Four Austin residents have invented a ‘taco cleanse’

Flush that carrot juice down the toilet and blanket your hands with the comforting warmth of tortillas. It’s 2016, and there’s a delicious new detox on the cookbook shelf.

According to the Los Angeles Times, four Austin residents and self-styled “taco scientists” have designed a taco cleanse guaranteed to “prevent or reverse taco deficiency.” Sure, such a calamitous malady is likely all but eradicated in the Lone Star State. But if you’re looking for a healthy way to build your entire dietary life around refried beans and guacamole, that resolution is now much easier to keep.

(Mike Sutter/American-Statesman)
(Mike Sutter/American-Statesman file photo)

In “The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life,” vegan foodies Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanich, Molly R. Frisinger and Jessica Morris detail a method of replacing all meals for a month with tacos. Good news if you’re quite particular about your folded fare. The book offers much guidance, according to the Times:

“Before attempting the taco cleanse, the book offers a taco quiz, in which you answer a series of questions to discover your taco-eater personality. You can be a taco purist, taco sentimentalist, taco adventurist or taco contortionist. Yes, it’s just like those Cosmopolitan magazine quizzes.”

“The Taco Cleanse” also explains how to make vegan versions of tortillas (flour, corn or waffle), margaritas and popular fillings like picadillo, carne guisada and more.

Of course, Austin has no problem baptizing themselves in the sweet embrace of the taco. We’ve got one of Food Network’s top 5 tacos in America, and Foursquare thinks we’re the king of this particular cuisine. Of course, you already knew that. You’re probably stuffing a fried avocado ‘co from Torchy’s in your piehole as you read this.

5 Lunchtime Links: ‘Hamilton’ ticketing site crash

This image released by The Public Theater shows Lin-Manuel Miranda, foreground, with the cast during a performance of "Hamilton," in New York. Producers of the smash hit “Hamilton” have announced that their ticket lottery is going digital and their impromptu daily performances outside the theater will take a break for winter. (Joan Marcus/The Public Theater via AP)
This image released by The Public Theater shows Lin-Manuel Miranda, foreground, with the cast during a performance of “Hamilton,” in New York. Producers of the smash hit “Hamilton” have announced that their ticket lottery is going digital and their impromptu daily performances outside the theater will take a break for winter. (Joan Marcus/The Public Theater via AP)

1. “Hamilton” ticket lottery moves online due to dangerous crowding.

Getting tickets to the megahit Broadway musical “Hamilton” just got a little harder. The show will continue to offer its ticket lottery, which awards 21 people a front-row, $10 ticket (which normally sell upward of $300), but the lottery was officially moved to an online format earlier today. This means no more impromptu daily performances in front of the lottery line outside the theater. Part of the reason the lottery was moved online was because of the large crowds that gathered to watch. It also means a lot of angry fans who reported that the ticketing website immediately crashed. Guess for now lip syncing numbers in our kitchen will have to suffice.

2. Brooklyn’s Roberta’s to take over Bufalina for four days.

Austin pizza royalty Bufalina will get a New York take when Roberta’s, one of the “best pizza places in New York City,” commands the oven for four days later this month. If you visit Bufaline from January 25-28 you’re in store for a delicious New York/Texas hybrid slice. The restaurant is also set to open its second location, at 6555 Burnet Road, on January 16.

3. Which movie theater in Austin doesn’t ban open carry?

The Imax theater at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum doesn’t mind if you want to watch a movie in the company of your gun. Instead of opting out of the open carry law like all other Austin movie theaters (including major chains AMC, Regal and Alamo Drafthouse) the “museum respectfully requests that weapons not be brought into the facility.” A concealed or open carry gun license can just as “respectfully” deny this request.

4. “Making a Murderer” viewers sign petitions to pardon Steven Avery.

Viewers of the Netflix original series “Making a Murderer” are determined to set things right. Many finished watching the 10-part docuseries about Steven Avery, a Wisconsin inmate convicted for murder in 2005, and disagreed with the court’s ruling and the investigative procedures that landed Avery in jail. They are convinced Avery, who was previously imprisoned for 20 years, was not given a fair trial. As of today, a petition titled “Free Steven Avery,” has more than 250,000 signatures. The petition asks for a presidential pardon.

5. Netflix announces Guillermo del Toro series.

A new series “Trollhunters” will feature all the creepy stylings of acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro and all the ease of watching at home Netflix offers viewers. The show will feature a “new, fantastical world wrapped around two best friends who make a startling discovery beneath their hometown.” The announcement was accompanied by news that Netflix and Dreamworks will expand their multi-year deal, and release a reboot of “Voltron.”

5 Lunchtime Links: Where to eat in 2016

Home Slice Pizza, the independent neighborhood pizza joint serving authentic New York-style pizza, hosted its 8th annual Carnival O’ Pizza on Saturday November 16, 2013 at their S. Congress Ave location. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Home Slice Pizza, the independent neighborhood pizza joint serving authentic New York-style pizza, hosted its 8th annual Carnival O’ Pizza on Saturday November 16, 2013 at their S. Congress Ave location.
RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

1. Where can you look forward to eating in 2016?

As with previous years, 2016 promises a good selection of new restaurants popping up throughout Austin. New you, new dining options! Chef Paul Qui will have a new offering with his highly-anticipated Otoko, a kaiseki-style Japanese restaurant. Your taco options are on the rise with new locations of El Chilito and Torchy’s. Veggie Heaven is back, Home Slice finds a second home and Hopdoddy will launch another location perfect for waiting in line for a burger.

2. Anne Hathaway shows picture of bikini baby bump.

Anne Hathaway doesn’t mind showing off her baby bump — but she’s going to do it on her terms. The actress took to Instagram to post a picture of herself, bikini-clad and on the beach, after she noticed she was being photographed by paparazzi. She said that if it was inevitable that a picture of her be published she would at least like it to be “an image that makes me happy.” Hathaway announced her pregnancy in November.

 

3. Celine Dion says “Hello” from the other side.

It’s the cover-original-artist combination of our dreams. Celine Dion didn’t have to do much more than hint to her New Year’s Eve audience in Las Vegas what her next song choice would be to get them riled up. After casually saying, “I would like Adele to be part of our New Year’s Eve,” the Canadian songstresses’s began a moving rendition of Adele’s anthem “Hello.” It was just as powerful as you’d expect, and accordingly just as cry-worthy. Watch fan footage of the cover here.

4. Austin native will debut on tonight’s “Bachelor.”

Tonight will kick off a whole new season of the “Bachelor,” during which Austin will be locally represented by 23-year-old Olivia Caridi, one of the 28 women hoping to win the heart of bachelor Ben Higgins. The Austin native graduated from Texas Christian University and left Texas to work as a newscaster at WCYB-TV in Bristol, Va. If Caridi doesn’t take home the rose Texans still have a chance — she is one of four Texans participating in the competition.

5. Kyōten sushi trailer sets permanent closing date.

Although Austin has plenty of new dining options headed its way in 2016, we will have to say goodbye to one sushi-truck staple. Renowned Kyōten sushi trailer will close officially on Jan. 21. But you won’t have to say goodbye to the sushi stylings of Chef Otto Phan forever. A brick and mortar take on the trailer Kyōten Sushiko will open in the Mueller development later this year.