In this episode, we are tasting almost every taco Brownsville, TX has to offer. This small city is 4-5 hours from Austin, San Antonio and Houston, and has recently been making headlines. Interestingly, Brownsville is near the headquarters for the new Space X corporation headed by Elon Musk. But we did not go for rockets and space. We went for tacos.
We realized the taco scene in Brownsville is intense and our exploration did not disappoint. This place is a taco haven. He visits a tortilla factory with owner Camilo Carranca, to see how they are made. This magical factory creates some of the most incredible tortillas that do not fall apart.
The restaurant scene
The restaurant La Vaquita is the next stop with owner Miguel Chavez. Here, Misha works to build a giant meat skewer, eats multiple types of tacos and makes a mess dropping tacos in the kitchen.
At Vera’s Backyard BBQ Misha gets a real experience with Mando and Adila Vera, the owners of the restaurant. He shows Misha the art of cooking a full cow’s head for traditional Barbacoa. During this time, they wrap the cow heads in tinfoil and drop them into an extremely hot fire pit. Meanwhile, they bury it with dirt and then take the cow heads out after a full day of cooking.
The Heroes in Brownsville
Next, Misha talks with Andrea Rudnik, who works for Team Brownsville, a group of former educators who help the immigrant population with goods and services that they might need. Their mission is to the be the team who “works to welcome”.