There are many perks associated with camping. Fresh air, connecting with nature, connecting with friends and family, hiking, stargazing and the best thing of all is eating camp food. Nothing beats cooking a big meal after a long hike. There’s something very special about the effort that goes into building a fire, chopping up the veggies, marinating the meat all while cracking a few cold beers under the trees. Cooking a delicious meal in the middle of the wilderness is very special thing that lets us get in touch with our primitive selves.
Meal times at camp could be the times where people connect the most. Maybe because of the smell of the food, the collaborative help or just the general buzz of the vultures (your friends) taking bites of food as you try and cook a meal. Tacos are always a welcome guest at campsites.
Prepare some chili at home, bring it camping and simply heat it up over the open fire.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when camping. We all know waking up with the smell of bacon is the absolute best, add that to the smell of fresh air and a dash of campfire smell and we’ve got the holy trinity of smells. The best breakfast recommendation will always be breakfast burritos. But when you’re in a rush a quick hard boiled egg and some snacks will do just fine. Get in touch with mother nature, eat Lunchables…..mmm delicious sodium.
Tri-tip cooking in its own delicious meat juices.
Get some frozen hash browns, add cheese and stick on the fire.
I quick mash of an avocado with a pinch of spices for your starving friends.
If a simple can of Spaghetti O’s is not your thing, you can always upgrade it by adding spiced sausages, tomatoes, onions and basil to make a semi-upscale meal (ok not upscale at all). If anything this may qualify as stoner food. mmm stoner food.
Eating is no big deal even if you cant (or refuse) to cook. Simply stick a hot link on the fire. Or eat a bunch of s’mores. mmm s’mores.
About 20 miles East of Downtown Los Angeles, nestled in the San Gabriel Valley is a small city called La Puente. If you visit my hometown of La Puente you’ll see lots of concrete, industry, strip malls and strip clubs. Aside from all this majestic beauty we have an old school Drive-In theater and the most crazy delicious hole in the wall Mexican food dives.
Colonia Taco Lounge is not one of these dives. I’ll discuss delicious street La Puente meat another time.
This restaurant is right off the 605 freeway off of exit Valley Blvd. It’s right next to a motel that rents its rooms for a mere $29 an hour and its across the street from a tittie bar called ‘Satin Gentlemen’s Club’. I’m still waiting to see a man wearing a top hat and monocle come out of one of these infamous “gentlemen’s clubs”.
These tacos are well crafted and have distinctively unique flavors. I can only dream of eating a taco with seared queso fresco, bacon and avocado (The Campeon). Here, this dream is a reality. Bacon is finally in a taco, BACON!
Plus I want to mention they have great cocktails and delicious craft brews. Tuesdays here are a magical day because ALL tacos are only $2.50. This may be the best time to sample everything on the menu.
When I get tacos I usually order all the meat ones before even think about the vegetarian options. Because lets face it, USUALLY the vegetarian option is sub-par. Throw a few veggies on a tortilla, or fry up a quick potato taco. Not here. At Colonia the vegetarian tacos may be some of the best tacos in all of Los Angeles. Here are a few of my favorite vegetarian vibes.
-Battered Cauliflower (Coliflor)
-Mushroom with a Bourbon Cilantro Sauce (Huitlacoche)
-Squash Succotash (Chayote)
-Potato with a bit of fried lemon wedge (Papa)
Some of my favorite meat options here are all Guisados style stewed meats
-Pork and Pumpkin
-Beef/Beer which is beef braised in stout beer
Below (Beef and Beer)
So ridiculously good. Borderline upsetting.
As a representative of the La Puente board of tourism, I urge you all to go eat some tacos and drink some cocktails at Colonia then go watch a double feature at the Vineland Drive-In theater.
-(side note: I’m not from the board of tourism)
Colonia Taco Lounge
13030 E. Valley Blvd
La Puente, Ca 91746
Sometimes when I’m at a restaurant and scanning the menu I often think about my next days leftover meal option.
I ask myself important questions such as
“what will withstand the refrigerator elements?”
“what will I crave tomorrow?”
“what leftovers will taste delicious in burrito or taco form?”
EXAMPLE 1 Below:
Leftover Thai food :
Pork Larb (a minced meat salad with spices-extra spicy for me obv), little jasmine rice, chopped cilantro and onions. I toasted this whole delicious little baby in a pan to finish it off. Don’t forget the sriracha. Leftover whattt??
EXAMPLE 2 Below:
Leftover Grocery Store Rotisserie Chicken:
Grab your favorite BBQ sauce (mine was Famous Dave’s Devil Spit obv because its spicy). Saturate the shredded pieces, add chopped cilantro and onion, toss on a corn tortilla and viola!
The moral to the story here kids is: anything and everything tastes good in burrito or taco form. The end.