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It's arequirement to eat at Chico's Tacos when in El Paso!

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May 2Liked by Hank Shaw

“What do colitas de pavo taste like?”

That was my favorite part to pick at and eat when my dad pulled the turkey off the charcoal fired Weber BBQ! I can taste it now despite it being a few decades since I’ve had turkey tails. Having them as tacos would’ve been amazing!!

Thank you Hank for your research! I look forward to the book.

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May 2Liked by Hank Shaw

Hank, I am enjoying your thoughts. Life after separation, the new home, Mexico and food. I’m looking forward to the next book. I also miss the podcast.

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May 1Liked by Hank Shaw

Great article. Wish I had read it when I was in El Paso a few months ago. Next time check out Rosas Cafe.

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Thanks!

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May 1Liked by Hank Shaw

I would go there just for the turkey tails. By far my favourite part of chickens and turkeys!

Reading about your travels has made me itch to get back down to Mexico, but now I can't make up my mind where to go next...

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Now great. Stuck in an area with zero good Mexican food and I read this exquisite article. So hungry!

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Womp Womp... ;-)

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Apr 30Liked by Hank Shaw

Glorious. The prose, the flow. Thank you.

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Apr 30Liked by Hank Shaw

Hank, Love your writing style - you make me feel like I am actually in the restaurants and participating in the cultural foods and people.

Tad

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Apr 30Liked by Hank Shaw

If I had the money I’d fly to El Paso right now!! I especially loved the idea of crispy tender turkey tail taco….🦃. Peasant food is the best! Thanks for sharing.

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Apr 30Liked by Hank Shaw

Love reading these stories. Miss the variety of Southwest food.. in that part of the US....the PNW is not the same.

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Apr 30Liked by Hank Shaw

Great expression of the bonds between our countries. Much needed at time. Thank you Hank.

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Apr 30Liked by Hank Shaw

Always just want to go around or avoid El Paso in our travels. Sounds like I need to get over it and make a stop.

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Definitely worth it!

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Apr 30Liked by Hank Shaw

Great essay, really transports you there, and no starship or jump drive required, thanks Hank.

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Curious, Hank… do you feel a middle aged woman would be safe traveling through this region? I speak some Spanish, understand more, but have been told tha the border towns are not particularly safe…..the food sounds spectacular, and at some point I’d like to go!

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Absolutely. Keep in mind I don't really go out nightclubbing, but El Paso felt completely safe. I've only ever felt "the sketch" on the US side of the border in Nogales, AZ. And even that was just a piece of the town. On the Mexican side, I generally don't stay out later than dinner hour, and I've never had a problem. The big exception to that is Matamoros and Reynosa. I don't go there. Juarez is also a better place for lunch or early dinner. I try not to walk around in Juarez too long after dark. Tijuana was fine though.

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I’m curious too. I’d love to try that nixtamalized blue corn lager!!

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