This festival – in the form of the gallery below – is of my own making, thanks to the December 27 opening of The Taco Truck at the Princeton Shopping Center. I’ve been there a few times so far, most recently to check out the nachos for a Packet In The Kitchen recipe column I’m working on for January 23. I also made a run up to La Costeñita in Hillsborough yesterday, which I reviewed for the Packet TimeOff last winter. (I eventually put that on NJ Spice, here.)
I remain devoted to La Costeñita (and it’s vivacious owner Alicia Arango), but it sure is nice having an option closer to home, and I will write more about that soon for TimeOff. I keep thinking of how when I moved back to Princeton from Colorado in the mid-1980s, there was a virtual Mexican food desert here as far as what I liked in Mexican food, so I started growing my own tomatillos and chiles and cilantro so I could make some of my favorite dishes, like chile rellenos, and my favorite tomatillo-green chile sauce. Then I got hooked on fish tacos, which were near impossible to find in this area – but that’s changed too, although I still prefer my own to any I’ve been served around here.