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Tour de Taco: February 20, 2010 (Fruitvale BART)

Posted by Cyrus Farivar on January 28, 2010

So after my last Taco Truck Tour, the good peoples at Oaklandish and the East Bay Bicycle Coalition connected with me and wanted to put together a sort of “best-of” taco truck ride for those who didn’t make it the other times, along with some new ones. And they even made this sweet art for it, too!

I apologize in advance for not organizing one in December (holidays), nor January (work). But I hope I can make up for it, as in a way, this one will sort of be the grand finale of my taco truck tours. In late March 2010, my wife and I will be moving to Bonn, Germany — where there is sadly, a great dearth of taco trucks. I’ll do my best to update the blog remotely as best as I can.

So why would I forsake my beloved tierra de tacos? I’ve just taken a job at Deutsche Welle English (German public radio), where I’ll be the new host of Spectrum, a weekly science and technology show. (Maybe I’ll organize a döner kebab bike ride or something over there.) If any folks are interested in organizing future rides here in Oakland, let me know, and I’ll put you guys in touch.

Thanks again to all who’ve come out for the previous two rides and have made them as fun and delicious as possible!

Here’s the itinerary:

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Meet: 11:00 am at Fruitvale BART (Oakland)

1. El Ojo De Agua – 12th St. & Fruitvale Ave.
2. Tamales Mi Lupita – 34th Ave. & Foothill Blvd.
3. El Gordo – International & 42nd Ave.
4. Tacos Guadalajara – 10th St. & Fruitvale Ave.

This should all be wrapped up around 4 pm, but as with the previous rides, feel free to arrive/depart as you please.

5. (Bonus) Cinco de Mayo Ice Cream – 3340 E 12th St & 33rd Ave.
6. (Bonus) The Trappist – 460 8th St (& Broadway)

Bring: Bike, helmet, camera, $10-15 for tacos, maybe $5-$10 for ice cream/beer.

RSVP: Facebook event page

If even half of the 115 people that have RSVPed as of now show up, this will be the largest taco truck ride to date and we’ll definitely need to go in shifts so we don’t totally overwhelm the taqueros. But we’ll figure that out later.

Questions? Leave ‘em in the comments, or email me: cyrus [at]

Wrap-Up: Taco Truck Tour Numéro Dos: Foothill Blvd. Edition

Posted by Cyrus Farivar on November 23, 2009

Just like the first taco truck ride, everyone (a high of 45+ riders!) enjoyed a fun, fantastic, safe, ride through East Oakland! We had mainly new people, which is even more awesome!

Still, despite the chilly weather, it was a great day for tacos. And really, what day isn’t?

I personally had a pastor taco, carnitas taco, fish taco, shrimp taco, bites of a tamal de queso and a tamal de puerco and ended up with a sope de pastor. Oh, and a hearty scoop of mango and pitaya ice cream.

By the end, about 10 of us ended up at The Trappist for a few drinks.

If you have any more photos to share, please email me: cyrus [at]

Joel’s set is pretty sweet, and even includes this good-looking dude:

Anyone got any recs for Taco Truck Tour Tres? Here’s the Oakland map.

I’m thinking maybe the High St. area ones? December 27, 2009? Leave suggestions in the comments.

Veni. Vidi. We ate a ton of tacos. (I personally had six tacos plus a tostada de ceviche.)

Man, what a ride! Thanks to all who came out! I don’t know what the total number was, but someone told me that at its peak we had 35 riders and taco aficionados! Wow! I’m stoked that so many people were out to enjoy the afternoon sunshine, biking y muchos tacos! (Scope the pictos, here.)

Also thanks to CouchSurfing, Thrillist, 7×7, and for helping me get the word out!

If I did talk to you, I’m glad to have met you! If I didn’t, make sure to come chat with me the next time around — for future reference, I was this guy.

Jennifer Webber and Ryan Morris sent me some photos. Email me if you have any more: cfarivar [at] cfarivar [dot] org.

We even rocked a proudly used Twitter hashtag: #tacotrucktour. BTW, you can find the Twitter account for this blog @catacotrucks, or my personal account @cfarivar.

Dudes, I can’t express to you adequately how fun this was. I really thought that only three people were going to show up, which would have been fine. I didn’t anticipate being the “taco boss,” as someone called me. I’m just a guy who likes to eat tacos. And ride bikes.

I mentioned that there’s a Google Map of Oakland taco trucks. As you can see, we only made a small dent in the trucks here. I’d definitely like to explore more of what Oakland has to offer, and then perhaps do an SF version and maybe Richmond, too?

I’m thinking Sunday, November 22, 2009 for the next one? Again, Fruitvale, but this time, different trucks? I’m open to ideas. Feel free to leave ‘em in the comments. I’ll post once it’s finalized.

Stay hungry, and ride safe!