“They didn’t tell me it was tofu until after I ate it.”
You’ve probably heard about Trejo’s Tacos, the taco spot Danny Trejo is set to launch in Los Angeles. If not, here’s the rundown: Trejo’s restaurant won’t serve al pastor, chorizo or lengua tacos. Along with stuff like carne asada tacos, they make vegan-friendly fare such as tofu tacos and fried avocado tacos. Not exactly traditional, but very L.A.-friendly.
You’ve probably been wondering, “How do they taste?” Chrissy Teigen, Lauren Makk and Leah Ashley of the TV show FABLife had a chance to sample a few of Trejo’s tacos, including a tofu taco. Trejo even took time to explain why he went with a vegan-friendly concept: “A lot of us… we go out to dinner and we go out with 6 or 7 people. Inevitably, someone will say ‘I’m gluten-free’ or ‘I’m vegetarian,’ so we did it for everybody.”
Tacos are our witness. We’re guessing yours too. If we could only eat one kind of food for the rest of our lives, it would probably be tacos. The taco phenomenon has gone global, we’ve got Taco Tuesdays, a variety of tacos in every country, and taco accessories to fill our heart’s desire. But where’s the limit? Unfortunately, there is, in fact, a limit.
A 41-year man died while participating in a taco-eating contest at a baseball in Fresno, Ca.
According to news reports, Dana Hutchings was at the Grizzlies and the Memphis Redbirds game and entered a contest that took place between innings at Chukchansi Park. Hutchings had told his mom and sister that he would be participating in the taco-eating contest hours before it took place.
The Fresno Bee reports that Hutchings went down seven minutes into the contest.
During the contest, the man started choking. He fell and subsequently hit his head on the table.
According to CBS Sports, medical professionals performed CPR on him until the paramedics arrived. They pronounced him dead upon arriving at the Community Regional Medical Center. The autopsy with the cause of death has yet to be released.
“He told us he was going to a taco eating contest, but we didn’t think something like this would happen,” his sister, Mecca Hutchings, told ABC30. His mother added, “He said my son wasn’t responding to anything. How they identified him was that he has a tattoo on his hand that says Dora.”
One person that saw him eating the tacos noticed that Hutchings “was eating so fast compared to the other two (contestants),” Matthew Boylan told The Fresno Bee. He added, “It was like he’d never eaten before. He was just shoving the tacos down his mouth without chewing.”
It’s unclear how many other people were participating in the contest, or what type of taco they were consuming.
“We are devastated to learn that the fan that received medical attention following an event at Tuesday evening’s game has passed away,” the Grizzlies said in a statement provided by Deadspin. “The Fresno Grizzlies extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the family of Mr. Hutchings. The safety and security of our fans is our highest priority. We will work closely with local authorities and provide any helpful information that is requested.”
The contest, which occurred on Tuesday, was scheduled as a kick-off to the main event, Taco Truck Throwdown 9, that is set for Saturday.
The taco party on Saturday includes a live musical performance by A.B. Quintanilla’s Kumbia Kings. There was also another taco eating-contest for that day, but they have since canceled that portion.
Andy McMurray, a fan of the Grizzlies baseball team, said it was right for them to cancel the taco-eating contest after the tragic event that happened earlier this week.
“It’s a sad thing to see happen because people are just trying to have fun. It’s sad to see, I think the Grizzlies acted in the appropriate way considering,” McMurray told ABC30.
Some people are not happy about the cancelation of Saturday’s taco-eating contest.
The contest is being canceled out of respect and also out of concern. It is a freak and rare event that happened earlier this week, but imagine if someone else had an accident during the taco-eating contest? There could be serious repercussions for the event organizers. Instead, they should do some kind of tribute to Hutchings by having his family say some words about him.
While this is no laughing matter, people on social media couldn’t help but see the irony of someone dying by eating such a tasty dish.
This is not the first time someone has died in a food-eating contest. These sorts of competitions shouldn’t be taken lightly. A lot of training goes into this competitive eating sport.
Do you think you’d rest in peace dying in such a way?
As much as we love tacos, we don’t believe this would be a good way to go. What do you think?
Here at mitú, we love our tacos. They’re pretty much the perfect food. A soft corn or flour tortilla filled with your choice of chicken, carnitas, beef, veggies and pretty much anything else you can imagine topped with pico de gallo, salsa, cilantro, and avocado? Um, excuse us while we drool. We aren’t the only ones who crave a good taco though.
Celebrities aren’t immune to their siren’s call. The only difference is, they usually look a lot hotter while eating them than we do.
Take, for example, Michael B Jordan. The “Black Panther” star was spotted getting some late-night tacos over the weekend and we can totally relate to his need for a midnight snack.
Twitter / @PageSix
According to PAGE SIX, Jordan rolled up on Saturday night at Keith Menin’s Bodega Taqueria y Tequila in Miami, Florida. Dressed casually in shorts and a T-shirt, the actor arrived at the taqueria around 1 am in a black SUV with his bodyguard and four friends. Jordan enjoyed tacos, burritos, guacamole, and frozen margaritas as he chilled out with his friend group. TBH, It sounds like a pretty great Saturday night to us.
Sources say that Jordan was friendly with other restaurant-goers, flashing his signature smile at the many girls who walked by his table to get a sneak peek of the star.
“He was being friendly, smiling back saying hi,” said the PAGE SIX informant. “Very low key. Very nice all around.”
This Jordan taco sighting got us thinking about other celebrities out there, chowing down on tacos while looking amazing.
So, we decided to compile a list of some of our favorite photos of celebrities taking down one of our most beloved foods. Be warned: this list is sure to make you hungry in more ways than one.
We don’t usually require a cowgirl hat when enjoying some Tex-Mex food, but it does make for a nice photo op. In this pic, Kylie Jenner wears a sparkly, silver cowgirl costume as she takes down a four-count of tacos. Get your grub on, girl.
2. Karlie Kloss
TMZ / Instagram
Some people don’t worry about getting messy when eating while others take a more dainty approach. Model Karlie Kloss seems to be one of those delicate types. Still, we have to admit it’s a cuter look than being covered in guacamole.
3. Chrissy Teigen
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On the contrary, there’s something really attractive about someone who isn’t afraid to go for it. That’s Chrissy Tiegen all the way. We aren’t even going to touch on how suggestive that taco’s filling looks but we’re all thinking the same thing.
4. Justin Timberlake
Instagram / @justintimberlake
What did Justin Timberlake do when he won a 2014 People’s Choice Award? He went to Taco Bell to celebrate. While we wouldn’t call the fast-food chain our favorite place to grab a taco, we do have to appreciate JT for keeping it real. There’s definitely something sexy about that.
5. Michelle Obama
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We didn’t realize it was possible to be elegant while stuffing one’s face with tacos, but former First Lady Michelle Obama has proved us wrong. We have to acknowledge the beauty and grace she has while tasting this treat. We could never be this composed mid-munch so we’ve got to give her props.
Selena Gomez isn’t afraid to eat and there’s something appealing about that. For a past birthday, the singer and actress opted for a non-traditional cake to show off her taco appreciation. Instead of icing, she went in on a taco cake made up of Jake In The Box’s vegan tacos.
7. Jared Leto
Instagram / @celebritieseatingthings
Next time Jared Leto digs into some scrumptious tacos, we’re going to need him to pull his luxurious locks back into a bun. Still, we appreciate the gusto he’s snacking with.
We may be divided by differences in customs, beliefs and social standing, but one thing in universal: tacos are delicious.