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By Proud ViM ProductionsPublished 2 months ago 3 min read
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As you’ve probably come to realise us at ViM are over sharers! Community is in our collective hearts and what better way to connect and learn more about the world we inhabit that through food. Sharing cuisine is at the heart of family occasions, traditional celebrations feature in our memories as we grow into our lives and create new ones. A fondness for a grandmother’s dish. A moment of realisation. Love. Food represents us all in one way or another. Across cultures, the power of chicken soup to soothe the soul sums up the concept of togetherness for us; a metaphorical ladle of hope in a world that can be both confusing and chaotic.

The USA is the most famous and well-known melting pot in the world- where various cultures despite what the news might have you believe, live side by side. Food has a profound ability to speak across borders, to bring people together - as well as offering insight into the beauty of different cultures.

This week we're California dreaming all the way This Golden State has a diverse range of delectables on offer that's for sure! Home of surf, sand sea and of course, we cannot forget the legendary Mickey Mouse, there is no shortage of things to get up to in this eclectic hot spot. Not to mention the Dodgers, the Lakers and the 49ers. And food, as you can imagine is equally varied and joyous. Well known for its street tacos, citrus fruits, and wines. Birthplace of the Hot Fudge Sundae, Chiffon Pie, and Angelina Jolie. Famous Landmarks include Hollywood and the San Fransico Golden Gate Bridge.


Let’s take a tour through California and have us some mouth-watering Street Tacos and silky smooth Chiffon Pie.

Mexican Street Tacos


2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

2 tablespoons canola oil, divided

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 ½ pounds skirt steak, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

12 mini flour tortillas, warmed

¾ cup diced red onion

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

1 lime, cut into wedges


  1. In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce, lime juice, 1 tablespoon canola oil, garlic, chili powder, cumin and oregano.
  2. In a gallon size Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine soy sauce mixture and steak; marinate for at least 1 hour up to 4 hours, turning the bag occasionally.
  3. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add steak and marinade, and cook, stirring often, until steak has browned and marinade has reduced, about 5-6 minutes, or until desired doneness.
  4. Serve steak in tortillas, topped with onion, cilantro and lime.

**recipe found at Damn Delicious

Lemon Chiffon Pie.


¼ cup cold water

1 (.25 ounce) package unflavored gelatin

1 cup white sugar, divided

4 egg yolks

½ cup fresh lemon juice

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon lemon zest

4 egg whites

1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust


  1. Pour cold water into a bowl; add gelatin and let stand until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Beat 1/2 cup of sugar, egg yolks, lemon juice, and salt together in a bowl until smooth. Cook in the top of a double boiler, stirring constantly, until it is the consistency of custard. Add grated lemon zest and softened gelatin and stir thoroughly; set aside to thicken and cool, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Beat egg whites in a glass, metal, or ceramic bowl until foamy. Gradually add remaining 1/2 cup of sugar, continuing to beat until soft peaks form; fold egg whites into cooled custard mixture.
  4. Pour filling into prepared pie shell and chill in refrigerator until firm, at least 2 hours. Garnish with sweetened whipped cream if desired.

Editor's Note:

This recipe contains raw egg whites. We recommend that pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and the infirm do not consume raw egg.

**Recipe found at allrecipe


You can also catch up with Mother Combs and Celia Underland on their respective profiles on Vocal.

Thoughts, ideas and suggestions are always welcomed. What food represents your state? Are you from or have you experienced the delight of California cuisine? Share your munch memories in the comments below - we'd love to hear from you!

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran2 months ago

    You know what, I've never had a taco before hahaha. We do have Taco Bell here but it's like sooooo expensive. The lemon chiffon pie looks good but I'm a vegetarian. Do you think that raw egg whites can be substituted with something else?

  • Caroline Craven2 months ago

    Yum! Tacos and lemon pie! I’ll have to double my run distances this week when I make these! Great stuff - thanks!

  • Kenny Penn2 months ago

    Mmmmm thanks for sharing this! I’m a lover of tacos and any dessert made from lemon, so I’ll be trying both of these!

  • Hayley Matto2 months ago

    Growing up in the bay and then spending many years in SoCal I can attest, Cali has some of the best Mexican food, street tacos hold a special place in my heart. And I'm gonna say it... having spent a few years in Texas, Cali is where it's at for Mexican... TexMex can shove it! 🤣

  • Randy Baker2 months ago

    I'm a big of fan of street tacos. And California-style Mexican food is always a treat when I'm on the West Coast.

  • I love the tacos. I used to go to a place in East LA before it was gentrified that produced the most luscious fish tacos . A new place is Trejos tacos in Hollywood . Danny Trejos as a string of very delectable Mexican restaurants in LA and Orange County .

  • Lindsay Sfara2 months ago

    This is great! If/when you ever get to Ohio, the buckeye treats would be perfect for a recipe!

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