What to do when the forecast is calling for rain all week to go with the already dreary January temperature? Why not try the Mission’s answer to hot chocolate, a nice steaming cup of CHAMPURRADO. A soul-warming melange of hominy masa, piloncillo, cinnamon, chocolate, and milk; this beverage is available at several places in the area but my favorite source is the doorway stand at Taqueria Vallarta ($2).
There’s just something innately wholesome about being served this thick, rich beverage and walking off into the evening being comforted by its warm and wafting embrace. Of course you could also just hang out in the restaurant and sample the delicacies of “Noah’s Ark” while checking out the acid binge that is their mural.