Jul 30, 2013

Posted by Jo W. 7/30/2013
It's blackberry season!!! One of my favorite things about living here are the farms in the nearby agricultural reserve of Montgomery County, MD. I go to a pick-your-own farm for strawberries, blackberries, apples, and pumpkins throughout the spring, summer, and fall. The blackberries are just starting to ripen and the season has not yet peaked, so they were mostly red and unripe, still. I picked about 1.5 pounds of 'em and ate about 2 pounds. 

 They look so irresistible, I couldn't stop eating them! The really soft, ripe ones were so sweet, but I ate as many sour, not-too-ripe ones as well.

Most are still red and white-ish. Gotta come back later in the season.

I am planning on making blackberry scones, but I am so full right now, I can't think about making food, let alone look at it. 

After blackberry picking, I went to another farm market to get some heirloom tomatoes, a dozen ears of corn, and cheese. The cheddar cheese is amazing. The flavor is really strong and sharp.I also got some banana peppers, which I'll probably toss in a salad. Pretty good haul of produce, and directly from the farm, too :)

For lunch, my friends and I decided to go to this little hole in the wall taco shop. I heard good things about this place and have been meaning to go for years, but I didn't for some reason. It's not even that far from my house. It's in an unassuming corner, just outside of a posh shopping and restaurant area, located inside a gas station/liquor store/taco bar. 

Since it was my first time, I had no idea how large the tacos were and ordered two. One pastor (pork and pineapple) and one lengua (tongue).

As you can see, their tacos are overstuffed with meat. They also doubled up on the tortillas, so your tacos can multiply by a factor of two. There was no way I could have picked up a taco as is.

 They had a salsa bar, with hot salsa, pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa, fresh cilantro, both fresh and pickled onions and jalapenos, and a lot more. I loaded my tacos up and dug in. I must say, this place probably can't compare to the many taco places in Mexico and California, but for my area, these tacos are quite good and very reasonably priced. There is a lack of taco places here, and Mexican restaurants sell them at well over $3 for a dinky taco. Although this place wasn't knock-your-socks-off amazing, for the price, it's an absolute amazing deal. Tacos are only $2.69 (lengua is $3.10), and one taco is enough for me for lunch. That's a $2.69 lunch! I finished my two tacos today, but it was wayyyy too much food and I am wayyy stuffed.

I am coming back here. Maybe on Sunday, after my half marathon ;)


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