How Do I Find Tacos Near Me?

We get it, sometimes you’re  starving and you just want TACOS! But where do you look? How do you find the best tacos, or any tacos? Don’t panic. The next time you find yourself wondering “how do i find tacos near me?”, you’ll remember these tips.

Check Google

Do you ever wonder what people did before google? If you’re looking for something you can pretty much always find it there. Google my business also has handy reviews so you can see not only tacos near you, but you can also find the best ones.

Delivery Apps

Delivery apps like Postmates, Grubhub and Uber Eats have really changed the landscape of dinning. Many people are opting to eat their restaurant food at home instead of dinning out. So if you’re not in the mood to leave your house. Use this tool to find your tacos and have them delivered right to your doorstep.

Ask Your Friends

Depending on what kind of friends you have they might have some legit suggestions for finding the nearest Mexican joints. However, if your friends aren’t foodies, you could always use the recommendations tool on FaceBook and get input from all your digital friends.

Check Yelp

While you have to take yelp reviews with a grain of salt, their map tool can be pretty handy for locating restaurants near you. It’s easy to zoom in on your area and see exactly what’s open while you’re searching.

 

So, which tool do you used when finding food near you? Is it one of these or did we leave one out? Let us know in the comments. We wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on delicious options just because they didn’t know how to find them. Don’t forget when searching for tacos they always pair best with craft beer or margaritas.

 

Do you know the optimal temperature to drink beer?

When it comes to beer , you may think that colder is better. Especially if you’re dreaming of sipping that Corona on a beach in Mexico. But, colder isn’t always better when it comes to all styles of beer. Just like fine wines are served at different temps, beer should be considered the same way. So, how do you know the optimal temperature to drink beer? Well, we’re laying out a guideline just for you. You don’t want to be the awkward person drinking their imperial stout at 40 degrees, that would be so embarrassing, right?

In the end, you have to take everything with a grain of salt. Some people just like red wine cold or ice cubes in their rose. The same can be said for beer.  It might be frowned to drink a lager at 60 degrees, but hey if you like it, you do you.

Here are the preferred temps by beer:

35–40°F (2–4°C):

Mass market light lagers like Coors and Budweiser. These beers have a low ABV and won’t produce more flavor if left to get a little warm. Many microbrewers and warm beer enthusiasts point to the so-called “macrobrews” for continuing the “ice cold” beer trend. Unlike with the higher alcohol and flavor content of microbrews and many European beers, many traditional American beers are improved by these cold temperatures.

 

40–45°F (4–7°C):

Czech and German Pilsners, Munich Helles, wheat beers, and Kölsch. Again, The colder the beer, the less carbonation is released; the less carbonation that’s released, the less aroma the beer gives off. These styles of beers aren’t bursting with flavor so they can be served at a slightly warmer temperature, but still chilled.

 

45–50°F (7–10°C):

IPAs, American pale ales, porters, and most stouts.The worst thing that can happen to a New England IPA is to serve it anywhere below 38 degrees, which is a common serving temperature,” says Eric Bachli, chief product officer at Sixpoint Brewery, previously at the helm as head brewer at Trillium. “If you serve it below that, you really diminish and lose out on the flavor potential for that beer.”

 

50–55°F (10–13°C):

Belgian ales, sour ales, Bocks, English bitters and milds, Scottish ales. These brewers tend to brew with different types of yeast they generally come out more full bodied. Regarding sours because there are so many varities, there isn’t really a set temperature to drink them all.

 

55–60°F (13–16°C):

Barleywines, imperial stouts, Belgian strong ales, and Doppelbocks. This temperature is considered “cellar temperature” and is best for the highest ABV and full bodied beers. A warmer temperature allows all of the flavors and notes to unlock.

 

Keep in mind these are just guides, most restaurants don’t have separate refrigerators for all their beers. And most people don’t show up to dinner or drinks armed with a thermometer. So if you want to try certain beers a little warmer, just let them sit for a few minutes after ordering. That is,  if you can wait. Now,  what is your optimal temperature to drink beer? Let us know your opinion in the comments.

 

The Art of the Beer- Beer Labels Are Becoming True Masterpieces

If you know anything about craft beer you probably already know that the art on the front is almost as important as the beer inside. Many craft beer companies seek out artists to create one of a kind labels that perfectly describe each beer. Did you know there’s even a podcast that features beer artists?

Although it seems unclear who started the trend, we know that beer labels are getting more and more detailed and have become masterpieces in their own right. So, here we’ve showcased a few breweries that are doing everything right when it comes to the art of the beer movement.

 

Mikkeller- Artist Keith Shore

“It’s just myself and our designer Ben Kopp working in my small backyard studio… there is never a slow day — we are always wildly busy with crazy projects. But this is no complaint — I love the Mikkeller universe and feel very lucky to draw these characters every day. We have worked on countless collaborations with inspiring musicians, chefs, filmmakers, clothing designers, airlines… and all in the name of beer.” Keith Shore

Fat Orange Cat Brewing Co. – Artists Leslie Herman

Leslie Herman is a Richmond, VA based illustrator and part-time adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. Leslie’s editorial clients include The New Yorker, New York Times, Huffington Post and Wall Street Journal. His album cover and concert poster illustrations include the bands Mike Gordon, Phish, The Southern Belles and Spoon.

Hoof Hearted Brewing Co. – Thom Lessner

Thom Lessner is a self taught artist who’s been working in Philadelphia since 1999. He’s had solo shows across the country at places like THIS (Los Angeles), Guerrero Gallery (San Francisco) and Spector Gallery (Philadelphia). His work has been featured in Thrasher, Vice, Revolver, Swindle, Spin, Rolling Stone, Disillusion, Dazed and Confused, XLR8R, Anthem, Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia Daily News, and The Metro.

Do you have a favorite beer label artist? If so, drop their name in the comments. Or maybe you hadn’t even thought about the label art before. If that’s the case, you might be looking at beer with a whole new set of “beer goggles” now. Of course, just like any art, it’s all subjective and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. No matter what style you prefer, you better get drinking because there is a whole new gallery of tiny canvases to explore.

Best Beer Apps Every Beer Lover Should Download

So you think you love beer? But, do you love it enough to download multiple apps that take your beer experience to the next level? If yes, than you need to check out these smartphone apps. How did people even know which beer to drink before these existed, so barbaric.

 

Untappd- Discover Beer

This app allows you to check in, rate beers, explore popular bars and so much more. The more you drink, the more badges you can earn. Local bars update their beer menus and events on the app too. This app is a beer drinkers paradise.

Warning: you may get addicted to trying as many new beers as you can in an effort to earn more badges.

 

Craft Beer Community

This is a relatively new app but it’s pretty cool. While it has a lot of the same features like locator and event listings, it also has a unique feature. This app allows you to join “beer clubs” at local restaurants and earn free beer. Yes, you read that right, FREE BEER! When you buy a beer at a participating restaurant you scan a QR code and then you get a digital stamp. After 9 stamps you get a freebie. Different restaurants have different rules so be sure to check them. Also, this app is only in a few cities so far like Las Vegas and San Diego. Look for it to expand to a city near you soon.

 

Brewery Passport- Craft Beer

Brewery Passport is your mobile beer concierge for discovering local beers and breweries — more than 8,000 across the U.S. & Canada. Stamp your passport at each location, then record tasting notes about your experiences. Even connect with friends and family to share those memories.
Brewery Passport also features the ability to store beers tasted in a personalized beer journal and find local beer events. Brewery Passport is the beer industry’s most downloaded mobile app for brewery tourism. The bad news is you can only get it on apple, sorry android users.

 

Did you download them all yet. There are definitely more we could get into to, but we thought we’d start you off slow. Let us know how you like these three or drop us a comment and tell us about your best beer apps. You know we’re all about everything BEER.

9 Reasons Avocados are The Coolest Fruit

Avocados are a pretty versatile little fruit. And yes they are a fruit, even though you might not think of them as one. They are actually considered a single seeded berry.  Not only are they super yummy to eat, they can also be used for a variety of other things. So today we’re breaking down why avocados are the coolest fruit on earth.

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one serving (one-fifth of an avocado, approximately 40 grams) contains:

  • 64 calories
  • almost 6 grams of fat
  • 3.4 grams of carbohydrate
  • less than a gram of sugar
  • almost 3 grams of fiber

Avocados are a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium. They also provide lutein, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids.

 

 

1. They can make a great  Foot Scrub

Get rid of rough and callused feet with an avocado foot scrub. Take out the pit and let it dry for a couple of days. Once dry, grind it up until it is small and gritty. Scoop out half the avocado and mash it with a little cornmeal. Then add the pit powder and sea salt as an exfoliator. Use a foot basin to massage the mixture on your feet and toes, and rinse with warm water when you are done.

2. They can make Paleo and Vegan Frosting

You can use avocados to jazz up your favorite desserts. In a food processor, mix together a ripe avocado, cocoa powder, and some maple syrup. If you’d like, stir in some chocolate chips for an extra dose of chocolate. Spread the frosting on cakes or brownies for a creamy finish.

 

3. They can make Eye and Facial Skin Therapy

Avocados are packed with nutrients, such as vitamin E and A, B-vitamins, folic acid, and potassium, which are enriching to the sensitive area surrounding your eyes and face. Vitamin A helps to remove dead skin cells from the body and the amino acid glutamine helps to clean and protect the skin from environmental damage. Mash an avocado until smooth and apply it around your eyes and face. Allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a towel.

4. They can be a Butter Substitute

Replace ½ the butter in any baked recipe with the same measurement of avocado. The result will be lower in calories and yield a softer and chewier result. If you want to replace all the butter in a baked recipe, the ration of avocado to butter is 1:1, but you have to reduce the oven temperature by 25 percent and increase baking time — this prevents the baked good from rising in the middle and then sinking after it’s removed from the oven.

5. Why not make avocado Soap?

You can make your own natural soaps at home without leaving your skin covered in residue. Melt avocado purée, water, coconut oil, olive oil, and lye (be careful while handling lye, otherwise known as sodium hydroxide) in a slow cooker or on the stovetop. Add a couple drops of essential oil such as lavender or peppermint oil. Pour into a mold and let the soap harden for a few weeks. The soap creates a creamy lather that is safe for sensitive skin.

 

6. They Makes Avocado Toast

Maybe the simplest, yet greatest invention ever is avocado toast. You can spruce it up by adding hummus, cream cheese or nuts on top. There has been a lot of hype about millennials claiming the high priced avocado toasts as theirs. But, even if you’re not a hipster in your 20’s you can still enjoy the health and taste benefits of avocado toast.

 

7. You can try Avocado Ice Cream

Super healthy and tastes amazing! If you like avocados, this is a must try recipe! All you need to make it is 2 avocados, honey, milk, sea salt, and lime.

 

8. They Make Creative Alcoholic Drinks

Unwind with a couple friends on a sunny day with a fun avocado daiquiri. In a blender, combine fresh lemon juice, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, puréed avocado and ice. For a kick, add as much of your favorite rum as you’d like (just don’t go overboard). Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

 

9. You can Improve your mane with a Hair Mask

To treat dry or lifeless hair, mash 1 avocado with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Massage into your scalp and hair, making sure the use your fingers to brush through hair strands, from the scalp to the ends. Tuck hair into a shower cap and allow to sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and then shampoo and condition hair as usual.

 

So, now that you’ve learned a few things. How do you use your avocados?

 

Hard Hats & Tacos, a Perfect Pairing- We Support Education in Las Vegas

When it comes to giving back to the community, we’ve always been honored to help when we can. We’re passionate about a lot of issues, especially education. When we were approached about donating food to the Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory event we were excited to give.

The Hard Hat Tours, Tacos and More event will be held at the future site of the school at 2880 Van Der Meer St, North Las Vegas on Saturday March 11th at 11AM. Attendees will get to see the school site and enjoy some of our artisan tacos.

Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory is a Catholic learning community that educates young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service. Through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, students graduate ready to succeed in college and in life.

Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory will be a part of the largest network of high schools in the country that exclusively serve students of limited economic means.  As a part of the Cristo Rey Network of 35 schools across the country, Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory will adhere to a set of Mission Effectiveness Standards.

Some Highlights about the New School:

  • Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory, will open in August 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • We are planning to open with a freshman class of 125, and then add 125 each year moving forward.
  • CRSV will be part of the Cristo Rey Network, which currently comprises 35 college prep high schools across the country, CRSV will be # 37.
  • Cristo Rey model is unique in that, it not only provides a rigorous college prep education, but we also have a unique corporate work study program, which provides each student real-world work experience.
  • All Cristo Rey High Schools specific serve the “under-served” communities in their cities and we look forward to providing some Southern Nevada families, and education opportunity that they have never had previously. 
  • The Clerics of St. Viator, the original operator of Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, is the owner and operator of CRSV.
  • The new school facility is currently under construction on North Las Vegas Boulevard and Van Der Meer St., just around the corner from CSN Cheyenne Campus.
  • For additional info visit their website

So put your hard hats on, come enjoy tacos and support education in Las Vegas. It can never be a bad day when tacos are involved!

TACOS AND BEER IS SERIOUS ABOUT THEIR FOOD AND DRINKS, FEATURING 20 ROTATING BEERS ON DRAFT AND SEVERAL DOZEN AVAILABLE IN BOTTLES. FIND A NEW HANGOUT AND JOIN IN THE TNB FAMILY.

Vegan Beer Fest Las Vegas

 

Vegan Fest Las Vegas

Some of the biggest cities in the country have their own vegan beer fest. But Las Vegas ,which is known for being one the most most vegan friendly cities in the US, doesn’t have one. That is until now. We’re teaming up with Tacotarian to bring you Las Vegas’ first annual Vegan Tacos and Beer Fest.

The festival will take place in our parking lot at 3900 Paradise Rd. just a few blocks from the las vegas strip. VIP entry starts at noon and general admission at 1PM. So, are you wondering what goes on at a vegan tacos and beer fest? We will break it down for you. But if you want to stay up to date on the latest additions to the event be sure to see our Facebook event page.

What’s Included

VIP ticket holders will get: 

  • 5oz Beer Tasting Glass
  • Event T-shirt
  • 3 Free Tacos
  • Early Entrance
  • Tastings of 100+ beers

General Admission ticket holders will get:

  • 5oz Beer Tasting Glass
  • Tasting of 100+ beers

Attendees can expect to sample nearly 100 different beers from more than 25 breweries. Some of the beers showcased will be hard to get beers from out of state brewers. Local Brewers like CraftHaus and Able Baker will be showcasing their finest vegan beers as well. 

Vegan Foodies Welcome

Food will be available for purchase and will include a stellar plant- based line up of tacos, snacks, desserts and more created by Tacos and Beer and Tacotarian. We will be serving some regular menu items from both Tacos and Beer and Tacotarian, but we will also have eats created specifically for the event. Nourish Creamery will be creating a special beer float made from their almond/coconut milk ice creams.

Local Beer Celebrities Chris Jacobs & Dusty McPherson of Beer Zombies will have a booth with their swag so guests don’t have to leave empty handed. Both restaurants will also have branded swag on hand. 

 

Other highlights include, photo ops, music and additional vendors. Make sure you get your tickets before they sell out. We only have a limited amount of space for this event.

Dating in Las Vegas – March Madness with Bumble

 

March Madness Las Vegas with Bumble Dating App

DATING IN LAS VEGAS

Do you want to enjoy March Madness in Las Vegas, but don’t have anyone to watch it with? Or maybe you’ve tried some dating apps but haven’t had any luck meeting the right person. Enter Bumble. We’re teaming up with the popular dating app to create a happy hour gathering where users can meet other users in person while enjoying the game.  Dating in Las Vegas just got a little easier.

The Event will be held on March 23rd from 1-4 PM. Attendees can mingle in our lounge and meet other singles while watching the game. Anyone who swipes twice on a bumble user and shows their app will get a free BUMBLE BUZZ cocktail. We will also have happy hour specials and free chips and salsa. Even if you don’t make a connection that day, your first true love TACOS will always be there for you.

What’s the Buzz About?

Our signature event cocktail the ‘Bumble Buzz’ will be available throughout the event. It has tequila, raw sugar, snow ice, lime
and a beer float. Don’t forget all attendees get one free when they swipe right and show their app.

What is Bumble?

Bumble is a social network that allows you to feel empowered while you make those connections, whether you’re dating, looking for friends, or growing your professional network. One first move on Bumble could change your life.

When members of the opposite sex match on Bumble, women are required to make the first move, shifting old-fashioned power dynamics and encouraging equality from the start.

Meeting people can be hard. Whether you’re looking for love, friendship or some other kind of companionship, having an event to meet up can make it easier. Aside from free chips & salsa, guac and the bumble buzz cocktail, Bumble will be giving out tons of SWAG. Make sure you RSVP.

Lucky Charms IPA-All your Saturday Morning Memories in a Can

 

Saturday Morning Memories Now in a Can with New Lucky Charms IPA

Do you ever sit and reminisce about the days of watching Saturday morning cartoons in your ninja turtles pajamas while eating your favorite cereal? Well, Smartmouth brewing company aims to bring back those warm and fuzzies with their new limited release Lucky Charms flavored IPA.

“Saturday Morning” is a 6.6% ABV IPA brewed in house toasted marshmallows and bulk dehydrated-marshmallow bits. It has been hoppped and dry-hopped with Galaxy and Calypso hops. The nose is sweet and citrus, with orange and pear aromas. The result is “magically, ridiculous” says the brewery.

We hate to kill your dreams of spending the weekend sipping lucky charms in liquid form, but this beer will only be available in limited release. And by limited we mean only available in their brewery in Norfolk, VA on Saturday March 2nd.  Then a limited amount of cans will be distributed to local restaurants and bars.

To celebrate the release they are having a full day of Saturday Morning activities including the beer release, pizza truck, tower of games, local heroes comic book stand, cosplay, nerd trivia and live music. Sounds like a pretty epic Saturday to us.

So, what do you think? Would you hop on a flight to VA to get your hands on this new beer filled with all your childhood memories? It may be magically ridiculous or it could be magically delicious.  Since we don’t know anyone who has tried it, the jury is still out. But, if you can get your hands on it you might be the envy of all your beer loving friends.

Some of Smartmouth’s other beers include alter ego saison, murphy’s Law amber,  game on IPA and notch 9 double IPA.