October 2019 - Tacos & Beer

Are You Dying to Know More About Día de Los Muertos?

Día de Los Muertos

First things first, Día de Los Muertos is not the Mexican equivalent of Halloween. 

Sure, there are similarities, like costumes, parties, and the time of year, but Día de Los Muertos (or The Day of the Dead) simply doesn’t have the same scary gory creep-factor as our Halloween does. Unless, of course, you find skulls and skeletons and mingling with dead people eerie, then, well…. ok, it’s pretty creepy. Let’s dig up the differences, shall we?

Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun

While both festivities involve death, Día de Los Muertos also celebrates life. Traditionally, the three days (October 31- November 2) of the holiday are meant to pay homage to loved ones who have passed. It is believed that during that time, the barriers that separate the deceased and living dissolve and all are free to be together again. It is common for families to set up an Ofrenda in their homes, a table turned into an altar adorned with offerings of symbolic items that represent relatives and friends who have passed away. This is where everyone, dead or alive, gathers to enjoy food and drink that the deceased would have loved. Probably, definitely, tequila is involved. Talk about lifting your spirits!

Your Sexy Gnome Costume Ain’t Gonna Fly for Día de Los Muertos

During Día de Los Muertos, remember, the whole idea is to honor lost loved ones, so you can’t walk into someone’s intimate gathering wrapped in spiderwebs, oozing with fake blood while revving up a chainsaw. Not only would it be inappropriate, but it would also be very disrespectful. The only thing more taboo for the Mexican celebration might be the scantily clad costume, as you may be in the presence of someone’s late Abuela, and she certainly wouldn’t approve of your re-enactment of Jessica Rabbit, no matter how hot you look. 

Putting on a Grave Face

While Halloween is rampant with black and orange, Día de Los Muertos calls for many bright, cheerful colors representing different things depending on which deceased loved one is being honored. Yes, the iconic skeletal face painting is part of it, but again, it’s all full of meaning. The face painting is a personalized tribute to a specific person or people (sometimes a name will be written across a forehead in remembrance) and it also symbolizes openness to accept death as a part of life. The face artwork can be extravagant and bold and often accompanies a vibrant, cheery crown made of flowers. In other words, if you’re celebrating Die de Los Muertos right, you’ll be done to death. 

Bone Appetit

Whether you’re a regular observer, have always wanted to be, or are just mourning the end of Halloween, we’ve got the night for you. Join us on November 1st at Tacos & Beer to get into the spirit of Día de Los Muertos. We will be showcasing some awesome tamale specials, will be serving a scary delicious Pumpkin Mezcal Margarita, and, of course, will have our own Ofrenda set up. You only live once, you don’t want to miss this one. 

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The Team We Never Knew We Needed

Vegas Golden Knights

We had always been a melting pot of sports fans. 

 

Over two million Las Vegans with no prior major league sports team to call our own have had no choice but to be. And while we may have had ties to “our teams” all over the country for whatever the reason, no matter the sport, it always felt a bit lonely, didn’t it? We’d find ourselves rooting for a team that those around us either disliked or didn’t care about and, at the end of the day, it would leave us divided. We clearly needed a change but couldn’t have imagined the absolute force that was about to storm our city. Plain and simple, Las Vegas had never before experienced anything quite like the Vegas Golden Knights. 

Our Golden Knights in Shining Armor

It was such an unexpected match. An ice hockey team in the hottest of desert cities. But it worked. With their first game being less than a week after the biggest tragedy our home had ever seen in October 2017, the Knights’ first win was so much more than only a win. And just like that, the people living beside us turned from our neighbors to our family, and the NHL’s newest expansion transformed from just a team to OUR Vegas Golden Knights. Side by side, in disbelief, we watched our team go all the way to the championship, nearly taking the Stanley Cup in their very first season. To us, VGK will always represent unity, perseverance, and most importantly, #vegasstrong. 

 

This team is important to us. Supporting the Knights fortifies our city and its people, and we’re here for it. As the NHL kicks off its regular season, keep the local love strong by heading to Tacos & Beer before or after the game. T&B is a quick ten-minute drive to or from the T-Mobile Arena, and with our extensive drink menus, incredible food, and Happy Hours, you really have no reason to skip it. 

 

Even better, during every VGK game, Tacos & Beer will be offering The Hat Trick Special. Score big with a shot, a beer, and one of our delicious tacos for just $13.33! Talk about a power play.

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EAT. DRINK. HOCKEY. REPEAT.

It’s time to gear up in your best black, red, and gold. The season is here. Whether they’re playing a home game, away game, or aren’t playing at all, come on in and lift a cup in support as we, together, root for our boys to take their own Cup this year. Happy NHL season and forever and always, GO KNIGHTS GO!

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