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Lone Star Taco (NYC) Fundraiser

UPDATE 4:00pm:
Thank you! We have more than doubled our goal to send Lonestar Taco out to give away free tacos. They will be going out Sunday, and pending logistics, they may go for a second day, too. The balance of the donations will be donated to funds providing immediate relief in NYC, and if you'd still like to support this effort, please consider donating to one of the pages below. I'm very excited about how the Boston food community and friends from around the country came together to make this possible. Your generosity is amazing.

Other ways to help:
Brooklyn Recovery Fund

I was relieved on Monday when Boston was relatively unscathed by Hurricane Sandy, but that relief was tempered Monday evening when reports started coming out of the destruction in New York City. Things are going to be hard there for weeks and months. I've been heartened by stories of people stepping up and helping their neighbors and strangers, offering something as simple as a plug to charge a cell phone. On Thursday morning, I saw that some friends of friends, Lonestar Taco from NYC were headed out to make tacos for people in lower Manhattan, an area especially hard hit by Sandy. They've got a stall at the New Amsterdam Market and wanted to help in their neighborhood. It seemed extremely generous of them, and I couldn't stop thinking about it. Later in the afternoon, I wondered if the Boston food community could do something to help Lone Star feed more people. A few hours later, I was talking to Tracie from Lonestar on the phone and asking if they'd be willing to go out again if Boston could pay for it. And here we are, so Boston food lovers, it is time to step up. (Actually, you don't have to be from Boston or love food, your generosity is appreciated still.)

-It will cost Lonestar about $525 to set up for the day and give out free tacos again. That's what we're going to raise.
-If we don't get to $525, the money will be donated to the Red Cross.
-If we get more than $525, the money will be donated to the Red Cross (or Lonestar will go out another day).
-Right now, the plan is for Lonestar to go out on Sunday, but a few things need to fall into place for that to work (like us raising the money).

That's it. Let's get some people fed. Kick in a couple bucks, and let's do this together. - Aaron @unlikelywords / @eatboston

Here's a note from Tracie and Wayne of Lonestar Taco talking about why they went out Thursday in the first place.

After the past few days of being stuck inside listening to the radio, Wayne and I felt that we needed to do something. We decided that the best thing we could do is use our skills and help feed people, so yesterday we set up in front of New Amsterdam Market's offices. The seaport is devastated - I could see the water mark on the buildings and in some places it was above my head. Businesses and homes have been destroyed, people were very focused on cleaning up but they seemed exhausted and dazed. We were glad that we were able to give a bit of a respite from the horrible situation by providing some hot food. The market this weekend is canceled, so instead, we're raising funds so that we can feed more people in need on Sunday.

The history of the taco

This is the third 'history of the taco' article I've blogged about in 3 or 4 months, and believe me, I'm not complaining. (If any magazine is interested, I'm willing to write the definitive history of the burrito, because there doesn't seem to be much out there.) Jeffrey Pilcher goes long on tacos in Guernica Magazine.

The Spanish word “taco,” like the English “tack,” is common to most Romantic and Germanic languages. The first known reference, from 1607, appeared in French and signified a cloth plug used to hold in place the ball of an arquebus, an early firearm. Eighteenth-century Spanish dictionaries also defined “taco” as a ramrod, a billiard cue, a carpenter’s hammer, and a gulp of wine—a combination recalling the English colloquialism, a “shot” of liquor. Only in the mid-nineteenth century did the Spanish Royal Academy expand the meaning to encompass a snack of food. The specific Mexican version was not acknowledged until well into the twentieth century. Nor did tacos appear in early Mexican dictionaries, most notably Melchor Ocampo’s vernacular work of 1844, wryly entitled, “Idiotismos Hispano-Mexicanos” (Hispano-Mexican idiocies).

History of Mexican food in the US

Last week, I posted a Smithsonian interview with a Mexican food expert on the history of tacos. Here's a companion article by Gustavo Arellano that is interesting, packed with nuggets of information, but also at times overwritten and needlessly political.

That you have a nation (and increasingly a planet—you can find Mexican restaurants from Ulan Bator to Sydney to Prague) lusting after tequila, guacamole, and tres leches cake isn’t an exercise in culinary neocolonialism but something closer to the opposite. By allowing itself to be endlessly adaptable to local tastes, Mexican food has become a primary vehicle for exporting the culture of a long-ridiculed country to the far corners of the globe. Forget Mexico’s imaginary Reconquista of the American Southwest; the real conquest of North America is a peaceful and consensual affair, taking place one tortilla at a time.