How Do Taco Cart Caterers Keep Food Safe?

Not all U.S. states place regulatory requirements on taco carts and other food vendors. Fortunately, California does and certain So Cal cities are even more stringent.

Recent history suggests one should worry about the safety of foods they buy in grocery stores as well as meals they are served in restaurants. But what about food trucks and mobile carts, such as those that provide taco catering? Do food safety regulations apply to mobile dining as much as that from a bricks-and-mortar establishment?

Going back to 1985, the hazards of food-bourn illness first became understood in Southern California when as many as 40 people in Los Angeles and elsewhere died from listeria in Mexican-style soft cheese. A few years later, contaminated meat sold at a popular burger chain in California, Nevada, Texas and Idaho was found responsible for the deaths of four children and hundreds of other customers who suffered serious illness. An E. coli outbreak affected would-be nutritious eaters who bought uncooked spinach in 26 states; three people died, 31 suffered kidney failure and at least 200 (quite likely more) suffered diarrhea and dehydration from spinach raised on a cattle ranch, which likely was related to the contamination.

So if larger, multi-national companies cannot protect their customers from outbreaks, can smaller operations? Actually, many of those massive outbreaks involved small errors that multiplied themselves precisely because of the scale of their operations. Larger companies that are responsible for food borne illnesses have deep pockets, able to recall products from the market, compensate victims and cover legal expenses related to lawsuits.

Distinguished Dining in Downtown Phoenix

The wide selection of cuisines in Downtown Phoenix presents the opportunity to try different creative tempting tastes in attractive and romantic settings as you share a fabulous meal with family and friends while pampering and satisfying even the most demanding palate. These are perfect places to celebrate special occasions with unforgettable dining experiences.

Christo’s Italian Restaurant

Reported to be the best northern Italian cuisine in the Valley, and having served Phoenix since 1986, Christo’s truly earned being included in USA Today’s “17 Best Trattorias in the United States”. The famous Italian Continental Cuisine features succulent Osso Bucorich, fresh seafood, classic pastas, and the crowd favorite Duck ala Orange.


Seasonal fare includes such scrumptious and unusual delicacies as lobster in carrot scampi butter, Portuguese fish stew, Chorizo and Manchego Risotto, vegetables roasted in the brick oven, and the fantastic Blackberry Mascarpone Turnover for dessert.

Nobuo at Teeter House

Master chef Nobuo Fukuda is a James Beard Award winner. His Japanese tavern fare includes exceptional dishes such as Warm Duck Salad, sea bass and mushrooms baked in parchment, and the lunchtime specialty Okonomiyaki, a savory pancake.

Choosing the Perfect Chinese Tea Pot

The tea pot is at the centre of the ancient Chinese culture of tea brewing and the tea ceremony. The pot is largely responsible for the flavor of the tea as its constitution helps to draw out the tea’s essential oils, giving each tea a distinctive taste. It is therefore important to identify the right pot for your daily tea brewing or for those special occasions. There are a few factors to consider when choosing a pot:

Here are the factors that determine the right tea pot for you:

• Size & Shape: They vary in size and depending on the number of people you will be serving on a regular basis, you will need to find a suitably sized pot. This eliminates the hassle of repeatedly brewing pots tea. The size of the pot should also feel comfortable in your hands for daily use. The shape of tea pot also varies depending on tea variety brewed. The difference is the surface area exposed to the fire.

• Material: Traditionally, pots were made of clay. The different clay varieties give the tea pot the unique characteristics. Each clay type has unique porosity levels, reacting differently with the tea leaves and adding to the subtlety or strength of the brew. The clay is also sourced from different regions on China, possessing different hues and tones. There are earth clay and stone clay pots, the latter of which are more commonly available. The clays may also be mixed up to encompass different properties.

Why Use Edible Gold?

It is the qualities of gold that make it one of the most coveted metals in the world. Not only can it be beautifully shaped and sculpted, it can be beaten into a sheet thin enough to be transparent. Gold in its purest form or when it is 24 carat pure, and when made into extremely thin leaf and flakes, is edible and used as a decorative element in food and drinks. In ancient times, edible gold was also used to decorate table fruit and lend an extravagant touch to royal banquets.

Edible gold is typically sold in leaf or flakes which can be used to decorate luxurious desserts, high-end chocolates or even in drinks to add a celebratory touch. When using leaf gold, it can be transferred to the desired food by simply touching it to the surface to be decorated. Edible gold leaf is made by beating gold into extremely thin sheet, less than a millionth of an inch which can then be laid as a cover onto the food item.

Theoretically one can ingest pure gold and not fall ill. Edible gold has no odor, taste, texture, calories, or expiration date and, generally speaking, there is no danger in ingesting it in small quantities. In this form, it is chemically inert and passes through the digestive system without getting absorbed by the body. It passes out of the body after about 24 hours without causing any harm or reaction. Gold of purity less than 24 carat, however is not edible and can cause serious illness.

Using Organic Agriculture Products

The Organic Food Market has grown quickly since 1990. In just 12 short years it reached $63 billion dollars and that number is still climbing. In the late 30s and early 40s, accomplished botanists Sir Albert Howard along with his wife Gabrielle, developed organic agriculture products.

Organic gardening is quite simple and very basic. It’s not as complicated as many people think it to be. Organic methods of gardening include using microorganisms that will suppress weed growth while promoting germination of the plants.

High density planting is another method that is frequently used and it works well. By planting tight close rows there is no room for weeds to grow. This helps to encourage rapid germination as well. Waiting to plant until the soil is warmer is also a good way to get started.

There are many ways to mulch and use plastic as well to eliminate weed growth. Mulching is great as it helps to hold the water in while blocking the weed growth through the mulch.

When it comes to insects there are also some great ways to combat the little critters. There are traps and sound set ups that will zap the predatory insects or one can simply invest in some beneficial insects such as pirate bugs or lady bugs to eat the pests. Using organic agriculture products is an ideal way to ensure that the chemicals used in commercial fertilizers never touch your dinner plate.

The commercial fertilizers can have added compounds that are known to irritate certain people. In some people some of these chemicals can cause cancers and other reactions so many people today are leaning more toward organic food in lieu of their chemically enhanced counter products.

There are some naturally derived organic insecticides that can also be used. These include Bacillus thuringiensis and a chrysanthemum extract. However, less than 10 percent of organic farmers choose this route and most will prefer to use such methods as lady bugs to combat their bugs.