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Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012 3:16 pm | Updated: 7:52 am, Mon Jul 2, 2012.

The aroma of cumin and chili powder wafted over the nine taco trucks that lined Central Avenue in Lodi on Saturday morning. The shouts of “Carnitas!” or “Pollo!” echoed over the excited voices of those eager to dig into the day’s numerous Mexican food options.

A line of round tables shaded by white umbrellas housed numerous families and friends hunched over plates of steaming, fresh tacos, quesadillas and burritos.

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7 comments:

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 5:58 pm on Mon, Jul 2, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Really? Paglia...a polock? How did that happen?

    I am 1/2 and 1/2 Hungarian and English. All of my Hungarian side-of-the-family aunts and uncles (and grandmother) were huge.

    I think we are probably of the same mind-set, sensible food and sensible food intake.

    Having an occasional splurge on tacos or burritos shouldn't be a problem. I can see why taco trucks are popular, though - price-wise you cannot get a less expensive fast meal, and I really don't consider much of taco truck food really fatty compared to fast food outlets like McDonald's and Taco Bell and Jack.

    Most of the people I see patronizing taco trucks are field workers who probably burn more calories than they take in, but yes, fat could be an issue in the long run.

    With anything, moderation is the key. But a taco truck competition once a year really shouldn't be a concern.

    Unless your real point was bashing the ACA.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 5:41 pm on Mon, Jul 2, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1982

    Proof to my point, on Facebook I've been talking with an old HS friend as to the sugary french desserts he posted pic on. I don't care the nationality, junk food is junk food and should be treated as such. Some enjoyment and enjoying the flavor of well cooked food is one thing, but it is the pigging out and seeing HOW MUCH of the junk a person can eat I have an issues with.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 5:33 pm on Mon, Jul 2, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1982

    First your weight: If you actually took the time to READ and UNDERSTAND what i wrote you would see I said both "if I remember right" AND "if that is true". I never said with absolute resolve/belief that you were. With the new info you provided it sounds like you are doing well.

    I would have the same judgement of pasta trucks. Why are you trying to paint me as a being prejudice? High fat junk food comes from every nationality. Italians have a real problem with all the carbs they eat and oils the coat food with as well as fatty foods. For the record I am Polish, and Poles have a lot of problems with their foods as well. Lots of fatty foods, salt and such in their diet. I'd have the same opinion of a Polish Truck cook off as well. The best way to educate our young as to the dangers of pigging out on junk is to NOT make it seem like a game to eat such junk.

    As for your opinion of me, you are a judgemental, confrontational Lodian in constant attack dog mode. What makes you think I care one bit what your opinion is of me? I would rather spend my time with people who have a positive outlook on life and of people in general. Two things you do not demonstrate on these boards.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 4:36 pm on Mon, Jul 2, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Paglia: My opinion of you has DECREASED 100 fold. If you think 5' 8 1/2" and 155 lbs. is overweight, so be it.

    Nice to know you believe all of the BS that people in this forum say about those they do not like.

    This was a cultural event. I suppose you would make the same judgment about a pasta truck competition? - high carb pastas, high fat cheeses, garlic bread, deep fried mozzarella sticks, alfredo sauce with tons of fat.

    Oh, that's right. That's an Italian cultural tradition. It's OK for a Paglia.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 11:21 am on Mon, Jul 2, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1982

    Haven't been to the farmers market nor read a story on the food they serve there so I have no basis to make a comment on the health or merit of the food. Street faire, yup serves some awful food, heart attacks and diabetes waiting to happen, but the Faire is not a "food" event glorifying eating JUNK. This is the third or fourth time I have commented about an event in Lodi glorifying eating junk while the nations obesity rate skyrockets. Interesting how you never saw those comments as idiotic, but when I say the same about a taco truck pig-out, you suddenly see it as idiotic.

    I guess you think it is perfectly fine to pig out on food with little health benefit. Another poster seems to think you are overweight (if I remember old posts right), if that is true then I can see why you would take extreme offense at my comments. But coming from a family with a history of diabetes and weight related health issues I have educated myself as to affect food has on the body. Nothing wrong with enjoying food, it is pigging out on junk and glorifying it I have issues with.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:09 am on Mon, Jul 2, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I never thought Mr. Paglia would stoop to such idiotic comments.

    Why don't you say the same about the food served at the Street Faire and the Farmer's Market? I'm sure that Lockeford Sausage and the funnel cake vendors have much less healthy food than the taco trucks. At least they use fresh ingredients.

    Or is it because they are Mexican? Either way, your ridiculous comment is disgraceful.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 5:37 pm on Sun, Jul 1, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1982

    It's a good thing Obamacare was upheld. Now all the locals pigging out on fat and grease and calories and JUNK like this sponsored event will have government funds to deal with junk food induced health issues.

     
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