Taco, Taco, Me Want Taco (Taco Bus: Tampa, Florida)

May 2013

This (↓) is not a Taco Bus. This is just a building with the words “Taco Bus” painted on it.

Not a Taco Bus

My first encounter with an actual Taco Bus (still more of a van than a bus, but at least it moved?!?) was at Bonnaroo. Upon beholding the migratory Taco Bus in a foreign land, Sandra lept for joy! Fast forward two years (two whole years?!?), and I was on the Taco Bus home turf in Tampa, Florida. Sandra was to wed Adam, but first, there were tacos to be eaten and best friend times to be had!

Now this (↓), THIS is a Taco Bus!

Taco Bus Love

This (↑) is Nina, and she is one of my favorites! While Nina gave the universal sign for “this is awesome (because it was a Taco Bus, and it was awesome),” I imagine this was playing inside her head…

Don’t think just because I got a lot of money,
I’ll give you taco-flavored kisses, honey
Fulfill all your wishes
with my taco-flavored kisses

Taco taco, Burrito burrito Taco taco,
Fulfill all your wishes
with my taco-flavored kisses! Taco taco.

If that inner monologue song doesn’t mean anything to you, boy do I have a gift for you! De nada!

Silly White People

This is Adam and Sandra (↑). They were soon to be official lifers. Sandra is also one of my favorites. For them, the Taco Bus is old hat, a beloved hat, but un sombrero viejo nonetheless. While taking control of menu options, this is what I imagine was in Sandra’s head- “silly gringas. I must listen to them when they try to pronounce the menu [mental cackling… ha ha ha]!”

El Bus Blanco

Taco Bus Front Sink

Broken English Aqua Fresca

Ordering a Taco Bus agua fresca must be the volumetric equivalent of poking a [very rigid] straw into the rind of a watermelon. It’s a LOT of very fresh watermelon juice. It’s the quantity of watermelon juice you’d want if you were to walk fifteen minutes to the Taco Bus, which some of us did and some others of us called crazy, while contorting their faces into baffled expressions.

Assemblers at Taco Bus

This (↑) is David Rupert Thatch or Thatch Rupert David depending on the day and the taco. He is quickly becoming a favorite, and he keeps that lady in check. Otherwise, she starts to fib a little here and there. She means well.

Taco Bus Menus

The Taco Bus provides the following helpful guidelines for selecting the perfect taco for your tastes:

#1 Choose your favorite way
#2 Choose a meat, seafood or vegetarian filling
#3 Choose your taco veggies (tomatoes, onions, cilantro, cabbage)
#4 Eat and Enjoy!

Taco Bus Guac Flower

A flowering serving of guacamole with fresh, flavorful tomatoes and corn taco chips is a must!

Taco Bus Pork Taco

Cochinita Pibil – Shredded pork marinated in achiote and bitter orange, then wrapped in banana leaves and slow roasted in a smoker (BASED ON A 5,000 YEAR OLD MAYAN RECIPE!)

Thousands of years put into one recipe from a bus that stays open 24/7? Before you know it, you’ll be singing about taco-flavored kisses!

¡Buen provecho!

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