Thursday, February 20

I survived the Dudley and Bob Morning Show: TacoJournalism on the Radio!

ICYMI: Earlier this week I was on KLBJ FM Dudley and Bob show's "People in the Neighborhood" segment in Austin, Texas talking tacos, tortillas, a little Mexican history and TacoJournalism. It was fun and in case you missed it, here it is in all it's glory!

Here are my takeways: Tortillas do come from Mexico, #Austin loves breakfast tacos & please, whatever you do, do not eat #tacos out of a bowl!

Listen to the segment AQUI!

Saturday, February 15

Arriba Juarez!! Los Cuervos Flauteria

If empanadas are taco cousins, then flautas are taco broders? Why yes they are. Linda Medina, the Queen of El Paso living in Austin first told me about Los Cuervos Flauteria. If you're from the
El Paso area, y'know good Mexican food, menudo, chile rellenos and flautas from the mercado in Juarez. When she told me about the Juarez style flautas I had to make a special trip aaall the way to Kyle, Texas. And it was a trek, dayaam it was further than Buda!

Mi amiga Jennifer Harris and I met up at Los Curvos and for me it was an opportunity to show a different style to what we usually see in dees parts - Tex-Mex, Regional Mexican styles vs. Border style Mexican food. See in our part of Texas, we mix the Texan, Mexican and New Mexican styles. We do chile rellenos with Anaheim or long green Chile Verde (yeah Poblanos can suck it!), our enchiladas are stacked, not rolled, our red chile sauce is thicker, earthier y picoso and we eat our Menudo with pan frances or bolio bread, toasted with butter. Don't get started on the tacos!

Of course, we ordered a plethora de todo! We had the flautas, menudo con pan tostado and a burrito de chile relleno con frijoles. Biting into the crispy flautas, soaking the pan into the Menudo and pulling the melty cheesy from the burrito took me back home, going to Juarez, eating at the mercado, hanging with my cousin practicing our breakdancing routines and going to the "tardeadas." Yeah they used to open the clubs to the pre-teens on Sunday afternoons so we could get our dance-on in the Juarez strip. Afterwards, we would have taquitos de tripitas de gato. Well, some of them tasted like that. :/ Anyjuaays, the owner and I got to talking about how all food is regional and when you subsitute ingredients you lose some of the sabores and authenticity. So I was glad to hear that they bring in their chiles y otro ingredients from El Paso/Juarez.

Walking in, they actually had me at JuanGa! As soon as we stepped into Los Cuervos, Juan Gabriel was playing in the background. JuanGa is one of Mexico's treasures, a ranchero slash pop singer. Yeah real Mexican men listen to JuanGa!

Taking me back in time did a trick on me. What they're doing is cooking up simple Mexcian food done right and for that I'll drive aaall the way to Kyle, TX again.

Los Cuervos Flauteria - 4 Estrellas - El Mundo de Mando

607 W Center St
Kyle, TX 78640

And now for your enjoyment, some JuanGa y Arriba Juarez!!!!

Tuesday, December 17

Taco Journalism's Favorite Tacos of 2013

What a crazy year this has been! We wrote and published our first taco book on Austin's iconic Breakfast Tacos. It became a local best seller and y'all really seem to like it! :) In addition to our new found author-dom, we still eat a lot of tacos, pretty much every day, and in the spirit of the season of lists we decided to name our current favorite tacos in Austin.

In 2013, we ate tacos from everywhere - old school tacos we have loved for years, new & exciting tacos we discovered on our travels and some tacos we shall not name here. Without further ado we would like to present our favorite tacos of 2013:

Sergio from Papalote/Azul Tequilla

El Mundo de Mando
Upset of the year! Sorry no bacon, no Tex-Mex cheesy-nees, not even al pastor. The one that won me over was Papalote's Rajas y Hongos taco. It's sweet and spicy and just warms your belly. just like abuelita used to make.

 Rajas y Hongos Taco - Poblano pepper strips topped with onions, zucchini, mushrooms, cream sauce, cabbage, and queso fresco. Buy a few.

Joe's Bakery Tacos
Cornbiter Deluxe
My favorite taco of 2013 is the Migas Plate at Joe's Bakery. I tear up the amazing homemade flour tortillas and make mini tacos as I go. The combination of the incredible flour tortillas, delicious migas, insane beans and the hot jalapeño salsa has been my jam in the '13.

The Commish
2013 was the year of the Crispy Taco for me. I have to award a tie for favorite as I love a good taco, but I'm also really, really cheap. The "Old School" at Mellizoz wins out for best. It has a hand-fried crispy shell with top quality ingredients inside. At 95c, Tamale House East's crispy taco is cheap AND delicious. And you can order almost 3 times the tacos for the same price as the "Old School". (Technically, you can order 2.8 tacos for the same price. I'm not sure how receptive they'll be to an order for 3/5 of a taco, but you should try anyways. You're on a budget.)

El Jarod
Migas Taco from Veracruz
I'm also gonna go with the tie this year. I've been eating two tacos pretty consistently for the past year. For me, 2013 has been the year of the Carne Guisada, Bean & Cheese tacos at Joe's Bakery and the Migas Taco from Veracruz All Natural.
1. This year my world became a little brighter when I added a regular trip to see the amazing taco angels at Veracruz All Natural (1704 E Cesar Chavez & E. 6th and Waller) Their migas tacos are so perfect and so delicious and so soul piercingly amazing that I dare you to not fall in love with those little pieces of heaven.
2. Joe's Carne Gusiada is stewy, meaty goodness. When you add some refried beans & cheese up there - it just takes it to a whole other level.

Joe's Bakery
Tamale House East
Veracruz All Natural

Happy Holidays and see y'all in 2014 and beyond!!

-The Taco Mafia

Wednesday, September 25

Breakfast Taco Book Gifts!

We always say "If you give a man a breakfast taco, he eats for a day.  Give him a breakfast taco book and he can eat tacos forever!" Looking for holiday gifts, birthday presents or for any occasion that calls for simply the best present delivered to their door as soon as possible! Show the someone you love - you REALLY love them - with a copy of Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day signed by both Authors, wrapped and shipped directly to them! Buy early, buy often!

Breakfast Taco Book

Saturday, September 14

Cooking Class: Tastiest Breakfast Tacos in Austin

So you think you know how to make breakfast tacos? Well, let's compare notes! Come to our first evah cooking class at Central Market on Saturday, September 21 at 11am. I'll hook up my world famous fried egg taco + Chef Vance Ely and the staff at CM will make some of Ausitn's tastiest tacos from Mi Madre's, Papalote Taco House and Addie Broyles' (Austin's favorite food writer) My Morning Migas. So get ur tix today!  


Mando Rayo & Jarod Neece, authors of the book, Austin Breakfast Tacos

Price: $40 - includes one copy of Austin Breakfast Tacos

(For Ages 13 & Up)

DEMONSTRATION. Join us for this milestone event in the annals of Taco Journalism, as they authors share stories and recipes from some of Austin’s finest taco joints. “Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece investigate (and masticate) the history, culture and traditions of that indelible and delectable Austin treat: the breakfast taco.”

Addie Broyles' My Morning Migas
Photo by Joel Salcido
Menu includes: 
My Morning Migas by Addie Broyles;
Mi Madre's Machacado Taco;
Papalote Taco House's Eggs, Nopales, Mushroom & Tomato Taco; and
El Mundo de Mando's World Famous Fried Egg Taco.
$40, includes one copy of Austin Breakfast Tacos.

Authors will be available to sign books after class.


Friday, August 9

Video: Migas Tacos ala Veracruz All Natural

Austin loves their Migas Tacos. What's better than adding fresh (crushed) tostadas/chips or tortillas guisadas to our eggs? Absolutely nothing! So check out our latest video with Reyna Vasquez from Veracruz All Natural as she shows us why they make one of the best and freshest Migas Tacos in town!

Friday, July 26

Free Book Friday: Austin Breakfast Tacos

Peeps! Our publisher, The History Press is giving away copy of our new book, "Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day."

Check out their blog post and enter the contest like todays!!!

Thursday, July 4

Austin Breakfast Tacos Book Launch Party

Whoa! It's almost finally here!

After 3 weeks of photo shoots, 2 weeks of research, 2.5 weeks of writing, one all nighter and eating 50+ breakfast tacos, our book is finally here! Join us, Mando & Jarod and the TacoJournalism crew to celebrate our book, Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day. We'll have breakfast tacos, beer and we'll share some highlights from the book. Also, you get to buy it for $14.99 just like everywhere else excpept you'll have some pretty darn good company. You may meet the authors and the photographers (Joel Salcido & Dennis Burnett), the owners of some of the best taco joints in the ATX and the people of Austin that are in the book that may or may not include Addie Broyles, Councilman Mike Martinez, Paul Qui, Aaron Franklin, Sara Hickman, Lonnie Limon, Dorsey Barger, Los TipsyTexans, David the Soup Peddler y mas!

Thanks to our taco friends at The Tamale House, Tacodeli, WhataTaco, El Sol y La Luna y mas for supplying the free tacos. Mil gracias to our beer sponsor, Indio #DoYourThing. Special #shoutout to The History Press for actually inviting us to write the book and BookPeople for having the book on hand at the event!

RSVP aqui with Eventbrite and El Facebook event here.

See ya there!
Mando & Jarod