A few weeks ago, my children and I ventured out to Duette, FL to attend a charity strawberry event at Wish Farms. Located about 60 miles from my home, Duette is a quaint farming community in Manatee County. As we made the drive from South Tampa, we passed through the town of Wimauma and I was delighted to see the vast amount of authentic Mexican taquerias and markets along SR 674. I spotted a small trailer painted with fresh fruit that said “Coctel de Fruta” and just had to stop. It had been awhile since I last enjoyed a Mexican fruit cocktail and had been craving one.
If you are not familiar, an authentic “coctel de fruta” consists of exotic fresh fruits and vegetables that are topped with fresh lime juice, salt and chile. Truly refreshing with a nice kick, it is the perfect treat on a warm day. I used to eat these all the time back home, as I would often get them from street vendors in the Mexican neighborhoods of my hometown. Since moving to Tampa, I have truly missed these and now I all have to do is head to Wimauma. If you have not had one, you do not know what you are missing!
After we finished up at the strawberry farm and were heading back to Tampa, I was enticed by the scent of fresh tacos coming from Los Angeles La Casa del Huarache. I had spotted this small taqueria on the drive up and wanted to stop by on the way back.
A small place with big flavor, Los Angeles La Casa del Huarache offers a great selection of authentic flavors. The scent of delicious comida from the tiny cocina melted my heart. I truly miss living in California and the numerous amount of taquerias that were walking distance from my apartment. I grew up with these flavors and they always remind me of home.
Since I was craving tacos, I ordered one with carne asada (steak) one with carnitas (roasted pork). Topped with fresh cilantro and onions and paired with fresh lime wedges, they were fantastic. Nothing can compare to the simplicity and freshness of authentic tacos.
My son had his first carne asada taco and loved it. In fact, he devoured the first one and asked for seconds. I love introducing him to new flavors.
Our visit was short and sweet but we enjoyed ourselves. It was such a treat to have a taste of Mexico and I felt right at home.