9 Reasons Oct. 4 is the best day for foodies
You guys! I just found out that today, Oct. 4, is National Taco Day. It also happens to be National Vodka Day.
Now, I know what you're thinking: Who cares? I can eat tacos and drink vodka any day of the week. And while I tend to agree, I can't help but find myself completely freaking out with joy over this over-the-top foodie holiday. It might be because I'm half Russian (hello, vodka!) or maybe because I'm half Cuban (OK, tacos are Mexican, but close enough), or it might just be because the thought of a perfectly roasted al pastor taco paired with a well-shaken dirty martini is enough to make anyone's mouth start to water.
Therefore, I am renaming Oct. 4 to now be known as #IrinaEatsAllTheThingsAndDrinksAllTheThings Day. Now, if you're even a fraction as excited as I am about this silly little foodie holiday, then here are nine reasons you need to get out there and celebrate this Saturday:
1. You haven't truly lived until you've had a real corn tortilla.
The process for sourcing your own masa harina (flour made from specially treated corn) isn't quite as difficult these days as making your own, which means you can make your own corn tortillas from scratch pretty easily. Of course, there are a few places across the country that are still doing it the traditional way, and I loved learning how the popular Tortilleria Nixtamal (located in Queens, New York City) is doing it right.
2. The battle of "where was vodka invented?" is pretty funny to watch.
As far as we know, the first production of the distilled beverage was either in Poland in the 8th century or in Russia in the late 9th century. Both countries lay claim to it, and just watch what happens if you put a Russian person and a Polish person together in a room to go at it (trust me, I know). These days, I opt for the Polish brand Wyborowa Wódka (which has been around since 1823) when drinking it neat.
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3. At the end of a long day, a well-made taco is like a warm hug.
So you've had a rough day or maybe even a rough week. You know who is there to embrace you in delicious comfort? Tacos. Whether you opt for vegan breakfast tacos, slow cooker chipotle pork tacos, fried avocado tacos, sausage pizza tacos, Korean street tacos, spicy sweet potato tacos… Wait, what was I saying? Oh yes, tacos. They make your life a little better, period.
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4. A vodka watermelon is perfect for any time of year.
I know you know how to make one and probably do it all summer long (I mean, I can't be the only one, right?), but why stop there? Especially if you live in one of the warmer states, vodka watermelon is a great party favorite for any time of year. Personally I love making it with Prairie Organic Cucumber Flavored Vodka in the spring and Vermont Spirits Gold Vodka (made from maple) in the fall.
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5. Tacos love you so much they even come in dessert form.
How many foods do you know that love you so very much that they will even change the very core of their being and become a sweet, sweet treat for you instead? You won't be able to resist trying dessert tacos in the form of fruit tacos with chocolate tortillas, homemade choco tacos and even mini tacos made out of cookies. They're sweet, because tacos care.
6. The holiday punch is coming back, and vodka is here to help.
Confession: I recently had the chance to try a holiday punch made with Hangar 1 Vodka, cucumber slices, Cocchi Barolo Chinato, verjuice, lime juice, honey syrup and sparkling wine, and it blew me away. Since then, I've noticed the resurgence of the holiday punch and even bought myself a bunch bowl. Trust me on this one, there's no better way to spend this season than with holiday punch.
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7. You can celebrate with tacos for takeout or in a restaurant too.
Whether or not you live in one of the most taco-crazed cities in America (and believe me, NYC absolutely does not belong at the bottom of this list), everyone and anyone can enjoy a taco even if they're not wanting to cook one up themselves. Most restaurants these days have some form or other of this treat, and coupled with your favorite vodka drink is a good way to celebrate.
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8. A perfectly shaken martini will class up your girls' night.
It wasn't until I started having regular girls' nights with my friends that I realized the power of a perfectly shaken martini. Sure, wine and margaritas are always nice, but there's just something about a shaken martini in a pretty glass that always makes everyone feel right at home. If you've never made one, then watch this helpful (simple) video — and get ready to play around!
9. Because vodka tacos are a thing that seriously needs to happen.
OK, I have to say it: Why are vodka tacos not a thing yet? How long have we known about this perfect combination of National Taco Day and National Vodka Day but stood by and not taken action? Seriously, I'm not trying to get all Gretchen Wieners with you, but between the dirty martini salsa, this vodka and citrus cured salmon and the new hybrid Vodquila, we should be able to make this happen.