and one fish taco, please), with a coka to drink, and I sat back to wait for my food, contemplating my very limited Spanish and hoping I hadn’t said anything out of line… keeping in mind that he spoke very good English.  Ha!

On the sidewalk, near the grilling meat, was a guy playing guitar and singing, presumably for tips, although I couldn’t see his jar anywhere.  It was a nice added touch to the Mexican atmosphere and seeing as how I was in Mexico, I thought it was awesome!

Side plateA plate of chopped cabbage (this told me the tacos would be San Felipe-style), a fresh tomato/onion/cilantro salsa, a couple of lime wedges, and a stack of sliced cumbers arrived at my table, along with a bottle of the real Coke.  Then came a couple of salsas and a bowl of tasty chips made from corn – I munched on these until the tacos arrived and then I piled the stuff from the plate onto the two tacos and began to scarf ’em down.  Oh. My. Gosh.  Tasty doesn’t even begin to say how tasty they were.  But they were very tasty.  Did I mention tasty?  Yes.  They were tasty.

Chips and salsasAs I was finishing up my first taco, the strolling musician came cruising through to the back of the little restaurant area with a cup held out in front of him.  Oh!  Tip time!  I stuck a dollar in his cup as he went by and then was struck by a thought… ok, just a bit behind the buck but hey, I was eating yummy tacos!  In my defense, my stomach was getting all the blood!  So as he was heading back out to the sidewalk, I motioned him over and said I wanted to take his photo and here’s another dollar.  Well, I’m not sure what my second dollar bought but he promptly sat down on the other side of me at my table and began to play his guitar in earnest!  Guitar manAnd sing!  Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”! Just for me!

I got most of it on video and you can watch him play and sing, as well.  Since the camera was pointed into the bright light, the guitar-playing man is more or less in silhouette but you get the point.  It was very sweet of him.  Sure, he probably does this all day long but I enjoyed it immensely and that’s really all that counts, isn’t it?

The Guitar Man disappeared as soon as he was finished singing for me – I never saw him again.  Maybe all he needed was another two dollars before he was finished for the day, who knows!  In any event, he made my day with the tacos complete.

I’d go back there for tacos any day… anyone want to join me?

Here’s the little video – enjoy!!

PS.  If you want to go on your own, Molcas Tacos is on B Street just west of Tercera.


Tacos and Frank Sinatra
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9 thoughts on “Tacos and Frank Sinatra

  • February 3, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Dang I am so green with envy and yes I want to go. Well maybe some day. I loved your story and the food looked delicious.Thanks for sharing your trip to Mexico. I almost tasted the tacos.Well back to the snow for me enjoined my short trip via you lol.

    • February 5, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Oh Linda, I know you’ll be out and about before you know it! …and then we’ll have tacos together 🙂

  • February 3, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    La comida mira es muy deliciosa y auténtica! La música hombre añade algo de diversión a su almuerzo . Glad your having a great time!

    • February 5, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      La comida era muy deliciosa, Kimberly! Qué puntazo el hombre de la guitarra era 🙂 (Thank you, Google translate… I’m sure it’s probably wrong. Ha!)

      • February 5, 2014 at 2:37 pm

        Good enough!! Keep having fun!

  • February 3, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    The food looked so fresh and yummy! how fun and what an experience!
    enjoyed this post!

    • February 5, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks, Debbie – I’m enjoying my time here in the southwest. The little side trips have been fun 🙂

  • February 3, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    What he lacks in talent he more than compensates in enthusiasm. I love local musicians and loved hearing this very unique rendition of My Way. What a fun experience Lois. Muy bien!

    • February 5, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      Nancy, he was such a hoot! I loved having his music all through lunch – that is, until he sang Frankie and then he disappeared! Gracias!

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