Taquerías Arandas Goes Mainstream

When someone asks me to point them towards good Mexican food, naturally I refer to my mother’s home cooking (being a purist, I hear good and think authentic). However since my mom might not be thrilled to have total strangers come to her door, instead I refer folks to Taquerías Arandas.

While the fare offered at Tex-Mex joints (Pappasito’s et al) delights the palate, I’m afraid that for the most part it is not authentic Mexican food. Well it’s as authentic as Pei Wei is authentic Chinese food.

The reason I bring up my favorite eatery is this: So I’m listening to ESPN 97.5 FM The Ticket, a local sports radio station, and during commercial they went to their sports ticker/update thing. And guess who was the sponsor? Yep that’s right, Taquerías Arandas.

You know that a long-standing stalwart of Houston’s Mexican community has gone mainstream when it is sponsoring stuff on English-speaking radio, not to mention pays for a huge ad inside Reliant Stadium. May I also add, that you know it has gone mainstream when an American friend of mine, who hails from the heartland, decides to try out my favorite thing on the menu (below) and totally digs it.

By the way, these are no ordinary tacos, they’re (wait for it) beef tongue tacos.

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Do We All Owe Merrill Hoge an Apology?

The Vince Young saga has been a hot topic here in Houston sports radio. To be honest, VY has been a topic since the Houston Texans decided not to draft the local product. That decision seems to have been the wise one given the fact that right now, Mario Williams seems to be a better NFL player.

I still think the Texans should have nabbed Young, but I say that as a myopic (literally) and unashamed Longhorn honk (that would have made me an instant Texans fan, to this day I refuse to drink the battle red Kool-Aid).

Right now, not only does VY not look like an NFL quarterback on the field, he is beginning to carry that off the field (he’s acting like a wide receiver there but that’s another topic).

It’s not a good sign when a grown man’s mom basically tells the media to back off her “baby boy” and starts throwing words around like “persecute”.

Heck, I’m waiting for Coach Fisher to go off on a Gundyian rant (“Come after me, I’m a man, I’m 50!”) Fisher would first put on a tutu and try out for the Kirov Ballet before doing that.

Lost in all this, has anyone asked a seemingly prophetic Merrill Hoge (below) about Vince Young lately? Remember Hoge took some major heat (especially from this knucklehead) during Young’s first NFL season for speaking disparagingly about Vince’s NFL potential.

“I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so”

[Insert joke about Titans hiding quarterbacks here]

Also lost in all this, is the inability of former stud offensive Longhorns football players (Ricky Williams, Cedric Benson, Kwame Cavil and now VY) to adjust to NFL life.

Is Mack a better master coddler than master recruiter? Hey, speaking of former Longhorns, how about LSU-killer Chris Simms and VY on the same team? What? They couldn’t give noted Red Raider Slayer Chance Mock a shot?