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Thank You Twitter Fans

Just a short post tonight, I want to take a second or two to thank all of my fanatics on Twitter.  When I started blogging a few years ago I never really thought much past my nose.  But now I realize that having an audience to speak to makes my words that much more resonant.

Every tweet that goes out and every person who reads my quaint words deserves a word of thanks.  I do appreciate the time people spend promoting Exploring Winnipeg and Beyond.  Without you all I would just be a lone voice talking into a silent wind.

Bob

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Destination: Swaggerville

Swagger:

Verb (usually disapproving) to walk in an extremely proud and confident way

Ville:

Noun and adjective combining form (slang) a place, condition, or quality with a character as specified

Swaggerville:

Noun and adjective combining form (Slang) a Winnipeg state of mind, referring to the crushing defensive squad of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers; a statement of fact, an attitude, way of life. Population: 29,533 fanatics.

Welcome to Swaggerville

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Taco, Taco, Taco: El Torrito comida de la calle

As many of you already know I am a big fan of pointing my jeep in a random direction and exploring the street food options in my home city of Winnipeg.   This long weekend the direction was simple to choose, I headed downtown to the afternoon site of the El Torrito taco truck.

The Winnipeg street food scene has long been dominated by scores of smokie carts and burger trucks that have a strangle hold on the Canadian street food market.  But just last month I began hearing rumblings of something exciting and new, at first I thought people were talking about a trip down to Mexico or chatting about a Food Network program they had seen on taco vendors.  But they insisted there was indeed a taco truck in Winnipeg, and they even had a following on Twitter.

Intrigued to the point of obsession I made it my mission to find this elusive taco truck and taste its bill of fare.  Indeed El Torrito (@ElTorrito1) does have a large following on Twitter and a write-up in the local pages of Metro.

El Torrito comida de la calle

When I came upon the truck at its downtown lunchtime location, I could smell and hear the difference from across Portage Avenue.  The aromas of savoury meats being grilled and the pumping music from a boom box had a small crowd wondering what this apparition was, unaccustomed to having a Mexican option the crowd watched as I bravely strode up to the front window.

Immediately a friendly face appeared from inside and offered me the daily El Grandé  special.  Three tacos (beef or chicken) and an authentic chorizo dog with chips and drink for $10.  How could I say no to that?

As I ordered the cook and co-owner Ian Bowman smiled at my enthusiasm and shouted over the music how hot I wanted my tacos.  I replied “hot, but don’t make my face melt off.”  He laughed and said with a sly grin, “but I like to make faces melt!”

Simple and authentic taco goodness

The tacos themselves are based on traditional Mexican street food, if you’re looking for hard-shelled tacos covered in cheese and cliché then you’ve come to the wrong truck my friend.  Simple is the name of the game here, and fresh is how they taste.  Hot grilled meat, some salsa verdé, tomato and a hit of cilantro wrapped up in a warm tortilla is what you get.  A lime on the side and some chili sauce for heat makes for simple street taco perfection.

The chorizo dog was also very good, a mild pork sausage also served with salsa verdé, onions and tomato was a welcome break from the smokie sausages that Winnipeggers are accustomed to.

Overall my first impressions of El Torrito were good although the tacos seem a bit small and not overly laden with meat, by local standards they are still a bargain at 3 for 5 dollars.  The condiments are fresh and the service is enthusiastic, more than once I saw the cook poking his head out to see if I was enjoying my lunch.

So if you’re in need of a change look the taco truck up on twitter (@ElTorrito1) and head down for a bit of spice this summer.

Maria Aragon LIVE in Toronto.

For any of you who were hiding under a rock for the last few weeks, I’ll explain and catch ya’ll up.  Little Maria Aragon the 10-year-old YouTube sensation who took the word by storm is back in Winnipeg after her whirlwind tour of big league American talk shows and performing on stage with Lady Gaga herself.

Maria being a Little Monster (Photo - Hot 103.com)

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Living the Sheen Dream in Winnipeg.

Well friends it looks like Winnipeg has done it again.  First it was a trickle with Kitty Midnight Madness .  Then the trickle became a river with Maria Aragon and her YouTube sensation flooding the world and making Lady Gaga cry.

This however is total internet anarchy at its finest.  Local copywriter Jarrett Moffatt is living the Sheen dream in style.  His parody website displays a large talking head in the likeness of Charles himself.  Clicking on Sheen’s mellon produces one of the hundreds of ghastly quotes he has given in interviews during his recent troubles with the producers of Two and a Half Men.

Charlie Sheen as seen on Live the Sheen Dream.

Live the Sheen Dream has accumulated over 16 million hits in just a few days of operation,  243 000 “Likes” on Facebook and almost 12 000 distinct tweets on Twitter.

All of this from a humble Winnipegger who wanted to sell a couple of T-Shirts.  Not bad Jarrett, not bad at all.

Story Update: I have just learned that the Live the Sheen Dream website has been having technical difficulties due to the incredible amount of traffic it is receiving.  The servers are unable to handle the traffic, but techs are working on a solution as I type this.

She did it! Maria Aragon on Ellen.

Little Maria Aragon, Winnipeg’s worst kept secret since the general strike of 1919, was on The Ellen Show this morning.  Buzz around town is that she hit it out of the park with her performance.

Let’s have a look at the footage together shall we.

Maria Aragon to share the stage with Lady Gaga.

In an update to the story I posted Feb 18, Toronto’s 99.9 Virgin Radio has connected Lady Gaga with Maria Aragon.  Not only has 99.9 offered to fly Maria into Toronto and give her prime seats to the Lady Gaga concert in March, but also Lady Gaga herself has invited the budding diva onstage with her to perform Born This Way.

It seems that the word around the internet travels fast. With over six million views since the video was posted days ago, young Maria has already accomplished the worldwide fame part of becoming a superstar.

As many of my readers have commented we wish her well, but wonder is all of this literally overnight exposure good for anyone let alone a ten-year old girl on the cusp of becoming a teenager.   With all the inherent problems of just being that old is it really in her best interest to go for all the fame and fortune now?

Obviously as anyone knows the story of Pandora’s Box will tell you it’s not easy to put everything back into place once that treasure chest has been opened. I just hope that minds stay clear and they quickly retain someone who is worthy of the trust the family will be placing in them to navigate the minefield that is popular music.

Remember your roots young siren people here will help ground you when your head feels like it’s about to explode.  Family and friends be ready, it’s going to be and exciting if bumpy ride.

So what’s your opinion on Maria Aragon, is it healthy for such a young person to be pursuing fame and fortune?  Right or wrong, comments, opinions all are welcome.  I open the floor to you, discuss.

STORY UPDATE:  If all the reports that have been floating around in the media are true Maria Aragon and family are in L.A. and on set at Warner Brothers where The Ellen DeGeneres Show is taped.   Reports circulating in the Winnipeg media today have an appearance on Ellen’s show today Feb 22.

Lets hope the stories are true and that Maria has a great performance in store for the world in her television debut.  Good Luck!