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Tacos and Margs


So, we did a thing a couple weeks ago…Margarita and Taco Fest…to be exact. It was definitely worth the bills, and was all around a fabulously fantastic time, but with this being its second year there were definitely some things I would drop into their suggestion box…were they to have one.

I’ll take you through the entire evening (July 21st, 4-8pm @ Pasqual’s Cantina on E. Washington, Madison, WI)…and share some tid bits here and there, the good and the bad, the sweet and the salty.

Margs going left to right: Please be kind…we took pictures as we went…and as we went we got a little bit tipsier…so I don’t have 100% of the information for each drink…but hey, we tried.

  1. Gothem Bagels: Bloody Mary w/ garnish
  2. Pasqual’s: Tart Cherry Margarita
  3. Camp Tripalindee
  4. Canteen: Mango Habanero Margarita
  5. Margarita De Jamaica
  6. Gibs: Hibiscus Margarita
  7. Enos Farms: Hibiscus Margarita
  8. Domeloz: Honey Spirit Margarita w/ Bee Pollen

I’m not quite certain why there was a bloody at this festival. I know they tried…to be different…but I can honestly say I wasn’t feeling the bloody, and I am a bloody lover for sure. But I wanted all things margs and tacos…so I took a sip and passed it by.

The tart Cherry Marg was quite delicious, and the little cherry candy on top…can you say nostalgia?! It was the cherry version of the lemon heads (fucking precious!)! I’m glad Pasqual’s brought their A-Game…I mean, they do host the event.

I remember Camp Tripalindee’s marg being tasty…though I cannot for the life of me remember what was in it. It was rimmed with Tajin though…which seemed to be the crowd favorite (and by crowd I mean the people making the margs…not necessarily tasting them). Now, don’t get me wrong, I like me some Tajin…but I PREFER salt. Good ol’ plain salt.

I’m going to skip to the Domeloz Honey Spirit Mar w/ Bee Pollen…which I loved. It was a thick puree sort of marg, and the bee polled definitely added a nice bit of pizzazz, but the boy would argue it was a bit much. I wouldn’t say it was my favorite, since I am one who prefers my margs of the lime sort…on the rocks…with a salt rim. But, it was a nice change of pace for sure.

Going back to the standard Marg though…this was my biggest disappointment of the entire festival…there wasn’t even one standard marg to be found! You’d think they would have that shit on tap at every water station…at least at the Pasqual’s booth. Also, there was almost no emphasis on tequila. Everyone seemed to use run of the mill tequila, AND, there was no Mezcal either. I mean, if you’re looking to throw out an original marg…you’d be smart to start with using Mezcal. Even if it’s mixed 50/50 with tequila to cut it. There was so much other floof when it came to the rim of the li’l BB shot glasses (Tajin/Sugar/Worm Salt) but no floof when it came to the alcohol.

Now for the tacos! Again, I tried to match up as much info as I could with each taco…but some are better described than others. Oh well, I think we’ll all survive.

Tacos going left to right:

  1. NOOSH: Haunted Pink Taco Salad w/ Coho Salmon, Tomatillo Honey, Poblano Cream, & Ghost Pepper Tortilla Chips
  2. Gotham Bagels
  3. Bel Air Cantina
  4. The Roman Candle: Rock Bass Ceviche topped w/ Mango Salsa & Served in a Corn Chip Boat
  5. Adamah: Poke Taco Especial – Sitka Sockey Salmon, Garlic Chili Oil, Mexican Rice, Schug (Spicy Relish), Fried Shallots, Fresh Pineapple, Shaved Radish, Spicy Aioli, Cilantro, Hard Taco Shell
  6. The Rigby: Fish Tacos – Blackened Alaskan Cod w/ Arugula, Bruschetta, Cajun Tarter
  7. Enos Farms
  8. Taco Local Taqueria: Fish Taco – Seared Black Bass, Pickled Peppers & Onions, Chipotle Crema, Cilantro
  9. Taco Local Taqueria: Fish Taco – Seared Black Bass, Pickled Peppers & Onions, Chipotle Crema, Cilantro
  10. Taco Local Taqueria: Steak Taco – Seared NY Strip, Mango, Pico De Gallo, Cream, Cilantro
  11. Taco Local Taqueria: Steak Taco – Seared NY Strip, Mango, Pico De Gallo, Cream, Cilantro
  12. Fuegos: Vegan

Here’s my TL:DR regarding the tacos…too many of them were fish.

They had a contest going for best fish taco at the fest…so naturally everyone felt the need to create a fish taco. This is all fine and dandy mind you, so long as not EVERYONE does a fish taco, and if they do, they also create a NON-fish taco. But this, my friends, was not the case.

We were hoping for someone to offer just a straight up Americanized taco with ground beef, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and taco sauce (maybe some sour cream too). Or even any type of taco with chicken, turkey, or mushroom. Or how about some standards such as lengua, buche, or tripa? I feel like the mark was looked at, then very rudely passed.

And, we thought a stand with the standard marg and the Americanized taco would have been a stellar idea! Kind of like the hole in the wall stand of the festival. Maybe if this is read by anyone who matters (as it relates to this festival…All of you matter…each and every one of you.) they will take note and make some alterations next year.

Oh, and El Grito wasn’t at the festival. Sad day. We’d very much like for them to be there next year.

While I’ve made my judgments very clear, I want it to be known we most definitely had a legit blast. And, we were able to bike to/from, so that makes the whole experience that much better.

We can’t wait to attend again next year…and hopefully see some of our suggestions taken into account.

Just a few action shots from the festival for your beautiful eyes to enjoy.

Cheers my dear fellow taco and marg lovers!


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  • Amazing photos, and I want to call out the “haunted taco” as having the best name of the bunch. Ghost peppers, I get it! *slaps knee*

    That is a LOT of tacos (and your hand model game is top notch). I wish that cherry marg was available when the team goes there after work, it sounds wonderful!

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