It’s A Farmer’s Market Menu-athalon

The HyVee Triathalon is happening this weekend, on Sunday to be exact.  We are celebrating by doing this whole taco thing this week in the name of running, swimming, and (mostly) biking. I have a good personal friend, world famous Ironman Triathlete Kale Halder, who swears by our tacos for his training and recovery meals while on the pain train (aka training for Ironman and/or road racing).  If Kale Halder performs better with the help of Tacopocalypse, so can you…or you could be an even better spectator!

This guy trains with Tacopocalypse. Fact.

(Kale Halder’s image, name, and skewed quote used completely without permission, but Kale, ir you see this, I will hook you up with a few free tacos…yeah?)

menu Menu MENU!

  • BRAISED PORK
  • BACON CHORIZO
  • KOREAN CHICKEN
  • WASABI BRISKET
  • VEGAN CHORIZO
  • POBALAMMMMO POTATO!

WE HAVE TACOS, BREAKFAST THINGS, SIDES OF POBLAMMMO POTATOES, AND A WHOLE BUNCH OF LOVE FOR ATHLETES WHO PUSH THEMSELVES TO THE LIMIT AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE TO WATCH AND SUPPORT THEM.  THIS YEAR IN PREPARATION FOR THE HY VEE TRI, COME DOWN TO 2ND AND COURT AVE FOR SOME KALE HALDER APPROVED TRIATHLON GRUBBING.   7 AM TO NOON.

SEE YOU THEN.

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Downtown Mini Market Tomorrow!

Taco Lovers, Produce Lovers, all people who love the combination of Cleverley Farms and Tacopocalypse!  Tomorrow is a great day for you all!  Larry Cleverley and I will be hosting a ‘Mini-Market” pop-up thing in front of the Royal Mile on historic 4th street in Downtown Des Moines from 10 am to 2 pm Saturday.  You can get some great produce straight from your favorite farmer’s hands and the Tacopocalypse goodness you have grown to love (tacos AND Breakfast Things, AND our new Market Potatoes!), which will also include some of Larry’s amazing produce.  It’s going to be a real Champagne Jam!

Obligatory David Lee Roth Pic Means Business. Party Business.

Also, those of you who were wondering if we were still participating due to our exclusion from the wonderful Des Moines Register’s announcement.  We are definitely in, even though the Curmudgeon Formerly Known As The Datebook Diner chose to “overlook” us.

So…Join Tacopocalypse and Cleverley Farms for some wild Saturday fun.  10-2, 4th Street. DSM

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Saturday Mini Market This Week!

This coming Saturday, April 14th, we will once again be joining forces with our good friends Cleverley Farms to bring you a dose of the fresh produce and tacos team-up that you all grew to love last year (our first year together, you have been liking Cleverley Farms for much much longer) at the Downtown Farmers Market!  Join us in front of the Royal Mile on 4th Street in downtown Des Moines from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday and get your taco and Breakfast Thing fix, and buy some amazing produce directly from the man who grows it all. Menu details to follow…

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Brunchpocalypse II – The Menu-ing

Taco lovers. Taco lovers. BRUNCH lovers. THIS COMING SUNDAY, AS YOU MAY WELL KNOW, IS THE SECOND INSTALMENT OF BRUNCHPOCALYPSE.  THIS IS THE MENU:

BRUNCHPOCALYPSE MENU FOR APRIL 8, 2012

BREAKFAST THING:

THING 1: Two corn tortillas enveloping melted Chihuahua cheese topped with your choice of taco fillings,

lightly scrambled cage free local eggs, Adobo crema, another layer of cheese, and our signature vinegar/cabbage slaw.

THING 2: A griddled double corn tortilla and Chihuahua cheese“usul” topped with Cleverley Farms Spinach,

Roasted Poblano-Yukon Gold Hash, Scrambled Cage Free Local Eggs, a second layer of cheese, and our signature slaw.

TACOS:

All tacos are served on hand made corn tortillas and topped with our signature slaw.  And are awesome.

BRAISED PORK

BACON CHORIZO

ROASTED POBLANO/YUKON GOLD POTATO W/ ADOBO CREMA AND SPICY SLAW

VEGAN CHORIZO

KOREAN CHICKEN W/SRIRACHA MAYO AND SPICY SLAW

GINGERED BRISKET W/WASABI CREMA (WASABI BRISKET)

SIDES/TOPPINGS

CUMIN ROASTED POTATOES W/ POBLANO PEPPERS AND ONIONS

TOMATILLO/HABENERO SALSA

SALSA ROJA

FRESH ONIONS, CILANTRO, JALAPENOS

DRINKS:

MIMOSAPOCALYPSE

BLOODY MARY

DOMESTIC BEER SPECIALS


There, does that menu look and read “brunchy” enough?  We will see you on Sunday, we will be there from 11 to 3, what time will you be arriving?

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WE ARE OFFICIALLY IN THE FARMERS MARKET!

The Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market is one of the largest in the nation, and being included last year was quite a treat (among many other things) “it was the best of times, it was also the almost best of times.” The process of applying and waiting for approval for this year’s market is finally over and TACOPOCALYPSE will be back for another 26 weeks of Saturday Morning Funtimes starting May 5th!  Back with the Breakfast Things and all the tacos you have grown to expect along with some new additions like Poblano/Potato tacos and a few other more breakfast related ingredients.  It’s going to be a blast, and we are still on the same corner (although a few feet away from where we were last year).

It's time to get ready for this!

ARE YOU READY FOR THE MADNESS?  ARE YOU READY TO PUT DOWN THE BURRITOS AND PAPUSAS LONG ENOUGH TO GET WITH THE TACOPOCALYPSE PROGRAM?  BECAUSE IF YOU HAVEN’T THEN YOU ARE MISSING OUT/IN THE DARK/JUST PLAIN WRONG!  GET RIGHT WITH TACOS!

CAPS-LOCKEDLY YOURS,

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Tacopocalypse/Aj’s Sunday Funday Brunchpocalypse Menu!

Taco and Brunch lovers, prepare for this Sunday when your two favorite things are driven full force at each other in a crazy game of “Chicken” resulting in a wicked crashing together of terms which will end up forming into ONE TERM which will be standing on the side of the road thumbing for a ride into your bellies.  BRUNCHPOCALYPSE is upon us….er…you?

(Translation: we are serving brunch this coming Sunday at AJ’s On East Court at E 4th and Court Avenue.  Aj’s has been kind enough to host a brunch event so that you, the taco and Sunday funday lovers out there enjoy both.  This is our first brunch, and if you all like it this time, it will most likely become a regular event.  You dig?)

The beer cooler at AJ's, they serve 80+ flavors of beer, including the Chef's Choice, PBR Talls.

I have been meaning to get a menu posted for this weekend, but have been running into snag after snag.  Today is no different.  We had a little incident of Van-dalism which has caused a few problems today, but here is the basic “gist” of what will be served up on Sunday:

AJ’s will be serving up killer Bloody Mary and Mimosas (I have heard that they are going to be XXL) and have a $1.50 domestic bottle special that is going all day.  That means during brunch also.

Tacopocalypse tacos served on hand-made corn tortillas and topped with our signature slaw flavors include:

  • Braised Pork – our take on the classic carnitas.  We have been told it is “waaaaay better” than carnitas.
  • Vegan Chorizo – Tacopocalypse Vegan Chorizo is very traditional-tasting blend of soy, spices, and vegetables.  But “waaaay better”
  • Wasabi Brisket – I had some other ideas, but the WB is so popular that I was practically threatened into serving it at brunch.
  • Spiced Tofu Scramble – Get your tofu scramble from the guy who was the first to put tofu scramble on Des Moines menus.  Still the best.  
  • Bacon Chorizo – It’s a morning thing, so we were like “duh, bacon chorizo”  I know, good description.  Chorizo made from only bacon.
  • Korean Chicken – with spicy mayo and kimchi….um…yummm.
  • Potato and Pepper – cumin dusted roast potatoes with peppers and onions….maybe even get some egg up on there…

AND WE WILL BE SERVING THE BREAKFAST THING!  Two corn tortillas sandwiched around melted Chihuahua cheese topped with eggs, more cheese, your choice of taco toppings, and slaw!  I was once told by a person after trying their first BREAKFAST THING “why didn’t you make me eat one of these before?  Dammit!” and hit me on the arm.  I guess that means it is good. er.

Vegan chorizo Breakfast Thing

We have also promised a few new items, but we are going to be leaving that for a Saturday announcement.  The details have not been worked out quite yet due to…things.  (like fixing slashed tires)

Brunchpocalypse

Sunday, March 11.  11am to 3pm

AJ’s On East Court, 419 East Court Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50309

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Brunchpocolypse Is Go! Sunday Funday Excellence!

Here is our big announ….wait.

Brunchpocolypse Invasion Imminent

We are proud to announce our big announcement: Brunchpocolypse is go!  Join us on Sunday, March 11th for an event so huge that it will be considered by many to be the “Huge Huged Around The Huge.”  Others will just consider it to be a great chance to enjoy more Tacopocalypse in their lives.  Here are the “deets”

Tacopocalypse “Brunchpocalypse”

Sunday, March 11th from 11 am to 3 pm

AJ’s On Court

419 East Court Avenue

We will be serving up the tacos, Breakfast Things, and a few other breakfast items, and AJ’s will be serving up apocalyptic sized Bloody Marys, Mimosas and $1.50 domestic bottles (and PBR).  It’s going to be a blast!

We will be unveiling the menu later on this week, stay tuned for details.

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Taco/Cross Saturday Tomorrow!

Taco Lovers,  Tomorrow we will be joining forces with Zealous Racing at the Iowa State Cyclocross Championships being held at Lions Park in Altoona, Iowa (13th Ave and 4th St. SW).  You will have the chance to see some of the best of the best Cyclocross racers and eat the best tacos the state of Iowa has to offer.

We will be on site serving tacos starting between 9:30-10:00 am, and the first race starts at 11.  Wait?  Some of you out there don’t know anything about cyclocross?  Here is a quick video to show you what happens at these exciting events:

Racing:

Eating tacos:

Okay, it isn’t going to be brutally muddy at the race tomorrow, but you get the idea.

What is on the menu?  We will have Vegan Chorizo, Bacon Chorizo, Braised Pork, and Wasabi Brisket!  We will also be serving the BREAKFAST THING, that killer of burritos and slayer of morning/afternoon/whenever-you-happen-to-eat-yours hunger.  We will have along our legendary Slaw, our Red and Green salsas, and the other fresh veggie acoutremandes you have become accustom to, all served on our hand pressed fresh corn tortillas. Also of note, all of our selections are Gluten Free.

We will see you tomorrow at Lions Park in Altoona!  Serving until 2 or later…

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Something Wasabi This Way Comes

Taco Likers, even though there are only two more DTFM’s left in the season, we are still hard at work on new items.  It’s not as if the Tacopocalypse will completely stop rolling after the end of this month, but the bulk of our new face sighting comes during the Market and we try to keep things as fresh and new as possible for the tens of thousands that roll through on a weekly basis.  Or something like that.

Our Fall Brisket taco has been quite a hit the last two weeks, but something different popped from taste buds to brain the other day when dining at a local establishment.  WHY HAVEN’T OUR TACOS FEATURED SOME KIND OF WASABI PASTE THING?  After spending some time as a sushi person, wasabi lost a little of its lustre, but it is time to bring it back.  This week we have a new taco, a Gingered Brisket with Wasabi Crema and Pickled Daikon.  We have tried a few, and you should be warned that this new taco is pretty addictive.  But what else do we have for tomorrow?  Here it is:

Next-To-Last DTFM Menu

  • Braised Pork

  • Vegan Chorizo

  • Korean Chicken w/Kimchee

  • Bacon Chorizo

  • Gingered Brisket w/Wasabi Crema and Pickled Daikon

  • Tofu Scramble

We will also have on hand some cumin spiced Breakfast Potatoes that can be added to your Breakfast Thing for a small upcharge.  These were a big hit at last week’s Des Moines Marathon, and we are sorry that we have been so anti-tater up until this point.  If our friend Jarad is lucky, we may even fry up some peppers for the potatoes.

We will see you tomorrow, and remember to dress warm.  It’s going to start off a little chilly, but we have the food goods to warm you up. (and the first people to dine with us at the market will be treated to complimentary coffee this week.  Offer good until the coffee is gone! This coffee deal is out of our appreciation for those of you who rise early and brave the cold with us to share in some taco goodness, and also to justify Chef Sam’s purchase of what was going to end up being his own personal air pot.)

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It’s The First (Tacopocalypse) Of The Month…

October 1 is World Vegetarian Day, the day that kicks off Vegetarian Awareness Month and in its observance we here at Tacopocalypse will have another vegan taco for you to Like.  Chef Sam’s famed Tofu Scramble will be served at the #DTFM in taco form (of course).  We will also have another new taco (oh, there’s one more new taco, see the menu) in the form of the very non-vegetarian Chicken Picadillo.  Let’s see what else is going on….

Menu For #DTFM, October 1

  • Breakfast Thing!  Eggs, Tortillas, Chihauhau Cheese, MORE CHEESE, Your choice of taco fillings, and topped with Tacopocalypse Slaw!  It is an experience you will never forget.  Ask for it by name, BREAKFAST THING.

  • Tofu Scramble- NEW – Marinated tofu, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and some other fresh veggies we will acq0uire at the market in the morning all sauteed together with our special Scramble Spice mix.  Served on our hand pressed corn tortillas and topped with slaw.  Totally Vegetarian, Totally Awesome.

  • Vegan Chorizo – Chorizo. But Vegan. How? Easy. Eat it and enjoy!

  • Chicken Picadillo – NEW -Chicken cooked in a sauce of herbs, garlic, and spices then pulled apart and put into YET ANOTHER SAUCE of roasted ancho peppers, more herbs, more spices.  Totally Legit.  Our second ever chicken taco, and surprisingly something traditional.

  • Braised Pork – Yes, this is the stuff that makes traditional Carnitas hide its head like an ostrich.  It’s that good.

  • Chorizo Verde – The “fresh garden flavor” of our Verde is becoming the next Tacopocalypse classic.

  • Italian Pork – NEW – we ran a test of this stuff on Taco Tuesday to great success.  This is literally an Italianized version of our classic Braised Pork served with Juniper Pickled Red Onions (instead of Slaw).  Try some today, this is definitely a limited time only item and will not be back for a while.

And of course you can expect the usual fresh veggies, slaw, hand made salsas and terrible humor from the staff that you get at every #DTFM Tacopocalypse experience.

We look forward to seeing you at 2nd & Court Ave Saturday morning.  Open at 7, close at noon.

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