We have a local taco shop that has been there for over 30 years. They are not large and fancy…..but they have the best Carne Asada/ Salsa/Guacamole/ Beans that you can find anywhere. They make these giant breakfast burritos which they use French fries instead of potatoes like other places….but they still taste amazing. Anyhow…..after making many visits through out the years we have gotten to know the owners. Their sons went to high school with my oldest sons. And their sons started working there when they were old enough. The parents….are hard workers. They show up everyday and work sometimes 12 hours daily. They have a son they are putting through college so they work hard for their children to succeed. I would order a tray of their Carne Asada when I would go visit my family in South Dakota and freeze it for the trip. My family would always order from them when they lived here and for them to get a taste of San Diego made them so happy. I would ask….how do you make your beans?…and they told me…they just boil their pinto beans and add just a little lard to them. Not too much because it won’t taste good…it has to be just a little and some salt. And I asked…how do you make your Carne Asada? Just a little salt and pepper and throw it on the grill. They told me EVERYONE always ask them and they can not believe it could be so simple and taste so good.
I have not been there much because of the Covid ordeal but have noticed a few weeks ago that it was a different family member working. My son said he noticed that the parents haven’t been there in the morning…..so I thought maybe they were finally taking time off to just rest since the kids are back from college. But I drove through the other day to get my son burritos and their youngest son was working and he leaned out close to me to tell me his mother Maria passed away 2 weeks ago. She was diagnosed with Covid 3 weeks ago and died a week later. My heart stopped. Maria was the hardest working lady I know. She was only a few years older than me. I feel so sad about this. Her kids are the same age as mine. Her son told me…they decided to sell the place and she was going to work one last week before this happened. No underlying conditions….she was healthy and it killed her in a week.
We still don’t understand all their is to understand about this Disease….which makes it even more scary. Please everyone….be safe and think smart. Think of others……especially those who may be weaker than us.