Holy Taco

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My mini food tour of Atlanta continues, and I was in need of some Mexican food. Sure, Atlanta isn’t the first place you’d think of when you’re looking for some Mexican food, but, if a city’s making it, I’m trying it. So, I was off to Holy Taco. To play off of the name, the decor fits its namesake with paintings and pictures of some crosses, mixed with a bit of a Dia de los Muertos vibe.

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They focus on a modern Mexican cuisine with a seasonal and locally influenced menu. I started off with their Organic Margarita, mainly because, I don’t think I’ve technically had an organic margarita, and I’ve tried many margaritas. So, yeah, it tasted like a regular margarita, but, it was still lovely and refreshing (and yes, I know you can’t taste organic).

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To start, as an appetizer, I ordered their Ecuadorian Salsa (pureed San Marzano tomato, serrano chile, scallions) and Guacamole (smashed avocado, onion, jalapeño, tomato, cilantro, lime) with chips. These were both awesome, along with the chips. The salsa had a really nice, fresh flavor with a little kick of heat, and the chips were crisp, perfectly salted, and a little bit on the thicker side, making them excellent little salsa and guac shovels. The guac was great, really fresh as well, excellent texture and just the right amount of spice.

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Then, I got two tacos, Vegan (black beans, saffron rice, avocado, radish, Ecuadorian salsa) and Fried Mahi Mahi (mexican slaw, chipotle mayo), both on corn tortillas. So, to my surprise, I actually favored the Vegan taco a bit. Wrapped in two tortillas, for extra filling support, this was a really substantial taco. You really can’t go wrong with the combination of ingredients here. All the flavors went so well together, and the salsa added some heat to round out the creaminess of the avocado, while the beans and rice added some heft. The fish taco was really nice as well, the fried Mahi Mahi had an excellent crunch, and I really enjoyed the slaw as well. I was maybe just missing a little bit of salt on the fish, just to bring out the flavors a little bit more, but, you can always add it afterward, to your taste and liking. 

The Shorts:
Name: Holy Taco
Location: 1314 Glenwood Avenue, Atlanta, GA
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes. What I actually liked just as much as the food, was the service. The staff was super nice and made the experience really great. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, they also have patio seating in the front. So, on a nice day, grab a drink, some snacks and tacos, and enjoy it all al fresco. 

Barnana

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Recently, I was able to have a mini visit at the Fancy Food Show in NYC. I say mini visit, because the show lasted 3 days, but, with my work schedule, I was only able to make the last 45 minutes. Yeah, not even close to enough time. This show was like walking into Disney’s Epcot. Full of sections divided by country, showcasing cheeses, oils, chocolates, you name it, they probably had it. But, I wasn’t even able to scratch the surface. Don’t cry for me, Argentina (which was probably a country represented at the show), I was able to make it to the “5000’s”, a section that featured a lot of smaller businesses, including a couple food friends of mine. Some of the companies that I got to see, were kind enough to gift some of their product. One of them was Barnana.

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Their product is centered around one simple ingredient, dehydrated organic bananas, making chewy banana bites. No crazy additives, no fancy frills, just real, delicious banana. But, even if you’re not the biggest pure-banana kind of person, they have other varieties, which add a little pizzaz. I got their Organic Peanut Butter Chewy Banana Bites. These were so great, and you feel like you’re eating candy, but, without any of the guilt and junk food. The peanut butter is smooth and creamy, and wrapped around the chewy little banana bite, creating a snack that Elvis would have been sure to love (RIP). 

The Shorts:
Name: Barnana 
Location: Retail locations all over
The Long and Short: Would I recommend it? For sure. It’s a quality, simple product, with lots of flavor and none of the bad stuff. Basically, you get all the benefits of eating healthy, with the fun of eating candy.