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National Taco Day!

Food in Luther is great, but it can be a hassle sometimes to get them when you're starving and the queue is long. Making your own food is a great meal choice whenever you're not feeling like going for the usual stuff the cafeteria and Marty's have, so my roommate and I decided to make some tacos out of impulse one day when we were shopping at Walmart. Coming from a place that does not serve a lot of Mexican food, I was pretty stoked to be able to make tacos for the first time, and it turned out delicious despite what happened (teaser: smoke alarms involved!).

Here's what I learned on How To Taco 101:

Firstly, you'll need to get the ingredients, of course. It really depends on what you'd like to have on your tacos. My roommate and I got two pounds of ground beef, tortilla, taco seasoning, cayenne pepper, sour cream and salsa verde (green sauce for those who appreciate medium spiciness in their tacos). We also got cheap cooking utensils (a wok for $4 as well as spatulas and stuff for only 97 cents!) so that we don't have to go to the Service Center all the time which is inconvenient for us. Next, we cook! Start off by making sure the wok is hot enough before you add the ground beef into it. When cooking the ground beef, you would want to cut it into smaller pieces so that it cooks better and you won't have to chew huge lumps of meat in your mouth. After awhile, you'd want to add in taco seasoning and cayenne pepper if you like your taco spicy. But before you start cooking, remember to ensure that the kitchen is properly ventilated or you are most likely going to trigger the smoke alarms and evacuate everyone out of the building but yourself and your roommate.

And that was exactly what happened. It was horrible but hilarious at the same time. When we were cooking the meat halfway, the smoke alarms went off and the kitchen door shut itself automatically, locking my roommate and I inside a kitchen filled with smoke (which at least smelled good). It wasn't long before one of the RAs got us out of the kitchen, and we had to join the others in the cold outside before it was 'safe' to get back into the building. We were pretty embarrassed seeing that we had to ruin everyone's evening just because we wanted a taco... but it wasn't that bad later on when we found out that one of the girls triggered the first smoke alarm for the semester because she was making some popcorn.

When it was all over, my roommate and I got back to making our dinner. The meat was already nicely cooked by then, so we placed them on our tortillas and added the sour cream, shredded cheese and salsa. It was the best homemade taco I had (beats Marty's anytime)! And I got to bond better with my roommate over a nice, warm dinner we made together.

Until then.


P.S. We found out that night it was also National Taco Day. Cheers.

Faye Lee

Faye Lee

Faye Lee is a sophomore from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is majoring in Political Science and International Studies. Faye is involved in Gospel Choir for almost a year now and is also on the road to become a big sister in Beta Theta Omega, a women leadership group on campus that emphasizes the development of leadership qualities in women through social work and get-togethers. She loves the remote location of Luther and "dabbing" while working in the Caf salad line.

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