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In preparation for a Muay Thai fight, I have been on a diet the past few weeks, and have enjoyed some pretty good results. The beauty of the diet I am on, is that it allows a cheat day once a week. The cheat day actually encourages you to go absolutely bonkers for 14 hours each week.

There is some science behind it, but that is fodder for another post.

I have been craving tacos the past few weeks, so I decided to organize a Tacothon.

The premise behind the Tacothon was to root out the BEST tacos in Salt Lake City.

I invited a few friends along, (Many of them are MMA Fighters or Muay Thai students) and this is what we found:

I wanted to begin the day with 'Fast Food' tacos. We have all been there … late at night, hunger strikes … waddya gunna do? There is nothing tastier after a night of drinking than a few tacos … that is if you can get through the drive through without getting into a fist fight with other late night Taco Lovers.

I should point out that we conducted this Tacothon on a Sunday (My designated CHEAT DAY). Taco Time, as well as many other highly referred Taco places, were closed on the Sabbath.

FAST FOOD

I picked up a party pack from both Taco Bell and Del Taco.

I went to my gym, where I met up with my fellow Tacothaners and ate some tacos.

It was nice to see some of them, as I haven't been the most social person the past few months as I have been recovering from knee surgery.

We busted open the party packs and gave them a try. The Taco Bell Party pack had 12 tacos in it, and cost just over $ 15.00. The Del Taco had 10 tacos, but was almost half the price.

The Del Taco tacos were literally ½ the size of Taco Bell's though and failed miserably on the taste test.

Taco Bell wins by a unanimous decision.

TACO TRUCKS

Next, we decided to try out the famous Taco Trucks that so many people talk about on State Street in downtown Salt Lake City.

There are two in the Sears parking lot at 800 South State Street, and two one block South at 900 South State Street.

The first one we visited faces South (Toward 800 South) in the Sears Parking lot. Compared to the 'Fast Food' we had just indulged in, it was Heaven on Earth. Very tasty tacos, and cost $ 1.00 apiece.

The other faces East (Toward State Street). We asked each to serve us their best Taco. This truck recommended the Cabeza, and it did not disappoint. VERY tender meat, and super delicious … VERY GOOD!

The third truck we visited Faces East (Toward State Street) on 900 South. They were just OK. By far, the worst of the four trucks we visited.

The final truck we visited faced South on 900 South. We have a winner. These were some of the tastiest tacos I have ever tasted. Hands down the winner of the Taco Trucks. The name of the truck is El Rey Del Taco. Give them a try.

All of the trucks were consistent on price. They all charged $ 1.00 per taco, served them on small soft tortillas, and had a similar array of condiments. The El Rey Del Taco also had the best salsa of the four trucks we visited.

If you are hankering for a taco, and don't want to deal with the hassle of going to a restaurant, check out the Taco Trucks downtown. Try the different trucks for yourself. At a buck a taco, you can't go wrong.

RESTAURANTS

As I mentioned before, we made our Taco Adventure on Sunday, so many of the places that were recommended to us were not open. As far as I'm concerned, you don't deserve a mention if you don't serve on Sunday anyway.

The first restaurant we visited was Taqueria 27. They have two locations, but we visited the downtown location. It was very clean and upscale. Had a very professional wait staff, and a good …

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When "Money Magazine" compiled a list of America's 100 Best Small Cities for its July 12, 2010 issue, Allen, Texas did just make the cut – it placed at 16th, a surprise to some people who do not know about this thriving community of 78,000 lying just 23 miles north of the sprawling Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Although Allen is a suburb of the third largest city in Texas (and ninth largest in the United States), its local life stands on its own, vibrantly independent of its bigger neighbors. Thanks to the regional climate and to well-planned and maintained facilities, a major draw for singles and families relocating to Dallas and it surrounding communities is the fact that in Allen, you can live an active, outdoor lifestyle – and live it well.

Regional Climate Favors Active, Outdoor Lifestyle

The climate in North Texas favors being outside most of the year. Springs are long and warm, while the autumn months are moderate to crisp. The coldest months are late January and February when at least one snow or ice event is common. The hottest months are July and August, with severe heat waves that generally extend over the first two to three weeks of August when temperatures are 100 degrees or higher with unpleasant humidity. Fortunately, for those periods, sports and outdoor enthusiasts can simply move indoors to beat the heat, confident that pleasant temperatures will soon return and extend to Thanksgiving and sometimes into early December.

Twin Creeks, One of 154 Public Golf Courses

There are an amazing 154 public golf courses within just 30 miles of Allen. As an example, the Twin Creeks Golf Course is an 18-hole regulation course built in 1995. Designed by Arnold Palmer, it offers a medium-length layout. Open fairways lead to generous, gently undulating greens. Five holes include water hazards created by two natural creeks that freely flow through the course and are flanked by trees. Twin Creeks has a reputation for being the most naturally preserved course in Texas, a peaceful setting where, at given times of the day, golfers are allowed to walk for slightly reduced green fees. The cost of 18-holes of play runs from $ 55 to $ 70.

Generous-Sized, Free Facilities at Celebration Park

Located at Malone Drive and Angel Parkway, Celebration Park is open daily from dawn to dusk. The sprawling multi-use site offers picnic tables and benches, restrooms, and concession areas and is designed for universal access throughout. There are fifteen soccer fields, including one large, lighted field. Look for basketball courts, two 300-foot baseball fields, and a big multi-sport court. Both horseshoe and washer pitching courts are also available. In addition to slides and other play features, the spray pool and yard, which is open seasonally, welcomes kids ages 2 to 12 from noon until 8 pm (Note that the spray pool is closed on Wednesdays.) With hiking and biking trails also present , Celebration Park is an excellent and economical outdoor option for the whole family.

Joe Farmer Recreation Center for Fitness and Activities

A multi-use center maintained by the City of Allen, the Joe Farmer Recreation Center includes a full-sized gym and fitness room, two racquetball courts, and a walking / jogging track. Meeting spaces and a hillside amphitheater may be utilized for a range of activities. Youth programs cover a broad spectrum from horseback riding to hula dancing and fitness and wellness classes are also offered. A membership is required to use the facility with different fees for residents and non-residents. Adult memberships are $ 50 for residents and $ 85 for non-residents; seniors 50 and above $ 24 and $ 45 respectively; youth 14-17 also pay $ 24 and $ 45; with children 7 to 13 charged $ 12 to $ 17. Children 6 and under are welcome for free. There is a family membership cap for residents of $ 170, but no cap for non-residents.

Cycling, Hiking, and Water Sports Readily Available

Biking and hiking enthusiasts are especially lucky to have access to a 20-mile long system of well-tended trails, the lengthiest being the fourteen-mile Allen Parkway Loop. For water sports, Allen residents can go east to Lake Lavon or west …

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