‘For Gluten Sake’ shares the best in gluten-free while traveling full time around the globe. Carrie brings us this interview with Vancouver Island’s very own PJ of Taco Revolution in ‘100 Percent Gluten Free Canada.’
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Meet PJ and Michell, owners of Taco Revolution based out of Duncan, British Columbia
Tacos and tacos out of a food truck. Literally my personal dream come true. What food could you eat every day for the rest of your life? For me, I could absolutely eat Mexican food every day of the week.
Tell us a bit about you and why did you start your gluten-free business?
My wife, Michell, and I started Taco Revolution just over 3 years ago with an intention to bring an authentic Mexican taqueria experience to Vancouver Island. Having spent a lot of time in Mexico city over the years, we realized that aside from the city of Victoria, the Mexican food scene on Vancouver Island was sparse-to-non-existent in most places. And the places that did have Mexican food, usually served only an abysmal approximation of the real deal. We knew we could raise the bar, so we did! We bought an old Grumman step-van and went to work converting it into a food truck. With the help of a local handyman and an abandoned fear of credit card debit, we made the dream come true, opening for business in May of 2015.
We like to frequent farmer’s markets with the food truck. From the beginning, we realized that farmer’s markets tended to attract a lot of people following a gluten free diet. It just happened that the best quality masa (the corn dough used to make tortillas) we could find was gluten free. It was an easy decision to just make the whole menu gluten free. We didn’t choose gluten free, gluten free chose us!
Tell us something fun about your city
Because we operate a mobile food business, we are not restrained to a specific area. We are based out of Duncan, which is roughly the mid-point between Vancouver Island’s to largest cities, Victoria and Nanaimo. It is about a 1 hour drive to either city. Duncan is a fairly small city (large town), so we tend to travel a lot for work up and down the highway between these two larger cities.
Something fun about Duncan, is that it hosts the 39 Days of July festival, a marathon event of live music and fun in downtown Duncan running every day from the end of June to the first week of August . Duncan is also home to the world’s largest hockey stick.
If you could travel anywhere in the world and money were not an issue, where would you go?
If I could travel anywhere in the world without the worry of money, I would travel to Tokyo, Japan. This is the world’s most populous city, and features what I believe to be the the most interesting and strangest food culture. I could learn so much!
What else do you want the community to know about your eatery/business?
One thing I would love for people to know about Taco Revolution is that everything we make is from scratch. From fresh tortillas, to our delicious selection of salsas, we know every ingredient. Therefore, we can confidently say that we are 100% gluten free!
*all photo credits are to the establishment.
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