Ahhh, This is one of those things that I always plan on when we come home for Christmas. Delicious Mexican food. There is a great dived in the Pipkin Family, between the big kids…Cameron, Maryn Brandon, and I, and the little kids, Krystin and Chelsea. When we were kids, we always went to this little hole in the wall Mexican place called…La Hacienda. We never went out to dinner, especially a sit down dinner. Hascienda was a magical land where good food flowed. One sad day we went out to eat…and Hacienda was closed! The health department had shut her down! Then eventually demolished the whole building! Today there is nothing but a greasy dirt lot north of the air port left of that building. Not long after a place called Celia’s opened up near Vons. The rumor was that a member of the “Hacienda Family” had opened a new place. We went, and loved it. The older kids pined for the loss of their beloved Hacienda but we for used to Years later, on the opposite side of town, a place called, La Hacienda opened. It was the actual Hacienda, Jehova Witness family! They just opened a second location in Imperial.
Ahh the things I wait to eat all year. From left to upper right to lower right. A delicious special quesedilla, a beautiful taco, and an amazing Sope…almost like a tostada, but with a thicker soft tortilla-esk thing. Always made of corn and really really good!
On our last night in the Valley we went to La Hasienda again! This time there were a few subtle differences: First, Brandon and Leah were in town, Second, Cameron Decided to come, and Third, it was on my awesome grandma Denny. As a present to the family she sent some money to my parents to pay for a dinner for everyone. Thanks grandma, it was great! There are actually a fourth, fifth, and Sixth differences too. Fourth, we went to the down town location. This place is really cool because it is in an older building and has some more of the art from the original Hasienda by the air port. Fifth, and most tragic…I didn’t bring my camera! Luckily though, Chelsea had hers so I was able to get an awesome picture of the group thanks to a nice waiter there.
(This picture is hilarious for a few reasons. Mostly because Leah and Karl look like they are a couple in their twin red outfits standing right next to each other. Also because of the picture behind us. Another picture I remember from the original place. You can’t see the bull fighter in this one but you can see the thing I remember the most as a kid…the naked lady in the window in the upper left hand corner…above cams head):
The sixth and final difference in this trip to La Hasienda compared to the first is that we went on a Monday night. Monday night at the Pipkin house means…Family home evening! And what Pipkin FHE would be complete with out a trip to Rite Aid for some Thifty’s Ice Cream!
Just like when we were kids mom and dad kept them selves busy while we all chose what we wanted.