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Untapped San Francisco writer,  pastry chef and food blogger, Alanna Taylor-Tobin shares her current favorite book, music, restaurant and more  in this week’s  Tap This.  

What I’m eating:  Tacko‘s carne asada tacos. Tender Kobe beef comes nestled in a fried corn tortilla tucked into a second soft tortilla, and topped with shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, chunky guacamole and gooey melted cheese. Don’t skip the house-made red and green salsas that sit atop each table in squeeze bottles; they are spicy perfection. The fish and veggie tacos are equally superb. Wash them down with one of Tacko’s superb beers on tap, a heavenly agua fresca, or a “margaritish” made with agave wine. This Nantucket-themed taqueria, named for Nantucket’s airport, ACK, sits in San Francisco’s Marina district, which means that there are no annoying Mission hipsters to ruin your dining experience (unless they’re spending time in the Marina “ironically.”)

What I’m reading: Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography and Styling, by the creator of the internet’s most stunning food blog Tartelette. The book takes you from camera settings to composition to post-capture editing, all in one sleek paperback slathered in luscious food porn.

What I’m listening to: The Two Man Gentleman Band. These  bow-tie clad “hot jazz”virtuosos croon naughty lyrics. Favorites include “Chocolate Milk,””Fancy Beer”and “I like to party with girls.”

Most Untapped thing I did this week: Singing sea chanties on the Balclutha, a 100+-year-old ship at the Hyde Street Pier. Everyone is welcome the first Saturday of every month, from 8pm-midnight.

What I’m wearing: Organic cotton oven mitts, by Natural Home Magazine. Durable cotton the outside, soft terry cloth on the inside, they’ll protect your hands but not spoil your minimalist, green aesthetic. Available at San Francisco’s Rainbow Grocery Co-op.


What I’m using: 2012 Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar: Apocalypse Addition. Keep track of your schedule with a different babe, and her instrument, each month. In the words of Renee De La Prade, the calendar’s creator,  “Accordions don’t suck anymore.”

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