Who cares if it’s already November? It’s always taco season to me. Just because you’re not at the beach doesn’t mean you can’t stuff fresh corn tortillas with your favorite fillings and have a little taco party in your apartment. It might be sweater weather outside, but that shouldn’t stop you. I’m my best self when I’m at Rockaway Beach, drinking out of a coconut, and eating tacos from any of the awesome vendors out there. So, when ZICO contacted me about creating a recipe for them using their new Chilled Coconut Water + Juice Blends, I knew I wanted to make tacos, because, and I don’t know if you’ve figured this out, yet – I. Love. Tacos. Initially, I thought that the blends might be on the sweeter side, but I was wrong – they tasted just like regular OJ, but with ZICO’s 100% natural coconut water added. With these blends, you get all the benefits of coconut water, like electrolytes, as well as the flavor punch of real orange juice, which you expect in a traditional carnitas marinade. I like orange juice, I like coconut water, so why not put them together? Kind of genius. These carnitas are incredibly flavorful and perfect for eating all week long, as a quick weekday lunch over a salad or for tacos again and again after work. You really can’t get sick of tacos because there are so many ways to eat them. Top them with sour cream, avocado, and radishes, or maybe go for a really spicy salsa with pickled jalapeños. You can add the crispy pork skin for chicharrón tacos, or maybe get really fancy and do the thing that turns any dish into everyone’s favorite thing in the world: top it with a fried egg. I made these on a Sunday night for some friends that we had over, and everyone seriously approved. I know this because we all went back for at least two or three more. Go the extra mile and crisp up some of these juicy carnitas in a pan to up your taco game – I promise, it’ll be worth it. Just don’t forget the guac!
If you had a weekend like mine, you’re probably ready for some tacos, honestly. I pretty much survived on candy (and candy alone) this weekend. On Friday night, we went to our friend’s office for their amazing Halloween party. I was Han Solo (obviously), but I decided to leave my blaster at home for fear that New York City cops would think I was carrying an actual weapon. Kramer dressed as a left-shark (photos to come), and he really killed it on the dance floor. We were home at a semi-reasonable time, with pockets stuffed with candy, of course. After a Mounds bar or two, we went to bed, then got ourselves together in time to drive out to Long Island to see our friends, go trick-or-treating with their adorable one-year-old daughter, and watch the Mets. The poor, poor Mets. We thought maybe they could do it! But alas, victory was not on New York’s side this year. We tried to stay up last night to watch the whole game, but by midnight, we were both asleep on the couch and had to call it a night. We knew it was over, though. Sigh. Anyway, after the game on Saturday, when the Mets still stood a chance, we played some pool, threw some darts, then Kramer and our friend, Tom, stayed up a little later (thanks, daylight savings!) and I went to bed. In the morning, our friend Valerie made us feel like we were staying in a bed-and-breakfast. She made eggs, bacon, pico, pumpernickel toast, and Bloody Marys – quite the treat for us, indeed. We drove home and I spent the day not doing anything. I didn’t cook, I didn’t edit photos – nothing. We just chilled on the couch, watched The Leftovers, watched the Mets, and then went to bed. Somehow, I’m a little tired this morning, but I’ll blame that on the Mets.